As we hopefully enter a new age, a new perspective, and new values in the United States, it will not be easy to get past our burdens of right-wing greed, bigotry, lack of altruism, parochial thoughts of America being better than any nation, ignorance of history, self-centered foreign relations, seeing war as a way to settle everything, equating wealth with intelligence, being afraid to challenge ourselves historically or currently, ad infinitum. Here are some past demons we must exorcise:
I write this a few moments after watching President-Elect Barack Obama's first news conference. Folks, we have a very special man here. As he did all through his campaign for president, he was on-target, comfortable, intelligent, and the man exudes a presidential aura. As I reflect back over the last 60 years, I realize how limited, and in some cases inept, have been our presidents. The possible exception was John F. Kennedy. There was great hope with JFK, let us hope that nothing that terrible befalls our current president-elect.
"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?" -Ronald Reagan
As I have given speeches around the United States through the years, as I have written in periodicals, as I have been interviewed in the media nationwide, and during my talk radio program, it has become clear to me that many Americans have no idea about our own history. We unfortunately think that only coloring things to make the U.S. look like "that shining city on a hill" is appropriate, and anything that is honestly and subjectively critical of this country is a sign of an unpatriotic scoundrel. We have suffered greatly from this lack of honesty about our nation. Indeed, we almost fell prey to an attempt to overthrow our popularly elected president, FDR, and establish a fascist-like government in the U.S.
Since the Reagan administration, the image of the U.S. in the world has deteriorated substantially. Why? Corporations now rule the White House, and Democrat Bill Clinton also has plenty of this dirt on his hands. But the neocons since Reagan have taken it to new heights. We are losing what we love about the United States of America. John McCain, a staunch supporter of the military-industrial complex with all its greed and horrors, would continue this slide downward.