Fearing our own shadow

The Land of The Free has been surrendering freedom hand-over-fist because the Home of The Brave is scared of its own shadow.  Almost literally, its own shadow.

wwii-rubbleWe’ve for generations been the arms dealer and political destabilizer to the world.  Our CIA and armed forces have taken down one dictator to prop up another for the past seventy years.  Our government has lied about its wars, warmongering, entangling alliances and foreign interventions for much longer than that.  Our CIA and NSA have been spying on the whole world, including every person within our own borders, as well as prying into foreign elections (and our own) for long enough that it’s disingenuous to complain about foreign spies and foreign interference in elections…unless we claim we’re the only ones who’re supposed to do all that.  To everybody.  All the time.

We are the most heavily-armed, most globally nannying and bullying, domestically intrusive, imprisoning and militarized nation of all time.

It is our own shadows that both terrify and genuinely threaten us now, and, surprisingly, in the past, too.

While nobody ever says it exactly like this, the most common justification I ever hear or see for USA’s Fear-Aggression Syndrome is: Our past screw-ups necessitate today’s screw-ups.

Rational people can look at the USA’s past mistakes reasonably.  Our government made horrible, deadly, costly mistakes when it was far smaller, less powerful, less secretive, less snooping, and vastly less heavily-armed and militarized both globally, and domestically, than today.  But ironically, the closer we get to the present, the more wrong we call right, and the more we justify today’s wrong by yesterday’s wrong.

We all know that slavery and native genocide was bad.  Only the more educated among us know that the wars against Mexico and Spain were motivated by greed and desire for empire, and had nothing whatsoever to do with protecting American liberties and land.  But very few consider how Teddy Roosevelt stimulated the Empire of Japan and the USA helped create the Soviet Union, however, so we tend to think of WWII as a wholly Good War, where the USA wore white and saved the world for liberty and justice for all.

Bellamy2The point is that, the closer we get to the present, the more our views of USA government become disconnected from reality.
Even after we learned that the Vietnam War was justified on, at best, a screwup, we tend to think of USA government as a benevolent god of peace and love, incapable of wrongdoing (though we keep seeing new wrongdoing every day).

This is a freakishly weird phenomenon.  But it’s also the nature of tribalism and idolatry.  We love our team, and we hate the other guys.  We can’t see the wrong in our idols, teams, champions and leaders, but we know that the other peoples’ idols, teams, champions and leaders are pure evil.

In other words, we see the past more clearly than the present.  And we see other sinners more clearly than we see ourselves.

So, as a result, we exemplify the exact opposite of The Golden Rule.

This is self-immolation.  We have so many impending disasters of fiscal, social, monetary and military nature, that we desperately need a revolution of heart and mind.

You can’t be the Land of The Free if you’re not the Home of The Brave.  But no nation can survive at all with this kind of stupid.

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  1. Yes, emotion (religion) is a poison to freedom. The ratified 1788 Constitution separated Church (religion/sin) from State (crime/evidence/fact).

  2. Emotion isn’t a poison to freedom! It’s necessary to wrestle freedom away from our default state of fear, anger, oppression, slavery, genocide and war! Emotion is crucial!
    When I lost faith in my atheism, I realized that…everybody has religion. There’s a lot our brains must take on faith, and the rest we choose to take on faith. We don’t continually test our memories, and I see how dogmatically people defend the most preposterous political, social, and even scientificish positions.
    That’s all religion.
    We have to be careful with our words. The 1st Amendment is clear, and I think you’ve made a terrible mistake with it.
    The first amendment denies the federal government any AUTHORITY in the matters of religious practice, and the institutions thereof, as well as in the matters of speech, press, assembly and petition.
    There is only one active clause…Congress shall make no law respecting…
    So your interpretation would mean that we must keep the media away from politicians, and that free speech and federal government can’t go together.
    That’s totally wrong.

  3. The ratified 1788 Constitution secured U.S. citizens freedom from government abuse of constitutional power by not delegating government a power over citizens and citizen’s freedom, and citizens Rights, and citizens religion too.


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