Holy Crap! We Lost the Match!

The United States World Cup team lost 2-1 to Ghana on Saturday, eliminating the US from the World Cup tournament.


So, who is “we?”

The United States is a nearly unique collection of people, diverse, a melting pot of many ethnic groups, influenced by many cultures.

In our midst, we have a broad (as if that description is sufficient) range of political and social views. Our geography varies from “purple mountain’s majesty” to “oceans, white with foam.”

(Black with oil doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.)

If you think about it, we Americans are a fairly weird bunch. We have produced greatness, like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., yet we still have people that think that the State of New Mexico is a foreign country.

Our country is divided sharply by Red and Blue, and the incessant volleys of fire between the two camps constantly rises to a deafening roar.

So, who is “we?”

On December 7, 1941, the American people rose as one, defiant and united, dedicated to defeating Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. On September 11, 2001, we rose once again, dedicated to defeating an unseen enemy that had attacked us without provocation.

Absent those eras, we are not much of a united citizenry. The truth is, we are much more likely to unite over a sporting event than we are over any other issue. The flags waved after the “Miracle on Ice” and even after the victory of the “Dream Team.”

So, who is “we?”

I ponder our future. Will we, as a people, rise up once again to address the issues that face our society or has the partisan divide and social issues divided us to the breaking point?

We are a great people. America has been a shining example of the good in a society in many regards.

We are also burdened with shame for some of our past actions, the genocide of Native Americans, slavery and segregation, the bigotry of anti-gay  attitudes and the marginalizing of women.

So, who is “we?”



William Stephenson Clark

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5 responses to “Holy Crap! We Lost the Match!

  1. Here’s a part of who “we” are —

    Panera experiment shows people are basically good

    “The idea for Panera’s first nonprofit restaurant was to open an eatery where people paid what they could. The richer could pay full price — or extra. The poorer could get a cheap or even free meal.

    A month later, the verdict is in: It turns out people are basically good.

    Its cashiers tell customers their orders’ “suggested” price based on the menu. About 60% to 70% pay in full, Shaich said. About 15% leave a little more and another 15% pay less, or nothing at all. A handful have left big donations, like $20 for a cup of coffee.”

    full story here —
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2010-06-27-panera-pay-what-you-wish_N.htm

  2. indypendent

    ‘We are also burdened with shame for some of our past actions, the genocide of Native Americans, slavery and segregation, the bigotry of anti-gay attitudes and the marginalizing of women.’

    This thought struck me as an issue I have seen more and more lately.

    As a country, we do have the shame of all the above mentioned actions – but just talk to some Americans and alot of them do not feel that our country has done anything wrong. And to further complicate this, these same people accuse Obama of going around the world apologizing and that makes him a weak leader.

    I remember the run up to the Iraq War. I was one of those that questioned the motivation of the war and I kept coming back to – it has to be about the oil.

    Whenever I was in a discussion about this with coworkers, family or friends and would bring up the oil – alot of them said ‘we need the oil – we need to just go and get it’.

    And these are good people – not a one of them has horns on their head carrying the devil’s pitchfork. I was rather taken back that Americans seem to have this attitude of ‘we need it, we go take it’.

    Sad to say, I still see that attitude today.

    Until we get to a society that values everyone, we I do not think we can get past the partisan division.

    Another sad fact is – partisan politics is used to keep the masses fighting within so that both parties can keep on doing what they want.

  3. “I ponder our future. Will we, as a people, rise up once again to address the issues that face our society or has the partisan divide and social issues divided us to the breaking point?”

    We will either compromise or we will fail. I think even if we old coots don’t get it together, our youth will.

    Our youth see no reason to be divided on such things as whether gays should have the same civil rights as anyone else, they seem to have appreciation for our differences rather than disdain. These young people have never known a world of borders, segregation or a time when a woman wasn’t allowed to make decisions about her body and aspire to the same heights and bear the same responsibilities as a man. They’ve grown up in a global economy and a world that doesn’t limit itself. They’ve communicated beyond our country’s borders their whole lives and they truly understand why “no man is an island.”

    • indypendent

      They have also grown up in an economy that was decidedly against the working class. The youth have watched as their parents had to struggle finding stable, good-paying jobs.

      These kids have also watched as their families faced difficult circumstances and sometimes their own families have been divorced and remarried – but somehow they have found a way to make it all work.

      What kid from the 50’s or 60’s ever had to deal with what these kids have had to endure in their growing up years?

      All that stress has to have made an impact in their lives. Maybe that is why the youth are not so hung up on on the older generation’s taboos.

      I also wonder how much of an influence religion has played in the youth? This population does not seem to have the same affection for organized religion as the older generation. Personally, I think it may have something to do with all these mega churches that have been run as a business but yet get all those tax free dollars and they still find time to meddle into politics.

      Sometimes I look around and I think the country is going downhill – but seriously, hasn’t every generation said the same thing?

  4. Who is we” Not soccer champs 😦