Proud of your country? America the Free, the Home of the Lame!  

sfvcpl818 51M/51F
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4/6/2006 3:04 pm

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4/9/2006 11:59 pm

Proud of your country? America the Free, the Home of the Lame!

I am ashamed.

I am ashamed of this Government.

I am ashamed of this President.

Aren't you?

After watching his press conference today, a sense of shame overtook me. I'm ashamed that he took to the podium today as if he emptied out a container of laughing gas. I'm ashamed of a President who has the temerity to laugh when asked a question about war. I'm ashamed of the whores of the fourth estate who care more about having the honor of being the butt of one of the President's jokes than about exposing the truth to the American people. I'm ashamed that millions of my fellow Americans are so scared and so desperate for leadership that they believe the President's bullshit.

I am ashamed. I'm ashamed of this President, this megalomaniac hellbent on leaving his assprint on the map of the Middle East, no matter how much destruction is wrought and no matter how much blood flows in the streets of lands that never threatened us. I'm ashamed that when I see the American flag waiving, images of flag-draped coffins flash in my mind. I'm ashamed of Freedom's March. Ashamed when I see villages reduced to rubble. Ashamed when I see the tiny little corpses. God, they're so painfully tiny--lined up in a row, little angels wrapped in colorful blankets that starkly contrast against their gray-tinged faces. Ashamed when I see wailing Iraqis slam their hands against plain, unvarnished coffins, over and over, asking "Why? Is this democracy? Why?" When I see those image of funerals, of broken families, I want to crawl into my TV, I want to go to them and grab their slumped shoulders and scream "I'm sorry, good god, I'm so sorry. I want to leave, I want us to leave, believe me. But they won't listen...No one listens anymore."

I'm ashamed that the word "massacre" is even uttered in connection with our actions in Iraq. I'm ashamed it's not just one massacre that is alleged, but two. I'm ashamed it's gotten to the point that I can't even tell this little voice inside of me to shut up, that little voice that says maybe, just maybe it could be true. That the impossible may be plausible. Before this war, I would have rejected such claims outright. But that voice of plausibility is the consequence of those black hoods. It's the consequence of those leashes, those snarling dogs. It's the consequence of those detainees chained to bedframes. Of naked pyramids. Of forced sex acts. Of beatings and blood-streaked floors.

I am ashamed. Ashamed that Justice is no longer blindfolded, but gagged. Ashamed that in America, in AMERICA, I can only protest in "free speech zones" the size of postage stamps. Ashamed that by the time I'll take my oath as an officer of the court to support the Constitution, I'll be swearing to uphold a tattered document that has managed to survive over 200 years only to be shredded by this President in less than eight.

I am ashamed. Ashamed that in America, I see bearded men panhandling in the street, holding cardboard signs that read "U.S. Vet, can't work, need food. God bless." Ashamed that somewhere, in our America, a grandmother is sitting alone at her kitchen table, crumpled bills clutched in her thin hands, agonizing over the choice before her: medicine for her pain, or food to keep on living. Ashamed that there is a child who will go to sleep tonight on a cot in an orphanage, with no one to read him a story, no one to stroke his hair and kiss him goodnight, because the American Taliban thinks gay Americans can't love, can't parent, can't provide.

I am ashamed of my fellow Americans. Ashamed that they haven't flooded the streets. Ashamed they care more about Brangelina than the Bill of Rights. Ashamed that they're seemingly ok with the subtle but steady transformation from democracy to dictatorship. Ashamed that they are so gullible.

I am ashamed of myself. For not having the courage or the strength to do anything else but sit here and blog. I write. I protest. I vote. And yet, I'm impotent. Stuck in a unrelenting cycle of hope and despair and hope and despair. What a curse it is to be 40 and having felt proud that in our youth we would have had the guts to change the world. What a curse to be so disillusioned so early in life. What a curse to want to change a world that will not change...that cannot change? That cannot change as long as we sit and wait for others to change it. That cannot change as long as our elected Democrats refuse to take a principled stand. That cannot change until they--until we--appreciate the gravity of the situation before us: we are losing America.

