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Ashamed to be American

In Mr. Ackerman’s [opinion column] on the movie he never saw, he said we should swear ourselves to not be ashamed of being Americans. For myself, he is too late with this suggestion.

I am ashamed of being American. I am ashamed we allowed a president, and his cohorts, to lie us into a war that has killed hundreds of Americans, and tens of thousands of others. I am ashamed that instead of reacting with wisdom after the attack, when we could have become leaders to improve the world, we became a criminal nation, bent on making more violence, and using our power to suck oil away from those who own it.

I am ashamed of my fellow Americans, who believe that this war in Iraq is a good idea. I am ashamed that so many people are so “proud” that they will not see how we contribute to the hate that others feel toward us. I am ashamed that there are few potential leaders who have the wisdom to admit they are ashamed too.



For me, feeling ashamed is a first step in a process that enables me to correct my actions and to constantly be better in this world.

Edward Meeker




Penn Valley


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