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Social Problems: Standing On The Shoulders of Giants

Updated on September 14, 2012

SOME THOUGHTS FROM THE AUTHOR

“Never underestimate the power that a small group of determined people can have.” From “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today” by Bill Holland.

I consider myself a cynical optimist. I hold out hope that this ship can be righted, but I have seen so much that argues against that hope, and so I remain cynical. I have seen the best that man has to offer and I have seen the worst. I choose to believe that right will win out in the end, but still wonder if we have enough time left for that to happen. It is entirely possible that we, as a species, will devour ourselves from the inside, all the while drinking a toast to greed and inhumanity. I hope I am wrong!

As a nation we have been served by some giants. Over the past 236 years there have been men and women who understood the basic truths of humanity, and have lived their lives according to those truths. Of course they have had their own frailties; they were, after all, human beings. There will always be the naysayers who will point out the negatives about these giants, but the words….the powerful words….will live on forever as a beacon of hope, wisdom, and clarity for all to learn from.

Do You Believe In These Words?

We hold these truths to be self-evident!
We hold these truths to be self-evident! | Source
Government of the people!
Government of the people! | Source

GOVERNMENT

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln

The words of Lincoln echo those spoken and written by the founders of the Constitution. The ultimate power in this once great nation rests in the hands of the people, and if that power has been relinquished then the people only have themselves to blame.

Those who wrote the Constitution were adamant about the need for revolution if and when the power of the nation was taken from the hands of the people. Many of them argued that special interest groups and their money should never be allowed in the political system, that the possibility of corruption and influence was too great. Oh, if they could see the system today!

“The seed of revolution is repression.”
Woodrow Wilson

Make no mistake about it; throughout history, the repressed have always risen up and undertaken a revolution. What, then, is repression? Are we talking about military repression in the United States? A dictatorial government that infringes upon those most basic rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? In today’s industrial world there are few, if any, dictators in office, but that does not mean repression is non-existent.

When a man, or woman, cannot make an honest day’s living no matter how hard they try, repression exists. When the cost of living is controlled by those with deeper pockets, repression exists. When special interest groups control legislation then repression does, indeed, exist.

It is not a matter of if a revolution will happen; the only question that remains is when the first drum roll will be sounded, as citizens finally understand that according to the Constitution of this country it is their responsibility as citizens to stand up to repression and, if necessary, to revolt.

ECONOMICS

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The last sentence of that quote is the most important in my opinion. People who are hungry will respond to any promise, false or not. In the absence of a voice of reason, people will grasp at any straw, believe any falsehood, agree to any terms, in order to survive.

Once that happens you have lost liberty!

The American people, and many in all of the industrial nations, have dug themselves a sizeable hole and they have no shovel to dig their way out. They spent beyond their means, completely forgetting the lessons of the Great Depression, and now find themselves working for half-wages while the interest rates continue to add to the debt.

Former corporate managers working at Burger King find it a bit difficult to pay off the corporate manager debt accrued during decades of over-spending. A college education, once considered the first step towards a high-paying job, is now nothing more than a piece of parchment that is proof of un-payable student loans.

“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

The very foundation of our economic system is crumbling, as 80% of the populace owns 10% of the private wealth. Former President Clinton, in a speech at the 2012 Democratic Convention, stated that the old economy is dead, replaced by a new economy demanding new job skills. His solution was to educate those unemployed so that they can qualify for the new jobs. I would submit to you that a single mother in Georgia with three children, debt rising and waking hours diminishing, could no sooner go to college to earn new job skills than she could fly to the moon.

Franklin D. Roosevelt understood this; in the midst of the worst economic disaster this nation has ever seen, he did not ask the people to go back to school. He understood that this was a matter of survival and they needed to work right that instant. He then set about creating jobs and please note, this was at a time of incredible technological advancement. When he could have told people they needed to re-train for high tech jobs he instead told them to grab shovels and go build a bridge. He told them to go plant trees and make parks, upgrade roads and construct schools, all jobs requiring a minimum of job training.

He understood, more so than possibly any politician in this nation’s history, that people needed to work to maintain their pride and to maintain their hope.

