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The Greatest Problem Facing the United States

Updated on November 6, 2014

Talk About a Challenge

Where do we start?

In a country sinking under the weight of its problems, how does one writer narrow the list down to the single greatest problem?

Let the water-cooler debates begin!

Before I give my opinion, let me state emphatically that I love my country. I’ve seen some incredible things over the past sixty-six years, things I wish I had not seen, and things I am in wonder over. The technological advancements have left me in awe. When I was a young tyke, my grandparents still had a crank telephone, and party lines were a source of cheap entertainment. Today there are Smart Phones.

Speaking of cranks, those same grandparents had an old Ford that needed to be cranked in order for the engine to turn over. Now there are cars that do not need a driver.

Social advancements have blown my mind as well. Sixty-six years ago, there was no chance that a minority member would hold a political office, and women were included in any discussion of minorities. Now white, Anglo-Saxon males are the minority.

Same-sex marriages, the legalization of marijuana, and on and on we go, all part of the backdrop, and all part of the fabric, that make this country so fascinating.

But there are problems. Only a fool would deny that fact. There are small problems and there are holy-shit problems, and today, possibly more so than any other time in our history, those problems threaten to bring this country to its knees.

So, what do I consider the greatest of those problems?

Can this country survive itself?
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No, It Is Not Homelessness

Millions live on the streets, sheltered at night by cardboard boxes and newspapers, their mattresses the boughs of trees, and their only meal consisting of whatever morsel they can find in the dumpsters. Millions, on the streets of the most powerful nation on earth, and each one represents a loss of economic productivity, and each one represents the loss of hope and yes, each one represents a national failure.

Millions, and growing, and as their numbers grow, so too does the risk of disease grow, and so too does the risk that the mighty nation will become less than its aspirations.

But no, homelessness is not the greatest problem facing America.

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No, It Is Not Intolerance

In a land built upon the principles of freedom and religious tolerance, how is it possible that intolerance is reaching epidemic proportions?

In a land where over 75% of its people claim to be Christians, a religion based on the principles of tolerance, acceptance, and love, how is it possible that intolerance has infiltrated the very core of our citizenry?

Why are The Different so frightening? Why are they chastised and persecuted? Why are they shunned and looked upon with pity?

How is it possible that the Great Melting Pot is not a peaceful blend of nationalities and beliefs?

And if our core beliefs of freedom and tolerance are false, then does it not follow that the foundation of our country is crumbling?

But no, intolerance is not the greatest problem facing America.

No, It Is Not the Loss of Freedoms

If you haven’t noticed a few of your freedoms slipping through the cracks lately, then you ain’t been paying attention, Jack!

Are you clueless to it all, or too busy hiding your head under the covers? Big Brother is watching, and he’s been practicing his “A Game” while you’ve been scrambling to put food on the table.

Old Abe the Railsplitter once warned us that America would never fall because of outside influences; our loss of freedom would come because we failed to protect ourselves from ourselves. Slowly, systematically, our freedoms are being chipped away. Decisions are being made in the Halls of Congress and the boardrooms on Wall Street, and those decisions have nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with profit….and every million dollars made cost another freedom.

But no, the loss of freedoms is not the greatest problem facing America.

No, It Is Not the Economy

The poor increase in numbers, the middle class disappears, and what we now have is an aristocracy born from wealth. Millions of full-time jobs disappear, replaced by millions of part-time jobs, and as prices increase, buying power decreases, and it doesn’t take an MBA to tell you that disaster is right around the corner of Park Place and Boardwalk Avenue.

But don’t you worry! The fat cats have our backs. Yea, right, and the tooth fairy is real and we will all live happily ever after.

Inner cities are crumbling, the infrastructure is antiquated, manufacturing caught the last train out of town, and high-paying jobs were shipped to third world countries…the dollar is a joke, real estate values are a house of cards, and credit debt increases.

But no, the economy is out the greatest problem facing America.

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The Greatest Problem Is……

And if those things previously mentioned are not the greatest, then this country is in serious trouble, and that starts with T and it rhymes with P and that stands for poo-poo, as in we are all standing waist high in it, and sinking daily. The thing about poo-poo is that you can shovel it, you can rinse it off, you can clean your clothes, but the smell has infiltrated your very being, and that smell will never go away.

And the biggest pile of poo-poo in this country, the most festering, vile, obscenely disgusting problem facing this land of the free, is….

The twin sisters of complacency and apathy.

When we walk along and step in a pile of shit, that’s called an accident. When we see the shit, and continually step in it, that’s called complacency, and we’ve been wading through that poo for quite some time now.

These problems that we are facing happened on our watch. Oh, we are good at the Blame Game. We are wonderful at whining and complaining, but when it comes time to do something about it, we fall short time and time again.

We are all aware of homelessness. We are all aware of the loss of freedoms, of intolerance, and the crumbling economy, and our response to those problems is to pull up the drawbridge and pray the boogie man doesn’t come knocking on our door. In a country turning to shit, we just don’t give a shit, and isn’t that a smelly truth?

But There Is Still a Chance

Clean off your metaphorical shoes and start cleaning up the feces.

It’s never too late for a community to recover, and we are a community of three-hundred million strong and growing quickly. The thing about a community that must be remembered, though, is that it is made up of individuals. If individuals do not change, the community will never change. Conversely, if individuals change apathy to action, then communities will change.

Never underestimate the power of a determined group of individuals.

It begins with you.

It begins with me.

