Short stories and essays by Shaun Costello, as well as excerpts from manuscripts in progress.





Do you suppose that America is simply an enormous lie that we all bought into? The Home of the Brave was carefully presented to us, when we were all too young to know the difference, by the brush of Norman Rockwell and the lens of Frank Capra. Were we hoodwinked? The twentieth century saw America emerge as an imperialist, expansionist, unstoppable juggernaut, swallowing little countries one after another. Building the canal and annexing Panama. Faking the explosion of The Maine in Havana harbor to start a phony war with Spain, out of which America gobbled up Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. America, in spite of popular belief, did not win World War Two, the Russians did. After that war, the newly formed CIA went to work deposing elected heads of state in Iran, and throughout Central and South America, and replacing them with dictatorial strong men friendly to ever-expanding America, and willing to cash in on the CIA’s seemingly limitless payroll. Then America replaced France in Southeast Asia, defoliating tiny countries who wound up kicking the crap out of us. The American demonizing of Communism became a world wide joke. The USSR would die of its own faulty reality, not of anything America and its CIA could conjure. And George Bush decided to invade Iraq in a felonious war the would forever change the balance of power in the Middle East, and create the largest refugee crisis since World War Two. We Americans are an arrogant bunch, sweeping our many sins under the carpet while marching the path of self righteousness. We never forgave African Americans their freedom, espousing our fair mindedness in between lynchings, both public and private. And now America has Donald Trump, an openly misogynistic, racist, white supremacist buffoon, moving into the White House. Maybe we’ve finally gotten exactly what we deserve. These feelings have been festering inside me since Black Tuesday. They simply won’t go away. Has it all been a lie all Along? I’m just asking.

You're fired.

You’re fired.


6 responses

  1. Jeff

    Wow! Very heady stuff!

    November 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  2. Michel Spitzer

    I can understand and appreciate your passionate position, Shaun. We are a nation the has exploited its resources to the point of causing much of today’s’s pollution. Despite the wealth of our nation, we’ve somehow ignored the educational needs of too many, which might well explain the trump phenomenon. We celebrate consumerism, but ignore too often human services. The priorities of those now about to take office are focused on wealth protection and not the needs of the 99%.
    Trump figured the country was based on one lie after another, sonwhystip npw. The more outrageous, the more his followers believed him!

    November 27, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    • Michel Spitzer

      Sorry for the typos above – I should know better than to try to respond on iPhone. Here’s what I was trying to say:
      I understand and appreciate your passionate position, Shaun. We are a nation that has exploited its resources to the point of causing much of today’s pollution. It’s one lie after another, past and present. The whole premise of Thanksgiving is based on a lie.
      Trump himself is a liar of the first order and recognize the extent of gullibility among our citizens. Tell ’em what they want to hear and they’ll vote for you!

      November 27, 2016 at 5:07 pm

  3. America is full of liars…they are called liberals…God bless America…God damn liberals…may all liberals die the death they so desire…in a godless tomb surrounded by anarchists, lgbt’s, socialists, communists, transgenders, radical moslems, college professors, media moguls, Hollywood wierdos and brain dead millennials…have a great day!

    November 28, 2016 at 7:39 am

  4. Michel Spitzer

    and there is no Santa Claus.

    November 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm

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