(127 posts) Wed Nov-23-11 07:50 PM
Original message I am no longer proud to be an American.
We Americans love to crow about how “great” America is. Certainly I was raised to be proud to be an American, but I no longer am. Why?
There are more than 50 million Americans who are either unemployed or underemployed. Many of these same Americans and more have no medical coverage except for emergency care and they are afraid to get that because they know they can’t afford it and/or are too ashamed to ask for it. We are the only “advanced nation” in which basic health care is not a human right.
We complain that we don’t have enough doctors, engineers, or scientists, so we hire people from other countries where they get their higher education paid for from the general fund, while our students must either come from rich families or they have to take on tens of thousands of dollars of debt to get a higher education. Meanwhile, we are graduating kids from high school who cannot read and understand a basic contract.
We have millions of citizens who are homeless, many of whom are veterans like me.
Millions of children (and many adults) do not have enough to eat.
We spend more on so-called “defense” than the rest of the world combined, while too many of our citizens do not have their basic needs met. We, along with our “European friends” (and now our “Russian friends”), are the major producers and distributors of weapons to the rest of the world. Maybe if we were a better “friend and neighbor” to other countries we wouldn’t have to spend so much to “defend ourselves” against our “enemies”. I find it hard to believe they are merely “envious” of our “greatness”.
Our Congress has become dysfunctional. Too many of our “representatives” are more concerned with kowtowing to their rich benefactors while saying whatever lies they can get away with to be reelected, rather than working to benefit their constituents or find solutions to America’s woes.
Our Country’s infrastructure is rapidly declining. “No-brainer” jobs bills that would put people to work fixing this problem are not coming out of this dysfunctional Congress for political rather than economic reasons. Too many politicians would rather deny Evolution or the conclusions of climate scientists, reaffirm “In God We Trust”, name buildings and erect statues to Ronald Reagan than do their job.
People in this Country are being pepper-sprayed, beaten with batons, and arrested for doing nothing but exercising their First Amendment rights.
Unfortunately, there is a lot more I could add to this short rant, but I have to get ready for Thanksgiving. I don’t want to even get started on the need for paper ballots and fair elections.
I would like to be proud to be an American again; but with these things going on, I fear I may never again be proud to be an American.