Almost all of the Northern European nations, and including New Zealand and Australia have highly successful economies and fully embrace social progressiveness. Not the USA.
Many of my conservative acquaintances hector me on exclusive attributes of the US way of life and that ridiculous saw; “American Exceptionalism.” Well let’s address this so called “Exceptionalism.”
Exceptional, in that:
- Unlike the former Soviet Union, the US now enjoys a larger prison population than the new Russian Federation or authoritarian China.
- Exceptional in that US can boast of an income disparity that rivals many third-world countries. On the GINI scale, we are right down with Iran and Bulgaria. (CIA World Fact book).
- Exceptional in that it continues to maintain hundreds of military bases around the world – many whose very presence inspires anti-American hatred.
- Exceptional in that it Is willing to waste billons of dollars in the Middle East (Iraq – Israel – Afghanistan) on the false premise of “Democracy,” but refuses free health care for American children.
- Exceptional in that it embraces an impotent government that has allowed corporate America to export hundreds of wealth producing jobs to sweat shop labor camps in Asia and Latin America. There is a reason Apple stock is at $600 a share, and that APPL has more ready cash than many sovereign nations.
- Exceptional in that, although its own infrastructure is in disarray and decline it wastes billions supporting corrupt Middle and East Asian regimes; Examples, Iraq; Afghanistan; Israel; Pakistan, Egypt and Qatar. This, while our own cities rot in decay.
- Exceptional in that it spends more money on the criminal justice system (including incarceration) than on education. Nationwide by a factor of ten to one from the public purse.
- Exceptional in that on the GINI scale of unfair income distribution it ranks right down there with Iran and Bulgaria. An intentional repetition Car to drill it into your sink or swim mind-set.
- Exceptional in that most of the advanced Northern European nations provide universal health care, the US stands aside on this moral issue, citing individual responsibility and that old rubric, too much government.
- Exceptional, in spite of the fact that is (or was) the world’s leading banking and investment center and financial power, it did, by legislation, free the “dogs of greed” with the repeal of the “Glass Steagall Act” of the Thirties – leading to the financial rape of working class Americans, throwing tens-of-thousands out of hearth and home.
- Exceptional in that it can boast the highest gun death rate of any western nation. Period. Right between the Philippines and Mexico. Eight times higher than any other industrialized nation.
- Exceptional because, although possessing the world’s highest-ranked institutions of higher learning, only half of American graduates are finding work commensurate with their degree levels. Additionally, many are saddled with unreasonable education loans. Loans, which question the cost-benefit ratio.
- Lastly, the American military has been consciously allowed to be degraded into a quasi-mercenary, kill for hire machine. A murder machine that no longer represents our citizen-soldier; a constitutionally mandated organization representing American values. No, today it is a financial / politically driven organization – bending to the will of unelected bankers and bureaucrats.
And this, my friends, is the short list…
Here’s a dirty little secret Americans will never admit to, but the reason the US (a first world country) doesn’t have universal health care is quite simple to understand. It’s all about endemic racism and economic self interest.
See, it’s all rooted in the US cultural myth of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and the individual being solely responsible for his success or failure.
The point is; if the country had single payer / national health care, the the working taxpayer would be paying for health services for the underprivileged people of color, and those at the bottom of the economic spectrum – the underpaid – the underemployed working class. The economic failures.
Unlike the socially responsible European countries where if a man is out of work and in hard times, in America you are considered lazy, lacking ambition, and in fact, to blame forr your own economc hardship.
Case in point and proof of this supposition; When Ronald Reagan became governor of California, the state had the best in higher education nationwide – available at low cost to California residents. Then, with the reign of Reagan and the advent of Proposition 13, public university funding dried up and you get what you have today; college education running in the tens of thousands of dollars.
So, my friends, be aware – if you are poor, uneducated, lacking in marketable skills,and black, brown, or white with no money … in America, you are screwed..
And, if you get sick, you’ll loose everything you have worked for in the past.
It must have been the innocence and misplaced ideals of my youth slipping through into my 2007 stream of consciousness that have made me make my anti-war Iraqi pronouncements. I forgot to face reality. This world is, and will continue to be, a very nasty, and dangerous place,
Last evening, while cleaning out the files of one of my ancient laptops, I heard the familiar tones of a Slavic dialect coming out of the television. I try to avoid TV, but tonight my wife had been watching, and it was on some satellite special.
