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Current Social Issues In America 2013: And The Sheep Shall Be Offered For Sacrifice

Updated on December 29, 2014

WARNING

This will not be a lighthearted article. I do not plan on being politically correct, and I do not much care if I offend others. It is time for an old-fashioned rant, and I’m just the ranter willing and able to let it fly.

Having said that, if you prefer to blithely go about your day without a care in the world, then I suggest you stop reading right now, go turn on the television and watch another reality show.

If you stick around, then get comfortable. Kick off your shoes, grab a cold one, and prepare for a rant of epic proportions, because this writer needs to unload and clear the air.

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Random Dislikes in No Particular Order

These are all unrelated, except for the fact that they are all alive and well in the United States as 2013 ends its first month. Of course, in a nation of over 300 million, there are exceptions. I’m just listing my pet peeves, no matter how many people they represent.

· I am tired of kids being lazy and wasting a large portion of their lives on the cell phone and computer. Come to think of it, I’m also tired of kids thinking that they are entitled to things. I’ve got a new alert for all children out there: you are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more! You are not entitled to a job; you are not entitled to more than minimum wage; you are not entitled to respect. Anything over and above life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness needs to be earned by you.

· I am tired of the lack of compassion and empathy in society today. There are serious issues in this country. There are millions poor and homeless; there are millions abused and in need of professional help. There are millions who are victims of rape, violence, burglary and murder. Wake up, America! What happens to the weakest of us happens to all of us.

· I am tired of the rich ruling this country. This is not a representative form of government. In order for it to be so, our representatives need to represent us, the bottom feeders of the lower 80%, and that is not happening. This is an oligarchy in its purest form, and the United States of America is ruled by 100 corporations who will continue to feed off of our carcasses long after we are dead.

· I am tired of complacency and apathy in this country. Is there anyone out there who cares? Of course, hands are going up like crazy right now. Okay, let me ask it a different way: Is there anyone who cares enough to actually walk the talk? Did you notice all the hands that dropped?

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· I am tired of the education system in this nation, or shall I say the lack of an efficient and meaningful education system. No Child Left Behind is a dismal failure, and I am still waiting to see something put in its place that is not dependent upon standardized testing as the Golden Orb of Education.

· I am tired of Social Services and Education and the Arts being cut from every single budget in every single city across America. When are we going to invest in our future, a future that should include every single citizen in this country?

· I am tired of foreign aid being sent to nations while our own citizens starve on the streets and live in cardboard jungles. This nation will never again be great until every citizen has the opportunity to succeed; hell, this nation will never again be great as long as citizens refuse to give a hand of friendship to those who need it.

· I am tired of the Veterans of this country being treated as though they no longer count. They served their time; they stood on the front lines and protected us. How about we make sure they receive the benefits that they are entitled to?

· I am tired of bigotry and prejudice, and every one of you should be tired of them too. How can we proclaim to believe in liberty and justice for all when there is still racial profiling, and when incomes vary according to race? The playing field is not level and never has been; I think that should change.

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· I am tired of the War on Drugs and I’m tired of communities turning their heads when gangs rule the streets after dark. Take back our communities. It begins with us. We cannot blame the government for the fact that our children are becoming drug addicts. We cannot blame the justice system for being unable to stop a problem that we caused.

· I am tired of sex trafficking and women and girls being treated like they are commodities. Sexual predators should be hunted down and eliminated from a civilized society. To shake our heads and thank God that it has not happened to one of our family members is unconscionable.

· I am tired of the rape and pillaging of our environment, all done in the name of progress. Who do you suppose calls for that progress? Who do you suppose needs a 4,000 square foot home and gasoline for two SUV’s, and who do you suppose allows oil drilling in environmentally sensitive areas?

· I am tired of special interest groups and politicians being bought and paid for. How about we push for an Amendment that will require all politicians to work for minimum wage? Their pay can be incentive-based. How long do you think it would then take them to pass meaningful legislation that would benefit the bottom 80% of society?

· I am tired of the lack of compromise in this country, from the Halls of Congress to the neighborhood bar. Nobody is completely right and few are completely wrong. How about we find some middle-ground and both agree? From gun control to taxation, no matter what the subject, there is middle ground where we can all reside, but it takes willingness.

· I am tired of greed! Nothing else needs to be written other than this one question: How much is enough?

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And One Last Rant

I saved the best for last, because really, this is the common denominator of so many of our problems in the United States and most likely the rest of the world.

I am tired of people thinking that as long as their lives are okay then everything is okay everywhere else. I call it the Ostrich Syndrome, where good and decent people hide their heads in the sand, and pretend that everything is alright as long as they are not affected by the ugliness. They will continue to do that until one of their daughters is sold into slavery, or one of their sons needs benefits that will suddenly disappear, and then all hell breaks loose and life is no longer fair.

Pull your heads out and recognize that all is not well in La La Land! There are serious problems in this country and it takes serious and compassionate people to solve them. If you think you are immune from these societal cancers then you really need to reconsider. None of us are safe, and until all of us are safe our responsibility as citizens of this country is to work for the rights and freedoms and safety of every citizen.

Do not tell me that you don’t have time to get involved. Do not tell me that this isn’t your problem.

I only want to know one thing from you: H.O.W. are you going to be the instrument of change that this country needs?

