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America's Number One Problem

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posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 09:50 AM
In his recent interview on the Alex Jones program Donald Trump said that America's Number One Problem was Islamic terrorism. He also said that President Obama believes that America's Number One Problem is global warming.

Both of these problems are significant but, as I see it, neither should be called America's Number One Problem.

America's Number One Problem, in my opinion, is what some Buddhist religious teachers would call "transferring the cow's load to the bull." One could call it "the American blind spot" or perhaps, in a term used in psychology, "projection". Some people in the New Age of conversational psychobabble would see it as an aspect of what is called "dumping" or "unloading" on others, instead of "dealing with it", whatever "it" is that's bothering one.

When Donald Trump demonizes China, I think he is transferring the cow's load to the bull.

President Obama, in calling global warming America's Number One Problem, if he did in fact do that, is at worst giving us an example of "the American blind spot" in action, and at best mobilizing Americans to action that might lead to eventual confrontation with the real issues at the root of America's manifold problems. One hopes it is the latter.

The American ethos of laissez faire, that is, unbridled Capitalism and unlimited growth has led to the pooling of more than 90% of the nation's wealth into the control of roughly 1% of the nation's population. Income disparity like this has been a precursor to cataclysmic social change, that is, revolution, in the past.

The American ethos needs a serious rethink. No amount of "transferring the cow's load to the bull", or "projection" or "dumping" on others is going to be able to offset and overcome the problems that the American ethos has made for itself at home.

Going abroad to "stick up" other countries is going the way of the Wild West and its colorful outlaws. Civilisation is enlightening those places that used to be playgrounds for bandits. "Lighting out for the territory", in Mark Twain's words is getting harder and harder to do in the old fashioned, traditional outlaw manner.

China is up to date in these matters. Nowadays the smart countries keep military spending in check and light out for the territory of foreign investment and business partnerships. They build up infrastructure at home and try to raise living standards where they are. If that is not what they are doing, it is what they should be doing.

The world is getting too small to go around "sticking up" other countries. When a country pretends to be helping them while they are sticking them up, it is truly nauseating. This kind of pretense is not fooling anyone anymore.

America has got to get a new game. It has got to examine itself and take steps to correct problems at home. It must face the reality that the world at large is no longer a place where the oners can run amok, using the American military as personal muscle.

America is taking tentative steps in the direction that the rest of the developed world took decades ago, the direction of socialism, not necessarily a "welfare state", but a hybrid system, like that of Canada, where there is a "social safety net" that catches those most in need of assistance, paying their medical bills for the most part and giving them enough money to stay above the poverty line, for the most part.

This pays huge dividends in civil order . . . and this system doesn't stop Canadian entrepreneurs like Frank Stronach from becoming billionaires.

People like Alex Jones see that sort of thing as steadily eroding the American spirit of absolute freedom of action. People like Alex Jones are willing to engage in street corner gunfights, if necessary, to preserve freedom.

I like Alex, but he is something of an anachronism. He may not like it but the "Aunt Pollys" of the world are civilizing it, one "Huckleberry Finn" at a time.

Until space, the final frontier, opens up in a big way, America needs to stop blaming other countries for its problems, and put its house in order at home.

At this time in history there are no more "territories" to "light out for".
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posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:01 AM
Sorry but this country's number one problem, like most country's number one problem, is an almost completely corrupt government.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:08 AM
Denial is America's number one problem.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:10 AM
Seeing as your more likely to be killed by lighting i would say that is your number one problem!

Honestly Trump and Obama are talking out there arses.

Trumps just useing the age old tactic of xenophobia to gain support and obama? Well he is just being obama.

No the USA number one problem is a throughly corrupt government and a stagnant economy based on crony capitalism.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:18 AM
The President is correct, Bernie Sanders is correct. ISIS is an immediate problem. Global warming is completely catastrophic. We won't have a planet on which to stage our wars.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:23 AM
a reply to: Blazemore2000

You are making an excellent point, but the reason for that problem goes back to the fundimental American ethos of capitalistic entrepreneurship.

Not everybody can be an entrepreneur. In most countries, civil servants don't consider themselves to be entrepreneurs and they don't start running their departments as if they were private companies, or, in some cases, criminal operations.

