Full Circle: Our nation at the crossroads of history
Earlier today, I posted a piece on ePluribus Media's community site entitled Comparison and Contrast: Privacy and Violation of Human Rights. While I crossposted the opening to the piece on DailyKos and DocuDharma, the only the version published on ePluribus Media contained excerpts toward the end of relevant passages from the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights.
More than once, I've heard a sentiment that I saw expressed in one of the comments over at DocuDharma:
Americans value their rights above all else...when wronged. They seem....well some of them... very reluctant to extend rights to others for some reason.
It's true, too, IMO. Too many people who would decry actions taken against "us" can all-too-easily justify the same crimes against non-Americans.
That's hypocrisy, folks, and while it may be bandied about in abundance by chest-thumping neanderthals who dress in flag clothing and adorn their own foreheads with holy oil, it's not a core American value.
In my agreement with the commenter (the illustrious buhdydharma), I gave the folllowing response:
And therein lay The Great Hypocrisy, for
isn't our most sacred national text the decree with which we once before announced our rejection of a tyranny led by a man named George?
I do believe the document was called, clearly enough, the Declaration of Independence, and it spoke clearly to the cause of all humanity:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
...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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations...
Or something like that.
Those are the words that should pulse with the beat of any true patriotic citizen; those words are the beats of a patriot's legacy, increasing and pounding ever more loudly against the inconsistent hypocrisy of the über-patriotic imbeciles who advocate torture "in the name of freedom."
Repeat those words aloud whenever the peevish pundits twitter on about their glamorous support of inhuman, criminal acts.
They won't listen, but that's ok.
They don't need to.
We just need to drown them out and become the more vocal chorus of a reality not only closer to the true spirit of our nation, but one firmly planted in truth -- for our sake, for the sake of our forefathers and for the future of our nation.