Comment: I love the America I was taught in school - but that was a lie

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I love the America I was taught in school - but that was a lie

I was taught about how America brought freedom to the world.
Then I learned it was all a lie. We brought death and made profits.
And I was ashamed

I was taught we had the greatest justice system in the world.
Then I learned how prisons are merely corporate profit centers. And I researched and learned how many people are railroaded by the system and how many on death row were wrongly convicted.
And I was ashamed

I was taught we righted the wrongs of slavery and Lincoln was a great man who did great things.
Then I learned it was all a lie. It had nothing to do with slavery and it cost this country much more than the 600,000 lives and how blacks went from slave to free - back to slavery in the prison system
And I was ashamed

I was taught serving in the military was the highest honor one could pay to our country.
Then I learned about the atrocities they commit. I learned of Abu Ghrab, of water boarding, of indefinite detention. If snipers being glorified for killing women.
And I was ashamed

I was taught Christianity was the light and the rest of the world was living in sin
And I learned of massive, widespread molestation, and I saw "good men" do nothing and bow to a false god.
And I was ashamed

I was taught about how great manifest destiny was and how great this country was(the physical country in this case)
Then somebody on here(I believe it was smudge pot) went ahead and posted something about Native American's and the Wounded Knee - and I started learned the truth about the mistreatment and abuses against the Native Americans.
And I was ashamed

I could go on and on, but it was through my research of the last on this list that I really started to change my mind about what an American was and what it meant to be American.
These were great people with wisdom and knowledge well beyond anything the Europeans brought with them(save the weapons of war and death) - and for all our talk of liberty and freedom - we chose not to see that those who were already here knew far more about those things than we ever could. They knew more about god and lived more in his ways than any christian.

I am proud to be American, but in a sense of what America can be - not what it is. We have lost our way(if ever we had it) and we need to get back.

We need to live up to our own hype for once.