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Independence day: Oh say can you see.

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(Article originally published here on July 1, 2019)

Oh say can you can you see by the dawn's early light all the killing we've done in the wars that we fight?

What so falsely we hail at the twilight's last gleaming.

The broad stripes and bright stars hide centuries of imperial crimes and our scars.

O'er the ramparts we watched as our bombs caused killing the screaming.

And the drone's lasers stealth glare, and the depleted uranium bombs bursting in air, gave proof to the night that our false flag was still there.

Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave for the land of the un-free and the home of the depraved.

Protestors have frequently chosen July 4th as their independence day: Nat Turner planned his slave revolt for July 4, 1881, Henry David Thoreau went to Walden Pond on July 4,, 1885 to protest and unjust and corrupt state. William Lloyd Garrison burned the Constitution of July 4, 1854. Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass his pastoral of rural idealism, on July 4, 1855. John Brown timed his raid, an armed slave revolt of Harper's Ferry for July 4, 1858 and 1859.

What to Americans today does Independence Day represent? It should be a day that reveals to all of us, more than any other days of the year, the massive injustice and cruelty to which Americans and the world are the constant victims. Our celebrations are a sham, our so called liberty, an unholy license, our national greatness a swelling exercise in vain glory. The sounds of our rejoicing are vapid and heartless, our denunciation of terrorists, brass fronted impudence, our shouts of liberty and equality pompous ignorance, our prayers and hymns, our sermons and thanksgivings, with the ubiquitous parades and solemnity, are, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy. It is a thin veil, a mask to cover up the multitude of crimes which has disgraced our nation of savages. There is not a country anywhere on earth more- guilty of the shocking and bloody killing of innocents than the United States.

"Oh say can you can you see by the dawn's early light all the killing we've done in the wars that we fight?"

Our pentagon dominated politics are flagrantly inconsistent and immoral. We champion and boast of our love of liberty, our superior civilization and our hypocritical veneration of Christian piety, while the political power of our nation, as embodied by the two parties are solemnly pledged by political graft to support and perpetuate the enslavement of mankind throughout the world.

We profess to believe that, "of one blood God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath commanded all men, everywhere, to love one another," yet we notoriously hate and glory in your hatred of all men whose skins are not colored like our own. We have declared to the world, that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," and yet we hold securely people in bondage around the world, which according to Thomas Jefferson, "is worse than ages of that which our fathers rose in rebellion to oppose."

The existence of the disparities of the huge inequalities in this country and throughout the world is a sham upon humanity and a base pretense of our Christianity as a lie. It has destroyed our moral standing at home and worldwide. It has corrupted our American politicians. It has destroyed the foundations of our religion, it makes our name a hissing and a bye word to a mocking world.

"What so falsely we hail at the twilight's last gleaming."

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