Ashamed to be an American

I never thought I would reach the point where I was ashamed of my country.

I was wrong.

I’ve loved America for most of my 58 years. I’ve fought for her, killed for her, bled for her and damn near died for her more than once.

I served my country even when I thought she was wrong because I felt it was my duty as an American to do so.

But I can no longer do so. America today has become what we always stood up against: A tyrant, a destroyer of freedom, an international murderer with no regard for human rights or life, no morality and no belief in the rule of law.

America now threatens the peace of the world far more than any terrorist group, any communist country or any tinhorn dictator with a suitcase nuke.

""I lived with the Americans for one year and eight months as if I was living in hell," Baghdad shopkeeper Amjad Qassim al-Aliyawi told The Associated Press after he was released from 20 months in captivity without ever being charged with a crime or even being told what he was suspected of doing.

According to an AP investigative report, the American government holds some 14,000 detainees in secret prisons around the world. Few have any idea why they are held, all are denied legal representation or even given details of the charges against them and many are later released without explanation or even an apology.

"If you, God forbid, are an innocent Afghan who gets sold down the river by some warlord rival, you can end up at Bagram and you have absolutely no way of clearing your name," says John Sifton of Human Rights Watch in New York. "You can’t have a lawyer present evidence, or do anything organized to get yourself out of there."

Evidence continues to mount that many of these prisoners are tortured in ways that violate the Geneva Convention, the international accord that governs how civilized nations are supposed to treat prisoners of war and President George W. Bush reminds us constantly that we at "war" with "terrorism."

But America is really at war with itself, attacked from within by a madman President who claims a divine mission from God, waging a fierce battle against the principles that once guided this nation and set it above those who treated human life with callous disregard and claimed any means, no matter how barbaric, justified the cause.

America is no longer respected by its allies, admired on the world stage or trusted by its own citizens. Polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans think Bush’s lies-based war in Iraq was a monumental mistake. Most also think the President of the United States is dishonest and that our government lies to us on a regular basis.

Sadly, they are right. The Iraq war is an incredible FUBAR that has destroyed a nation, created a new haven for terrorists and cost more American lives than the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Bush is not only a serial liar but an unstable despot whose sanity is increasingly doubted by members of his own family and party. He ignores the will of the people he is supposed to serve, violates international law at will and shreds the Constitution along with the freedoms it once protected.

America has detained without charges, and then released without explanation or apology, nearly 18,700 people since June 2004, the AP investigation found. Many of those released tell horror stories of their treatment while imprisoned, including torture by attaching electrical wires to genital areas, waterboarding (creating the fear of drowning by submerging prisoners), use of dogs and threats of long-term imprisonment.

Waleed Abdul Karim, 26, told the AP how his guards would wield their absolute authority.

"Tell us about the ones who attack Americans in your neighborhood," he quoted an interrogator as saying, "or I will keep you in prison for another 50 years."

Such treatment only fuels hatred towards this country. "I will hate Americans for the rest of my life," Karim said.

I understand why Karim hates Americans and the country they represent. I don’t hate America. I love my country but I hate what our so-called leaders have done to her.

Thanks to the illogical, illegal and insane actions of George W. Bush and those who follow him, Americans can no longer hold their heads high and take pride in their country. Bush and his fellow terrorists have destroyed a great country and I fear the damage may be permanent and irreparable.

Comments

  1. TRUTH 101

    OK FOLKS;

    Doug’s Rant DID NOT describe George W. Bush:
    Doug’s Rant described DICK CHENEY.

    GEORGE W: BUSH IS:

    The President of the united States of America
    HE is responsible for the State of the Union.

    BUT HE IS NOT RUNNING ANYTHING, He IS NOT REALLY DECIDING ANYTHING

    YES, he IS RESPONSIBLE and needs, hell, MUST be held accountable.

