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Is America a " LIE " [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2004-7-3 09:45:57 |Display all floors

Land opputunities.

In America if you are not lazy and you willing to work hard and work smart, you will have a good life.

My parents are came from Xishuangbana, in Yunnan China. I moved to USA when I was only 12 and then when I turn 15 years old I started working a part time job after school and then when I started college I working full time and go to school as well.

I seldom asking my parents, sisters, and brothers, for money. Every year I working nine months in USA and then I'll come to China for  three months for enjoying my life here.

I am 30 now and I am thinking of retirement  in China when I am turn 40 years old. I love China, because everything here cheap including the girls. I am not a player but I am a man and the man gota do what a man got to do.

those who bitching about USA are sour grapes.

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Post time 2004-7-3 13:00:40 |Display all floors

yeee haw

thanks for the post freedom911...i actually have that letter from the canadian as well...very good and very true.

BL, that's your opinion...you should practice what you preach.  you try to discredit anyone who says anything you don't like about china, but then you turn around and blatantly make absurd gestrues...with no merit usually, just pure insults.  What kind of reaction do you want and who are you wanting a reaction from, the chinese on here or the westerners?

Hedan, as we both know, the list of american accomplishments regarding liberty for all is much longer...and in such a short period of time as you have pointed out.

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Post time 2004-7-3 13:08:01 |Display all floors

in the spirit of "independence day" ...

i really appreciate the sentiments in this essay.  i don't think they will be anything new to americans, but perhaps chinese might find these ideas surprising.  this is really how americans think, in my opinion.

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Charlotte Observer
True patriots demand nation live up to values
Founders knew that patriotism requires questioning leaders
FANNIE FLONO

Fri, Jul. 02, 2004

Since the 9-11 terrorist attacks three years ago, challenging someone's patriotism has become parlor sport. Concerned about new laws and policies that infringe on civil rights? You're no patriot. Unconvinced of the need for war in Iraq? You're no patriot. Criticize the Bush administration? You're no patriot.

No doubt this Independence Day, someone will point a "you're-no-patriot" finger at those who haven't hoisted high an American flag on their front porch. That's sad, because the original "patriots," the Founding Fathers who provided the framework for this country and outlined the ideals we still embrace, were not so taken with unquestioning allegiance. In the Declaration of Independence, they spell out reasons to question leaders, and reasons to rebel against them.

This time of year, as I've said before, I always take time to read the Declaration of Independence. I'm always moved by the lofty goals and the determined spirit embodied in the words. You don't have to read far into the Declaration to read words of dissent. It begins, "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them." A few lines later, it speaks of the "right of the people to alter or abolish (governments)" when there is cause and that it is the "duty" of those governed to question and seek redress to problems.

Yes, I'm extremely aware that women, blacks and Native Americans were not included in Founders' notions of the "all men created equal" who were "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights" that the Declaration so eloquently talks of. But the document, and a subsequent Bill of Rights, made it impossible for the country to forever evade fulfilling that promise to all Americans.

Events this week reinforced that fact. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a fundamental American value by rejecting the Bush Administration's claims to unchecked power to detain American citizens and others without any due process rights or oversight role for the courts.

In separate rulings, the court said that both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens seized as potential terrorists have a right to challenge their treatment in U.S. courts. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's words in the case of an American-born detainee was a ringing affirmation of our ideals. Even when the country is engaged in war, the government gets no "blank check ... when it comes to the rights of ... citizens."

This day should remind again of the importance of those rights and of the Declaration of Independence. Forty years ago, on July 2, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By banning segregation in public facilities and outlawing discrimination in hiring, the law had far-reaching and lasting impact on American life.

The law faced vigorous opposition throughout the country, even among members of Congress -- some of whom engaged in a record two-month filibuster to stymie it. But once again the strength of American values laid out 228 years ago, and fervently pursued by patriots of a different race and ethnicity than that of the Founders, prevailed. We're still toiling to fulfill the promise of the Civil Rights Act, just as we are with the Declaration of Independence.

But in my eyes, that is the true essence of patriotism. It is easy to say you love America, and to blindly agree with those who lead the country. It is much more difficult and wearying to work toward providing the "unalienable rights" to all Americans and to vigorously fight to preserve those liberties even during times of war.

