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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:26 PM
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Folks, I’ve been politically passionate for many years. During this time I’ve seen scandals, bad decisions, foreign misadventures, economic crisis’s and so forth. While it is easily understood America is far from perfect, what has been going on the last 10+ years is nothing short of insanity.

This Can't Be Happening In America



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1) At war in 3 nations, each of which it attacked and 2 of which it occupies.

2) Runs secret torture cells on some of its distant military bases and contracts out other torture, while it also runs "kill teams" where it chooses. It even has a private army of highly paid "contractors," little of which it discloses to the American people.

3) Seizes people it deems terrorists, those it doesn't kill, and locks them up indefinitely, in many cases no charges, no trials, no rule of law.

4) Censors its wars from the American people, many of whom are indifferent to the suffering our beloved nation is causing. U.S. news media often cooperates with the government but not WikiLeaks nor Aljazeera but most Americans ignore it. No military draft, no interest.

5) Censors even the horrors its wars cause its own soldiers and their families. Once again, the U.S. news media often cooperates telling few stories or sharing few pictures, making these people largely invisible, left to bear their pain in silence and in a cloak of secrecy.

6) Once the greatest manufacturing powerhouse the world had ever seen, most U.S. manufacturing has been shipped overseas. But there still is a sizable amount of U.S. manufacturing as the government contracts with manufacturers to build weapons of mass destruction and deadly delivery systems such as jet fighters and drones in most Congressional Districts across America. All at taxpayer's expense.

7) Because of reckless government spending and huge trade deficits, the U.S. dollar which was long the gold standard of currencies is now so weak, many investors prefer gold or even other currencies as the dollar sinks in value.

8) Once the U.S. ran the greatest financial surpluses since the British Empire was at its peak. Now it is the world's biggest debtor nation running a borrowing and printing Ponzi Scheme to pay its bills.

9) Standard & Poor's, a globally respected credit rating agency threatened to downgrade the U.S.'s debt securities, the first step at what could lead in stages to having it declared "Junk." That would send interest rates through the stratosphere, making it cost prohibitive for home mortgages and small business borrowing and destroying the value left in the dollar. Newport Beach, CA based Pimco, the world's largest bond investor has already sold off its holdings in U.S. government debt.

10) To sustain and expand its military machine, the U.S. government would sacrifice Medicare, Medicaid, its educational system, its police and fire protection and other programs that bring quality of life to its citizens and protect its children and its poor and frail.


I’ve watched these events unfold right in front of my eyes and feel as though I’m in a car accident whereby everything turns to slow-motion and I feel powerless to do anything other than accept the inevitable.

I used to “fight” by voting in every election. However, it seems as though our elected leaders no longer care about us. Recently elections just seem like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Also, there is very little doubt that the media is not doing the job they were intended to do.

For those of you who have been politically awake for years, I’d like to know your take on this. Perhaps you’d like to add to this list?

Younger friends of mine do not understand why I’m freaking out over current events. They consider it “normal”.

Perpetual war…Wall Street bailouts…rampant unemployment…rich vs. poor gap reaching preposterous levels…sky rocketing inflation despite government numbers stating there is no inflation…blatantly illegal actions taken by elites with absolutely no repercussions forthcoming.

Damn it! This is NOT normal.

I simply want to know how in the heck we reached this point and within a breathtakingly short span of time in relation to our history? Do you think we can ever go back and restore our honor?

(MODS: I took my best guess on Forum selection. Please feel free to move as necessary.)



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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:29 PM
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Reason #1 TV
Reason #2 Movies
Reason #3 Porn

The three ultimate distractions for those inept to taking in large quantities of valuable information. The vast of the collective don't and will not care until their cheeseburgers and beer costs $10 more than it used to. I will say all of the above with a touch of people being ignorant and not caring, and only caring when it happens to themselves. Our greed has taught well enough that we could give two turds for the man next door.
edit on 25-4-2011 by Bonified Ween because: (no reason given)


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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:36 PM
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T'is why I joined the Tea Party.
But hey, different strokes and all. Get active in your community. Speak up, speak out.

And do not go gentle into that dark night.. . .



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:38 PM
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People don't realize that this country is going to fall. Gas will be 6.00$ a gallon by August.



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:38 PM
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It's a downward spiral. I can see all this happening and I know that it isn't good, butI don't understand all of this fully either, as I am young myself.


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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:38 PM
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The new world order reeks of dying empire odor
and changing the channel wont make that go away.
As the veneer of democracy fades away, as the worlds
down-size until it explodes, as the shanty-towns piled
behind the malls become visible, as the savages on the
other side of the wall break through, as everybody from
gun-crazy militias to anti-immigrant nazis to fundamentalist
child-raping christians to gangsta rappers to community
activists to working families just struggling to put food
on the table, all mad at the same thing: your SUV; me, me, me;
"mission accomplished"; bring em on;
buy more stuff,
fight terror, defend freedom so you can buy more stuff.
The false illusion of the world is going down,
Walk off your job. Crime is beautiful.
A prank a day keeps the dog-leash away.
Quit your jobs. Burn down the malls.