Here’s a rag. Wipe off that poop and quit wading in it. Let’s clean up our street and get this country back to where it was meant to be.

“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.”

Charles de Montesquieu


2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, once again couldn't agree more and with each and every one of these problems with the country, it does indeed start with us and us alone. What can I say, but thank you for always being the voice of reason and our conscience, too. Definitely so needed in this day and age. Have a wonderful day now, as always!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. How you manage to be first every day is a mystery, but you are appreciated. Happy Thursday to you.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      A very astute article, Bill. Yes, before I got to your answer, my answer was apathy, also. Complacency and apathy are definitely what is wrong with America. And, we have no one to blame but ourselves. We are a failing nation from within, and that is what is so sad. We are doing this to ourselves. Before long, there will no longer be America as we know it - it is already changing and America is not what it was even five years ago. It is frustrating to those of us who can see it happening because the majority are sleeping right through these dangerous times. Money, of course, is the motivating factor for everything in this country. Even on the local level, compassion and working together happens less and less frequently. When there is a huge crisis, ie. 9/11, we can come together and help one another, but that ends as soon as the crisis does. Instead of heeding the wake-up call, our nation goes back to sleep. This is really an important article and one everyone should read. I hope it will make a difference.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette. Isn't it sad that we need a 9/11 to bring us together and make us act as one? What will it take next time? I shudder to think of it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Right on Bill,

      These issues are so relevant here too as many other places so why have we not learnt to change? It does start within each of us to make really progress. Nice rant I never tire of hearing from my yoda, the wise one. Early in for a change my friend!

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      Jackie 2 years ago

      A very new problem may be getting pitted against one another. I think that is the new ploy to get their way by claiming all of one party is against the other because of race. This way they they can have us all either afraid to speak or seeing someone as racist just because they have an opinion! I for one was a member of that party but now I am in between. I want out of what we are experiencing but do I want what the new ones have planned for me?

      It is time we work together for divided we fall and they know that!

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      Larry Kitzmann 2 years ago

      As said many times previously well done sir. While I agree with you I also have to ask why the apathy? Why the complacency? Like you I too have seen the changes over my lifetime, just slightly longer than yours. I truly don't believe it was that way when I was growing up, we knew our neighbors and they knew us. We actually looked out for each other and took care of same in emergencies even when not agreeing with all that neighbor may be or represent. No answers here my friend just lingering questions of when did we loose it. As always take care............

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Suzie. I barely sipped my first sip of tea and here you are, and a pleasure it is. Change...it will happen, but changes of this magnitude take time....long chunks of time. I doubt I'll be alive to see us reverse this, but I hope I am. :) Have a great day, Irish!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, great point, and I've noticed that as well. As long as "they" keep the common folk pitted against each other, "they" don't have to worry about an uprising or massive change in the power structure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I am positive it was not like this fifty years ago. I know it's not my imagination, friend. As for why??? Whew, there's a book to be written. Things started to unravel by the mid-seventies, and now we don't have enough yard to make a thimble cover. :)

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      Sparklea 2 years ago

      The whole time I am reading this I am thinking APATHY. Forgot to add complacency. Voted useful and awesome. Americans are spoiled and ungrateful. I hope you spread this write far and wide!

      Many may ask HOW? Ask God each morning to lead. Example: If I stop somewhere for a slice of pizza when done i take a wet wipe from my purse and clean the table. Rather than leave a mess. On my walk I pick up debris.

      A minnow in this big pond of earth. God sees my heart. Lets ask God to soften our hearts and the hearts of everyone on this planet. Let young parents teach their children love for others rather than love for themselves.

      I love what your big heart is sharing with the world!!! God bless. We are on our way home from Myrtle Beach. Gods ocean - magnificent! Sparklea. Thank you for this!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Yep, it all boils down to the American people not giving a shit. They'd rather complain and sing the 'woe is me song' than do something about it. Change can come about with simple measures like boycotting Monsanto run companies and their products. There's really a lot we can do if we just think about it and stop taking things for granted or closing our eyes to what is crumbling around us.

      Great article, Bill. And thanx for the George Carlin clip. I laughed my ass off. What's sad is everything he said is true.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well welcome back, Lea, and I hope you had a marvelous time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as you travel. I know this is important. I just don't know how to change it. Sigh!

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Sha, isn't it? I had tears in my eyes from watching that Carlin video, but then I realized everything he was saying was the truth...and then I was almost sad. :)

      Anyway, we fight the fights we can fight...win some , lose a lot.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      the thing that stood out the most was the losing of our freedoms and it is so slow but it is happening. Small groups who grow food, practice some frugality, take care of themselves (big one)--and know they have to. Give when they can, treat people kindly, do that extra something. I think it bothers my spirit to know people have not a clue of what is going on around. This was a great hub and we do know victory and defeat comes from within our own homes. Oops I also shared this around

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Bravo billy! Apathy allows the tyrants of whatever party to take over while America sleeps. There is so much complacency and ignorance out their that I am shocked the Reps. took the Senate. We have a lot to do and we must hold Washington's feet to the fire. I believe in the power of individuals working together for the common good. We have to get it done! Up and awesome!

