While Australia is my home of choice, and I love her dearly, I was born in and spent my first half century (was 51 when I came here) in what was the acknowledged Greatest Country in the World. A country, while hated by many for good reason, was still a beacon of Freedom and opportunity, a country that took care of it’s own. My heart is broken, and tears come rushing through knowing that my grandchildren and great grandchildren will never enjoy the most awesome American way of life that I and my parents had. They will never have the opportunity to do as my parents, to build a comfortable fortune, to have a decent job that pays a liveable wage, or even to have access to health care. They no longer have the freedom that I had to backpack the country, working, partying, exploring that I had, the freedom to move from place to place and find work as well as friendly people. There are few friendly people left. They are too afraid of each other to be friendly.
A few months ago I watched the news in horror as a mans house burned to the ground, killing 3 dogs and 2 cats trapped inside, while the fire department looked on, because the man had forgotten to pay his $75 subscription fee. I cried as I listened to the horrible voices of the likes of Glen Beck and Sarah Palin and many of those running for congress as they said the guy deserved it. “Time to weed out the free-loaders”. This in the same state where my grandchildren live.
I am angry that decent and dedicated Patriots who wish to Serve, Protect and Defend their country, men and women willing to die for their country are denied that right because of who they love. I am angry that when the Judicial system ruled that DADT was wrong, and told the military to stop enforcing DADT, the President who I had supported and defended for the past 2 years, who promised to end DADT, allowed his administration to step in and reverse that decision. “Yes we can” became “no we won’t” once again.
I am angered as the flood of money, by the MILLIONS that is being poured into the political system by Billionaires and Global corporations like B.P, and Rupert Murdock, and Koch brothers, who are deliberately fracturing the people and the infrastructure. I am infuriated the the wealthiest corporations wish to funnel more and more American jobs to India and China, whilst denying any hope to the working poor in America.
Schools shut down, police and fire department staff laid off, street lights shut off, roads pulled up and gravelled rather than repaired, bridges closed or collapsed, the entire infrastructure has broken down, is out dated and outmoded. Why? Because the rich don’t pay taxes and the poor are out of work., and congress would rather cut help for the people rather than give up those huge campaign donations from the bastards who caused the freaking mess in the first place.
I am crushed to the soul as I watch more and more violence by Americans against Americans who are of the ‘wrong’ skin colour or religion or gender or political party. I watch in sorrow as I see those people that I grew up with, whose families were my family, vilified because they are Latino. The border states want to pass more and more laws to punish those who still believe in the American Dream, yet those same laws allow American gun dealers on the Mexican border to sell the weapons and ammunition to the drug lords in Mexico that are the reason decent hard working Mexican people are fleeing north in fear of their lives!
And I wonder, with things so bad at home, with the country in such need of relief, or rebuilding, why is it necessary to fund and maintain over 730 military bases around the world, many in countries where the inhabitants don’t want them?
America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is no longer the country where the Lady at the gate welcomed with the words:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The country of my birth, a country that I love as much as this one, is become a wrenched third world country. A bully country run by bullies.
It’s easy to say “quit watching, there’s nothing you can do about it”. That’s like telling a dying mother’s child not to sit by the bedside because that won’t save her mothers life. I am a child of America. I can not turn away and pretend it doesn’t matter because there is nothing I can do about it. I can do nothing, and that is the most devastating of all. When I try to block it out, I find that I must block out so much that I cease to be able to function with any intelligence. I spent so many years of my life caught up in the politics and controversy that it is part of who I am, part of what makes me “Me”.
There are a lot of crazy people saying a lot of crazy things about the constitution, most of whom have never bothered to read the thing. There’s a lot of crazy people out there who claim to be Christians who have never read the ‘words in red’. Scarier is that these seem to be the same people. They will not be happy until the Mississippi is flowing red with the blood of everyone who is not just like them.
If I could have 5 minutes with President Obama I would like to say the following,
For 2 years I have defended you, Sir. “Give him time”, I said, it took years to get into this mess, it will take time to make things right. Now I see that yet again this administration has gone against it’s own promises. Time and time again you have broken the promises you swore to keep. Your administration is defending the War Criminals, the liars and thieves who occupied that office for the 8 years before you, by not allowing them to be prosecuted for their crimes, and even denying American Citizens their rights, under the First Amendment to petition the courts for “a redress of grievances”. You have not only continued many of the Bush administrations criminal policies, but in many ways you have made those policies even worse.
You made a promise that those who wished to serve their country would no longer have to lie about who they are to do so. Once again you have not only failed to keep that promise, but when a member of the Judicial Branch of government ordered that DADT no longer be unforced, your administration has stepped in to keep this outrageous act in place. What happened to the Checks and Balances we were taught in school that were so crucial to the democratic system of the USA? In the shredder, obviously.
Your daughter told you that as the first Black President you had to be the best. I am saddened that as she grows up and sees what has happened under your ‘leadership’, she is going to be very, very disappointed. You, Sir, are little better than the man you replaced.
Katherine “Nana Mex”
USA Citizen by Birth
Australian by Choice
Carnarvon, Western Australia
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. ~ Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” ~ Winston Churchill