America needs to look in the mirror


I remember once hearing a story about the tour buses in the 60’s that would take the mad men/leave it to beaver era folks through the Haight-Ashbury seen to see the “freaks”. And of the hippies that would run alongside the buses holding up mirrors…

This popped into my mind while thinking about the recent “crisis” of “illegal immigrant” children from Central America. Because America does need to take a good, hard look in the mirror.

These children are by and large fleeing a situation in their home countries we in large part created. While our misdeeds in that region stretch back at least the early 20th century (revolving largely around United Fruit and competitors). Then picked up steam in the anti-communism fervor of the 50’s/60’s (anyone seeing a connection yet? Abuses by American corporations leading to a desire by the affected people for a government that would look towards their interests?). And really coming to a head under the Reagan/Bush administration, with America supporting assissinations of democratically elected leaders, supporting, arming, and funding brutal dictators and death squads, the Iran/Contra affair (which ties in the long sordid US history in the middle east).

These children are indeed the proverbial chickens coming home to roost.

And of course the need to look into the mirror stretches much further…

9/11 and Afghanistan? Shall we discuss Reagans support of the mujahideen, who largely became the dreaded Taliban, in their war with the evil USSR? Only to utterly abandon them when their usefulness as a tool against Russia was dulled.

Or Saddam Hussein, a favored son of the Reagan/Bush era? Who WE supplied with weapons of mass destruction in their war with Iran? And of course we would need to discuss Reagan playing both sides of that war…

Or much closer to home let’s just have a real look at the backlash we have witnessed once a “black man” was elected to the “white” house. After well over two centuries of horrible abuses and injustices we passed the Civil Rights Act, patted ourselves on the back, and largely pretended the issue was resolved.

The list goes on and on…and on. I am afraid that if we don’t start taking a real look at ourselves and our own major role in creating most of our problems…if we continue to see the rise of the mentality of the far right where the US is some grat, pure, infallible nation and all the problems are because of “them”… then I am afraid the US is on track to be one of the shortest lived nations in world history.

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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4 Responses to America needs to look in the mirror

  1. List of X says:

    Or maybe, just maybe, these people stare at the mirror too much, and think that what they see there is what everyone else should be…

  2. btg5885 says:

    The list could go on. Check out Barney’s current post for a link to a Bill Moyers interview with Chuck Lewis on his new book “935 Lies.” It goes hand in hand with your post. We have to start holding our leaders accountable and search for the truth and not the spin doctored version. The dilemma is we are pushing a rock uphill.

  3. Barneysday says:

    I’m a strict believer in the Law of Unintended Consequences, and know that most of our leaders, past and present, have never heard of it. We are not seen as the great liberators in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld group would have us believe, and the forces of religious fighting continue, as they have for thousands of years.

    We are a warring nation, and have a congress full of Chicken Hawk warriors, who’ve never served, but are more than willing to sacrifice your children in the name of their pretend glory.

    Great post, and we all have to continue writing of the things we believe.

    Thanks

    Barney

  4. Clark says:

    Couldn’t agree more. If the US continues to pick and choose a moral code based personal needs and give false narratives to create fear for our people we will find ourselves in a web of destruction. My question is why place blame on the one side of the political spectrum when neither serves in your (or any other citizens) best interest. I used to consider myself a far left as well, but after realizing the diminishing control all presidents have in foreign affairs in comparison to large corporations and big oil, both sides seem to be puppets. -ctr

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