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The Peversion of American Exceptionalism

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But Ronald Reagan could not have lied to us. All those around him had, and said under oath that he never knew about it, which means that he was the dumbest President we have ever had, even dumber than that born-again Christian, Carter. He might have been born again, but he was not one of the Club. Besides, Reagan had beat him in an election, so Reagan was obviously so much smarter. But how could he have never known what was going on around him? Like I say, either he was incredibly dumb, or perhaps we could just say "unaware," which is not the kind of President I would want, or he was a liar. As were his people. There is a lot of recent documentary evidence that suggests the latter.

Nevertheless, the Republican Party has needed a hero. Certainly not Nixon, not Ford although he was a very nice man, clumsy but nice, and certainly not the Bushes. For different reasons, just not hero material. So Reagan it is, and we have seen the campaign to build his legend. Who dares to challenge it? After all his name is on a school or a library or a public building or an airport in nearly every city in the nation. How dare we say that the man did horrible things when we are surrounded by his name and legend and Republican leaders still get tears in their eyes when they talk about him? Can't we see that it is just a little bit manufactured? Or perhaps even a little bit overkill? Why do we need to glorify him if he did nothing wrong?

I was in all those countries, as a teacher, a missionary, a student, a contractor to the Agency for International Development, a Foreign Service Officer and a contract researcher. I saw the disappearances in Argentina during the "Dirty War," I saw friends assassinated in Guatemala and saw some of the sites of the massacres. I saw the Viet Nam style scorched earth surrounding what used to be villages of Mayan peasants, and I saw the posters on the trees and broken-down walls showing a square-jawed GI Joe type soldier with an automatic weapon in one had and a Bible in the other.

I left Guatemala in fear for my own life, for many of my friends, former teachers and students and local politicians and technical advisors had died, none of them peacefully. On a Boy Scout hike we discovered the bodies of university students scattered around the top of an active volcano, dropped their by a military helicopter with poor aim. Traveling along the Pacific Coast Road on the way to Mexico, one had to stop too often because of bodies dumped there in the ditches, hands wired behind their backs, one bullet hole in the back of the head. The many archeological ruins were out as a place to take the family, most of them had become body dumps.

But these were all Godless Communists, and our President Reagan openly congratulated his murderer for hire, Guatemala's Christian dictator, a graduate of the School of the Americas, a born-again Christian who had been ordained a minister in California, reportedly a friend of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, his daughter married to a member of the U.S. Congress. One of the chosen. A man who believed in the values and morals of a Christian America represented by Ronald Reagan. That good Christian, according to public records now presented before a court of law in Guatemala after thirty years, was responsible for close to one hundred thousand deaths. All for God-approved Democracy.

Christiane Amanpour of CNN did a documentary on Osama bin Laden. In it she examined his early dedication to Islam, his deep conviction. But then she asks a question which must be asked of this man, as well as Reagan and his people, indeed of our Christian Nation as so many people claim it to be. "How does the love of God become a mission to kill?"

After leaving Guatemala where I had lived and worked for a decade and a half, I lived in Peru and Chile. But I could not escape Reagan's War on Communism. Nicaragua was his target then, complete with a secret army being trained by the CIA, an army in need of money since Congress did not allow him funds to invade a foreign country. But I saw the money he needed, suitcases full of it,   leaving Peru to go to Panama and the Cayman Islands, much to the disgust of the DEA agents stationed in that country who were not allowed to do anything about it. Their job was to interdict the growth of drugs and their shipment to Colombia. The money going north was to fight Communism; many of the largest coca growers (a legal crop in Peru, to supply Coca Cola among other world industries) were patriots who had also donated to the Reagan campaign. In fact manhy of them had met Reagan at "The Ranch" prior to his election, and been promised that he would help them wipe out Communism in their country. The money they were sending him was not from the sale of cocaine, but from the sale of coca leaves to Colombia. They didn't trust the Colombian cartels, so they took their money in cash, but as it had come in illegally, it had to go out illegally, thus the suitcases, boxes, and other containers taking it out.   The actual cocaine made in Colombia when to El Salvador, and from there straight to the United States. That is another story, but one fully documented, as well documented in fact, as the story of the missiles going to Iran.

