Are they really true heroes?

Haley Haines, News Editor

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The history of our country has been sugarcoated with the idea that we rarely do anything wrong, and if we ever do, it’s for the greater good of our country.

   Christopher Columbus is well known for being the founder of this country and starting us off on the “right” path. Everyone by now should know that he stole the land Americans now call home.

   Columbus engaged in enslavement, theft, and the genocide the this land’s indigenous people. We go so far as to even having a holiday for someone who has done wrong behind closed doors.

   Columbus is definitely not the only man in this country who was made to look like a hero in acts of selfishness and discrimination. Numerous members of the executive branch have done so within the last century.

   I’ll start off with the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798, passed by John Adams, U.S. president at the time. It banned any and all negative writing towards the government. This act violated the first amendment in the Constitution.

   The next example would be FDR’s Japanese-American Internment camps. This went against all the Japanese that resided along the West Coast in California. This situation was hypocritical because we tried saving Jews from concentration camps while we turned around and did something similar.

   The most recent abuse of power I will mention is the Patriot Act passed under George Bush almost 17 years ago.

   Granted, it was right after the attack on 9/11, but it was still unfair how we held almost anyone with Middle Eastern ties accountable for going against America.

   It’s painful going back through all of these decisions made by men who are put on such a high pedestal for making our country great, has done dirty deeds behind closed doors.

   Each act was unconstitutional, which is the exact opposite of we want to happen in America.

   Who says our government is the “best” out there?  This has become debatable.

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Are they really true heroes?