An online commentary I recently read relative to another issue came from an 8-year Viet Nam era veteran. This “American hero” admitted that "once upon a time" he bought into our "Great American Ethos" image and rushed off to “serve my country days after graduating from high school.” Now, he says, “I have earned the right to say the following," and I take seriously what his email said (I have added emphasis on some of his issues listed):
“For most of you out there, the good news is that capitalism is succeeding beyond its proponents wildest expectations on:
porn of the most degrading and criminal types
illicit drugs of all types to fill the corporate coffers of those who provide the logistics
profit from weapons (legal and illegal) to murder) (sometimes for that type of porn movie).
Corporate war profiteering with disregard for the life and economic costs
Hate crimes and those who hate with out carrying out the crime
etc. ad nauseam.
I say to you who have delusions of grandeur;
America is not what those corporate profiteering bumper stickers SAY !
AMERICA IS WHAT AMERICA DOES !
There are a million stories like the one this column addresses. When will the real Americans stand up to what's wrong INSIDE while they cheer the patriots who are defending against outside threats.
AMERICA IS WHAT IT DOES !
When I picture Americans as a collective society, my image is people in jail with Seinfeld, Cramer, George, Elaine, and the rest in their final episode.
Do you remember the charge they were guilty of?
AMERICA IS NOT WHAT ITS PEOPLE SAY,
AMERICA IS WHAT ITS PEOPLE DO !!”
Read his comments, then read the rest of the "news" for this day or most any day. As he concluded, “Anyone who can actually do that, and still have delusions of grandeur about this nation and its "citizens" is brain dead, in terminal denial, and has neither the guts nor the inclination to change that.”
Jesus taught his disciples a good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit, meaning our actions betray what we really are (Matthew 7:17-19 NCV). America parades its lack of character and integrity daily by the things it advertises and practices. Like a cancer in a terminally ill human body, the destructive parasite will eventually destroy the body on which it feeds, resulting in the death of the body.
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