American Distraction

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By: Wayne Brown


The citizens of America should be proud. We have finally managed to undermine our morals and values to the point that we no longer understand who we are as a people. At one time back in the day, we conceptually agreed on a way of life which was based on some God-given rights of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. After all these years, too many of us have forgotten the value of those concepts and are willing to toss them aside in the name of utopian security and outright lies.


When people settle for a system in which everyone’s share is equal and determined by the almighty government, the outcome is mediocrity…plain and simple. Our society is rapidly approaching the point at which defining achievement and outstanding accomplishment is considered selfish and individualistic. Too many believe that celebrating success is simply a cruel way to point out the shortcomings of those who did not achieve those heights. The message is simple…stay in the confines of the herd…embrace mediocrity.


We spend tons and tons of money on education all dispensed from the federal level but our people are not getting smarter and they are not capable of filling jobs which are in need of the skills and talents. Instead they have a PhD in underwater basket-weaving with a minor emphasis in transgender psychology and are intensely frustrated that the job market has turned its back on them. For all the information at their fingertips via the internet, they could not determine that their potential for employment was poor from the first day.


In the USA, we currently have a medical industry which begs for talented and skilled individuals to work in an industry focused on improving the quality of life and extending our stay here on the planet. That industry is plagued with litigation with lawyers lurking on every corner looking for yet another way to generate a frivolous lawsuit which can still be settled out of court for way too much money. We have a federal government loaded to the walls with lawyer-types unwilling to legislate relief of any substance for the problem. Instead, the answer is for the government to take over the healthcare industry allowing the lawyers to prey on the mass revenues of the American taxpayer in their legal actions. Along the way, the skills and talents that populate the industry begin to look to other pursuits in order to avoid the hassles leaving the industry to a state of mediocrity which the government is so good at creating.


We currently have a Congress so devoid of leadership that it cannot meet its Constitutional obligations and pass a viable budget to restrain the spending habits of the federal monster that is operating so totally out of control. We have a president who looks for new ways to trample the Constitution in an attempt to find the limits at which he will be called to desist and by whom. These people throw out the term leadership as if there is someone in their midst who is familiar with that process but alas all we have is bunch of overpaid drunks drawing six-figure salaries for what should be a part-time job and a president who can find more inspiration in books by the likes of Saul Alinsky, a rabid, radical socialist, than he can in the root document of our society, The Constitution. It is a sad day in America when it is so obvious that the sitting president has little or no respect for the roots of our culture and beginning as a free nation…a sad day.


We have an economy that is mired in stagnation with private sector businesses afraid to commit to anything for fear that tax policies and Obama-Care will require the funds they have on hand just to keep the doors open. Meanwhile, the most optimistic estimates of unemployment linger at 8.5% and that figure ignores the people who have just given up. Businesses are not growing and jobs are not being created because the government has its black boot heel pressed firmly on the neck of the private sector keeping it at bay while the politicians throw more and more borrowed money out in the name of job creation and economic stimulus…money that passes over us like rain clouds that never give up a drop. Americans are feeling the economic stagnation and watching as businesses lock their doors for good and walk away while a stubborn government continues to hail itself as the savior of the economy and the country yet, in reality, taking us all down into a long spiral of mediocrity.


Those who populate Washington and claim that inflation is of little consequence have not been to the grocery store lately or for that matter to any retail outlet which pays to have its inventories shipped to the point of sale. The price of fuel is driving prices up and up and even in those areas of the country where unemployment is lower, businesses are suffering at the fears of price conscious consumers who are spending far too much of their income of their transportation to and from work. Given all of that, there was no urgency on the part of the president to approve the oil/gas pipeline between the USA and Canada…no priority at all. Let them eat cake.


Our debt continues to pile up to record levels as the government operates without a plan or a budget for that matter. The only true efforts taking place in Washington are those surrounding new ideas for spending. Both sides of the aisle are rotten to the core and totally inept at everything except the ability to earmark and pork-barrel taxpayer revenues. In that area, they are experts. Yet with all their inability to accomplish anything they still manage to be insured of a fat retirement check for life and benefits that no American will ever have in their old age and for what….bankrupting the country?


Our military is on the road to being gutted under the guise of becoming a lean, mean, technology-driven machine. This is the one area that the Washington politicians seem to be able to agree upon as being the primary target when it comes to making spending cuts. The number one protection arm of the citizens of this country is being gutted so the welfare state can continue to buy votes and hand out government cheese for political favors and we, the citizens, just sit back and watch. Mediocre may be a word that is too powerful to use in the description of our military by the time the Obama Administration is through with it. And who better to lead the charge than Leon Panetta, a life-long resident of the Washington political culture and so highly adept as being the mule willing to carry the water.


