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Korova from United Kingdom - The Drowning Man

Dear America,

Your government, not to mention your political system, has failed you. George W Bush has failed you. There are many reasons why I feel that your government has failed you, I hope I can clarify why during the course of this letter.

Your government has failed you at the most basic level. The overriding job of any government is to protect its citizens. That is a fundamental foundation of any civilised nation. Sadly, your government has chosen not to protect its citizens. Instead, it has decided to cut you loose and see if you sink or swim. Inevitably, it is the poor who sink. Take for example the recent legislation rejected by President Bush. Bush had a chance to ensure that every section of society was given the ability to swim. When presented with a bill to extend health insurance to millions of children, he could have chosen to embrace American society and ensure every member of the society was given an equal chance in life, regardless of their financial background. However, he chose (for the fourth time in seven years) to reject this legislation and ensure that millions of the poorest children will be left to sink, to disappear from mainstream society and remain a part of the so-called ‘under-class’. From birth, it would appear that the American government has chosen not to protect its citizens and thus renege on its obligations as a civilised nation.

It is not just in terms of healthcare, the American system (particularly under Bush) has displayed a blatant disregard for the ordinary working man/woman. Many Americans were proud of their achievement of being the ‘Most Productive’ workers, according to a UN report. But this reputation has come at a heavy price. Once again, the political leadership had a choice: protect the citizen, or allow them to sink. Once again, Bush chose the latter. Despite their reputation, the American worker suffers intolerable working standards. Unionisation is practically obsolete, with only 12.5% of workers owning union membership in 2005. Under Bush’s watch, the minimum wage has dropped from $5.84 in 2000 to $5.15 in 2005, the median family income dropped by $1,000 between 200 and 2004 and the lowest quintile saw its annual income after tax decrease by $200, while the top 1% saw their incomes grow by $53,000. The workers have been left to sink by Bush, while the wealthy continue to swim at a healthy pace.

The Bush administration has also failed to protect the rights of the indigenous people of America. When given the opportunity to vote on a treaty that set out the rights of the indigenous people, including protection of their human rights and their land, the United States was one of only four countries to vote against the treaty. Once again, we see how the Bush administration fails to abide by its obligations to protect all its citizens. In fact, its treatment of indigenous people has also been condemned by Amnesty International. Amnesty has claimed that:

Native American and Alaska Native women in the United States suffer disproportionately high levels of rape and sexual violence, yet the federal government has created substantial barriers to accessing justice, Amnesty International (AI) asserted in a 113-page report released today. Justice Department figures indicate that American Indian and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the United States in general; more than one in three Native women will be raped in their lifetimes.

Native Americans are, like many other sections of society, left to sink to the bottom. The Bush administration has washed their hands of them, much like the poor and the workers.

But it is not just internal affairs that the Bush administration has failed the American people and endangered them, foreign policy has put America at risk like never before. The sympathy spawned from the attacks on 11th September, has been squandered as the US government seeks it tighten its grip on the world. However, the tighter they squeeze, the more anti-Americanism will grow. This in turn will lead to greater difficulties on the world stage and America’s increased isolation from the civilised world. This isolation will make all Americans vulnerable and put them at great risk. If current trends in foreign policy were to continue, the entire nation will sink without a trace.

In short, the American administration has done its best to ensure that the poor and the dispossessed sink to the bottom, while the wealthy rise to the top. If America is ever going to regain its status as a respected, civilised nation, it needs to stop threatening sovereign nations of the world and start focusing on the needs of the poor in their own country. Martin Luther King once said:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Forty-four years later, it remains a dream.

About the Author:

Name: korova
Age: 31
Country: England
Gender: Male
Website: Mask of Anarchy

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13 Responses to “Korova from United Kingdom - The Drowning Man”

  1. # Anonymous Sam from U.S.

    I'm with the fellow who posted a few letters back. What right does the UK have to look down on the U.S.? Not only do you chaps have an equal track record in matters such as these, but you taught the U.S. all the dirty little tricks you knew.  

  2. # Blogger korova

    Yes, and if there was an equivalent forum for posting letters to the UK government, I would do exactly the same thing. For the record, I think both the US government and the UK government are divisive entities on the global stage.  

  3. # Blogger Dana

    Don't ever dismiss criticism just because the person offering it is not perfect. Judge the criticism on its own merits. Are we or are we not screwing the poor and making it exceedingly difficult for Native American women to prosecute rape? That should be the question, not, "What right do you have to criticize us?" Then the next question should be, "What are we going to do about it?"  

  4. # Anonymous John from America

    The minimum wage dropped from $5.85 to $5.15? I'm not sure where you're getting your facts, but that is not true. The federal minimum wage (some states/cities have higher) has always been at $5.15 through the Bush administration.

    Still, it is very sad that much of what you say is true. The Bush administration has done close to nothing for the poor and middle class Americans. I am hopeful that the tide will turn though...as dumb as the majority of American voters are (the 51% that voted for Bush), they will eventually realize how Bush has screwed them over and Democrats will take the presidency. Bush can hide behind the blanket of fear, intimidation, obfuscation, and religion only for so long....  

  5. # Blogger korova

    The $5.15 figure is the minimum wage in real terms. The figure comes from the Economic Policy Institute. You can see the statistics themselves here.  

  6. # Anonymous Anonymous

    What's the point of posting tit for tat criticisms of anyones government here? No government is perfect, or even close, but in my opinion, the US system is less corrupt, and more fair to it's taxpayers than any other system out there. Here in the states, we want "Less" government and more self reliance, that's why we don't have the level of social programs you in the UK have. It's by popular choice my man, no by some failure of government.  