Now I feel better. J I’ll return to the upbeat, inspirational stuff tomorrow. Thanks for letting me vent.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix, it is always a pleasure having you stop by. Your story about the school system would horrify me if I had not witnessed many such responses when someone dares to take on the establishment.

      I don't know how we rally the troops. I suspect you are right, that the numbers are great of those who are trying to fight but keep getting squashed in the process. If I had a national stage my voice would not be quieted, but I'm just a guy in Olympia, Washington, shouting from rooftops and hoping someone hears.

      Bless you for your patriotism and caring spirit. Thank you!

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I applaud your rant. I contend you have successfully put into words the frustrations of so many of us.

      I could not agree more about most points but would like to address the one of apathy and "what are you doing?" I too believe many to be apathetic and non-participatory, but I'm really starting to wonder just how many are trying to fight back against huge systems in their own way that we just never hear about.

      Personally, I'm trying to fight a school district. I won't go into details, but you know me from here and they are in the wrong in so many, many ways just one of which literally holds my life in the balance. What I am learning from this wretched experience is that first off, many have tried to fight the same fight. All, myself included, found themselves in a position of being alone against a huge machine capable of throwing many administrators of various designations and lawyers all at you from any sideways immoral angle imaginable. Further there's always the little coincidences... all your tires just happened to go flat, your window just coincidentally got broken by a rock in the parking lot... Sorry. From what I can gather, 99% of those who try to fight back in any way are literally squashed, beat down so to speak and they finally withdraw. I will NOT be one of those by the way.

      I think if someone could find a way to unite all the nameless individuals standing in their own ways it would be a force to contend with. Perhaps even one that could address my current pet peeve, the lack of bureaucratic accountability!

      This was a fantastic read my friend. God bless you and may your voice ring out for a very long time to come.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spikology, that is so very cool! You are doing something right. :)

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      Spikology 4 years ago

      Thank you. Yesterday they told me they were best friends, which made my life to hear that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spikology, thank you. If you are raising two boys on your own then you are doing your share to make this world a better place. Keep up the good job and always teach them to love. If you do that then you are doing a great job.

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      Spikology 4 years ago

      Fantastic article. I almost thought I was reading Lewis Grizzard! lol

      I am a Gen X'er that is trying to undo some of the things you rant about, but it is taking me small steps at a time. To complicate things, I am raising two boys of my own and I hope I can make them appreciate the simple things like family and sunshine, not computers and movies.

      BTW, This was not a rant, this was a pep talk! I will come back to this article every so often to keep my focus. Keep up the great Hubs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, although I am not a huge Mel Gibson fan, I loved that movie, and that scene is a classic. Thanks for that. As for today's self-absorbed, always pointing the finger of blame at someone else generation, I have serious concerns. How are they going to survive when things get worse? And they will get worse! I share your philosophy of doing whatever is necessary to get through the tough times, but we have millions who do not understand what that means. I'm shaking my head as I type this.

      As always, you are a doll and I appreciate you greatly.

      love,

      billy

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Well ... I was instantly confused because you start this excellent hub by telling me to kick of my shoes so you can clear the air????? Which is it? Take off my shoes, which instantly stops any opportunity to clear the air, or keep them on and make the world a more pleasant smelling place?

      I had to start out with humor! Have you ever seen the movie "Signs". Well in the movie, the lead characters brother was a former star slugger from his old high school days. Needless to say, one of the best lines in the movie is when his older brother (played by Mel Gibson) says "Swing away Merle, swing away". That was what came to mind when reading this ..."Rant away Bill - rant away!"

      I share so many of your frustrations as I have gotten to know the person you are and think we were both raised with similar philosophies. There are many valid subjects you bring up but the one that really hit home for me was the Veterans. You already know I donate my time, as does Mom to the veterans. They are a significant group who have sacrificed so much so that you and I could continue to enjoy the freedoms such as writing on this hub. Yet our country chooses to take them for granted.

      I also become angry when I listen to some of the younger group state that the employment situation isn't fair - that it wasn't of their doing. Well, I am quite sure many during the 1929 crash felt the same way but they pulled themselves out of it. I am currently holding down two part time jobs and doing on-line work as well. You have to do what ever is necessary to get through difficult situations. I often worry about the younger generation as I predict the economy will not be changing for the better.

      Excellent insight Billy and I thank you for always making a difference.

      Love, Beckie XO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....thanks, Mary! I feel a lot better now. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      The crowd goes wild. :o) Wonderful and honest post Billy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      humanitiesmentor, thank you and I agree. A good rant is necessary for all.

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      humanitiesmentor 4 years ago from New England

      Bravo! Sometimes, as now, ranting equals health -- for all of us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I have no doubt that you will teach her well. Our hopes and dreams will soon rest in the hands of our children. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Well said! Bravo! As a mother I am worried about the future of this country/world. I can only hope that I teach her about some of the things you have brought up here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, great comment. I have never been one to subscribe to conspiracy theories, but I swear I'm about ready to. The War on Terror has opened up a can of worms that we may not be able to put back in the can. Homeland Security has more power than any other government agency and it flies under the radar with immunity. I have serious concerns about this country right now.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Awesome rant! I agree with the vast majority of it. I have been reading a lot lately on different views of various issues. I am truly starting to wonder if the "conspiracy theorists" aren't right. If this country isn't being intentionally and systematically dismantled. If the war on terror isn't just the next step from the war on drugs (both of which our governement was allegedly involved in), to strip us on civil liberties. If there really wasn't an intentional effort to take over the eductional system, erode family values, etc.

