When I was growing up, I didn't really have any access to the internet, not until I was a teenager anyway. And it wasn't until my early adulthood that
I actually started paying attention to the world and began to visit alternative news sites and discussion forums such as this one.
So during most of my early life the only ideas I had about Americans were given to me by my family and friends in Australia. And I don't think many of
you Americans realize just how much people in other countries dislike you. I literally believed you guys were the most ignorant egotistical people on
There were always so many jokes and insults slung around, talking about how you guys were nothing but docile gun totting hill billies who believe
they've got the biggest balls on planet Earth. Even just earlier tonight my father made a joke about how easy it is to get a gun in America.
Then I found ATS and forums similar to ATS, and I discovered these forums were filled with brilliant curious people who were questioning the world
around them and asking questions which many other people are too scared to even think about because such thoughts compromise their paradigms and
I also discovered that the majority of those people participating on ATS were from the United States. This altered my view of Americans in a drastic
way. I begun to understand you were just normal people like everyone else, and many of you were very intelligent, caring and humble.
I started to read some of the arguments about pro-gun rights and it made logical sense me... it's not the tool which is to blame, and the person who
chooses the use the tool in the wrong way. In reality it's about the principle of choice, having the FREEDOM to own a gun if one so chooses.
It started to dawn on me that freedom was very important to you guys, and in fact you had good reasons for believing in the things you believed.
America was founded on principles of freedom and liberty... the right to live free and prosperous without interference from a totalitarian
I remember watching something about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on TV a few nights ago, and they were interviewing some sort of English/British
official. He stated something along the lines of "I would rather serve the Queen with loyalty and dedication rather than some elected leader who
I was really angry when I heard him say this... it was as if he was saying the will of the people means absolutely nothing, all that matters is the
will of the person sitting on top of the throne. He was basically saying we should all bow down and kiss her feet like the servants we are.
As I mentioned already, I live in Australia, and as you may or may not know Australia is a part of one of the only remaining monarchies on the globe.
We are part of 16 countries (Commonwealth realms) that recognize Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.
There aren't a whole lot of Australians who actually realize just how much power Queen Elizabeth II has over Australia. Even though she doesn't live
in Australia she is styled as Queen of Australia
. Many of our Governors are chosen by her
and represent her, such that they act on the advice of her ministers.
When I heard that statement on TV it all started to make a lot of sense. I now understand why America chose to break away from the British Empire and
form their own democratic nation. I mean honestly, who wants to live in a system which is designed as such an unfair pyramid of power?
People want their voices heard... they want an accountable Government who can represent the will of the people... they want leaders who are chosen
fairly by the people... they want FREEDOM! The founders of America were able to establish the "land of the free" because they knew what it meant to
In one year, the conditions [of the Colonels] were so reversed that the era of prosperity ended, and a depression set in, to such an extent that
the streets of the Colonies were filled with the unemployed... The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not
been that England took away form the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction (Currency Act of 1764). The inability of the
colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the international bankers was the PRIME reason for the
~ Benjamin Franklin, from autobiography
And so they took action, they stood up for their beliefs and reached out their hands to grasp the reigns of freedom. They established the United
States of America with important documents such as The Declaration Of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill Of Rights.
They decentralized power among the states and devised a system where they could all choose who they thought would be the best person to lead the
country. America quickly became what could be argued "the best country on Earth". Many people may dislike that statement, but it was true.
Indeed, the United States once was the best country on Earth because it was built on principles of freedom. No longer is that statement true... the
economy is crashing, the quality of education is declining, and your freedoms are slowly being stripped from you one by one in a process referred to
as "the slowly boiling frog".
Your privacy is being invaded, your lives are being directed and controlled through coercion and threats, corporate interests manipulate media and
politics, your health is no longer in your own hands, your food and water has become unfit to consume, your savings are being stolen from you by big
government and bankers.
The constitution is no longer relevant, the President thinks he is above the highest court
in the land
, essentially doing what ever he wants as if he were some type of king. How did it ever come to this? Don't you people realize the
path you are walking down? Have you forgotten the past?
It's easy to see what led America to greatness in the first place... now all of that is being reversed and marginalized, essentially turning America
into the totalitarian dictatorship which it was designed to defeat. Activists and protesters are now labelled as terrorists or communists who hate
One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our fathers
used in the great struggle for Independence.
~ Charles A. Beard
Freedom in America has literally been reduced to a state where it's almost illegal to have your voices heard, the dissent is squashed and muzzled and
the dissenters are treated like criminals and extremists, they get attacked and arrested by employees of the system. This is absolutely disgusting and
edit on 6-6-2012 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)