    BUT, if you impeach
    GEORGE W: BUSH, If you charge him in any bill or document of anything from NOT upholding his oath of Office to War Crimes, what you will end up with is a disgraced in NAME ONLY President and the real problem stepping to the forefront and becoming the NAMED PRESIDENT.

    PAY ATTENTION:
    THERE WOULD BE NO CHANGE.

    After November elections the people of America have the most important decision to make of their entire lives as truly still to some extent FREE PEOPLE.

    They either IMPEACH and TRY THEM ALL or kiss freedom, the Bill of Rights, The Constitution good-bye. FOREVER

    Do you believe for a single second that Dick Cheney would care 5 seconds if George W, Bush is impeached and tried for anything?

    THINK AGAIN !!!

  2. the bushies aren’t really the ones that bother me, the ones who really bother me are the number of people both in and out of government, who are so willing to torture people. Is it because they are afraid, and GWB does what he can to keep people scared, or is it something lacking in us as a people. We say that we are a country of laws, but we condone cheating by vast numbers of people, and lawbreaking by millions-speeding,running red lights, etc. kids see their parents breaking laws, or hear them talk about cheating on their taxes, stealing office supplies, or other kind of things. Does the breaking of laws help lead us to that slippery slope? Why are so many people, intelligent and, one would think, law abiding, so much in favor of torture, and in keeping people, or picking up people, in violation not only of our laws, but the basic rights of the constitution.Sure, these people might not be the nicest guys on the planet, but as people they still have rights. The bushies, when caught, just try to make what they have been doing legal. Why are so many people eager to torture suspects? Are we so shallow, or so afraid, that anything our “leaders” want is fine with us. Has the MSM made it ok for the government to do this? I have lots of questions, but no answers.
    While GWB invokes the Nazi’s at every turn, I have to wonder why, we, the citizens of the US, are doing the same as the citizens of Germany did, allowing, and even encouraging, the government to break the law. Or is it that we don’t want to know about the sewage that runs under the surface.
    The ” I know nothing, I see nothing, I hear nothing” defense-the sgt Shultz defense, is covering up crimes that our government is comitting in our name. And 40% of the people agree with that. As long as the sheeple have their beer and circuses(football and bball) they don’t care what the government does, but to be willfully blind is not an excuse-we blamed the german civilians for what they let the Nazi’s do. Our citizens are just as much to blame, not wanting to know what you don’t know, is no excuse. 40% are willing and eagar to allow torture. Never forget that your fellow americans are ready willing and able to help GWB in this dismantling of the constitution

  3. JoyfulC

    Americans must join with citizens of nations around the world in calling for high-ranking members of the Bush administration to be charged with war crimes. We can’t let them get off scot free.

    ..c..

  4. doug

    Don’t be ashamed of (y)our country. It’s not our country at fault. It is the stooge Bush and his masters who have done this.

  5. TRUTH 101

    WHY do you think that this administration refuses to accept the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague.

    So if our soldiers do something wrong or on impulse or out of EXTREME fear or because they are among the VERY FEW that should have never been in the military in the first place they can be charged and tried as war criminals.

    BALONEY.

    That is NOT the real reason. Don’t kid yourself

    We can somehow capture and take a Milosevic or a Rasdic, or anyone else we so choose, from any other country, to the Hague or we can somehow TRY Saddam in his own country, BUT GEORGE W. BUSH and DICK CHENEY and DONALD RUMSFELD et al. are exempt.

    Spying on Americans, checking their e-mails, their phone conversations, their reading material, not allowing them DUE PROCESS if questioned, putting them on a no-fly list intentionally or by mistake and NOT telling them how or why…This according to our Nation and our current Congress is OK.

    This is called the PATRIOT ACT. A fancy name that will make the termially stupid proud and paste flags on their cars and mobile homes to storefront windows. It will make the disinterested…still disinterested. Therein IS the problem.

    Ye, ROVE has it figured out.