This is not America. I refuse to accept it. America doesn't torture "enemy combatants." America doesn't jail people and leave them incommunicado for years. America doesn't sit idly by as an entire people are exterminated in Darfur. America doesn't stifle science. America doesn't conduct massive, secret spying on innocent citizens. America doesn't believe the individual is an annoyance, an impediment to supreme government power. This isn't the greatest democracy on earth. This isn't the nation that pioneered human rights. This isn't the America that leads the world, that leads humanity towards a greater good. No, I refuse to accept this America of shame. This is not my America. It is an America perverted by Republican stewardship and Democratic Malaise. A nation that under GOP rule and Democratic vacancy, we have abandoned our founding ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. True Americans--coast to coast, young and old--now bow their heads silently in collective shame for a nation that has lost its way.

There ... I said it ... even though I crossed the line and went off into an ideological place.

I swear - were it not for the TV remote control or the Internet or Playstation 2, we would all become outraged and actually do something about it.

For once.

expatbrit49 62M

4/6/2006 4:33 pm

~Shakes head in mild amusement and wanders off into the cold Canadian night~

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

sfvcpl818 51M/51F

4/6/2006 4:50 pm

    Quoting expatbrit49:
    ~Shakes head in mild amusement and wanders off into the cold Canadian night~
Again, resisting the urge to reveal my innermost partisan chamber, I am sticking my neck out one more time to bash yet another Canadian ... because you folks up in the "Great White North" - the land of back bacon, molson beer and hoser hockey rinks with Bob & Doug Mckenzie - are nothing more than Americans with really good health care.

If there was a country more conflicted than Canada, would they spell it ... I R A Q? Wait til Quebec tilts the balance of power in the NHL and becomes its own penalty box.

sfvcpl818 51M/51F

4/6/2006 4:59 pm

    Quoting expatbrit49:
    ~Shakes head in mild amusement and wanders off into the cold Canadian night~
Just in case you hosers had allowed your recollection of Bob & Doug McKenzie's intellect to fade, here's a little sample that keeps on giving.

Bob: You Are Our Guest, g'day and...
Doug: Coo roo coo coo, coo coo coo
Bob: Oh sorry...
Doug: Coo roo coo coo, coo coo coo coo
Bob: Sorry. So g'day. Welcome to You Are Our Guest.
Doug: It's a new show, eh? And like it was my idea.
Bob: Aw, take off! Okay, so I'm Bob McKenzie, this is my brother Doug.
Doug: How's it going, eh?
Bob: Okay, so what you do is, you take the album where it's got all this written down, eh? You follow it along and you are our Guest.
SFX: Chair.
Bob: And like, there's even a chair here for you.
Doug: But like, there's no one in it, eh? So like you're not really our guest, eh?
Bob: Geez hosehead, will you stop blowing everything?
Doug: Okay, eh?
Bob: Okay, so g'day! C'mon up here, sit down. Welcome.
SFX: Sitting in chair.
You: G'day, how's it going?
Bob: Pretty good. So this is your first time on the show, eh? You're not nervous, eh?
You: No Bob, I'm pretty comfortable.
Bob: Can I get you a beer, or back bacon?
You: No thanks Bob, I just ate. Say, you guys like my toque?
Bob: Yeah. It's a beauty.
You: Doug, don't you like my toque?
Bob: Hey, hoser...
Doug: What?
Bob: Our guest asked you a question.
Doug: There's nobody here but me and you, hosehead.
You: Excuse me, can I say something?
Doug: What?
Bob: Oh so now you're talking to our guest, eh hoser?
Doug: Okay, but only cuz he tricked me, eh?
You: Listen you hosers, the only reason I came on this show was to tell you guys that the idea of having me as your guest is stolen.
Bob: It was his idea.
Doug: Take off, it was not!
You: Look, I don't care which one of you hosers ripped it off but it's been done before. On other albums, on TV shows. And all you've proven by doing this is that you're a couple of hosers.
Bob: Yeah, well you're a hoser for going along with it this far.
Doug: Yeah, and because like you're doing it with us that makes you a thief too, eh?
You: Take off! I am not!
Bob: Yeah, well you take off!
You: Okay hosers, that does it. I'm never coming on this show again. You guys deserve each other. But you don't deserve me! G'day!
SFX: Chair and footsteps.
Bob: Wait. Give us one more chance.
You: Take off!
SFX: Door slam.
Doug: Oh, nice going. Look what you did!
Bob: What I did? You did it! You stole the idea.
Doug: No, I thought of it too, eh! It must have been a coincidence. You want me to go get your guest back?
Bob: Forget it.

