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The Greatest Nation On Earth? Seriously?

The United States of “America”. Yes, “America”. Not the United States of British Colonies. Not the United States of Mostly European Invaders. Not Land of Genocide, Oppression and Slavery. “America”.

Europeans invaded this land, started a genocide of the inhabitants which hasn’t ended after five centuries and installed a society (not a civilization – that would infer a land of civilized people) that treats human beings like commodities. It continues to invade sovereign nations like a virus, occupying them to steal their resources and telling the people of the world that they are instituting democracy in these “backward” places. It would be amusing if it wasn’t so insanely sick and pathetic.

The United States of Corporations is a much more appropriate name. Corporations have waged a war on human beings that seems to have no end in sight – unless total destruction of life on the planet is considered. It’s staggering to contemplate how thoroughly initiated into a sadistic, heartless system a large number of people can be without seeing truth…

Truth. A simple word, yet so elusive in this “great” nation. A nation in which children aren’t considered as important as the bank accounts of people that are so wealthy it’s hard to imagine they could actually want more. A nation in which poor people are expected to wait 18 hours in an emergency room while the wealthy are flown to private suites for treatment with the latest technology. Where some people are struggling to buy food and others buy islands. Where some people walk in shoes full of holes and others fly private aircraft. Need I go on? We all see it. Or… at least we should see it. Many try hard not to see this obscene difference in circumstances between members of the same species. It’s too painful and embarrassing. Too difficult to justify in any rational sense. How do so many people do it? It must be extremely hard work to pretend we live in a civilized society. Many of us numb ourselves with drugs. Some of the drugs are illegal, but many are legal and widely accepted as part of adult life – served in glasses at profitable establishments or prescribed by doctors. And some have deceiving names like television, movies, magazines, video games, personal electronic devices, professional sports and shopping for unnecessary items which we “think” make us feel good. {It must be true. Madison Ave. tells us so. Every day of our lives.} It’s amazing, actually.

The Capitalist Indoctrination Process is very powerful. It has managed to rearrange “reality” by distorting truths that had survived millenia. It turns relatively peaceful people into mindless takers who can’t quench their thirst for possessions no matter how much they get their greedy hands on. It turns giggling teenagers into voyeurs of predatory behavior who sit around and watch as society devours their own children. Yes, that sounds hyperbolic. But…is it that far from reality? There are flag-waving Mothers in suburbs all over the U.S. cheering their own children to join sociopathic wars in oil-rich countries so they can continue driving gas-guzzling vehicles that contribute to destruction of the planet and to diseases affecting their children – and many other children as well. And, THEY question the moral integrity of those who think for themselves and are able to resist the cruel manipulations of corporate media. These are wars engineered by Wall Street’s Oil (and Banking) Cartel and War Contractors to steal oil, natural gas and other resources (as well as dignity and the right to self-preservation) from people who can barely keep themselves alive due to the long range effects of the sinister, soul-devouring plague of Capitalism.

Oh, do some of you think I’m being unfairly harsh about this precious system called Capitalism?

I’m sorry to bring you into a world of facing the consequences for your actions. A world in which facts have meaning, responsibility is more than merely a word in the dictionary and hyperbole is just an occasional burst of frustration over the incessant spreading of fear and ignorance. We live in a society in which fear, greed, hate and igignorance have become an accepted way of life. Are you upset? I certainly hope so. It’s a sign of awakening to the reality that you live in a society in which there is a pervasive suppression of love and compassion.

Not only is unconditional love frowned upon (since it can’t turn much of a profit), but apathy and complacency are fed by a corprate media that is destroying any semblance of moral courage. The current version of media is an “industry” that has forgotten its reason for existing. Decades of deregulation of media ownership have allowed wealth-obsessed corporate executives to control virtually all of the media in the U.S. – the better to indoctrinate the youth into blindly following orders. Our youth are told they can be wealthy, too, and that freedom is owning as many things as possible while doing violence to fellow human beings who are foolish enough to get in your way. The indoctrination teaches that only the strong survive. Then, it carefully defines what strong is. (Basically, it now seems to be the ability to do senseless violence to others without feeling any sign of remorse). Our youth are instructed that life is a race and it’s better to come in first place. It’s an insane echo chamber of self-serving mantras endlessly repeated by misguided mouthpieces making sure everyone follows the dogma. Some appear to actually believe what they say. Most probably don’t – they’re just prostitutes selling lies for their share of the pie.

Handcuffed                                                             The financial “industry” has had handcuffs on the U.S. economy at least since the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913.

When are people going to realize that they ARE the pie and that they are being devoured by financial terrorists who merely direct other people’s money into their own bank accounts? Don’t people want a more worthwhile existence than being sustenance for the wealthy? Don’t they understand that they are engaged in a form of spiritual cannibalism? What does it take to be able to ignore what seems obvious to those who use their minds? It’s sad that so many people are being used by their minds instead of being truly human. There’s a saying that seems appropriate to the predicament facing the entire population of the world today – evolve or die.

Evolve or die. Very simple, actually. It’s been true at least as long as there has been life on the planet. Do people actually believe that somehow things are different today? Do people believe that they can escape that fundamental truth? Arrogance and ignorance seem to be two of the foremost traits in the U.S. today despite the fact that they would appear to be mutually exclusive.

Well, there’s another saying that also seems appropriate. All empires plant the seeds of their own destruction. Let’s hope that the people of the United States (and the entire planet, for that matter) can do some necessary weeding before it’s too late – and Mother Earth does it for us.

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