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Social Problems: A Voice of One

Updated on June 17, 2013

WHERE IS THAT ONE VOICE?

“Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men. “
Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is hard to argue with the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt. As he looked out over the economic landscape of the United States in 1933, he saw a nation that had given up on itself. He saw a nation that was so beaten down that it had lost its will to continue, and he vowed to do something about it.

He vowed to do something about it! He did not waste time with rhetoric, nor did he waste time with committees studying the problems of the country. He saw a country that needed desperately to go back to work and he set about making it happen.

Rarely in history do we see the power of one man affect major change on a country, as though the sheer force of his will is enough to move political and economic mountains. Roosevelt was one such man.

There have been others….Lincoln….Mandela....Churchill….Ghandi…..King….solitary figures who faced enormous obstacles and opposition and still managed to change the world.

Where is that person today? Where is the one human being who will lead this nation….lead many nations….out of the quagmire in which they now reside?

Franklin D. Roosevelt
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EXTRAORDINARY TIMES CALL FOR EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Are these extraordinary times? There can be no argument that this nation, and many others, face challenges today that on the best of days are frightening. In the United States the educational system is floundering, the economy is hanging on by a thread, and hope for millions of citizens is just another four-letter word.

Leaders have promised a change, and then four years later promised change again, and yet unemployment hovers at much-too high levels and jobs continue to pour overseas. A nation that once took pride in the words “Made In America” finds it hard today to muster anything other than apathy, complacency, and fear.

Yes, fear! People are afraid for their job security, if, indeed, they even have a job. People fear crime and the drug culture. People fear poverty, fear bigotry, and fear each other, and because fear is so prevalent people are looking for anyone to blame.

Politicians understand this fact, and they are more than willing to point the finger of blame and say….”look, over there, they are the reason you don’t have a job…..that group over there, they are the reason you don’t feel safe at night.” The process of blame only serves one purpose and that is to deflect responsibility in another direction.

IN THE ABSENCE OF A VOICE OF REASON

Well, quite frankly, in the absence of a voice of reason, people will grasp hold of anyone who gives them someone to blame….not someone who has a solution….just someone to blame….because sadly, the bottom 80% have given up any hope of someone having a workable solution. The Baby Boomers are remembering back to an easier day in earlier times, longing for it with every ounce of their being, and meanwhile they fear their Social Security won’t be enough to live on IF they can ever retire.

Generations X,Y, and Z remember when credit was easy to come by, when homes were affordable, and when jobs were, if not plentiful, at least a possibility. Now they owe their souls to the credit card companies and the mortgage companies, and they face a future where contemplation of Social Security is a pipe dream at best, and the competition for minimum wage jobs is fierce.

As for those just graduating from high school or college….well, they should be, and probably are, scared to death, because in most cases their education was a sham and in no way prepared them for the real world.

And so all factions look to point the finger of blame, and the politicians are more than willing to point to the other side, and the division continues when in fact this nation needs to come together.

But who is going to bring us together?

WHO IS THE NEXT VOICE OF REASON?

I look at the political leaders today and I see no one who can bring this country together. Charisma, flair, motivational, whatever you call it, it seems to be lacking across the political spectrum. I am reminded of the words of the late JFK who said: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Well, those days are gone now aren’t they? Many people are simply trying to figure out how they are going to put food on the table this week. The thought of doing something for a country that has allowed poverty and homelessness to reach epidemic proportions is rather foreign in today’s world.

We see more and more examples of hard-working individuals who have labored for decades and still have nothing to show for it; in fact, they keep hearing rumors that their retirement system, Social Security, is in danger of drying up and blowing away. They look around and wonder how can this be? How could they work their entire lives and be in worse condition than they were when they started working so many years ago. The cost of health care has skyrocketed and millions are wondering what happens when that day comes when they need medical care that is beyond their ability to pay?

They look at other countries that have universal health care systems and ask why not the United States?

We see more and more examples of hard-working individuals who have run out of answers. Who is going to lead them? Who is going to give them hope?