      I also know from much experience that you are so correct. The average person is more concerned about the ridiculous crap on television, that unless or until the issues DIRECTLY have a rather uncomfortable effect in their own life...they could care less. Voted up and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      speakinmymind, thank you again my new friend. I appreciate the visit and I'm glad you liked my rant.

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      Susan 4 years ago from USA

      THAT was absoultey awesome!! I feel like I am not the only person with my "eyes wide open" If more people started looking "around" instead of "at" something, things would change. Bravo to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, the more I hear about the UK the more I think that it is exactly like the U.S....same problems and same lack of solutions. Sheez, when is the little guy going to catch a break?

      Looking forward to your new hub.

      As always,

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi Billy oh yes let it all out !!!!You inspire me onwards and upwards ;oh yes my friend this could be another long comment that your hubs so very often draw from me but oh no this is the start of my hub for tomorrow !!!

      There is so much similarity in what is lacking in both pour countries.

      I end here my very dear friend and I begin on tomorrow's hub.

      Keep on inspiring us forevermore ;hubpages needs you.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I often think that you are right....people must truly believe that they have no choices, and if that's the case it is very sad. I have heard often about the UK and the problems over there, and it is disturbing to say the least.

      Let's hope for change, and maybe be the instruments of change that others will follow.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I know you can't see me but I am applauding this. There is nothing here that isn't the truth. And it isn't just happening in the US. You could easily have been writing about the UK.

      It's like people have forgotten they have minds of their own and are capable of making changes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arthur, I had great hope for the Occupy Wall Street Movement, but they lacked organization and cohesiveness, and when the PR did battle with them they crumbled. We need to see more of that, and I agree with your statement that we the people need to agree long enough for that to happen.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Arthur Bundy 4 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Modern day social media is the key. Not letting corporate PR undo the work of amending the Constitution in an effort reestablish control over the country back to the People. The challenge is to get the People to agree long enough to make corporate person hood a thing of the past. Social media is what caused to riots in the Middle East.

      In America the Occupy Wall Street Movement was undermined by PR.

      Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, thank you! There is no Boogie Man....how true are those words? I always feel refreshed and energized after you comment, and I really do appreciate that. I feel this stuff too much, and at times I feel it more because it seems that nobody is listening. You give me validation and that is a lovely gift.

      So thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I needed to release some pent-up frustration. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, as a nation we seem to have raised the Ostrich Syndrome to an art form. As long as it isn't happening to me then everything is alright. NOT!

      Thank you my friend; I am going to have a rant-free day today.

      The angels are always appreciated and always bring a smile to my face.

      Blessing and hugs,

      bill

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent write up you went all out here thanks for sharing such information.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Bill,

      You said it all. I made a mental check list and ticked off each one as I read. The biggie is the Ostrich Syndrome...it kind of is the reason that the others exist perhaps. Turning a blind eye seems for some to be the way to allow what needs to be fixed to be ignored.

      Ranting is a good thing...it gets people to think and maybe to act.

      Sending you Angels for continued thought provoking writing...

      have a lovely 28th day of 2013 :) ps

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bill...I'm in favor of rants. Been known to indulge in quite a few myself. Rants are necessary, cleansing and useful. We have a liberal rant (you)....a conservative rant (Wayne) and I'm proud to say I'm a fierce Independent......(of course, been a rebel since birth).....

      Every word you spoke is important....every question you posed is valid. What your readers take away from this, you may never know, but the point is, you've GIVEN THEM SOMETHING VITAL TO THINK ABOUT.

      If we all remain silent....nothing can be heard. If we all sleep through life.....nothing is accomplished and if we turn our heads and hide from reality.....we are empty fools.

      Ideas need to be shared and fires must be lit. The wrongs being done ..the ills that exist? There is no Boogie man.....it's US. You and me and every man and woman. What the hell part of that, is so damned difficult for the average American to understand?...I'm done. Thank you...........UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arthur, thank you! It takes a long time and much effort to get a following like I have, and still I'm not sure I'm reaching as many as I should reach, or if it is doing any good at all. This is what I know to do...I write...and hopefully some day it will make a difference.

      As for Corporate America.....we willingly went down this road and now we don't know how to turn back. I'm hoping for a ground swell of protest in the future because we are definitely headed in the wrong direction.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time, I feel the same way about my years as a teacher. What was it all for? Did I make any difference? Of course, I know I did, as I know you did, but still, it's like a finger in the dike and we keep springing more leaks than we can handle.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Arthur Bundy 4 years ago from Colorado Springs

      I wish I had your style. My words so far, do get much of an airing. But, having said that you nailed it.

      We are becoming a nation of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation.

      And there are too many so-called conservative flunkies out there that would rather mask their prejudices behind words like socialism, because they don't want to get caught using the "N" word to describe the President.

      I think social media is a fundamental answer to how things can change.

      Example, to amend the 14th Amendment to disallow corporate person hood would go a long way toward letting the big guys know that America is still in the hands of the People.

