This is Independence Day Weekend in America. A holiday of fireworks, barbecues, and mindnumbing flag-waving. Yes I said it, report me to the CIA.
Don't be an idiot. We don't live in a country that's that free (see attempt at passing a flag burning law). And we certainly aren't fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi people.
The definition of jingoism is: "Extreme nationalism characterized especially by a belligerent foreign policy; chauvinistic patriotism." Holy fucking shit, this describes America EXACTLY.
This past friday, Republican lawmakers tried to pass a flag-burning amendment. It required 67 votes, and fell only one vote short.
Joy Day, of Terry Stulce for Congress, a Democratic Congressional campaign, put it best:
The “Flag Protection Amendment” was nothing less than clumsy jingoism meant to exploit Americans’ love of their country and distract them from this administration’s long list of failures. I would be very disappointed if my fellow Americans weren’t clever enough to see past the flag waving to the cynical motives behind it. And I will be even more disappointed if they do not send a clear message to Washington in November: we are not that gullible, we will not be manipulated by such cheap shenanigans, we will not be distracted from your utter failure of leadership and vision, and we WILL send you home.
Do you know how many incidents of flag burning were reported in the US last year? FOUR. The year before it was THREE. And some motherfuckers were reporting this as a 33% increase, to scare more people into supporting this breach of freedom of speech.
What we've seen since 9/11 is the exploitation of this tragedy by Bush and his administration to pursue their own self-serving motives. Anyone with half a brain knows that it wasn't about WMD. Bush even wanted to paint a plane in UN colors so that Saddam would shoot at it and he would have another reason for going to war.
Surprisingly, 60 million Americans voted for this douchebag, and most of those still spprove of his performance.
We have talking heads like Sean Hannity on 'fair and balanced' news channels saying that you're not free if you're dead--in response to civil liberties concerns with the Patriot Act, surveillance programs, etc. Well I think the Iraqis feel the same way, douchebag! 127,000 Iraqis have died since invasion--and we are supposedly fighting for their "freedom." The hypocrisy reeks.
An eloquent piece by Ray Cassin written a month before the invasion:
"On the President's own testimony, a lot of things have already been decided. Such as that the administration will no longer be constrained by the need to identify a clear and imminent threat before launching a military attack. Since when have dictators given notice of their intentions, the President asked, blithely ignoring the fact that resort to pre-emptive attacks of the kind he advocates has in the past been a characteristic of the rogue states he claims to be protecting us from. If he feels free to violate international law just because he can, on what basis does he condemn them? Contempt for international law and the order it sustains is what defines a rogue state.
And not only will the US make war on whomever it wishes, whenever it wishes, it is prepared to use "the full force and might" of its military. This is apparently a declaration that the US no longer regards its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent only. Is it to be used against those who possess weapons of mass destruction? The contradictions multiply.
This is what is new in the world: a superpower so enraged at the September 11 attack upon it, and so convinced of its divine mandate, that it is prepared to trample on the international order it purports to be defending. George Bush's America has come a long way from that of Franklin Roosevelt and his four freedoms. The obfuscators are not only wrong to compare Hitler and Saddam; they also do violence to history when they ignore the ideals of those who defeated Hitler."
Independence Day is now Jingoism Day. Wave your flag, or be a traitor.
AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW, the launching of the space shuttle was "delayed" until the 4th. Now millions of American families will sit around picnic tables feeling "proud" that we sent a billion dollar hunk of metal into space.