    Do any damn thing you want, tag it with a fancy title, a neverending we fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here and foster a never ending climate of fear so bureaucrats don’t even have to do their jobs well and the SHEEPLE will go BAAAA and not complain much.

    The REAL American Patriots are too few in number right now to get anything done.

    But Come Novermber 8th, that MUST CHANGE. PERIOD:

  6. Dorkster

    I’m afraid that Doug has gone over the edge. This really worries me, because I agree with everything he says.

  7. Doubtom

    Like Doug,with perhaps a bit more perspective due only to more years, I find myself profoundly ashamed of my country. I have also fought in two wars while not always being entirely sure of what I was fighting for. One thing I do know is that I wasn’t fighting so that cowards like Bush and Cheney could rise to the top of our system of government through the use of money and propaganda.

    I’m ashamed that we can’t even seem top mount an offensive against these rich gangsters much less impeach them. Yes, I’m very much ashamed.

  8. doug g

    The ”doug” who wrote ”Don’t be ashamed of (y)our country. It’s not our country at fault. It is the stooge Bush and his masters who have done this.” is not Doug Thompson.

    I just realized that that might have looked awkward.

  9. keith

    Anyone who has served in our nation’s armed forces, or who has held other public office in our US Government (including Mr. Bush and the members of the US Congress) have all taken a solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States from ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic” (emphasis mine).

    It would now appear that it is high time for Americans to hold all of our elected officials accountable for not only the former part of that oath, but for the latter part as well.

    At times like these, I’m also reminded of a quote from that crusty old (now deceased) former archconservative US Senator Barry Goldwater who said that, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!”

  10. Bill Robinson

    Has the time come for revolution? If we impeach Bush we get Cheney, if we impeach Cheney, we get Hassert, if we impeach Hassert, we get Frist, then the cabinet officers. This is no solution.
    Why can’t we get the Congress to act? Because they make too much money for doing nothing, and they have a pension for life. My Solution: Term limit of 3 years for all of them, a retirement program that’s the same as ours–it’s called Social Security, and if it’s good enough for us, why isn’t it good enough for them? What makes them better than us? They are OUR REPRESENTATIVES, not our rulers. The executive branch is supposed to execute our laws, not execute our people. Who gave Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice the right to destroy the Constitution of the United States of America? They swore to defend it, just like every one of those brave soldiers who they forced into a false war in Iraq. The difference is that the soldiers honored their commitment whereas the Bush/Cheney cabal did not. Bush and the others lied. They are doing everything they can to destroy our Constitution.
    This is not acceptable. We have a document called “The Bill of Rights”–I suggest we all read it and send a copy to our Congressional representatives and urge them to enforce this document. Tell them that if they do not you will vote against them in the next election. Remind them every month. Force the issue. Keep after them. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

    Our representatives in Congress no longer represent us. They are too self-involved and self-serving. Look at their list of privileges and see if you disagree. Some of them have appointments for life (e.g. Supreme Court Justices) that they have taken as implied, but are granted nowhere in our laws. This is unacceptable. We must take back our government. This is supposed to be a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Do not let it perish. Do not let these terrible people seize it and destroy it without lifting a hand to preserve what so many of our forefathers died to save and protect over the last 200 plus years. Take back what is ours. Take back our country.
    We the people cannot do worse than the fools in DC have done. Any man with a modicum of common sense knew that there was a civil war going on in Iraq 2 months ago, yet our government refused to admit or acknowledge it. Even the news media wouldn’t call it a civil war. They are afraid to be honest. Maybe we need less reporters “imbedded” and more reporters who are objective.
    If we must take to the barricades, to the streets, we must get the media on our side. We must find a few impartial journalists to air our voices. Doug is one, but his voice is here on the internet. We need National Exposure. We need TV and Newspaper coverage. We need to do this peacefully for violence is never a solution long term. Ghandi proved that peaceful protest can be a powerful force, King showed that it would work if the media coverage would follow. Let’s not lie down and be run over by tanks in Tienamen. Let’s stand in front of the tank with a briefcase with a camera at our back and the whole world watching. It is our country, not theirs. Remember that always.

