By Paul Edwards
July 04, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" -
All rise! It is the anniversary of this conflicted, sclerotic,
blind, self-destructive country. There will be celebrations. Glitzy
extravaganzas of flash and fireworks providing the shimmering eye candy to
camouflage the corpse of the myth that is centerpiece and theme our national
A nation built on genocide and slavery, with a
Constitution launched with sanctimonious pieties never meant to be honored,
ranking property over people, with blood-and-guts Capitalism--wealth and
privilege--enthroned to rule an emasculated citizenry concussed by
propaganda: this is the “exceptional” America we swarm on this day to extol.
From infancy we are indoctrinated with the
fairy tale of our own magnificence; inoculated with the toxic serum of race
arrogance; infected with the poisonous virus of violence.
And what noble wonders has America wrought behind its hero story? We’re told we won two World Wars. In fact, we barely showed in the First, after Europe cannibalized itself; and we stalled until Russia, at staggering human cost, pulverized the Wehrmacht to win the Second. We made the world safe, not for Democracy but for Wall Street Capitalism, which made a killing on both bloodbaths, and on destroying and nukeing Bushido-addled fascist Japan.
Are You Tired Of The Lies And Non-Stop Propaganda?
Hey, but how
about the job we did on Latin America? We
turned that entire continent into a ghastly
vivisection lab for psychotic military
monsters, paid to run their countries as
Dachaus, gulags, for American Capital. What
we could not buy or steal, we raped. Where
we couldn’t install our native murderers and
US-trained military brutes to crush their
people we did our own crushing--in Haiti,
Nicaragua, Cuba--and where rebellion lived,
we funded the murder of generations of
defiant young idealists in Chile, Argentina,
Brazil. The dead hand of our “intelligence”
vampires is at its grisly trade now,
bleeding Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras.
And what of our notorious “Nation Building”, seeding our lethal “freedom and liberty” wherever there is some wealth we have not pirated, or some native eccentric that won’t sell his soul to our IMF ganefs. This is best exemplified by the sickening, barbaric massacre of the simple, guiltless peasants of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. According to one sick US Harpy, “we” feel that killing their children is “worth it”. The depraved Hillary, queried on our Libyan gorefest, cackled: “we came, we saw, he died”.
Ah, well, you will say, even if all that is
true, you leave out the many grand, humane things America has done for its
own people. Yes... And what are those things?
Social Security! Medicare! True, in 1935 the
U.S. passed the Social Security Act and in ‘66, Medicare, programs that now
rank below those of every developed nation on earth. It has rued them ever
since, damning both as unjustified “entitlements”, vowing that inadequate,
inflation-devoured rates and benefits will not increase, but rather must be
abolished as immoral. Their doctrinal, fantasy “invisible hand of the
market” exists only as a fist to smash the people, never to care for them,
Under both duller, dumber Republican, or slick,
bullshitting Democrat presidencies, there has been total stagnation in
workers’ wages for fifty years, jobs eliminated or exported, obscene profits
only to the Super Rich. The gap between the .001% and the rest of us was not
so vast even under J.P. Morgan and the Robber Barons. Four men now have as
much wealth as the lower 50% of the country.
But if you are fairly well off, have a soul and
all this appalls you, you will retreat to the defensive posture you know:
No matter the evil and falsity of America, it has provided you a decent
life, a home, a job, some comfort and safety.
And there’s the cognitive rub. Americans are
comfortable enjoying every privilege available at their level, from Bud Lite
and food stamps to Romanee-Conti and Kobe Beef.
There is nothing inherently evil or even remarkable about this. It’s what humans do. What is disgraceful is to do it out of willful ignorance of how such privilege is possible. What is unforgivable is to know it is due to the rape and looting of the world and celebrate it... because it’s for you.
Paul Edwards is a writer and film-maker in Montana. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New National Anthem LyricsO' Say, can you see? By the dawn's early light -
we get 'em young, give 'em guns and ship 'em off to fight.
While the rocket's red glare is keeping everyone scared they say,
"just relax -
put your trust in me and you can sit back and watch the war on your screen."
The country's run by lunatics, they're picking up their pens,
writing themselves into Revelation, "this is how it's gonna end!" -
Well, I tried hard to b*** my tongue,
like a good American but they recruited my little brother
and they're shipping off my friends.
Broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
you know those who stand to gain are not the ones who sacrifice -
watching bombs burst in air from a comfortable chair, they just say,
"in God we trust, and God trusts in greed,
yeah as long as they never show real blood on TV." -
I'm not sorry if this makes you mad, in fact I hope this wakes you up -
'Cause you'll never see what's going on with your eyes so tightly shut!
There are too many unanswered questions,
from the towers in New York to the lies leading up
to another corporate sponsored war -
Well I'll support the troops by asking what they're really fighting for -
and I think that's more patriotic than flying a flag from my front porch.
Come on, let's go out and start a fight!
'Cause you know two wrongs always make a right.
Come on, let's go out and start a fight!
'Cause you know two wrongs never make a right
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