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American Nation

Updated on August 14, 2017

What Happened?

Since when did my American values make me into a border-line terrorist? America used to be the Home of the Free and Land of the Brave. Now it's the playground of the greedy and corrupt. Where was I when our values were changing?

I always thought I was raised with good values. I love baseball, Mom and apple pie. As far as I knew, most of the white middle-class held these same values. Why then, do I feel more and more an outcast?

It's true that I did not get TV for about 10 years. I decided I could not deal with the cable companies in New Mexico, and cut off service. We lived for years without any TV. Personally, I never missed it. Maybe this is the reason I think different...I missed 10 years of learning how the world turned.

I also missed some 12 years of coastal living. I think the middle of our country is more stable, while the coasts are more static. I grew up to static, then moved to stable. To me, it was as if I moved 20 years into the past. Then I grew used to it...

I'll admit it. I do not have a problem with people owning weapons. I do not have a problem with people spanking their children. I have owned guns in the past and I plan to own guns again in the future. Does this mean I am some sort of criminal!? Do you want to know more? Let me whisper in your ear. I spanked my children when they misbehaved. Does this mean I am a child abuser?

I guess the key is love. Love will lead you to self-control.

I love America...I love Americans...I just wish I could say the same of the monstrosity our government has become. Since when did the government know so much better than I what is good for me?

I was raised on the "American Dream". (You know that will be how we see it in the a false idol.) Work hard and live right and you will get ahead. The dream was every American's property. We all had a chance. I watched this dream swell, rise and suddenly pop leaving us bewildered.

Do you think this is how the American Indians felt at the end. This quiet desperation feeling weaving itself through our reality. Knowing we are being lied to, but not quite believing it.

Cherokee Nation Sung by Paul Revere and the Raiders

Fractals Explained in 5 Minutes

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We Are All A Part Of The Whole

The circle is a work of art. It is a form of perfection. No beginning, no end...just forever. Once a great artist was asked for proof that his work was worth his asking price. The artist drew a perfect circle free-hand. There was no more proof needed. To draw perfection free-hand is always a feat.

Have you ever seen a fractal? It's like a circle. No end...but a very, very beautiful design. And...and this is the important part...and if there is one change at one level of the pattern, the change becomes part of the whole. I feel that fractals show how we live, and affect, our realities.

We are that tiny change that changes the entire pattern. This IS our power. It may be a tiny change, but it will change the entire pattern...the entire pattern of reality...this IS our power. We, each and every one of us, own this power. What will you do with it?

No beginning, no end. We are the circle. We, collectively, are perfection. There is a balance in our world that you just need to accept to find. We are the sum of our existence and our future is untold. We are energy. We cannot be destroyed. Where has your energy been? Where will your energy go?

We need to focus our energy. Focus on the positives of life. Free ourselves from fear. Read the news, but do not be sucked into the fear tornado. Fear is the enemy. Love is our friend. If we can only accept others as a child would accept another...we live in love. We are not born with hate. Hate is a learned emotion.

Even children's stories acknowledge the circle of life. As children we may not understand, but we learn to accept the fact that there is more to the world than meets the eye (nose, ear, tongue, finger). The world is a magical place where you become bigger and learn...learn...learn. Life is simpler when you are young. Your mind is less cluttered. Not so many preconceptions, so many "you look like"s, so much past to deal with.

We need to remember the past to learn in the future. Life is a circle...or many circles in one. I can learn from my past. I can also learn from other people's pasts. But...why worry about tomorrow...what's all the fuss about yesterday? Time becomes a loop. Now is the ONLY reality.

Only now. You remember yesterday, but it is then, not now.. It was fun, it was yesterday...and you knew there was always a great tomorrow. But is soooo enticing. It is the only time you will actually live in this reality. Yesterdays and tomorrows only live in our minds.

Reality is now. Right now. Not "in a second", not "just a minute", not "be there in an hour". Now, this moment, the second you read this. it's past...gone forever. Now it's just a memory of what was, able to be manipulated by us or others. What is truth? Isn't it just what the conquerers want to say?

Sometimes simplicity is best. I wonder, at times, where a society...took the wrong turn. We had such fine hopes for mankind. Visions of peace and love. A world where everyone works to their potential. And happiness abounds. A world of plenty for everyone, laughter, light and love...

