Today we celebrate the 238th year of the American Empire. A nation born when rich white colonialists fomented a treasonous rebellion against the Empire that demanded they actually pay taxes (rich folks don’t like paying taxes). So they cloaked their treason in the language of liberty, equality, and democracy and ultimately succeeded in the founding of their own Empire, which they built on the chattel enslavement of one race and the genocide of another.
Then when chattel slavery proved wasteful and distastefully brutal, Civil War broke out leading to the implementation of wage slavery throughout the land. This allowed unprecedented growth and riches for the aristocracy at the expense of first, the peasantry, who ended up fighting only for a more comfortable and pretty cage, and second, the environment, which today moves perilously towards catastrophic destruction.
And today we celebrate what the Empire has become: the nation with more of its people behind bars than any other nation in history both in percentage of population and in raw numbers, a nation that uses violence to solve its problems, a nation that while claiming to promote equality has become one of the most inegalitarian nations on Earth, a nation that is polarized and utterly paralyzed by paranoid reactionaries and delusional zealots with a gun fetish on the one side and a somewhat more liberal set of wishy-washy pacifists and appeasers who think that oppressors will stop oppressing if we just ask in a firm voice and pass some votes and sign petitions. All the while those sociopathic aristocrats pull the strings and keep raking in all the riches they can stuff in their pockets.
And most of you will keep wavin that flag, keep singin that anthem, keep spoutin that pledge, even as you are robbed blind and your planet dies around you.
"Welcome to the United Snakes, Land of the thief, home of the slave, grand imperial guard, where money is sacred, and power is god."