I've seen this many times before. People running around claiming that Ameri
kca is akin to Hitler's Nazism, we have a white supremacist upper class society, and that Bush is pure evil. Believe it or not... it ain't true!
#1: America is not an empire
First of all, the only claim for this is Iraq. If America was going to become a world wide empire... wouldn't we have picked a place easier than Iraq? I mean, seriously. Sure, it has oil. But picking an unstable South American country would have been closer, easier to depose, and wouldn't entail the entire Middle East turning against us. Also, why haven't we invaded any other countries? Iran is making a lot of noise, but notice we haven't gone in there. North Korea is making trouble... nothing there.
Additionally, the US has repeatedly said that we will leave after the job is done. We already have a government in there. Also, we have a great track record of leaving countries after we occupied them. In World War I, we left Germany. In World War II, we left France, Germany, Holland, and Japan (just to name a few!). Do we currently run South Korea?
Finally, the few territories under our control are for the most part happy. I guess we better let Puerto Rico go. Oh wait, they want to become state #51. Let's let the Virgin Islands go too, eh? Yeah, they're really unhappy.
#2: America is not a white supremacist empire
I know, a big shocker. Sure, we were a few years behind Britain in freeing our slaves. And sure, until the 60s the south oppressed any minority. Well, for the most part, that's all over. Yes, there is racism. But the fact that we have a black man running for the Democrats and a black man and woman being considered for the Republican VP spot is a sign to me that racism is nearly dead. And no, I'm not white. I'm actually second gen Korean.
#3: America != Nazism
This one really ticks me off. We are not Nazis, and anyone who says that obviously knows it. Why? Because if America was run by a dictator reminiscent of Hitler, you wouldn't be allowed to write such stuff. The fact that one of the strongest anti-America writers uses his actual name is a sign to me that he believes that America really isn't as bad as everyone says. Heck, John McCain (the current wanna-be leader of the GOP, which is apparently the ally of Nazism) wants to let talk radio stations publish what ever they want. I haven't seen any censorship right now. Right now, there are so many anti-Bush columns out there, it's obvious there is no censorship. Have we killed everyone whose skin and religion are different? Maybe two hundred years ago, but I say that the children shouldn't pay for the sins of their fathers.
#4: Bush != Hitler
I know everyone is up in arms about Bush "invading" or "liberating" (whichever you prefer) Iraq. But let's face it. You could easily make the argument that Bush was defending America. The other big thing is the wiretapping thing, which only allows the FBI to wiretap foreign citizens who have no Constitutional rights anyway. I still don't necessarily agree with it, but it isn't as bad as you think. And have we seen the main leftwing leaders rounded up and sent to concentration camps? Is Barack in jail? Is Howard Dean working in a concentration camp? Has Bill Clinton been murdered? No.
America isn't perfect. No country is. And no country ever will be. But on this day, I am proud to be an American.