We did see that world, we did imagine it. What happened? Don't fall back to "crazy people". There have always been "crazy people" and there always will be. We just hear more about the few than ever before.

Dirty Laundry

What's the Deal with Bad News

What's with that anyway? Why is bad news so profitable. I remember when bad news was spread mouth to mouth. News only showed up on the TV so many times a day, so when someone saw the news, the phone wires lit up. Bad news...that applied to you...was spread on a "need to know" basis. Neighbor called neighbor, mother called son, sister called brother. We learned of bad news as our parents wanted us to. My parents liked to be sparse on details, and it was years before I realized not all parents were.

Where did simplicity go? Did it go the same route as our values? Lost somewhere in space and time? Lost somewhere in those past years when our reality included honesty and sincerity? Or, as I think, is it here, just hidden under a cloak of misinformation?

The nightly news tells me that I am not safe. Someone is out to get me. Someone is not always defined, so my fear is unidentified dread. Anxiety is becoming a world-wide epidemic. I would wonder why. Maybe if we had never watched the news we could be at ease. I wonder why the networks WANT us to be anxious?

I do not feel like a victim. I will not accept being a victim. I feel as if I will find a way to handle what is thrown my way in life. My current greatest personal problem is that I have difficulty asking for help. I work with and learn is my motto.

I do have tons to learn. There is so much I do not understand! How much should government intrude into our lives. How much can the government tell me how to live my life?

I know, I know...I am naive.

I guess you could say I was protected as a child. But that was how my parents DECIDED to raise me. Protected. And that was their decision to make, their decision on how they raised their child. I guess if I had been abused I wouldn't think this should be a right.

George Carlin-The American Dream

A Few of My Blessings

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I am Blessed

My parents lived the "American Dream". I fully expected to live the "American Dream". Then I found out I had a fatal flaw. I could not disseminate. Isn't there a song, "if only I could lie". Oh, no, that was "If I only had a Brain" from the "Wizard of Oz". Well, I would probably find the Emerald City...if only I could lie.

My father always warned me that I do not think like other people. He would say, "Other people do not see the world like we do. It's more black and white."

He was a very wise man. I am an extremely lucky woman in the fact that I have wonderful parents. Another thing that I thought was a right of life growing up. It was not until many years later (and being a nurse) that I understood the depth of my blessing.

I am so very blessed in life it leaves me speechless at times. I look back and see how every puzzle piece fell together, and understand that I was right to trust God that it would. I very much believe that what we imagine will happen does happen.

I know, I know. Many would say I am naive and uncouth with an exaggerated sense of self. To think that I could change reality???!!! But it is true. My reality consists of the information my 5 senses feed me combined with how my brain interprets it. I am pretty sure my 5 senses send me correct signals. I just cannot put away my upbringing. We are here to help each other.

I don't believe this is the last I will be. Yes, it may be the last time on this plane, but there are many other places. Yes, we are corporeal, but we ARE energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed.

Therefore, I am, I was and I always will be. But I think of it in this way...I am a part of it...I was a part of it...and I always will be a part of it. Yea, I know, there is my exaggerated sense of self again. But I am energy, therefore I cannot be destroyed.

I think there are people who would like to see life like us destroyed. Life that searches for truth. Life that feels a connection with other life. Life that cares what happens to another as much as it cares what happens to them. I think there are those who would like to see a zombie world of sheeple who ask no questions.

I think we need to be concerned...

American Nation

(This song goes to the tune of "Cherokee Nation".)

They took the whole American nation

and made us into aberration.

They took away our ways of life;

Our jobs, our homes...our right, our might.

They took away "God In We Trust",

And substituted greed and lust.

The middle class in it's plight,

Was taken down with all it's might.

American People, American Pride.

Just want to live, don't want to die

They took the whole American nation

And made us into an aberration.

They thought to catch me in their chains,

But I can't go the way they came.

American People, American Pride.

Just want to live, don't want to die.

So maybe someday, when we learn,

American people will be concerned,

Be concerned,

Be concerned,

Be concerned.

