In the United States, where our Founding Fathers hoped to establish a society free from religious coercion, we have done just the opposite. "People of faith" in the U.S. almost always assume we are talking about Christianity. And those most steadfast in their opinions are often far, far away from the intent of Jefferson and Franklin. Christianity in the U.S. is an odd mixture of greed-capitalism, narrow evangelism, judgmentalism, anti-intellectual, anti-science, and not at all reflective of the word they love to throw around, freedom. So, out of this cave-dweller mentality have evolved many selfish things, many that would seem to be abhorent to the Jesus who preached peace.
With the neocon flights of military grandeur plummeted and beaten into the ground by the entire world, the right-wing is now turning its desire to attack somebody, and that somebody is America. Instead of re-directing their efforts toward helping solve the tremendous problems at home that THEY created, they choose instead to follow Rush Limbaugh's words and hope for failure in the U.S. Imagine! These are the people who made so much of patriotism and following President Bush into an illegal war, handouts to the richest Americans, no-bid contracts to Bush-Cheney buddies, torture, destroying the federal budget, and blind adherence to whatever came out of the White House, even in its most obvious mistakes. How do you like your patriotic right-wingers now?
From the robber barons, through the early industrial giants, to the big corporation bosses [Ford, DuPont, etc.] who helped Hilter rise to power in Germany, to those who fought every social program of FDR, to the McCarthyites and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, to Goldwater, and especially to Ronald Reagan and the Bushes, there has been an attempt to fight every humane piece of legislation offered in the House and Senate. While the U.S. came close to setting up a fascist state with the attempt to violently overthrow FDR [see General Smedley Butler, twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and asked by DuPont to head this scheme], we have only had bouts with the power of the extreme right, not very far from fascism. McCarthy made a Commie suspect out of everybody. The fight between fascism and communism was fought through the latter two-thirds of the 20th century, and in the minds of the right-wing, that fight is not over until a fascist or fascist-like state is created in the U.S. If you are not a right-winger, you are labeled a communist or socialist.
George W. Bush inherited a budget surplus from Bill Clinton. By the end of two terms of the Bush administration, trillions of dollars have been added to the national debt. What do you think the deficit is? It is an astronomical new tax. It has to be paid. And as the cowardly Bush administration often did, it ran away from its responsibility and dumped it on the next president: Barack Obama. And to add to the gutless actions, now the Republicans are screaming, "No new taxes!" It was a Republican administration that ran up the biggest debt and thus the biggest tax burden in U.S. history.
Especially since the reactionary presidency of Ronald Reagan, America has been hell-bent on "lock 'em up and throw away the key." With the introduction of drugs into American culture during the horrid Vietnam War, breaking the law to get a fix permeated all of society in the U.S. Ironically, the very conservatives who wanted to lock up all drug offenders, had supported the Vietnam War and the Contras in Nicaragua, both wars greatly causing the rise in illegal drug use here. The path of drugs to America can be laid largely at the feet of conservatives. History has a strange way of showing us the truth.