God Damn America

Those words surely have caused a lot of havoc lately for the Obama campaign. Why, I don’t know given that Obama didn’t say them and has absolutely no influence over the preacher who did. But the rightwing saw an opportunity to attack him “by association” because he didn’t immediately denounce the preacher or get up and walk out of the church. I for one would much rather be associated with the likes of Reverend Wright than I would with lying, cheating, lawbreaking, traitors like Bush and Cheney.  

If I believed in God I would say God damn America, too. Somebody should. Not because the American people are evil. They aren’t. They’re just apathetic. And not because America is rich and powerful. Give any group of bold and visionary men and women a land of almost endless natural resources and wealth and power will be the result. Our ancestors were such men and women.

No, America should be damned because its government has become like a warlord to its own “subjects” and to people around the world. It ignores the needs of these people while it feeds on the worlds dwindling resources in a desperate attempt to maintain and even enhance the absurdly wealthy lifestyles of its most powerful citizens. Their attitude, like any good warlord’s is “let them eat cake”.

In America the people cry out for affordable health care. Is it doable and possible? Of course. Do all the candidates, every election, say they will do something about it? Of course again. Are you going to get it? Of course not, stupid. Because for you to get it, the disgustingly rich insurance and drug companies would have to give up a little profit. The government is not going to make them do that. Instead, they are just going to say, “fuck you” to the American people and like they always do, they will get away with it.

Would you like a simplified tax system? Maybe something you could do yourself instead of the unbelievably complicated 200 page “Tax Guide” they send you each year? Of course you would. Is it doable and possible? Absolutely. Do all the candidates promise that tax reform is going to be one of their top priorities? Every year. Are you going to get it?

No, you ignorant fuck, you are not. If you started to understand your taxes and how much of your hard earned money you actually gave away to rich people, you might question it. Even refuse to pay it. Can’t have that. The government finds it much easier to control you and your money when you remain ignorant.

How about global warming and those other environmental concerns? Do you want a world that is clean and healthy for your children and grandchildren? Of course you do. Does the government and each of the candidates profess profound concern over these issues? Of course again. Are your children going to inherit a clean, healthy planet? 

No, you blithering idiot, they are not. Nobody in this government is going to force any of the mega rich pollution spewing industries to spend the big bucks to clean up their act. No, they will pass just enough cheap meaningless environmental legislation so they can all say they are doing something about it. At the same time more and more species will be wiped out and more poor people will starve and die of thirst and disease while these industries continue to stuff their pockets with your money. And besides, before any big American company has to spend money to comply with pollution regulations, they will just fire you and move overseas where they don’t have to put up with that shit.  

If another country happens to have a supply of a natural resource that we need should we sit down and hash out a workable deal that benefits both countries? Sounds good. Maybe do a barter of some kind with a plentiful foodstuff like wheat that they could really use in return for what we need? Perfect! Everybody wins! Are we going to do that?

No, you gullible jerk, we are not. We are going to go blow their fucking asses away and take exactly what we want exactly when we want it. And if we find out later on that another country has something else we need, we’ll blow their fucking asses away, too. We’re America. Fuck ’em.

So if Reverend Wright was cursing the American people or the beautiful country they call home, I condemn him for it. But if he was cursing the behavior of America’s corrupt government with its shortsighted economic policies, its domestic thievery and its bullying international arrogance – if he was damning America’s insatiably greedy corporations who are allowed to get away with rape and murder,  then I for one will echo his sentiment and damn America, too.

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8 Comments on “God Damn America”

  1. Buffalo Says:

    Nope. Nope. Nope.

    I am an atheist – or close enough to not bother with the difference. I understand, or think I do, where Reverand Wright was coming from. I see the many problems that America is facing.

    But “god damn America,” no.

    America is the people. America is the citizens. The citizens are not the problem. When you damn America you are damning the people. You are damning the dream, the history, the sacrifice.

    Over the last few decades, even longer, the “leaders” have slowly seized more and more power. They are not America.

  2. expatbrian Says:

    I understand the sentiment but think that while “America” should be the people, it is not. America is what America does. To much of the rest of the world, the word America no longer means its people, or freedom, or justice, or aid. It means war, and fear and arrogance. When we hear Zimbabwe or East Timor or Burma or China do we immediately envision the people? I think not. We envision what we read about which is corruption, murder, chaos and mistrust. In order for this new world vision of America to change, the People of America are going to have to do something about it. So far, they have not.

  3. Buffalo Says:

    Part of that can be laid on the news media. Sensational and negative stories make copy, not stories about good people going quietly about their lives doing the best they can to make their corner of the world a better place. That’s pretty sad when you consider 98 to 99% of Americans fall into the latter category.

    When I think about a country I do not automatically think about the government of that country. People are the same all over this world. We need and want the same things. Few of us bear animas for anyone.

  4. expatbrian Says:

    Buf, you and I have both been able to travel to other, very different parts of the world and have learned that, indeed, people are very much the same in all cultures. They work hard to raise families, love to laugh and enjoy life when they can, hate violence and crime and just try to get by the best way they can.

    Not everyone has that chance and so they do depend on the slanted, bias view that they get from the media. That unfortunately forms their view. Recent statistics showing things like 40% of Americans don’t know that 4000 US soldiers have been killed, that many people think Obama is a Muslim, that many still believe there were WMD’s in Iraq etc shows that a whole lot of US folks dont even follow the news at all.

    They simply don’t give a shit and they probably deserve what they end up with.

  5. Buffalo Says:

    There are people that believe there were, and are, WMDs buried in Iraq. There are people who believe Obama is a Muslim. They are part of a “lunatic,” for lack of a better word, fringe.

    Hell, I have at least one friend that belongs in that group – and it isn’t because he is uneducated, doesn’t consume the news daily and he certainly does care. I guess it is a case of him believing what he needs to believe in order to make it through the day. I don’t know. I’ve been trying to figure it out for years. He is not, however, representative of a large segment of the population.

    There are also people (all over the world) that believe the Holocaust didn’t happen and can produce “proof” to back up their belief.

  6. expatbrian Says:

    I suggest to you that maybe he IS representative of a large segment. Bush the warmonger was elected twice. It’s very possible McCain will be elected. They both spout all the reasons why we have to be in Iraq when there is not one justifiable reason for us to have invaded or to stay. And that has been proven.

    Nearly half the population supports them despite that proof. These same folks must believe that the US has a god given right to invade other countries, kill their civilians, ruin their economy and devastate their infrastructure at will.

    sound like your friend?

  7. Buffalo Says:

    Yes, it is possible McCain will be elected. If his opponent is Hillary Clinton I’ll almost take bets that he will be elected.

    Given the opponents Bush had it is no real surprise he was elected – especially against Kerry.

    He well may believe that. We don’t discuss politics.


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