Sunday :: Nov 13, 2005

America, We Hardly Knew Ye

by pessimist

It's a sad time when the country I thought we were proves not to be so. Populated by Kool-aid drinkers who proclaim only they have the truth, run by liars and frauds through elections stolen for political advantage ... It would make anyone sad.

Imagine if you were once President of this once great land:

"Everywhere you go, you hear, 'What has happened to the United States of America? We thought you used to be the champion of human rights. We thought you used to protect the environment. We thought you used to believe in the separation of church and state,'" Carter said Friday at Unity Temple.

"I felt so disturbed and angry about this radical change in America," he said.

He placed responsibility for that moral crisis largely on the Bush administration, citing a pre-emptive war policy, inadequate attention to the environment, and the use of torture against some prisoners.

On this I have to disagree. I blame those whose 'moral' values start with 'pro' and end with 'fit' and whose attitude about expressing that 'morality' is 'anything goes'.

And I'm not alone.

I am a retired Friends pastor - 89 years of age and a dedicated peace lover. I have been a pacifist for well over 70 years. I spent 39 years of my life in one form of ministry or another in 4 different states.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, "I venture the challenging statement that if American democracy ceases to move forward as a living force, seeking day and night by peaceful means to better the lot of our citizens, then Fascism and Communism, aided, unconsciously perhaps, by old-line Tory Republicanism, will grow in strength in our land." He made this observation in 1938 – nearly 70 years ago.

Just because you don't think or feel like you're living under fascism doesn't mean you aren't.
What if your 'white privilege' and affluent lifestyle, plus mass media compliance with, and covering-up of, fascistic policies, are cushioning you from what is an everyday reality and nightmare in the lives of many others?
Does that absolve you of responsibility for what your government and your elected and appointed officials are doing in your name, and with your tax money?

Once known as The Most Trusted Man in America, Walter Cronkite weighs in on the topic:

Walter Cronkite earned the trust of the American public as had no other journalist of his time. He became a kind of national father figure in a career that spanned the terms of nine presidents — Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

When 900 persons packed Lees Hall at Cedar Crest College on Nov. 6 for "A Conversation with Walter Cronkite," it was evident that the venerable newsman has retained his appeal. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, Cedar Crest's president, introduced him as 'the most trusted man in America.'

The crowd gave Cronkite standing ovations at the beginning and end of the program, and applauded when he defended Social Security and called for an end to the war in Iraq.

What was missing from the hour-long session, though, was the tone of Cronkite's remarks to the press at an earlier session that Sunday afternoon. There, the man who conveyed and symbolized hope was positively dismal in assessing the nation's future.

"We're going straight to hell," Cronkite said when asked where America is headed at the dawn of the 21st century. "We're in as difficult a state as ever in my time."
Cronkite found that little, if anything, is working as it should. The nation's bridges, highways and railroads are in deplorable shape. Airlines are going bankrupt left and right. There's a crisis in health care. And, the country's going broke.
"We're in a desperate financial hole, and I don't see how we're going to get out," Cronkite said. "We're encumbering the next three or four generations."
The most dangerous problem of all, Cronkite found, was the failure of America's schools. At a time of increasing competition in the global economy, America's children are falling behind those of other countries.
Internationally, we're in big trouble — "We've lost much of our friendship in the rest of the world."

Now watch those who claim to be the truth spout about how these remarks are all wrong.

Let them know how YOU feel.

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