Poverty Weakens Any Nation
Poverty Weakens Any Nation | Source

JUSTICE

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
Frederick Douglass

Where poverty is enforced! Where ignorance prevails! Could we be speaking about the United States of America, where the rich get richer and the poor are left to walk the streets in search of that life, liberty and pursuit of happiness they were led to believe existed?

This nation, or any nation, will never achieve its potential as long as members of that nation are hungry, jobless and homeless.

No, nothing is safe, and perhaps that’s as it should be. When education declines, when qualified teachers cannot be hired in the poorer districts, when jobs are outsourced and the leaders turn their heads, then nothing is safe. Deprive a person of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that person is justified in standing up and demanding more. Deprive a person of the very basic means of survival and do not be surprised when that person turns to crime as a remedy for their ills.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please, I want someone who does not believe those words to step forward! Please explain to me how our nation can turn its head while citizens are starving? Explain to me how our nation can turn its head while people are homeless? Explain to me how our nation can turn its head while veterans go without benefits, while children are abused, or while people are forced out of their homes by financial institutions who are allowed to wave the bottom line as if it were the American flag.

Some Thoughts On A Simpler Life

THE TIME IS NEAR AT HAND

We were given the blessings of freedom by those who came before us. We were given the torch of revolution, a sacred torch that was paid for with blood and toil. Are we simply going to roll over and allow that torch to extinguish, or are we going to pick it up and follow a proud tradition of defending our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Action begins at an individual level, and then to the communities, and then ultimately to the national level. Write your congressmen, your mayor, your governor, and anyone else in a decision-making position. Organize community activities to take back your community. Become aware of your fellow citizens and when someone is down, do not walk past without seeing, but rather reach out a hand of help.

For far too long now we have chosen to practice the fine art of tunnel vision existence. We have built a protective wall around ourselves and said the mantra “see no evil, hear no evil,” hoping that we will be insulated from harm.

While we were doing that, our nation changed, and the change is good for very few. We are not helpless. We are descendants of men and women who understood the basic principles upon which this country was built, and it is now time for us to do our part in continuing those principles.

Where injustice exists, there is justice for no one! Where poverty exists, there will never be freedom. Where repression exists, there will never be the United States of America!

We stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before us. Will we carry on the fight, or will we let the flame die, extinguished by the cold breath of complacency and indifference?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, it is my nature to want to do things in a big way....I want change to happen now, on a huge scale. Because of that, I get frustrated, convinced that I should be doing more to bring about that change. Thank you for the poem you shared and of course, you are right. We will both be the change we want to see and hopefully that will lead to much more.

      love from Olympia

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      Trinity M 5 years ago

      To quote another giant, Mahatma Ghandi, “We have to be the change we wish to see in the world”. I cannot change the government, the politics, the economy, etc… I CAN however change myself and through me and the love I give eventually change the world. Here is a poem that says it better than I can:

      I Wanted To Change The World (Author: Unknown Monk 1100 A.D)

      “When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

      I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

      When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

      Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

      Thank you for being a man who is the change he wishes to see my friend. Hugs to you always.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rusti; there is something wrong with the system when both members work and still cannot live....I'll just keep screaming from the mountaintops and hopefully make change happen one person at a time. I hope you are well my friend!

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      There's no excuse for hunger in this country at all. You are correct, the people need to stop taking it. When a couple both work 40 hours plus and can't make it, it's time for us to stand up and fight for our rights! Great hub my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, I am encouraged because of people like you, and others I have met on HubPages, who truly care. We have hope as long as someone cares! Thank you!

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Its the same problem in every country isnt it? Things are just not perfect and the number of voices which stand up against these atrocities are so less! A major problem... this is just saddening.