They are content to be civil servants. There is no pressure on them, from the national ethos of Horatio Alger entrepreneurship, to personally privatize their departments and start selling influence.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:24 AM
a reply to: JuJuBee

Yes, it's that river in Egypt that America can't seem to wade out of.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:28 AM

originally posted by: crazyewok

No the USA number one problem is a throughly corrupt government and a stagnant economy based on crony capitalism.

Wouldn't you also say that it is the refusal of America to face those issues? You are facing them, but at some point a national government will have to do so if they are to be overcome. It is that failure to face the real issues that is the real probem, in my opinion.
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posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:30 AM

America has got to get a new game. It has got to examine itself and take steps to correct problems at home. It must face the reality that the world at large is no longer a place where the oners can run amok, using the American military as personal muscle.

We realize we have problems, the trouble is, those who point them out, seem to think they live in Xanadu.
Seems like, come election time, [ or pretty much any time the mood strikes ] everyone has an opinion of how to "fix" America. You seem to believe Canada has it's sh** together and has room to criticize the U.S., it's foreign policy, it's military and pretty much every other aspect of our daily lives.
Is our country screwed up? Oh yeah. Is your's the shining example we should follow? Ummm, no. Is any other country perfect? No. But you all feel free to ignore your own shortcomings and pile on when it comes to our's.
Here's an idea that I've shared with others: Get your own country perfect, your politicians honest, your crime non existent, your economy soaring and then come back and tell us how it's done, eh?

And if you're wondering about the somewhat hostile reply, it because of this -

America is taking tentative steps in the direction that the rest of the developed world took decades ago,

The "We are better" attitude. That, "look down our nose at because we are perfect, so feel entitled to point out you are not" that, I personally, am sick of hearing.

So, when you get this little problem fixed.......

The biggest issue facing Canada is our politicians. With the exception of our Prime Minister, there are no true leaders in Parliament, unafraid to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. This applies in spades at the provincial level, where arrogance, not-my-fault and a know-it-all attitude is rampant.

And this -

In recent years, provincial governments have been forced to scale back their scope of coverage in order to make the program more sustainable, and many Canadians must now buy supplementary private health insurance to pay for things like dentist trips, eye exams and any operation the government deems “non-essential.” Similarly, Canadian hospitals are notoriously overcrowded due to their ease of accessibility, and Canadians often have to wait for months to see a specialist or access high-demand services such as MRI machines. - See more at:

Just to name a few, I'll listen to your ideas of fixing our country.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:42 AM

We won't have a planet on which to stage our wars.
a reply to: angeldoll
You know , that always gives me a good chuckle. There is absolutely no way that man could destroy the Earth . In fact , there is nothing we can do to scratch it.To destroy the Earth would take something like Mars traveling really , really fast and hit the Earth head on. But even then , it really wouldnt be a total loss. The gravitational influence over many years would pull most of the rubble back together and the planet would reform...Perhaps a black hole ?

On topic - We (meaning the people of the US) are our own greatest threat.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:46 AM
a reply to: DAVID64

We are posting in a forum on the 2016 election campaigns in the United States. Check out my other threads. I have not spared the vinegar in discussing Canadian politics and politicians.

You're system has put your country in a state of near constant war. If you like constant war, you will be satisfied with that. Your current system has put roughly 90% of the wealth of your country into the hands of 1% of your population. Are you satisfied with that? If not, what would satisfy you? 99%? 100%?

If you don't think this is a serious situation in your country, you are part of the problem.

American foreign policy, which can be summed up as, when the economy slows down, stick up another country, has actually served to create new alliances overseas of countries that never used to trust one another, getting together to watch each other's backs against the next wave of American depredation. People are fed up with you guys and are not going to take it anymore.

You should be happy to get an outside opinion on the state of affairs in America. Other people are not giving opinions and requests to lay off anymore. They are just starting to shoot the place up, something I would never do and would never advocate.

I will however continue, as long as I am allowed to, shoot the ideas south of the border, for consideration.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 10:58 AM

You should be happy to get an outside opinion on the state of affairs in America.

