What have we, as Americans, got to be so damn proud of? We spend our resources and blood making war on the rest of the world, brainwashing our youth to believe they are serving their country when in truth they are serving big business. We go to war to make money for them by opening up these places to our companies and by turning them into “Little Americas”, putting in governments that will do our bidding. We spend our tax money on rebuilding them and setting up an infrastructure superior to our own and in the end, when we finally leave after years, they revert to their own ways and settle everything with the blood bath we supposedly stayed to prevent. Our country would be better served if our soldiers marched to Washington and throw the frauds and liars out.
We spend billions on hopeless, useless wars while in our own country many of our citizens live on the streets, sleeping under bridges and in abandoned buildings, eating out of dumpsters and being beset by authorities and fellow citizens alike. In early 2007, the National Alliance to End Homelessness reported a point-in-time estimate of 744,313 people experiencing homelessness in January 2005, 39% of them being children. In a period between 1991 and 1997 homeless more than doubled and is still rising with the current economic crisis and foreclosures.
Our constantly diminishing social programs are overloaded by healthy people who are on there simply because their parents were on it, while people who really need these services can’t get them. Disability is one case in point. There are people on it with “mental” problems who really have nothing wrong with them, they’re just too ignorant to be able to get a job, so the government shoves them on this program while people with serious disabilities are turned down. Take the case of a man who lost both his eyeballs (not just his sight, but the actual eyeballs themselves) and was turned down because “it was a temporary condition”. There are thousands of stories of truly ill people who wait years trying to get, meanwhile they have no income and left with the charity of friends or family to sustain them. If they have no support system, they are left to the streets and the dumpsters once again.I’m not saying mental issues aren’t a disabling condition, if you actually have them, but social programs often use that as an excuse to get unemployable stupid ignorant dope heads (and before you say anything, I personally know several) just to give them an income.If you want to give them an income fine, but call it what it is and stop pulling it out of disability.
Another almost nonexistent program is health care. There’s Medicaid if you can qualify and Medicare if you’re 65 but you have to pay a deductible, which if you’re on social security you can hardly afford. Thousands of lower (I’d add middle-class, but we all know they don’t exist in this country anymore) citizens struggle with devastating illnesses and they can’t afford health care or medications. They can barely afford to survive, but they are left to drown in medical bills they can never pay while their conditions steadily worsen. More than 50 million Americans are now without health insurance, according to a report from the Kaiser Foundation. Overall, nearly one in five non-elderly adults (19 percent) was uninsured in 2009.
Our education system was once a shining crown of success that other countries strove to duplicate. According to the Broad Education Foundation America ranks number 21st in students graduating from high school. In 1946 we ranked 1st. 70 percent of our eighth graders are not proficient in reading and most of them will never catch up. Today, we have dropped to number 21 among industrial nations. American students rank 25th in Math and 21st in science compared to 30 other industrialized nations. While America spends more and more money on education we are losing more students. 1.1 million dropout every year while 2/3 of jobs require college now. 44% of dropouts are jobless.
We keep our jails and prisons well stocked. In crime the only countries the US has a lower crime rate than is Russia, Venezuela, Jamaica, and Columbia. In the civilized world the US has a rate of 5.4, the next highest being Canada at 1.9. We have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with even China being a second to the US. As of 2006, a record 7 million people were behind bars, on probation or on parole. The United States has 5% of the world population and 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. And before anyone thinks I am touting gun control — I’m not. We’ve always had guns but not a crime rate like this. What’s lacking is respect, honor and discipline. Our youth have been ignored, undisciplined and allowed to run wild because we have insanely allowed psychiatrists to become our “experts” in raising our children. It’s a backlash from child abuse gone amok. Nothing, including abortion, has ended child abuse. In fact it’s risen as spoiled, self-centered children now become parents.
Our own government spies on us, tracks us on cell phones, they have the right to go through our library lists to see what we read, they can search our homes without a warrant, even if we’re not home. They can park in the street with vans and track what we say and even where we are in our homes with heat sensors and special microphones. They have spy satellites trained on our cities that can follow individuals; they can track what we look for on our computers and what we buy from store records. Think they’re only doing this to criminals? Think again.
This country is run by corporations and special interests who make our policies by buying our politicians, body soul and vote. These are the same businesses whose CEOs make billions every year while moving their jobs to foreign nations where they can pay their employees 50 cents an hour. Our cities crumble, our leaders are corrupt, our system is run on greed and our so called “Christian” nation has a heart of stone. So next time you wave those stars and stripes or recite the pledge of allegiance, give some thought to what you are saluting. It sure as hell isn’t the country your forefather’s fought for. It isn’t the country you were promised as a kid and grew up believing in. I don’t know where we are, but it isn’t America.