As a first generation American, I am not anti-American by any stretch of the imagination, but I have become incredibly disillusioned. There is the
idea of what America is, and then there is the reality.
Here's what I truly dislike about America today: Our corrupt government, our fascist police state, our dishonest, manipulated elections, our press
and media that is no longer "free", and the celebration of idiocy over intelligence, bullying over kindness, and selfishness over generosity.
Suddenly we are afraid to speak the truth, and stand up for what is right. Waving the flag and cheering the troops has become necessary in order to
prove that we are patriotic and love our country, no matter what that country does, what places it destroys, or who it has assassinated.
I was in an anti-war protest in 2007, and we were heckled, laughed at, had trash thrown at us, and insulted. The standard insult? If you don't like
it, GTFO of my country. The antithesis of the Land of The Free. Hey, Goober, it's MY country too. I have children in the military. I was
protesting to bring them home from a war that made ZERO sense. How does that make me a traitor?? Since when is exercising first amendment rights a
The idea of America is like a religion, and you cannot question a religious belief without being branded a heretic and a traitor. We are sold a bill
of goods that simply doesn't exist. Movies and the media have brainwashed us into believing a certain version of history. We are ignorant of the
rest of the world and parade around imagining that everybody wants to be like us. The fact that the American people had no problem with our military
invading countries which have done nothing to us, destroying those countries and killing innocent people (along with our own children dying needlessly
so companies like Blackwater and Halliburton can make millions) absolutely blows my mind. We are told that our soldiers are over there "fighting for
our freedom". Un-freaking-believable. And most Americans buy it, lock, stock and barrel. Because to face the truth would be too "upsetting".
I believe this says it best:
We have to go through the discomfort of facing our flaws in order to fix things for the better, but as long as people are defensive and close-minded,
we will continue to devolve into a third-world banana republic, with nothing but memories of "remember when we had it all" to sustain us.
One of my favorite poems, which points out the flaws in any kingdom or government which considers itself to be omnipotent and infalliable:
by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
There is so much good about America: One of the most beautiful places on Earth, and some of the best people. We have a vibe about us that used to be
honest, upright, forward-thinking and friendly. We haven't lost it yet, but it diminishes every day that we keep our heads in the sand and refuse to
fight the evil which is rapidly overtaking us. The time for going and voting is over. We are past that now. We have let it go too far, and only
when we band together as one and say "NO MORE" will it stop. Otherwise, in the future, there will be a chapter on America in a history book: The
Rise and Fall of A Once-Great Nation.
I love this country, the real America
, and I fear for its demise, much as a concerned friend cares for somebody who obviously has a fatal
disease and won't face up to it in order to get cured.