© 2010 Kari Poulsen


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    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa

      Dolores Monet

      On Jan 25 ,2011 President Barak ’’ I ’’ Obama will speak to the nation on the ‘’State of the Union’’ . The Democrats still control the Senate, the Republicans now control the House and a Democrat, Barak Obama is the President. For the past 4 years , the Democrats under Pelosi and Reid have controlled the government and Congress. The Republicans ‘’ Party of No ‘’ and obstructionist have been literally shut out of governing for the past 4 years.

      Why is it that the Democrat majority seem to always blame the Republicans for the Economy and the countries short comings?

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      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa

      Dolores Monet


      TAX CUTS PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET better then sending the money to Washington. Tax cuts are a quick fix to getting money into the economy. Last but not least, you decide where you need to spend the money not the government.

      You remarked ‘’where are the jobs?’’

      In 2007 the Democrats won the 2006 election and took a Majority control of Congress. In 2009 the Democrats won the Presidency and a super (60 votes ) Majority of Congress. In 2007 the unemployment rate was 4.6%, prior to 2000 under President Clinton and a Republican majority Congress unemployment was 4.0%.

      In the past 4 years ,2007to 2010 ,under the Democrat leadership unemployment went from 4.6% to 9.8%. Latest labor department #s are 9.4% , by excluding those who quit looking for work ( cooking the books ). The Obama Stimulus of $725 billion now has risen to $852 billion. Where did the money go ?

      It’s time for all Americans to wake up and ask their Representatives ‘’ where are the jobs’’?

      The Bush tax cuts seemed to work? It got us out of a 2000 recession, 9-11 catastrophe and financing of two wars. The Obama Stimulus apparently did not work. Since 2007 the national debt has risen from $9.0 trillion to $14.2 trillion , that’s $5 trillion of spending and we are still waiting for the jobs.

      By the way, the mainstream media wants the people to stay in the dark.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I can't remember what I was originally going to say. But here we are in the comments section arguing about Republicans and Democrats and who really wants what is best for our country. If the Bush tax cuts of ten years ago were so great, if the tax cuts create jobs - where are the jobs? Since the introduction of the tax cuts (so odd during a war), the economy has not improved but worsened. Why would extending those tax cuts help?

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      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa

      Micky Dee


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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You can paint this up and spray it with some deodorant. Pin some roses on it. I say to you Jon that this country is in a mess because of the lies George Bush and predecessors have told and the war that has been waged on the common man! I tell you the democrats turn into republicans because this is America and money wins. The end result of your businessmen in charge is a debt driven slave nation in which the very few that own this world make living stupidly hard for the rest of the world. The fewer owning more of the world IS NOT making the world a better place. You would have less government for your cronies and partners in the slave trade. You cannot work in a suit. The powers that continue to suck the world dry and imprison more Americans in this land of the free (?) are few who do little work. You know - like you. You push some paper but I doubt you have ever done real work. I know for a fact I'd rather have a carpenter for president than you. A carpenter has worth. Your words will never help the common man. Your facts and figures could have been made up before Obama took office. This is a game for you and yours. Obama is a republican. He ran as a democrat and he turned into a republican. If he didn't the CIA or another unidentifiable "lone assassin" will be blamed for another presidential death and your buddies the lawyers will undergo another silly excuse for an investigation. The lawyers in charge of the congress and courts and ultimately everything will falsify another slipshod investigation. Your big business media friends will buy out,, intimidate, and destroy all competition for independent news and sweep more truth under the red, white, and blue carpet. But suits like you continue to spew worthless facts and figures that only help murderers and criminals that the lawyers who refuse to run a court system, congress, and the presidency continually get in bed with. The end result of all your facts and figures only end up to be more common Americans in prison and more uncommon American traitors escaping justice. Meanwhile the lawyers fill up those Cayman Island accounts but good old Jon has facts and figures. All your facts and figures just imprison more Americans in the GATED COMMUNITIES. The rich in theirs and the poor in prisons. Like it or not there is a hell for the rich. It's well documented! It's been documented for thousands of years. The yokes that you help put on the necks of the poor you'll wear yourself. But to aid and abet these thieves is unconscionable. You will never talk and preach about this disparity. Our food is compromised by factory farming and the bottom line of giving no nutrients for great profit. Your place is promoting the big business Calvin Decline and other big business that takes the textiles out of the country and sells us cheap crap for $50 to $150 and call it a shirt. Brotherhood is sold down the road for selfish greed and that is your party and those are your friends. So dress up in that suit. Pretend you work by rolling the sleeves of your shirt up. Pretend that you actually toil because your tie is loosened. Pretend that you're also a fat cat that deserves respect because you sit over an unjust court that sends the innocent to jail with the guilty. Well put on a robe and pretend that we should call you "your honor" when you've shown for two hundred years that honor is not common place in your court. Pretend you make laws for all people while you pretend you're a congressman and you're having lunch with a lobbyist from a big corporation.