  7. # Blogger korova

    'More fair'??? Really?? Your healthcare system suggests otherwise. And if your current system is truly down to 'popular choice', it does not say much for popular opinion in the US.  

  8. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Korova, what do you know of our healthcare system? What you've read in the press? Do you or anyone you know have 1st hand experience with our system? I'm a high school dropout who has made the effort, and worked my way into a 50 grand a year construction job with full insurance, but I spent many years without insurance and somehow I came out o.k.
    I've got a room mate who has no insurance and is also hitting middle age and she gets all the medical care she needs free, provided by the taxpayers. If poor people in the US need medical attention, they get it. Sure they have more limited choices than more wealthy people, but what's so friggin' horrible about that? They can't buy all the things a rich person could in everyday life, so why would you think they should get the Ritz treatment at the clinic. Your entitlement socialist thinking makes you believe that some kind of completely fair to all utopia can exist, well when you factor in the lazy people that work the system just to get freebies and allow them to sit on their ass to be supported by the working stiff's, I see that as an unrealistic dream.  

  9. # Anonymous Anonymous

    And by the way, from what I've read of your socialist healthcare system, and all the pictures of seen of Brit's with rotten teeth, I'd venture a guess that your system is far from optimal also.  

  10. # Anonymous Anonymous

    The critisms of the US are valid. The poor state of the UK doesn't make the authors observations about the US any less true. Both countries are in dire shape and for the same reason. It has little to do with Bush, Blair, or Brown as individuals but the psychology that drives them. We're taught that everyone is the same inside and power can corrupt anyone. But there are some who are born corrupt and they seek power over others. These people are psychopaths and those with related pathologies. Understanding their influence on humanity is essential for anything real to be done, to avoid being sucked into the same destructive cycle over and over again. The science of the pathological in power is called Political Ponerology. Hopefully word will get out.  

  11. # Blogger Peyton

    I wish to expand on the statement made in the blog in reference to the "overriding job of government". You stated that this was protection. Not in America my friend.

    Thomas Jefferson in one of his many writings stated the following:
    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them". John Adams followed up this by stating: Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self-defense. Benjamin Franklin speaks of governments role in security or protection also by saying: "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

    This is contrary to your view of government's role in society. That being said, this is your choice and the government of the United Kingdom fully supports that through the methods they have seen fit to offer your "protection".

    As for American foreign policy, this is the point where we might actually come into agreement. Benjamin Harrison, President 1889-1893 stated it better than anyone I believe ever will: We Americans have no commission from GOD to police the world. As the British once did so has the United States, fallen into the mindset of mercantilistic trade through the establishment of an empire by the use of its military. I am not a psychic, but I can foresee the future on this topic. As Patrick Henry stated "I know no way of judging the future but by the past". As a soldier myself I know first hand the isolation you speak of as a result of military force. American soldiers remain on the world stage and through continued entanglement in foreign affairs to feed the idea of a mercantilistic empire, further alienation can be the only result. Thomas Jefferson stated: "We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest." John Adams stated: "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." Granted necessary wars have been fought I fear that the lines have been blurred far too much since the last 'necessary' war of World War II. Granted freedom and liberty are for everyone the role of the US government is not to set out to forcibly secure it around the world. They do however have the obligation to secure it for its own citizenry, the American people.

    As for your mention of the Bush administration's disregard for the working class. I feel like you along with many americans have fallen victim to the lure of communist and socialist policy. Economic policy in America can and is argued daily, just pick a news service and read, watch, or listen. I assert to you and those that share your view on social services as a function of government that especially in the age of information government involvement in social and economic realms has caused more downtrodden than it has assisted in ascending up the social class. To use a quote over again that also fits this topic you chose to mention. Thomas Jefferson said "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." I know of no one in America that is geographically enslaved to an area as in the past might have been the case. The only injustice I see taking place on the American working class is that of illegal immigration into am area of working class citizens. I have seen first hand that poverty does not exist because of a lack of work it exists because of a lack of work ethic. The illegals I made mention moved into an area of which my father's family lives and created their own favorable existence in an area that was all but lost to poverty. The failure of any American administration has been to offer incentives to those that are satisfied with mediocrity because the government itself offers incentives that assist in complacency of the poverty stricken working class, ie. social welfare. That being said, not all those finding themselves in a destitute economic state lack the work ethic. The answer to this dilemma was decided long ago initially for the western world, in churches and now through non governmental organizations they are financed through voluntary donations. Once again Thomas Jefferson has said it best: "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." I would furthermore assert that if charitable giving increased than the bitterness and fighting between the upper and lower class would cease because the common thread between all would be equal rights for all, not your misconstrued definition of equality where annual incomes are equal. My father told me stories about families in his county in Arkansas that everyone knew had no food to put on the table that week. So as a good American and good neighbor my grandfather took food to their home. My father's family received the same when times were tough for them also, as they were working class also. This made everyone stronger as my grandfather put it. If I remember correctly they didn't lock their doors then either.

    Bottom line is things were easier when the government wasn't involved. To quote Jefferson once more: "That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves." Granted this is why American government was and is known as the 'Great Experiment'. I believe in it and its foundation. We differ greatly on the role of government, and so do a great number of Americans. Most of what I have stated has been backed by writings of our founders so I find it fitting to end with John Adams: "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people."  

  12. # Blogger : JustaDog

    Well I suggest you stay where you're at and enjoy your socialist lifestyle of very high taxes and unemployment!  

  13. # Blogger korova

    justadog: socialist lifestyle of very high taxes and unemployment??? Unemployment is at its lowest for God knows how long and taxes are far too low. Have you ever been to the UK???  

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