      Great Hub.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      My goodness, Bill! You just saved me a ton of work!! I don't think you missed anything about which anybody could rant, including me! You are spot on with all of this, but reading it and being reminded of it is so depressing! Like most, I feel helpless to bring about change. Perhaps if I was younger and healthier I could do more. I always felt that having given 26 years of my life to education was my way of helping, but it now seems so insignificant. All I can say is "God help all of us".

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I can only imagine what it is like in Latvia. Unfortunately, in a global society, what the U.S. does directly affects many, many countries, so if we flounder you flounder. We are in this together, and the sooner we realize that fact the sooner we can find a solution that will help us all.

      Thank you as always; have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, nothing annoys me faster than people who complain and do nothing. I don't do many rants because I don't want people to think I'm one of those who does nothing but rant. Your words are true my friend; it's now or never because this country is real close to that precipice, and once we fall over the edge it will be hell to climb back out of the hole.....and we only have ourselves to blame.

      Thank you buddy! You are appreciated greatly!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Totally agree all of your rants are justified and could get anyone to rant and rave on and on. As much as it's crazy in the states if I started on what is happening here I would rant and never stop - practically. I agree that everyone has to get their act together and only then there may be a turn for the better. Passing this on.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Every single aspect of your hub touches on the problems we face (or refuse to face) in the country today. They are real; they are fact; and they are not going away. Until we do something about it! People, the time has come for us to not only list it, write it, or read it here; but use our social media applications to spread the word of our discontent and unrest. Use facebook, twitter, email EVERYTHING within our power to let Washington know WE ARE FED UP! Bill, I have said it before, and I will say it again: we can elect a President using this as our primary means of getting the word out to enough people to make a difference and to elect one of our own. LET'S GO AMERICA! If not now, then when? After the country has deteriorated to a point of no return? We ain't far from that precipice now, folks. Make your choice: stand with us, or do nothing and stand with the established political entitities who desire status quo. If you are not for us, you are against us, and if you do not want a change, then do not complain when your taxes are raised even more, the price of gas goes even higher, you cannot pay your bills, or feed your family. Do not complain when the POTUS goes on yet another vacation on our dime while you sit at home, with no money to even take your family out to a movie. Do not complain when Washington passes more legislation to remove more of your liberties while lining their nest eggs even more. The time is now, or perhaps never. Let's TAKE BACK AMERICA rfom those who are using for their own political and monetary gains while leaving the rest of us to serve as their unwilling servants!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, perhaps I took the easy way out when I retired from teaching. I admire teachers who are still fighting the good fight, because the cards are stacked against them. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, that is sad news indeed. I hope you are right about the change.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Your education and compromise rants are the center of my personal hell right now. The powers that be in New York education have gone completely mad, and the worst is yet to come. Compromise seems to be a one-way street with the powers that be. We give and they take. It is a sad time to be a teacher in America right now. Keep ranting and getting your message out. Voted up.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Forgive me, if I sound weird. I found out the neighborhood watch, I helped start is shutting its door. The world seems to be on a downward cycle. Yet, I feel a change, for the good, is coming.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, that is a great example of how a corporation could be run. There are so many inequalities in the U.S. and Canada.....and, I"m told, in England as well. Hopefully we will see changes; if not, can revolution be far behind?

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you can rant here any old time you want. I hope you are right; I hope there is a huge change coming. It's about time, isn't it?

      Thank you my friend; you are greatly appreciated.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Billy,

      Also a rant is in order about a huge disparity in income of US / Canadian senior executives and average workers. These top executives ship jobs overseas on the pretext of economic efficiency, but then increase their own salaries and perks. If economies don't improve, they slash jobs of low income workers.

      Compare this situation with that of the Chief Executive of Japan Airlines. When in order to cut costs, the company had to give golden handshakes / kicks to older workers, the chief executive slashed his own salary to US$ 70,000, started using public transportation for commuting, started eating low quality food in the company of other workers, etc.. When told the average salary of his American counterparts, he couldn't believe it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well i 'reckon i am the biggest liberal alive. I have this belief instilled in my psyche from a childhood of poverty, when food stamps were our only sourse of food, when old people could live at home instead of a poor farm due to social security checks. Talk about intitlements..The congress has got it made, they live off the backs of hard working men and women who are struggling to make ends meet. Health care, pray tell me what's wrong with it. Why must the wealthy be treated any better than a poor man. Times are changing and it scares the hell out of people who maintains ' the status quo. ' I know this is not a political rant, or is it? I am just a happy camper that the election is over and i do believe with every fiber in my being that we will see a change like never before, never leave God out of the mix. He still rules this universe. I know i ranted, but it felt soo good...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, thank you! Truthfully I don't like to rant because i don't want people thinking that all I do is complain. However, I think those who follow me know that isn't the truth, so I decided to let go with one today. It felt good, and the response was encouraging. I think I'm ranting to the choir however. LOL

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      Tammy Barnette 4 years ago

      Bill, AWESOME!!!! I cried through the whole hub because you touched every single open nerve in my soul! We the people need to get out of our heads and out of our own way. WE created this mess and WE need to fix this mess and stop bitching that it's someone else's fault, it's not the government's fault because WE put them there...it's not big business's fault because WE vote with our dollars..it's not the scholl systems fault because WE aren't teaching our children...Bill, you hit it on the head with this one, as usual! Thank you for an AWESOME RANT!!!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, thank you, and it's nice to see you again. I do not know of Alex Jones but now I'll check it out. I appreciate the tip and the kind words.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      billybuc, I enjoyed your rant.

