Although I find Veterans for Peace a bit more effectively on-message and
less tangled up in its own organizational underwear -- compared e.g. to United
for Peace and Justice, and whither art it now? -- I was disappointed in the
proposition in VFP's recent petition vis-a-vis the current Ukrainian situation,
calling for Obama to: " Schedule a meeting, one-on-one, with President Putin as quickly as
possible , to discuss ways to defuse the
crisis and to respect the legitimate interests of the various
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One of my liberal (no derogation intended) compatriots responded: "This is
great but I can't see it happening; it makes too much sense," which impelled me
to rejoin that "This isn't great -- it's dumb. Who is Obomber or anyone else
in the Western Hemisphere to intrude holier-than-thou in problems between
political, ethnic and historical cousins -- if not brothers -- a hemisphere
away. Both parties and humanity will be relieved if Obomber stays in his own
hemisphere and cleans up his own act rat chere in tha gud ol' Hew Ess o'
Although I, a progressive, approve of confronting our misrepresentational
government, I pause to consider if the petitioner is perhaps unknowingly
afflicted by a strain of the current "Proud-to-Be-American" syndrome, which
renders its victims incapable of comprehending that ninety percent of the other
peoples of the world now suspect, dislike, fear and/or hate us: the prevailing
animus from all of Europe, the land mass east of Europe, Asia, Pacifica, the
Muslim world, Africa, South America, and wherever. I admit to uncertainty re
Many years ago when traveling abroad I learned to avoid the company of
American tourists obtuse to their host country's sensitivities, to keep my voice
soft, my clothes generic, to avoid offering comparisons with the "American way,"
and even not to complain about the plumbing.
Perhaps a brighter side of America's trending exploitation of its own
growing underprivileged sector -- now in the majority
-- will be finally a dissatisfaction of the citizens' own lot along with the
realization of its government as a servant to a small and powerful elite, one
not of intellectual or certainly not moral stature, but simply one enriched by
whatever circumstance, be it ambition, inheritance, greed and even
And what could possibly be the fate of actually patriotic Americans who now
would voice in more contemporary lingo the same sentiments as those
offered by Jefferson, Franklin and the Adams brothers? Certainly such
would be tracked, undergo "key word analysis," etc -- as are practically all
communications for that matter -- by the NSA. And then to
follow: Warrantless arrest? Trial-less incarceration?
It is sad to reflect, as these circumstances would dictate, that Americans
simply lack the comprehension of a lowly swamp crittur who offered
that: "We have met the enemy and he is us."
But thanks, Pogo, and be assured that we ultimately will grasp your
wisdom with the imposition of the yet the more "enhanced" governmental neglect
and abuse certain to be coming at us, and then rise to merit your insight.
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(Article changed on May 16, 2014 at 16:26)
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