posted on Aug, 4 2008 @ 03:06 PM
Back in the good old days, patriot was a slur, and patriotism was a dirty word.
I believe in the potential of my country, but I'm disgusted and appalled by the course we've plotted. So many people confuse patriotism with
a love of elected officials, or a blind devotion to the actions of a nation. This is the sort of patriotism that infects like poison and kills a
A good patriot loves his country first and foremost, and that's fine - but what about when the country is wrong?
"I'll never apologize for the actions of America.." - remember who said that? He considered himself a patriot...
I consider the ideals of America much more important than the country itself. The country itself is just a landmass, rocks and sticks and water -
nothing special. The people are painfully average, and the political system, despite touting itself as best in the world, is corrupt and co-opted by
the robber barons in industry (chiefly the petro-chemical, big pharma, and defense lobbyists).
The ideals this country espouses are very, very important, potentially world-changing in scope and principle.
The ideals (a refresher): Freedom, Justice, and Equality.
The reality (a refresher): Intolerance, bigotry, slavery, war, profiteering, lies, hypocrisy..and the list goes on.
If America(ns) lived up to the lofty aspirations of our forefathers, this would be, without a doubt, the greatest country in the world. However, we
have not lived up to those aspirations. We give them a great deal of lip service, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say.
One need only look at the so-called Justice system to see the hypocrisy laid bare. There are thousands upon thousands of people doing 25-life for
bringing cannabis into the country, and just today I read a story that a former NYC cop who prostituted a 13-year old girl will get out in 3 years.
Rapists routinely do less time than street-level dealers and petty criminals. That is not justice.
We have more people in prison and on parole than either Russia or China. We have some of the most draconian laws, prosecuting victimless crimes with
a feverish intensity most other countries reserve for violent offenders. The office of the former Attorney General, Ashcroft, is on record saying
that the number 1 priority was to target sex toys and bongs. This came in the wake of September 11, just so we're clear...
We continue to profit from war, disease, and death, and we seem to enjoy the prospect of continuing to do so in different parts of the world.
Then there's the prejudice..oh, the prejudice - baseball has got nothing on prejudice as the national pastime. At first it was the wealthy whites
turning the poor whites against the natives (the lower class had much more in common with the average native than they had in common with the new
aristocracy). The wealthy were afraid that if the poor got together with the natives, then there would be a revolution, and the wealthy would find
themselves cast off in rowboats and told to return to England.
Then it was the wealthy whites turning the poor whites against the blacks, then against the Chinese/Irish/Italian immigrants. It goes on and on - now
the ones we collectively hate the most are the immigrants from south of the border.
It's a wonderful control mechanism to keep the lower and middle class from taking back their country from the top 5% - keep us fighting amongst
ourselves and we're too busy to fight against the system; divide and conquer has never worked so well.
Point is, we have a great foundation, but the house we built is crumbling around us because it's rotten and crooked. We have hypocrisy embedded so
deep into our national consciousness, it's second-nature. We don't even see it anymore, for the most part; it's become ubiquitous; just background
noise. The lies that filter down through the media have never been so transparent or obvious, and still people don't seem to notice or care.
They're too busy focusing on the external enemy - the boogeyman arab terrorist. Nevermind the fact that tylenol kills more people annually...
My feelings on patriotism can be pretty well summed up by the quote in my signature, the one by Einstein.