  11. Jennifer

    Just stop. The more crap you put out there the more people from other lands hate us, Stop the hatred. If anyone of us would realize that fear breeds hate. You have to realize that there is going to be conflict as long as humans think they are separate from one another, until everyone decides to realize that all humans are part of the great big scheme of things will we understand that we should not hate our enemies, we should pray for them. And by pray I mean pray in the way you were taught, but with more compassion, and more feeling, (It doesn’t matter if it’s God or Allah or Jehova, or what ever diety you want to pray to.) Pray that people start looking with their (God et. al) given insight, that yes good people do bad things, and bad people do good things for their own reasons. If you’d stop complaining and start praying more maybe there would be a bigger influence on the “powers” that be. Pray not with contempt for your captors, pray with compassion, for they who capture you are in fear, they who torture you are in a blind rage. Pray for them who know not what they do for they will receive what the lord hath retained for them. And pray that you indeed are given that which God hath planned for you, not that which you have planned for God. Pray that your will and God’s will be of one.
    When all people realize that none of us truly know all of God’s will, will our faith in (God et.all) will be restored. Faith will cancel out fear.

  12. TRUTH 101

    Bill Robinson.

    Extremely well put and Extremely well said.

    There is a little known outlet that people ALL ACROSS the United States can use. This is your Cable Television Channel.
    I have said this before and got very little real response.

    By LAW the cable company MUST provide a “customer channel”.
    Some try and skate with the absolute minimum. This channel is set aside, again under the law so that customers can PRODUCE and AIR TASTEFUL programs on nearly any subject. The best produced ones generally air several times and some are “traded” back and forth to other like cable outlets for airing.

    Simple honest upfront panel discussions NEED to be done by people on this forum or on ANY OTHER FORUM that has figured out exactly what OUR GREAT NATION has become and WHO is responsible.

    Just a start YES, But better than sitting on ones hands.

    By the way the cable operator os also required to provide you with the equipment, the expertise and the airtime FREE OF ANY CHARGE to produce an in studio piece.

    Air America…far far to the left with a lot of egotists is all but dead.

    FOX unfortunately will not die until the FCC wakes up and steps in. So cable local productions are the next best thing. The finished work BELONGS by the way to the producer, NOT the Station and can be given freely to any other channel that will air it.

    This IS a good thing and one way to be heard.

    Tasteful and NOT EXTREME. These are the keys.

    If you want an example of a TOP NOTCH operation like this, there is one called C3TV in South Yarmouth Mass.
    Look up their website.

  13. R. Ruffian

    As An old Goldwater supporter I can say he was right about the importance of liberty. I am sure he is spinning in his grave when he hears of Bush masquerading as a conservative.

    Totalitarian behavior in scared and ruthless people is to be expected. People who think they may be held to account are like rats and most dangerous when they are cornered. Bush is trying to insulate himself from any legal repercussions for this international and national lawlessness. He is trying to get a blank check form Congress to authorize these activities as a legal cover. Right now there are only 3 Senators standing between him and absolute power and dictatorship. The Supreme court has already ruled against him and he has chosen to ignore them on Habeas Corpus and prisoner abuse. What was worse for him was that they ruled that the Geneva Conventions applied to the US and were in effect the law of the land.

    One of the houses of Congress has to turn and get and use it’s subpoena power. If not, you can kiss your republic goodbye forever. That means we all need to hold our noses and vote for the local democrat running for Congress or the Senate wherever you live.

