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Drone Wars, Kill Lists: A Dark, Deplorable Chapter in America's History

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But the problems in America are not entirely due to poor leadership. What about the people of America, should they get a pass? They watch and say nothing as hundreds of billions of their taxpayer dollars are shoveled into the furnaces of war and destruction while leaving nothing for job creation and educating our children. The apathy is astounding. The people are taking a terrible beating just trying to survive but they seem incapable of raising any objection, saying nothing, doing nothing, just absorbing the blows that keep coming. They are like the character in the movie Animal House who, during his fraternity initiation, gets whipped across the butt and responds with, "Thank you sir, may I have another?" Gluttons for punishment, ripe objects for mind conditioning.

If we the American people continue to remain silent, subservient, accepting and condoning these actions that are so very damaging to this nation's stability, refusing to object and speak out against them when we should, then we must accept our full share of the responsibility for allowing them to continue unabated. And by the failure to stand up for what is right for America, we are all doing a great disservice to those who will follow us into the future. They deserve better, America deserves better.

You are what you do and how you act; you are what the world sees you doing. America can no longer continue to try to portray itself as that symbol of freedom, justice and morality while, at the same time, it is using its power and might to dominate this entire planet. That's pure hypocrisy, that's misrepresentation, that's living a lie.

Let's close with these reminders; what goes around comes around; you reap what you have sown; you will pay the price for your folly; and this slight alteration of a very familiar religious admonition: "For what does it profit a nation to gain the whole world, and forfeit its honor?"

Michael Payne

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)

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If we the American people continue to remain ... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 12:51:19 PM
This topic and article by Michael Payne is though... by Joan Mootry on Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 4:30:57 PM
on how you feel how we, as a people in a nation th... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 5:31:20 PM
Michael, it is clear that you are very bright and ... by Joan Mootry on Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:15:24 PM
Two thoughts leap to mind: 1) http://www.voterocky... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 at 11:45:01 AM
In anything we do. The whole of our existence is b... by Paul Repstock on Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:07:26 AM
In some ways Barack Obama gets a bad rap from both... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 at 9:32:31 PM
Any person who professes to have a superior unders... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 at 11:29:49 PM
You apparently don't know that I believe even the ... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jun 10, 2012 at 2:16:52 PM
Paul, you began your comment by saying: "Any pers... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jun 10, 2012 at 2:59:31 PM
In my view, it is a wise man who understands why S... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jun 10, 2012 at 3:34:47 PM