“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed”
This is the oath that every military personnel, elected official and newly minted American citizen takes to pledge loyalty to America. For the past 16 years, our nation has been in a perpetual state of war against extremists as most of our country’s resources, both blood and treasure, have been trained externally to take on boogeyman who are created in order to sustain a profitable “war against terror”. What we have lost sight of in a nearly two decade war that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives globally is that there is another component, a deadly virus, that is eating away at the very fabric of America.
I write all the time against our overgrown and cancerous Federal government. Some have written me to condemn me for being “anti-American” and to say that I am being treasonous in a time of war. Let this article be my rejoinder to anyone who is guileless enough to equate patriotism as subservience and robotically salutes anything that is espoused by Federated authorities in Washington DC and Wall Street. Patriotism is having the courage to stand up for truth and justice in the face of group think and having the fortitude to defy despotism at every corner. Even in the military, soldiers are given the option to disobey immoral orders and saying no to the commands of officers if they believe higher up directives to be unethical.
Those who follow what I write know that I love the land of my birth Ethiopia. But lest there be any doubt, America is my home and I love the United States with all my heart. It is America that gave me shelter when the Derg government of Ethiopia turned my family and me into refugees. There is no country in the world like America, a land of many nations where immigrants come from every corner of the globe to start life anew and to pursue happiness and opportunity. The United States has always been a shinning city on a hill; even with all her blemishes, there is no other country I would rather be in besides my home America.
However, loving America does not mean we do not speak up when we see atrocities being committed by a few who have hijacked all levers of power and are spreading destruction in our name throughout the world. When we, the people, become complacent and don’t hold authorities accountable, we give latitude and leeway for tyranny to take root and fester. Injustice ignored in time becomes injustices that destroys all. What our run amok government has been doing for decades, if not longer, has been negating the very aspirations of the founders and inverting the foundation of the Constitution. What was done to people globally in the name of capitalism and wealth creation is now being done to us here in our own country. Our government sees us, the people who are the cornerstone of this nation, as a clear and present threat to their global hustle.
In all honesty, America doesn’t even have sovereignty anymore—we gave our hand to globalists and capital shysters a long time ago (read Nullification 1812). Our Republic has been subverted by the cash of multinational corporations and billionaire gnomes who prosper as the rest of us live paycheck to paycheck. We have gone from 13 colonies to a colony of 50; each state is nothing more than a DBA of Wall Street mercenaries. Our government is the Public Relations arm and mafioso capos of companies like Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Walmart and Starbucks. They keep declaring illegal wars and contravening the Geneva conventions while duplicitous politicians in DC and double-dealing pundits on TV hoodwink us into fighting each other.
Patriotism has become a corporate billboard used by plutocrats (read Left Hand Saluters) to sell us useless trinkets. Loyalty has turned into meaningless utterances echoed by partisan parrots without any sense of honor and duty to country and humanity. The few who do serve, true patriots who sacrifice their lives and livelihood, are treated with token gestures as if sticking yellow ribbons on SUVs bumpers makes up for the mind bending horrors they endured on battlefields fighting ungodly wars. Here is a novel idea, while cooking out today and enjoying the fireworks, take a pause and reflect on the endless sea of veterans who suffer needlessly because our nation cannot muster up the resources to take care of them even though we spend hundreds of billions of dollars manufacturing weapons that only enrich the military-financial complex.
Do you want to know just a wee bit of the strife veterans go through daily? Read the poem below which I wrote only after I talked to endless homeless veterans over the past two years and realized the pains they endure while too many of us go shopping as we step over heroes who call pavements home. Patriotism has lost all meaning and is now just symbolism. We are losing our nation as each day more and more of us are subsumed by hopelessness and economic anxieties. For the first time in the history of America, this generation of children will be worse off than their parents. This is the America our government and globalist jackasses have given us. I am asking you—my fellow Americans—stop letting the powerful shatter us using grievance as both a hammer and a sickle to divide us. Stop letting a few have a monopoly on patriotism. WE are Americans, this blessed land is OUR nation! Act like stakeholders or forever be renters and indentured servants of globalists who have no loyalty to this nation or the greater humanity.
What I am saying next is not hyperbole nor meant to act as some type of outrageous statement for the sake of drawing clicks to this article even if I run the risk of encroaching on Godwin’s law. In the 1930’s, every day Germans kept looking the other way as Nazi goons, empowered by the state, started to oppress Jews and those deemed “undesirable” by Hitler. What started as harassment led to the dissolution of tens of millions of people on the continent of Europe and beyond. Around that same time, Mussolini declared war on Ethiopia and incinerated hundreds of thousands of my forefathers with mustard gas and chemicals. In both cases, negligence by the citizenry gave allowance to horrors none of us can imagine.
On this Fourth of July, let us recommit to standing up for justice and reclaiming our nation from the hands of depraved globalists and political hacks in the media and in our malignant Federal government. Do not confuse patriotism for blind devotion or else we too will end up walking down the path of Germany and Italy. It did not end well for those two nations; the fires of hate and animus that were unleashed by Hitler and Il Duce soon enough became the infernos that took the lives of millions of Germans and Italians. Injustice against a few overlooked has a way of becoming injustice that maims the masses.
The picture you see above is not meant to dishonor America. It is such a fitting symbol actually for it is a picture associated with a story of an Iraq army veteran (Army Vet Arrested) who got arrested for waiving the flag upside down. An upside down flag is a call of distress and a signal for help. I am waving Old Glory upside down on Independence Day as a distress call for our nation. There are enemies within who are eradicating America and sabotaging our nation. The Revolutionary War was fought to free Americans from the clutches of British tyranny. The colonists—who fought and died to gain independence—would have quickly bowed to the dictates of King George if they knew that the very Federal government they created would tax Americans in ways that makes the Stamp Act, Sugar Act and Tea Act look like child’s play. Not content taking nearly half of our paychecks and transferring it to the oligarchy, our Federal government has now decided to wipe away the Bill of Rights and do away with our freedoms of speech and privacy.
I write this to all patriots irrespective of the endless labels and ideologies which have been imposed upon us by cunning men who have perfected the art of divide and conquer. For God’s sake unite and let us save our Republic from the hands of both Republican and Democratic traitors who have sold our nation down the river so they can collect fortunes from the moneyed gentry. We the people need to come together and stop letting politics, racial identities and political ideologies splinter us. We are all Americans, let us act like it or else our children will look back at us in shame and ask how we could have let our nation morph from the shinning city on the hill to the burnt out nation in the abyss. #74DistressCall
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.