Thank you for writing this. I hope everyone will click through and read this powerful piece of prose about what it means to ve an American. Even though the creation and history of our nation are steeped in horrors (genocide and slavery) and with the state of endless war now, it appears that horrors and suffering are intrinsic to our national character; it doesn’t have to be this way.
We defied our history and current racism and oligarchy to elect Barack Obama twice-we know we have the power to direct our government if we get up and use it.
Now is the best time to begin taking back our government from the oligarchs and their pawns. There is now a proposed amendment to our Constitution banning corporations from participation in politics. Another removing the influence of money on elections is needed.
Yes-we really can!
We sit on the precipice and are damned by the actions of those who would make profit with the blood of our sons and daughters, damned by our unwillingness to stand up and say not one more of them will die for the oil under the sands of foreign lands. We are damned by the greed of those who will not look the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands and children in the eyes when their loved ones are returned maimed, broken or in a flag draped box. We are damned by false patriots who wear flags on lapels of suits costing more than a month’s pay of the soldier they have condemned to a foreign battlefield for their vision of Nation Building.
Since our inception as a nation we have been of two mindsets, one followed the ideal established centuries before of Manifest Destiny, the idea that we, that…
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