      A powerful message conveyed here bill! a great read!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Dianna; I needed that encouragement today! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I think people hear this message, it just hurts to think about the many needs out there. As you said, we must still encourage people to think about these issues in life that will, sooner or later, affect us all. Keep strong and focused, it is making a difference!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! The funny thing about these hubs is that the views drop on them, and I think it's because people don't want to be reminded that things are this bad. I guess I can understand that, but it won't keep me from writing them. Those of us who are a certain age understand the dangers we are facing much better than those younger. We can't remain silent.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am saluting the flag and singing God Bless America as I finish reading your hub post, Bill. We need to save our country from the looming shadow of dictatorship by rising up within our neighborhoods and reaching out to our lawmakers with our cries for justice. Your quote, “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Franklin D. Roosevelt... is what rings out the true status of our nation today. If we silently continue to ignore those who need our help, we will only find ourselves along side them in the future. Voted way up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it is a national shame, and I am fed up with complacency and people not caring. So I will continue to speak up on occasion....tomorrow's hub is about homelessness in America......stay tuned. :) Thank you my friend; have a great weekend in Illinois!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc Sonic, thank you! I am the same.....that's why I usually don't point blame at a particular political party....I just blame them all. LOL But seriously, I do have a great group of followers; there will be the occasional radical who just wants to shout everyone down, but I just thank them for their opinion and move on.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martin; I'm trying! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Seeing the picture of the homeless, hungry child does it for me. Shame on us.. What's the solution, I haven't a clue but something must be done. Complacency in America is at an all time high..

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      Glen Nunes 5 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      billybuc, I almost never get involved in political discussions on the internet - not because I don't care, but because they usually just degrade into name-calling (or worse). That hasn't happened here - clearly you have a great group of followers (no surprise, given the quality of your writing).

      Too many people, when they see a problem, say "They should do something about that" instead of "I should..." or "We should...". This mindset has to change, as "They" are the ones who got us into this mess in the first place.

      A quote from another giant, not of politics, but of Pop, is relevant: "I'm starting with the man in the mirror".

      Thanks for a great hub.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Very good, my friend. Keep the dream alive.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, been there, done that...the hippie thing....the original hippies. Sleep well. :)

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hey Bill... I really should be in bed so I'll keep this short and log off... ;-) I'll take you up on that cup of tea one day, and I don't think I got you wrong, I think I probably got carried away on my high horse after living in fields with hippies for the last 2 months...lol (just thankful I never got the dredlocks...)

      Night night, Jen

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I have no words for people like that. I swear the whole human race is reverting back to cave man days, or at least there are days when I feel like that. Thank God you and I are sane. LOL Thanks my friend; have a great weekend and stay safe in that crazy world of yours.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Over here billy its getting really bad with everything. did you know that today people with babies are having to be careful in london because some stupid cow, sorry but I could be worse, is actually going around town and when she sees a baby in a buggy she leans over and gives them a bottle of milk with bleach in it?! how can a woman do that? and whats worse she is supposed to be about fifty years old! I give up, I really do.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, when I find that entity you will be the first to know. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No problem Mike; I'm all for the love revolution that Jen talks about....that's why I keep suggesting to people that they begin living frugally, so that the government isn't needed as much. I just want people to do something and quit being complacent, submissive sheep.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, let me get this straight....you sent me hugs, stuff, and tea from England? What a wonderful follower you are. :)

      Thank you and I of course agree with everything you said. I'm afraid Mike and possibly you misunderstood me a bit.....I am all for a quiet, love revolution. I never want to see a full-blown violent revolution in this country again. I saw it once in the 60's and I'd like to think we have grown since then, although that was effective in ending the war in Vietnam. I am going to continue to write articles about building community, about getting off the grid, about living simply and frugally, in hopes that others will follow what I have done (and what you are doing) and make a quiet revolution that is free of government.

      Thank you so much for a great comment; if you are ever in the States, look me up. I'll buy you a real cup of tea any old time you arrive.

      Peace and happiness to you always,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Jennifer brought some insight to this issue. We once in America had "coffee houses" where we conducted and gathered those who needed to speak out. Before Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, we had an underground government. Do we need to go there again? Do we have the balls? Does anyone know of an entity working for the people? If so, please let me know!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Bill for being so understanding of my commenting towards your hub here, I love the way you handle such feedback, you are a true soldier of valor in worded form bro. I commend you on your efforts to get the people to at least wake up and smell the digital Java beans sort of speak.

      Oh and Hi Jennifer, thanks for mentioning me, and for reading my comment as well.

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Bill, I'd like to reply to your brilliantly written and thought provoking piece here from a British point of view if I may.... The social and political problems you speak of are not just restricted to the US, we have the same here in the UK. Poverty, oppression, greed, injustice and corruption... it's all over the Western world, and as I read your words, I could feel your anger.

      There are many people here, too, who think civil war or uprising is the answer, but, historically, where has this got us? You yourself made the point that "People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made", and I do not doubt for a second that an uprising will just give another corrupt authority a chance to take charge.

