American - no hyphen

Posted Monday, January 26, 2009, at 2:02 PM
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    A Veteran of the Korean "police action" with months time in an army hospital and scars for souvenirs.

    But, there have been times when I felt great shame for my country.

    When three little girls died in an Alabama Church Bombing.

    When three college students were murdered and buried within a earthen dam in Mississippi.

    When a Detroit housewife was shot to death at the wheel of her car because she was a "marcher."

    When J.F.K., R.F.K. and M.L.K. were murdered by the haters.

    When a black veteran was dragged to death behind a pickup at Jasper, Texas about three years ago.

    When four teenage punks from far southwest New Mexico robbed and raped [with impunity] the region's "long walkers" crossing the Rio Grande.

    We have the best political, economic and social systems on the planet, just so long as they work for everyone.

    When any are excluded, our systems are no better than any others.

    The U.S.A. is better than virtually all other political entities on this planet, but we aren't perfect -- and at times there is reason for shame.

    -- Posted by bigsurmac on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:02 PM
  • I totally agree with you Betsy!!

    -- Posted by Lev1 on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:46 PM
  • Well said, Betsy, I met people of that remembrance, when I enjoyed a short time there.

    bigsurmac, Shalom. I am in agreement with your words, as something none of us should ever forget, nor neglect. I must disagree with your manor of presentation, and the frequency of your reminders. You seem to love the 'cake,' in which you live, but have frosted it with brine-water frosting.

    I am very sorry you have so much unhappiness in your heart, that you feel you must, so often, 'rain' on the nice things people say.

    In Messiah, His Shalom, and healing. Arley

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 8:25 PM
  • Thank you for those commenting for catching the point. I appreciate it. Unless a person is sleeping during history classes, there are incidents and societal behaviors in which no reasonable individual would agree were anything less that brutal or barbaric. Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, that is why it is called history. Hopefully we can learn from the mistakes and missteps previously taken.

    Granted our country and its citizens are not perfect but I would like to think the vast silent majority are proud they are American. My point was bemoaning the fact national pride shouldn't be conditionally based on election results and that we do have friends around the world because our country "had their backs" as it were.


    -- Posted by coolidge on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 11:38 AM
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