What has happened to this country?

By Anonymous

It seems that America has become the land of the special interest and the home of the double standard.

If we lie to Congress it’s a felony, but if Congress lies to us it’s just politics.

If we dislike a black person we’re racist, but if a black person dislikes us it’s their 1st Amendment right.

The government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals, but does almost nothing for the victims.

In public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process.

You can kill an unborn child, but it’s wrong to execute a mass murderer.

We don’t burn books in America, we simply rewrite them.

We got rid of the communist and socialist threat by renaming them progressives.

We are unable to close our border to Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea.

If you protest President Obama’s policies you are a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it is your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas.

We have eliminated all criminals in America, but now we call them sick people.

We can use a human fetus for medical research, but it’s wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work.

We all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology.

We still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct.

Parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games.

The land of opportunity is now the land of hand-outs.

The similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes, and tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave?

[This essay appeared in the Des Moines Register this morning. Evidently, it has appeared in newspapers throughout the country under various bylines. What do you think? Is he right? Or is he wrong?]