Supporting Bush Couldn't Be Less Patriotic
Written by Jeremy Hammond on Saturday, 9/14/2002
Many people have asked me why I always speak out against America. The fact is, I am more American then the people who wave their flags and wear red white and blue.
Before one can understand my political stance, one must understand the clear distinction between true America and the current state of the US government. I believe in the true principles of America: freedom, tolerance and justice. However, none of these qualities are currently being exhibited by Bush's government.
Bush claims that we're fighting for freedom from oppressive regimes, for liberty, and for democracy - but they're detaining people without charging them with crimes or giving them fair trials, they're continously giving more and more power to the executive branch, and the president didn't even have the majority of the people vote for him when he became the leader. I don't know how they managed to slip all these things by without many people noticing the utter hypocrisy.
Now they're having us chant the national anthem, they're putting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, they're encouraging people to serve for their country in the military, they're putting flags everywhere, and they're constantly giving speeches about how 'We will always remember when America saw evil'. The whole system is encouraging conformity and to blindly follow the government as they clense the world of 'evil'. And they still have the nerve to call themselves a nation of freedom.
They're not fighting for liberty, people: they're fighting to protect the financial and political interests of the rich ruling class.
Upon closer inspection of his statements and reading between the lines, it seems that every move Bush is always benefiting either some rich corporation or his circle of cronies. Lowering taxes? 31% of his tax cut goes to the wealthiest 1% of all Americans(kind of hypocritical for Bush to say "These are the basic ideas that guide my tax policy: lower income taxes for all, with the greatest help for those most in need.", eh?). Invading Afghanistan? Secure American oil interests. Invade Iraq? Keep the public distracted while. Repealing the Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax.. retroactive to 1986, so that we end up giving $25 billion back to large corporations? There's no room for interpreting this one - the entire point is to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Bush's plan to fight wildfires by easing regulations on logging companies? Hey, wait a minute - didn't Bush receive ten times more financial contributions from logging companies then any other presidential canidate? Why, that's a funny coincidence!
Bush clearly doesn't reflect true American principles, and therefore defending Bush is not being patriotic to our country. Bush has siezed control over our country and has infected it with his corrupt policies. And he has convinced the population that by waving flags, singing the national anthem and following the government, you're being patriotic.
Somehow we got the idea that criticizing the government during this 'time of crisis' is unamerican. It's actually the complete opposite. The true American spirit is based around questioning authority, rebelling oppressive monarchies, and putting the government into it's place if it grabs too much power. If Thomas Jefferson was alive today, he would be utterly disgusted about the current state of the United States. He would wonder how freedom-loving people could let such a dictator tear up the constitution. This is not what America represents.
We let this happen, but we can easily turn it around again. We need to wake people up and let them see what is happening. Remember, most Americans get their news from watching their corporate-controlled televisions which only reflect what the big companies want you to know about. Support the underground press, write your own opinions, hand things out. Shout things in public, talk to strangers. Disrupt their thought patterns, make them experience new things - only then will they begin to see things from a different perspective. I feel a change coming.