Is America Doomed?

Might be an overreaction...
Might be an overreaction...

Forgive the sensationalist title meant to spread great and utter fear. I suppose I've been paying attention to mainstream media for too long. Some of their tactics must be rubbing off and affecting my line of thinking.

So what do you think of America's fate? I don't mean the economy, military, or keeping the border secure. I mean the real country, the American people, you and me. I can't speak for everyone and I'm not mudslinging against my own nation or anyone else's. There's no point in that, it's useless.

I mean no disrespect, but countries themselves are a bit antiquated in today's increasingly smaller world. We used to have to pick up a newspaper to have even the slightest idea of what was going on in the rest of the world. And even then, that was literally yesterday's news ...meaning we were already a day behind. Unless you were an extensive traveler, you really didn't have any idea how the other side of Earth lived. Now there's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or any other online outlet (including of course HubPages) for anyone to talk to anyone else. There are no limits. The only real differences today from country to country are languages (Google translate?), borders, and the people in charge. I think we're slowly realizing that a little more every day with all the worldwide revolutions going on. It's an exciting time to live, on the verge of the world turning into a more understanding one...even if the transition is a painful and arduous one. But for mankind's collective knowledge and common sense to continue to accelerate, old ideas of nation vs. nation need to fall by the waist-side. We're no longer in tribes huddling around a fire, it isn't necessary anymore. This paragraph sounds like the start of a longer article at a later date...back to my own neck of the woods.

As long as it's not a Republican dinosaur...
As long as it's not a Republican dinosaur...

Americans need to wake up. Notice I didn't say America, because each person has to come to this realization on their own. That's why it's taking so long. On Black Friday, there are riots for Xbox 360 games and waffle irons. I've never gone, but I watched a dozen or so videos online highlighting this past years' festivities. We argue and fight constantly over sex, religion, and of course our favorite sports teams. Where is that same passion for what actually affects your everyday life? If the Yankees win, it doesn't change the status quo or what job you have. Humans are capable of amazing and extraordinary feats, but at the same time we are inherently lazy, me included. And what's our excuse? We have the full knowledge of the world and all of history at our fingertips and seem to, at least somewhat, waste it.

If one does a very small amount of objective research, you'll find out that every major media outlet (newspapers, TV, the internet, magazines, etc.) is owned and/or controlled by a person/corporation that's best interest is to keep things exactly the way they are. It's how they got where they are, exploiting the current system. The one we just blindly accept. Each one just caters to one of the two political parties. This isn't Patriots vs. Giants, it's the future of people! It doesn't matter if your team wins when the victor will be beating you over the head with the championship trophy. Each team just does it in a slightly different way.

Most people will admit that all politicians lie, yet vote adamantly for proposed officials based on their campaign promises?! I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me how this makes any sense. When a politician says they're going to change anything, it's a lie, unless of course there's a large amount of money to be made off of it. No matter which side you vote on or follow, take a look at how someone's campaign was financed. Those are who will be controlling what a politician does and votes for while in office. Just look at their voting records. How do we repeatedly get collective amnesia at every election?

That doesn't mean it's the right thing to do...
That doesn't mean it's the right thing to do...

I know the President doesn't do nearly as much to change the country as people think , but before you cast a vote for one please ask yourself one question very deeply: Why am I voting for this person, and did I even make this decision myself? If you answer in your mind, honestly, you might be surprised at the answer.This is why we the people have to remind the government they are for the people, by the people. We need to be feared once again by those that make the laws. Get active. Do your own research. Make your own decisions. There's only one thing the current system of government has proven time and time again that they can do well: lie.

I know what you might be thinking, "What should we do then smart guy? If you don't have anything better in mind, what's the point?" You're right, I don't know what to do exactly and will never claim I have all the answers.

But I will leave you with this....You don't have to be holding a soaped-up sponge to realize that something smells like $H!T.


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Nice hub. You got it goin' on. Too bad there were not more youngsters your age with only half your insight. The youth of today are so brainwashed by their political parties and/or their religions they don't seem to have a brain of their own, or at least one that is active enough to apply a little common sense to their convictions.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Thanks for the comment, and more importantly, thanks for calling me a youngster!