What I heard caught my rapt attention. It took only an instant, and my eyes were glued to the tube, as they say. A man’s voice — in a thick Slavic accent; “Ahh — the girls, they are so beautiful — sexy no? We are training them of dancing in Japanese clubs. They will make over $4000 in a month — a fortune — is that not so?
The screen pans to beautiful young Romanian girls. Doing the physical bumps and grinds that are the common denominator of bars the world over. A girl, not a week out of her 16th birthday says, “Oh yes, I will make much money. And I come home and open a shop — no?
As I tried to re-concentrate, an old crone comes on, and while denouncing the brutal life she has had to face since the fall of the Soviet Empire, says, “We are paying the price for freedom.”
It took me an instant to refocus, and then I knew what this old lady was trying to express. This continuing Middle Eastern nightmare has nothing to do with democracy or freedom, and everything to do with power and influence.
So now, I understand the U.S. Government, in its bumbling and disorganized manner, is only doing what it has to do. (Covertly or overtly) to keep our old American crones from having to sell in the bazaars, and to keep our young daughters from having to learn exotic dance, so to be better prepared for the “floating world” of the Roppongi.
If there weren’t a devil, we would have invented him.
Posted in American Dream, Crime & Punishment, Culture, Current Events, Economy, Human Rights, Political Thought, Politics, propaganda, US Culture, values, War / Conflict, Youth
The vilification of Putin does not advance the interest of anyone but the bankers and oilmen who have (had) their greedy eyes on Ukrainian resources. Also the advancement of NATO into the Russian sphere of influence was a clear and certain provocation. Were the situation reversed, any other nation (including the US) would have done the same as President Putin. As an American, I applaud Putin in his decisive action.
Also, Americans seem to have forgotten – the NYC 9 / 11 murders were not perpetrated by Russia – it was done by plane loads of Saudis. And the Beslan Ossetia child murders (100’s) were done by Islamic Chechen zealots, not George Bush.
The United States in hated worldwide – we don’t need more enemies. Russia is and can continue to be a valuable ally in the struggle against the murderous Muslim hordes. They are common enemies to Russia and the United States. So render unto Russia what is Russia’s and to America that which is in America’s geopolitical arena.
To do otherwise is folly.
Posted in Current Events, Embassies, History, Human Rights, Obama, Political Influence, Political Thought, Politics, propaganda, Ukraine, Uncategorized, US Diplomacy, War / Conflict
Tagged EU, IMF, NATO, Nazis, oil, Putin, Russia, World Bank, Zionism
This film is offered to all Americans who doubt the nation’s future and to the core values that are truly the “American Experience” Please watch – you’ll be so glad you did.
Sorry / To be re-posted as I receive the documentary from other sources.
Posted in American Dream, Culture, Education, History, Political Thought, Truth, US Culture, values, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Yale University, Yale University
Tagged American Experience
Conspicuously absent from many of the discussions and symposiums on nuclear power is the other side of the pancake; earth resources demand. For the sake of argument let us assume we have the methods (although pie in the sky) at this point in time, let’s say we have breeder reactors; Thorium plants; and the endless supply power from nuclear fusion. Yes, let’s pretend we have this genie in a jar and in fact have perpetual motion. The source of boundless electricity is here.
While the nuclear industries tout their unrealized dreams of “Atoms for Peace” the world population increases at a exponential rate undreamed of a 100 years ago. We are now at over 7 billion souls to feed, house, educate, and civilize. In this brave new world, much like the silly renditions of the future in the 40’s and 50’s editions of Popular Science, these “visionaries” see a world where everybody has a Toyota, a computer, a 3D TV, a single family home, and a tertiary education – Oh, and I almost forgot, food. This entire cornucopia is to be brought to you by “Freddy Kilowatt” and his carpetbag full of friendly split atoms.
The point is: the planet simply does not have the physical materials and resources to support the bio load of a human population that is projected to grow by 60% by the century’s end. So, even with a bottomless pit of electrical power, the biosphere simply cannot support the coming resource demands of such a population load. This blue orb we inhabit has a finite amount of wealth to give us – and with full knowledge of mankind’s unique inclination to covet and steal other’s wealth (war) we know the real problem is located between man’s ears, not in the magic of some futuristic nuclear power cooling pond or breeding reactor.
And please don’t forget “The Perversity of Physical Objects”
Posted in Current Events, Economy, Political Influence, Political Thought, propaganda, Uncategorized
Tagged atom bomb, Breeder reactors, Dept Energy, Fukushima, Livermore Labs, money, nuclear power, Sandia Labs, Thorium