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Come Home America

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I know I should not write on politics, but this hits me where I live. I was talking with a friend about his affair with a married woman whose husband is assigned away from the US. It is a sad story, and it is one I have heard mirrored many times. It is one with all the other stories that, like mad cats drawn from the same sack, scratch and claw at us. So forgive me being weak, and writing on a topic that should be forbidden to anyone who must by profession be faceless, blank and without core or surface soul. Forgive me for saying this.

Come home America, come home.

It is time to come home from distant wars against fictions and phantoms. It is time to come home to your wives how miss you, to your children who need you, to your families that feel the pain of missing souls.

It is time to come home America, home to the cities that have been flooded, the forests left untended, the fields left untilled. It is time to come home America, to the work left undone, the minds left unschooled. It is time to come America, to the home you did not leave behind, because no home ever lasts if left unrepaired.

It is time to come home America, and when you do, you will ask how you ever let that home be put into hands such as the ones that now have it. You will wonder at how they ever seemed to be giants, and on the back of which ant the cameras were mounted to make them look that way.

It is time America to come home. Home to the words which we written on parchment, printed on paper, but engraved on hearts and minds, with stylus of firearms, and ink mixed of blood and gunpowder: "when it becomes destructive to these ends... to alter or abolish it."

Look at the man who wields the seal of 13 arrows and 13 stars, of 13 leaves and 13 olives, of 13 stripes and countless hopes and dreams. Ask yourself a single question: is he worthy of placing your sons lives in his hands? Hands that have signed so many laws unjust, unwise and unAmerican. Hands which have rubber stamped commands from other unelected. Ask yourself if his words are to be trusted, coming from the same mouth that has spat out so many of us on to the ground.

I have spent my life studying ruins, and I feel this home becoming one. I have spent my life studying kings, and know their portraits by heart. And in history's wake I feel, I know and must believe because without this belief there is no hope in me: that all the crosses of gold and silver crowns, must in history's turn be struck down. But I am not the one to do it, I can only call to you, who are still across the sea, or buried in your own affairs, to look up, and see. See that we are losing our America, from mountains blasted for blacker coal, to roads that crack and creak, to nursing wards for veterans that stink and reek, to schools that are dour and bleak.

Come home America, while there is yet time, let not the sands cover us, nor the waters wash us away. It is not out there that our freedom lives, but here. It is not a Vatican in Baghdad that we must build, but a shining city on hill which we must rebuild, our golden domes pealing, our silver stars tarnished, our private places violated by rude disruption, for an adventure we did not wish, nor want. Let dead ceasers have their triumphs, let forgotten pharaohs have their obelisks. Let emperors have their might tombs, let them have them, one and all their arcs and boulevards.

Ask your son, your daughter, your wife, your lover. Each will tell you what I say here. "I don't know why were are there, I just want you home."

To our public servants I can only ask: "What do you think we changed the government for? We demanded only a few simple things. End the flow of corruption, end the war, and end the reign of error." You have voted for another year for corruption to flow, already. You have not voted to end the war, yet. You have said that you will not act to remove those who have committed hight crimes and misdemeanors, ever. We sent you once to Washignton, we can send you right back home again if you forget why we sent you there.

I don't know what else to say, it is an old story, of Ulysses coming home, and cleaning the house of suitors that sought to suck the blood and treasure from his house and steal his wife. To servants who had forgotten their duties, and to all the animals save two that had forgotten his scent. He came home and bent his bow and slew the suitors on sight. But to bend his bow, the great hero first, had to come home.

Please, please, please. It is time to set right what has gone so horribly wrong.

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Submitted by Ruth on

And thanks for committing to it. We all need to get in and dig out the criminals, and we're doing it.

Ruth

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I find myself weeping with an ease unlike any time since I was young and my brother Ed was found to be MIA - 1968. Those tears rise mixed with new.

Yes.America.Come.Home.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

in the hands of the right leaders willing to use it. so simple and elegant: it's time to come home. back from the adventures of the mind and imagination gone sour, back to the families (and we are all one family in america) that needs them. even those who are still here, need to come home, home from the ugly fantasy world that is the creation of the bush regime. come home.

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Do the lefties really want America to come home?

I think they just want the power to decide where we intervene and where we don't.

If the left really wants isolationism I'm willing.

