They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!

Here’s my latest essay for CounterPunch. Here’s the first paragraph to whet your appetite for more (or not). Note: 17 minute read.

During a recent trip to Boston, I saw this delusional expression screaming at me in large red, white, and blue letters from the side of a passing cement truck. For the uninitiated, it’s a US cultural reference that has been metamorphosed into a bellicose nationalistic war cry replete with t-shirts sold on Amazon. After throwing up in my mouth a little, I chuckled. Here we go again, I thought, “the greatest nation on earth,” voluminous and damning evidence to the contrary, admonitions of love it or leave it, chants of USA, USA, USA!

Shalom (שלום), MAA

4 thoughts on “They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!

  1. From another reader about the US: “It’s a corporate oligarchy where the super rich own the political system and use it to exploit and divide the population while enriching themselves.

    It’s the most dangerous nation in the world, a warfare state since 1941, and it dupes its citizens into supporting that by exploiting their patriotism.”

    Reminds me of one of George Carlin’s sketches without the laughs.

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