The Last Refuge of Scoundrels
Oh, they love America, don't they? Dare to tell them that their twisted vision will do irreparable harm to the country they claim to love so much and they'll accuse you of being unpatriotic: "Defeat-ocrat", "Surrender Monkeys", "Cut and Runners" - you've heard it all before. Like the kid in the old Disney movie who was forced to shoot a mortally injured Old Yeller, they'd kill this country because they love it so much. That they're in the process of doing just that should give us all pause. "I'm sorry, old boy (sniff, sniff), but I jes gotta do it"!
It was Boswell who once attributed this famous quote to Samuel Johnson: "Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels". If there's one thing you can't help but notice about these right-wing fools, it is their so-called "patriotism". They have a corner on the market.
Yeah, they just love America, the land of opportunity. As long as the "opportunity", so to speak, is offered to a relatively few elite opportunists and kept out of the hands of the many. To them the American Dream, whatever the hell that means anymore, is theirs and theirs alone. The hell with the Bill of Rights. The hell with the Constitution. The hell with you!
They just love America! - Like OJ loved Nicole; like Paul Snider loved Dorothy Stratton; like Mark David Chapman loved John Lennon - they love America to death!
You know who they are because they're not at all bashful making themselves known: their virtue is impeccable; their patriotism, unquestioned; their motives, as pure as dirt. They love America like you love your house. You own your house. They own America.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Islands
From the redwood forests to the gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me...
Woody Guthrie, they never fail to remind us, was a professed Communist.
They love to invoke, for their own twisted reasons, the name of the man Whose birth in Bethlehem one silent night so many centuries ago, we, as Christians, celebrate this very month:
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven...
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth...
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy...
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God...
That they have always been blind to the contradictions between their murderous agenda and the words of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is one of the mysteries of the age.
Yeah, they love America, alright. They love it so much, they've gone on a merry shopping spree that has spent it into bankruptcy. Our heirs, who will never even know our names, will have to foot the bill for this unprecedented recklessness. They now have China - China! - paying a good deal of our tab. The fact that our entire social and economic infrastructure will collapse overnight if or when that country decides to pull the rug out from under us - whether it be for political, economic or military reasons - doesn't seem to have entered their minds. Then again, one gets the uneasy feeling that nothing has ever entered their minds. They actually seem to have immunized themselves from the truth; example: "Absolutely we're winning"! Lets's face it: these guys aren't the brightest bulbs on the porch.
They hide behind the flag in order to pursue an agenda so at odds with the original intent of the Founding Fathers, those good and learned men are, at this very moment, doing somersaults in their graves. They hide behind the flag to justify the breaking of international and domestic law. They hide behind the flag while they commit genocide in Iraq. One can hide behind a piece of cloth only for so long. They claim to be against the desecration of that very flag and yet no administration in history has soiled it more than this one.
2007 will be remembered as the year that these nationalistic freaks were exposed for all time and eternity as the contemptible hypocrites they are. Their day is over.
Pray for peace.
by Carolyn Syskowski
Lakeville Inn, Goshen, NY
December 9, 2006