A couple of weeks ago, I ran across a story about an American citizen who is being held prisoner in Iraq by the American military, without charges. That article has been sitting on my desk for all of that time, and every time I look at that article, I’m deeply troubled.
You see, the problem is that if the American government can merely take American citizens abroad as prisoners without any criminal charges or plan for a trial, then we effectively have no right to complain when other governments do the same to our citizens, and… and…
… and I know what’s wrong with the case, and why it’s a gross violation of the law, but every time I look at the article and I start to get my dander up about it, this little thought comes into my mind: Over the last four years, we at Irregular Times have described a wide variety of some amazingly abusive and dangerous activities of our own government, and yet…
…yet, to tell the truth, most Americans don’t really seem to give a damn about it.
So, what I’m wondering, quite sincerely, is this: If Americans don’t give a damn about torture, or war crimes, or about being lied to by their government, or about having their constitutional rights stripped away, or having untreated sewage “blended” into their drinking water, and so on and so on… Well then, what the hell do Americans give a damn about?
I’m serious. I really want to know, because I can’t fathom from my own little narrow personal perspective what could be more important that the government stripping away America’s traditional foundations of liberty. See, but that’s me. Today, I want to know what you give a damn about, if it’s not the things that I give a damn about.
I want to try to understand just what is occupying the minds of Americans these days, so leave your comments here. Tell me what you give a damn about, and I promise I won’t make any negative comments about it. Here’s your one chance to talk about what matters to you without any backtalk from me.
Bring it on.