On July 4, the knowledge of all the American patriots who have lived and toiled and fought and died in the name of those values is always sobering to me. Nowhere else in the world are citizens more proud of its country's values than Americans are, polls show. Even Americans whose ancestors were long denied rights in this country share pride in our ideals. How can we not? Our struggle to make America live up to those values laid out so long is the quintessential American struggle. It is the struggle of a true patriot.

This July 4, a new National Museum of Patriotism will open in Atlanta, ostensibly to, in their words, "promote the history of patriotism in the United States, and to explore the development of patriotism through education, displays, and exhibits." The museum is to be "a place to learn, honor personal achievement, respect the rights of others, help our neighbors, inspire good, and magnify love of one's country in all things Americans do."

I'm not sure about the need for a national museum of patriotism, but the group has the right ideas about what constitutes patriotic behavior. Questioning someone's patriotism based on a strict adherence to a particular ideology is a perversion of the very idea of patriotism. That's exclusionary patriotism, one pundit said, and not what the Founders, the original patriots, had in mind.

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/opinion/9065025.htm?1c

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Post time 2004-7-3 13:16:07 |Display all floors

Happy Independence Day

I get two week off from work with pay :-)

God Bless America

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Post time 2004-7-4 17:59:52 |Display all floors

What does it mean to be an American in the age of American empire?

I remember reading this essay back in July 2000. I thought it has some important things to say about what it means to be an American in an era when America's rulers are hell-bent on ruling the world by force.

http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/%7Erjensen/freelance/julyfourth.htm

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On Independence Day, Hold the Self-Congratulations

San Francisco Chronicle, July 2, 2000; and Houston Chronicle, July 2, 2000.

by Robert Jensen

On bandstands around the country this Fourth of July, politicians will offer heartfelt homilies about ""the greatest nation on earth,'' the United States.

As flags wave in the background, we will tell ourselves a story of the great march of progress the United States has led around the world.

On the day we mark our independence from an old empire, we will talk about the fight for freedom, past and future.

The rhetoric is designed to make Americans feel good about America, but I've always felt uneasy with the Fourth, a holiday allegedly full of a reflective humility yet reflexively self-congratulatory.

This year, the talk of the greatest of nations will ring more hollow to me than ever, because it's become impossible to ignore some painful truths about the United States: The humility is false. The claim of greatness is actually self-deception. The progress has not always been so progressive. The march often has been over the broken bodies of victims whose cries we refuse to hear. And the freedom we claim for ourselves we are too often reluctant to grant to others.

On this Fourth, I will be forced to face a conclusion I have long wanted to avoid: We are the empire, soon to be judged by history the way all empires have been judged, as cruel and self-aggrandizing. If we want to escape that judgment, we as citizens of the empire cannot wait for our leaders or the wealthy to lead us, for theirs is the path to power, not greatness.

This Fourth of July, I believe that citizens of the United States have to commit the ultimate act of patriotism: We must stop being Americans.

By that I don't mean we must give up on the truly noble ideals associated with the United States. Nor do I mean we must turn our backs on the many accomplishments of the people of this country. Nor must we turn our backs on each other. Instead, we must tell the truth about what being an American has come to mean, and we must find a way to rethink and reshape who we are. We are too busy congratulating ourselves; we need to be questioning ourselves.

Such talk may sound strange, especially coming at a time of great triumphalism in the United States. Across the globe our military, political and economic power is respected or feared, or both. But two questions nag: Would a nation that is truly great want to hoard such power? And how do we use that power? The answers require honest self-reflection about the gap between the values we tell ourselves we hold and the values reflected in our actions, at home and abroad. Such honesty means realizing that unchallenged power and enormous privilege can block us from seeing ourselves and our role in the world clearly.

Some recent vignettes from my life help explain my distress:

--At a political event, I was holding a sign that explained that the economic embargo on Iraq has killed 1 million innocent civilians and asked how many deaths will it take for the United States to abandon our failed policy. A man, an American, walked by, pondered, and said, ""I don't know ... how about 2 million?''

--The wealthy American CEO of an Internet company joked at a meeting with employees about his new sport utility vehicle, the biggest on the market. ""I bought it,'' he laughed, "because it gets the worst gas mileage.''

--A woman from East Timor described to an American audience the beauty of the Timorese countryside but explained that there is no spot left in her country that does not conjure memories of massacres at the hands of the Indonesian invaders. "Do you understand that they have been killing us for more than 20 years with American weapons, with American support?'' she asked.

