But whose destiny was really manifest? Who really wins in the end? On this point, the video was right on.
Considering the brutal history of the US, perhaps it should come as no surprise that we too now have a stake in the Palestinian conflict. Perhaps it's only a self-fulfilling prophecy then (since this day is itself so indicative that "history exalts only the pornography of force, that of murderers and psychopaths"*) that humans are doomed to repeat history time and again.
As for me, I'll continue to resist systemic oppression, injustice, and violence. I will not allow the countless legacies of death, such as Columbus', to capture my imagination. And I will continue to walk in the ways of peace, truth, and reconciliation - keeping my eyes ever fixed on God and that brilliant Kingdom breaking through the darkness.
*This quote is from the song "Supporting Caste" by Propagandhi
Today I read an article about SB1070, lamenting the widespread financial backing that the state of Arizona is receiving from hate groups and zealous private donors around the country. The eleven people who had commented before me were all among the zealots who would gladly see the defeat of the US Justice Department, who has come up against the state's controversial law. In remembrance of Columbus Day, I responded in support of the article's author, also expressing my solidarity with the people of Mexico and the indigenous people of the Americas who were brutally conquered, enslaved, murdered, raped, pillaged (... you get the idea) by Columbus and those who followed in his stead. One of the previous commenters then grouped me with "leftists," accused me of having resorted to calling people "haters" and made a number of other inane (though thankfully benign) remarks, finishing off with a good 'ol patriotic "God Bless America!"
I wish you would not associate me with the left. That term means nothing to me and really it means nothing in public discourse. Politics are at least too complex to be reflected in a single dimension. That's why I would not reduce you to a right-winger, tea-partier, conservative, Republican, or any other such ridiculous designation. Indeed, I did not even call you or anyone else a hater. I referred to the commenters (which indeed includes you) as hatemongers. And while it may not be so that you or your peers are haters, it cannot be denied that you are mongering fear and hate, heightening contention, increasing division, and polarizing discourse.
That being said, I do not speak highly of this country because I can look objectively at this country's history and the atrocities that it has committed in the name of progress, democracy, Christianity, liberty, capitalism, corporatism, and the like. I do acknowledge that there is some greatness inherent in the values foundational to our country. But there is also genocide, imperialism, racism, slavery, war, and violence that is foundational to our country. This is not a leftist argument; it's an objective observation which I find terribly difficult to overlook.
Being a Christian myself, I know that God wants to bless this land and its people, just as She wants to bless the rest of Her creation. That includes immigrants, of course, and not just those of the "legal" variety. So I would prefer to quote and align with Tiny Tim's timeless appeal: "God bless us, everyone."
Then to another who argued that the issue is about the definition of the word "illegal."
You are absolutely right. This discussion is about the definition of that word. So we should be asking the question, who has the legitimate right to determine what is legal or illegal? Apparently, you believe that it is "the current civilization that is inhabiting the soil we currently call the USA." But this (our) civilization acquired the land in a manner which it would call illegal itself. Therefore, this civilization is illegal by its OWN LAW and thereby illegitimate. That is the reason that the issue of world history is repeatedly brought to the fore.
More importantly, we ignore the recent history of the US in our hemisphere; we ignore the terrible foreign policies of the Reagan administration, especially in South and Central America; we ignore that those countries were driven into poverty and violence by our own military intervention; we ignore that US-backed NAFTA drove millions of Mexican farmers into destitution; we ignore the actions of the School of the Americas against those fighting for the rights of the poor in other sovereign nations; and then we are surprised and angry when those same poor people come here, seeking the myth of the American Dream.
You can defend the law of the land all you like; but the law of the land is not more important to me than the law of God, which is love. The sovereignty of the US government is not more important to me than the compassion, mercy, and grace found in relationship with God and others, if only we pursue lives of peace and reconciliation. And finally, national borders mean nothing to me, as compassion, mercy, grace, peace, reconciliation and love know no borders.