In the absence of a voice of reason……who is that voice of reason?

Join Me For A Moment

A DOSE OF REALITY

The truth is obvious: there are no Roosevelts or Lincolns on the horizon. There is no leader upon whom we can ride, no charismatic savior who will lead us to the Promised Land. The job of economic salvation is ours and ours alone. After all, that finger of blame needs to be pointing at us. Nobody forced us to spend beyond our means. Nobody forced us to use credit as though it were Monopoly money. We put ourselves in this mess and then when we turned around and asked for help, there was no help available.

And so real choices have to be made, and real sacrifices have to be chosen! If you can’t afford to own a home then sell it before you drown in the mortgage payment. If you can’t afford your car payments then get rid of the car and figure out another form of transportation. Yes, I said get rid of it. Happiness is not measured by the amount of things you own, and financial freedom is not gained by ownership.

More and more people are walking away from the American Dream; in many cases it is a matter of survival to do so. More and more people are choosing to live simple and live frugally, because it is a matter of survival and peace of mind to do so. More and more people are getting creative in finding solutions. More and more people are taking matters in their own hands rather than wait for a miracle that is not coming.

Who is that voice of one who can lead you out of the economic prison you now reside in? That person is you and that voice is yours!

There was a song by Dion quite a few years back called “Abraham, Martin, and John.” I am reminded of the mournful lyrics, “has anybody here, seen my old friend Abraham…..can you tell me where he’s’ gone?”

Well, he ain’t coming back, and there are no Abrahams in sight. He’s been replaced by the Waltons Ellisons and Kochs, and the only thing they are interested in freeing is your money from your wallet.

Stand up and be heard! Stand up and take control of your life! Stand up and be a voice of one!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      kingmaxler 4 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      You continually inspire me. Well done..."clap,clap,clap." Your heart must be huge and your mind exquisite. Another empowering article. As humans we are constantly adapting to the changes. Living simply, frugally has its own rewards. Thank you for the historical quotes from some of the past leaders of this amazing country in which we live.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my dear, and it is an amazing country, and I want it to remain so. You have taught me so much about having a huge heart, and for that I will always love you.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I have to tell you as soon as I saw FDR's face here, I felt such an overwhelming sense of relief. Growing up not only did I learn about him from history book (I wasn't born until the 1970s), but from my grandmother who grew up during that time and told me time and time again what a savior he truly was during a time when the country was truly in dire straits. In the here and now though I fully agree that there is no like him and unfortunately for us there most likely never be someone like him. We will need to make change happen for ourselves by taking control of our own lives and destiny. However still not quite sure how to do this completely, but have as of late taken some baby steps along the way. Thank you for yet again giving such great food for thought and have of course shared your words here, voted and tweeted too!!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      FDR--- was a man with common sense---which is lacking in our government today. Congress thinks they are above the people who elected them to power.

      They are taking their power to the next level for their own future. Does the word authoritarianism ring a bell when hearing about Congress and the issues with them?

      Of course this is one person's opinion and since we are still a free nation I will fight for anyone right to disagree with me.

      Thanks Bill---for my venting time.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, you can stop by any old time and vent to your heart's content and yes, authoritarianism rings a loud bell to me. Thank you so much for leaving a wonderful comment, one I agree with completely.

      Peace and happiness to you, Bobbi, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, that's all any of us have to do....is just take baby steps in the right direction. FDR was a remarkable man, a man of wealth who became champion of the poor. Go figure that one out! :)

      Thank you my dear; I always feels better about life after I hear from you. I want to be able to pass the torch on to compassionate people like you.

      bill

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Terrific! Almost felt from my chair, because I've seen more than anyone the flaws and shameless immorality eating us away. Our leaders are just a piece of the "gearing." A new President is always briefed on "classified" updatings for the well being of this Country (don't touch my investment buddy!) Can you believe that? Whether Romney or Obama, they won't be able to touch those hidden interests, unless they want to end like John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Just amazed how much we spend helping our allies, and we don't even want to pay our teachers a decent amount. We can sponsor a school on an undisclosed country, but yet cannot fix the bathrooms at School 19. What is wrong with the picture? Thanks Billy! You are opening people's eyes, and that's dangerous for the "SYSTEM."

