Thank you for the poignant article and many powerful insights, Ms. Brittain.
From the article:
"two years ago, President Obama, a lawyer, spoke at the height of a mass hunger strike in Guantanamo: “Imagine a future – 10 years from now, or 20 years from now – when the United States of America is still holding people who have been charged with no crime on a piece of land that is not a part of our country. Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are holding a hunger strike. Is that who we are? Is that something that our Founders foresaw? Is that the America we want to leave to our children? Our sense of justice is stronger than that.”
I think this comment by the U.S. President serves as Exhibit A in my indictment of the erroneous use of the WE clause.
Here is a President who arguably has the power to close this horrific offshore prison camp, but instead does nothing and uses the WE frame to suggest that somehow it's up to the American people to close this karmic black-hole down. The chief decider doesn't decide what's right, but then asks rhetorically if THIS is who WE are.
I mean... how much more ridiculous does the U.S. version of a political theater of the insanely absurd have to get to drive this felonious frame home?