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Are Americans Afraid to Speak Out Against Our Leaders?

Updated on November 17, 2011

Why Have We Turned Our Heads?

If we take a look at our history, any time that society has become oppressed by someone or something, it has been the American way to do something about it. Looking back at the sixties, the Vietnam war, and the civil unrest that took place, I am having a difficult time understanding why, now with things just as bad if not worse, we are not doing something about it.

When I say "it" let me list a few things that I am referring to. First, we have a war that unless we want to fool ourselves, we were not given an honest reason why we began fighting it. Weapons of mass destruction was the formal reason, but I think most would agree that is not a true statement.

A government that has given our leaders the power and ability to make themselves profit, while the average working persons are struggling to keep their homes.

Our schools have taken a beating, and it has been reported recently that our children are getting less of an education than ever before. The education level our children are receiving is about 30th place in the world.

The middle class is disappearing, with the gap between the upper class and poverty level growing by leaps and bounds. It has been reported that in this country about 1% of the population owns 97% of the money. There are more millionaires and billionaires now than ever before in recorded history. History tells us that when the poor majority is forced to be poor, and oppression becomes unbearable, a revolution is bound to happen.

We are losing our freedoms left and right. The bill of rights was written so that we would retain certain rights, yet if my ability to read and understand what I am reading, we have lost several or more of those rights already. Above and beyond those, which I will discuss a little later, we have allowed our legislators to rewrite and amend what is left of those rights until they almost do not mean anything anymore.

Our law enforcement has been given such power over the average citizen that most fear saying what they are thinking for fear of being imprisoned. Somewhere in the medieval times it was made illegal to put a man in jail for being poor, yet, I am watching in my town people being hunted down and jailed for FTP--failure to pay. Not that long ago it was FTA, - failure to appear that was a reason only for a jail term. Now I see that many people are being jailed for FTP, and this in a time when just finding work is not easy, and people are losing their homes, and families are becoming homeless. Our local government is receiving a $108 dollar a day for each and every person residing in our jail. This seems to me like poor mans court all over again. This is oppression, taking away a families home, when the bank was at fault, this is oppression.

Yet, we do nothing, and let it happen to us, as if we deserve this treatment.

The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, have been amended so much that the original documents no longer exists in our time in history. We no longer have the freedom of speech, mainly because we don't use that freedom anymore. Are we so afraid of what will be said or done either by our own government or by society that we no longer speak our minds?

I am saddened as I watch our freedoms taken away one by one. How can we call ourselves a free nation, when we are so burdened with the way we have allowed our laws to imprison the way we live? Our right to bear arms is a joke. Can you imagine what would happen to me if I walked down the street in Anytown, USA with six guns on? I would guess that it would be a matter of minutes before I had a law enforcement officer making me sniff the pavement with my hands behind my back.

We Americans do not even have the guts to speak out passively with a demonstration of peace as was done in the sixties. Sit ins taught our rulers that even though they had the upper hand, and could arrest us, that we would not tolerate the way we were being treated. Now we quietly tolerate it in jail.

What happened to us America? Are you sure that this is a government that is of the people and by the people and for the people? We act as though we are bad children, and the government our parent laying down the law for us, or we will be punished.

Do any of us think that anything that is going on in this country is worth debating, at the very least? or taking steps to end the things we feel are unjust? Do we feel that it is somebody else who should do the fighting for the rights we are losing?

Are there no more freedom fighters left? Come on people, if only to change one small wrong, it is a step in the right direction. Do you think that certain CEO's are getting the best of our money, and they are doing so illegally? Say something, do something, we are losing our freedoms, losing our homes, and in the end, we will lose everything.


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  • Jewelz1313 profile image


    6 years ago from Branson, Missouri

    Nicely done. I agree with you. I feel that our government is corrupt and ran by greed. It kind of makes me think of the story about Sodom and Gamorrah in the Bible. I wonder if God will do the same to our government.

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    deb douglas 

    6 years ago from Oxnard

    Thanks for your comments, and I am glad to see that some of us still care about how we are being treated.

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    7 years ago

    I do not believe that IQ's have dropped. I think most jobs no longer require one and a corporate mind set does not want people who think. I do believe Americans are afraid to do anything about there government and are at a loss of what they can do. Yes the government will do everything to prevent your voice from being heard and from disrupting their private agendas. Unknown to most Americans is how powerful it can be and it really does not take much. If it is a lie keep on calling it one and tell everyone it is a lie. Eventually people will get fed up and yes everyone is.

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    7 years ago

    Good topic. No question in my mind we were lied to about the reasons for the war in Iraq. I was one of the patriotic ones jumping up and down yelling no war. I feel that both the extreme right and extreme left have led us down these paths to failure. Fears of terrorist attacks are being used to get us to consent to laws that verge on marshal law.

    I do not agree with bailouts. If we had to bail out anyone it should have been home owners and not banks. If home owners had been helped from the start they would have been able to pay their mortgages and thus the banks would have not had to rely on mortgage insurance to cover the bad loans. I think every high school student should be required to take and pass a class in personal finance. These classes should include how to manage a checking account, a credit card, and how to calculate how much of a mortgage they can afford given their income level. Rule of thumb the monthly payment for a mortgage will be about 1% of the total cost of the house.

    There are many factors that play into the separation of rich and poor obviously access to good education is one of them as the cost of college tuition increases the gap will continue to grow.

    There is another factor that determines if someone will attend collage that many people don’t like to talk about and I will probably catch flack for bringing it up and that is IQ. The average IQ in the United States has decreased since the 70s. The US ranks 19th out of 82 countries. Approximately 10% of the population has a score of mildly retarded or lower. It is estimated that a person can only raise their inherited IQ by 5 points. The studies that have seen show that people with an IQ lower than 100 will not attend college. This would mean approximately 50% of the US population will never attend college. Now the argument could be made that if their parents had an average IQ (US average IQ is 98) their mean income might be such that they could not afford college for their children.

    The reason I bring up IQ and education is that I believe there is a direct link between education and IQ when it comes to what a society allows to be done to it. A less educated society more readily believes what its leaders tell them and they are more susceptible to the use of fear as a means of coercion. Unfortunately this is apparent in the way people vote many people vote for a party instead of looking at each individual person that is running for a public office. I find that when I vote I am all over the party lines. This past election I voted for someone from the Republican Party, Democrat Party, Green Party, and Natural Law Party. This is directed to all who read my response. When you voted the last time did you vote for the lesser of two evils? When was that last time you can honestly say you voted for someone and not against someone? I ask that voters stop voting against people and start voting for something.

    We have to be careful to watch legislation closely because legislation that favors the wealthy is typically devastating to the poor. Most trade agreements benefit the wealthy but not the poor or middle class whose jobs are lost due to bad trade agreements.

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    Abdinasir Aden 

    8 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

    great topic.

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    John Young 

    8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

    Very good topic DD. You put it together quite nicely. I couldn't have said it better. Good job.


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