Since Sunday America's telecommunications network has been filled with the chatter of Osama Bin Ladens' death. A country, seemingly divided a few short days ago, has miraculously been unified by the killing of perhaps the most notorious villian in modern American history.
While I am glad that there is unity and a sense of oneness today, I wonder why it took a death and killing to facilitate our coming together as a nation. As a political scientist, I wonder also, how those who forced our President to reveal his birth record a few days ago can now rally around him.
Perhaps my biggest wonderment is, what signals are we transmitting to our children about what America stands for?
Now that Bin Laden is dead, how long will this lovefest continue? We still don't have a resolution to the health care debate, our economy still has not rebounded, budget negotiations are still ongoing and our infra-structure continues to crumble away with each passing day.
The excessive preoccupation with the details of Bin Laden's death seems to signal that our nation is more concerned with celebrating death than finding ways to sustain life.
In the White House sits a man who has shown at all times that he is a thoughtful, deliberate, citizen-conscious political leader.
Why then can some only support him when he brings home the scalps of the dead?
Is this really the image of America we want to share with the world? And, if it is, what repercussions are we prepared to face when the culture of violence finds its way back to our shores?
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National- International Day of Action and Unity II
Rudolph Hickman said:
@ Bri'on That would certainly get some buzz but I'm not sure it will be sustainable. Someone said on this site a while ago that perhaps we need to demonstrate like we did in the '60's and '70's. I'm inclined to agree with that philosophy primarily because it requires those most affected to put some skin into the game. I believe we will ultimately come to the conclusion that 'public servants' are to do as the name implies. Great talking to you my friend.
The repercussions have long been around. Here we are and have always been the dumbest nation because we feel we are void of such behavior but we are not. Since Desert Storm our perception of our superior existence has been numb to the fact we are the most hated nation on the globe. When Bush, Sr invaded the Middle East - Persian Gulf; this helped to put a target on Americas back. His reason was oil no matter what anyone thinks; the unfortunate thing is he went there for a reason as he and his VP Dan Quayle tried to control oil sales from the Middle East to help his own personal oil profit margin.
The image of America in the eyes of other nations is jaded; this is not a revelation surely not to you or me and some of us, but our image is seen as the nation with no tradition, no standard, or any respect of ourselves or other humans on the earth. Our children can only be taught by parents who see clearly and the propaganda which is apparent in our culture, has to be the example of why we are hated by other nations. We can only teach our children the teachings of Jesus and show more positive examples of human behavior not those we witnessed when Bin Laden was killed. If this is True?
I know I am not telling my elder anything when I say we have our own terriorist (Militia) and they have been around for some time. Our image is already tainted because other nations know more about us than we want to accept. They know exactly what America is and what it truly stands for. Ask an African who is living in this country what did he know about America before he came here and how does he see it now. I'm sure you will get the answer you want or maybe not, but he will share with you information which can help you understand how we are viewed in the eyes of others outside this nation...TRUTH!