We Know! Why do you think we bitch so much about our war mongering tax hiking pay no attention to the little guy govt? It's not that "we" want war or to invade other countries, it's just that the asshats at the top don't/haven't listened. I'm afraid that the time for talk has long past and nothing short of physically ousting our current leaders and sending them to trial to answer for their crimes against the citizens of the U.S., will do little but fuel useless debates. The next election will see the same 2 faced puppets put in to office, doing the same thing under different names. People can RahRah for whoever they like, nothing will change.
The fate of the U.S. can be summed up in 6 words. We're screwed and we know it.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 11:01 AM
While the maximum expression of the American Dream is profit above all else there will be no changing America.
The very idea of a social safety net is outrageous to most Americans who have been spoon fed the idea that everybody should look out for themselves, it is anathema to their very ideals. What we call a humanitarian position, they call socialism, with all those pinky, commie connotations.
The fact that they are completely hypnotised by the idea of free markets and at the same time allow those extremely wealthy entrepreneurs to avoid all regulations and basically cheat the system, well, what is left to be said, really?
No, there is no changing America, nor should we even try. As has been expressed here very succinctly, clean your own house 'Murica haterz!
No, the only thing left for those of us in the rest of the world who do not agree with this "profit is everything" ethos is to learn to ignore America, that is what we should do.
Learn to ignore her.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 11:06 AM
a reply to: DAVID64


What I am saying is that there are ways. Check out the Tax Wall Street Party. They have a plan that can help America immensely. You don't have to become a hybrid socialist/capitalist country like Canada or the UK or France or Germany. Webster Tarpley, a TWSP spokesperson and theorist is an outspoken advocate of American dirigism, which is the constructive action of the central government in the nation's economic activity.

It's not Stalinism! It's not five year plans and collective farming. It is judicious spending on infrastructure. It is government directed retooling of the economy. It is jobs and decent wages.

You can do it. Get involved in a political party that absolutely is determined to do it.

If you are a died in the wool Republican or Democrat, start pushing to steal planks from the TWSP platform.

America, the can do country that tops all other can do countries, can do it!

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 03:06 PM
a reply to: ipsedixit
I'd say the unthinking masses is the largest problem. People have allowed for others to think for them, namely those with some form of authority such as the media and government. Some don't even need that, they just don't even pretend they're thinking.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 03:13 PM
a reply to: Gothmog

it's not like the ice caps are melting or anything.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 03:14 PM

originally posted by: Blazemore2000
Sorry but this country's number one problem, like most country's number one problem, is an almost completely corrupt government.

Actually it's the people who keep electing corrupt politicians.

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 03:18 PM
a reply to: ipsedixit

Our number one problem are the whole host of jokers we're about to go to the polls and elect

We should all slip out the back and toss back a few cold ones while they sit there just staring at the blank returns

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 03:21 PM
False Flag Massacres. They're literally DEPOPULATING the country - and the PLANET - of our civilian population, albeit just a baby step at a time.

It should be noted that military and political targets like US bases and US government offices are being spared.

Places like 4,000 civilians at WTC, 300 on a flight to the Caribbean, or 150 sightseeing in Paris? Not so lucky

I mean, how many died in the Pentagon attack, in comparison?

posted on Dec, 6 2015 @ 05:55 PM
Things get nuttier and nuttier. I was listening to Webster Tarpley's radio program today. You can hear it at:

He usually gives a good overview of the current political situation both national and international with analysis of contentious issues being thrashed out in political infighting, hither and yon. Sometimes it is a little "out there" and speculative, but with his sources and grasp of history, the insights he produces are usually close to the trend line of developing events. He is often weeks or even months ahead of developments that wind up eventually in the mainstream press.

He happened to mention an article in the Washington Post:

Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war efa-99ceebcbb272_story.html

Apparently, Shiite militia commanders and fighters in Iraq are asserting that they have seen American helicopters dropping supplies to ISIS positions. Webster, the academic historian, believes that the Saudis might be bribing some American military commanders "in theatre" and cites instances where bribes of officers or political disloyalty in the military have led troops to undermine the policies of the government they are supposed to be fighting for.

Personally, I think what is going on is that military officers in the Petraeus faction, who disagree with the Obama administration's tack on the question of Syria and ISIS, are, if the reports from the militia in Iraq are true, trying to keep ISIS alive in Iraq until after the next election, at which time, if Trump is elected, there will be a re-invasion of Iraq, "to oust ISIS."

I believe that Trump, if elected, will try to get US troops back into Iraq, to do what he says Bush and Obama did not do, i.e., "take the oil".

Hillary Clinton may very well do the same thing.

The alternative to doing that would be to take an approach to politics like the one being proposed by the Tax Wall Street Party, and stop running America as a war machine that generates profits through conquest.

So far there is not much sign that either of the major candidates is looking at the possibility of changing America's modus operandi in that regard.
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