  14. john white

    I fully agree that what we are doing, insofar as the war on terror, is concerned is REALLY bad. The bothersome part is that the Democrats just don’t seem to give a damn so there is no ‘loyal opposition’. Even if they choose to not deal with the terror thing this administration is going to go down, in history, as the most incompetent in history. Not only can they not run a war but they cannot take care of natural disaster in this country! Then there is the ongoing lies and misdirections. Even if the Democrats choose to ignore terror there is MUCH more this administration should answer for but NOBODY is holding their feet to the fire.

    I think, perhaps, this is the real problem. Americans seem to have turned into a race of sheep quite willing to sacrifice just about everything just to ‘feel’ safer (begging the question of whether we actually are).

    Given the level of general dissatisfaction and disgust the whole thing is getting pretty scary. This is, exactly, the kind of situation that can normally spawn a ‘great leader’ and if that happens all bets are off. If that happens bushie will go down in history as being the man who actually destroyed the United States of America!

  15. carol

    This parody I wrote says it better than any posted speech I could leave here.

    “God Bless The USA” Based on the performance by Lee Greenwood

    “Sad To Be An Amerikan”

    Well I crawled out of bed yawned and stretched
    Turned on that darned TV
    Wishing I didn’t have to hear
    what Katie was saying to me
    “New Orlean’s has drowned
    FEMA’s playing around”
    And that flag don’t stand for freedom
    They sure took that away today

    And I’m sad to be an
    Amerikan
    In the land of the crave and spree
    Where King George signed the Patriot Act
    to enslave both you and me
    And I’ll gladly stand up
    with my gun
    To defend myself today
    ‘Cause cops are extensions of the FBI
    Gonzales and the NSA

    Now their talking ’bout airport searches
    Random searches on trains as well
    Pass hate crimes bill
    to stifle all dissent
    This country is going to hell
    There’s shame in many Amerikan hearts
    It’s time for us to stand and tell

    I’m sad to be an Amerikan
    in the land of the crave and spree
    Where King George signed the Patriot Act
    to enslave both you and me
    And I’ll gladly stand up
    with my gun
    To defend myself today
    ‘Cause cops are extensions of the FBI
    Gonzales and the NSA

  16. bg1

    THE BEST ARGUMENT DEMOCRATS HAVE FOR MIDTERMS

    The best argument the Democrats have for the midterm election is that a Democratic controlled congress would CHECK THE POWER OF THESE MANIACS.

  17. msdrown

    to John White: The Dems do “give a damn”, but it just so happens that they are not the party in power. They can mount significant resistance, but need whatever moderate Republicans there are to have any chance of creating change. Unfortunately, as seen last week, with Rove, Cheney and Bush “visiting” Capitol Hill, that the “party” and what is good for the “party” holds sway over our Representatives and Senators, instead of “by the people, for the people”. You will have to hold your nose and vote for Dems or become more ashamed.

    msdrown

  18. Martin Maloney

    There is a remedy for the sickness that has infected America:

    “…Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”
    – Subversive document of 1776

    The late folk singer Phil Ochs put it this way:

    “…Right before the end,
    Even treason might be worth a try,
    This country is too young to die…”

  19. Gloria

    While I, too, am ashamed to be an American, or as it should be labeled, a U.S. Citizen (since when did we take complete reign over all of the Americas? Heck we aren’t even all of North America). Anywho – I also think that the bush must have a low IQ, and certainly low ethics and morals. However, I’d like to point out that the above mentioned “Lovenstein Institute IQ Report” (posted by “V”) was a hoax and offer the information here as to that affect.

    Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (Presidential IQ) •••
    According to a study by the Lovenstein Institute, President Bush has the lowest IQ of all presidents of past 50 years.
    …Presidential IQ Claim: According to a study by the Lovenstein Institute, President Bush has the lowest IQ of all presidents of past 50…
    …Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001] President Bush Has Lowest IQ of all Presidents of past 50 Years If late night TV comedy is an…
    …not intellectually qualified for the position he holds as there is with President GW Bush. In a report published Monday, the Lovenstein Institute of…
    Wed, 26 Jul 2006 04:58:20 GMT http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/presiq.htm

  20. Kaine

    I see alot of people saying that the dems aren’t doing anything about this situation. I find it funny, that all legislators take the same or similar oath. And that oath is to pretect the constitution of the united states. Dems and repubs alike take this oath, yet the repubs aren’t even considered when it comes to “not doing something about this”.