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      If the president is the most important leader in the United States, why do corporate CEO's make more money? If the government is of the people and for the people, why are the people ignored? If big business has no customers, how do they expect to stay in business? Priorities are askew in the country and have been for over a decade. When representation is given to special interests instead of population, this is what happens. Yet, greed will continue to hold politicians in it's grasp until there is nothing left to give. Not a quick fix on the horizon, by any means. Great Hub, my friend. States the truth for sure.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Politicians really work for their own interests, and this is true the world over. I would have to echo your sentiments. Fainess is something we've to fight for, though it will take time coming. thanks for the write, which I share.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      I think the Feds came to see Billy.... huh?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, when I get pad a visit by the FBI, I'll know that they are listening. :) Until then, I'm just going to keep prodding the Tiger with a sharp stick and see if I can get his attention. Thanks my friend, and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, you ask questions I have no answers for. I am discouraged and disheartened.....thank you for the humor of your hub today; it lifted me up and now I'm ready for a new day and new fights. Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle; now get out there and exercise your voice!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not hard to find Joseph! LOL

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Hehehe! Thanks for that smile Billy. I wanna know if I can get to that area 51. I can mimmick a silly lost boy by the gate. Great hub by the way my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, let's plan a meet and greet at Area 51 some day soon; I'll meet you at the gate and we'll stir things up together. Thanks buddy!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Another inspiring piece of work Bill. It is sad that so many of us feel this way and yet through the ages they have stripped away our confidence in ourselves and, in some ways, our means to be heard on a larger platform. The web is the best tool we have, beyond a strong heart and a conscious. I do think there is hope on the horizon though. I think there is a leader who might emerge before the 2016 election, if we make it that long. lol I also try to look at this from a spiritual perspective and when I am able to do that, I see this situation as a necessary step to getting where we need to be. Sometimes collectively we just have to get sick and tired of things being the way they are before we have the courage to act. I may be naive but it sustains me to believe that there is a purpose, even in this. Awesome job today my friend!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      there was only one FDR.. awesome president.. great Hub.. always love your hubs.. so practical reading great advice.. Hugs and blessings

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, you got that right....there was only one FDR! Now we await the next great leader of this country. I hope he comes soon.

      Thank you my dear; peace and happiness to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, in AA we call it being sick and tired of being sick and tired. That's what it will come down to for many...how much more misery before they act? I hope it is soon and I, too, have hope for the future....and I also have faith in myself in being able to make a difference.

      and so we write

      Thank you

      bill

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You're sure you don't want to run for President? What we need is someone with conviction who cares about running the country not winning popularity poles!

      We have faith in you and the myriad of other writers who are trying so hard to make a difference in this time of need.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Oh, and shared btw.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I would be in a straight jacket within 24 hours in the White House. Can you see it? I would kick out everyone and hire my good friends on HubPages to run the country with me. Special interest groups would be kicked to the curb. LOL

      Thank you my dear. I have faith in you as well, and the sun is shining in my life. I am a lucky man!

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      What a wonderful and encouraging, Call to Action Hub! Big Hugs for your writing!!! Awesome!

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      pearlmacb 4 years ago from Switzerland

      This was worth the read, great hub thanks, even though I`m a european resident I want America to rise, thanks for the empowering words of great men that made a difference. Look forward to visiting your page again.

