Although tonight at "4th of July" parties from seas to shining sea the topic of what the day is actually about is going completely unacknowledged,
this piece isnt a beef against that travesty. This is about who We are supposed to be, what we rebelled against, and that reality in perspective of
what "We've" become.
Before we begin...
The Federal Government is NOT
The US Military is NOT
The Republican Party is NOT
The Democrat Party is NOT
The US Congress is NOT
The US Senate is NOT
The POTUS... any
POTUS... is NOT
US Foreign Policy is NOT "America".
To criticize any of the above is NOT "Anti-American".
Where to even begin...
It can be surmised that when asked what did "we" rebel against they'd think of the Boston Tea Party. And some might even think it further into it
being against taxation. That would still be but a surface symptom of 'what' "we" rebelled
That policy was certainly a trigger.
Yet the actual war was against an imperialist state.
And victory against said imperialist state is what Independence Day (ahem the 4th of July) is supposed to be about.
The problem is, it didnt take long for imperialists to rise to the top of the ranks and push the United States into an imperialist posture. Sure back
in those days it made 'prefect sense' to expand from sea to shining sea. A different age that was.
And got to the other side they did. Borders evened out. And the 20th Century was born. The roaring 20's oh my. Then came World War 2, and in the first
'episode' of the war propaganda film, Why We Fight, in explaining the differences between Nazi Germany and Japan and Fascist Italy, and why we needed
to fight them, the commonality between them that "we" had to go fight them for was 'plain old dirty imperialism' (paraphrasing).
Not longer after that "we" conquered "our enemies" (imperialists) across both sides of Eurasia. Which we still celebrate it everyday on TV (at least
ten times as much as every other conflict "we've" been in combined).
Then, almost immediately, we "needed" to go fight a global conquest against Communism. Since it was an imperialist front dripping with ambition, there
certainly is a certain logic to the general premise of pushing back against it, in hindsight.
The problem is "we" became the likes of 'more imperialist than imperialist' in contrast to how kick ass an imperialist the USSR's operation ever
proved to be.
It took a long, long time, but then "we" prevailed once again. Pats ourselves on the back, go for it.
Problem is, once that struggle was ended, "we" didnt stop being imperialist. If anything it was ramped up and I mean even before 9/11.
9/11 which was even in the 9/11 Commission Report a result of "blowback" from imperialism, to which in response "we" went apes##t with out and out in
your face imperialism. Where Bush took US into Iraq, and then Obama took US into Syria. Creating yet another complete generation (at least) of new
combatants to continue the cycle of blowback.
Anyone remember what we rebelled against; what we celebrate every year on "The 4th"? Imperialism.
We celebrate a day, for many of us its bigger than Christmas, with total contempt for history most everyone seems to display. 'Distgustingly' so in
many cases each year.
A damning history where "we" overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran, so that multinational corporations could continue robbing the
people there blind for all that oil. Where they had to declare independence from US, spectacularly in 1979, yet we dont recognize that event for what
it was (the thing we celebrate every 4th), and instead call it the "Hostage Crisis". From which point "we" have held them in such contempt "we"
literally sicked Saddam Hussein (armed with "our" chemical weapons) on them, to the tune of 105,000–375,000 being killed (in the Iran-Iraq War) to
maintain "our" hubris. After 9/11 they offered to help US in the "War on Terror" (terrorism is a tactic you cant have a war against a tactic), yet
"we" branded them part of "The Axis of Evil" (World War 2 jingoism) and have been in a state of war with them ever since (do note that military
conflict is but one form of warfare).
And that history lesson is barely scratching the tip of the iceberg along those lines in the history of "our" hypocrisy regarding our annual marveling
of our own magnificence on the 4th of July.
While in this (over the top lackluster) outrage of what I'm getting at imperialism is but one component. Go check out the list of grievances that took
the Founding Fathers to war with -imperialism-, known as the Declaration of Independence
and see how damn near the entire lot is true today (even more so in so many the most important of them), for the reality of our "freedom" to be put
edit on 4-7-2018 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss because: (no reason given)