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April 30, 2003
Lies, Damned Lies, and Government

Lies, Damned Lies, and Government

The U.K. press isn't turning loose of the lies their government told them.

When did the people in this country become such hypocrites?

Maybe we always were.

Kent State was one of the defining moments of my youth. I heard the news that the National Guardsmen, essentially US soldiers, had fired on US citizens on US soil, with shock and fear. Back then, I couldn't understand how such a thing could happen here, in my country. It was inconceivable to me that US soldiers would kill US college kids. Simply inconceivable.

And the more I read revelations that no one, not even the men pushing it, thought we should be in that war, or that it was winnable, the more the memory of that day haunts me. This article is right. The USofA citizenship didn't rise up to protest that war. The protesters were a small percentage of the population. Heck, they were a small percentage of their age group. (Bush's indifference to the war as he drank and partied his way through college isn't unusual. Most college kids behaved the same way. Maybe this is why the revelation of his lackluster college performance didn't hurt him in the polls?

By and large, there was an attitude of "government knows best" in those that that I see, with some bitterness, still rules a large portion of the population today.

It's a mystery to me how those people manage to live with themselves. It's a mystery to me why they don't choke on the lies, instead of swallowing them happily and hoping that now things will get 'back to normal' and they can go back to watching Survivor and Cops and pretending that the larger, real world, doesn't have anything to do with them.

Forget the hypocrisy. When did we become so complacent?

When did it become okay for us to become a bunch of oppressive, imperialist goons? From where do we, with our faltering economy, future-destroying deficits, and semi-totalitarian, elitist Administration, get the nerve to lecture anyone about how to set up a democracy? Especially as we're, once again, demonstrating that what we say about "liberating" Iraq and what we're actually doing are so far apart.

Once, long, long ago in blog-time, I whined that I didn't understand the constant refrain of complaints the world leveled against the USofA. I didn't understand the complaints about our sense of entitlement, our lack of understanding of the rest of the world, or our misunderstanding of our place among nations.

Today, I do understand. I can't say I'm happier for the educational experience, but that's the way it goes. If more people looked up from their television screens now and then, the resulting culture shock from learning how things really work might not be so intense for each of us.

Now, I have to go dig through American history, read about two dozen books, and see if I can figure out what went wrong with the grand experiment of government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

At some point, the people decided they weren't part of the formula and I'm determined to figure out when and why.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:45 AM