Sandy, you have every right to be ashamed of our actions in those nations, but not because of the actions of men in combat.
I am a Vietnam veteran who has seen combat. Without going into details inappropriate and unnecessary, I can honestly tell you that combat in the field knows only one rule....survival.
If you want to be ashamed of the United States, then be ashamed for the right reason. We have betrayed every other nation on earth. We declared in the document above to not only build a free nation where all men were equal, but to include all people, everywhere on the planet, under this document. Perhaps it is a hard thing to understand, but unless the Document above applies to all people, it means NOTHING.
Slavery was allowed in our nation, a crime so heinous and unjust there are no words to describe its detriment to our society with repercussions felt even today, almost 150 years after declaring the practice illegal. People can argue economy and necessity all they like, but in the end slavery was driven by greed. It should never have been allowed to continue in a country based on the document above.
In other nations, we have failed to complete our mission, with our ever expanding political correctness that requires us to 'respect' local customs or 'norms', to tolerate or at least turn a blind eye to 'laws' which allow women to be beaten and killed and mutilated like cattle, or to allow despots and dictators to eradicate entire groups of people who oppose them. In our own nation as we expanded across the continent, we deceived the native Americans for the cause of greed. Our words of peace were pacifiers to the objectors, while we allowed soldiers to decimate peaceful tribes because we wanted their lands, yet refused to grant them protection under the principles embraced in that document above.
No wonder we are called "The Great Satan" in the middle east, since we allowed ruthless dictators to remain in power through covert support when we knew, we KNEW they were using torture and suppression to line their own pockets and starve their own people while they did.
We abandoned the people of Vietnam. We abandoned the people of Afghanistan. We have abandoned them on the field of battle and we have abandoned them in the United Nations, where we allow despots and tyrants to head councils dedicated to Human Rights.
And worst of all, we have abdicated our responsibilities as Americans to govern ourselves and allowed greed to rule in Washington D.C.. We have abdicated our responsibilities to maintain a CITIZEN GOVERNMENT. We have allowed ignorance and apathy to become a plague that threatens our existence as a nation. We are the ones having smoke blown up our asses, and the worst part is that we allow it.
By recent media accounts, both Obama and Romney will have spent nearly 500 million dollars to campaign for the office of the Presidency. Think about that amount of money and then think about who they will be beholding to once they are in office. I assure you with no fear of being corrected it will not be the American people. They are political whores selling promises to the highest bidders. As are the Senators and Congressmen currently in office. There are no honest career politicians.
There are other viable candidates, and we should be looking at them, learning about them, and above all backing them. Recently I mentioned Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, on a Facebook post as an alternative to the status quo. The person who made the original statement said he would consider such a candidate, but since they usually only get 2-3% of the vote, he would probably opt for one of the popular candidates. I pointed out to him the reason they only get 2-3% of the vote is because of people like him, people who lack the courage of their convictions and the fortitude to support a viable alternative to the majority parties.
There have been several articles on Cowbird recently discussing fear. Most of them agree the way to overcome fear is to face that fear head on. The greatest fear I have now is that this nation which has endured so many internal struggles will be no more than a memory in my lifetime, or the lifetime of my children.
Two of my sons, myself, my father, my brother, my uncles, my grandfather and generations of Americans have offered up their lives for this nation. I will not see it fall without a fight. I am not ready to surrender to the almighty dollar at the sacrifice of freedom and liberty.
I will find an alternative candidate, and I will promote him among my friends, and to my neighbors.
Will you do the same? Will you help me to reclaim a nation we can be proud of, a nation dedicated to that document above?