Food for Thought: Patriotism

24 Mar

We had eight years of Bush and Cheney, and now you get mad!

  • You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President who lost the popular vote.
  • You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed energy company officials to dictate energy policy, without even identifying their roles.
  • You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed by the White House as political retribution.
  • You didn’t get mad when Bush reversed environmental conservation and preservation rules, making it easier to poison our water.
  • You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed, even though it allowed massive government invasions of privacy.
  • You didn’t get mad when ‘No Child Left Behind’ left a bunch of children behind, and guaranteed the dumbing down of America.
  • You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a crippled country that posed no threat to us, and pulled our troops out of the country that did attack us.
  • You didn’t get mad when we borrowed from China, and spent over 600 billion (and counting) on fighting two wars instead of just finishing the first one.
  • You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq, in untrackable payments to unknown people.
  • You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people, and violating the Geneva Conventions.
  • You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans – including our soldiers calling home.
  • You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden, even when we knew where he was.
  • You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed, and how badly we were treating combat veterans.
  • You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city drown, and then wasted countless dollars doing almost nothing to help.
  • You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
  • You didn’t get mad when we made it more lucrative for companies to expand overseas than at home.
  • You didn’t get mad when using, you know, reconciliation, a trillion dollars of our taxes were redirected to insurance companies for ‘Medicare Advantage’, which costs over 20 percent more for basically the same services that Medicare provides, while preventing government buyers from negotiating for better prices.
  • You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark under Bush, for the first time ever, and our debt hit the thirteen trillion dollar mark.

You finally got mad when the government decided that all citizens in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal warfare, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer… These are all okay with you.

But helping other Americans… Oh, hell, no!

Right. You’re the patriot. Glad we got that straight.

(I didn’t write this. I’m continuing its progress through the Internet by passing it on from a Facebook/LJ/Twitter friend of mine who herself got it elsewhere; will not link to her, as I normally would, due to privacy and safety concerns on her behalf.)

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2 Responses to “Food for Thought: Patriotism”

  1. friendlysolarflare 24 March 2010 at 14:03 #

    Excellent post, ButMad!
    I will never be able to understand why anyone would think it a bad idea that a fellow American can get the medical help the person needs…

    • ButMadNNW 25 March 2010 at 00:55 #

      I will never understand it myself, m’dear. How we got to be the “most powerful, wealthiest nation in the world” without taking care of our own people I will never understand.

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