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Here are some things “good
Americans” can choose to say in the future when they are asked about their
actions and inactions during the present Bush administration.
Most people didn't support him; he stole the election.
engaged in some forms of protest, and I sure felt good about myself as I
did all I could do. I had other responsibilities, too, you know.
Look, I had to take care of myself and my own family. Others should have done
the same. Am I my supposed to be everybody’s keeper?
it weren't for the fact that the government would arrest and torture me, I
would have done more.
didn't see anything directly, so I wasn't sure of how bad it actually was.
None of this would have happened had America been granted better terms at the
end of World War II.
Who was I to question those in positions of high authority? I had to assume
they knew more than I did, and that whatever they were doing was for the best.
Look, America was the most civilized and democratic country there had ever
been. How could I think my country’s leaders would do evil things?
People with strange religious beliefs were out to destroy
what we did was in self-defense.
Why do you blame us when we were the victims?
course a few civilian deaths occurred. That always happens; it’s called
“collateral damage.” At least our government did not target civilians the way
its enemies did.
Ever hear of nationalism? Many people supported the government with extreme
fervor. Of course I wanted to get along with them. Do you know how
disappointed and angry my relatives and neighbors would have been if I had
Anyone who expressed dissent suffered the general hatred of the public; those
who dissented loudly could be imprisoned and tortured.
Anyone who expressed dissent could lose his or her job.
Anyone who dissented could have their tax returns audited.
Nothing I could have done would have made any difference.
Look, it was our government and our troops. How could we not support them in
fighting on our behalf? Don’t you support your country’s troops?
Look, I wasn’t elected president! I was just a __(fill in the blank)___!
Look, the alleged victims of my government weren't fully human. They used car
bombs and improvised explosive devices. Clearly, life meant nothing to them.
Why should I care what my country’s troops did to them? Their lives weren't
worth one American suffering the slightest risk or inconvenience.
- My country’s leaders
may not have been perfect, but their true religion gave them the right to
eliminate the enemies of my country who followed a false and evil religion.
Haven’t you ever read the Bible?
After all the sufferings America has faced, who can dare to judge us? You
should be looking at your own country’s history.
Sure, America’s government may have made a few mistakes, but they were just
trying to improve the lives of those people you are calling “victims.” Why did
they have to resist? You know, they had been warned.
Look, people have to support their country, right or wrong. Anything else
produces pure chaos.
You were not walking in my shoes. Had you been in my situation you would have
acted exactly as I did.
Look, we are a religious country. Our dollar bills say, “In God we trust.” Our
Pledge of Allegiance says we are one nation “under God.” We’ve been blessed
with wise leaders who pray daily and constantly receive advice from Billy
Graham and other religious leaders. Could leaders with such a direct line to
God do the wrong thing?