      I haven't watched much AlexJones on the internet (we don't have t.v.) but the little I've seen of him, you remind me of him. He's good. By the way, the one 30-or-so minute video I watched with him and Jim Garrow was absolutely riveting. Scary and riveting.

      Voting up, awesome and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait....I always hold onto your comments until I have time to respond properly; you are so passionate and you take so much time to comment that I appreciate it, and I want to show that appreciation by giving you the time you deserve.

      Perhaps what bothers me most my friend is the fact that there is no willingness to compromise and work towards a common good....that and complacency. How can this nation ever be great if we have millions out of work and homeless? How can we ever be great if ten percent of the population controls 75% of the wealth?

      Me? Eloquent? I would say that your comment was pretty darn eloquent. I'm just a guy who wants to see change, and I really want to see people caring about their countrymen and women. Land of the free is a myth, and liberty and justice for all is also a myth. if those basic tenants of our nation are not true then who are we?

      My rant is over now. Thank you for caring so much! I grow stronger when I read a comment like this one.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, I have only been to Mexico, so my experience is rather limited, but I know without a doubt that what you say is true. We are a clueless society, one based on materialism and capitalism. There is no depth to our collective soul. Of course there are good people who strive to make a difference, but for the most part we are still a society that wishes to be great but doesn't understand that greatness has to be earned by actions.

      Anyway my dear, thank you! I'm just one man who can't shut up about injustice, and I always feel stronger when people like you are standing next to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are nice, but my greatest fear would be to be swallowed up by the political machine. I just don't see how one person can make a difference in American politics. I still think about it now and then, though, so hold onto that thought and we'll see how I feel this summer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I love HP. I have run across a few who I did not agree with, but even they are passionate and care deeply about that which interests them. I love passionate people. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sydney, thank you! I don't rant very often, but when it is about to bubble over I think I need to release. I'm glad you found something there to hold onto. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, the best I can hope for is to get people thinking. I am amazed at the amount of complacency in this country. I just want to see more people actively involved in society. Thank you so much!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We need someone like you to begin a political career in your area at first, then work up to bigger and better things. You are not political, which makes you even more honest than what we already have. Think about it, you make perfect sense. I can help with the environmental issues, and there are others than can help with everything else. You can not be bought, which rings so beautifully with what is needed in this country.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      WOW, great hub! Totally agree and loved reading the comments! There are so many wise people on Hubpages! :)

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      Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

      I couldn't agree with your "rants" more if I had written them myself. Thank you for sharing!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Bless you, Bill. I agree with all about which you have delineated, and I could add a bit more. We are, for the most part in the U.S., quite clueless__and yes, ignorant. After having lived internationally for over 20 years, the level of ignorance and insouciance is shocking, and yes,

      scary. Our arrogance and laziness are catching up with us, and now we are paying. The tragedy is that innocents are paying for the sins that we have committed. We are a country that perhaps never had a deep spirit. We founded and built it on the blood of the native peoples, slavery, materialism. We did spawn amazing leaders like Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., but great leaders cannot save us until the will of the American people is to live in a true democracy. I love H.O.W. and all of the beautiful people in this country who fight every day to make a positive difference, and my money is on them__not the government. You have the right idea, dear friend and hero. We must rise from the grassroots to help to transform the world to become a loving, compassionate place. It all begins within each individual. We must be the change we want to see, as Gandhi so wisely purported. That is where all great deeds have been wrought for humanity.

      Here's to a restful and peaceful weekend.

      God bless you and yours, dear friend,

      Reba

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I kept reading on waiting for something to really tick me off. Guess what ... didn't happen. I totally agree with you. I am sharing this to every place I can think of. Maybe it will rattle a few cages and knock the cobwebs down - at least get people to thinking!

      Thanks - Up, Awesome, Useful, & Interesting.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I could not have said it so well myself! Something you didn't mention, which I am so tired of myself, is that when these issues are raised all I get is platitudes and explanations of what OTHER PEOPLE must do to fix it, and most of all, how things OUGHT to be, how things SHOULD BE, how everything is somebody else's fault and THEY need to change.

      We do not live in a paradise. We do not live in a world where ANYTHING will ever be the way it OUGHT TO BE. To make progress we MUST deal with reality -- the way things ARE, not the way we WISH they were or think they OUGHT TO BE.

      If your car breaks down will it get better if you sit in your rocking chair and think periodically how your car ought to be? NO! You have to make an effort, get off your back side and either fix it yourself or get someone else to fix it, usually for a fee. How your car ought to be, how it should be, if all was exactly how you would like, will accomplish NOTHING.

      This garbage about how everything would be so perfect if everyone else who is screwing up (unlike oneself who is perfect) would just straighten up and fly right needs to go.

      The idea that we should NOT have to provide healthcare to everyone because illegal aliens SHOULD not be here or because everyone SHOULD have a job that pays well enough to pay for it is STUPID. Like it or not, illegals are here and they're not leaving. I don't like it, but that's reality. I don't want these people going around spreading disease to myself and others because they can't get healthcare.

      If everyone had a job that paid for healthcare benefits who would do those menial jobs that are so necessary but that no one wants to do? The low pay jobs, minimum pay jobs, usually do not include healthcare benefits or anything beyond the piddly wage. Should people who can't get a job as a CEO of a big company like Microsoft or Verizon be left to spread disease and finally die because they can't afford healthcare services?