      VotedUp & Useful!!! :)

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Bill: Another terrific article! Send these to the news companies for publication. You are a voice of reason and you argue points so well. I agree with what you have said. I thought Obama was the leader we needed in 2008. I have watched as he has floundered - we have a lack of leadership in this country and Romney doesn't make me feel any better either. I have moved to Florida because it is a retirement friendly state. I can live there for much less than in Ohio. I'm here in Ohio trying to do what you sugggest - sell my house. I do agree with your philosophy of life - whether people are retired or not they need to start downsizing now. We don't need "things" in life. We need peace of mind and a lifestyle we can pay for. I thank God I was a teacher because I don't expect a whole lot now. I've never been one who had to have the big house with a three or four car garage. I've learned to enjoy the simple things in life.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Amen, Billybuc! Amen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leigh, I will gladly accept those hugs; thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you my new friend from Switzerland. No matter which country you live in, I think this applies. We are all in this together. Thank you for the visit and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dexter! I am always happy to see you visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I have no idea who the next great leader will be, but I know we haven't seen him or her yet. Still waiting!

      In the meantime, as you mentioned, I will take steps to make sure my life is simplified so that my remaining years are stress-free of any outside influences. Best of luck selling your home, and blessings to you my friend, as you go about your day.

      Thank you!

      bill

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So naturally told as always ;you certainly know how to keep an audience captivated till that very last word. Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you dear Eddy! I guess I'm a storyteller at heart, and I'm glad my voice is one that reaches people. I love writing, as I know you do, and it is so gratifying to receive comments like this one.

      Have a wonderful afternoon and evening my dear.

      love,

      bill

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I am constantly quoting Eleanor Roosevelt. Those Roosevelts are something else. I liked your hub Billy. You always challenge and inspire at the same time. A unique gift!

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      You are so right as always my friend. It simply means that we have to lead instead of waiting to be led. Great men have made a difference because they have taken matters into their own hands and made the changes they wanted to see in the world. Let us stand and be counted. My love to you always :)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Again a provoking hub. Well done indeed, Bill

      This is the time for extraordinary people to take a stance and be firm about it. I am sure many will follow that individual.

      Jai ho to you Bill and this motivating hub!

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      A great hub and yes we will learn how to be more creative on how to manage our lives. Maybe our experiences along the way will enrich our souls & make us truly grateful for what we already have. My 6 yr old came home and said "I'm happy, healthy and alive". How true.

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

      Can you imagine even 10% of our society standing up and telling the power people to jump in a lake!

      We are the change Bill, and it is our responsibility to shout to society as long as we need to, to cause a wake up of society, and if the FBI want's to come knocking let them.

      Thank you for the share also bill, You are a friend and a good man.

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      pearlmacb 4 years ago from Switzerland

      ....yeap thats the truth *we are all in this together* thanks again

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Julie! I am grateful for your kind words and I agree, the Roosevelts were something else indeed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, I have always been fascinated why one person will stand up while another lives in their complacency....what is there about the leader who feels compelled to lead?

      Anyway, thank you my dear; have a wonderful evening and love to you always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira! Extraordinary people indeed! Wherever they are, it is time to stand up and lead!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samnashy.... I love that....happy, healthy and alive! How great is that from a six year old? You just made my day with that line! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I don't think people realize the power we have, if we ever decide to unite and actually do something. :) It could be an event to remember for sure.

      I hope you are well my friend; bless you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, my new friend, thank you for the visit once again.

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

      Billy, very Inspirational, you have the power to motivate people and you've done a brilliant job here. Common sense will prevail.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you; I hope what you say is true. I will keep on speaking and believing.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Always a Treat to stop by and read your Hubs, Bill...And of course this one is very Inspiring, as well as Motivating. We should Never forget how to Survive, and in these hard times, we need Good Leadership. I pray that people will realize that, and Vote accordingly.

      We've downsized, and will do so again when we move to Florida. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara; you two move a lot! :) When is the next trip?

