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America's place in the world has changed considerably due to the fact that the Bush/Cheney regime instilled fear in every non-thinking citizen (of which there are many) and as a result the image of our country is just a mere joke in the eyes of many Europeans. The Patriot Act being enacted has stripped every American of his/her right to privacy and the government has become an intrusive element into everyone's life... So sad... America is declining... maybe there is HOPE...
Our intelligence community and the FBI have all been utterly stupid and corrupt. Consider: The entire plot was hatched and carried out within the continental United States.
The official report, which neglects the destruction of WTC7 (World Trade Center Building 7), has so many holes in it that it left me with little confidence that our government could ever tells the truth. All in all, a decade later, I just feel sad.
I learned that a government run by a collective bunch of cowboys and followers will force wars down your throat, Deficits don't matter, whoops, I guess they do! American's attention span is so short, we must all be ADD...if anything's been accomplished in my life time, it's all been erased...stop the world, I want to get off!
I was in an Arab country when this happened. People vented out similar emotions and concerns. I understand that generalization of people and communities is a mistake. Take a moment to understand the deeper cause of the so called "terrorism".
It has absolutely changed my outlook. We have decimated the goodwill that we garnered in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy. The greedy and power-hungry have been exposed but are somehow still being protected to continue running this country into the ground. America is broken and the so-called "leaders" are simply orchestrating this country's death march. The backs of the middle class are being broken so that the lifestyles of the rich and famous can continue unabated. It will be the demise of us all. Welcome to Rome after the fall. It's going to require an "American Spring" to fix this.
Originally posted by sir_slide
The thoughts coming from the readers here are reading like an ATS thread, it's pretty remarkable.