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Neglecting Jefferson, the Adams Boys, and Pogo

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Message Rafe Pilgrim

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 parties."

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' Ay!"
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 Antarctica.
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 criminality.
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? "Enhanced interrogation"?
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.

(Article changed on May 16, 2014 at 15:57)

(Article changed on May 16, 2014 at 16:26)

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