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#42 - Why I Am Ashamed of My Own Government

February 15, 2018

Quite often I am ashamed to admit that I am an American citizen. For 17 years I proudly wore the uniform of a United States Marine and fought overseas in several campaigns including 7 tours in the gulf to defend the Constitution and safeguard America against anyone who wanted to harm it . . .  or so I believed at the time.

 

The reason I did not retire as a Marine was the fact that my eyes were starting to be opened to the realities of this country and the atrocities and international crimes committed by our government, and the war crimes and other illegal acts committed by those in uniform with no repercussions. 

 

I was brainwashed into believing that there was no better country than the United States and that our country would do no wrong in the world. We are a peace-loving country who just wants to help other countries attain the same peace and freedoms that we enjoy. Boy was I ever wrong.

 

Growing up on the mainland I was taught about the history of America the Constitution, and our government in school. I admired the Founding Fathers for their bravery in standing up to a foreign oppressor and the Continental Army soldiers fighting for independence from King George and his Red Coats. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence were 

 

I was always interested in the Marine Corps and as a result I especially studied their history and various wars and campaigns that included the Marines, at least I studied the history that they wanted known. I would later find out that much of what I learned in school about their histories were complete lies and falsifications.

 

One of the many myths that many people believe is that the United States was founded as a Democracy. The United States was not established as, nor was it ever meant to be a Democracy. The United States was established as a Republic. Let's take a look at the Constitution of the United States. In Article 4, Section 4 it reads "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, . . . " Notice that it said a "Republican" form of government, not a Democratic form of government. 

 

Also, look at the Pledge of Allegiance in which it says "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

 

Now this is not referring to the political parties of Republican and Democrat, it is referring to a specific form of government, the way a government is set up and run.

 

There is a huge difference between a Democracy and a Republic. Let's take a look at each so we can understand their differences and why the United State