      The job market is pretty tight right now despite rosy forecasts, and it was worse yesterday, and it wasn't the fault of most of the people who lost their jobs or who are currently unemployed or underemployed. Besides that, why should children be denied healthcare because their parent(s) lost their job? How are children to blame for that?

      What is this garbage about getting even with everyone all the time because they've hit hard times? How about we get even with people for choosing to sit on the sidelines and spew ugly bilge because they happen to be among the lucky who aren't experiencing hard times right now?

      The selfishness, hate, and mean spiritedness in this country is mind boggling. Instead of a person telling people they are Christians, let's see some proof so we don't have to ask or wonder if a person is a Christian. Labels mean nothing if there is no substance behind them.

      Christians do not sit on their hands spewing hate from their mouth while other people are suffering no matter whose fault it is that they are suffering. How can anyone call themselves a Christian when they go into the voting booth at every opportunity and vote to continue the current healthcare system where more than 50,000 people in the so-called richest nation on Earth are dying because they have no access to healthcare?

      How can anyone call themselves a Christian when they scream at just the suggestion that anyone is getting food stamps? What Bible or other holy book says people should be allowed, indeed forced to starve, if they can't afford food?

      Anyone who complains about paying taxes has never been poor. I promise you that if you could not afford to pay taxes you would long for the opportunity to make enough money to qualify to be a taxpayer. I'm not talking about people who squander their money and spend it on worthless plastic junk from China so that there's none left when tax time comes. They can afford to pay taxes but lament having to do so because the want to pack still more useless plastic junk into their lives, as if plastic garbage from other parts of the world will create happiness.

      My Bible says charity starts at home. We can't afford these useless nation building projects called wars. They are the reason for much of our national debt and the real reason for the various cuts some politicians keep demanding in social services and entitlements. The wealthy are using our children's lives and our money to expand their businesses into other countries through nation building called WAR, and most people don't even realize it.

      I love that phrase you used Bill -- "pull your head out." That is exactly what people need to do, but most have had their heads caught for so long they don't even know it's unnatural for it to be where it is.

      You are so much more eloquent than me, Bill. Voted up, interesting, and AWESOME.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that's why I don't do it very often. I'm beginning to wonder if it is possible to be a government official and be honest and dedicated. Anyway my friend, thank you.....and now I'll go back to writing about solutions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cfin....amazing! The old Irish stereotype has been around for two hundred years in this country. The dirty, unwashed Irish drunks who serve no value in this country. I have heard that crap since I was a kid and yes, I am half-Irish.

      It is worse today than it ever has been during my lifetime, and that's saying quite a bit. It is more insidious today. It's not politically correct to be racist of a bigot, but it is still there, in the closet, and it is pulled out and used as a weapon whenever it is possible.

      I hate to admit it, having lived here all my life, but you are correct in everything that you have written.

      Good luck to you, Sir, and thank you for sharing your personal experience.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      GuitarGear, thank you for a great comment. The time for blaming is over. We are way past finger-pointing, and the sooner people come to that realization the better. I have friends who were those who said that the unemployed and the homeless were sucking this country dry.....then they lost their job and suddenly they couldn't figure out why they could not find help. It is all of us together in finding a solution or we will all fall together. Don't even get me started about corporations and the greed in this country. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow.....they've really rattled your cage! many of our government ministers started off with very good intentions, the problem is; once they've entered the government, it's almost impossible to resist dipping into the trough. The greed takes over and they soon forget why and how they got where they are. Boy! When you vent, you really vent.

      Great rant :)).

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      William,

      I came to the United States to be with my wife, as I believed that it was the respectful thing to do. Almost 3 years later, we cannot wait to leave. Along with all of the above issues, which will mostly affect our daughter, I would like to make an addition to your list. You touched on bigotry. However, I have never been subjected to such abuse in all my life, as the constant onslaught of stupid questions, offensive statements, and actions taken against me to curb my liberty. I understand that I come from a small country, and I do not expect for people to have a high level of knowledge of our standard of living, but I am told (yes told) on a daily basis of, how I am an alcoholic and how I must have a bad temper. I also directly hear and overhear professors who I work with, making blatantly racist comments about Hispanic, Asian, and black people. I really do grind my teeth and pretend like it doesn't happen. I am used to ignorant individuals making ridiculous statements, but it seems like the individuals in question have no excuse.

      I partially blame the media. They fuel stereotypes, racism and division. For example, if one bad thing happens in Ireland ie. a local council trying to increase the drunk driving limit, it is on the front page of CNN and Fox News. (Even though 99% of the country opposed this issue) Why is this relevant in US society? It's like as if they only advertise foreign nations when bad things happen. People at my work mocked me over this issue. So I asked them, why is Wisconsins road death figure almost 4 times the number of that in Ireland when the population is only 1.5 times the amount. They immediately start yelling at me with abuse such as "THIS IS AMERICA! GO HOME IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT". I also asked another colleague who was mocking me, why it's not on the news when local councillors in Alaska want to change some outrageous laws, but they find space on the front page when it happens in the remotest area of a small European nation. Again, their response was irate. See, as you stated, people have their head in the sand. It is ok for them to offend me, my religion, my nation and who I am. But they cannot take criticism.

