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That Old Time American Principle

Not to long ago, we were a country that stood on principle. As a nation we were united to fight evil and prevail. We had a nation filled with men who would sacrifice every thing that they knew to win the battle against many forces of evil everywhere. But, it seems that we have lost that Great American Principle.

This was quite apparent last week when the Congress voted to call a genocide a genocide. Maybe we should have done this many years ago, but at least some of our leaders recognized that we could find some common ground and at least agree on something so obvious. Sometimes it takes some time to stand up for something that is so obvious. And, a majority, a large majority of Congress agreed on this matter. Some pain takes a bit longer to figure out and make the appropriate gesture. The Catholic Church only recently acknowledged the evil role that the Church played in both the Spanish Inquisition and the smear of Galileo. These things happened 500 years ago, 400 years more than the Armenian genocide and it was a good thing.

But, unfortunatel y America has lost its principle. A weak leader like George W Bush is more concerned about Turkey’s reaction to this recognition than he is of the moral principle behind the action. And, George W Bush has claimed to have moral principle. But, like usual, his actions speak louder than words. George W Bush is a man of principle for the new age. That is code for: He is a man of principle as long as it doesn’t interfere with his agenda. There was a time when a leader’s agenda coincided with his principle. But, we are now living in a new age where a personal agenda trumps principle. Oh, please give me back the old days when men lived by principle!

It wasn’t so long ago when we saw minorities being put down, kept from voting and placed away from the central society. But, everyday Americans saw this injustice and drove hundreds of miles to help these people rise up against their oppressors. This was a time when Americans had principles and they knew the difference between right and wrong. They weren’t simply concerned with their personal self interest, but they were concerned with the well-being of fellow Americans across the country. Moral principle was valued then and people took the time and money they had and used it to further the cause of American freedom. This was truly a time when we had American principle.

Injustice wasn’t limited to a single minority in a single region. When these Americans with true moral principle looked around they saw injustice in many places. People saw how large corporations used automation to systematical ly destroy our country and our planet. They dumped toxins into our lakes, rivers and seas. They pumped disgusting gases into our atmosphere all in the name of production. These corporations argued that they were benefiting the people by producing goods for the people at such a low cost that everyone could have anything that desired. But, the people argued back, “If you don’t have your health, then you don’t have anything.” This was a good old American value that I remember so vividly from the past. There are so few people today that care about health any more!

Today we have to fight a president tooth and nail in order to get health care to our children. Twenty-five percent of the adults in our country can’t afford to take care of simple health needs. And, when something tragic happens to them they go to the emergency rooms of our hospitals where they know that they can not be turned away. As a society we are paying many times what it would cost to take preventative actions before things would get this far out of control. Today we have a President and Vice President that are using all of their energy to save energy companies that want to continue to destroy our environment. The more we damage the environment, then the more it will cost to pay for the health care of the people effected by this. There was a time when Americans would see this tragedy unfold and they would mass in the streets and shout and stamp their feet until our leaders would listen. Or, our leaders would live by principle and feel compelled to pass laws to fix these problems. But, America no longer has these principles and they people no longer feel compelled to do anything but eat, drink, watch TV and play video games. Maybe they fall asleep from time to time, but that is always something that they feel compelled to do.

Somehow we have elected a president that is compelled by “principle ” to honor a religious figure in the Dalai Lama in order to defend religious freedom and give the finger to China, but is afraid to acknowledge a hundred year old genocide because he is afraid of what Turkey might do. Since when are Americans compelled by principle to rattle the cage of the worlds most populous country, but they are afraid to stand for principle against a tiny backward third-world country in the Middle East? What happened to true American principle? Why has America become such a frightened little dweeb country? I remember, like it was yesterday, when Americans stood for principle and they weren’t afraid to back down from even nuclear powers like the Soviet Union.

