Recently I reminded myself: we've been here before. Remember McCarthy? Remember Nixon?
This is a dark time, no doubt about it. And it's not the first.
This country has SO much to answer for-- not the least of which is the propaganda it spews every chance it gets about it being the greatest country on earth.
It's like Bush's lies that, he hopes, he can pass off as true if he just says them often enough.
Our country has a long tradition of doing exactly that.
So, I want to tell our entire government -- saying something day after day after day DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE.
A country that commits genocide isn't great.
A country that experiments on it's [or any other country's] citizens isn't great.
A country that confines its citizens in concentration camps isn't great.
A country that tortures isn't great.
A country that consistently doesn't educate its citizens isn't great.
A country that is among the richest on the planet in which many of its children are hungry isn't great.
Need I go on?
When the current crisis is past we must do more, much more, than return to the status quo.
This morning at 3:20, The History International Network made my point for me.
A profile of Hitler's early history noted the one characteristic of the US that he approved of and, in fact, sought to emulate: he thought the United States had carried out a wonderful calling by slaughtering the natives of this country, by enslaving them and driving the survivors into concentration camps and, eventually, reservations.
Oh, wonderful, our country received approval from Hitler. Something we can certainly be proud of. Yep--this proves how great this country is.