Of all the holidays in the year, none is more depressing to me than July 4. Today is the 239th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of Independence. On the Bicentennial, I went with my late grandfather to New York City to watch the parade of the Tall Ships in New York Harbor. It felt “OK” to be an American at that point, even though the country had just been through Watergate and the Nixon Pardon….
But now, here in the shadows of 9-11 and the 2001 Patriot Act, the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (1996 AEDPA), the Real ID Act of 2007, and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA of 2009-2010), it seems that 20 years of hard work by Republicans and Democrats alike has led to the extinction of America, or at least the extinction of the American Ideal, of “truth, justice, and the American Way.”
I once took at least some pride in being an American, but now I think it is a shameful thing to be a citizen of the biggest and most brutal bully in the world. I apologize to all the rest of the globe for the degenerate materialism, greed, sensual self-indulgence, and sloth of my country. I can hardly tolerate to think of it. While certain groups in this country clearly bear more blame than others (“Hollywood” in particular), the fault is with the core Americans, the White Anglo-Saxon Protestants who created this country, and have for at least 154 years now worked so hard to give it away, destroy it. 154 years of constitutional depravity, erosion, infringement, and violations….all in the name of “the general welfare”….
Yes, 239 years ago, this country probably seemed like a real good idea. Even when I was a kid, it seemed “OK”…. I first developed serious “shame” of my status as an American during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter…. I would have given anything to leave the country behind at that point, and I thought about it.
But then Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, and he gave us 5-6 years of totally false hope. I voted for his Vice-President in 1988, but that was a horrible mistake….by the time of the first Iraq War “Desert Storm” in 1990-1992, I realized my good friend Peter Mathews, who said he was much more worried about the 41st President than the 40th, had been absolutely right. George H.W. Bush really did seem like the anti-Christ—full of lies and deceit, until his son outdid him…. And now we just live in a total OBAMANATION, and I would rather be a citizen of Nepal, or else maybe a Red Panda living in Nepal, than to admit to being an American…… So today all we can do is celebrate the hope that there was in the beginning, while acknowledging that the end is clearly in sight, and not far off. The United States of America will soon vanish from the world stage… and by comparison with the present status quo, that will be a good thing….because if this country survives, it will turn into a true monstrosity….