      In an ever shrinking world, I fear for the future of children who know nothing of their neighboring countries, are racist, offensive and what's worse is, they should know better. It was a sad day when I had to give in to my wife's demands that we leave. She is scared for our daughter, and the fact that we don't want her growing up, surrounded by this kind of atmosphere.

      She will be forever labelled as the foreign guys daughter. She will be around people who hate anyone who is different, and watch news channels that are so far from reality that I sometimes laugh out loud watching them.

      Thank you for this article. All of the points you covered, are things I have encountered in my 3 years here. It's good to rant a little!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Mutual feeling pal!

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      Walter Holokai 4 years ago from Youngstown, Ohio

      Billy,

      It seems that no matter where I go on these hubpages the road always leads me back to you. I'm with you Bill on your rants but what I would better call them is common sense. It seems there is a consistent lack of common sense these days. I'm tired of conservatives who spend precious time and focus on worrying about the people they think are abusing social services. In my opinion these "abusers" or "gimme" perpetrators are a very small percentage of the people that really need the help. It's like going through a massive soup line of homeless people trying to determine who's really hungry enough to deserve the soup. The real abusers of government handouts and bias legislation are big greedy corporations that have sucked this country dry with their supply side, Reganomic thinking. We need a concerted collective national effort to save this country and it has to start with a government driven initiative. The government isn't some big boogey man up in Washington that wants to take our money and guns. The government is us. We have to save ourselves and the time is NOW!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Linda! I don't like to do this often; all it does is sink me down into the pit from which I have a hard time climbing back out of....but on occasion I need to do it so I can remember what I am focused on. If we don't recognize the problems then how are we going to solve them?

      You know how much I appreciate you, right?

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Rant on, rant on! If anyone doesn't like your rant, then they have not come to terms with the idea that there is more room "out" than there is "in". We all have to take the garbage out sometime to make room for more. It's healthy! And, if someone is uncomfortable with the truth, then it's theirs to deal or live with. I'm an activist Bill. I have no problem ranting, as you well know. Personally, I think rants are as important as all the feel-good stuff. If the conditions of our world don't push the buttons of emotion, then we have lost the war. You have indeed pushed the buttons of my emotions today. And that, is what I love best about you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jillian, I am so tired of labels. All labels do it restrict our choices and actions, and that will never accomplish a thing. Thank you for understand that point, and thank you for being who you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I don't have the answer to your question. All I know to do is keep speaking out and hopefully it will make a difference. :) Thanks my friend, for all that you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your attitude, Sunnie! Yes, I will speak up. I don't have that much time left on this planet so I need to make each minute count. :) Thank you!

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      Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

      Dear Billy,

      I love a good rant, especially if it makes sense and yours does! Imagine...if each person did one thing every day to make a positive contribution- Ooops! Think you already suggested that idea! You walk the walk-thank you! We all need to try to do the same.

      Conservative-liberal- makes no difference- the labels have to go and the work must start. We are all human beings and must start working to help all human beings. If someone is hungry, do we ask what political party they belong to, what religion they claim? If we do, then we don't get it!

      You, sir, get it!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Excellent rant Bill, Of course you and I agree on all of these things. Wayne made great points that parallel yours too and the only question, is HOW do we get the apathetic population to understand the gravity of the situation in this country?

      Mark

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Hello Billy,

      You are the voice of so many and so glad you are not afraid to speak your mind. Somehow if these things are talked about, exposed, then they become real and hopefully we all will step up and deal with them. Maybe we cannot change the whole world all at once but start with ourselves, one family, one neighborhood, one town, one city, one county and then one country! Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bizarrett, you are so right. The War on Drugs is a joke, and has been since the very beginning. What really bothers me is the lack of people willing to step up and demand change. Change begins with each of us. We cannot expect our government to be the instrument of change, even though one would think that was their job.

      Thank you for the visit my friend and have a great weekend.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Amen. I agree with so much of this! I too get so angry when I see most of these issues discussed on the news, and then at the lack of information the general public seems to have on some of the most important things happening to us right now. As a parent and a woman I would love to see more of a war on sex offenders and less on drugs (not that drugs aren't a problem, but its being confronted incorrectly). I could go on and on....

      Oh and the Veterans? Don't get me started on the unfairness of what they receive (and also the laxadasical penalties for those who do horrible things, like rape fellow female soldiers)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drpennypincher, I will take a look at it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Moderndayslave, thank you, and that is my hope, that by word of mouth we can change things. I liked your hub about Trickle Down Economics!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, my fear about running for a political office is that I'll learn how to accomplish nothing. LOL I think I can get more done by writing and inspiring. Thank you for your comment; somehow, some way, we need to wake up America. If you figure out how to do it, let me know, okay? :)

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Check out:

      Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland. Interesting discussion of oligarchy.

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      Moderndayslave 4 years ago

      I liked it. Let it fly.

      People see these things also but not enough so far to change anything. I think when enough realize this it will be too late. It may be already. With the govt/corporate revolving door, how are we going to break this one up? OWS got demonized and crushed. Veterans are disposable. Keep ranting and maybe,,,,they told 2 friends and they told 2 friends and they told 2 friends and so on.

