Sunday, July 03, 2016

Enough of the Rah-Rah

The 4th of July is Tomorrow, and this is the one holiday of the year that I do not look forward to in any way.  In fact, for anyone who is not proud to be an American, the 4th of July is downright painful.
And the fact that I’m a Mormon makes it just that much worse.
In the LDS church (in the US, at least) the sunday closest to the 4th is dedicated to talks about the wonderfulness of the USA, patriotic hymns, and the divine origins of the US Constitution.
And while the rest of the congregation seems to be feeling the spirit testify the truthfulness of such statements, I feel nothing.  Nothing at all.  In fact, all I really feel is sadness for the direction that our country has taken.
240 years ago, I’m sure that the men who signed the Declaration of Independence felt a nervous optimism about where this new country would be going in the future.  I’m sure that they never anticipated the corruption that they were actually releasing on the world.
I’m sure that they hoped that there would be no career politicians.  No rich old men and women who would spend most of their lives in Washington selling their votes to the highest bidder; or evil oligarchs (ie Congress) who would care more for the power of their political party than the needs of their constituents.
I’m sure that they would have never expected that the people of this country would play along with Washington corruption, content to wave the flag and support their political party and demonize the opposing party as long as they have a job and food on the table.
Last night, my family stopped at the Riverton City Park to watch the fireworks.  It was a fun time, but all night I sat feeling only contempt for my countrymen cheering the national anthem like it was their team’s fight song.  Cheering the USA as the greatest country on the planet, all evidence to the contrary.
The thing that makes me the most sad, is that, if we as Americans keep cheering our country as the greatest in the world, nothing will ever change for the better.
So on this 4th of July, I’m going to tell my countrymen a few things that I’m sure they do not want to hear.
  1. The USA is a fallen empire.
  2. There is only one thing that the US is the greatest at: Incarceration.
  3. We used to vote people into office who cared about the people more than their own personal power.  That hasn’t happened in a long time.
  4. We are selling our children’s future to the highest bidder by not balancing the national books.
  5. Come this January we are going to have one of two people on the White House.  Who will you be voting for?
    1. The narcissistic criminal
    2. The narcissistic nazi
    3. Does it matter which one we get?
  6. Your freedoms are being taken away, but like the frog in a slowly warming pot of water, you fail to notice.
  7. You no longer live in a democratic republic.  As long as you continue to vote for the incumbents, you will continue to be ruled by an oligarchy.
  8. We have turned our backs on God, and as long as we continue to do so, we will never again be the shining light on the hill to the rest of the world.  Without God, we will only continue to fall into chaos and tyranny.
  9. We all need to wake up and realize that the USA is not the greatest country in the world, but that it could be again, if we just change our thinking.  Stop cheering our side, roll up our sleeves, and get to work changing things.
  10. Nothing will ever change until all primary elections are free and open.  Political parties should never be able to tell citizens who can and cannot vote in their primaries.  It’s just this kind of closed elections that gave us the two presidential candidates that we have.

That’s all I have to say.
Have a safe and happy 4th.

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