I've added some links to make what follows meatier. (And I mostly link to collections of original documents, not secondary sources). I wasn't originally going to write anything for today. But why shouldn't we know the truth? This diary is dedicated to Scooter Libby.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. -- John 8:32.
Of course, we remember July 4th because of the ringing declaration of human rights in Jefferson's famous document.
But the reality is so mind-numbingly depressing, that I find this is a good day to hide my head in shame, and do penance for the "greatness of America".
Not meant to be definitive, here is my July 4 List of America's "Accomplishments":
*Native American genocide(Thanks to Turkana for the graphic!)
*Breaking of treaties with Native Americans
*Returning runaway in slave territories to slavery, per order of the Supreme Court (Dred Scott case)
*Legal racial segregation (Jim Crow)
*Land grabbing wars against neighboring countries
*Seizing countries overseas (Philippines, Hawaii, Cuba)
*Joining the senseless War to End All Wars, killing tens of thousands of U.S. soldier-citizens for nothing
*Incendiary bombing raids on civilians, killing 100,000s (Dresden, Tokyo)
*Building a giant nuclear arsenal threatening the world with total destruction
*Putting forth a war on trumpted up charges of a fake attack (Gulf of Tonkin)
*Using chemical weapons to defoliate massive amounts of countryside, and kill untold thousands, and cause untold numbers of birth defects
*Use of torture against Vietnamese
*Training of torture to be used against Latin Americans (Project X)
*Overturning the elected government of Guatemala
*Assassinations planned against foreign leaders (Castro, and likely Patrice Lumumba)
*Invasion of a sovereign nation (Bay of Pigs)
*Secret bombings of countries we were not at war with and without Congressional notification, approval or oversight, killing untold thousands and destroying the viability of the government (Cambodia)
*Making domestic political parties illegal and blacklisting thousands (McCarthy Red Scare and outlawing of the Communist Party USA)
*Domestic spying on political and church groups, by spy and military agencies
*Illegal wiretapping of U.S. citizens
*Blackmailing U.S. civil rights leaders
*Arming religious fanatics who stoned women and kill schoolteachers that try to teach girls (Afghanistan)
*Supporting countries that are despotic and use torture (Egypt, Morocco, the Greece of the colonels, the Argentina of the junta, etc.)
*Invasion of a sovereign nation based on lies and trumped up charges (Iraq)
*The use of "caging" and other techniques to illegally decertify thousands of American citizens from the voting rolls
*Women and children kidnapped and held hostage in secret locations, as part of so-called "war on terror"
and on and on...