Your Government is Not Working

  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.
  • Your government does not care if you lose your unemployment insurance.
  • Your government does not care if you and your children are thrown out of your home during the Winter time.
  • Your government does not care if you or your children go hungry.
  • Your government does not care about your basic rights as a human being.
  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.
  • Your government is only interested in protecting the rich.
  • Your government is not a real democracy.
  • Your government’s Constitution was written to benefit only rich, white males.
  • Your government says money is power, not votes.
  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.
  • We need a government that insures us good jobs and good money.
  • We need a government with leaders that act in the interest of the people.
  • We need a government that guarantees food, shelter, and equality.
  • We need a government that is truly for the people.
  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.

UN Severely Criticizes U.S. Human Rights Record

Guantanamo Sept 11 TrialAn article in The Guardian reports that on Thursday, the UN Human Rights Committee harshly criticized the U.S. for human rights abuses which include racial discrimination, drone attacks, the detention of prisoners at Gitmo,  and even our gun policies, amongst many other offenses.

It is a good thing to have an organization such as the UN holding even the world’s most powerful nation up to a mirror at times and dare to damn it’s policies.

Read Here.

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Close U.S. Allies Abusing Justice in Middle East

An old saying goes “friends are the family you choose”.  If that is the case, the United States’ “family members” in the Middle East need some lessons in justice and human rights.  And who better to push for those lessons than the U.S.  (Not going to hold my breathe on this one.)

Here’s a quick roundup of recent events:

Just the same ole song.

It goes without question the punishments in all three cases do not even begin to fit the crimes, if you even consider any of these actual crimes.

The problem is the United States’ government chooses not to punish these countries in any way and by doing nothing is condoning these actions.  If people wonder why folks in the Middle East have a negative perception of the U.S., this is just a small taste of why that animosity exists.  The citizens of these countries are fully aware of the relationship between their governments and the United States, such as:

It’s difficult for Americans to understand why dissident citizens of these countries equate us so closely to their oppressive governments because, frankly, we have no idea what it is like for our government to be so reliant on another greater superpower for so much economic aid.  But the perception is there and for good reason.

The United States tries to sell the idea we believe in democracy and equal rights for all around the world but the actions of our government tell a different story.  You can’t sit on the sidelines and pretend you aren’t aware of such egregious human rights abuses when doing business with these governments.  That might have been a believable position in the time before the Internet and the easy flow of information.

It’s now no longer believable or acceptable (as it never should have been).  The time for change in this area came a very long time ago and the need for constant pressure on our elected officials should be growing by the day.

And everyday that goes by where a change in the behavior of the U.S. government doesn’t happen is a day with the potential to create more hatred of Americans by people we continue to simply ignore.

Backing up rhetoric with action in Bahrain – The Washington Post

Backing up rhetoric with action in Bahrain – The Washington Post.

Too often actions like these of the United States’ government go unnoticed by the public and, when bad things happen, we wonder why instead of realizing what we did to create bad feelings among the people of foreign countries.  Sadly, it seems silly to some to even point out an immoral action in such a small country but, regardless of the country’s size, these hypocritical actions should always be noted and condemned for what they are.  If we don’t take the time to criticize these moves, the public is just as guilty as the government for allowing this to happen with utter silence.