Republican leader Trent Lott gave the most succinct reason why Americans don't care about all the innocents dying from American bombs and bullets in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, when he said, of dark-skinned people overseas, "I can't tell the difference between them." Scratch a Republican and see the white robes underneath that fancy facade. There's a reason why the KKK's symbol and the right-wing Chistopath's symbol are both a cross.
I've reluctantly come to the conclusion that despite the fact that I was born in the United States and hold a US passport, I am not an American. If I were an American, I would believe, like 63% of Americans, that torture is a right nice thing rather than a moral atrocity. I would believe that it is a good idea to bomb and/or invade random countries just because we can. I would believe that the question of whether Jennifer Lopez had liposuction on her hips is more important than thousands of innocents dying due to American bombs and bullets in Lebanon or Iraq. If I were really an American, I would be an incurious Budweiser-swilling boor with an unwarranted sense of self-entitlement and an impenetrable willful ignorance about anything outside of Entertainment Weekly.
The only question is whether I make it official and start the immigration process now to move north to Canada, or wait 20 years until I hit retirement age and move south of the border, where their governments are as corrupt and incompetent as the Bushevik governments but at least they don't invade random countries and start slaughtering people for no reason but to prove that their Dear Leader has a big swingin' dick.
-- Badtux the un-American Penguin