George W Bush once claimed that we were compelled to go into Iraq because of principle. Iraq never provoked us, and that attack had little to do with defending our borders. But, George W Bush told us that Iraq might threaten us in the future and this preemptive strike was some type of time bending defense of that future threat. And, in order to save us from the smoking gun of a mushroom cloud we were justified to attack Iraq and hang their leader. This was considered a matter of moral principle.

Over the past few years Turkey has been attacked by Kurdish rebels living in Iraq. These are real attacks where real Turks have been killed. This isn’t some strange bending of the time line. And, under the American doctrine of defense the United States of America would certainly feel compelled to attack these rebels if they lived on our border. So, Turkey would certainly be justified by American principle to follow the rebels back into Iraq after one of their “night raids.” And, Turkey passed a law condoning just that. Shouldn’t our principled president support such a principled and justified use of force for a real, not imagined, threat? But, our “principle d” president condemned Turkey for passing this law. Oh, where have our American principles gone.

Please bring back the days of American principle where Americans stood up to its government when they knew that the government was wrong. Bring back the days when the people felt the American moral principle and acted on it.


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14 Responses to “That Old Time American Principle”

  1. Spare me your “faux” outrage, Forbush. That peace sign on the pumpkin is as phony as you are.

    I notice that as you keep putting in party talking points, you neglect a transgressio n by Turkey that continues to this day; Turkey’s illegal invasion, occupation, and annexation of 1/3 of the independent island nation of Cyprus. As long as you are going to claim an “outrage”, why don’t lying “liberals” point out this outrage by the current Turkish government?

    Somehow we have elected a president that is compelled by “principle ” to honor a religious figure in the Dalai Lama in order to defend religious freedom and give the finger to China,…

    Actually, your Democratic Congress awarded the Dalai Lama a Congressiona l Gold Medal, and Bush was there to honor it. But if you notice, the word “congress” is in the phrase “Congression al Gold Medal”, meaning they were the ones that issued the award.

    …but is afraid to acknowledge a hundred year old genocide because he is afraid of what Turkey might do.

    That President that you disrespectfu lly discussed in a previous post, Ronald Reagan, has already publicly acknowledged the genocide, back in 1981. Your lying “liberal” Democrats did nothing, and they had the majority back then.

    Just like your behind-the-t imes faux peace sign, you “liberals” are already 26 years behind the times on the Armenian genocide. I have to ask: have you all been that stoned for all this time? No wonder you all act like you never grew up; you actually never did grow up.

  2. By the way, the Stalinism you love is not an American principle, and never was an American principle.

  3. I actually agree with Doc here. It sucks that the free health care President Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter and Clinton gave all of the children of America was taken away by George W Bush. From their cold, starving brown-skinne d poverty stricken hands even. And while we are talking about even doers Doc, you cannot forget Gingrich’s rise to power, taking the Senate in 1994 that started this hole thing.

    I remember as a small boy all the hope that President Carter instilled in me one fine winter. We all got new sweaters to keep us from the cold and to protect us from the evil Iranians that were kidnapping our people throughout the middle east.

    I also remember later in life how Clinton showed us how to have a proper extra marital affair using cigars and how to have safe sex without condoms safely by choosing ugly, young fat chicks with a promise to get a head in this world…

    Stop me if I get off topic…

  4. Oh the good old days Joplin,Hendr ix,The Doors.
    Holy Flashback Batman!

  5. Damn that Roosevelt for making Marijuana illegal in 1937 too… Oh wait that was the Democrat one… My bad…

  6. The problem is that the right has steadfastly kept their focus on eroding the illumination . It is not in the interest of the elite to self empower the serfs that drive their grinding wheels of production, ever! In any society. They need to assert the hierarchy of man over the earth, master over serf, and god over man. That is why the intelligenci a and those who spread knowledge are always put down first after any successful revolution that favors the conservative . Religion is one way to preserve this hierarchy when used as a tool to dumb down the masses by ridiculing observable data, because for the faithful god trumps the science of man, all you have to do is convince them that the science is in conflict some how with god and they remain ignorant to very real and consequentia l goings on. Better yet consistently erode the public educations systems and empower private education system and you will have the subservient class and their masters in a few generations.

