January 30, 2007

A Nation's Breakdown

There is much I disagree with in the second paragraph of Chas W. Freeman’s article—like most of it.
Unlike his, my history of the US includes such things as the genocide of the people who were here before the Europeans came; slavery that was practiced from before the time our nation became a nation until the second half of the 19th century--and the Jim Crow laws that followed; the child labor of the 18th through early 20th centuries; the propping up of puppet governments and dictatorships often after overthrowing an inconvenient government that had been--wait for it--elected by the people of the affected country; the union busting of the 19th and 20th centuries; the fact that the US had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 20th when it came to enfranchising women and minorities. I could go on.

And Freeman didn't give even a nod to the many domestic problems facing the country today such as education, the continued denial of civil rights to at least 38% of the population [Natives, Blacks, Hispanics and Gays ], poverty, health care, etc. And I'm not even going to go into the women's issues here--though I certainly could.
However, given his ignoring of certain uncomfortable truths, he does seem to do a passable job of delineating the nervous breakdown this country is in the midst of at the moment.

Here is the article.

1 comment:

TomCat said...

I also came across this article and opted not to blog it yesterday, largely because of its second paragraph. While the US has done a far worse job presenting ourselves to the world under Bush than at any time in our history, I don't think we were ever the shining beacon Freeman presents. Those who disagree might consider reading 'The Ugly American' published in 1958.