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Originally posted by lpowell0627
reply to post by Moonsouljah
I'm sorry, but I get SO sick of hearing about the extravagant lifestyles of Americans....blah blah blah. Are there SOME Americans living excessively and WAY beyond their means? Yup. Bet you have some too. Here's the thing:
There are also Americans, who, like myself, struggle to pay our bills, don't vacation, don't send our kids to private schools, and don't get new clothes every season!! And guess what? I'm considered Middle Class!! I would have loved to have 5, 6 or even 8 kids -- but guess what? I AM NOT because I KNOW we can't afford it!!
And I really resent you implying that it will be a good thing if Americans have trouble getting food, shelter, etc. I don't know where you live but I can guarantee at some point YOUR COUNTRY received aide from the US ! Don't be so quick to bite the hand that once probably fed you. And wishing famine on ANYONE, I don't care who you are and where you are from...it's just WRONG!
Are there things wrong with the US? Hell yeah! But to group all Americans together like that is terribly wrong. There are good people here too that want change, want to end poverty, live peacefully with all nations, etc. etc.
Originally posted by Moonsouljah
reply to post by lpowell0627
I apologize for not being as articulate as I perhaps could have been. I myself am a flaming libertarian Midwest American. My personal income has never been above 20K so I know what American poverty is about- and the answer is ... it's awesome. This country doesn't know what poverty is. A homeless person in America can obtain food and shelter fairly easily. We have many public facilities and institutions available for their disposal and utilization. But these are the institutions that our feudal leaders have "graciously" bestowed upon us. The fact of the matter is we take what they give us or what "trickles down" to the slaves, the useless eaters. We are a nation of pampered slaves and let me tell you- poverty gets a whole lot deeper than in America. Many but not all Americans have yet to wake up to their own reality- that they are pampered slaves and when you remove the pampering- its quite unpleasant.
The only reason I think it would be a good thing would be because many (not all) Americans still (AMAZINGLY) wallow in near-total ignorance to their true capacities in this global society and that if it is going to take a few broken eggs to change to a free and just society wherein your labor amounts to your fruits so be it. I think you and I and many others could agree we are facing perilous times for America and all of its wonderful citizens BUT what were the ratings for American Idol(atry) the other night? Let the masses have their opiates- it only means they are slaves with opiates.
Incoherent rant done.
PS: I know you thought I wasn't American and my comments upset you but I would ask you to research poverty in other countries- you might be surprised how bad some non-Americans have it.
Originally posted by questioningall
reply to post by silent thunder
If the majority of American's don't wake up - they are about to be left in the dust holding nothing but worthless paper.
Originally posted by antar
Perhaps, however look at the fact that china and others now have the legal right to enter us soil for control of their titles if we get testy.
Look at Iraq. They were a loose cannon and the outcome was severe.
Originally posted by Oaktree
I believe this is huge, as well.
A while back, I read an article alleging that one of the reasons we invaded Iraq for the second time was that Saddam had announced that Iraq's oil would be traded in Euros, rather than dollars.