The conservative side of the aisle sits back and allows Obama to create distraction after distraction in the public place as we head toward the November elections. People are arguing over birth control as if it is some kind of huge dilemma yet the real dilemma is the president attacking the Constitution. The real dilemma is a president who tries every day to find some new way to create class envy and class warfare in the population. The real dilemma is a national debt that has doubled in three years of one administration and is on track to double again if Obama gets a second-term in office. The real dilemma is having a president who cannot see that his economic strategy is a failure yet he continues to demand that the government remain at the forefront of economic upturn and job creation. The real dilemma is that we cannot stay focused on the one thing that is prolonging this nightmare….the miserable performance of Barack Obama and his minions in Congress who are willing to forego the financial health and welfare of this nation to remain in power and control.


We need to be asking ourselves what we want over the next four years in this country. We need to be looking at what has taken place in the past four years as a reminder. Re-electing this president and this Congress is not the answer unless what we desire is four more years of the same, four more years of failed leadership, four more years of out-of-control spending, four more years of government growth, four more years of growth in the welfare state, four more years which could be the final nails in the coffin of this once great nation for time on end. If not, at the very least, it will spell out our future in capital letters as a nation of people…..M-E-D-I-O-C-R-I-T-Y-!


As a nation, we are a people on a ship that is headed in the wrong direction, both financially and socially. We are on a course which will tear at the seams of our fabric and threaten our every freedom and liberty as individuals. We are headed to a destination where the government permeates every aspect of one’s life and the opportunity for choices is long gone. If we continue the status quo beyond the November elections of 2012, there is likely no turning back.


At this time, this moment in America’s history, we need a Captain to step forward; a Captain willing to turn the ship and return to the values on which we were founded. We need a leader who values personal freedoms, individual liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We need a president and a congress populated with people who take their oath of office seriously and who work each day to defend and uphold the Constitution against all comers, either friend or foe. We do not have that now in any shape or form and that cannot stand. If it does, this country will not stand, not as it was created and not as it has been for so very long…a great nation of free people.


As we approach this election process, do not become distracted. Do not fall for the sideline arguments purposely created to distract from the miserable record of this presidential administration and designed as such to create even more division in our ranks as a public. Divide and conquer is the order of the day in the Obama Administration and so far his attempts have been far more successful than anything he has accomplished in the arena of his duties as President of the United States. Keep the focus on his performance; his record and keep moving any discussion back to that point every time it wanders off on some distraction. This president must be forced to stand and defend his four years in office as a justification of why he deserves four more. He cannot do that…it is beyond human ability for it is one of the most miserable failures on record of anyone who has held the office. Stay on that focus; don’t be distracted. Choose to make a change or resolve to embrace mediocrity.



©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.


17 February 2012


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

WB - Anyone with a lick of common sense can sit back and watch this destruction of America taking place before their very eyes. The government has finally been able to get enough citizens on their entitlement payroll they may win this war. You are correct, another 4 year term by the current administration will finish sinking this ship.


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

You have hit every key item on the head in plain, powerful language. Two years ago started the much needed DC shake up and we need to continue that in the upcoming election. Our votes are the term limits.


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is a strong speech against Obama and you are right on. Well done.


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Wayne, As we aproach another week closer to election, our fuel prices continue to rise. The media seems happy to have a story about throwing $5.00 a gallon for gasoline at us. Being in the transportation business for our 25 years; the trucks are not moving. Their insurance cost continue to rise, tires for their trucks have gone from $350.00 to $1000.00 per tire in a few short months and to top that no freight as people have to spend their hard earned money on household expenses.

Congress just does not see how Americans are hurting.

We have such false figures on the unemployed to the point of no return it may seem.

A college education means nothing in our society today. The lucky ones that do find jobs with their list of degrees have spent more money on education than they will bring home in one year and their student loans will be with them a life time. We, as parents, pushed our children to do as we did, Without an education you could go nowhere, sad but not the case today. I am proud my children have these degrees but where will it lead them in their future years?

I see us being only a service country in years to come; our days of being an industrial country is now overseas.

Donna


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

What I find the most bothersome is that we do not learn from our mistakes. In the 1970's we had high fuel prices. That drove up transportation prices and unemployment. I thought surely we would not let such foolishness happen again but here we are in overdrive..


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Great article and well put. Those of us who are alert to the imminent dangers need to do more than vote. We need to educate those around us (as this article does very well) and get engaged as best we can to make a difference.

Information and truth are our best weapons in this battle. Remember that all this did not happen overnight or in the last 3 years. These progressives and socialists have been working diligently for a century to get to this point in our history. It's going to take a lot of hard work to undo it, but it is possible.