frogger1995 39F

4/6/2006 5:50 pm

Today I was sitting next to a law student who was appalled at the news today that Bush OKed the CIA leak. He thought for sure he should be impeached. I laughed and shook my head...ah the niavette of the young.

expatbrit49 62M

4/6/2006 5:52 pm

ROFL, too funny... I give up, you win

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

qship52 63M

4/6/2006 10:11 pm

You're not alone in your feelings...

somethingelse40 75M
14676 posts
4/7/2006 3:47 am

Frankly no, yet considerably amazed that he's given so much credit for the current state of affairs.

boydcounty 67M

4/7/2006 4:44 am

We need a few years of democrat controlled congress to bring things back to the center. In this great country, The Repubs control for awhile and swing things to far one way, the Dems in control swing too far the other. It is the interaction of two parties alternating control of the Gov't that keeps us centered. We have simply had too much Republican over the past 25 years.


privatepilot198 65M

4/7/2006 9:22 am

Just for the record: Be thankful young woman that you DO live here and not there. Because what they want to import into this country and your life style is NOT something you would be very happy with. rooms and butchering your kids in the streets is NOT what this country was or is made of. We are in Iraq to keep them from being here. Get over what the president says.. I know he's doing what has to be done, regardless of how distasteful it may be to you. WE ARE AT WAR !! IF WE LOOSE WE ARE DONE. GET IT, YOU WON'T HAVE THIS WEB SITE TO SPOUT OFF YOUR MOUTH. Xmatch is NOT in Iraq. Grow up and do something constructive for someone else besides yourself.. and STOP your bo ho's. This is from an ex GI who fought for the freedoms you have.

funseeker196832 48M

4/7/2006 9:26 am

i am from great britain and i can assure you that the general mood of this country regarding the iraq fiasco is similar to the sentiments you offer. a million people marched the streets of london beefore this war began and our blair led govt ignorethem. the extent of the lies which our two governments have been oprepared to spread to justify this war have in my mind bankrupted the legality and morality of our own political systems, and this is a widespread feeling among millions of people. the second great lie of our age, the so called war on terror, continues to justify the erosion of civil liberties at home which have taken centuries to build up. and now we find that blair and bush are willing to destroy these legal safeguards to our freedom for the sake of mobilising a new consensus which merely serves to protect unwarranted privilege and corruption. in britain that this should happen under the labour party, a supposedly social democratic, left leaning party is truelly sickening and has effectively disenfranchised millions of progressive voters, who are now without a voice. what the reckoning of this will be is hard to tell. one thing for sure tho: the usa is steadily losing its position of world dominance to a resurgent china and to have acted so irresponsibly and illegally these past years makes this relative decline a more dangerous and worrysome fact for us all who live in the 'West'.

pickthisguy11 37M
79 posts
4/7/2006 9:48 am

privatepilot198: What you said is exactly what is wrong with this country. People like you give Bush a pass on all of his illegal/immoral actions. He's acting like a dictator, and those with the power are unwilling to stop him.

You made the comment: "Because what they want to import into this country and your lifestyle is NOT something you would be very happy with". Who are "they", and what are they trying to import into this country? You make it sound as if Iraq invaded us; that is not the case. You also state: "We are in Iraq to keep them from being here". This couldn't be further from the truth. And who is this mysterious "them"?

You are right about one thing; we are at war. But not by necessity, it is a war that was chosen to be fought. There is no such thing as the war on terror. Terror is not an enemy that you can engage and fight, terror is a tactic used by people not nations.

You say you are a vet who fought for the freedoms we now have. I would think that someone in your position would be more upset than the average citizen about what is going on in this country. More upset about an administration that has hijacked this country and seems hell bent on destroyint the Constitution on which it was founded.

walkinatmidnight 56M

4/9/2006 2:51 pm

This was an amazing posting and I wish I'd written it myself because I've felt just this way since this whole stupid, wasteful, immoral, dishonest, destructive debacle was started by these smug, tone-deaf, cynical, power-crazed, military-service-avoiding, never-got-shot-at-myself-but-not-afraid-to-send-you, lying sons of bitches. Now THAT'S a run-on sentence. In summary, fuck them. I know, I know, decaf.

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