If one is a true patriot of this country, he (she) should be appalled at our government's policies i.e. the preemptive and unnecessary wars, the drone attacks and the killing of innocents, our resort to torture, the extraordinary rendition and detention of suspects without charges, the warrantless wiretapping to name a few of the more despicable acts we have descended to use.
That our government has sided with the mega banks, the corporate behemoths and the richest 1% over the working man and woman should make one boil with contempt for its government's betrayal of the majority of the American people.
We have been propagandized and used, many infantilized by insidious advertizing and marketing, treated as fodder and unthinking fools by the charlatans in corporate board rooms as well as the sycophants in elected office that they bankroll and are beholden to do their bidding.
Every two years and every four years we trudge to the polls to elect the same "palookas" or someone else, different only in person, while getting the same awful results.
Instead of storming the "Bastille" and overthrowing the knaves in power who perpetrated and perpetuate our present plight, we've become passive and obedient, trudging to work (if we still have a job), scraping to pay the bills and make ends meet, resisting foreclosure and bankruptcy, seemingly resigned to accepting the plight before us, too tired and beaten down, too bereft of energy, the life in us all but gone.
If there's anything to be heard it comes from the screeching megaphone of the far right tea bagger nativist, propagandized by the likes of Limbaugh and Beck and the idiot Palin revving the raucous crowds with aspersions of Islamaphobia, Obama is a Muslim and is not native born, yelling and screaming to kill government instead of demanding it do the job correctly and effectively to the benefit of the people.
But from the rest we get a collective yawn, too scared to risk losing the meager pittance they've managed to hold on to.
What must happen for us to be so shaken and demand we won't take it anymore?
If the worst recession since the great depression didn't do it, what will? The Treasury has been raided and looted to make the banking bandits whole again, knowing as they do that the next financial crisis and economic calamity they perpetrate the government will come to the rescue, even as they sing and tout the virtues of unfettered capitalism while being beggars feeding at the social welfare tit of taxpayer money.
Why haven't there been massive demonstrations on Wall Street, the Federal Reserve, the Congress and the White House?
It is both saddening and harrowing to witness our slow but seemingly inexorable decline from being a beacon of light in the world to becoming the arrogant bully full of imperial hubris using terrorism and terrorists as the new enemy (replacing defunct Communism) the new menace we must fight to the death in our endless and unnecessary wars.
It can no longer be "My country right or wrong", not when our republic has become an imperialistic hegemonic tyrant, doing more to destabilize the world (while in the name of bringing freedom and democracy) than any terrorist Osama bin Laden could possibly even imagine, never mind actually do.
Only the American people can rescue ourselves, reclaim our government and our country from the ruinous, ignoble and ignominious path we have been traveling. Let's hope it isn't too late.