America is shamed.
You know what bothers me the most?
Not that George W. Bush lied to us.
I knew he was lying. I
was doing the research to know he was lying.
I could tell he was lying in his State of the Union speech.
I read 1984 as a kid and I could see the propaganda machine
spinning its yarn. Besides,
with the help of the republican dominated Supreme Court, he stole the
election. And look at the
people in his administration.
Look at their individual and collective track records. What kind
of integrity did we really expect from these people?
what bothers me is how easily we were (mis)led.
What bothers me is how blood-thirsty the average American
revealed himself to be. I
won't forget the hand painted signs on the tanks that read "
was the every day American citizens goose-stepping right along with the
extremists, because it feels good to believe you're on the winning team,
it feels good to think you've got it all figured out and, let's face it,
it feels good to do whatever you like, no matter who or what it hurts.
Nothing makes fear subside like kicking someone's ass and feeling
powerful. It doesn't even
matter if they deserve it. Children
on playgrounds know this. And
they resent it when an adult steps in and reprimands them.
They resent having to learn how to behave in a civilized manner
and they resent having to accept that what they want isnít always good
for them or good for others. They
donít want responsibility. But
they are children and donít know any better.
It is for the adults to know better and to guide our children in
making sense of the world and making healthy, thoughtful choices.
What will our children learn from our own behavior?
Can you see the irony here?
Itís looking at you in the mirror.
world has changed, yes. Not
because of 9/11, but because of who we allowed ourselves to become and
what we allowed ourselves to accept as a result.
problem isnít just that George W. Bush and his crew got into office.
And the problem isnít just that theyíve undermined our
country with lies, illegal wars and a largely unopposed attack on our
personal freedoms. The
problem is that we let them.
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