There Is Something Intrinsically Wrong With America
Hello once again ATS!
As I sit down to begin authoring this thread it is mid-afternoon and I am halfway through a lazy day. A lazy day made possible because I live in a
society and a nation that is wealthy and stable enough to allow me to do so. The blessings bestowed upon me, by virtue of where I was born, are
countless, substantial, and very much appreciated.
It doesn't hurt that I also happen to live in what I feel to be one of the most naturally beautiful areas on the entire planet – north Georgia.
There is so much natural bounty and beauty here as to bring to mind Biblical passages of Eden on occasion. This time of year there is so much green...
so much life to be thankful for.
I am truly blessed to live in such a place. A land where there is law, stability, structure, infrastructure, opportunity,and an abundance of resources
Make no mistake about it. I love this country. I am a patriot. So for those who saw the title of this thread and grabbed their torches and pitchforks?
You're not needed here. There is no blind and trollish America bashing going on. All that is happening here is that a proud American is exercising his
First Amendment rights and fulfilling his duty by trying to table a discussion about the things we might improve upon.
Well... Maybe it's not that innocent... Maybe I am actually here to rock the boat and point out that the Emperor has no clothes.
Maybe I am here to have one of those difficult discussions... the ones that hurt us and can draw blood because they cut too close to the bone. A
discussion that, in my estimation, is long past due and desperately necessary for the good of this nation and, for that matter, most of the rest of
the world as well.
America is broken. It is not
the shining beacon of righteousness and democracy that we tend to insist it is. Our once great nation has fallen
prey to disease and is currently just a sickly visage of what she once was. She is no longer that beautiful woman who sits, holding the Torch of
Freedom in our most famous harbor... she is now a leprous mockery of what she used to be.
I think most of us realize this to be true. We may not phrase it so bluntly and many of us seek to rationalize or point fingers, rather than facing
the truth. But I think most of us do understand that things aren't the way they should be. Just watch the partisan bickering that has so dominated our
culture as of late and it's easy to see. Most of us do see it.. and most of us are extremely pissed off about it – even if our patriotic sides
refuse to let us say so.
It is like some strange allegory from a Harry Potter book.... we all see the dark truth – but nobody seems brave enough to speak its true name.
Maybe we, or our loved ones, served and fought – possibly even died – for this country... and we are filled with a strong desire not
disrespect that sacrifice by criticizing this nation?
Maybe we are afraid of speaking our true feelings out of fear of judgment... or even in fear of being put on some list by our Government itself... A
Government of the People, by the People, for the People... The same Government that arbitrarily taxes us into poverty, refuses to answer to our
questions, spies upon us, increasingly tells us that it is beyond our control, and continues to mutate into some sort of Orwellian nightmare clone of
a totalitarian society – more reminiscent of Germany in 1940 than of America in 1778.
Maybe we are simply brainwashed to react violently to anyone who voices unhappiness or dissent? After all... we're more likely, today, to hear dissent
replied to with “If you don't like it here, leave!” than “Sir, while I disagree with your opinion, I will fight and die to preserve your right
to express it.”
The catalyst for my train of thought today was a picture that was posted to my FB wall by a fellow ATS member earlier today ( or possibly last night
– I'm not at all FB savvy ). I am opting not to share this members name, not knowing if he would prefer to be anonymous or not ( I'll happily give
credit if he requests ). The picture is a graphic of a George Carlin quote and as is follows:
While I do understand that the Right considers Carlin to be less than desirable and tends to label him an Anarchist type ne'er do well who spouted
Liberal propaganda for a living... I tend to feel that there is a great deal of truth to be found in this quote. A particularly painful truth for me
personally as I have spent a great deal of my own time praising the notion of term limits as an answer to the blight of corruption that is so woefully
obvious in our Government.
Folks, George was right. In a Government of the People, by the People, for the People – we cannot morally separate ourselves from it. We can not
continue to hide behind the “them versus us” rhetoric because the painful and difficult truth is that they
. While we run
around blaming the other party for our woes... or insisting that WE are somehow outside of it all... or screaming that Democracy has failed us... the
glaring truth remains the elephant in the room. The Democratic process does work, it is still in effect... and it has created the monster that now
haunts us all. We did this. Our forefathers did this. The other party is not to blame. Corporations are not to blame. Secret societies are not to
blame. Banks are not to blame. A handful of “NWO” families are not to blame. We are.
That is the long and the short of it.
Sure... any or all of the above may have sought to take undo advantage of situations. We all do this in our own lives, in different ways, on occasion.
Morally speaking we can hardly vilify anyone or anything for doing what we let it do. After all, the power does reside within us. We are the
Today we scream and moan about the absolute affront of domestic spying. The truth is that on September 12, 2001 we almost universally demanded it. We
demanded to know how such a thing could happen in the modern world. We were shocked to find out that such spying was not
Today we scream and moan about social programs. The truth of the matter is that our parents and grandparents almost universally demanded these things
as the Great Depression ravaged their lives and ripped this nation to the bone and to the brink of collapse. They could not understand why safety nets
were not already in place.
Today we scream and moan about Iraq and Afghanistan. Not too many years removed we all wanted Saddam Hussein's head on a pike.
Today we scream and moan about taxes. But we all enjoy the infrastructure and benefits that those taxes afford us.
It goes on and on and on.
edit on 7/13/13 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)