--While walking with a 3-year-old one chilly winter morning, we passed a man sleeping in a doorway. "Why is that man sleeping outside?'' the child asked. I had no answer, only another question: Would I have noticed the man if not for the child's question?

Who are we Americans? Who are we to the Iraqi mother who watches her child die in her arms because there is no clean water or adequate food or medicine in her town because of our embargo? Who are we when we slowly choke the planet to death because of self-indulgent consumption that most people around the world find grotesque? Who are we to the survivors in East Timor, rebuilding their lives as they mourn loved ones dead from American weapons, all because we didn't want to disturb profitable business dealings with the conquering Indonesians? Who are we when we step over our brothers and sisters on the street, their pain invisible to us?

What does it mean to be an American in the age of American empire? Can we tell ourselves the truth about that? Is there a mirror that can hold the enormity of that image? And if we do dare to look, where do we go from there?

The politicians and the wealthy are not going to dismantle the empire on their own. It is unlikely they will wake up one morning and suddenly discover a long-misplaced conscience. And if they magically did, the institutions and systems in which they work would not go away. We should expect those with power in the powerful institutions to continue to concentrate even more power in even fewer hands. The rest of us -- the vast majority of Americans -- face the challenge of forcing change, of making "American'' mean something more than callousness, greed, smugness, orgiastic levels of consumption, disregard for the suffering of others and a willingness to kill to protect our privilege and power.

Make no mistake: That is what "American'' means to much of the rest of the world. But it need not always mean that. Change is possible. We can start by refusing to repeat the misleading story about our greatness and benevolence. We can stop being loyal citizens of the empire.

The task is not as difficult as it may seem, in part because a portion of the story we tell ourselves is true: We do live in one of the freest societies that has ever existed. We can speak with little fear of retribution. We can organize. We can act.

This Fourth of July, we can challenge the holiday's empty rhetoric. When the politicians talk about being the greatest nation on earth, we can stand up and question the arrogance of such a claim. When they talk about the American commitment to peace, we can ask why the United States leads the world in weapons sales and routinely conducts military operations outside international law. When they talk about the booming economy, we can ask who benefits from the stock market and financial speculation, and who is left behind. Most important, when they tell us that being an American means being loyal to the empire, we can stand up and say, "Enough -- I will be an American no longer.'' Then we can step onto the long road to redefining ourselves.

We have to challenge our own privilege, question our own consumption, ask on whose backs our comfort is built. We have to realize that the things we have won have come with a price, that what we have taken has costs for others, now and for future generations. If we do that with commitment and compassion, it may well turn out we stop worrying about what it means to be an American and start concentrating on what it means to be a human being.

Robert Jensen is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Post time 2004-7-5 11:02:20 |Display all floors

Blackie you have found us out..........

Yes you are correct. America is a lie. Fact is, we don't even exist! We are stories from the dark shadows of paranoid minds. In reality, if you fly an airplane to the east, you will never see a land called "America", you will find Europe! Then further on you will find China.
   There is not such land of "opportunity", that was just a story from dreamers who imagined such a place.
   There are no warriors with skin of all colors who free people from dictators. That is another fantasy from oppressed people who wish for that sort of freedom.
   Helpers from the west who feed millions who have lost their homes to natural disasters and wars! Ha! That is also the dreams of those who suffer. They only tell stories of helpers who ask for nothing in return because they only wish that could happen. What a crazy thought! People helping others in need. That doesn't happen does it Blackie?
   And what about all those Chinese who disappear from China? Do you really think they went to America? They were absorbed by the rays of the sun coming from that imaginary land. There is no Chinese in America learning, earning and having things like freedom, or living where they want or educating their kids to the best of their ability.
   There are no "Americans" only all the races of the existing world. And they could not possibly live together in one country. What an imagination!
    Blackie, you are so wise! You have such insight! You have found us out. You could never exist in that kind of world becaust that kind of world does not exist. You are right. Most of the world and it's people really think like you do and all those liars from so many countries are the ones who perpetuate these lies, just to upset the perfect harmony that we have on earth now.    Down with these liars! Set the world right Blackie, tell them how it really is in your world. You have done well Blackie. You are the stuff that makes this planet so perfect! Thank King Blackie for his wisdom and insight. We praise you Blackie.

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Post time 2004-7-5 14:14:55 |Display all floors

Blackie you have found us out..........

Spiritrace.

You say so many nice things about blackie, I am impressed.

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