Do you believe the sovereignty of the United States is being eroded - diminished?
I see my beloved country, the United States, eroding and being diminished. What disgusts me the most is that some of our own people are deeply involved in doing this. Can we come back from this? I'm not so sure. Why is this going on?
Can you relate some specific examples? Its hard to address generalizations.
This question is a very intricate one which requires a tremendous amount of thought and opinion only. There are no easy answers here, only speculation and BLAME. Instead of looking at others for answers, why not looking at ourselves for solutions? Each one of us is partly responsible for the moral and social decay that we all see around us. Whether we see it amid the gross liturgy presented by an angry motorist, or within awful corruption of the institution we call "government", we are all responsible for these actions. Ultimately, we can only change ourselves, and not the environment surrounding us. So why not begin upon the homefront, rather than invading the foreign, and often hostile, shores of others, as a mirror will often show you the truth you are looking for...or perhaps the lying vanity that lies amid each accursed stare. Do you like what you see there? If not, then let CHANGE begin there! Thank you...
I believe this is happening, and it makes me sad. But my view is not the general conspiracy theory or idea of big businesses running the world.
I see three main elements. The first is that every nation depends on the world ecosystem, and with the destruction of the environment by human action over the last 150 years, all nations are headed for trouble. I've written eight hubs about this, starting with Go Green: The Big Picture for Climate Change and Global Living.
The second element is related to long-term US economic policy and it's results. No nation can be free unless it is also free of debt. My hub on that is called: No Economic Recovery Coming: Welcome to the Fifth World.
The third reason that I see is that we reap what we sow. Each and every nation should make sure that all of its citizens are safe, well fed, well housed, have clean water and sanitation, good education and fundamental freedoms. And then it should work to help all other nations of the world do the same. There is no call for injustice or violence. In the US, we believe these things; they are written into our Constitution. We've brought a lot of good into the world. But we haven't done it well enough. We've allowed too much greed and fear to interfere too often.
You ask, "Can we come back from this?" I reply, I will not predict the future here. But we've been building up these problems for 150 years. Let us dedicate ourselves to the turnaround for 10 times that long - 1,500 years - and see what we can do. And I write this to each person as an individual. Let us each bring peace, joy, and healing to the life of this world, no matter what anyone else does.
I did read your hub: "No Economic Recovery Coming: Welcome to the Fifth World." It is an excellent hub and I highly recommend it! Though somewhat depressing, at least to me, I feel it is realistic and highly accurate.
Thanks, Missing Link! It's not easy to write honest hubs about today's economy & ecology. As we are realistic, though, a new optimism emerges, not from false hope, but from the fact that living creatures and human beings do solve our problems.
I could agree with this. While I think Keynsian policies have helped us in the past, at some point you have to pay for smoothing those bumps in the road. But people pass it onto the next generation, instead of biting the bullet.
I see the same thing Missing Link. Our government has turned against us and everything is pushing toward the NWO. America will never be the same again there are no more 'chickens in every pot' and greed has taken over the world. I feel for the younger generation. We were lucky to know Her as she used to be.
Yes. The sovereignty of the United States is being eroded. The US president used to decide the value of gold for the day in his breakfast table when the gold standard was still around. This involves monetary policy. However, this power was taken away by the Federal Reserve Bank. The US president cannot meddle in the decisions of the Fed, like in interest rates. As president Bill Clinton cannot even ask Allan Greenspan, Fed chairman, what he would do with interest rates. President Kennedy issued Executive Order 11110 that authorized the Treasury to mint dollar coins. Kennedy was assassinated in 1973. Some months after his assassination these coins were melted. President Johnson who succeeded Kennedy reversed the executive order. Monetary policy is an important lever in governance.
The president is left with levers like health care, economic stimulus package, and budget deficit reduction package. All the while he must be careful that these do not impact significantly on interest rates because that would be beyond his power to correct.
Most of the time the economic ills of the country, owing to interest rate for one, is blamed on the president. However, he does not control the levers. He cannot even point a finger to the Fed. It was Congress that gave that power to the Fed. It will take a long time, if ever, that power will be taken away from the Fed as Congress is being controlled by big business. If the Catholic Church has endured this long, there is no reason why the Fed would not endure much longer.
As a Canadian I can look across the border and around the world and see a change happening - not only in USA but from the North Pole to the South pole.
I view the WHOLE thing from the perspective of global change, a struggle for balance to take place. Mankind is at a fascinating crossroads. We have learned much through all the different religions... we have tested and learned much from Communism, Socialism and Capitalism. All have proven to have their strengths and weakness's, Mankind in general currently loves things and uses people and it certainly should be the other way around. We have looked outside ourselves for the answer and have forgotten the true magic of growth is building character. In my hub "Shrinking Middle Class To Zero" - I explore this thought a little further.
Truly - we are living in Amazing fascinating time..... Love Life and Love Living!
The Borg principle; A collecting entity must sustain itself by way of perpetual assimilation. When that assimilation ceases and attempts to address internal strife the inertia that holds it together weakens and it begins to fall apart.
In simple terms America has always suffered from internal strife which it has never been able to properly address. Without external conflict to preoccupy the consciousness of the people the internal strife will tear it apart.
I think this is a little overblown. We assimilate people from vastly different walks of life rather easily. However, I think you are right that there is much more internal strife in our country than it may look like on the surface.
There is a good point here. Abraham Lincoln said that the US was safe from external dangers, and would only be destroyed by internal strife. As a nation we do distract ourselves outwardly. I'd rather use Lincoln than the Borg as a role model, though!
Sadly, I believe it is. Comparing the country of my youth to the country of today is heartbreaking. I'm so glad I'm coming to the end of my life. It can be turned around, but that would be up to today's youth, who don't seem to be so inclined. I ache for the future of my 3 year old grandson.
I learned a new word from an email that's making the rounds:
A system of government where the least capable of leading
are elected by the least capable of producing, and where
the members of society least likely to sustain themselves
or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid
for with the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number
60 or so years ago, when you were young, Im sure some old man was lamenting the fact that the future generations where dooming their nation because they drank alcohol or some such nonsense.
Perhaps not so much with alcohol specifically, as you refer to, but I'm sure Bob is absolutely correct that in a number of ways he has seen things get worse--like disrespect for elders.
Yes it is. But it's not just the United States. The worlds politicians seem to have cooked up a new world order for government by the UN. Not surprisingly they haven't put it to the electorate. It seems to have been the Wests idea. Very altruistic. It'll all end in tears.
I see a vast overreach of the US federal government. Many of these, take away our individual freedoms, and have greatly reduced the right of the individual state to govern its people. The founding Fathers created a system of unified, strong state governments under the umbrella of a federal government whose main job was to ensure unification in terms of currency between the states to make interstate commerce and traveling between the states easier.
What works for California, doesn't work for Texas and etc. Each state has its own people, its own beliefs, and its own needs. That is why we are called the United STATES of America. just not America.
I also believe this strong, overbearing federal government is turning the USA into a nanny state. The founding fathers didn't put SS and medicare into the Constitution for a reason. A person is supposed to take care of him or her self, and NOT rely on the federal government, or any government for help. These social programs have destroyed the American Working spirit. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
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