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Adrian Lavelle 4 years ago from Galway, Ireland

You're preaching to the choir brother, It's the same kind of bulls**t here in Ireland, which has more of a pressured atmosphere because of how small the country is, there are still alot of Irish citizens walking around with blinkers on, moaning...It's one country where I think there should be a a massive demonstration to shake up the government, the only problem is there's a mentality that's linked to being opressed for so long that any kind of unified march falls quickly by the wayside, too meek, student marches come and go, strikers come and go, people are too set in their ways to stand together and give a middle finger to the government. I'm just saying this because I've never been to America but I can relate to a lot of aspects mentioned in your hub, It is probably the same for any national in their own country, a lot of pissed off people who got screwed over by stupid fellow nationals and lying governments...


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Yes, that sounds about the same. We're just better at it i suppose ;-) Glad to see someone else with the same views on the subject. Thanks for reading.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado

Skinsman, not really anymore sensational than the media hype we are fed every day to get us to believe the nonsense our president displays as he enjoys the benefits of overpaid bureaucracy and financing his campaign instead of focusing on his current responsibilities. Good, thought provoking hub. Enjoyed the fellow from Ireland's thoughts as well, having worked with a team of them in Africa, and understanding a little of what transpires there. Up and interesting and following!


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Thank you for the comment and read. I agree, the whole thing stinks, ha. Yes, his thoughts about it made me go and do a little research on Ireland's current situation as well. The world is going to hell and a hand-basket I tell ya! If you'll excuse me I have to go tell some nosy kids to get off my lawn....


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

skinsman,I like your title to this hub. It should however read, 'Is the world doomed?' All countries are in the same boat and you nail it on the head. Politicians are only good at telling lies and yes they forget what they promise us once they get into office. No1 is all they look after. Nobody in government or politics have any idea what it is like on the ground for ordinary citizens on fixed and low incomes. They, the politicians nearly always come from privileged backgrounds and have never had to struggle in life. It is sickening the way they treat their voters. Guess it needs a big effort from a united general public to force change in this world because our so called leaders will never do it!


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

skinsman, well written hub. When you hear how many millions of dollars are spent on campaigns and then hear how far in debt the nation is, it gets very discouraging. The politicians don't have time to take care of the people because they spend so much money and time campaigning and telling lies to keep their jobs. I don't think they should make more than the low income families and that includes travel and medical benefits. They might get a clue to what it really means to work for the people they supposedly represent.Thank you for following me.


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mwatkins 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

Interesting Take on the voting thought process - Great hub, nice job! I remember some of the times you mentioned about not knowing what was going o unless you picked up a newspaper. But I also remember a time when bringing bubble gum to school and disappointing your folks was THE WORST thing you could do - Ever! . . . And when TV was called a BOOB TUBE. Stuff like that. ;-)Good job!


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

I still read newspapers occasionally along with disappointing my parents on a daily basis, ha. And now the computer screen is the boob tube. Thanks for the comments everyone.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

Your title is a great "draw me in" strategie. My personal answer is....maybe, maybe not, but one thing for sure is we as Americans are headed down a very slippery slope. And, as long as politicians follow the direction of the 1% power players...the guys with the deepest pockets, I really can't see much good coming to the rest of us.

Great hub....loved reading your thoughts.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"Humans are capable of amazing and extraordinary feats, but at the same time we are inherently lazy" So true! unfortunately I think this laziness moves well beyond the sphere of politics.

In reference to voting...I remember when Jesse Ventura was running for Governor of Minnesota a friend of mine who had never voted in his life and had no real political views voted for him simply because he was a famous entertainer. Not that Jesse wasn't qualified. I was simply stupefied that the activity of voting was done so thoughtlessly. I had another friend who voted for all females on the ballot. When I asked her if she knew what their views were She said "No, we just need a woman in office". Again nothing against women in government just think more substance would be involved in the decision making process. This is even more lazy than simply digesting media presentation of politics...scary!

I would say yes this could cause some problems and maybe we could say it already has.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

thanks for the great comment. And in reference to voting for all women or entertainers...it reminds me of how Obama got into office. I met quite a few black people who never voted before and voted for him simply because he was black. Affirmative action at it's finest. ha.


