I am just one American — of hundreds of millions of frustrated Americans — who really hates the new brand of “American Patriots.”
Just this month, Hillary Clinton explained why she believes she is a “better American” than Barack Obama. John McCain, an American war hero blasts the “anti-American” Americans for not “supporting the troops,” while Barack Obama clumsily trips over his own brand of Clintonian (Bill) rhetoric and no doubt has his idea of what it means to be an American.
Patriotism has given rise to corporate fraud — see the home mortgage crisis, corporate bailouts and the economic death and resurrection of Bear Stearns. Patriotism has allowed war crimes to occur with some regularity and go unpunished, while the merits of using torture are now fair game in a scholarly debate. The average Joe has no problems with torture “because terrorists do it, why shouldn’t we?” The words torture, treason, illegal, and “cover-up” barely register on the American radar of justice anymore.
Reality Of American Politics and War
Here’s a reality check for all you woe-is-me propagandists who are focused on these trivial issues that are being used to divide Americans and control the outcome of the 2008 election: American men and boys in uniform are being blown up in the middle east while oil companies are making record profits and our government looks the other way! Despite myriad American failures, patriotism has allowed an administration to get away with murder, so-to-speak. Though we, the great Americans, may not see it, the rise of international hatred of Americans is becoming a concern for our government. Patriotism has destroyed our ability to think about problems and solve them in the name of true justice or liberty.
Despite the illegal invasion of Iraqi soil, the continued illegal occupation of Iraq, the witness accounts of torture and mass murders of civilians by contractors, our media continues to focus on the words of pastors and the cries of American “patriots” who claim to be offended by elitism. Maybe they haven’t been paying attention, but it is the “elite” that have been running our country for hundreds of years. Don’t think for a second that you can find your way into the White House without being wealthy and very well-connected.
The betrayal and lies that have allowed propaganda to pass as “debate on the issues” needs to stop or the American spirit will forever break. Do you still want to talk about how a Yale grad running for President is more or less “elite” than some Harvard grad? Can we step back for a moment and talk about the real problems?
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