There seems to be a population explosion of folks such as my Facebook friend Dexter Yuen, who sees me and people of my political and societal beliefs as “hating America.”

Nothing could be much wilder conjecture than me of hating the place I chose to live my life after many years living in other countries and sampling what they had to offer.

But a lot of us think America can be improved. We’re the MAJA gang. Make America Just Again. Or maybe even for the first time since the Constitution was written by elite, white, wealthy men.


We’re quite a bit short on racial justice, equal justice for the poor, equal treatment under the law and supervision of local police, the FBI and the CIA.

Then there are some things I’d like to improve and which Dexter Yuen might agree with.

One involves discovery of an ancillary crime while investigating a primary crime. Police go to a house because of a loud disturbance complaint. While checking the place out they come across a stash of drugs. They didn’t have a warrant to search for drugs, so there’s no prosecution. I guess they hand the drugs back to the occupant!

Another involves a current case in Key West. The Coast Guard intercepted a drug boat. How did they know it was there? Ah, the FBI got the info from a source and alerted them. But what wasn’t said was that the info came from a super-secret CIA surveillance system that was being used inside the USA. So under our law, that info being hidden from the defense during trial discovery kills the case against the smugglers.

Something’s not right there.

And then it got worse. The fact that the CIA was illegally doing domestic surveillance of some kind was made public by government employee Mark McConnell. He was then considered a protected whistle-blower. But not really. The CIA and the FBI joined hands in a retaliation campaign that’s made McConnell government-unemployable — a security risk.

So I’d make America better by rewriting law to say some flaw in the investigative process doesn’t negate the fact there there were the drugs. Illegal drugs. Illegal ;possession of the illegal drugs. Who cares who originally tipped off what law agency?And I’d ding any agency for retaliation against a whistle-blower — even though I wish McConnell had not blown the whistle on this one.

These are just two examples. We of a moderately liberal stripe seek to improve this country by all possible and legal means. We don’t hate the place. We don’t even hate our haters.

Imagine what could be done if we all joined up and said “this place badly needs some improvements and we’re going to make them.”

Could Dexter Yuen buy into that?


Published by Bob Jones

Journalist since age 19. St. Petersburg Times, Noticias y Viajes in Madrid, Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt and Paris, the Louisville Courier- Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, KGMB-TV, NBC News foreign correspondent in Africa and Southeast Asia, and MidWeek columnist. LL.B LaSalle University Law. 3 years in the U.S. Air Force. Covered: Biafran War in Nigeria (1968) Vietnam War (1969-73), Iraq in 1991. George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished journalism for reporting in China. 2 Emmys for documentaries. Married to journalist Denby Fawcett; one daughter. Brett Jones, foreign service officer, State Department.

5 replies on “Well, We May Not Love America Quite THIS Much!!!”

  1. I certainly hope so, because I do! Oh, for a better informed public, integrity in government…and World Peace!

  2. And then laws are passed that are unenforcible or are just ignored. Try a Google search for “Oahu fireworks”. Who needs professional displays? This year, the usual fires, one fatality and several emergency room cases. At least the stimulus money is circulating.

  3. The slogan for my presidential campaign is “Make Americans Great Again”.

  4. Wanting to improve something does NOT mean one hates it..a fact the Dexter Yuens of our Society need to accept. And it would be very helpful for the Dexter Yuens to read the Constitution and learn that (unlike all those right wing, fascist Countries) the founding fathers WANTED us to be able to disagree without abuse or condemnation. As for the criticism that the Constitution was the product of wealthy, elite, white guys and that’s why we have so many problems, that is so much CRAP. First, they weren’t all wealthy. But more important, the framers were the educated, public spirited leaders of the time and they did a superb job. The US Constitution is a phenomenal document and it created a country that millions from the rest of the world came to..not like Russia, England, France, China,and on-an-on, places people were fleeing from. The problems we discuss are NOT the fault of our Constitution or its framers. The problems are the fault of actions by government with the approval of the public and approval of the (sometimes biased) Supreme Court. Do we need some changes? Sure. But they have to come from people with good intentions, not sunshine patriots or American fascists. Oh, and about those quirks in the law.. they were designed to protect basic rights which, as we have seen lately, can be easily violated. It’s the reason the legal principle of “poisoned fruit” came about.

  5. Well written response to a common trend — social media negative personal opinion expressions.Most folks on the receiving end of these unreasoned opinions are so flummoxed by them that they find it difficult to find words to respond. This is an example of a good response.

    IMHO America has not be great for a long time: too justified military industrial complex, too much support for run-amok spy vs spy, disregard for our spot on earth, and weaponized patriotism over citizen of the world. Best to find good in your friends, because life is not going to get easier.

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