The United States keeps saying that Iran is the “biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.” I wonder how many countries say the same thing about us? How many governments have we overthrown? How often have we sponsored “regime change?” How many rebel groups do we provide arms to? In how many places are we trying to impose Democracy and/or Christianity. Doesn’t the other side believe they’re right too?
We condemn other nations over their elections. The very structure of our electoral college was designed to provide more power to slave holding states. Today it takes power from large urban areas (read minorities) and helps maintain what I’ll refer to as the status quo. We allow gerrymandering and redistricting that are specifically designed to dilute minority voting strength. Are we really better?
We monitor and condemn other nations over “human rights” yet look at how we treat Native Americans, LGBT’s, women, minorities. Some of our big city police forces are almost immune from prosecution whatever their excesses.
America considers itself the greatest nation on the earth. Perhaps it actually is which says more about all the rest rather than being a testament to our actual greatness. What is true is that we have so much potential. We have stated ideals which if realized would make us greater still. This President won’t make America great again. He and his Attorney General are taking us back to America’s worst excesses of the past. He appeals directly to those who once we were ashamed to acknowledge.
America has so much potential. We settle for so little from our political parties, our leaders, our governments national, state and local and our media that focuses on profit making formulas rather than straightforward and factual news.
I am reminded that in few countries could I publicly criticize the President. I see a general trend toward progress with occasional steps back. Americans have an ability to assert themselves through public protest and a voting process that while flawed does give the people the possibility of enacting change. We still have too few options but even that can change if we will it. While most of the media on average only serves their customers. There are voices that bring us truth that often finds a way into the mainstream. We the people must not be satisfied with the meager choices we are given. We must insist on,… and do… better! Only by exerting our collective will can we achieve our potential. Here’s to moving forward!