      No you just do what you're doing. Compile a bunch of figures that make you right while the whole world goes to hell.

      Two thousand years of retribution is waiting for you and your "parties".

    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa

      Micky Dee

      ''I am a "Truth Seeker", first and foremost.''

      The largest employer in the USA is the federal government. Under Obama and company the government grew 20%, would you believe that. The Obama administration and the majority Democrat controlled Congress in just 2 years now have the government controlling 60% of the economy. Obama and the Democrats are fighting for the middle class, that's what they are telling the American people. You don't hear them saying that they are fighting for the poor??. Today there are 46 million on food stamps and 15 million unemployed (9.8% ).Under President George Bush and the Republicans up to Dec of 2006 unemployment was 4.6% and oil was $45 a barrel. Pelosi and Reid (Democrats )have led Congress from 2007,2008,2009 and 2010. the record speaks for itself. Let's not forget Senator Obama was in Congress when the recession started in Dec 2007. Blaming the Republicans for all the problems seems to be somewhat like propaganda of some sort.

      Please find the whole truth as you once said.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Gee. Here we go again. There is no way that a republican controlled anything will ever do anything for the common man. The republicans are big business and they want less "government". The less government they prefer will never be for the common man. They want less control to pollute, shut jobs down, intimidate workers. etc. etc. They want less controls on firearms- meanwhile the dealers sell arms all over the world like to the US trained Indonesian soldiers who slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people in East Timor. Republicans are for the rich. This is America and after being elected the elected democrats just turn into republicans. You will never get "leadership" from lawyers.

      Oh yeah Jon! Everything will be perfect!

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      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      ON NOV 2ND the people voted. The House majority are Republicans. The Senate still is controlled by the Democrats and President Obama will remain until 2012.

      The country waits to see if the parties will work together to change the economy around.

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      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      ’Cut back government spending’’

      Who can recall when Congress was grilling the automobile industry executives for the use of company private jets when the companies were going broke. President Barak Obama and Congress made the executives give up their jets to save money. The Answer to the automobile industry was for the taxpayers to bail out the auto industry for $ billions and save union pension funds.

      When will Congress step in and stop President Obama from traveling weekly on taxpayer owned jets. Obama is the Chief Executive of the largest employer taxpayer owned, non for profit, entity in the United States. The Obama run government entity has multi year deficits of $ trillions in the past 23 months. On the campaign trail President Barak Obama says ‘’ I know your hurt’’ referring to the people. The cost for the President to leave Washington each and every time runs in the $millions. Does he really understand how much the nation needs jobs.

      Why would anyone give Obama and this Congress more time to wreck the nation? The Bush tax cuts will end on Dec.31st.On Jan. 1 ALL the peoples taxes will go up.

      On Nov2nd vote the bums out. The people need to take back the government ASAP.

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      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      '' greedy and corrupt (previous Administration)'' The present administration ( incompetent and irresponsible''?

      Here's the Obama record: There are 40 million on food stamps and 9.6%+ unemployed receiving in some cases 24 months of unemployment checks.

      The DEMOCRATS under the leadership of Obama, Pelosi and Reid ( proud ) have been in power the last 4 years. They just can't get the job done right.Where are the JOBS?

      In 13 more days ON NOV 2ND, the people will get their chance to speak out.

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      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE PREVIOUS administration had a majority controled DEMOCRAT CONGRESS ( INCLUDING SENATOR OBAMA ) and were in charge of the economy in 2007 and 2008.When the Democrats took control of Congress unemployment was 4.6%.The recession began in DEC of 2007.Democrat Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid have had control of the economy for 4 years.President Obama has had a majority controled congress ( in his term )for 21 months.'' The greedy and corrupt (previous Administration)''is that what the Democrats were in your opinion.With unemployment at 9.6%, please note that no one is doing OK.If the corporations were as you say doing OK,unemployment would go down.