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Omg Bill, thanks for this amazing video of George Carlin! I was rolling on the floor from laughing :) Great Hub again my friend. Thanks for the insights and the great laugh.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I would add ignorance, but it's really more of a willful ignorance and not being bothered to take the time to learn about and understand the issues, which goes back to apathy and complacency. So, there you go. Right again, Bill. Great article.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Why in this crazy world can't someone run for office believing and demanding change? George has a dirty mouth but he speaks the truth. I had a friend visit yesterday and I asked him if he'd voted, he said, " No, they are all crooks. " He's a Vietnam veteran. I was amazed! Great article, one of your best....

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol. I'm not sure when this all happened, but I know it happened slowly, so slowly that we didn't even notice it until it engulfed us. Now it's time for individuals to change it...but will they?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop....this has me concerned on so many levels, and I'm not sure we will wake up in time....but we have to keep fighting the good fight.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, I'm so glad you enjoyed that video. i think it's a classic. I sorely miss that man and his wit and intelligence.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I agree with you. Blissful ignorance...willful ignorance...when will it end? Thanks for your thoughts my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, they may indeed be all crooks, but voting is the process we have and we have to use it...that and protest, but I haven't seen a good protest in decades. Anyway, thank you!

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, yet another brilliant piece of writing by one of my favorite authors.

      I have actually written hubs on the apathy and complacency issues found among our own citizens. Like with most problems, my training is to try to find the underlying cause of these problems and plan some corrective action.

      The most recent statistic I can find regarding the US educational ranking puts us 20 under other countries including Vietnam and Russia. Man-in-the-street interviews pretty well demonstrate the apathy and complacency of a large percentage of our citizens. We have those who don't even know the name of our Vice President. When questioned about Ebola one individual stated he hoped we never went to war with them!

      I hate to admit this, but my own daughter who happens to live near you didn't vote in the recent election because she didn't know when election day was scheduled. As I understand it from the news, only 1/3 of the eligible voters bothered to vote in the last election.

      So in summary, I believe our failing educational system is the real disease and the apathy and complacency are symptoms of this. I can tell you for a fact that if I had school aged children today they would either be in private schools or I would homeschool.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      As always, brilliant. Yes bro....of all the things I miss, I miss OUR COUNTRY most. For we Boomers, nostalgia of "the way it used to be," serves to only make us sadder and more disillusioned.

      Those twin sisters get in our faces (bless their hearts) when we, each of us, reach the point of anger. When we are sick and tired of being sick and tired and simply cannot cry one more tear. When we look in the mirror and state loudly & clearly that "We won't take this any more!!"

      From there, as you point out so well, it is OUR job.

      I hold my breath as I begin to see a slight glimmer of hope. That glimmer is the caution light telling us we may have lit the flame, but we've a long hard haul to get the fire raging.

      I will not stop, you will not..nor will we sit idly by seeing others give up.

      Now the really HUGE efforts take flight. See you on the fly, bro! UP++ shared with all

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, you are just trying to cheer me up, today. ( Facetious remark )

      Bill, we spend so much time and money on family members who cannot seem to keep their heads above water. It has not gotten any get better

      through the years.

      I have walked picket lines, I have worked homeless shelters, I have been behind anonymous gift certificates from Kroger to families having a hard time trying to put food on the table. I have even worked in the political arena trying to help get persons elected that I believed could bring positive change to our area. I have helped gay and lesbian rights through financial support and walked with them to bring attention to their plight. I have taken food to the homeless, living in their car.

      I could go on and on. I am NOT tooting my own horn. What I am trying to say is that, we are retired. We don't make the money to help like we once did. We help when we can. We drive seniors to doctor's appointments...go pick up their medications. We help with a neighbor who husband has been struck with dementia. Her whole world has come crashing down around her.

      I swear, I cannot watch the news as I become very depressed. I am older and I am tired.

      You may see it as complacent, I can only say, at this stage of my life, I am very tired.

      I just wanted to see how many times I could use "I" in this comment.

      I agree with every word of this article. Bill, you have done a fine job to bring awareness to some issues which ail our nation. Thank you for caring enough to write this article.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, as always, a thoughtful and intelligent comment from you. Thank you! I taught for eighteen years, and I taught for all but one of those years in private schools. I think the public school system is a joke and getting worse, and I agree with you completely.

      War with ebola? I don't have the words, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, eloquent as always, and since you're my sister, I agree with you. LOL

      Seriously, nostalgia, in this case, is right on. Things were drastically different when we were kids. Heck, I remember getting in a fight over the Kennedy/Nixon election when I was fourteen.... can you see that happening today?

      Gotta go...I have a revolution to organize. :)

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I guess someone upstairs is trying to give me a message today. First I read the serenity prayer, then I read that there are 6 houses sitting empty for every homeless person and now I read this. It is time to make a plan and do something.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      I couldn't agree with you more. Complacency, apathy, and may I add to the list their first cousin "lack of personal responsibility." It seems we are no longer willing to pull on our big boy boots and accept responsibility when things go wrong, to admit that we have erred. It is so much easier to point the finger at (your choice)--the government, our parents, genetics, society.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago

      Billybuc, you are correct in stating that it's still my country.. and to me fairness, the economy.. and selling off piece by piece to other nations right from under us.. shakes me. But nonetheless it is the land that I love.. and the land I'm proud to be a part of.. and it does begin with us.. we ned to move the shakers and doers.. by becoming shakers and doers.. great hub my friend :) Frank

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      We can all do something to change the world, even if it's just a small corner of it.

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      bradmaster from orange county ca 2 years ago

      billybuc

      While I think I get your point, I have to say that the following premises that you stated as positive are actually a major problem that misuses the constitution.

