Dear Washington, We are Not Your Prey; We are Your People

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The following was written a few years ago. It is not meant as an anti-American rant; rather, given recent decisions by the U.S. government, the issue seems more relevant than ever and serves as a warning to other rising nations. If our only interest is in power and control, one that publicly rallies behind human rights, democracy, and justice but ignores these in the pursuit for profit, collapse seems inevitable. What is offered here is what some believe to be an “alternative truth.” 

Dear Washington and Rising Powers:

We are embarking upon the most challenging periods in our history in that the threats we face as a nation are not necessarily the conjured-up plans of some suspicious foreign power; rather, they are the combination of years of arrogant and short-sighted foreign policy and a diseased form of capitalism that threatens to hijack our now complacent government. This “disease” can use the government’s own citizens as prey while treating those, even allies outside of it, with total disregard.

For years you claimed that you were against being “isolationist,” but what did that mean? In truth, what that really meant was that our nation did not want to be neutral. It wants to pick a side. And in picking a side, we must always be on the right one. A dead person can never tell her story, but we can tell it for her and make ourselves the hero. We are the superior; she the inferior. Our nation, then, without question, is honorable. We always pick the right side. We always pick the leader that leads proper, even a current dictator.

Our nation was so honorable and so anti-isolationist that it became the world’s savior and police officer. It, as the only honorable and moral nation in the world, as the free republic, as the greatest democracy, can lead the globe through American supremacy in both military strength and financial dominance. This proves our superiority and purity in the eyes of God as better than all other nations and human beings. HE has blessed the secular Christian in us. God Bless America, and all others must obey us to appreciate being free. Embrace Walmart, the Golden Arches, and Bibles in your hotel chain nightstands, or die. Our nation was always isolationist: our way is the right way.

For anyone that is “rogue” or “defiant” there is a financial “sanction” that will starve the common people more than the elite. If such a state does not see the honor in our superiority and morality, then we will strike with might. And bombing will surely kill many more common people than elite, but that’s fine as long as the nation tells all of us at home that the operation is named properly as to not offend: “[the people we are bombing and killing with WMDs here] freedom.”

Political correctness is very important in our country, I would have you know. We are very sensitive to offending ourselves.

Political correctness — though a well-intentioned form of kindness — has quickly become a sneaky form of repressive and dangerous censure, and our “zero tolerance” for the truth can make us a nation of grand fallacy over a nation of stark truth, and no matter how powerful, no honorable nation can survive on fallacy alone. I fear our democracy is dead. It was completely killed on 9/11, not by the mostly Saudi men that carried out the attacks, but by your own hands years before.

Do you remember, my fellow Corporaticians, when “greed was good?”

But greed breeds hurt, hate, and retribution. Greed breeds instability, power vacuums, the need to build and use a military machine, to buy and sell WMDs (How is an F16 not a WMD?). Greed makes a convenient friend on day one, a spy on day two, a bedfellow on day three, and a dead body on day four, and his terrorist son on day five; and he gets “enhanced interrogation” at a “black” site from a government contractor in Romania on day six. Who knows what will happen on day seven? Do you?

We accuse him and say, “Why do YOU hate America? Why do you hate freedom?” Do you mean operation “Iraqi Freedom” that killed millions of Iraqis and sickened and traumatized millions of kids? Who attacked us? Saudi men from a terrorist network that the U.S. helped create when it abandoned Afghanistan and its “friends” years before. Do we now abandon the Syrian refugees, the Rohingya, the Kurds? Did we help the Iragis’? Did we not expand NATO when we said not? You know, I’ve been asked the same questions. I think I fear MY nation more. Now the Saudis struck US again, by killing a journalist man.

Money means more than democracy.

Because there is no freedom in sanctions; no honor in censure, no freedom in intimidation, no honor in murder, no freedom in lies, no honor in myths, and no government “of the people, for the people, and by the people” in killing people over the differences ideas of the mind bring.

No, we kill for profit, for power, and for control. People are in the way or are prey to use to prop up those ethically and morally void of feeling. We need resources, but greed, corporate monopolies, and presidential despots are the real threat to our national security, not people who hurt. No matter how many times “In God We Trust,” it’s a nation shrouded in rhetorically disguised corruption and mistrust. We make “crime” precise and so much so it’s as if no “crime” was ever committed. And we could, if desired, frame others just the same. That’s what greed can do, but it does not make a nation, only a totalitarian state masquerading as a nation.

No, we are not alone in our disease, but we lead the world in it, and in that should we be proud? Do you call this freedom? Do you call this democracy? Do you call this free thinking? Are you sure WE the PEOPLE are not WE the PREY?

I still have my mind and my liberty and somewhere we still have our country. I want my country back. Do you? Maybe it’s time to send a message to all of you on Capitol Hill, a statement: a vote in voting out EVERYONE “responsible” that holds office, no matter what the label. People are not your prey; we are your people. Our nation’s strength should be taken from what is engraved on the Statue of Liberty, which current events have restrained in parentheses (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”), not greed and corporate-constructed alternative truths.

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Author: dropoutprofessor

A professor of English and Social Sciences that enjoys writing. Hope you enjoy my posts. All published work on this blog is my own. Pictures are used under license from or, unless otherwise noted.

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