But you won't get your little foreign adventures either.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i'm sure you know all about that. or as heard on "buffy the vampire slayer," You know what homophobia really means, don't you? how i miss that show...

anyhoo- we don't necessarily want "isolationism," but for once i'm going to agree with the troll that at least for a while, if no american dollar or citizen left our shores for the next five years and instead were focused on our own problems, i'd be OK with that. the fact that FS is even willing to make this concession here on our blog is deeply telling.

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Submitted by Sarah on

Safely from war, and sanely from exile.
There is so much that needs doing here, and the cabal in DC is so uninterested in doing it.

But then, FagsSuck, you wouldn't care about anything but your issue, would you? StraightsSuck too, by the way, for the fun of it.

And you are still a jerk.

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

"StraightsSuck too, by the way, for the fun of it."

No matter what straights do they are still normal and homosexuals aren't.

But stick to the subject of lib neo-isolationism if you can.

Submitted by lambert on

The name speaks for itself, doesn't it? All we have to do is consider the source. The post, liberty, is very beautiful.

No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.

Submitted by lambert on

and not that there's anything wrong with sucking, at least literally, I am interested by this comment:

Do the lefties really want America to come home?

I can't speak for "the left," since there is no such monolith (shit, if there was, we'd get paid, like the VRWC). However, this blogger wants an edn to the American imperial dream, because losing the Constitution and democracy isn't worth the price.

I think they just want the power to decide where we intervene and where we don’t.

Well, unseriously, if you identify the Dems with the left (a dubious proposition at best), and the Dems have the power, under the Constitution, to declare war, then by the rules of our democracy, doesn't the left have "the power" already?

More seriously, if the argument is that there is a class of Beltway Dems that wants to take over the Kingly powers that Bush has seized, and use them for their own ends, I agree with you, and I think that's bad.

If the left really wants isolationism I’m willing.

See above. "Isolationism" is one of those words that gets thrown around so much it has no meaning.

But you won’t get your little foreign adventures either.

Huh? What "little foreign adventure" are you talking about? Bosnia?
No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.

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Since you lead your post off by describing a friend who is having an affair with a married woman whose husband is in Iraq. Then you imply that you know of several more of these relationships by saying they are 'mirrored'. This sort of talk is pure torture to any member of the armed services who might read it. By deciding to use it as a reason for ending this war--and there are many more logical and valid reasons to choose from--you are not inciting US military personnel to 'come home'--you are encouraging them to desert. It is our nation's politicians who have the power to achieve your aims, and it is they you should be lobbying--not taunting our men and women in uniform with the real or imagined infidelity of their spouses. You should be ashamed.

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Submitted by Sarah on

must be heard.

If it be torture to imagine the infidelity of one's beloved, then what is it to confront the infidelity of one's leaders?

For the very people you want us to lobby have already betrayed not just us but you, and all our servicemembers in uniform.

Liberty has nothing to be ashamed of.
Nor does Corrente, for promoting this voice.

Can you say the same?
Infidelity takes many forms -- and perhaps the least important is the 'romantic'. To go on blindly following a sightless leader is a huge infidelity to humanity and conscience, to civic duty and to honor.

but just for context, here's some of George McGovern's 1972 acceptance speech at the DNC, with the same name: Come home, America.

So join with me in this campaign. Lend Senator Eagleton and me your strength and your support, and together we will call America home to the ideals that nourished us from the beginning.

From secrecy and deception in high places; come home, America

From military spending so wasteful that it weakens our nation; come home, America.

From the entrenchment of special privileges in tax favoritism; from the waste of idle lands to the joy of useful labor; from the prejudice based on race and sex; from the loneliness of the aging poor and the despair of the neglected sick -- come home, America.

Come home to the affirmation that we have a dream. Come home to the conviction that we can move our country forward.

Come home to the belief that we can seek a newer world, and let us be joyful in that homecoming, for this “is your land, this land is my land -- from California to New York island, from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters -- this land was made for you and me.”

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Submitted by Liberty on

"Since you lead your post off by describing a friend who is having an affair with a married woman whose husband is in Iraq.. This sort of talk is pure torture to any member of the armed services who might read it. "

*giggles*

Really, if the members of the armed forces are that emotionally fragile, then the war is lost already.