Yeah, Well You Finally Stopped Getting Mad

By David Swanson

Here’s a popular “Letter to America” and a new reply from America below.

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 600 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city drown.

You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.

You finally got mad when.. when… wait for it… when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all OK with you but helping other Americans… well fuck that.

That about right? You know it is.

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Letter from America:

You did get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You did get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.

You did get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You did get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You did get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You did get mad when we spent over 600 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You did get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.

You did get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.

You did get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You did get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You did get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You did get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You did get mad when we let a major US city drown.

You did get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.

You finally stopped getting mad when.. when… wait for it… when the president escalating the illegal wars, running the lawless prisons, claiming the power to murder and torture, rewriting the laws with signing statements, overseeing the corporate bailouts, holding the secret meetings with CEOs and selling out healthcare reform, dropping any fight for fair trade or labor rights, and expanding government secrecy was a Democrat.

That about right? You know it is.

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If the two tribes of party loyalists are done exposing each other’s hypocrisy, can we get on to some independent activism?