We have the truth on our side and it may not seem like it but we have the majority too.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Old Poolman...You are so right, Mike. Conservatives have to believe that this man is a one-term president and we have to make that belief come true by convincing others...the country cannot bear another term. WB

@Lynn S. Murphy...People really need to vote their convictions this time around. That silent conservative majority in America needs to speak and speak loudly. The Republicans must get on message and stay there which is quiate difficult for them to do with Obama creating new distractions every day. Thanks much. WB

@suzzycue...Never, in my lifetime, has a politician so threaten me nor have I ever felt the country was in such bad hands as now. Our situation is dire and we must have a change. Thanks much. WB

@The Frog Princess...The only thing that has held things together this time around is that diesel fuel has trailed gasoline in price but that will likely end soon pushing transportation and associated product costs through the roof. Obama has not even addressed the subject...he could care less as long as he is progressing on his agenda of dismantling America. Thanks, Donna. WB

@dahoglund...Santorum is correct...Obama has made environmentalism a religion and he wants the American people to worship at the altar...not because he cares so much but because it puts votes in his pocket and it stands to justify regulation of every aspect of our lives which is good from his viewpoint. Thanks, DA! WB

@J Elaine...The ink is still fresh on their list of goals from 1963. The focus is still there too and one only has to read that list to realize how much progress they have made in damaging our country. This man in the White House has been invaluable in his service to that cause and may go down in history as the man who brough America to its knees. We have to keep hammering the message...Obama is the problem! WB


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You sum up all that is happening so well, Wayne, are you sure you wouldn't like to run for office? Would 200,000 votes be enough - the number of writers on Hubpages? Have to share this with you - Do you know the difference between Obama and God? God doesn't want to be Obama!


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marywanders 4 years ago from minnesota

Beautifully written.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - Can anyone spell - GREECE - beside me? That's where we're heading if we don't turn this thing around. All those entitlements that people consider their "rights" now can't last. People are fooling themselves believing there is a free lunch.

But the power brokers in DC have more people now exactly where they want them - under the heel of a federal bureaucratic monster. Incumbents shouldn't stand a chance this year but watch what happens. Our population has become truly apathetic. Congresses approval rating is at an all time low but watch how many of the same faces with the same failed ideas return to do more damage.

It's pathetic.

The Frog


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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

VERY well done! I can't think f anything to add!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...I am too flawed for office, Doc...the press would just dig up all those women I met during my single years and try to get the goods on me. I find it ironic that those who populate politics are protected by the sludge pit that they exist in. Thanks much! WB

@marywanders...Thank you very much! WB

@The Frog Prince...It is easy to promise more when the cupboard is bare. Obama is the master of suggestion but never delivering in that sense. That is what OWS is really all about...Greece. We'll begin to see a lot more out of that sect as we get closer to the election and the need to stir the pot and create distractions rises. WB

@34th Bomb Group....Thank you! Glad you liked it. WB


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LuxmiH 4 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

When I read your Hub, I felt so overwhelmed at the enormity of it all, that I think that I am in an adrenalin state of fright AND flight. For me it is like helplessly facing an all too familiar tsunami with no clue as to how to prevent the destruction headed our way...except perhaps to keep praying.

I came across the following:" ..by catching people in a moment of weakness and persuading them that they are not strong enough to make the best of themselves, it not onlt erodes hearts and minds, it destroys the spirit." That is what is happening to people in America today.

Strong and United we must stand. Voted up and useful.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@LuxmiH...So true and another reason our borders are swinging doors...water down the patriotism and the spirit at the same time. We are a foolish people to allow this to happen to us without a shot being fired...like cattle being herded to the barn. We have a history of trust in our leaders and that plays hard against our own gut. But this time, our gut is right on the mark, right on it. Obama is poisoning the well that bathes our spirit and feeds our soul. He is absolutely the worst thing that has ever happened to America...hands down. WB


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Wayne - thank you! It's my prayer that the unthinking will read this Hub and at least recognize that we're like cattle in a slaughter house -- we're being moved from one pen to another as we get closer to the final corral -- it's a map to extinction of a great nation. Obama must be a one-term president! Best/Sis


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Excellent piece Wayne. I saw a documentary the other day about Hitler. It's stated purpose was not to show how Hitler grabbed power, but rather how the German people handed it to him. The same thing is happening here. We gave the presidency to a virtual unknown. We asked no questions, got no answers and shrugged off the things we learned about him that were horrible. If we don't approach this election differently, we will get the same results. Our country is drowning in debt and we are losing our freedom. Is this not compelling enough to wake people up. I pray it is. Up and awesome, Wayne.


