I spend a lot of time in seeming contempt for America. I don’t want to be misconstrued. I’m quite proud of this country, and of its swarms of diverse people, its colorful art movements, the constant reinvention of language, and its impressive world influence.
A Tea Party-er recently said to me (I’m paraphrasing): If you hate America so much, why don’t you leave? This Tea Bagger seems to represent a growing disenchantment between the ‘camps’ of various American ideologies. If you don’t like it, you can leave the country. That sort of thing.
Which is all wrong. And silly. If you hate America, why don’t you leave?
This is a question from a small mind, however, I have no animosity toward such a question. A person cannot ridicule, nor shall he hate, a narrow, undeveloped mind. If a mental deficiency is present in a human being, it is best left alone, and the individual should be quietly, yet compassionately assisted.
By someone worthy of assistance.
I feel I’m worthy of assistance in answering this question. This is what some boring people call a ‘teachable moment’. So, if I seem to hate the United States of America, why don’t I just leave? Go to France, go to Thailand, live in Mexico City?
First of all, I live in Los Angeles, and I feel it is less like “America” than most other American regions and cities, but let me truly answer the question.
America is not inextricably linked to its leaders. Barack Obama is not America, just as George Bush Jr. is not America. As much as it seems so, McDonalds is also not America. They represent America, yes, and America’s officials influence and direct the functioning of this country, but in the end, America, like any major country, is too diverse, too nuanced to be defined.
When a citizen sees his dear country’s jugular vein squeezed between the powerful jaws of hungry wolves, the concerned American reacts. It would be more correctly to respond, but America has waited too long to notice something rotten that we are mainly left to react.
Part of reacting, dear reader, is poking fun at the others who are reacting. Maybe in a satirical manner, or maybe in an immature manner. This brings awareness to the overall issues at yet another angle.
I enjoy ‘poking fun’ at the way in which others react, but that doesn’t mean I hate America, the landmass, the achievements of Americans, or what I think this country might someday stand for (peace and prosperity-there’s a chance, but it’s slim), it means I think some people’s reactions are silly, stupid, trite, uneducated, and embarrassing.
If I make fun of the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Christine O’Donnell, that doesn’t mean I’m not concerned this country is in the jaws of wolves, it means that I see you, the Tea Party, sticking your fingers up the wolves’ collective assholes, fingering around, thinking you’re affecting something.
You see it differently. But I would never tell you to leave the country if you don’t like it. I would tell you, stop fingering the hungry wolves and start trying to pry their jaws open to let this country out.
I would even say, put a bullet through the heads of the hungry wolves, but pull your fingers out of their furry asses because all you’re doing is agitating the wolves, making them squeeze their jaws tighter, making America bleed even more. Soon, America will gasp its last, and all that will be left are smelly fingers and angry wolves.
So do what you like, but recognize when others are on your side, even if they seem to be ‘going about it’ a different way. If we surround the hungry wolves, block them in, and start bludgeoning them, we can destroy them.
But no matter what, we need to bring awareness to America, so all can see the dangers in their own way. Whether it’s with humor, a racist rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial building, or the accumulation and understanding of relevant information.
By hungry wolves, I don’t mean Barack Obama. He is between jaws also. I mean the system, the ignorance, the cutthroat trans-national corporations, the war-loving American citizens, the megabanks, the pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, the lobbyists, and on. And on.