This will likely NOT run
on CNN or other media. Since its first subject is the Bush Administration ---Fox News won't divulge it either . . .
We are supposed to be nation of laws and compassion. We formed from the Imperial designs of England and Europe which each owned parts of the New World. England had the NE and coast from VA to GA. Spain was in Florida and other Caribbean Islands as well as South America. The French were all along the Gulf Coast.
New immigrants were settling in New York and forced into ghettos by nationality. The poorer ones landing in the NE soon discovered the Appalachian Trail and moved to the mountains extending down to Tennessee and Arkansas. My Scarborough ancestors appear to have landed in southern coastal VA and migrated through NC and on down to Madison County GA, near Athens. Much land was for sale or, in the case of the mid-west, great land rushes took place.
We viewed Native American tribes as barbarians whose land was up for grabs. The Pamlico Indians were driven from my shore and Bath was established as the first town in NC. White men had superior weapons and viewed themselves through the eyes of Imminent Domain. We were so "special" that God gave us this frontier to survey and divide amongst ourselves and our children who must have been direct descendants of Adam and Eve with God's command to "be fruitful and multiply."
Human greed is a common factor.
No society has lasted more than 400 years of the Roman Empire. The Egyptian Empire lasted longer, but was more a confederation of tribes than a vast and unified nation. The Inca Indians of South America were the same. Unless it is Roman or English, we really don't give a rip over who had the biggest and longest rule over parts of this earth.
As a nation we are technically 200+ years old. We were intent on ourselves until WWI and WWII came along. After WWII we viewed ourselves as the most powerful nation on earth. The atomic weapons discovered to bring Japan to its knees insured us of power, but the Russians soon had such weapons and the Cold War was on. I was born in 1946 as the war ended and we pursued the dream of Capitalism. It was based on the assumption that small businesses competing would raise the owners to wealth and power. We had a representative government and we felt all people were treated and represented in the "American Way."
The sky was the limit for each of us. My parents came from the farm. My father hitchhiked to Mercer University and worked his way through. My mother was from a SC farm family which owned their land and got through the Great Depression by the skin of their teeth. She became a school teacher. As a child I loved to visit in the summer at Granddaddy Williams' farm. It was down a crooked and graveled road at the time. The lights hung from the tall ceilings on a cord with a pull string to bring them on as it got dark. Their conveniences were from the Rural Electrification Act. Their phone was on a party line. Cousin Lenard's white frame store at the fork in the road was a community meeting place and favorite place for Granddaddy to take us boys for a Coke and little brown bag we could fill with the candy of our choosing. Vinland School Road ran near the Farr's Bridge Road which ran from the White Horse Road of Greenville to Pickens and Pumpkintown.
It was in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. From his porch you could hear the sounds of racing boats on the Saluda River reservoir nearby. We could shoot a .22 at birds perched on the electric wire. Me and our cousins could roam at will and ride the mules if Granddaddy hitched them with bridles and saddles. Strom Thurmond was Granddaddy's favorite politician. He finally got a TV and you could get stations from Asheville, NC, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC. They were less polished than our stations in Atlanta. Channel 5 was CBS / 11 was ABC / 2 was NBC. Atlanta had not yet reached its first 1 million residents. I-85 was still a dream. We traveled the roads between Winder, Lawrenceville, Elberton, Easley and then to Granddaddy's house! We jumped and shouted to be the first to see it across the valley as Vinland School Road took a sharp turn and then we were in his drive with all the big oak trees and white wood house.
Meanwhile, we became engaged in Korea, then Vietnam, now in the Middle East and various small places from Panama, Cuba, you name it. We seem to always be meddling in some other country's business. Lust for their trade and goods at cheap prices are at the bottom. Now China and Japan are major players in the world market. Where once it was GM, Ford, Chrysler, now it is Toyota, Subaru, Daimler-Benz, and other auto manufacturers who produce cars costing more than my first house in 1970 at $16,000. It was a nice 3-bedroom starter home. Things have changed much in my 68 years of life. We went to the moon and now have space stations only dreamed of when I was in the 5th grade. Satellites give us TV from around the world.
I notice America is not that well liked in other places. We go with great dreams of "freeing the oppressed." We end up being the oppressor and our soldiers come home with PTSD over the atrocities they had to commit in self-defense. They go with dreams and come back with nightmares and mental issues.
Something is badly wrong with this picture. It has to do with the World Court Charges being vetted and cited in the beginning. The Bush Administration tortured POW's. The Obama Administration is using drones to turn Middle Eastern people into mush and gore on their sands. We are getting at the Terrorists, but now have them hiding inside the US and with new orders to do anything they can to maim and destroy our people on our streets. I can't quite say I really blame them after our tanks and planes enforce our will on them with guided weapons of mass destruction we have. No one has yet pushed the nuclear button, but it is a matter of time until they do, I fear . . .