      You wrote

      Same-sex marriages, the legalization of marijuana, and on and on we go, all part of the backdrop, and all part of the fabric, that make this country so fascinating.

      bm:

      There is no constitutional basis to redefine marriage for the sake of same sex choices.

      There are the protected classes of age, and no so sure about obesity that are paper tigers, because unless you have the political protection such as race or being a woman these protections don't exist.

      Many people, mostly men, are being discriminated everyday without any reasonable or even viable recourse because they are not in the political protection rights arena.

      Employers generally pick the pretty people over the ugly, obese or old people. Yet, there is no monitoring of these acts of discrimination. They lack the political prowess and well funded backers of gay rights, and women's rights, as well as race rights.

      Nevertheless it is a vile discrimination and there are additional more subtle discriminations against white males who compete in a sea of other white males. Their pay can vary significantly for the same job, and they can be persecuted by their supervisons and employers because they don't have a political voice to get any legal traction.

      Same sex marriage is not a solution to any real problem. The real problem is that of the federal government messing with marriage. There is no constitutional right to marriage, and the legal right to marriage is empowered to the states. Yet, the federal government infringes on state rights in numerous ways, one of which is marriage.

      The federal government uses marriage as s status to give unequal benefits to a class it doesn't create. Same sex rights are on the level of smoker's rights because of the political and well funded backers.

      There is no judicial notice for the courts to use same sex as anything more than a choice, much like smoking. The problem with these two choices is that the government should have prohibited the right to smoke as being too harmful, much as they do for prescription drugs, and for the same reasons.

      The courts used the Interstate Commerce Clause to reduce the rights of the states under the 10th Amendment and to increase their size and scope beyond the vision of the founders of the US Constitution.

      Today, the courts are misusing the 14th Amendment which was clearly defined to apply strictly to protecting the newly freed slaves. It took the 19th Amendment to give women the right to vote. And it took the 15th amendment to give the right to the freed black slave men to vote as a whole person.

      If the 14th Amendment was as loose as it is today, there would have been no reason for the additional amendments. It took 55 years after the 14th amendment for the right to vote for women.

      These two rights were clearly more in the scope of the constitution then the amorphous, and ambiguous right of choice for the LGBT. And the LGBT itself doesn't have a common denominator that should allow it to pass off as a group.

      In addition, even same sex doesn't give any protection to couples, both homosexual, and heterosexual that don't want marriage, but do want legal control over their relationship.

      The only issue that differs Civil Unions and Same Sex Marriage is validating a non traditional relationship by redefining a completely different but traditional relationship. Civil Unions could be bestowed with the 1135 federal government benefits in a single most likely non contested law. Instead the same sex marriage decisions won't be any better social solutions than the right to life decisions, or lack thereof.

      My points are not to rehash the same sex marriage, but to put a light on how easy it is today to mutate the constitution for the interests of any group that has political and financial power.

      Today, for example, the candidates that win elections are backed by deep war chests and powerful political backers. How many really good candidates that wouldn't sell themselves out to these backers could have been beneficial to moving the country forward. Clearly the current template for politics hasn't moved the country forward. It has only moved it to the left or the right.

      I am using the examples from your hub, but my points apply to many other areas including the patent discrimination by the federal government of the rich. While technically the 16th Amendment cannot be adjudicated unconstitutional, the statutory implementation of that amendment can be held unconstitutional on a number of grounds. Most if not all of these grounds have been rejected by the Supreme Court which favors federal government expansion, and increases in its scope, and maintaining any solution for raising revenue.

      For unequal protection how would you be able to justify why Japanese Americans were interned and denied their constitutional rights, while at the same time German, and Italian American were not interned?

      This is a flaw in the three branches of US government creation.

      So before we lose anymore of the freedoms of the constitution to the federal government, we should understand how the constitution has been easily mutated by powerful groups.

      BTW, when we uses phrases like "All Men are Created Equal", we know from history that Men is not the container for all people. It is literally all Men, and the same is true of the same words in the Bibles.

      Thanks

      bradmasterOC

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      Bill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

      That is true there has not been a good protest in decades. My soon to be 18 Y.O. son tells me he is not going to register to vote, because he feels it does no good to vote because no one he is interested in is running. There is more and more people out there who believe this. When you see elections like this last one where people are winning with a few thousand vote then your vote does means something. I try to tell him that it is up to him to help change things. There will be another 9/11 where people might start to get together and do some good.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill my friend, when you get on that box you are magnificent. Unfortunately, this is not simply a problem in the U.S. the same is happening over here. While the majority of people are struggling to feed their families on minimum wage, big brother is the least of their problems, by the time the country wakes up to the reality, it may just be too late. Apathy and complacency is just what our politicians wants.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      You are just sitting back letting us stew in our own juices, aren't you, Bill.

      You naughty boy!

      Open dialogue is the first step., they say.

      We have some good people sharing ideas.

      You are one smart cookie. LOL

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you have a right to be tired. Bless your heart for caring so much and doing so much. If we had about 300 million of you, this country would be great again.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay, I had not heard that statistic, but it doesn't surprise me. Sad truth my friend. Homelessness is a cancer in this country, especially when solutions are right in front of us.