      I appreciate you very much and I love that you are downsizing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Exactly what must be said to the masses. I think there are many out there who still believe Government is their saving grace, that the coming election is going to change things. Sadly, no. We do need another Roosevelt in the white house or a Mandela to make things happen. Voted up and shared.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I am dismayed by the political rhetoric, shifting blame, purposeful misinterpretation of ideas and shady tactics. For a country called The "United" States, I see little unity, floundering fellowship and our leaders appear to be in "dog eat dog" mode. All the screwed up policies and theft within our own government makes even "going it alone" difficult. I've heard ominous predictions about a soon empty lockbox that was supposed to hold social security until each individual retires. Where did it go and why was it robbed? And, if it's going to be empty for future generations, why are paychecks still deducting it? To add insult to injury, I read that our taxes stipulated to pay gov't workers pensions will increase by 20% next year due to the negative impact of the stock market the last few years. What about the civilian retirees, whose pensions are now gone? Who is going to replace the money they set aside from each paycheck all their working years? No matter who gets the presidency, there will be just enough gov't influence to make it difficult to make it on our own. When the home is sold and the car is gone, no health insurance or money for food, what's left, because the gov't will never have enough. You have more hope than I, Bill. You are an inspiration, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sadly, Dianna, the election will do nothing, as you said. There will be no major changes; it will be BUSINESS as always, and the sooner people come to realize that the better. Thank you; I feel better knowing there are others, like you, who see this point.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I have hope for individuals. I have no hope for this nation, and that's the first time in my life that I have said that. Yes, it could change, and most likely will at some point in the distant future, but for my lifetime I only have hope in the enlightened individuals who see things as you do and who are taking steps to insure that they will have a way of life when things come crashing down.

      I want to make enough of a stink that the FBI considers me subversive; that's when I'll know I'm being heard. :)

      thank you dear lady

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

      Leave it to you to cut straight through to the heart of things. We have to count on ourselves for we are all we have. I love reading your work. You always leave me feeling like humanity may yet save itself. God bless!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vix; I can't really say my hope is as strong as it was a year ago, but it's still hanging by a thread!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      You are right, Billybuc. We are the only ones who will solve our problems, for no one leader can fix us now. My guess is that once we start to come together as one human helping another, simplify our lives and live more from our hearts and not our ego driven heads, things will start to come together again....if not, we will self destruct. I think we are writing our end chapter now, and I still have hope.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles , I have hope too, but it's in the individuals and not the government. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who sees this and feels the same way. Thank you!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Very inspiring, empowering words, William! Words we all need to hear and to speak to ourselves and others eternally.

      As long as individuals serve their egos and not others, the battle between good and evil will continue.

      This earth school is our best teacher for testing the power of the Divine and Love. If we can keep our compassion, and commitment to giving, giving, giving, our lives will have been well spent. If not, we pay a dear price.

      I feel that we may be taking final exams at present, and whether we "pass" or not depends on our character, dedication, and perseverance. Further, we have an amazing opportunity to help each other, and reach out to get involved in a way that many have rarely availed themselves in the past in that so many were living life as if there were no tomorrow by squandering material wealth on stuff__or emptiness, if you will.

      If we as Americans truly want government by the people and for the people, we shouldn't be waiting for an anointed one to lead us out of the quagmire. We all need to love each other, band together, and walk together into the light.

      Thank you, dear William, for creating a hub that is forthright, inspiring, and powerful!

      Blessings, Reba

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I wish there was a third choice, as you are right none are what America REALLY needs, and I know it is our own fault. Very sad state of affairs for our nation in this time. We are giving away our money to those who hate us - Americans. Duh, and as another commented earlier so profoundly of the conditions in our schools are deplorable - and these are our children! They are our future. Great write billybuc, as always, In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is such an inspiring hub, Bill. Life is very scary for many people right now; your suggestions offer a ray of hope to those who are struggling.

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      Rosalinem 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Your conclusion is awesome, I did not expect the voice of reason to come from one,me. To stand for one self, very very true.

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      Rosalinem 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Your conclusion is awesome, I did not expect the voice of reason to come from one,me. To stand for one self, very very true.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, your words are eloquent, and you are very correct. If we are waiting for the next anointed savior we are in for a long wait. We must stand up....handle things ourselves....and help each other. I believe this with every fiber of my being and yes, this may well be our final exam.