      In Britain, we are the most watched nation in the world with CCTV, we are taught to live in fear of terrorists that don't exist, criminals, foreigners and each other... this is designed to control us and stop the revolution. What "they" don't realise is, in this country (I really don't know if it is happening elsewhere), the revolution is already happening! Cloud Explorer is right... Love is the answer! The people really making a difference here are underground, living out of the loop, off the system, working for cash or exchange of services with each other, loving and helping each other as part of a nationwide community... this community is growing and the more people that join us, mean there are more people that are out of government control and making a difference to their own lives and other peoples. If this feeling of community can grow worldwide, then all the problems could be solved, because people are no longer afraid or controlled by greed. Civil uprising and revolution is not a violent act, quite the opposite in fact!

      A brilliant piece of writing again my friend, hugs and stuff and a cyber cup of tea sent from across the Atlantic, all the best, Jen

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Mike!

      No way am I offended by your remarks, and I'm not taking them the wrong way at all. I respect you greatly and I know where your heart is....and I believe in the power of love as the ultimate weapon against injustice. I'm just trying to kick start some love with my ranting and raving. LOL

      What I'm really trying to do, Mike, is raise awareness and get people out of their complacent attitudes. I just want people to get involved in some way and quit hiding under the covers hoping things will get better. I believe in the American system of government and would never want it overthrown; it's because I believe in this system that I want to see the system function the way the founding fathers envisioned it, and that way is not having special interest groups buy votes in Congress.

      Anyway, buddy, thank you so much for a great comment; as long as there are people like you who care, I feel pretty good about our chances.

      Have a great weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, I'm still an optimist but it's getting harder and harder to be so. :) Thank you my friend and enjoy your weekend in sunny Oregon!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, as much as I want to be an optimist and let my PIPO take over, it's getting harder and harder when I think about the economy and the unfair treatment of the American worker. I'll try to relax this weekend and chill out a bit. Have a great one my dear friend; you are appreciated!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I agree with you, Bill. Unfortunately, we've not seen the likes of Lincoln or Roosevelt in a very long time. Technology, greed, power and lying to us has taken over! The powers to be need to delve into their souls and run our country from within. But their souls have been lost to the king of the mountain mentality. They will reap what they sow in the end. In the meantime, we suffer!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      A powerful message here that's sure to start a fire in many! I hope the world can change before it's too late, if it's not already. The optimist in me says we have a chance! Voted a bunch!!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      My bad I made an error towards the end Bill, "I meant so Please don't take this comment....." Very real yet provocative article bro.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Bill I don't believe in violence, and that any form of fueling the fires that already have been burning for quite some time will be the actual answer and or solution to the issues we all have, because after all the civil disobedience subsides, countless deaths, damnation, and destruction subsides, there will need to be yet another government forged to enforce law and order, which will tend too lean back towards more of the same.

      To tell you the truth though, I do believe that all global ideologies from all walks of life maybe need to be shifted a great deal, moral codes of ethical behavior, and the entire social spectrum of how we view humanity as a whole needs a massive adjustment, because more of the same continues to be repeat itself, and in many differing forms Bill ever so often, and no matter the 'age' we're in.

      I'm sorry to say that nothing will be corrected if we target things the way these so-called Giants you spoke of that we've leaned on for all these years.

      Civil war will only put an end to a simple era of sorts, but actually it may bring the entire world to its knees if such a thing were to occur today, in America because everything is extremely tense, and highly unstable.

      One must be very careful how we tread water these days, because we have rights, but they are truly limited in their truest nature, and certain things need not be stated to fuel even more mass confusion into the mix.

      There are ways to wake up the sleeping people worldwide, and I believe love is the undisputed answer to the invariable equation of sorts you are so desperate to put a solution set too, and identifiable end.

      Wonderfully written hub once again, but its written with such a fury, that I felt I needed to place a drop of water onto it, so please take take this comment in the wrong way. I am a peace keeper, I only want war against pure evil, which is unseen and can only be destroyed by love on the God level, which also is unseen mostly as well I do believe.