      Thank you for caring...and I said the serenity prayer this morning as well. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, you got it. What in the world is going on? How did things get so mixed up, and when did people quit caring? I don't get it, but that's not going to shut me up. :) Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. I love this country too, and because of that, I can't remain silent when wrongs are being committed. Someone needs to speak up, even if it is just an article that will only be seen by a couple hundred people.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish...right on!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bradmaster, nice....very nice. I admire people who have done their homework. Show me that you care enough to be informed and I'll respect your opinions any day and twice on Sundays. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I was knee deep in a chapter of my new novel, trying to get it just right. Lo and behold, there are a few comments waiting for me. Stew no more my friend.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, we are so ofte4n on the same page. When I read your title, my gut response was "apathy". As I read your article, I kept expecting to see the word. Finally...there it was and I just had to chuckle. It is so obvious to you and me, and a few others too but for the masses....oh how pitiful . They just don't know that in doing nothing different they are giving the Koch brothers license to destroy our environment and our economy. I am sickened by the turnout in this mid-term election and I am more sickened by the outcome. All I can say is that we have to keep speaking out. we have to keep writing and we have to keep hoping that one by one they will hear us. Thanks for leading the pack. I will be adding my voice to the cause in the next few days but you've set the bar high. I love you for the special person you are!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      And to that I'll add that the most impossible sales challenge is apathy. No interest, no action. Period.

      Side note, in Tuesday's gubernatorial election in Illinois, I calculated that about 35-40% of 18+ year olds actually voted. I hope the apathetic 60% or so has no complaints about the governor because apparently they don't care who's in office. Let's see how that works out for them. I'll sign off before I get on my "You Gotta Vote, People" soapbox.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Very true Bill. Very true. Jamie

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      lrc7815 - Unlike you I am very pleased with the outcome of this election. Not because the Republicans won, but because we may now get things moving again. We have to admit there are any number of problems in this country with no progress being made toward resolving those problems. It seemed like all available time was spent defending party lines and not working on the problems.

      We can only hope they can now actually roll up their sleeves and earn the money we pay them every year. Time will tell I guess but I remain hopeful. If they don't get the job done now, those of us who bother to vote will have another chance to fire a few more of them in a couple years. For all of those who failed to vote, shame on you.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Dare I say, "Spot on," two days in a row?!? Of course. When deserved. Although the comments certainly indicate you are "preaching to the choir," don't let the truth go unsaid. Thank you, again, for saying it. You do it so well. Now, each of us just needs to act on it! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Handymanbill, I have seen this progressing for years. As a teacher, each year I saw more and more kids who simply did not believe in the system and felt they had no say in it....I'm not sure how this will ever turn around, but I sure hope it does. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I am convinced more daily that what you said is true...the politicians are quite happy with our apathy and complacency. It just gives them carte blance to do whatever they want to do. Sad but I believe it to be true. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you Kindred. I don't know what else to do but write about it. I'm getting too old to organize protest marches and besides, nobody would show up. I look forward to your rant my friend, and I love you too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, it is very hard for me to understand how people can complain about the current situation and yet not be a part of the solution. I rarely get into political debates because I actually become irate over people who only want to complain but do nothing.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, unlike many of my Democratic friends, I saw this coming and I wasn't shocked or depressed at all. The Repubicans now have almost full control for their platform. it's time for them to step up, get things done, and stop the rhetoric. The ball is in their court and I look forward to seeing what they do with it. I hope they respond to the challenge, but if they don't, I know where the voting booth is.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, for the most part, I agree with you about preaching to the choir. But I have had hubs in the past that garnered thousands of views, and that warms my heart and makes me believe I just might be reaching more than the choir. Thank you!

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Gee whiz, Bill, you had modern, up-to-date grandparents. My paternal grandmother couldn’t read, my grandfather couldn’t drive, and they had no phone, gas or running water.

      I saw a lot of passion in the elections, and I think we will see more when some of the policies voted in start to take effect. We will see whether the people are apathetic and complacent when they have no insurance, no or lesser jobs and higher taxes. We may have broken the gridlock because a majority of self-serving candidates got voted in, but as the corner philosopher put it "sometimes bad sex is worse than noassatol.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Lead on! Show us the way. Is the way out of apathy to become an electoral party politics volunteer activist for professional opportunists who seek votes with promises to protect privileges? Does saying no to apathy mean calling a radio talk show and saying what is wrong with this country is apathy? Is the way out of apathy to join a church committee proudly taking a stand on an issue controversial two generations ago? Or?

      By the by, for another problem, Google on: climate human extinction. And for another, search YouTube on: Humans Need Not Apply

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I'll respond as soon as I finish laughing over the last line...noassatol....so funny...and yet, regarding this subject, not funny at all. I have absolutely no doubt that things are going to get worse with our economy. It's a house of cards that is going to blow down soon and then, as you said, we'll see how that apathy thing is working for people. Thanks for the sobering thought and the laugh.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very sad commentary! Wish I knew how to wake up a nation to pursuing its potential.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Amen. The word I thought of was indifference. The sad thing is it's measurable. We just had a midterm election and state by state we can see the level of engagement. People seem to engage for two reasons, either they're pissed off or they are incredibly hopeful (think of Barack Obama's campaign). It's a shame that we have to be at either end of the spectrum to be engaged. I really and truly do not know how to move the middle ones.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. We certainly have dug ourselves a hole. And the blame goes no further than the person staring back at us every time we look in the mirror. I don't know what the answer is to apathy and complacency. It's a terrible disease. It seems the only time we as a people get motivated is when we are on the brink of disaster and yet I think we are close to that edge right now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I'm afraid to check out those sites you mentioned, but I will.

