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United We Stand...My Ass!!

xxdr_zombiexx | July 4th, 2006

Once upon a time, just a few years ago, before the Hijacking of America, we were a reasonably prosperous country that was not necessarily perfect in the eyes of the world but not the virulently hated country we are now.

We had our problems - we are 5% of the world population using nearly 45% of the world's natural resources. People elsewhere rightfully criticized us for this and this is doubtlessly involved in some of the so-called "terrorist activity" against "America". People who cannot live like we can are somewhat righteously indignant when those resources come from their lands.

More specifically, the anger and terrorist activity is focused on/caused by US corporations' behaviors in countries around the world. In the Middle East it is our very presence that offends some, while others are (rightfully) concerned about US Federal Government and Department of Defense plans and designs for their oil and other natural resources.

It's been nearly 6 years now since America was hijacked, taken over by a Republican-Corporate coup, interfering in the 2000 Election, successfully removing Al Gore as the winner.

When every other news outlet was broadcasting Gore as the winner, some upstart in a FOX newsroom in Florida, a newscaster related to George W. Bush, in a state where George W. Bush's brother was - and still is - Governor, the rightful process was halted and gerrymandered through a nebulous system ending up at a GOP-controlled Supreme Court where Bush was installed by a vote of a few GOP-controlled Justices (an abomination of the term).

What is the outcome of this hijacking, so far?

We are now the New Nazis.

Stop gasping. I hate to say it much as you hate to hear it. It's what we are, whether you like it or not.

And you, Mr. or Mrs. "United We Stand" flag-waver, are to blame.

We are known for torturing people and lying about it; kidnapping people and flying them to foreign countries, many our so-called "enemies" for torture - and lying about it; invading a sovereign country for Oil and to make permanent bases from which to wage wider wars for oil and resource - and lying about it.

And you have cheered this on.

Team Bush has dragged America down into the mud of history. We are soiled as a nation and as a people. American is a dirty word.

That means you and me whether we like it or not. People in other countries hate you and me specifically because of what corporations and the US Federal Government does in our names. Things you have cheered on and defended in water-cooler talks.

Elsewhere in the world, people say "I wish the Americans would stop this or that". They don't always sort us little people from the folks clearly and not-so-clearly responsible. So they are simply angry at "the Americans. and you have  George W, Bush and the whole Cheney-Neocon "Cabal" (their term)are fairly and squarely to blame.

George W. Bush signed a paper authorizing the illegal attack and occupation so he is most squarely to blame and the blood and horror is on his hands. It's his legacy.

And you have cheered it on.

3 years on into this ugly blunder, I still see numerous cars festooned with their stupid ribbons and that hijacked flag. The one that rasps me the most is the flag with "United We Stand" on it.

Every time I see one of those I grit my teeth.

It symbolizes my powerlessness to do anything about Team Bush and the Hijacking of America. It symbolizes what Team Bush and the GOP have done to America.

It tells me about the power of media control and the power of propaganda. it reminds me how slack and disgraceful the Press, the so-called "Mainstream Media" has become as American Democracy has been suffocated and systematically replaced with a fascist nationalism that the MSM has gleefully participated in. And it reminds me of the sheer power of the television in what passes for "America Culture".

So get a clue, America. We are NOT in any remote sense of the term "United". Those who believe this are off in a daze of corporate and political propaganda.

When I drive down the road and see the aforementioned ribbon-festooned vehicle - SUVs are renown for over-representation in this class of phenomena - I can only imagine the owner to be a tv-watcher. For why else would one believe the ridiculous things these people believe, things known to be false despite the incessant refrain from the country's "leadership" broadcast religiously by the "mainstream media".

I don't buy a goddamned thing George Bush says and you are fools to do so.

There were no WMD's found in Iraq.

None.

A few old shells with 20-year-old sarin gas do NOT meet the criteria for "WMDs".

Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. Team Bush had more to do with 9/11 than Saddam. It's also clear that as hated and nasty a man as Saddam was, he held Iraq together much better than Team Bush is able to do.

