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121,361. America is behind all that’s gone wrong. (Iran & United States of America) Ruhollah Khomeini, cited Iran and the West, BBC 2009
29,534. 1954: US overthrows democratically elected President Arbenz of Guatemala. 200,000 civilians killed. (Terrorism & Guatemala & Terrorism & Coup & United States & Empire US & CIA) Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine
110,122. Guns don’t kill people, American’s kill people. (United States & Guns) Michael Moore Hates America, 2004
110,123. We live in a free and open society where dissent is not to be stifled or silenced. (United States & Dissent) ibid.
110,124. So I’m stuck in a car that doesn’t run, in a country where nothing works, everything sucks, and it’s every man, woman and state-tested child for themselves. ibid.
123,115. Was it all just a dream? It was the night before the election 2016. Everything seemed to be going to plan. Amateurs and experts alike had already called the election months ago. She had no idea who any of these rappers were but it didn’t matter. (Trump & United States of America) Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 11/9, 2018
123,116. Our new leader’s image was projected on to the Empire State Building. How the fuck did this happen? (Trump & United States of America) ibid.
123,117. Yes, it was the Russians. (Trump & United States of America) ibid.
123,118. He’s always committed his crimes in plain sight. (Trump & United States of America) ibid.
123,119. ‘All I want to do is see this guy’s [Obama’s] birth certificate.’ (Trump & United States of America) ibid. Trump
123,120. Taking one position after another that was more liberal than her’s. (Trump & United States of America) ibid.
123,121. There seems to be a misunderstanding about who the real America is. (Trump & United States of America) ibid.
123,122. You can’t call it a democracy if the person who gets the most votes doesn’t win. (Trump & United States of America) ibid.
123,123. So when did all this compromising start? (Trump & United States of America & Compromise) ibid.
123,124. As the Democrats became more like Republicans, so did the entire liberal establishment. (Trump & United States of America & Democrat) ibid.
123,125. Bernie Sanders won all fifty-five counties in West Virginia with Hillary not winning a single county. (Trump & United States of America & West Virginia) ibid.
123,126. No terrorist organisation has yet to figure out how to poison an entire American city [Flint]. That took the Republican party of Michigan and its CEO governor to pull off. (Trump & United States of America & Michigan) ibid.
123,127. Teenagers organised this [March for Our Lives] all by themselves … The largest single day of protest in the history of our nation’s capital. (Trump & United States of America & Protest & Washington) ibid.
123,128. The worst thing that President Obama did was pave the way for Donald Trump. (Trump & United States of America & Obama) ibid.
123,129. Under President Obama it became OK to imprison whistleblowers more than all previous presidents combined; he used drone strikes to bomb civilian populations; and he deported a record number of immigrants and refugees: what Flint needed was for President Obama to dig up the toxic pipes and have them replaced, but instead of sending in the army corps of engineers, he just sent in the army. (Trump & United States of America & Obama & Michigan) ibid.
123,130. Why save this America? … It didn’t need to end up like this and it still doesn’t … We have to get rid of the whole rotten system that gave us Trump. (Trump & United States of America & Save & System) ibid.
29,353. Commerce, Oil, Money and Power are the only values that come from Washington’s lead, consistently over the years the world has learned to hate all American intervention because it is known full well that at the bottom of every American foreign policy these four corrupting principles are immovably roosted. Even in matters of foreign aid, the USA is abusive and two-faced. The poor USA citizens do not know the extent of the damage that their country's commercialism-at-all-costs is costing the world. World peace, world economy, third world countries, the environment and international co-operation are all victims of the USA’s blatant greed. (United States & Foreign Relations US & Empire US) Vexen Crabtree, USA: Contempt for United Nations and International Folly 2003
29,354. American corporations and popular culture affect the lives and infect the indigenous cultures of millions around the world. The foreign policy of the US government, backed by its military strength, has unprecedented global influence now that the USA is the world’s only superpower – its first ‘hyper power’. America also exports its value systems, defining what it means to be civilised, rational, developed and democratic – indeed, what it is to be human. Meanwhile, the US itself is impervious to outside influence, and if most Americans think of the rest of the world at all, it is in terms of deeply ingrained cultural stereotypes. (United States & Empire US & Foreign Relations US) Ziauddin Sardar & Merryl Wyn Davies, Why Do People Hate America?