      What leads to the kind of apathy we see today? How did it happen? What needs to be done to see it change? Do we really need another 9/11 to make the necessary changes to this nation? God, I hope not.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Dora, that's what it comes down to, isn't it? Pursuing our potential as a country....wouldn't that be something if we did?

      Thank you, friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know either, Iris, but this country can't move forward in a positive way until we do. Thanks for your thoughts...right on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Bill, and it scares the hell out of me. That's why we are taking steps towards self-sufficiency. I think bad times are right around the corner my friend.

      Thank you, buddy, and have a great Friday.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, so many of our citizens are now dependent on, and continue to demand more from our government, none of this should come as a surprise.

      Gone are the days when neighbors looked out for one another, there were very few homeless people, and few were going hungry. How in the heck we evolved from those times to being dependent on a monster government is beyond me. We now have a couple generations where some can't imagine living without some form of assistance from government agencies.

      I wish we could turn back the clock and not let these changes happen to our country, but of course that is impossible. We can now only hope that some of these newly elected representatives will actually work at getting us back on track again.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      so well done. I'm voting up and giving it H+. I see so many before me have liked this hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Catherine. I used to do a lot of this type of writing before I mellowed and grew tired of beating my head against the wall. :)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      So true bill, its the same over here, I was trying to find a quote that said it quite nicely, but I couldn't remember who said it or the exact words! lol! but yes over here we also need to push and push some more, sitting back and moaning is just not doing it!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, billybuc, for making note of the national failure that is homelessness. I am grateful for your attention to that, even if it's not one of the greatest problems we face today. I would say it is a symptom of the greatest problems we face, or some of them.

      It is also a matter of national shame. That we don't all hang our heads in collective shame every single day over homelessness is itself intolerable. That we don't solve this problem: Inexcusable.

      On the matter of intolerance, like homelessness, the hatred so many spew toward those who are different is a symptom of the great problems we face as well.

      I would disagree that the loss of freedoms is not one of the greatest problems we face. I see it as one of the all time most important problems, and getting worse by the moment. Without freedom, it is much more difficult to act and to raise our voices at injustice.

      Long-time political pundit Bill Moyers had an article on Facebook the other day that gave one of the most frightening statistics I've ever seen. He said that 45 people hold more than half the wealth of these United States. The rest of us, rich and poor, share the other half.

      As we've seen, with the U.S. Supreme Court's so-called Citizens United (more aptly, Ruling Class United) ruling, those 45 individuals can now buy elections and politicians with impunity. They can make whatever laws they want. They have the weapons, the spy tools, and the means to ruin any individual's reputation with a few strokes of the keyboard.

      Yes, I would say that loss of freedom is indeed one of the greatest problems we face as a nation. Worse, it seems that many Americans are happy to give it away, their heads busily checking their views, hits and Amazon sales.

      But I stop short of agreeing that we are all guilty of complacency. I am astonished every single day at the sacrifices thousands and thousands of people make to try to right egregious wrongs, solve seemingly insurmountable problems and protect our children's future from what, right now, looks like almost certain disaster.

      Here's one example. A ninety year old man has been arrested twice this week for feeding homeless people in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where feeding the homeless is illegal, as it is in many U.S. cities today. He will, undoubtedly, continue to face arrest in order to feed those far less fortunate than he.

      That kind, old gentleman is not complacent.

      Here's another example. All over this country, young men and women and old--really old--men and women chain themselves to fences, stand in the face of bulldozers and face injury and very real loss of freedom. They put themselves on the line, risking gassing, pepper spray and beatings, while permitting themselves to be arrested in an effort to shed light on the very real danger that is global warming.

      Not one of those people is complacent.

      As you know, global warming kills more people every year than ebola has worldwide, many of them right here in this country. Some of us have a real fear of global warming--a deserved, well-founded fear.

      Far too many, as you say, are complacent or worse, choose not to believe global warming is real. Worse, they don't care.

      Yet all over the world, not just here, millions of people take action in small ways and large.

      They write letters, they make telephone calls, they demonstrate, they march, they blog and write Hubs, working to inform themselves, their families and friends, and the rest of us.

      A whole lot of them bring it home, sacrificing the convenience of fast food, packaged foods, clothing made on the cheap by slaves and near-slaves. They pay more for hard-to-find Fair Trade items and organic, non-GMO foods, even if it means they have to give up a lot of other things they might enjoy.

      They walk their talk, and they walk and speak as gently as they can. Not all of them, of course. Some are still learning that none of these actions work if we don't make peace, and that peace is an inside job.

      But not one of them is complacent. Most do what they do with a heart that breaks over and over and over. Yet they keep going.

      Then there are people like you, billybuc, who spend so much of your time building community, sharing skills and knowledge, and helping us all to get better informed, asking us to think and to discuss and maybe, just maybe, to take action.

      Not one tiny bit of me believes that you are complacent either. I suspect that almost no one who is close to you dares to remain complacent for long.

      Thank you, William D. Holland, for caring enough to speak so eloquently. Hands folded, I bow to you.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      It has always frightened me how close we are falling into the same mistakes as Rome and we know what happened to them. Reality TV was the first big tumble. The only thing bad about the good old 50's was the lack of good medical technology and watching poor Mrs Cleaver wear that sweater skirt and high heels while cooking dinner. Yes we have major problems here but we still live in the best country on the earth. The hard part is that those youth today may not realize it until they are too old to do anything about it. It was a very telling election. Now if we could only get the government to butt out of our lives we'd be a leg up. Great hub and well said, Bill.

