By DOUG THOMPSONAshamed to be an AmericanMon Sep 18, 2006 14:33Ashamed to be an American
September 18, 2006 8:14 AM | Rant | 21 Comments .
By DOUG THOMPSON
I never thought I would reach the point where I was ashamed of my country.
I was wrong.
I've loved America for most of my 58 years. I've fought for her, killed for her, bled for her and damn near died for her more than once.
I served my country even when I thought she was wrong because I felt it was my duty as an American to do so.
But I can no longer do so. America today has become what we always stood up against: A tyrant, a destroyer of freedom, an international murderer with no regard for human rights or life, no morality and no belief in the rule of law.
America now threatens the peace of the world far more than any terrorist group, any communist country or any tinhorn dictator with a suitcase nuke.
""I lived with the Americans for one year and eight months as if I was living in hell," Baghdad shopkeeper Amjad Qassim al-Aliyawi told The Associated Press after he was released from 20 months in captivity without ever being charged with a crime or even being told what he was suspected of doing.
According to an AP investigative report, the American government holds some 14,000 detainees in secret prisons around the world. Few have any idea why they are held, all are denied legal representation or even given details of the charges against them and many are later released without explanation or even an apology.
"If you, God forbid, are an innocent Afghan who gets sold down the river by some warlord rival, you can end up at Bagram and you have absolutely no way of clearing your name," says John Sifton of Human Rights Watch in New York. "You can't have a lawyer present evidence, or do anything organized to get yourself out of there."
Evidence continues to mount that many of these prisoners are tortured in ways that violate the Geneva Convention, the international accord that governs how civilized nations are supposed to treat prisoners of war and President George W. Bush reminds us constantly that we at "war" with "terrorism."
But America is really at war with itself, attacked from within by a madman President who claims a divine mission from God, waging a fierce battle against the principles that once guided this nation and set it above those who treated human life with callous disregard and claimed any means, no matter how barbaric, justified the cause.
America is no longer respected by its allies, admired on the world stage or trusted by its own citizens. Polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans think Bush's lies-based war in Iraq was a monumental mistake. Most also think the President of the United States is dishonest and that our government lies to us on a regular basis.
Sadly, they are right. The Iraq war is an incredible FUBAR that has destroyed a nation, created a new haven for terrorists and cost more American lives than the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Bush is not only a serial liar but an unstable despot whose sanity is increasingly doubted by members of his own family and party. He ignores the will of the people he is supposed to serve, violates international law at will and shreds the Constitution along with the freedoms it once protected.
America has detained without charges, and then released without explanation or apology, nearly 18,700 people since June 2004, the AP investigation found. Many of those released tell horror stories of their treatment while imprisoned, including torture by attaching electrical wires to genital areas, waterboarding (creating the fear of drowning by submerging prisoners), use of dogs and threats of long-term imprisonment.
Waleed Abdul Karim, 26, told the AP how his guards would wield their absolute authority.
"Tell us about the ones who attack Americans in your neighborhood," he quoted an interrogator as saying, "or I will keep you in prison for another 50 years."
Such treatment only fuels hatred towards this country. "I will hate Americans for the rest of my life," Karim said.
I understand why Karim hates Americans and the country they represent. I don't hate America. I love my country but I hate what our so-called leaders have done to her.
Thanks to the illogical, illegal and insane actions of George W. Bush and those who follow him, Americans can no longer hold their heads high and take pride in their country. Bush and his fellow terrorists have destroyed a great country and I fear the damage may be permanent and irreparable.
© Copyright 2006 by Capitol Hill Blue
Doug Thompson also publishes a personal blog at Blue Ridge Muse.
There are a lot of people like you. My wife and I are two of those people that are not happy at all with the way this country is going. My father and mother would not know the USA anymore. I am so worried about what this country is doing to our children. What it is doing to our senior citizens. And what we are doing in other countries.
Posted by: Michael | September 18, 2006 8:53 AM
Why no one demands Impeachment is curious. Is it because there is no two party system and powers of separation are meld into one Dictatorship now?
Posted by: Ray | September 18, 2006 8:58 AM
I'm sure Rush and G. Gordon can explain it all to their listeners this week as to just WHY America has to detain 14,000+ prisoners in secret prisons with no legal basis or charges against them? I'm sure there's some "rationale" for such an embarassment. I mean, anyone who could be against this CERTAINLY must be a LIBERAL!
Question to "real" conservatives and the so-called "Christian" supporters of King George 0: Have you thought about how much all of this costs, especially considering the companies contracted out to do it such as the Halliburtons of the world (who have been fleecing us for years)? The truth will never be known because all of this will be top secret. When your Social Security or government retirement check bounces then you'll know we hit the limit.
Question for the Corporations living off of public welfare who pay no taxes but control our government: If this continues, don't you think your tax breaks will eventually be cut off? I mean, welfare mothers are welfare mothers.
Question for defense contractors: When will your new contracts be cut off because we'll spend more on secret prisons and surveillance of our own population than new weapons programs?
Posted by: JimZ | September 18, 2006 9:07 AM
Yes, indeed, but...
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Posted by: boethius | September 18, 2006 9:12 AM
don't worry, the rest of the world still has such faith in the american people that all they really want is for americans to take control of america.
here's what you must do:
start a petition to outlaw electronic voting machines in your state. some states allow for binding citizens-initiated referenda, so this might be a law you can pass yourself, without relying on the lawmakers to do it for you. do it in states which don't have electronic voting machines & secure democracy while you can. also do it in states with electronic voting machines. at least force the bastards to steal another vote so everyone can see the disparities between poll results & the official count.
then start a petition to instigate instant-runoff voting in every election.
if your state does not allow binding citizens-initiated referenda, start a petition anyway, make the political candidates see the electoral advantage in supporting these two proposals.
in this way americans can start winning back, piece by piece, the country that has been stolen from them.
Posted by: blojj | September 18, 2006 9:15 AM
It is as if I had written your article. I am so bitter, even more so than after the Vietnam trips. We as Americans had best stand up and be counted now, for the enemy is now here, in the guise of far rightwing neo-cons and they must be stopped at any cost. If not, then the constitution is not worth the paper it was written on. Think about it,
Posted by: Stavo | September 18, 2006 10:03 AM
Just who are these Bush supporters? Do they really think Bush is going to lead them to the rapture? Is that why they support him no matter what? Since he is going to take them to heaven, why bother to do what is right here on earth?
Our country sure is crazy.
Posted by: CB | September 18, 2006 10:13 AM
I have felt this way for sometime myself. I get nausated just listening to the "decider in chief". These are evil people with an evil message and an evil agenda. They must be removed.
Posted by: samiiNH | September 18, 2006 10:26 AM
I believe that there is not more of a "roar" from US citizens regarding Bush and his Administration because of the intimidation tactics applied to US citizens that do sound off loud enough to be heard. Bush by his own admission is the "decider" and he decides whatever he wants on a moment to moment basis. George Orwell's "1984" is no longer fiction. In my 50+ years this is the darkest and most dangerous president and administration I have witnessed. The most important message in need of being thoroughly networked through our society today is WAKE UP NOW.
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