posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 04:19 AM
For obvious reasons, the 'bailout' is a major concern for most people. However, what really concerns me is the way America will address and adjust
to the financial position it's in.
As an observation rather than a criticism - and if this board is indicative of any kind of sample, then this certainly holds(!) - I believe America,
due to the patriot culture that's nurtured there, has a tendency to believe America is not only the 'best' but speak of this in terms as if it's
the natural order of things or a 'God-given' right. Before anyone jumps the proverbial gun, I'm not saying that this is either 'right' or
'wrong'; again, it's merely an observation on American patriot culture. I'm certainly not America-bashing here. Also, whilst there's a saying
that goes something along the lines of 'America doesn't do irony', I also think 'America doesn't do humility' either; America is both a proud
and vocal nation. Again, an observation born from witnessing countless expressions of patriotism rather than a criticism: I'm not saying this
is 'right' or 'wrong' per se.
If America's place on the world stage is moved anywhere from out of centre, even slightly, I think America will take it much more badly than other
countries might. Whilst every country in the world, or at least you'd hope, wants to do the 'best it can', there's very few - if any - in the
Western World that also has America's take on patriotism.
What I'm becoming concerned about are the parallels being made to the 1920s and 1930s. Whereas most of these are about of the depressions and
recessions themselves, I'm more concerned as to how these economic conditions were actually addressed.
I think most people on this board would admit that America has a fairly aggressive foreign policy, even if they don't agree on why that might be.
Again, merely an observation. Similarly, I think a lot of people on this board would agree that 'big business' and an 'economy' drives and even
creates the conflict.
I'm genuinely concerned that major war is going to be America's solution to this problem. Over recent years, the nature of war has changed
due to technology which has altered the way people physically engage in warfare. However, I'm wondering whether this will take a major U-turn
in the next few years. If this recession/depression is going to hit as hard as most people are expecting, there's going to be a lot of unemployed,
economic 'deadwood' in America (and, for the matter, the rest of the world). The expendable 'deadwood' in society have always made great
cannon-fodder for the rich man's war games. Whilst talks about bringing back 'the draft' have been floating around conspiracy boards for a few
years now, I think it's probably more likely than ever now if unemployment really hits hard.
I'm not saying this as a 'prediction' or that I have a 'secret source' or that I just know how this is right and I can somehow prove it.
If anything, I'm hoping posters, particularly Americans, can/will come along and prove me wrong and show me that this can't happen and that they,
the American people, separate from the government won't let this happen.
Or am I misreading this? If things get as desperate as is being suggested, would the American people want war as much as the government if they
thought it would return America back to the centre stage and the dominant position in the world?