      Thank you for the kind words; you are a person of compassion and as such will always be welcome in my circle.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Faith! I am encouraged by people like you. I will be by to visit you shortly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I hope that is so; that's why I write, so lift up and inspire. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosalinem; I have faith in mankind! I just wish mankind would wake up and live a life of compassion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Rosalinem!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent hub! Our world could certainly use a voice of reason right now. It doesn't appear that our current leaders or potential leaders have this sort of Roosevelt wisdom. I hope things change too. Great hub. BILLYBUC FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL Bite your tongue Tammy! I would be a crazy person after a half hour in the Oval Office....and then I'd be assassinated and Bev would not be happy about that at all. Thanks my friend and I agree with you; no leaders on the horizon.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I doubt that there will ever be anyone like FDR again. Too many people lobbying for too many things in DC and too many special interest that pull at politicians. No matter what a politician says, they end up doing what's best for their careers. Sorry, cynical mood tonight and really good hub! Thanks for a good read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I fight my cynical side almost daily. There are days it is really hard for me to turn up the PIPO. Thank you for your honest comment and I agree with it.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - My wise friend. The words you write are so true yet you can scream it from the mountains but I am afraid it may just be a bit too late. I worry for my nephews and young cousins coming up behind me. They are all hard working but barely hanging on.

      I, unlike many from my generation was raised to prepare for the future. I never lived above my means, rather I kept that future always in sight, never overspent and treated myself with infrequent small things such as a rare (and I mean rare) dinner out. Yet, I can not help but thing "What was the point?" As I take part time and temporary work, I watch myself creeping closer to my retirement and 401k savings. Although I hope this does not happen, it is a true possibility. I guess I hit that wall so hard because although I may be in better shape than some, how long will that be? I owe nothing on my vehicle, owe no bills and pay the ones that do come in. However, I am constanting preparing for it to get much worse. If things don't change I will be in the same shape as someone who spent frivilously and never planned for a future.

      I do commend you for writing this important hub.

      Love and hugs to you,

      Beckie XXOO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becki, I have been singing this song for over a month now, and actually started preparing for the economic collapse six years ago. This is going to get much worse before it gets better....I'm convinced we are facing another Great Depression. All I can hope is that a few people wake up in time by reading something I have written. There is a whole lot of pain out there and more on the way.

      Thank you dear one; sending hugs and love back at you.

      bill

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      "The job of economic salvation is ours and ours alone. After all, that finger of blame needs to be pointing at us."

      So, so true, Bill! In the immortal words of Pogo, "we have met the enemy, and he is us." Beginning at the individual level, we need to set about the task of recovering, not only our personal liberties, but our sense of personal responsibility. You articulate these truths so very well. Thanks for a most timely and important message.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael, and I greatly appreciate you following me and taking the time to comment.

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      And thanks to you, sir, for following me! I do look forward to reading more of your commentary on social issues. It sounds like the two of us think very much alike.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Michael! I will get over to your site soon.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      FDR spoke as one who governed a country and loved its people. When was the last time we, the people and our welfare, was the sole source of concern for our leaders? For those who have come to dictate our lives? It gets worse and worse until one day the American people will no longer exist.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha....or they rise up and refuse to allow it any longer. :) That's what I'm hoping for!

      Thank you; have a great weekend. Our rainy season just arrived; next sighting of sunshine will be in six months. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Me, too, Bill. Welcome to my world as far as the rain! Although our rainy/hurricane season is June 1st thru October 31st. I guess we get a break except for the hurricane/tornado threat.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you can keep those hurricanes and tornadoes; we are fine with our rain.

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      The reality is Roosevelt began the countries dive into socialism. If not for the 2nd world war Roosevelt's programs would have wiped out the US. Why do you think the 22nd amendment was so rapidly adopted? Henry Morgenthau Jr admitted after he was out office how wrong the programs were at the time of Roosevelt. Time to read about Eisenhower who may have been the greatest president of the 20th century.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      FSlovenec, thanks for your comment and your opinion. I appreciate you taking the time to share it.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I agree with your points. An empowering message here. Thanks for your words of wisdom. voting up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I can't believe that we're only a few days away from Christmas. Incredible how time flies and we're not getting any younger. Lol.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, that just doesn't seem fair now does it? LOL

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