“The U.S. is the biggest threat which exists in the world. It is a senseless, blind, stupid giant which doesn’t understand the world, doesn’t understand human rights, doesn’t understand anything about humanity, culture and consciousness” – Hugo Chavez
Why do I find myself in agreement? When I examine the human rights abuses past and presently practiced by the United States, I find myself in complete agreement. When I consider the sovereignty of nations and the invasive practices by the United States to undermine countries around the world, I find myself in agreement. When I consider our instant pop “give it to me now” culture and entertainment gratification, I find myself in agreement. When I examine the xenophobic reactionary response to all thing not American, I find myself also in agreement.
I don’t enjoy bashing America, but then again, I don’t enjoy watching America implode either. If the truth cannot be spoken, then the truth doesn’t matter. As an American, I silently and not so silently grieve over what America has become. The hollow arrogance and self righteousness that now permeats this country is appalling. There are some great things about America, but they are being overshadowed by so many other things that aren’t so great. Some of them are downright horrifying and terrible.
As the world’s self-appointed policemen, America has become the bully on the block, pushing and shoving and demanding it’s way like petulant child who dropped his ice cream cone. This behaviour is disgusting and reprehensible and is a reflection on our foreign policy and quality of leadership.
Under the Bush Administration, America has become a sad, sick joke of a country, a hollowed-eyed rheumy old man stumbling about on a six day drunk, lurching and crashing and boisterously demanding that it gets it’s way, or else. Chavez is right, I don’t care if he’s a socialist. It makes no difference at all.
He is of course, referring to the American government, just as much as I am. Chavez has reached out on several occasions to help Americans directly, but holds no respect for our government. Frankly, I doubt very much that world leaders pay much attention to the little people, the actual citizens, although that is not the case with Chavez. Most world leaders consider themselves above the common people and take no notice of their voices, complaints or criticisms. Bush considers himself immune from all constraints, including Constitutional constraints long since imposed upon the Executive Branch at the foundation of this country. He deliberately distances himself from the common man and requires a massive security army to accompany him everywhere he goes.
The elitist behavior as exhibited by our so called “leaders” should give you reason to pause. It demonstrates just how standoffish they really are and how out of touch they are with the average American. They do not see this country like you and I do, which should be patently obvious by the way in which they “rule”. Issuing edicts and decrees irregardless of their impact and benefit or the detriment to the people themselves, the elite practice a form of exclusionary isolation of remote ruling in regal comfort.
We’re supposed to think this is normal for our elite, but I tell you, it is not. It’s a reflection of how far off the mark they are in mind and body to the lives of the American citizen, to say nothing of the foriegn citizens that they have tortured, imprisoned and renditioned around the world. Plainly said, they don’t live where we live and they don’t think like we think and they don’t respond like we respond. Most of them are dead inside like Bush, feeling nothing and never admitting to their mistakes. Blasted and wounded soldiers aren’t worthy of their attention, only “patriotic” and worthy if they’re dying for the cause of their Empire.
It’s not my Empire and it’s not yours. They created it and they’re the ones that want it. Not me. I want nothing to do with it whatsoever.
The huge gap between the people and their leaders is probably insurmountable under this present form of government. I hold no hope whatsoever when a victimized mom cannot even get an explanation from her dead son’s commander in chief. This isn’t grandstanding, but just the opposite – a private and painful never ending agonizing torture of trying to come to grips with the loss of your only son and being utterly and totally rejected by the man who made it happen. It’s not Cindy Sheehan’s fault President Bush won’t meet with her, it’s his. And it’s also his fault that he sent her son off to die for a war based upon his deceptions and his lies. Goddamned right he owes her an apology and all of America too. Every last man, woman and child in America and in the world. He owes the people of Iraq an apology and those in Afghanistan. He should be lashed with a thousand lashes for his lies and his deceptions that have cause so much pain to so many people.
Out of touch with humanity? Chavez is absolutely right. Our government doesn’t even recognize what humanity is. It remains untouched by the all the suffering and the pain and the agony that it causes. It refuses to hold itself accountable for its very actions that are directly responsible for the deaths of thousands, even millions of people. It’s truly unconsciousable in its disregard for its blundering policies and inordinate demands upon peoples throughout the world. It’s a hulking rabid demonic corpse, lurching and flailing about as if it were alive, but really belonging to the souless undead.