Tell Me Why I Should Be Proud to be an American?

June 3, 2008




Don’t cry, baby

Originally uploaded by JaciVico

(Crossposted from here>)
From The Guardian:


At this time many people were abducted by Somali, Kenyan and Ethiopian forces in a systematic operation involving regular interrogations by individuals believed to be members of the FBI and CIA. Ultimately more than 100 individuals were “disappeared” to prisons in locations including Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Guantánamo Bay.

and

“By its own admission, the US government is currently detaining at least 26,000 people without trial in secret prisons, and information suggests up to 80,000 have been ‘through the system’ since 2001. The US government must show a commitment to rights and basic humanity by immediately revealing who these people are, where they are, and what has been done to them.”

Honestly. Tell me. I am paying taxes so people can be abducted and held without trial in a prison ship? How many of these people were SOLD into detention?

The only thing that would make me proud of being an American is sending the architects of this travesty to the Hague.

My patriotism has already been dismissed by some on the Right because I not only vote Blue, I’ve voted Green. My pride in this country has taken a severe beating–Until people are held accountable for what they have done I do not think it is possible to be proud to be an American and do one’s patriotic duty and Question the Government.

I love my country–Right now I am not proud of it.

This Finger goes out to those who have done unspeakable things in the name of my country.

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2 Responses to “Tell Me Why I Should Be Proud to be an American?”

  1. You look handsome in the new picture. I take good pictures.

  2. R. G. Maines said

    I have to say I agree whole-heartedly with you.

    I love my country, but have not been proud to be an American for a long time now. The way the people of this nation are being represented on the world stage is not only shameful and disgraceful but criminal.

    My patriotism too has been questioned and called into doubt, because I speak out and I honestly talk about the ‘reality’ of this ‘great nation’.

    Speaking about diplomacy and peace as options to war have been characterized as ‘treasonous’ statements by some people I’ve encountered.

    Kudos for speaking out.

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