From the readings I get the impression that the writers offer a biased, negative perspective towards the American military and the war they seem to disagree with.
I feel like this is in order to discredit and diminish the military members of the American Nation. I feel like they are trying to paint the American individual as the problem, rather than the people who orchestrated such atrocities. The people who send the American people to war. For me, I personally served because I believe everyone deserved freedom. But for people to digest only propaganda without gathering other information, creates our view point to be narrow.
I listened to ‘A People’s History of the United States’, in addition to the readings. I get the perspective that he is trying to paint a picture about a subject he is personally against. I think one of the problems we should point out is
‘Matt Damon’ is reading this book and someone probably paid him a lot of money to read this, in order to get more people to listen to or read it.
The Real Problem
The real problem with most things is the person funding both sides, you can trace almost every war back to a single source. For the Columbus story, he actually landed in what is now modern day Venezuela, not the continental United States. I grew up learning false information and it is to be me to blame?
I have seen this type of rhetoric silence every Veteran around me. None seem to speak out ever on the things they have seen. From my perspective it could be because of the socialist indoctrination that some of the teachers of this nation seem to be instilling in the head of students. From kindergarten to the highest degree of college possible.
Socialism is Communism
I have had teachers at Utah Valley University tell me they are socialist and communist according to INS standards. If they view themselves as Socialist, which is basic Communism, then they have no place amongst the educators of this nation.
Those ideas are misrepresented and not told correctly, the military is never portrayed accurately. If you have never been to war, then you should not speak on war. If you have never fought in war, then you should never have the right to declare war. Common sense is no longer a common virtue amongst this nation and people believe everything someone else says, rather than finding anything out for themselves. Using racist words and rhetoric spreads racism and multiplies it.
Where the Fault Lays
This video makes me feel like everything is personally my fault as an individual instead of addressing the root cause of the events that led up to it. This is how a lot of the military feels from what hundreds of veterans have personally told me.
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War
Made me feel like I was responsible for the the damage I caused in war. So for whatever its worth, I think America seeing only a biased perspective about the wars are propaganda to diminish me personally. As well as my friends who no longer have a voice because they died fighting in an ‘unjust war’.
Just like watching a class discussion were the majority agree that all the military wants to do is commit war crimes and cause suffering. But the story I was told and the stories these books and ideas portray are two completely different forms of propaganda and might as well just be psychological warfare.
The point of learning for me is to almost not believe anything fully, not to try and compare or understand. But to change myself and what I believe in order to try and help. It is easy for people to sit and complain and do nothing, it takes a lot more to speak out against everybody. From the book I would like to take a section that really stands out and am going to point out the hypocrisy as I see it.
“Spain was recently unified, one of the new modern nation-states, like France, England, and Portugal. Its population, mostly poor peasants, worked for the nobility, who were 2 percent of the population and owned 95 percent of the land. Spain had tied itself to the Catholic Church, expelled all the Jews, driven out the Moors. Like other states of the modern world, Spain sought gold, which was becoming the new mark of wealth, more useful than land because it could buy anything.”
The 2% still control everything in the modern 21st century and everything seems to be a rich man’s trick.