I started writing about Central America years after I left there. It was frankly too painful to even think about. Guatemala, that Land of Eternal Spring, the birthplace and still home place of the Mayan Culture and of three of my children, was drenched in blood. Some of that blood came from friends, former students and other people I knew personally. I left on threat that my own would soon be spilled.

But then teaching courses about Latin America at a U.S. university, some of   my students began asking why I never spoke about Central America. They kindly pushed me into letting them start doing research, and then I did, wanting to better understand, even prove that what I had seen had been real. I found out that what I had personally seen, the friends I had lost and the destruction of places I had loved; all that was not even the tip of an iceberg. It was more like a drop of water on the tip of an iceberg on a rainy day. What surprised me most was the wealth of documentary evidence that had become a fortune available to anyone who had access to a computer and was willing to look.

Without my own records which had been destroyed as I left Guatemala, I began to write about my own experiences in a form I call documentary fiction, and I concentrated on the movement of the cash money needed to pay for illegal parts of the War on Communism. Those books, entitled Movin' Money are available anywhere as e-books. Since those books present an unpopular view of the Reagan era as something other than godly, I decided to publish a free reference book about the documents I used. That book, Movin' Money - The Documents, is free on Smashwords.com. It is a short book full of references to Internet documents, many of them U.S. government documents recording investigations of their own actions after the fact. The references also include documents of the Catholic Church and the United Nations, as well as the story of a Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize winner who escaped the massacres but wrote about them for the world to see. I also found that some news reporters were not cowed by the pressures and the blackballing of the Reagan and later Bush governments. One of those is the man who has chronicled the Reagan story from the beginning, Robert Parry, a prolific contributor to OpEdNews. He was the Associated Press journalist who first broke the story about Reagan's secret army called the Contras trafficking drugs; his story stimulated the investigation by the U.S. Senate which turned up more than just a few bad apples carrying a kilo or two north on Contra supply planes. Over time, his stories and others stimulated other investigations, then internal audits of U.S. Agencies, then books, more news articles. and finally even the de-classification of the private diaries of Oliver North and the publication of the secret but leaked documents of the thousands assassinated by Guatemalan Military Intelligence, all trained at the School of the Americas.    

What I saw in Guatemala and El Salvador and in Argentina, Peru and Chile and other parts of Latin America, then later learned about as it took place in Angola, Ethiopia and two dozen other places where the Reagan and Bush Administrations attempted to subvert foreign governments is the logical result of a perverted belief in American Exceptionalism. That perverted view is based on three false ideas: first that the United States was founded by Christians inspired by God and based on Bible principles;   second that God has strengthened the United States to be the most powerful nation on earth so that it has the right and the duty to bring the whole world to His form of Government on earth, which is Democracy (which will allow for the free spread of the True Gospel);   and third that we must fear God, for at any moment if we as citizens of the United States displease him we will be punished, His support will be taken away and our godless enemies will win. So as our citizens continue to reject the true word of God, they must be forced into it, whipped like little children to obey. So it is the Christian duty of those chosen by God to take over our government and get the "right" laws passed.  

These I will discuss in more detail in Part II of this series, but as I said at the beginning, these are the base beliefs of those who have taken over the Republican Party. I have seen what they will mean to our country and to our world if we allow Republicans back into office. They long so much for the days of Reagan; what a horror it will be to see the days of Reagan repeated. We can get a glimpse by just looking at what is going on in State Legislatures around the country now. Never have our basic freedoms been more challenged. I cannot see that Republicans will act any different if they get into office than they have in the past, and that should be frightening to us all.

 

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Dr. Melvin Droubay holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oregon and has taught in several universities in the United States and in Latin America. He has spent half of his professional life in Latin America, and has written several books (more...)
 
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