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A dead bird covered in oil in the surf at East Grand Terre Island along Louisiana coast on June 3, 2010 (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Gulf Oil spill has solidified my loss of any hope of the United States living up to anything other than an oppressive, destructive, untrustworthy nation that it has always been.  The constitution is the only thing that partially redeems us (at least, in regard to social justice while still disregarding the nonhuman world), but we’ve shown time and time again that we can’t even live up to that. Our government works hard at undermining it every step of the way for what obviously matters most to them.  It’s not the people.  It’s the “drivers of the economy”–it’s corporation.  And the bi-partisan system just makes it worse, a sure-safe guarantee that no matter who’s in office at the time, some big industry will benefit.

I am stead-fast losing faith in the United States’ potential to be a just and holistic country.  I’m tired of holding on to the United States and its political/corporate representatives that perpetuate destructive ideology and practices.  I renounce political reps from fellow western nations like the United States who enjoy chipping away at the United States’ integrity to the uplifting of their own self-image, when in fact they are just as oppressive, destructive, and uncaring (only worse because their countries have been doing the business for longer, the major critics being political/corporate reps from England and France).  It’s times like this where I wish all of their governments (United States included) would collapse over night so that people would be forced to find alternative ways to live.

Ideally, I want the change to be positive, stable, and long-term.  But I wonder if that’s going to do the trick in a country like the United States.  We see the images of what’s happening in the Gulf.  We get to hear the bullshit from BP representatives every day attempting to illegitimize the disaster or to reduce the catastrophe solely to financial losses (because, really, that’s all they care about.  And that seems to be all our government cares about.  At least some people have managed to receive retribution for their financial losses in this tragedy).  And we get to witness fellow Americans in other parts of the country drive their cars to work, to the grocery store, for a few blocks down the street, to the BP gas station, continuing life as usual.  How can anybody have confidence in the positive, holistic change of people living in America after witnessing this?  I don’t have a car and I don’t collect plastics and aluminum. Yet I still feel helpless.  I have no money, no supplies, no power.  I have only my laptop, internet access, hitchhiking thumb, feet, and voice to guide the way.  I’m desperately looking for a way to bring healing to the survivors of this tragedy and move past the thick goo…

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