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:40 PM
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Thanks for the reply beezzer.

Thanks especially for this quote:


And do not go gentle into that dark night.. . .


Some days I just ask "why bother"?

I guess I'd just as soon go down swinging than to turn on the boob-tube and let this B.S. wash over me like so much slimy sludge.

Again, thanks for the encouraging words.



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:42 PM
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Originally posted by TraptInTheSystem
It's a downward spiral. I can see all this happening and I know that it isn't good, butI don't understand all of this fully either, as I am young myself.


The fact that you are younger, yet see this for all the faults it begets, encourages me.

Perhaps if others like you wake up this can be turned around.

Perhaps!



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:46 PM
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Seems to me more like the messed up pre-ww2 landscape (political.. economic... militaristic)

And it seems to me the economic warfare is turning distinctly militaristic.. I guess on that one only time will tell..

But I agree.. it does seem really messed up...


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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:46 PM
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Sadly, all great empires of fallen. Rome as an example. They were once a proud society. But when the Senators of that society thought that thier efforts of intervention were for the best for its people, what happen? Chaos ensued, wars and unrest occurred, which was ultimately the fall of Roma. ( Yes there was alot more involved, but you get the point )

Now, fast forward to present. What are we seeing? Are we seeing government intervention? Are we seeing needless spending on Unconstitutional social programs? How bout the over expenditure for the Military complex? The list goes on and on, but the point that should be driven home, is the very fact that all great empires fall. History repeats itself. China once fell, Russia as well. Now, it is inevitable that the US should fall. Our beloved leaders have not learned from past mistakes, instead they make more mistakes......in the name of National Security.



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:49 PM
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.in the name of National Security.



all in the name of government knows best and we dont know jack

my version



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:50 PM
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Yeah, I have to agree. Something sure changed after 9/11. But I have a feeling it started way before that, like maybe the War of 1812 or the Civil War, maybe JFK's assassination. Seems the more I actually read the history of the US, the more it seems we weren't exactly told the whole story. I can't help but think the US never really achieved independence, TPTB just flipped the script so to speak.

It becomes hard to imagine how we can get out of this situation. One thing I know for sure though, we need to end these wars now. Both for the health of the planet and the US.

P.S. Yo Beez, how's it going



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:54 PM
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No problem bud. As bad as things get, just remember that we are fighters. We are a nation of fighters.

I'm sure as hell not giving up!


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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:58 PM
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Originally posted by WillNiendick
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People don't realize that this country is going to fall. Gas will be 6.00$ a gallon by August.


I have to vehemently disagree. People have to realize this country is failing, the signs are everywhere, most people are simply ignoring them as they don't want to deal with it. They are too busy texting and Facebooking every insignificant detail of their meaningless lives to each other and watching Jersey freakin' Shore to care.

The old American way of life is quickly becoming history right before your eyes as the economy circles the drain and the leaders just watch it go down the little white bowl.

Every day I wake up and thank god that I moved to Canada 10 years ago when I saw this begin to really escalate and realized that there was nothing one person (me) could really do about it.

When I moved here, I converted my money to Canadian dollars at $1.37 to the US dollar, instantly gaining almost 40% in wealth. Now I can buy US dollars at .95 to my Canadian dollar, not that I would want to as it's soon to be essentially worthless.

I really feel for you Americans who are going to be left to pick up the pieces when the bottom drops out. Best of luck to all of you, seriously.
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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:05 PM
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Hessling, you and all the other ATS community are doing your part!!! Just by posting such good Threads is speaking out. We just got to keep it going. Keep learning and building. More will come, more are coming and soon our extended perceptions will become the norm. These last years I have been watching it grow. Even school-children here in UK now know all about the 9/11!!!

Anyone, anywhere, speak up and shout out, no matter how small or great your influence!

With a more switched on populace then it is gonna get mighty hard to pull the wool over!!!

As Democracies we must keep the pressure on continually to maintain freedom. Keep extending the horizons of perception. All of us who know This Way are Fighters For Freedom!



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:05 PM
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Best of luck to all of you, seriously.



Thanks, we're gonna need it...Thats for sure.


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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:08 PM
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1) "War is cool! Support the troops! Remember 9/11! We gotta be tough, or the terrorists / russians / chinese will win!"
2) "Deregulate everything, let the free market decide!"
3) "Medicare? That's SOCIALISM!!!! We need that money to give welfare to the military-industrial complex!"

"Can't be happening in America?" This is just hte logical conclusion of every American policy since the 1880's, compounded by the psychosis of blind ignorance that has always been so fashionable among the majority of America's population.



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:09 PM
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I don't think advocating criminal behavior and activities is the right thing to do in this situation.



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:10 PM
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Wow! Now that is FIGHTING TALK!!! Yesss!!!



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:20 PM
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What i don't understand is if these challenges are only noticed in the US. Is it that the US's politicians are so incompetent? Did we just make bad choices? I don't want to rule that out, but at the same time, it seems to me that the challenges we are facing now, are global challenges.






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