a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
As an American I can say that I used to think it was jealousy on the part of other countries.Now I know more about the world situation and realize
that our government brought this on itself.Let me explain please:
You are a national of another country and just had your elections.You voted for who you want as your president and are quite happy that he won! Time
goes on and maybe the president isn't perfect,heck who is? But he is doing an alright job by you and so you support him. Then you start hearing things
come out of the UN about how your president needs to go. He is a dictator and is causing his people problems and taking away their freedoms. You are
like "what the hell"?? Come to find out the USA is screaming the loudest about how your president has to go. Next thing you know,some 'rebel' faction
is armed and fighting with your government that you support. People are now being killed on a regular basis and you are afraid to go out at night with
all the fighting.You and your family are now stuck in a war zone not by your own making. When you realize that the USA is arming and supporting the
rebels you start hating the USA. The worse things get the more you hate the USA. Now the question is,are you hating because you are jealous like
Americans like to think,or is it because the USA in its 'exceptionalism" is meddling in your country's affairs where they should not be?
This is not an unusual scenario in the world. We have done this in Latin American countries,the middle east and now Ukraine. No one has bothered to
stop us due to coercion,blackmail,and monetary pay offs. But you blame the people that suffer under what we caused? I understand that Americans like
to think that this is the greatest country in the world,but I hate to say it,that train left the station years ago. Bear with me here. What makes a
country great? This is something that all Americans need to think about. What is it that makes you think that America is still the greatest country in
the world? Is it our health care? WHO says the USA ranks only 37 on that,so we aren't the greatest there. Okay,lets try our education system. Nope we
rank just under Russia even! We come in at number 14. Okay I know,lets try our quality of life here. Um,we squeak in at number 10.Consumer price
indes? Number 20. We did manage to come in number 42 on pollution,thats a good thing right?
We have more guns deaths for a nation supposedly not at war than any other. The people in this country aren't happy.They have lost their jobs,their
lively hoods,their self respect,and their buying power.We have veterans that are sleeping in the streets every night,yet did their jobs in another
country. We have people that have paid into social security for years,and get just a tiny amount each month to try to live on. We have both adults and
children going to bed every night in this country hungry,and the politicians just say to cut more programs and that will fix it. How do they figure
that? It may fix it alright,but now how they imagined. People watching they're children starve started the french revolution didn't it?
I am not hating on the USA believe it or not,but I look at my country,the one my parents told me was the greatest,and I realized they had been sold a
fake bag of goods. If you keep holding up your hand and saying that this is the greatest country in the world,you either need to come up with
something to prove it,or stop,take a deep breathe,and look really long and hard at what this country has truly come to stand for. I promise you its
not truth,justice and the American way now. We don't even have the best freedoms anymore with the patriot act and the NSA.
Until enough people wake up,stop saying we are the greatest,and look at our problems and say, WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. Nothing will change.It
hasn't in all these years while people have been willfully blind. The time now is to support our country and look at what needs work and fix it!
Our technology will not save us. As far as I am concerned all the cell phones ipads etc are just the new Romes way of using gladiators to keep us
entertained. The alarm clock is ringing........