For decades now I've listened to countless people including myself refer to the social control construct we live under as a "democracy." I've heard countless state unequivocally how this is the greatest most benevolent nation in the history of the world.
I've heard more recently how the US armed forces are the mightiest fielded also in the history of the world. This despite the fact that despite all this technoligical crap we're all paying trillions for the US is getting an assbeating in the Middle East.
The American people feel free to admonish the rest of the world on human rights which it also believes it is the best in the world in terms of keeping track of such rights here at home.
As I grew from a boy to an old man now, and thankfully destitute of any form of ideology; patriotic, religious, or any other sort of belief that doesn't require considerable thought to determine it's validity. I was a boy scout. Went to Catholic school, though I can say without any problem, I wish my sainted mother would have left my ass in a public school.
I went to church every Sunday, confession every Saturday scared shitless at the tender age of eight that I'd die before confessing my sins and go straight to hell. I probably wasn't the best student in the world. I did well in the subjects I liked, and not so well in those that didn't interest me.
Got me through a Master of Arts in Individual Studies though. I served my country during time of war. Even spent a year in the Active Reserves. All this time believing I lived in the single greatest country known to mankind.
The sort of country that stands forth on the mountain as a shining example of Democracy, and an example for the rest of the world to emulate.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that whole shtick was a load of crap. Imagine my surprise when I discovered there was no "Gulf of Tonkin" incident to kick off the Vietnam war.
James Stockdale, Admiral USN, Ret, was in an F-86 flying over the Gulf of Tonkin when this "incident" was allegedly happening, when he said there was nothing going on down there. So 58,000 Americans, and a couple million Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians died in an attempt to save French colonialism for good old America.
Not Communism. There was no threat to the US from the Vietnamese, and countless billions of dollars that could have been used for cancer research, to help strenghthen our educational system, or just put more food on people's tables, simply went up in smoke.
Further the US had their asses RUN OFF by the advancing NVA. That is, the US CUT AND RAN. Not the soldiers, but POTUS, and senior military and government officials. Sadly, information wasn't as readily available in those days as it is today. Remember the computer that took Apollo 11 to the moon and back wasn't much more powerful than a hand held calculator!
The US, besides enacting genocides against other people, has on many occasions stood by and WATCHED others commit them You know like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Idi Amin, the mess in Darfur, and others.
But my disappointment was far from over. The Korean "police action" technically goes on to this very day. The only thing the US was able to do to the DPRK was push them back beyond the 38th parallel despite MacArthur's attempt to annex North Korea. Made it to the Chinese Border and was shoved all the way back.
Imagine the world "landscape" if the US had involved itself in stopping the Nazis in, say, 1936 or 1937. Yes, it is well known the US was suckered by Winston Churchill in to the first world war using "Remember the Lusitania" as a war cry despite Maritime law, and rules of engagement, passenger ships were to carry no implements of war and certainly not J.P. Morgan's huge store of ammunition. See, the Brits had already broken the German code and knew exactly where the sub that sunk the Lusitania would be. Remember Churchill's "Room 40?" Ever even heard of it? I thought not.
People are still convinced that the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor was a "sneak attack." This, despite the fact that Roosevelt sent the Pacific Fleet from It's home in San Francisco to Bumfuck Egypt, I mean Pearl Harbor. The battleships were of WWI vintage, and the carriers put to sea, ALL OF THEM. There is now clear evidence that FDR well knew of December 7th 1941, before December 7th, 1941. There was at very least radar contact with the incoming Japanese aircraft in time to sound General Quarters. You might want to do some reading on this topic. Unless you NEED this crap to be true to hold your belief system together.
Same goes for the use of not one, but two nuclear weapons on an Island that had been virtually burned to the ground by US incendiary bombs. The death toll in Tokyo alone was twice that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Most of the other large cities had been incinerated the same way.
Nagasaki was a secondary target. Clearly as long as these nuclear devices fell on the island of Japan, that was enough. The Japanese Air Force was completely destroyed, her navy was at the bottom of the Pacific, and the US had weeded the ground forces out as far north as Okinawa. Invasion? My ass! They could have continued their already brutal use of incendiary bombing and burned the remnants of Japan to the ocean floor.
But no, the myth of having to invade the Island of Japan persists to this day.
What about covert operations like, oh, say, the overthrow of the government of Mohammed Mossagdeh in the favor of the Pro US Mohammed Reza Pavlavi. Or Salvador Allende of Chile for General Augusto Pinochet.
Not many know that prior to Juan Batista, President of Cuba was overthrown by Fidel Castro, the US supplied weapons and logistics to Castro! Then you have the Bay of Pigs screw up, Not because JFK called it off, but because American Air Support didn't show up because their watches were not set to the correct time, and they arrived an hour late. Well, to late for the Cuban exiles who were captured or killed.
What about US support of brutal dictators such as Poppa and Baby Doc Duvalier of Haiti, and the latest installment of a thug to power in Haiti. There's the US backed overthrow of Augusto Sandino in Nicaragua for Anastasio Somoza, another murdering thug. Organized terrorists such as the "contras" who raped pillaged and plundered the Nicaraguan country side, and the Death Squads in Guatemala and El Salvador green lighted by John Negroponte. All in the name of "Freedom and Democracy." Actually it was to open markets for US corporations and empire building. But let's not cloud the issue with facts.
The US has supported the Saudi Royal Family for decades for oil and a footprint in the Middle east. This despite the fact that the citizen
Now, just for kicks, what part of this definition applies to the United States? Not just now when things are at their worst, but lets go all the way back to 1787. The Constitution of the United States, referred to by the non-president as “just a goddamned piece of paper,” was written by rich white men. None of these mopes could decide how to write such an instrument and please everybody.
By the time they finished cobbling it together, it pleased NO ONE, and was so full of loopholes you could read a newspaper through it. Down through the history of the US, the wealthy have always controlled most of this country’s riches. Now, more than ever. It wasn’t until FDR arrived on scene that ANY form of social safety net existed in any form. Then listening to the dumbshit Americans whine about socialism and finally communism, as if these forms of social control EVER EXISTED IN FACT.
So, I wonder, what part of our “Democracy” do YOU want to recover? This country has NEVER BEEN A DEMOCRACY, THEN OR NOW. The system has been fraught with lies, fraud, murder, genocide, and other forms of mischief since day one. This country, that would be the United States of America is the chief terrorist nation on earth. Then you have the little monkey Israel, stolen from the indigenous people by the US, UK, and UN. The question now is, who is leading who around by the nose. Israel or the US. If you want to know, just do a little looking into how many of these right wing extremists are Jewish or Christian Fundamentalists or Zionists. Anti Semite?, me, who cares. The Truth is more important. Even many Jewish Rabbis state unequivocally that according to the Torah, Israel isn’t supposed to have attained “statehood” yet, and I guarantee there will be no peace in the middle east as long as Israel exists.
So, for all you people who want your democracy back, remember, you have to have had one to start with.