    So how can one expect that a major portion of the people of this country can vividly embrace the principles of reason on which the country was founded? When, since 1994 (as it was pointed out) this same portion has been instructed to usurp these values of origin for the values of self styled preachers, industrialis ts and the politicians who were willing to embrace these men for political gain - all of them working in the interest of preserving power over an ever more feeble minded populace.

    People cannot learn moral and values though pre-sculpted words and slogans. Morals and values are only really ever learned by taking the hard road of observing the consequences of your improprietie s and their effects on others.This is why I say that for all their talk the Republican party knows nothing of morals and values. But thats OK for them because thats not what they are really after in the first place.

  7. “Liberals” is the craziest people:

    The problem is that the right has steadfastly kept their focus on eroding the illumination . It is not in the interest of the elite to self empower the serfs that drive their grinding wheels of production, ever! In any society. They need to assert the hierarchy of man over the earth, master over serf, and god over man.

    First, the “right” is accused of stifling thought, etc. Then check out this sentence:

    That is why the intelligenci a and those who spread knowledge are always put down first after any successful revolution that favors the conservative .

    The “intelligenc ia”? Talk about elitism.

    See, “liberalism” is easy to understand. “Liberals” are really good at putting their attributes on others.

  8. This was nothing more than a backdoor attempt by Pelosi to hinder the war effort. She has been frustrated in her efforts to put an end to the war and thought that she could hamper it by pissing off Turkey through which the majority of our supplies flow to the troops. Get Turkey out of the loop and it would make supplying the troops much more difficult. Apparently she does not care about the troops in Iraq as long as she gets to stick it to the President. This is your “new” democratic party in action. Damn the troops, we need to win votes.

  9. Everything they do are back door efforts.

  10. This should be a speech give to all the croonies in Congress.

  11. Steve, your proving my point man. How does being smart some how make one an elite? Again this is a perfecft example of how conservative doctrine is based on stifeling thought. We live in a country where the pop culture says that being smart is some how un-cool. Linguistical ly your statement implies that intelligence in the citizenry is bad which also implies the converse statement that an un-educated citizenry is good. Good for who? Thats right, the people standing on top of the pyrimid, watching you build it for them instead of yourself.

  12. I though back door was the republican favorite form of sex.

    SteveIl
    you neglect a transgressio n by Turkey that continues to this day; Turkey’s illegal invasion, occupation, and annexation of 1/3 of the independent island nation of Cyprus.

    And our illegal invasion of Iraq?

    Over 60% of the country wants to stop all funding of the war.

    Once again I ask if your such a strong supporter of the war what have you done to support it?

    1. enlist
    2. buy US government bonds
    3. written to your representati ves to request a tax surcharge to pay for the war.

    Since the genocide is a historical fact there should be no arguement over the resolution. I quess this administrati on only has morals when it does not cost them anything.

  13. This question is just factually incorrect:

    “And our illegal invasion of Iraq?”

    We did not invade illegally.

    Even the Dems have backed away from supporting Pelosi’s stupid amendment that could harm our troops by having Turkey cut off our supply route. Statements like this from Turkeys Prime Minister have been a result:

    “Mr Erdogan, who begins a two-day visit to Britain today, also offered a bleak assessment of relations between the US and Turkey, a country of huge strategic importance to Washington. He said that a “serious wave of antiAmerican ism” was sweeping Turkey, called America’s war in Iraq a failure, and served warning that if the US Congress approved a Bill accusing the Ottoman Turks of genocide against Armenians during the First World War, the US “might lose a very important friend”.

    http://www.t imesonline.c o.uk/tol/new s/world/euro pe/article27 10139.ece

  14. We certain did invade illegay. They did not attack us. We did not do it with Un approval. They were not invading anyone. They did not ask us in. We did it because we were afraid.

    Given our aid to Turkey they would have to be incredibly stupid to lose us as a friend.

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