      Thumbs up bro!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I would like to hand this country over to Lincoln or Roosevelt for the next four years and see how the country is at the end of that time. It would be interesting. As it is, we don't have much to work with as far as political leadership, but it is what it is. I'll continue to rant and at least I can raise awareness. Thank you dear; enjoy your weekend and keep the faith.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it is a new awakening for this country, and we will find out what we are made of soon enough. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I know you are not political, but when politics affects the lives of its people, we must speak. This piece is so phenominal! It should be aired on TV in lieu of the political party bashing that's going on now. The opening paragraph, as spoken by Abe Lincoln says it all. Yet, that's not where we are today. Today's current leadership is going against every grain of the Constitution and making we the people null and void!

      I hope Ghost32 reads this. He would have a field day with a subsequent rant!

      We the people must stand up and just say "no!". The election of 2012 is probably the most important one in our history. Let's not be complacent. Let's be vocal!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Austin, I'll pass on the invite. You have managed to lower my desire to visit Texas. :) Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      L.L......great point about the Constitution, and I agree completely. The time to do something is upon us, or the country you and I love will not be recognizable in a couple decades. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, I thank you for those words. I do feel strongly about this stuff; I don't want this country giving away that which was worked for so hard. I'll just keep speaking out in hopes that someone listens.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi,....oh chickensauce! LOL Thanks for that laugh! I'm fed up and if I can't change the world at least I can change my immediate world, and that's my responsibility. I know you understand that....you are living it....just one of the reasons I respect you so much.

      Thank you lil' Sis and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Avian, this outsourcing thing is going to be the death of our economy if we don't wake up. A $3 trillion trade deficit is not the road to recovery. Thanks for the visit my friend and enjoy the lake this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I'm all about taking people out of their comfort zone. I'm afraid that is part of the reason why we are in this mess, because too many people got comfortable during the 80's and 90's, and while they were mowing their lawns in Suburbia things took a turn for the worse without them even noticing. So now I stand on my soapbox and try to raise awareness.

      I love this country but I don't love the direction it has taken....and so I rant. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Don't spend it if you don't have it. Like you so rightly pointed out, big money managers who got down sized are realizing that slinging burgers doesn't pay the bills and now they too are realizing how important work is for all.

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Texas is full. Anyone wanting to move here has rocks in their heads. We are running out of clean water, the drought has made it impossible for farmers and ranchers, so groceries are going sky high. The Gulf of Mexico is getting too polluted to eat shrimp or flounder caught there and traffic is a nightmare.

      The only open spaces are out in West Texas and believe me, you don't want to actually live there.

      Sure, come and visit and enjoy, but please, no more immigrants.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      It is obvious in the power of your words and ideas that this is a topic about which you feel strongly. I could almost hear the beating of your heart as I read through this hub.

      They say that all that's required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. Perverting the thoughts and intentions of the Constitution may not be evil per se, but it's pretty darn close in my book.

      Great hub; voted up and shared.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Very well done...you have produced a very thought provoking hub. I agree with 99% of what you wrote and believe. I love hubs that not only educate me but also entertain me. I also got a kick out of reading your well thought comments from your readers....simple a wonderful hub that was written from the heart. Voted up and awesome and interesting.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Reading this hub right after I read Aviannovice's latest hub. OMG - we are nuts as a species. How can we think, even for a second, that the status quo is all right? How can we be blowing up mountains, fracking, and all the other terrible things we are doing, and think that this is all right? We're relentlessly allowing species to go extinct, abuses to go unheard and we just play along as if it's all right. I am going to start writing to our reps. Change has to happen and people are still too comfortable. *sigh* I'm off that soapbox now. I feel better and I wholeheartedly concur. I wish so badly that we still had our great forests, that big corporations didn't rule this country, that greed wasn't so rampant and prevalent. I wish that those who only exist for greed only knew that their eternal souls are endangered. Scary stuff. Egads...we need to CHANGE. I try to be optimistic, but like you, I can and do get cynical. I know that part of freedom is the fact that not everyone has to think and go along with your ideas, but what happens when respect for ourselves and the planet goes out the window? What happens when so many don't see the reality of what's happening before their eyes, and in fact, choose NOT to see it? Oh chickensauce. I think I'll go listen to some blues and roast pumpkin seeds. :P

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Funny how we outsourced before now. History repeats itself and things are not getting any better. We must stand up for what is right now and forever.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Billy, You have broached a subject that takes many out of their comfort zone as they do not wish to think about these things. Many of us want things to change but those same folks want someone else to do, to fix, to speak out. They want it to right itself, perhaps.