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      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Gotta vote because we are a maturing country, albeit still young, but the greedy and corrupt (previous Administration) are flourishing. Lawyers, Corporations and banking giants are doing very well nowadays.

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      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      Very nicely written hub. Let's not allow the ''THEY'' TO TAKE OUR FREDDOMS AWAY. VOTE on Nov 2nd to clean up the ''they '' in Washington.

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Kari, Wow, nice to know that my hub inspired you! Thanks for sharing the link here. :)

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      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      There is a lot of stuff going on in our country, in our world, and I don't consider myself naive, but I do believe that whatever we give energy to persists. and so I look to find what I want to give energy to each day, and it is amazing what happens. I believe in critical mass, so if you give energy to the values you hold dear and someone else does the same, and so on and so on, those values will persists. there are plenty of good and wonderfilled people in my world. I have lost some vision in one eye, so maybe that is why I do not notice the bad guys in the shadows!!! So stay with your energy and so will the rest of us and we will persist.



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      Kari Poulsen 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Violet, It is sooo appropriate that you commented first. You were my inspiration! I was reading your hub, "Getting Older and the Power of the Mind" ( and was trying to find some good song titles. One thing led to another and this hub was born. Thanks! :D

      Mentalist acer, It's good to see I'm not alone in my concerns! Just remember that not all of us can be bought out. All people of integrity need to stand together. :D

      ralwus, I hide in the open, what can I say? Hehehe...seems I've done a good job, too. :D

      Saddlerider1, I'm watching as our country becomes rich and poor...what a waste! But I'll say this, I'd rather maintain my integrity and be poor than sell everything I hold sacred to be rich. Call me old-fashioned... :D

      Misha, Love you back! Viva our parents, who helped us find a way to make sense of the chaos that is today. Love is the answer to happiness. :D

      dahoglund, Wake up. What our founders wanted is not happening here. They did the best they could...who would have thought the American people would have allowed the monstrosity that exists today.

      As an Operating Room nurse, the economy affects me probably less than others. There will always be people who need surgery...whether they can afford it or not. This does not mean that do not feel concern for what is happening.

      Thomas Jefferson said, "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

      He also wrote, "I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."

      They did recognize the dangers, and warned us of them.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      There is always a struggle between our values and losing them. Our founders recognized that and set up asystem to help maintain balance.Things will not always be the way we want them but hopefully, we the people will demand it be set straight.

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      @Misha: I miss your presence in Hubpages, good to see you in Kari's hub. :)

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      8 years ago from DC Area

      Love ya girl! Though I am not an American ;)

      But those people, those you mention at the end, they are just scared, ya know, scared of life for life in their early childhood, and because of that can't make any sense of it...

      Viva your parents, and my parents, and all parents who managed to feel the love and pass the love to their kids :)

      Oh, and I agree to Violetsun -your hub emanates love :)

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful hub and so much truth. Excellent, is it to late, I think it may be, what middle class? one society the Rich and the very poor in America.

      George Carlin has it spot on he has now gone to his maker and I hope he's as funny there as he was here. Thanks for the share, We are not in the BIG club, we are pawns in our country.

      No matter if its in USA or Canada...peace and hugs.

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      8 years ago

      I didn't know you were this bright. Wow Great hub. Charlie

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Agenda has overtaken truth seeking and resolution,morality hes been replaced with the bottom line,and people bought 1/2 million dollar houses on a $40.000 a year income with no money down and nothing in the bank...I think we're surrounded;)

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      K@ri: After finishing reading your hub, I was left with little goosebumps and a warmth around my ears and neck; I know its energy. When I read articles like yours or meet kindred spirits like you, it makes me kinda teary eyed because it shows me that no matter what goes on in this planet, there is beauty in the hearts and soul of many temporary guests in this world, and this gives me hope.

      Loved the art and poems. I respect the Native Americans, there is so much we can learn from their attunement to Spirit and nature.

      Rated up!


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