Who do I identify with? What is my identity? Do I think of myself as an American, an ex-Catholic, a displaced Celt, the son of exiled and dispersed American Aboriginals? An educator? A former union organizer or a writer? A metalhead or a Trekkie? What has truly formed my consciousness and what do I call myself?
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I call myself a Liberation Theologist (seeing Christ as the Carpenter who identifies with all the people of the Earth). I call myself a member of the Working Class, which represents virtually all the people on the Earth – meaning those who are not in control of it because it is forcibly ruled by only several hundred people at most.
My father fought in the second world war, which took his brother in a different theater on the other side of the planet. Their father fought the first world war and made it back alive. My father's white ancestors came from England and Germany in the late 1600's. His red ancestors were among the survivors of thirty million dead, slaughtered by the ignorant and stupid white trash that came from Europe to do very little but destroy and take, setting the tone for America's history all the way into the present time.
My mother's family came from North Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century and immediately bore arms for the Union Army, already in action against the Confederacy. My mother made a life of taking care of my father, whom she met years after losing her original fiance on the USS Indiannapolis; he was eaten by sharks with the other survivors when the ship sank and the rescue vessel didn't come. That's real fact, it happened to a lot of people who survived naval battles throughout history; I'm not trying to be dramatic.
I do not allow these moving histories of my forebears to help the media lull me into any sort of patriotism; I know now that it was all a waste.
Every American soldier who has ever died has died for nothing, beginning with the tragic and hopeful sacrifice of America's first fallen warrior, the runaway slave known as Crispus Attucks, all the way to the most recent slain in Iraq or Afghanistan. America fights for power and wealth, and that's it.
If you don't believe me, read 'War is a Racket' by USMC Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
As long as the American People do not control this Government, and as long as they continue to allow it to do the things it does for its true masters, they are a nation of moral cowards and whores who do not deserve life. They take it away from the innocent for the sake of the power of the guilty. They see the sins of the guilty but dismiss them as circumstance and witness genocide and terror, generation after generation. The American People become more and more controlled and complacent and do more and more damage to the earth and its creatures through endless mass consumption and waste, as well as unending warfare all over the globe.
I find it difficult to believe that those of the opposed viewpoint to mine truly believe the things that they say they believe, and do not know that they are blindly, naively or callously defending a great evil. Who can be this blind or stupid? Who can be so virulently defensive or hostile when opposed with eloquence and facts as the Republican believers in the United States? I can only believe that theirs is the anger and hate applied to those, as Zora Neale Hurston best said, they have themselves hurt (or know their souls).
It is telling that their political paradigm is so closely linked to the religious fundamentalists whose roots lead back to the homicidal, genocidal and tyrannical Puritans from the beginning of North America's colonization. Bloodshed, terror and genocide have been with us like favorite uncles from the beginning of the Nation and they are with us now. Blood and Death are the parents of America, and Hell is its true Mother Country. The British People are different today than they were then and are doing what they can to recover their government, just as many of us here try to do, but the rich are too powerful to permit democracy. What makes this possible?
It is a combination of greedy, soulless people and ignorant, stupid people who support the powerful; their motivations are greed and fear. Those who continually lash out at dissenters are the latter kind, and I have dealt with them on this very forum, as I have elsewhere. The first kind, while in ways easier to understand, astonish me for their dark-hearted purposefulness and knowing betrayal of truth, justice, humanity. Yet I have known these peoples' hearts for many years now: They are Capitalists.
Here is my most recent example:
I know a man, personally, who is going to vote for Bush because his machine shop produces materials for Haliburton, which is making a lot of money for Dick Cheney in Iraq. Yet this same man, a former US Navy Seal from the Viet Nam war era, revealed to me this: that Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the USA at that time (and G.W. Bush's fellow Texan) owned the construction company that actively and lucratively built scores of airbases for the US military all over South Vietnam. This is the man under whose Presidency I was born in 1966, who took over from the assassinated John F. Kennedy so quickly and assuredly, with no tears. Johnny, we hardly knew ye. Ka-ching!!! (Before any Republicans object, Johnson was Kennedy's Vice President, therefore his lawful successor; he was a Democrat).
Kennedy was most likely to remove America from Viet Nam before serious escalation of our involvement; there were of course many people and entities with just as many motivations to kill him. Oliver Stone raised the iceberg and revealed much of this. When Kennedy died a serious obstruction to military escalation in Viet Nam was removed, and LBJ made a lot of money building those airfields. He did not seek a second term, knowing his health was a large issue in terms of stamina for the office, and died shortly after leaving the White House for Richard Nixon. He did not even have the opportunity to fully enjoy the billions he made from his decimation and rape of the innocent people of Viet Nam. I had just begun to develop a mildly positive view of him, before learning all of this, due to reading about his work as a teacher of impoverished Mexican-American children in neglected school districts in Texas and seeing photos of him with his students. What took him from one place to such another? This is hard to understand. Is greed really that powerful?
Yes it is. Greed is truly that powerful; Jesus said that it would be easier for a rich man to pass through the eye of a needle than to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. However His self-acclaimed followers, the modern pharisees, America's fundamentalist Christians (who are generally Republicans) give tremendous power to the rich, as their ancestors hanged falsely-accused 'witches' to give their lands and property to their leaders. I am sure Jesus would not make a ministry out of hanging people for simple herbalism and folk-magic practices (which have no relation to the sorcery of the Sumerians of the Old Testament) as Cotton Mather did. I know He would not bomb and kill people to help Dick Cheney and his friends become rich and the Zionists build power on the blood of Palestinians. He would not put two oilmen in office to help one of them and the other's father exert their will at the expense of the Nation, and of the innocent overseas targets. He would not lie to Himself about the character and intentions of those exhorting Him to do evil, any more than He thought of giving in to Satan when he offered Him ultimate power in the material world. Cotton Mather would be a powerful political figure today, and there would be children hanging from trees and streetlamps, right out in front of the Wal-Mart, and almost all of them would be Black. Is that what Jesus would do? This has been the behavior of American fundamentalist Christians throughout the history of the United States, in one respect or another.
I must ask them the famous question seen on tee-shirts worn by their own children: "What Would Jesus Do?"
Jesus doesn't have any napalm or nukes. He doesn't desire money. He doesn't hate people who are different from Him. He reaches out to them in the worst places, where fundamentalists rarely tread. He identifies with the poor and the outcast, which the fundamentalists truly do not. The Republican Party, regardless their current political jingle of 'compassionate conservatism', is no friend to the common people. It is their murderer, all over the world. How can these people not know and acknowledge that their patronage of the rich and powerful is an abhorrent and eminently sinfully rebellious compromise against Christ and His teachings, and the way of God, as they themselves describe it? They can do this because they have mastered the art of 'dogmatism' and 'indoctrination' and ... self-delusion. When one belongs to a community that constantly inures one's mind to dogma and inbred cultural stricture, prejudiced and ignorant of everything outside the influence of morally arrogant and false leaders, it's easy.
Greed, bloodshed and ignorance have mainly characterized America throughout its history, and today this has not changed.
I hope one day that the Native Peoples of the Americas walk out of their Reservations to find Amerikkka gone, and restore their culture and their place in the natural life of the land. The healing cannot begin until the poison is gone.
I beg the Creator to destroy America before America destroys the Earth, in an apocalyptic, satanistic act of ego and spiritual rebellion against God, in the ultimate blasphemy of doing all of this in His Name. I beg Him to make it stop, because the American People do not have the will to make it stop, nor the wisdom, nor apparently the gene pool.
Let it be done.