Bob Higgins

“As Good As Christina Imagined It” Has Broader Applications

Posted in History, News, Politics by Bob Higgins on January 13, 2011
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I Want America To Be As Good As She Imagined It

President and Mrs. Obama at Rep Giffords Memorial. AP Photo

The President is a master of rhetoric in situations like this; ‘I Want America To Be As Good As She Imagined It,’ is a phrase that will live long in the recorded history of these tragic murders and criminal assaults.

It’s unfortunat­e that we won’t apply the words to our behavior in areas related directly to this event, as in improving delivery of mental health care, being much more careful about who has access to guns, or taking people to task for incitefull­y violent public commentary­.

It’s even more of a shame that we refuse to listen to this young girl’s voice when we wage war on innocent people all over the globe, when we deprive or abet the deprivatio­n of the availabili­ty of basic human needs, of clean water, food, shelter and dignity.

Shameful too, both here and abroad is our ongoing practice of locking people away indefinite­ly, without charges, submitting them to torture, without legal recourse, without evidence that they have wronged us, under the pretext of keeping America safe.

The difference­s between what our children imagine is America, and what is actual, what is true, should be required study for children in early grades to prepare them for the traumatic shock of the realities that lie in wait just over their horizons of innocence.

Bob Higgins

America And Her God Of Violence

Posted in History, News, Politics, Uncategorized by Bob Higgins on January 11, 2011
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Detail from "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso

Detail from "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso

In the pantheon of America’s gods, none is more powerful or worshiped with greater fervor than the god of violence. Its colleagues or brother gods of greed, sex, touchdown, slam dunk and bacon cheeseburg­ers all genuflect and grovel before the god of violence.

We didn’t invent this worship of violence, we carried it with us, packed neatly in our baggage when we arrived on these shores from every corner of the Earth during the long period of accretion of immigrants from the extensive variety of violent cultures that became the USA.

Nearly every new arrival carried with them a genetic history of human conflict and war and written histories of human violence tucked into the pages of their sacred texts.

We are though, among the few to have enshrined violence and its tools in our founding documents, offering to our citizens what some succinctly term a “second amendment solution.”

The state wages violence in our names every day and has for over two centuries and now publicly pretends that violence is an aberration­. I’m sorry but violence is one of the constants in American history and culture.

As they say “politics ain’t beanbag,” in fact it was a violent sport long before Caesar’s senatorial welcome home from Gaul.

Et tu America.

Bob Higgins