      The scary part is if we close our eyes and turn our heads away all that our nation was founded on will too soon slip away.

      Who will speak out, who wll carry the torch after we leave the planet?

      The optimistic part of me says the younger ones who are coming along will carry on and right many of the wrongs that have occurred.

      Despite it all though, this nation is still incredible as I have said before like a broken record. The fact that we can even discuss this makes this a remarkable place in which to live.

      Our giants whose shoulders you speak of us standing on knew hard times as we know. Those living then may have even questioned as we do now.

      And the questioning is a good thing. It keeps us aware and alert and makes us wiser.

      This was powerful. So glad you put these thoughts out her for us to consider. Your friend, ps

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Radcliff, thank you for that hug....much-needed today! Yes, there are those who cannot go frugal any more and survive.....they are called poverty-stricken and their numbers are increasing. I agree...I just want to slap the next person who looks down on a poor person and says they are lazy or they aren't trying hard enough.....idiocy all around us and they are breeding.

      I can rant for hours so I need to stop now; I appreciate who you are and your compassion, empathy and fire.

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This is why those in power distract us with words like "liberal" and "conservative", "Christian" and "Atheist", "for us" or "against us". If we took away the insults that we hurl at each other and saw each person in this country (and the world) as a human being, a "mother" or "daughter", "friend" or "lover", we would actually get something accomplished for the good of everyone. Who cares about how many jobs there are when most of us are underemployed? Your message of frugality is right on the mark, but there are many who cut back until they can't cut back any more, yet still struggle to pay the bills. And there is still the stigma against the poor, that "if only they worked harder" or "they should have taken advantage of opportunities". Ok, I'm going to stop my rant. Thanks for all you do! *hug*

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I couldn't have said it better my friend. I'm devoting the rest of my time to making a difference....and I know you do the same. That encourages me! Take care my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I would have loved your father, and thank you for the compliment!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rfmoran, great quote, and oh so true! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irc, isn't that sad? And we allowed it to happen....but....we can take it all back! It just takes a determined few to make changes. Thank you very much; I greatly appreciate your loyalty and kind words.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, you have complied many an issue into this one great Hub. Complacency, laziness, crisis, all serious issues and what it boils down to is that each and every one of us needs to stand up and be willing to confront the criminals in their own yards!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Gosh Bill your sounding more like my dad every day:) lol. Consider that a compliment - he was a super smart guy with a heart of gold! I could hear the echoes of his sentiments throughout ... Especially when I get to the part about "the rich getting richer.".

      Dad had a good plan for all the politicians in the US...it included fireworks and trips to the moon! LOL

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      As another giant said: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." President Ronald Reagan

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Billybuc, you are so amazing that I think you could lead a revolution. This hub is so honest. Austinstar makes some great points in his comment too. I might add my two cents to the dialogue by saying that we cannot forget that it isn't really 'government' that is causing the problems we face. Our government is controlled (quite quietly) by the wealth of a few. Our government is nothing more than a pawn on the chess board. The values our country was founded on have long been discarded in the name of greed and power.

      Another great, thought-provoking piece of work Bill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, thank you; you said it more eloquently than I did. There should be rage, but instead there are whipped little puppies hoping for a handout, and then there are those who don't have a crisis yet, so everything is okay in their world.....but it's not. If it is happening to one of us, it is happening to all. Where the hell is the compassion for others? When did it become okay to ignore the suffering of our countrymen?

      Now I'm outraged again. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I guess I understand the lack of desire.....barely understand it.....I simply wasn't raised that way and I can't ignore this stuff and pretend it isn't happening. I'm in awe of people who can do that. :) thank you my dear; have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, educating people on issues would be a start, and I agree completely about the government. I get rather incensed about outsourcing jobs overseas. I'm not sure why we feel it is necessary to do anything for China, and corporations should be taxed heavily when they choose to outsources their work. It really does tick me off.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I agree with both Michelle, that we need to take the first sep in order for social problems to be dealt with and hopefully resolved, but I also agree with Terrye that we need to have the desire and pull to do just that. Sometimes, people have all good intentions, but there desire and follow-through come up short. Thank you for sharing this and giving some much needed food for thought on this topic. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, complacency literally drives me nuts, and whining without doing something drives me nuttier! And yes, I remember Rollerball, and oh, how accurate is that today?