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      pramodgokhale 2 years ago from Pune( India)

      Sir,

      I am an Indian, i do not believe what you wrote about US. Most of my relatives settled in US have had happy life and new home country offered

      facilities to work and deliver.

      US is still known for her innovation, corporate s of US hire CEO from any country who can run the company.

      Yes inequality within community that hurts us , government should do welfare and try to eliminate such inequality.

      Sir, i found you pious and philonthropic. Well someone on the earth is

      caretaker of poor and dipressed.

      pramodgokhale

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Your message should be broadcast on the morning news. Wake up people! At least start one person at a time to make a difference. It's that old story over and over: everyone knows a bell will stop the cat from harming them but no on wants to tie it on the cat.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, our new reps wanted the job. Now let's see how they do with it. Like you said, they have one shot and then we go back to the voting booth. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell. Our two countries seem to be joined at the hip through the good and the bad.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      econgranny, thank you for your eloquent thoughts and kind words. Just one minor correction...I was speaking about the country as a whole, and I do think complacency festers in this country. Obviously there are many who care, but I don't see them as the majority. However, I do understand your thinking and I thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, if you figure out how to get the government to butt out of our lives, let me know and I'll sign that petition/law any old day of the week. And yes, I remember the Roman history quite well, and it is a good analogy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      pramodgokhale....I am both pious and philonthropic? That's an impressive combination.

      Thank you for your thoughts and opinions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, that metaphor is a classic. Thanks for making my night with that one. :)

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very awesome work. It is so emotional and touching to the hearts. You have put the shit so beautifully and piercingly. It is same here and I think all over the world. It is the burning problem of our entire modern world. It is true that I and you and all of us should shed apathy and jump to work to save our universe.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      America has many issues and you made your points loud and clear.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, as an outsider I don't think I have a right to really comment or offer advice on your country's problems. Supposedly, Australia came through the financial crisis better than most countries, we have one of the strongest economies at present but still the Government cries poor and says there is a budget emergency left by the previous Government(different party) and they need to cut social security, increase fuel tax, sell assets, cut jobs, stop solar power incentives etc...whereby reducing taxes on the upper echelon, mining companies etc. In Australia voting is compulsory for everyone over 18 or you can be fined. Still many people don't want to vote because they don't trust any of the politicians or think their vote doesn't matter. The worst part is that the politicians continue to break all the promises they made to get elected. How can we be expected to trust them?

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Jodah, it is a universal problem all over the world and not limited to US or any particular country. So, I hope you are free to comment and offer your views. I am also outsider in that sense as belong to India. But it is our problem also and suffer in the same way.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well there is no apathy among your readers that is for sure. I don't think I see any complacency either. You certainly are doing your part to rid us of the most insidious twin sisters.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. I suspect it is the same in every developed nation.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, it is so interesting that the first things cut are always social services for the poor. That is a constant no matter what country we are talking about. It is interesting that voting is compulsory there. I did not know that. I wish it were here.

      Thanks for that information, John.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Venkatachari, and I agree with you...universal wrongs are the problem of everyone and as such we all have valid opinions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric. This topic seems to have struck a nerve we all can rally behind.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'm so pleased that I guessed what problem you were building up to here, bill. Fact is, it's the same here of course. I think it's because we've been let down so often, we feel so powerless, that many have just given up.

      That's no excuse, of course. As you say, if one individual doesn't start to do something about it, then the community won't respond.

      It takes guts, determination, will-power (no pun intended!) but what is the point of the human race if we can't make a difference?

      Great stuff here. Your voice and your continued effort to wake everyone up are what the world needs.

      Still on line, so rushing off to the next one!!

      Have a great Friday, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I do believe it is our responsibility to speak out against wrongs. It's how I was raised and I see no reason to change now. If we don't, then who will?

      Have a lovely weekend my friend, and thank you!

      bill

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Bill, I really like what Ecogranny had to say. One problem we have is education of the narrow-minded. We have this premature cold snap coming in, which is going to affect about 2/3 of the U.S. and fuel the nay-sayers of climate change. They won't hear the real cause that climate change caused the strong typhoon that affected the jet stream, which caused premature icy weather. They will use cold weather to prove their point that the world couldn't possibly getting warmer. Oh, well, I fear "ignerntz" is a fatal disease, and that, my friend, is real complacency.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you're talking to a former teacher, one who no longer teaches because he could not live within an education system that is doomed to failure. I understand, believe me.

      Great example by the way. Thank you!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Hello again, billybuc. You are absolutely correct. Apathy and complacency abound.

      In a week that has filled me with despair, I was so focused on trying to see some positive that I neglected to say that, by and large, I agree with you.

      I propose a solution. What if we started a grassroots movement to make political action a matter of personal and civic pride.

      Perhaps we could have city-wide campaigns supported by our town councils and mayors. The campaigns would be multi-pronged, with the ultimate goal to get an informed populace out to vote.

      We would start by encouraging town meetings to counter the massive lies and disinformation spread by our media and politicians.

      Perhaps neighboring cities could compete for most lies trounced, most town meetings, largest percentage of eligible voters hitting the polls.

      The "losing" mayors and city council would have to do a day or two of community service in the towns that won.

      They would receive bonus points against the next campaign for the number of ordinary citizens who turned up to build a new community center, plant trees, clean up graffiti--whatever the service might be.

      What might happen?

