posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 06:43 PM
I do understand your frustration, OP.
I too have an ingrained loyalty to the USA. One that is well deserved. In my biased opinion, it is quite obviously the greatest nation that has ever
existed on Earth.
Here is where the "but" comes in.....
MY America is not synonymous with the American government or American foreign policy. My America is full of good natured folks. Folks who live in the
swamps, in the cities, in the desert, in the woods, on the coasts, and in the heartland. People who live to do right by their families and their
communities and friends. Hard workers who beleive in putting in a good days work and receiving the fruit of their labors (ie money). Folks who come
from different ethnic, racial, religious, regional, and ideological backgrounds who often disagree with each other.
There are many on these boards who mock Americans, ignorant of the great people here. When it comes to private charitable donations, I'm pretty sure
Americans blow every other nation out of the water with their intent and commitment to help those in need. I know firsthand from when I was homeless
after Katrina. Americans (other than the obvious bad apples) are inherently good people.
Now American Foreign Policy uses our belief in doing what is right and propagandizes destructive efforts that destroy other nations, kill millions of
innocents, and destabilize the world. We hear feel good stories about our boys in Iraq and Afghanistan (And they generally ARE good guys, also being
deceieved). But what you don't hear about is, for example, how much better Iraqis were under Saddam than they are now (with a new civil war looming).
Not that Saddam was good, but we certainly did those people no favors, nor did we find any threatening WMDs. We do this not to secure America or the
world. We do these things to make more money for elites, even while the same policies make most Americans poorer.
Our mainstream media is on par, or more effective, with Soviet Propaganda circa the Cold War. They are the cheerleaders of this assault on the world
in order to enrich and empower a tiny minority of global elites (many of whom are not even American!)
My loyalty is to America, but not necessarily the American government, and certainly not to its very destructive foreign policies.