In the eleven years I've been on ATS, it was a domestic (US-heavy site) initially, a haven for those in shock around 9/11, then it broadened to a
specialist conspiracy site for people all over the world, then it became such a traffic driver or destination it became a magnet for disinformation
agents. In the last few years...OK the last 5...multiple parties have made terrible mistakes in the United States. Perhaps it is no surprise that the
"deniers" that come to this site, the "challengers" of the world's systems have now taken aim at the easy target that is America.
What hurts my heart is the easy anger, dismissal and happy commentary regarding the “fall of the empire”. People really take relish in the
sticking the knife in and turning it as they see problems. Some with no context of the geopolitical reality of the last 100 years have completely
oversimplified these judgments. People whose single view is one religion, one class there family has resided in, one or two generations of knowledge
(example Gen Y’s current experience with knowledge of Baby Boomer’s reality...perhaps their parents.)
It is my belief that this view is far too narrow to place to make categorical judgements against concepts like capitalism, socialism, wealth
distribution, America’s role in the world, any country with a significant interest in the world (China). It makes me angry to hear people easily
dismiss America as a rich country exploiting and living fat while the rest of the world starves. The individual citizens of America who have risen to
success have done this through their own hard work and the very opportunity they have found here. Many of these people escaped the destitution or
complete powerlessness of a system wherein all things were treated and supplied equally regardless of contribution.
In my family I have seen a generation of foreigners who had great wealth that was then seized by the communists. The manipulative, destructive force
of this gradual absorption of all someone had worked for nearly destroyed the family. It removed goods, properties, pride, physical health (and caused
death), mental health (and resulted in a suicide) and reduced a free-minded group of industrious people to a restricted for of slavery through limited
options to contribute, earn or operate freely. And then, the promise of America called. A place where ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE FOR ANYONE WILLING TO WORK
HARD. A place where there were NO GUARANTEES, only OPPORTUNITIES. Streets that may have been described as being paved with gold, but not in the way a
Rome was paved with gold but a rich, fertile path for those that had a vision and initiative to create what they want.
And as legal immigrants came and grew our country (Millionnaire Next Door), and as our own people found to create or find this same idealistic
reality of America that had been touted, the country took another shift. In the way communist and socialist countries have a captive mass of producers
and loyalists because they are dependent, America in it’s “goodness” created programs to ensure that a) Those that were stepping up and
achieving continued to do sp and b) Those that hadn’t found their way up were provided for so that we as a successful country overall had a baseline
of care and compassion for our “less than” citizens.
But having seen communism and distribution of wealth completely gut the motivational, innovative spirit of those that could create enough commerce and
opportunity to pull 5, 10, 15 or more people up with them, I don’t understand the wisdom of those that feel further entitlements, greater hand-outs,
redestributing from those that open the businesses to employee the people that want to leave the entitlement behind. I just don’t get that. And I
challenge anyone that wants to so oversimplify what should happen to “America” as a crash and reset, to consider that America is a nation of men
and ideas, not simply a government and financial system. America for so many is a dream they desperately cling to. A dream that creates opportunity
for all, not a limited few wealthy people. And in my opinion, at the end of the day we have the alternative of a) a few ridiculously wealthy people,
but an opportunity for unlimited growth for ANYONE willing to make the connections and apply themselves to succeed and b) a limit on wealthy people, a
forced ceiling that simply lowers the lowest than the masses can sink to.
And people should have faith that the system that is America is self-policing because among the most wealthy we have on one hand:
- Bill and Melinda gates contributing their great wealth for philanthropic purposes like education and access to information
- George Soros is contributing great wealth to build his own while funding messages that challenge our capitalist system and support democratic
candidates and more socialist systems. Again, someone who escaped communism, benefited from capitalism and yet now professes to support (or at least
financially supports messaging) around distribution of wealth
- Warren Buffett who is trying to read the tea leaves, watch for opportunity, continue to growth business but investing in winners that may be unknown
or losers that could be reinvented. He does this not only for his own good but shares this knowledge through funds and a company
- Ted Turner gave over a Billion dollars to the United Nations and is sticking to paying that money even when he lost his own.
- We, INCLUDING OUR WEALTHY, are a mixed bag. It is what is MAGIC about us, it is what we profess as our approach to all humans. EVERY ONE is an
individual. I wish people would stop seeing America as a single thing and our Rich People as a homogenous group.
I just needed to get this off my chest because I feel like people are forgetting the affected individuals, the beauty of the American dream and the
leveling affect that our failure would have.I feel very privileged to have learned directly from those that had their lives destroyed through
communism and subsequently softened socialism. If America is an outdated idea, there still needs to a land of opportunity that motivates and draws to
it people that seek unlimited potential and seek to create.
edit on 13-8-2011 by Losonczy because: (no reason given)
13-8-2011 by Losonczy because: (no reason given)