    Why is this? Why are the repubs not held to the same standard as the dems? Can’t either party do something about this? I mean, they all took the same oath to uphold the constitution!

    Anyways, about being ashamed…

    I don’t know that I can yet feel ashamed to be an American. Embaraced….yeah. Ashamed of this government…definatly. But ashamed to be an American…I’m not at that point yet. Maybe I should be. I may reach that point within the next 3 years, but I’m not there yet.

    I think, we, as a country, still do alot of good in the world. We are mostly a generous people. I know alot of foreigners will argue this point, but just because our contributions per GNP aren’t as high as other countries, doesn’t mean we don’t contribute much to the betterment of the world. I am talking about the contributions of the American people, not of this government.

    I also think that the attitude of many Americans have changed drastically in the last year. I think maybe, her citizens are awakening to find the mess we are currrently in.

    So, if, when you say, your ashamed to be an American, you mean your ashamed of the American government, then yes, I am ashamed of my government. But if you mean your ashamed to be an American citizen, then no, I can’t agree with that. At least not yet.
    If you can’t differentiate between the two, then maybe you should be ashamed!

  21. richard nemo

    Bush is a war criminal and a fascist, the Republic is now moribund; and those 14 prisons are no different than Stalin’s Gulag.

    Who ever votes(d) for these thugs is as guilty of war crimes as Bush and Company.

    Maybe “America” will wake up at some point before it’s too late–If it isn’t already.

    R. nemo.

  22. Trudy Springer

    In the past I was ashamed of some of the things America did, like the Jim Crow laws, putting Japanese Americans in detainment camps, the Viet Nam war and the Watergate mess. Back then we had leaders who weren’t afraid to stand up and be counted, sure there weren’t many but enough that Americans could count on them. We also had a media that wasn’t in fewer and fewer hands and we had young people who cared more about issues than products. Today we have leaders who only care about their lobbyist friends and their corporate campaign contributors. They pay lip service to the people but only when an election is looming, secretly I’m sure they would all prefer to deny Americans the vote, it would make things so much easier for them and their cohorts.

    Today my shame of America is deeper and more encompassing than I ever thought it would be. We stomp around the world bellowing our orders to all others, beating our breasts to show our patriotic fervor and deem all who aren’t Americans as having less value than ourselves. After all we are an empire and must behave accordingly, forgetting that every empire that ever existed always fell. They fell from their arrogance, their rigidty and refusal to talk or even try to understand other nations and peoples. They fell because luxury mattered more to them than ideals.

    In my 63 years I have never seen the complete lack of interest in doing any serious critical thinking than I witness now. I keep thinking of an old Phil Wylie book titled “Generation of Vipers” and feel that this generation certainly qualifies. I am urging my children to immigrate to Canada because Canada reminds me of what America was like in the late fifties, not perfect but certainly 100% better than it is now. I know there are many who think I should want my children to stay here and work to make things better, and for years that is exactly what I preached. But as the song says ‘you got to know when to hold up, know when to fold up, know when to walk away and know when to run’, I want my children to walk away before the only option left is to run away. I fear that saving democracy in America is a lost cause.

  23. M.Mogilevsky

    All right, Doug Thompson!

    Show me the evidence. Proof that W. is out of control, and all those things that you keep repeating about him have been verified by a second party who shall not remain nameless. WHERE IS THE PROOF? All I have read on that subject from you is hearsay or second-hand accounts of his bad behaviour.

    However, do not confuse me with being a defender of W., because I definitely am not. I await your reply with unabated anticipation. I hope you have proof of W.’s abject and dismaying behaviour!