29,355. [The Right] lie with impunity. Let’s face it. They’re liars. They lied about the reason they took our sons and daughters to war. They spend millions of dollars in campaign ads saying they are for a prescription drug benefit under Medicare while they work to destroy Medicare and replace it with private plans and HMOs. They call their dirty air legislation Clear Skies and their plan to give the timber companies our trees, Healthy Forests. They call their job-killing economic program a jobs program. They say they are for peace when they are for war. Millions of children are left behind under their miserly No Child Left Behind education bill. They tout a child tax credit for working families and then silently drop it in favor of more tax cuts for millionaires. (United States & Politics & Lies & Right Wing) Jan Schakowsky
29,356. When a republic’s most venerable institutions no longer operate as they were intended, it becomes possible for small cabals to usurp power, and, while keeping the forms, corrupt the function of those institutions for their own ends. Looking at things that way, the George W Bush presidency has been both result and symptom of the decadence of America’s constitutional mechanisms. (United States & Bush & Power) T D Allman
29,384. The United States is the greatest threat to world peace, and has been for a long time, and not merely because it is the world’s only superpower. Equally important, the United States is also far more disposed to use its power than any other powerful nation currently is. Though Americans are culturally and emotionally blind to the fact, the mere intrusion of US power is, in and of itself, destabilizing. (Empire US & United States) T D Allman
29,385. From 1945 to 2003 the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the process the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair. (Empire US & United States) William Blum
29,386. [American leaders] are perhaps not so much immoral as they are amoral. It’s not that they take pleasure in causing so much death and suffering. It’s that they just don’t care ... the same that could be said about a sociopath. As long as the death and suffering advance the agenda of the empire, as long as the right people and the right corporations gain wealth and power and privilege and prestige, as long as the death and suffering aren’t happening to them or people close to them ... then they just don’t care about it happening to other people, including the American soldiers whom they throw into wars and who come home – the ones who make it back alive – with Agent Orange or Gulf War Syndrome eating away at their bodies. American leaders would not be in the positions they hold if they were bothered by such things. (United States & Empire US & Presidents) William Blum
33,218. America went to war against Iraq based on a lie. We were told in 2002 that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction – the previous administration even pursued torture to try to extract false confessions to try to justify the war. It’s time to tell the truth. The truth is we should not have prosecuted a war against Iraqi people. The truth is the Democratic Senate could have stopped the Iraq War in 2002 ... Get out of Iraq! Get out of Afghanistan! Come home, America! Come home! (Iraq & Afghanistan & War on Terror & United States) Dennis Kucinich, Congress 14th May 2009
87,133. In our country, true teams rarely exist ... social barriers and personal ambitions have reduced athletes to dissolute cliques or individuals thrown together for mutual profit ... Yet these rugby players with their muddied, cracked bodies, are struggling to hold on to a sense of humanity that we in America have lost and are unlikely to regain. The game may only be to move a ball forward on a dirt field, but the task can be accomplished with an unshackled joy and its memories will be a permanent delight. The women and men who play on that rugby field are more alive than too many of us will ever be. The foolish emptiness we think we perceive in their existence is only our own. (Rugby & Team & Player & Solidarity & United States of America & Sport & American Football) Victor Cahn
90,362. American still sets the tone for the world. (Sport & United States) Jerry Maguire 1996 starring Tom Cruise & Cuba Gooding & Renee Zellweger & Kelly Preston & Jerry O'Connell & Jay Mohr & Regina King & Bonnie Hunt & Jonathan Lipnicki & Lisa Stahl Sullivan & Todd Louiso et al, director Cameron Crowe
90,070. A wise man’s life is based around ‘fuck-you’. The United States of America is based on ‘fuck-you’. (Gambling & GBH Films & United States & Wisdom) The Gambler 2014 starring Mark Wahlberg & John Goodman & Brie Larson & Michael K Williams & Jessica Kange & Anthony Kelly & Alvin Ing & Domenick Lombardozzi & Emory Cohen & Steve Park & Leland Orser & George Kennedy et al, director Rupert Wyatt, gangster
92,298. Hello. My name’s Forrest. Forrest Gump. (United States & Name) Forrest Gump ***** 1994 starring Tom Hanks & Robin Wright & Gary Sinise & Mykelti Williamson & Sally Field & Haley Joel Osment & Peter Dobson & Dick Cavett & Sam Anderson & Geoffrey Blake & Siobhan Fallon et al, director Robert Zemeckis, opening scene
92,299. My mom always said, Life was like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. (United States & Life’s Like That) ibid.
92,300. Can you believe it, I got to go to college too. (United States & College) ibid.
92,301. The really good thing about meeting the president of the United States is the food. (United States & Presidency US) ibid.
92,302. Son, you've been awarded the medal of honor. (United States & Honours) ibid.
92,303. I’m not a smart man but I know what love is. (United States & Love) ibid. him to her
92,304. I just felt like running. (United States & Run) ibid. Forrest
92,305. I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began it was so beautiful. (United States & Beauty) ibid.