HOMELAND When Bush said “Homeland,” he sounded like a fake Texan trying to sound like a Nazi.

The following is an excerpt from http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/bob-alexanders-commentary/34099-by-my-clock-its-always-911.html
I don’t agree with everything in Bob Alexander’s commentary but here he says how I felt about the word Homeland:

….On the night of September 20, 2001, George W. Bush spoke to a joint session of Congress, and uttered a word that made me instinctively recoil.

Homeland.

After Bush announced he had created an Office of Homeland Security, everyone in the Bush Administration started using “Homeland” when referring to the United States.

As blogger James A. Bartlett wrote, “The word “homeland” had a strange ring, like a false note in a piece of music. It didn’t sound right. … And it’s not just the politicians. I have been trying to recall a previous instance in which I’ve heard an American–any American–use the term “homeland” to refer to the United States of America. And I can’t.”

When Bush said “Homeland,” he sounded like a fake Texan trying to sound like a Nazi. It seemed to me the Bush/Cheney regime was trying to jumpstart Patriotism and Nationalism in traumatized Americans in a Nazi-resonating way. Regardless of how repellant the word was … it’s now in our lexicon.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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