We didn't "liberate" Iraq. That's just another big fat lie.

We attacked a severely weakened sovereign nation that has the world's 2nd largest reserves of oil, a commodity upon which 3 entire generations of Americans have been raised to be utterly dependent. Now that the end of oil is looming the ugly fights over controlling it ad it's magnificent profits is already well underway.

Our troops who are in harm's way for lies and oil - which means they are there to protect the magnificent profits of a few wealthy men. Our troops who are getting shot at and bombed, maimed and killed daily, along with countless thousands of innocent and harmless (and doubtlessly nice, pleasant, funny, and warm) Iraqi people who are likewise being fed into a meat grinder.

Ugly, ugly things are happening in Iraq, in Our Name. In YOUR name.

But still you drive around with your "United We Stand" stickers and cheap plastic window flags cheering on things which you do not understand and which are blatantly and irredeemably wrong.

You ribbon magnet people are supporting the ugliest mountain of bullshit this country has ever been involved with, waving your little flags and cheering on George W. Bush and the organization of killers and liars that surround him, but you are deluded fools. You have been hijacked too. Used like cheap street whores. You have been lied too, ripped off, your jobs sold down the river, your tax money given to the wealthy.

Still you cheer and drive around with your stupid magnets.

If you don't do anything else in the next week, take that goddamned "UNITED WE STAND" magnet off your car.

Take it off your SUV and that God-Awful HUMMER H2. Scrape it off your windshield and throw it away. (Please recycle it!)

For we are not UNITED! I do NOT "stand" with your President. I reject him and everything he has come to represent.

Have a nice Fourth of July and remember THAT fight 200 years ago was about tossing off a yoke of tyranny from another tyrant named George.

You really do want to stop cheering him on.....

Originally posted to Toking Points Memo on Tue Jul 04, 2006 at 05:35 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Just adding to the fireworks for this Fourth of July.

    This Flag Unites as many people today.

    Thanks for any feedback and have a great day.

    Doc.

  •  Excellent parody! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xxdr zombiexx

    The part where, after calling the American people nazis for ten paragraphs or so, you encourage them to recycle really nails the craziness of the left!

  •  Freedom of Speech Prevailed (1+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx

    On this July 4th, I'm proud to be an American.

    With the rejection of the Flag Desecration amendment, Freedom of speech prevailed.

    Progressives need to continue to fight for Democracy.

    "The only people I fear are those who never have doubts" - Billy Joel

    by leftbird on Tue Jul 04, 2006 at 06:12:12 AM PDT

  •  From a compatriot (0+ / 0-)

    Warningsine

    Mr. President,

    Just wanted to let you know I will not be participating in any traditional 4th of July celebrations today.

    I wanted you to be aware that this American sees nothing to celebrate. You see Mr. President since you proclaimed yourself the decider you have decided that things like humane treatment of people, helping the disadvantaged, freedom of the press, rights to free speech, peace...you know all the cool things we used to think America stood for...you have decided those things are quaint. Old school...you know...pesky little traditions that just get in the way of you and your ruling party's power grab.

    So you now decide which laws you will follow and which ones you wont and the ones you wont you get your henchmen in the Party to change them to keep your ass outta trouble. That doesnt seem to me anything to celebrate...know what I mean?

    Do you understand why I wont be waving any flags today? Or that if I do it will upside down?

    It is because this nation and its core principles are under attack by you and your party. Your party has destroyed all that was left of an already fragile political system. Your corrupt friends have finally turned this political system into the laughing stock of the world. Fair elections my ass. Your illegal invasions have turned America into the most feared nation on the planet...not the most respected. Your party has seen to it we have lost all respect among reasonable and rational people. Your lies have killed 1000's upon 1000's of innocent people in Iraq. You and your vice president schemed to make the identity of a CIA agent known to the world in an effort to keep your lies about Iraqs WMD a secret. You have spied on Americans, scanned their library browsing tendencies and scoured their bank accounts. You have given obcene tax breaks to the rich while refusing to raise the minimum wage for the poor.