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Christopher Dapo 4 years ago from Havelock, NC

Hey skinsman,

I dig your thoughtful views. More americans need to stick together and stop thinking about themselves. I feel that's part of the problem. My sad commentary on the voting situation is - the candidates always suck! Put someone up there the people can really look up to, then I'll vote. - S.

I mirror S'. views completely, there just isn't anyone worth the people's time that are being brought to attention - then again, we all know why don't we?

I love how expressive you are in this, everyone else, too. Great comments like these give some hope that it's not all so lame out there...especially overseas!

Something to bring us together might be the answer...

- Christopher


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Christopher, it's always nice to see someone else that sees the system for what it is. Maybe I'll just have to run for something one day. Scratch that, I'm not nearly squeaky clean enough, nor was I born into a multimillion dollar family. Thanks for the comment.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales

Hi everyone,

I am from the UK and I don't understand the American political system well but I do have some understanding of the UK political system and political sponsorship.

In the UK political parties are funded by organisations to the tune of million of dollars but they would be pounds in the UK.

If your position is funded by others, then who is important:

the people who vote for you or the people who fund you to get voted for?

In the UK we have private schools that people pay a lot of money to send their children to, most of the people who get voted into power come from those top schools. Most of the people who run the countries infrastructure (civil servants)come from the same schools and most of the top bankers, business executives, all come from the same schools.

So it would be fair to say that these people to some extent know each other and to some extent are at least school friends. In America such schools are called, Harvard and Stanford, in the UK, Oxford and Cambridge.

Doesn't that have all the hallmarks of monopolization, might you think its a conspiracy?

Anyway it is much more sinister than that really I just don't want to spend all night writing a book about it.

I think that when we vote, we are not voting for candidates, we are voting for the organisations that provide the money, for those candidates to get voted into positions of power.

I also think it goes right back all the way to their childhood and the schools they attended, and in that respect very few countries are very different, including America or Britain.

Most of this has only been this bad in the UK for the past 30 odd years because prior to that, the workers unions had a lot of power and money to field their own candidates into some of the positions.

Please don't shoot me I'm only the messenger.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Great Comment, and it's great to hear from the UK and your side of the story as well. Well-written, concise, explanation of the apparently sad state of affairs that we both share.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales

Hi skinsman82000,

You, me and most or perhaps all of the rest of the world.

I am happy it was satisfactory, thanks Gareth.


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manlypoetryman 4 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

You said above: "We argue and fight constantly over sex, religion, and of course our favorite sports teams. Where is that same passion for what actually affects your everyday life?" Good Point. I believe the arguing keeps us divided. Keeps us spinning out of control. We can't just sit on the sidelines and expect one man to fix everything for us. The statistics on the chances of that happening have to be astronomical. We will never have one person that we all agree on as President...that has become clear...over the years. But, we will have a Congress that has to listen to the people that they represent...in order to stay in that "cushy" job for the next term.

That goes back to what you said about where is the passion? Seems like everything is going in circles these days...much like this comment. "If we do this..." type of thinking is not a solution...only another chance to procastinate. I guess from from this end...that if we step it up...the People who represent us will have to...as well. Somehow...this country made it this far...through everything. I guess that is the "bottom line". What will it take to get out of the current situations we find ourselves in?


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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

Wonderful hub. It's nice to see someone put into writing so eloquently what I spend a lot of time thinking about every day!


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Same here, maybe too much time thinking about it. Thanks.


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the pink umbrella 4 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

lol, i didnt vote for hillary just because shes got lady parts lol. i voted against her because i think shes insane.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

well that's an admirable reason that I think I share with you pink umbrella. :-)


Blue collar man 4 years ago

Like he stated you should know shit when you smell it. Maybe we should all vote for the people we would like to pay taxes to support! Seems like we are all screwed when you watch the news these days. And not to mention the radio stations are moving in the same direction. I'm not trying to say that repub. is the only way to vote but if it will move us away from the direction we are headed then so be it. I say Bob Barr for president! Spread the word. It would be the best ,no wait, it would be the RIGHT thing for this country that is either going one way or the other every four years! Lets protect what we are going to leave behind for our kids and for one in human history since The Declaration of Independence make sensible choices for the future of the whole world because belive it or not we have the potential to make everyone belive in life, liberty and the persuit of happiness and stop trying to control every choice that every one makes!

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