American Bankruptcy

Do you still think that America is the greatest country in the world? If you do, then I think you have a very strange definition of what constitutes greatness. How can a country that is exhibiting strong signs of moral bankruptcy be considered the greatest? How can a country teetering on the edge of financial bankruptcy be considered the greatest>

I always thought that for a country to be the greatest it had to have a very high level of morality. America, which puts profits before principles more often than not, is not exhibiting a strong senses of morality. And religion has nothing to with it. In fact, it is my considered opinion, that religion, its apparent commitment to Christian fundamentalism, is the cause of the collapse of America’s morality and its moral standing in the world.

American Christian fundamentalism believes that it, and it alone, has a monopoly on the truth, both religious, moral and political. These fundamentalists think they know what is best for the American people and for the rest of the world as well. I do not consider this moral superiority; I consider this moral arrogance on a level with the moral arrogance of the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. As the Nazis learned, and as American fundamentalists need to learn, might does not make right.

From the looks of it, America’s might is taking some severe blows to the solar plexus. Our economy, whether the bush administration wants to admit it, is in serious danger of total collapse. Everyone seems out to grab a piece of the carcass before it’s all gone. Whatver happened to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Where are the George Baileys? It seems Old Man Potter is everywhere you look!

We wnet to war in Afganistan and Iraq with the intention of hunting down Osama bin Lad’n. Well, it’s been almost seven years since 9/11 and he’s still out there, thumbing his nose at us. Or perhaps, a not so unlikely scenario, the Bush administration is saving his death or capture as the ace in the hole for the November election. Given the moral cesspool that the Bush administration lives in, I would not put it past them.

This country was great once, and not that lang ago, I might add. But in the last decade or two, we have steadily gone downhill. We have replaced moral integrity with profit taking. We have replace a strong commitment to human rights with jingoistic nationalism. We have replaced humanitarianism with self-interest.

I don’t know whether the election of a Democratic President will make enough of a difference to pull us out of the tailspin we are in and start to restore America’s greatness; I do know that continuing in the direction we are going now will lead to total collapse of America as anything close to what we are or wish we were, I am no longer even certain we will make it to November to find out. It’s getting very scary and we all need to be very, very worried about the immediate future. The future looks pretty bleak from where I am sitting.

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