Letter to TIME magazine 9-27-16

A Letter to TIME magazine:

Re your article in the 9-27-16 issue titled: The Perilous Fight – The natonal protests led by Colin Kaepernick
are fueling a debate about privilege, pride and patriotism.

The Dark Side of Patriotism
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism –
how passionately I hate them! How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked in pieces
than take part in such an abominable business.
Albert Einstein

It appears that corporations and warmongers deliberately foster feelings of patriotism to accomplish their
goals of acquiring power and money as they prey upon the sympathies of gullible people. One way is to start
all major sports events with the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner and the brandishing of a giant American
flag. Another is to promote and support Fourth of July parades, Armed Forces Day and Veterans Day.
Since corporations own 90% of the media, they use movies and TV shows glorifying war.
(Google: The 50 Best Word War II Movies that include Patton, They Were Expendable, Saving Private Ryan and
The Story of G.I. Joe.)

Other ways to foster patriotism is to build memorials like the Viet Nam Veterans Wall that “honored” the
58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties that were wasted in an admittedly unnecessary war (Google Robert McNamara:
Architect of the Futile War) , and the World War II memorial that honors the 16 million who served in the
armed forces of the U.S. wherein more than 400,000 died. There are other honors for those killed and wounded
in action, such as the Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor the president hangs around the necks
of “heroes” with a considerable amount of fanfare and the ostentatious laying of a wreath by the president at
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Who dares protest the well-orchestrated display of patriotism and risk being called a traitor? Colin Kaepernick
did, and I’m proud of him!

I am a World War II veteran who wanted to kill “Japs” after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and ruefully wound up
as a medic. My avid patriotism has waned considerably since then due to the warmongering that got us involved
in the unnecessary wars in Vietnam and the Middle East.
This letter is a test to determine if you too are controlled by corporate and political warmongers.

Francis T. Sganga
2506 Sunset Drive
New Smyrna beach, FL 32168