Am I an American? Is our country for real? I am appalled at our audacity. Condoleeza stands up and tells the Russians that it is not 1968, that countries do not invade other countries, take over their capitals, and overthrow their governments? I heard a recording of these words coming out of this woman’s mouth. Does the word HYPOCRISY mean anything to anyone anymore? The radio reported this like it’s just news. No one gasped in shock at the irony. No one commented. On what planet do we all live on that her statement makes the news but not the meaning behind her words?
The radio announcer went on to say the US is dismayed at reported human rights abuses. Again, are we joking? The USA, the progenitor of modern torture techniques, is dismayed the Russia may be perpetrating human rights abuses? The USA, who has done NOTHING in Darfur and other places where masses of human rights abuses are committed on a daily basis, is dismayed? Are we joking?
The arrogance of our government is astounding. I am utterly appalled. Why do we continue to put up with this? Why is the mass of our population so blinded to the realities of this administration? When will we stop putting up with the lies, the hypocrisy, the violence, all of it? I can see it now: it is a few years hence. We all have chips implanted into our necks. We are all being herded hither and thither among various shopping centers. We can’t buy what we want because we don’t have jobs or money or homes. The government, angered that we aren’t buying, turns off our chips, making it impossible to go anywhere or do anything because the chips are required to operate a car, ride a bus, fly on a plane, do anything. Then we start to cry we cannot believe this is happening to us.
Welcome to the future people. It’s happening now. You can believe it and try to change things or poke your head back into your bible, blind yourself in front of the advertising machine, or numb your brain with substances. We are responsible for the state we are in. This is supposedly a democracy (though I think valid arguments could be made against this assumption). If it is a democracy, then we are responsible for the people running the show. We decide whether we will allow this to continue, indeed that it has happened at all. Americans are responsible for what we have become. Ultimately, Americans are responsible for where we end up. Do we want to be arrogant monsters who are hypocritical in everything they say or do? Because that is where we are. The question is whether we are going to stand up, grow up, and take responsibility to change things before we destroy ourselves and our planet.