OK, I hinted in my first published opinion piece that I might not like what America stands for anymore. As I arm myself with more and more knowledge of what goes on here, I'm slowly starting to see that my suspicions were right from the get-go.
Americans are cowards because they will not fight for what's truly right. They're perfectly content with all of the inequalities embedded within the system. Americans are perfectly content with the fact that people are still not offered equal rights. Americans are either blind or are OK with the fact that corporate greed is running this country, not individual rights.
Why is that women are still paid 70 cents for every dollar that a man makes for equal work? This is 2010, I thought we were past the idea of patriarchal rule and male-dominance. This is absolutely ridiculous. And men are STILL more likely to get the top jobs than women. It seems that the female applicant has to be a hell of a lot better than the male applicant to get the position, because nine times out of 10, the lesser-qualified male applicant will be selected for the job. It's just the way it works. Misogyny is rampant in this country.
Why is it that you can still legally be fired for being gay? Sexual orientation is NOT protected under the EEOC. Why is this? Homosexual people are just people, not deserving of any more hatred than any other group of people. Homosexuals are discriminated against by laws that make them second-class citizens. Yet most Americans think this is OK, or are not brave enough to challenge it.
Even males in this nation are discriminated against. With genital mutilation laws protecting girls from mutilation but not boys, that is a form of blatant, unjust discrimination. Slightly over half of infant males are subjected to routine, cosmetic surgery that will cripple their sex lives forever. Yet Americans see this as OK. Seriously? Those that go after this issue aggressively are often looked at as enemies of freedom, but are they really? Advocating the rights of a person to choose for himself whether or not he has cosmetic surgery is not speaking against freedom, it is promoting it.
People are also discriminated against for other reasons: racism is still rampant, as is the new fattist movement. America and Americans WILL find some grounds to discriminate against you, I don't care who you are. It's just the way it works here.
Whistleblowers like Kevin Trudeau and Alex Jones are prime targets of the government because of the fact that the government wants to hide what they're doing. You criticize what the government is really doing, they'll censor you quicker than you can say uncle. Government is run by corporate greed, not by the people. Big corporations have politicians under their thumbs (of course, in the forms of bribes worth thousands of dollars, what do you expect). Politicians are too scared to stand up for what's right, but rather bow down to corporate greed every time. It's sickening.
That said, leave it to the government that was so set on being an imperialistic world police power to set up a so-called "terrorist attack" and try to one-up the soviets by faking moon landings to do this sort of thing.
America is neither the land of the free nor the home of the brave. It is the land of oppression where everyone other than rich, white, Christian males faces some form of oppression. It is a land of people and politicians who are too coward to do anything about it and just sit back and complain about or turn a very obvious blind eye to the injustices committed here. No wonder the UN only ranks the US the 13th best place to live in the world.
In light of recent events, I gotta admit I can't wait to find someplace that I, a predominantly hetero bi-sexual, atheistic Aspie can truly enjoy the freedoms that I'm intended to have. I won't find them in America. Until then, I will continue with my ritual of facing away from the flag during the anthem, saving up for a passport and a one-way plane ticket out of here, and the day I lose my US citizenship will be a personal holiday for me. It'll be my re-birthday for sure.