      Thanks buddy; now I need to go take a valium and settle down.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heck, Austin, there is still a lot of room in Texas, isn't there? :) Of course you have hit on a very important issue, and as usual our government is reactive rather than proactive. Once we realize we have a problem then we act, rather than acting beforehand to head off a problem before it happens.

      Soylent Green bothered me greatly when it came out...freaky movie.

      Thanks my friend!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      The biggest fat cat of them all is our government. We as "the people" need to take the power back and put people in place who will respect the constitution. I'd hate to see a violent revolution but people actually educating themselves on relevant issues instead of listening to talking heads and power grabbing politicians would be revolutionary. It's hard for uneducated people to find jobs these days because the jobs they would normally do have been farmed out to countries with looser Labor laws and lower wages. I do hope we can turn this around.

      Thought provoking article, Billybuc!

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I am going to go out on a big limb here and explain it all in one word.

      "Please explain to me how our nation can turn its head while citizens are starving? Explain to me how our nation can turn its head while people are homeless? Explain to me how our nation can turn its head while veterans go without benefits, while children are abused, or while people are forced out of their homes by financial institutions who are allowed to wave the bottom line as if it were the American flag."

      The word is - Overpopulation

      Native Americans couldn't stop the invasion of foreigners and apparently, neither can our government. This country is trying to provide for and govern way too many people with way too many laws and dictates. There are no jobs because there are too many people competing for those jobs.

      And eventually, we will crowd ourselves out of existence. No food, no clean water, no homes, no money, no place to go.

      Can we say Soylent Green?

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Thanks for the link Billy. When we were born, we were taught to do better: do your bed, do your homeowrk, do your laundry. When we got older, we all took different directions. Some inherited big loads of cash, like the Walmart kids. Some had to look for ways to make a living and succeed, like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. We all took a position in society, but we all, deep inside were born from good people( last genes from the depression years). Our parents made sure we behave, but complacency and natural laziness made us go to the group that could appeal to our needs and priorities. So, somewhere down the line we became followers in nature. If an Islamic leader and his nation thinks he has been violated in his own cultural foundation, then he will move his masses in rage (latest news). We the American people are not used to uprising as those Egiptians or Lybians. We need to understand that when you get home with 13 dollars and have to feed 3 kids for a week, then something is not right. You need to see where injustice is coming from. You need to take heed. Now if you think you can look the other way, and pretend that nothing is wrong, then your patriotism went down south of that border. There are rich people that do not give a damn about the poor. More now than ever, because new generation of "techy" kids, do not care about feelings and values. Thanks Bill, I would keep on going, but at least we are trying to help one another. Have a nice day!

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      I still say there is desire in everyone, just no fire. People want change, but they're not willing to work for it. The war on complacency has to be won before any other, and right now it looks like a losing battle. If you remember the old movie that starred James Caan called Rollerball, you'll remember the world was ruled by corporations that replaced the governments in individual countries. Something so ridiculous to us then, yet, so close to happening today. Scary, isn't it? Great Hub, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I love the Constitution and think is a brilliant piece of writing....and in it it says we have the right to redress our government....and it's time to redress the government.

      That would be incredible to have met that man. I wonder if he got tired of talking about his father.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about it TT; if there is no desire there is no action....until it's our feet being held to the fire. Thanks for the visit Sis!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, you got that right! Thank you!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I do wonder where we are going and many people are fearful. I particularly like the FDR comments about how when there is no food, jobs etc we are prey for dictatorship. And we have seen that in our past. I am a strong believer in the constitution and hate to see it violated. Great hub as always with a wonderful message.

      Just a word..Many years ago when living in Chicago..My sister who worked for James Roosevelt came to visit ..He was speaking at a particular group in the area. We drove him to his talk and got to hear all about living with FDR. Pretty amazing stories.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I agree with midge. The hard part is finding the desire.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Social problems will only go away if we take the first step to address them . It's the desire to do the difficult - come out of the comfort zone. Thanks for sharing!