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      The global warming theory will not be proven or disproven for at least a couple more centuries. I personally don't buy into global warming but I have been wrong at least once before in my life.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'm open-minded about it, and the reason I am is because i do believe it takes centuries to establish a pattern with scientific proof. There is no doubt it is warming up, but as to the cause of that....we'll know that long after I have died. :) In the meantime, I'll just do my part to recycle and cut down on my carbon footprint. Thanks as always for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ecogranny, I really did think you agreed with me, and you did it in eloquent fashion. As for your idea, I love it. Changes of this sort take a long time to implement, but nothing will be implemented if someone doesn't start the ball rolling.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, I do believe our life styles are very parallel, and we do need to take care of this planet called earth that gives us life. But like with everything some swing the pendulum far beyond center and get very wealthy in the process. In my mind there is just not enough scientific evidence yet to prove or disprove the global warming theory.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you, Mike. That's why I'm hedging my bets so I won't be wrong no matter what is proven. LOL

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      Sanxuary 2 years ago

      I do not think the majority of people are being complacent or apathetic. I think most of us our in survival mode and it can be seen as the same. What we our is powerless and leaderless with no system to pursue our concerns. The rich control all aspects of power and have no concerns to the well being of anything but their very deep pocket books. It would take a very long time for someone with millions of dollars to feel effected by their complacently and creation of apathy. If your leaders are two parties of already chosen candidates who get elected by receiving favor, your loyalties and representation our else where. Until people find a cost effective way to compete, we are pretty much dead in the water. Petitioning your government is the only effective tool. How much does it cost to petition your government? An employer could break every law on the books against an individual. Do you have the money for a lawyer and a lawsuit that could last years? Family court just to see your kid can cost you 2 to 10 thousand dollars. If you our paying for child support already good luck. Winning alone guarantees you will be in debt for a long time to come. Everything is wrapped around money and those who oppose any change because they own the purse strings have a lot of money and power to oppose you. This is why we seem complacent and apathetic.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sanxuary, thank you for your perspective on this, and I do agree, many people are in survival mode in this country...a great many people as a matter of fact.

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      Yonason Goldson 2 years ago

      Well said, Bill. You might be interested in researcher's conclusions about how simply imagining ourselves soaring up into the air or plummeting down to earth affects self-image and performance. Feel free to take a look here:

      https://hubpages.com/education/The-Self-Esteem-Fal...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Yonason, and I believe that completely.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      You're highlighting pretty significant problems, Bro.

      Frightening isn't it? One classical example is the large people that Carlin talks about in his videos. The very ones you sometimes see doing the opposite of what is necessary for change. This attitude is reflected in so many areas; so many different aspects of life.

      We all seem to be victims of something or the other that dances on our foreheads ..

      You seem to have a liking for a particular photo here. Does the job well. Too true. Sad state of affairs, isn't it?

      Excellent article on awareness. Complacency is a deadly disease. Let's do what we can. Peace, Bro.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      You are so right Bill. There are so many real problems with hard concrete evidence that make them absolute facts and existences that have been existences for many years now. The senators and presidents say they'll do something about it, but the news continue to report on their existence.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you as always my friend. There are some very dedicated and caring people in the world. I'm just trying to reach those who are falling short of their responsibility as a human being. :)

      blessings my friend

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I would be elated if our elected representatives actually represented us. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      If only we had that revolution! If only we had the guts to stand up and fight off complacency and apathy. What holds us back? Fear things could get worse? That's certainly a joke.

      We always wait for the other guy to do it but somehow the other guy has disappeared. He's packed his bags and left town. You are so right dear friend, it is up to us. Time to start taking action and get that revolution rolling. Count me in!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I don't know what it is going to take for that revolution to happen, but I'll be in the front lines when it does. Thank you and Happy Monday to you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, this is so true, but what can we do? For this election year it is too late. To this I don’t know what to say, it scares me to no end. It is like people don’t care until something happens and then they scream, WHY? And I want to scream right back and ask, DID YOU VOTE?

      I really like what you said, “Are you clueless to it all, or too busy hiding your head under the covers? Big Brother is watching, and he’s been practicing his “A Game” while you’ve been scrambling to put food on the table.

      But I think it is worse than that.

      Voted-up, UABI and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Shyron. I think it is much worse than that. I wish I was feeling hopeful, but I'm not today. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      It is easier to wipe off real poop than it is to wipe off the poop you are talking about. Trust me, I stepped in the real thing last week. :-( The washer fixed that problem in an hour. I don't know how to fix the real problems we have with this country, but I wish more people would talk about it.

      I personally think many of our problems would not exist if it were not for greed. People would be more willing to help the homeless. CEOs making 10 million dollars a year would not mind taking a drastic pay cut to make sure their workers were getting better wages. And hell, we might all be willing to have free health care for all! Imagine if the greed could just go away!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I'm of the belief that greed is the number one cause for almost all of our problems...glad I'm not alone. :) Thanks, Jeannie.

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      SherriDW 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for all of your articles I've read so far. I even like the way you respond to people and how great you are in your responses to those who have differing opinions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sherri. Two things when dealing with people who don't agree with me: I'm not on HP to debate with people, and I try to respect everyone's opinion. It's worked here so far. :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're so right, it is apathy. I recently did a petition for a bird that is being massacred by wealthy Saudis. I thought this was going to be easy, but I can't even get SIGNATURES, for crying out loud...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no answers, Deb. I know we can change awareness as writers, but change takes a very long time. Don't give up the fight.

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