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      Kim Diaz 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Well, you covered it, Bill. Wondering when you'll be running for political office (?) because I know you already have your campaign headquarters and backers right here in your Hubpages audience! I have the same beliefs, the same frustrations, and try in my work's passion to help the children in ways that I can. But you said it, we ALL have to do something. You couldn't be more right when you say that people think that because things are ok in their world, that they are ok elsewhere. If they only cared enough to really know...thank you for caring enough to rant! Hopefully, it's the ..."Rant heard 'round the world"...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I wish I had some Jefferson DNA in me, or some Lincoln...I would be a happy camper if that were true.

      Thank you. I'm tired of people standing around doing nothing while everything we hold dear disappears. You are right.....JUST DO IT!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I'm not sure we will. I hope I'm wrong. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha! I don't like to do it very often but it was overdue. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, I'm not going to make this a long response, but I want to address something that you said early on in your rant. :) You said your perspective as a conservative. Well, I'm a liberal, which should come as no surprise, and I want everyone to know that I stand with you on this and agree with what you have written. These problems are larger than any political party, and I totally agree that we have forgotten the importance of basics. We have tried, as a society, to complicate the hell out of things, when it fact it really is pretty simple. Get back to a basic set of principles and values and then build from there.

      See, two people from different political leanings can agree. :)

      Thank you Sir! I enjoyed your rant and I appreciate it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Whew! I feel better just hearing your voice behind these words! I feel as if I just got rant off my chest, too! Very powerful delivery, my friend!

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      From my perspective as a conservative, Bill, I believe that most of our ills are a function of the mindsets we have evolved to in our society over time. Today, crime seems to pay because the courts are too liberal...crime should NOT pay and punishment is the confirmation of that fact. There was a time when able-bodied people took pride in the fact that they could work and would work given the opportunity rather than hide behind the less fortunate waiting for the next government gimme program offering free housing, food, and cell phones and maybe a car within the next few years. Regardless of how complex our world gets, education at its most basic foundation is reading, writing, science, and arithmetic. Everything else is an option and an add-on. Today the focus in education is in the add-on and to hell with the basics. Why learn math when we have computers and calculators to do that for us? Duh! Our education system produces minds which are oriented to initiating the process and obtaining the result. They do not understand the process nor do they know how to evaluate the result...they just follow the steps and assume what comes out is the answer. Everything is about immediate gratification, fame as "gangsta and rapper" and mutilation of the human body. What happen to self-respect, pride, and individual courage? We have a government which is far too large, far too deceiving, far too expensive, and filled with far too many corrupt politicians more than willing to lie and distort if it means the American public gets fooled one more time. We have a government willing to punish everyone to get at the few who need it all to justify taking away individual rights and undermining our single most holy document as a nation...the Constitution. We are where we are because we have become a nation that no longer has a centerline or a set of common values and focus. We are a nation which has been purposely divided for the gains of the political elite more than willing to sell us down the river as global slaves if it benefits their wants and agenda. Otherwise, it is just another day. Enjoyed your rant...sorry for mine. Thanks for sharing! ~WB

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sheep. 2,000 years ago. A similar situation occurred. When will we learn.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      My, my, but you are the voice of the people. Do you have Thomas Jefferson blood in you? This 'rant' is more a statement of fact and a call to those not paying attention to what's going on around them. If we don't soon change this country it won't resemble the USA much longer. H.O.W. we do it doesn't matter, JUST DO IT!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, there you have it! My rants only reach those who agree with me. They don't reach the people who need to read these or who have the power to do something about it. Sigh! My work is never done. LOL Thank you my friend; enjoy your weekend as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daughter, I'll leave the rape and pillaging for you to write about. Thank you for a great comment. Greed....it will eventually bring this country to its knees. I wonder how bad things have to get before people rise up and act like they really care?

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh heck, Carol, I would be shocked if you agreed with everything I wrote. LOL That's why it's my rant and nobody else's. Feels good to air out the dirty laundry every once in awhile. :) Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      It feels almost as good to read your rants as it does to rant myself! I agree 100% with your points. From schools to Veterans to social issues and more.

      Thank you for bringing to light these issues. If only we could help more people see the light. Particularly those with the resources and power to make a significant difference.

      Have a good weekend my friend - Stephanie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Old Poolman, i do feel better...for awhile at least. The funny thing about those old white men in Congress is that they have always been there, but in the old days they actually knew how to compromise and get something done. Now compromise is a forgotten skill. Yes, for a fact, we are the ones who put them into office, and we are the ones who can remove them. However, if all we do is sit back and complain, and can't muster up the energy to actually make informed decisions in the voting booth, then we deserve what we get.

      Thanks for letting me rant. Keep that campfire burning; one day I'll join you for a visit.

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Wow. Well said and I wholeheartedly agree. Whether we're talking about a small community, or a country, either way the group is only as strong as its weakest members. And we have a lot of weak in this country. The upper 1% has ruled for too long and our society has become stagnant and complacent because of it. It's almost as if we've forgotten that we are all human beings, that we all have and DESERVE the same basic human rights. The greed has blinded us to what is really important. Don't even get me started on the rape and pillaging of mother earth. I'd be here all day!

      Great job billybuc!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I agree with most of what you have written..just a few things not quite sure about. I agree with kid entitlement...as it exists in my family. I think people's complacency is not right. I am really upset when money is floating to other countries when we have so much hunger and poverty right here. Your rants make sense Bill and I understand how you feel.