Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Americans Are Assholes
It’s the most wonderful time of the year; upcoming political elections. People are yelling and screaming and disagreeing and calling one another names like “idiot” and “moron”. I’ve never really understood the name calling as part of our democratic process. If someone doesn’t agree with you I don’t think calling them names is going to magically make them see the light and come over to YOUR side. “Wow, this person just called me a moron so I must be wrong about everything I think. I will give this person hot doughnuts for helping me see the error of my ways”.
Throw into this grand mix a few thousand refugees who are fleeing a war torn, decimated country (that WE have had a hand in creating) and you’ve really got a show to rival anything ever conceived on Broadway. I am expecting any moment for someone to take a chisel and chip away the words engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty. You know those words? That whole “Give me your tired, your huddled masses” thing? The words to that poem for the 21st century America should read something along the lines of:
Not like the brazen giant of capitalistic fame,
With conquering limbs astride from Wall Street to
Here at our BP-oil washed, smoggy gates shall stand
A paranoid woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Go-Away. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide scorn; her suspicious eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Stay in your war torn lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With tight lips. "Give me your Christian, your bootstrap able,
Your low wage masses yearning to breathe McDonald’s grease,
But the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to refugee camps,
I lift my lamp beside the locked door!"
Am I crazy? Do I not understand that terrorists could be hiding amongst those refugees? Do I not understand that the children of these refugees could grow up to bomb a town in
or ? Do I
not understand that the refugees are going to destroy American Christian values with
their Sharia law? Do I not understand that Halal law could effectively close
down Big B’s BarBQ restaurants? Yes, I know, I know. Paranoia run rampant (you still
thinking you’re going to end up in a FEMA camp, right?). Are we really going to keep professing
that Christianity is such a great loving religion and keep harping that the U.S
of A IS a Christian nation, but in the next breathe refuse to admit to our shores a small
fraction of homeless, war torn, cold, hungry refugees based on unmitigated fear that we allowed to take root and bloom? Ohio
Yeah, I know, “Why isn’t Saudi taking them?, “Why isn’t the UAE taking them?”, Why isn’t
taking them?”. I used the
same logic before I realized that argument isn’t logical at all but childish selfishness.
As a teacher nothing drives me crazier than when I get onto a student for some misbehavior
and the first thing that student utters is, “Well INSERT NAME is doing it and
you’re not getting onto them.” Let me cry you a river, kiddo. WE are supposed to better than THEM, remember? Qatar
Our country was founded on taking chances. It is in our DNA. We are the ancestors of the persecuted, the slaves, the down trodden, the hungry, the stateless. We are Irish and English and Scottish and African and Cuban and Chinese and German and Egyptian and Japanese and Filipino and every other nationality one can think of.
has long been famous for
being the Melting Pot of the world. And being a melting pot is what all Americans have to
thank for our advanced technology and medical research. Americans take chances and
reach further into the unknown than others dare to, and the more anyone tells
us we “can’t” then we somehow “do.” THAT is what being an American is all about. Or used to be. Or maybe it never was and I am living in a past that never existed because I was told over and over again while I was growing up that that is who and what Americans are.. America
Back to the refugees: If you take the time to educate yourself about the process these refugees would have to go through to even be considered for entry into this country, the whole “I want to protect my country” argument starts to fall apart. Notice I wrote the word educate. That doesn’t mean reading one news story in one news source and then proclaiming yourself informed. How did we come to be what we are? How did we come to look upon another group of people and hate them simply for the way they look or for their religion or for the fact that they want a better life?
has become a country of “It’s
mine and you can’t have it,” all the way from the 1% down to the lowest person
on the economic ladder. America
We don’t want to share. We don’t want to give. We want our 155 channels, our new cars, our specialty grocery stores, our green lawns, our new patios, and our shiny new smart phones and we could give two shits if another human being is going hungry or going without needed medication or has a decent education or a warm house in winter. Hell, we don’t even take care of our own in the U.S.A so whatever makes people like me think that
would be willing to show some human compassion towards nameless, faceless refugees from a land far away? And you think that America America
is still the ? Take a long drive through the Mississippi Delta, the lesser known streets of Detroit and Philadelphia, and the outreaches of the Appalachian Mountains and then tell me that land
of The American Dream is the
land of opportunity and equality. America has
become the land of assholes. And I apologize to the world for that. I’m sorry
we are assholes. And yes, I just resorted to name calling, but I included myself. America
Happy early holidays everyone….
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