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LuxmiH 4 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Wayne you said, "Obama is poisoning the well that bathes our spirit and feeds our soul. He is absolutely the worst thing that has ever happened to America...hands down." WB

You beutifully state the essence of the challenge that we the American people are facing. It is the awareness of people like yourself that'll help us rise above.

"That which does not kill us, serves to make us stronger". -Nietszche


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Angela Blair...I am appalled at the number of people that I run into who actually think America should be rearranged and they are willing to do it without any reference to the Constitution...just wholesale change and no idea where we are going. Sad and dangerous all in the name of blind following. We have to get back to our roots. WB

@breakfastpop...Exactly the point, Poppy...we have too many in our population looking to the government for security and handouts thus making them very willing to accept the bit into their mouths. Our population has been diluted to the point that as a mass of people we don't have much common identity anymore. We need to regain our focus as a nation. Thanks much. WB

@LuxmiH...Those words come easy because I passionately believe them. Our roots as a nation are on the chopping block and the man with the cleaver is looking to see if anyone really cares what he does with them. November needs to be the month that we send him a clear message to pack up and get out along with his Congressional cronies. Thanks much. WB


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

We are spending a fortune on educating alright...millions of illegals! More millions go for keeping them up in our fine country for them to legally burn our flag. We have had decades of this with many of us just becoming aware and God knows I want that man out of office but that won't be the end of our problems! We have to put our foot down and take our country back! If it isn't too late.

Good to hear you preaching on it!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Pollyannalana...It is all part of the scheme to dilute the population down to mediocrity in terms of our passions and beliefs. Suddenly we have a country filled with people who are more proud of their roots in Africa, Mexico, or whereever than they are of being in America and part of it. They want to skim the honey off the top and enjoy it on their terms without any effort on their part. Vote-hungry politicians could not be more pleased...needy people are attracted to them like magnets to steel. The voting rolls get diluted with people who do not even understand the issues but are more than willing to vote for anyone promising to give them something. Expenses go out of sight; welfare, as we have seen with food stamps under Obama, is handed out like candy at a carnival. In the end, it is all just "dog treats" used to train a voter base to sit, stand, and rollover. It seems to work but it is destroying our country. WB


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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

Was it a Gandhi quote about a saint trying to be a politician? Unfortunately most of the saints are in heaven :) and expecting a politician no matter their political affiliation to be one is wishful thinking. Do elections really change anything? And what sways public opinion but paid hacks and nationally syndicated media under the influence of the powerful? The rich remain rich, the poor still poor and the middle class squeeze in between. Perhaps without a middle class, an Orwellian society becomes a possibility. Subject to the dictates of the ruling elite. Didn't the merchant class kill feudalism?


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@SilentReed...Often, election do not seem to change anything because the balance of power has shifted in the process...one party wins the White House and the other takes over the legislative lever. The growth in communications technology has its positives and too often also its negatives as it is much easier to spread lies and negative information.

Those who have achieved wealth usually continue in that way unless they risk too much and take the slide. Poverty has many faces but in too many cases one realizes that it is self-imposed though the person sees themselves as the "victim", they have done more to create their outcome than anyone else. I believe, as a society, we perpetuate poverty by assuming that "money" is all that will cure it. In the end, we, the apathetic public, allow our politicians to not be accountable and we allow the poor to be the basis for the black hole into which taxpayer dollars go in the name of fixing it...I believe it is "us" who have to become aware and have to fix this,and soon. Thanks much for the great comments. WB


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feenix 4 years ago

Hey, Wayne,

This is an awesome hub. Absolutely awesome.

When I reached the end of the piece, I damned near stood up and saluted the screen of my PC.

Right now, I am getting into shape for the battles ahead. And when the real shooting starts, I'm coming out with both barrels blazing and I'm not taking any prisoners.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@feenix...Thank you Sir...and a big salute to you as well...you are a great American. If we can get the Republicans on message, keep them on it, and hammer it home...someone will start listening and see the rhetoric coming from the other side. WB


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FCEtier 2 years ago from Cold Mountain

Wayne,

Enjoyed your article, but I fear I'm afraid it's too late for the common person's vote to count.

We've been SOL since JFK was murdered.

I've been writing most new stuff for my publisher.

Maybe you'll enjoy this blog: http://venturegalleries.com/blog/of-captains-and-k...

Keep up the good work!


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas Author

@FCEtier...The election of 2012 was very telling in that regard. The results show that those who have kept their head in America and still support the constitution, the rule of law, limited government, and fiscal accountability are outnumbered by those who live on freebies and those who desire a socialist world to live in...it spells out a pretty bleak future for America. I will check you link. Thanks. ~WB

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