In the United States of America, July 4th is Independence Day. A month in advance, department store shelves are stocked with various nationalist items… … all of which are made in China. The inexpensive prices of these trinkets, given the immense expense of their transportation,
In a little bit more than a day from now, Scotland will vote about whether to become a country independent from the United Kingdom. I have no earthly clue why this matters. I am an American completely unschooled in the injustices between the British nations.
The mindset of nationalist America can be summed up in stickers: If you were born in this country, you should act like it’s an accomplishment. If you want to live in this country, you should be neutered. I detect a self-esteem problem.
It’s not just current politicians who have spoken in code to appeal to sentiments favored by the KKK. Theodore Roosevelt used the meme of One Country One Flag One Language so habitually that he eventually began to roll the ideas out automatically without realizing the absurd inconsistency of demanding loyalty against foreigners while insisting on the use of a language of foreign origin.
Apparently, Michele Bachmann thinks that Americans would love to see a repeat of the McCarthy hearings. Count me out.
Country First means individual rights come last. Country First means our country’s power is recklessly asserted upon the world stage without considering how other countries will react.
You think that the 2008 presidential candidates have wacky preachers? Let’s go back to the first generations of early Christianity. In the letter of Paul to the Galatians Chapter 3, verse 28, I find: “There is neither Jew nor Greek. There is neither slave nor