    I could go on Mr President but i think you get the point...I hope you get the point. So I wont be celebrating today. I wont be watching any parades as people try to keep up the illusion of some sort of American exceptionalism.

    I wont be grilling hot dogs and drinkin beer with my buddies as we puff our chests out cause we are Americans. More likely I will watch the soccer match today and wonder if I would be this disillusioned if Gore had become president as he rightfully should have been. You know....before you and The Party scammed and manipulated the system to make you The Decider? Ahh what might have been.

    So I wont watch any shallow speeches on Americas greatness because we are no longer so fucking great. I wont watch the kids laugh as the firemen throw candy to them in celebration of specialness because we are not so special. You have managed to place us right along other known fascist regimes such as Italy and Germany in the 1930's and 1940's. Nope...I got nothing to celebrate.

    In fact all I can do at this point is hang my head in shame at you and your Party. At the reckless destruction of everything your party deems a threat to their power. This is no time for celebration. You and your Party have seen to it that there is nothing to celebrate but alot to be afraid of.

    peace

    warningsine

  •  Blind, Deaf, and Dumb: (0+ / 0-)

    I guess my little rant will mostly fall on deaf ears:

    The percentage of Americans indicating they were extremely proud to be American increased in 2002 (after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks), and remained at its 2002 level through 2004. It has fallen back since then.

    In January 2001, 55% of Americans were extremely proud to be American. That figure shot up to 65% in June 2002, ultimately reaching a high point of 70% in June 2003. It remained high in January 2004, but began to decline in 2005 and is now essentially back where it began, at 57% extremely proud.

    However, and encouragingly, Bush's popularity is still dying

    President Bush's approval has slipped from 37% to 35% in the last month.

    Time Magazine has published the first set of poll numbers since the Supreme Court ruled that President Bush overstepped his authority because of the Guantanamo tribunals. There have also been at least two Osama bin Laden tapes widely publicized by the media since the Supreme Court ruling. In the past, the spectre of bin Laden has often raised Bush's poll numbers.

    It is possible that this poll was taken too quickly after the Supreme Court decision to see the effect of bin Laden's tapes on Bush approval.

    There's the value of unrestrained propaganda and a media system eager to please it's masters/

    And  speaking of Bin Laden

    WASHINGTON, July 3 — The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday.

    The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said.

    The decision is a milestone for the agency, which formed the unit before Osama bin Laden became a household name and bolstered its ranks after the Sept. 11 attacks, when President Bush pledged to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice "dead or alive."

    The realignment reflects a view that Al Qaeda is no longer as hierarchical as it once was, intelligence officials said, and a growing concern about Qaeda-inspired groups that have begun carrying out attacks independent of Mr. bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    So even though the hunt for bin Laden has been cooled-off even further, 37% of the country STILL somehow thinks Bush isn't destroying their futures right before their eyes.

    That 37% is largley attributable to the impact of Television.

    Blinded by the flickering light.

  •  People started getting peeled away from the (0+ / 0-)

    United We Stand approach on 9/13/2001, when Falwell and Robertson did their Talibangelical spiel on the 700 Club.

    Now it's United We stand, but only for Rightwing Heterosexual males.

    If the majority can vote away my rights today, then they can vote away yours tomorrow.

    by grada3784 on Tue Jul 04, 2006 at 07:00:23 AM PDT

  •  My signature line applies to (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xxdr zombiexx

    The Democratic Party,
    "Mom, baseball, apple pie, and a unified Democratic
    Juggernaut."  
    And I will say it proudly and loudly to my fellow
    dems:  "United we stand, divided we fall."

    It doesn't have anything to do with those bumper stickers, it's all about "Crashing the Gate."

    "United we stand, divided we fall"

    by Cassandra77 on Tue Jul 04, 2006 at 07:48:44 AM PDT

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