america i love you but

Okay, I want to talk about something. I think about this a lot; ever since Captain America: Civil War came out. And anytime someone says Bucky is a villain.

This particular scene hits me like a ton of bricks.

This part absolutely rips my heart to shreds. Bucky wanted to get away from everything. He was trying so hard to stay low and try to live in the dark; run away from his life with Hydra. A life he didn’t choose nor want; he was forced. 

Bucky Barnes is not a villain. It hurts me when I look into his eyes in this scene, and I couldn’t imagine him being a villain. All he knew was fighting. Whether he was fighting against someone Hydra ordered the Winter Soldier to, or Tony when he was James Buchanan Barnes. 

All he knows is fighting. All along, he was fighting against the Winter Soldier, fighting against his mind–doing anything he could to stop the Winter Soldier from taking over. 

His eyes are screaming “Help me.” 

“I’m sorry I fell off the train protecting you, help me.” 

“I’m sorry I took the lives of innocent people, help me.” 

“I’m sorry I almost killed my best friend, help me.” 

“I’m sorry I’m coming in between you and your other best friend, help me.” 

“I’m sorry I can’t understand why you think I’m worth it, help me.” 

“I’m sorry.”

“Help me.”

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You don’t have to separate these things with Jefferson. He can have written this incredible document, and several incredible documents, that we all, sort of- with things that we all believe in. And he sucks.

I think those are both true, and those have to be both true. I think we really have to stop separating them, ‘cause that’s when you get into trouble. That’s when you stop letting people be whole people.

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“hi, im dylan minnette and i’m auditioning for the role of guy who has to wear a band aid on his forehead for 75% of the show/film.”

so… this new chapter… tells us a lot about America, actually.

most importantly, it shows us that our whole headcanon about America putting on a ‘mask’ isn’t a headcanon anymore - it is literally canon. I mean, some people might not interpret it that way, but I think this is what Himaruya is trying to tell us.

because look at what America says : he has a rare personality that can get along with everyone. which means that America can read social cues, can read the so called atmosphere, and understands that his personality can sometimes be overbearing. this leads to the question - if you understand your personality is annoying, why don’t you change it? I mean I understand that this isn’t a simple thing to do, but no where have we seen America even try. if I knew I was annoying people, I would change my personality - or at least try to. so we can more or less assume America is keeping his personality overly positive for a reason.

the only question is why. Why does he act like this? there could be numerous reasons; a) protect himself from the rest of the world b) because of his age c) just wants to live a normal life and etc.

well nevertheless America don’t be to harsh on yourself bc I love you for who you are too

Merman prince Alfred from a USUK au I thought of with @mi-chan4649. Arthur is a wandering kleptomaniac merman commoner who has become very good at stealing expensive valuables from wealthier merfolk. He likes to wear his stolen items and often lies about his social status wherever he goes. Alfred is a prince from another kingdom who is betrothed to the prince of Arthur’s birth kingdom, and he mistakes Arthur for the prince that he is to marry. Arthur rolls with it for as long as he can, going into it for the money, but they both find themselves falling in love with each other along the way. Arthur’s gotten himself into quite the mess.

The accompanying piece of Arthur by Mi can be found here. Check it out!

Three Germanys
TIME, 31 August 1953

WHEN Americans think of German unification, they are apt to think only of joining together the East and West zones, split by the Iron Curtain. West Germans, however, even on their official maps, look beyond to a third Germany severed at Potsdam in 1945. At that time, Britain and the U.S. reluctantly agreed that Russia and Poland were entitled to territorial compensation at Germany’s expense. The final determination of Germany’s borders was to come later, in the Big Four Peace Conference that has never been held. At Potsdam, Russia annexed the northern half of East Prussia, including its ancient capital of Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad). Poland took the rest of East Prussia and all German territory east of the Oder and Neisse rivers. An area the size of South Carolina, this included part of Brandenburg, most of Pomerania and all of German Silesia (coal, steel, potatoes). Millions of Germans were thrown out; Polish settlers moved in. The East German Communist government has been forced to sign away its claims on this territory, but West German Chancellor Adenauer has given notice that Germany will never accept the Oder-Neisse line as its eastern frontier. Thus Germany is the one European nation that is even more determined than the U.S. to roll back the Iron Curtain.

(West) Germany did end up accepting the Oder–Neisse line, by signing the Treaty of Moscow in 1970.