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July 02, 2008

A Girly Man Named Chris Satullo Hates America!

Chris Satullo: A not-so-glorious Fourth

The Philadelphia Inquirer

U.S. atrocities are unworthy of our heritage.

Put the fireworks in storage.

Cancel the parade.

Tuck the soaring speeches in a drawer for another time.

This year, America doesn't deserve to celebrate its birthday. This Fourth of July should be a day of quiet and atonement.

For we have sinned.

We have failed to pay attention. We've settled for lame excuses. We've spit on the memory of those who did that brave, brave thing in Philadelphia 232 years ago.

The America those men founded should never torture a prisoner.

The America they founded should never imprison people for years without charge or hearing.

The America they founded should never ship prisoners to foreign lands, knowing their new jailers might torture them.

Such abuses once were committed by the arrogant crowns of Europe, spawning rebellion.

Today, our nation does such things in the name of our safety. Petrified, unwilling to take the risks that love of liberty demands, we close our eyes.

We have done such things, on orders from the Oval Office. We have done them, without general outrage or shame.

Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo. CIA secret prisons. "Rendition" of prisoners to foreign torture chambers.

It's not enough that we had good reason to be scared.

The men huddled long ago in Philadelphia had better reason. A British fleet floated off the Jersey coast, full of hands eager to hang them from the nearest lampposts.

Yet they pledged their lives and sacred honor - no idle vow - to defend the "inalienable rights" of men. Inalienable - what does that signify? It means rights that belong to each person, simply by virtue of being human. Rights that can never be taken away, no matter what evil a person might do or might intend.

Surely one of those is the right not to be tortured. Surely that is a piece of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

This is the creed of July 4: No matter what it costs us, no matter how it scares us, no matter how foolish it seems to a cynical world, America should stand up for human rights.

No, not even the brave men who picked up a quill, dipped it in ink and signed the parchment that summer day in Philadelphia lived up perfectly to the creed. But they did something extraordinary, founding a new nation upon a vow to oppose all the evil habits of tyranny.

That is why history still honors them.

But what will history think of us, of how we responded to our great challenge? Sept. 11 was a hideous evil, a grievous wound. Yet, truth told, it has not summoned our better angels as often as our worst.

We have betrayed the July 4 creed. We trample the vows we make, hand to heart.

Don't imagine that only the torturer's hand bears the guilt. The guilt reaches deep inside our Capitol, and beyond that - to us.

Our silence is complicit. In our name, innocents were jailed, humans tortured, our Constitution mangled. And we said so little.

We can't claim not to have known. The best among us raised the alarm. Heroes in uniform, judges in robes, they opposed the perverse logic of an administration drenched in fear, drunk on power.

But did we heed them? Hardly. Barely . . .

We were so busy. Soccer practice at 6. A credit card balance to fret. The final vote on Idol.

We left it to those in power to keep our precious selves from harm. Whatever it took.

We took the coward's way.

The world sees this, even if we are too dim to grasp it. We've lost respect. We've shamed the memory of Jefferson, Adams and Franklin.

And all for a scam. The waterboarding, the snarling dogs, the theft of sleep - all the diabolical tricks haven't made us safer. They may have averted this plot or that. But they've spawned new enemies by the thousands, made the jihadist rants ring true to so many ears.

So put out no flags.

Sing no patriotic hymns.

We deserve no Fourth this year.

Let us atone, in quiet and humility. Let us spend the day truly studying the example of our Founders. May we earn a new birth of courage before our nation's birthday next rolls around.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Ever notice the hate America crowd always come out from under their rocks close to the Holidays like July 4th?

Subhumnas like this Chris just love to trot out the founders corpses when it suits your needs, otherwise all I ever hear from libs like you is that they were nothing but rich white men etc..

It is people like this that make me extra happy we have a 2nd Amendment. LOCK and LOAD !

May we earn a new birth of courage before our nation's birthday next rolls around.

All that breathless melodrama to let us know he wants to elect a Democrat for president, as if we couldn't have guessed.

Let us spend the day truly studying the example of our Founders.

Don't tell him, but our founding father's certainly wouldn't let him marry this week's gay lover.

What a P.O.S. Chris Satullo is.

Anti-American, liar. If you don’t like the USA, leave the country but don’t expect to get the same freedoms to print such drivel anywhere else.

His email:

....Thank you Mark for sending this. I love the smell of liberal's being crushed at my blog. heh heh .....SPLAT!

Posted by Wild Thing at July 2, 2008 06:47 PM


It's too bad that Chris Satullo wasn't visiting one of the upper floors of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept 11, 2001. For those last few moments of his life, he may have had a different view of terrorists.

Posted by: BobF at July 2, 2008 10:47 PM

BobF, one sure would think so. Good way to put it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 2, 2008 11:43 PM

Lariat. Piggin' String. Good Horse. Problem Solved.

Posted by: GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at July 2, 2008 11:48 PM

What more do ya'll expect from Filthadelphia? My cousin is a Special Victim's Unit Philly PD detective and he hates working in the cess pool of No Brotherly Love! They have grrreat cheesesteaks and Italian cannolies and water ice, but that is it! Their former Mayor 'Slick' Street was a hot dog vendor, eh? FILTHADELPHIA! And after 1776, the Liberty Bell and our 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence LEFT the city and it was OCCUPIED by the Red Coats for 18 months! The WOMEN loved it too I hear?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at July 3, 2008 12:07 AM

Yeah, sorta like the two Polish guys driving a big spike, the first says to the second, 'When I nod my head you hit it.'

Posted by: Mark at July 3, 2008 08:04 AM

GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET, LOL good one!

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 4, 2008 01:01 AM

Darth, thanks for sharing about your cousin and his work there.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 4, 2008 01:04 AM

Mark, LMAO Love it. hahahahahaa

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 4, 2008 01:05 AM