America – We Are No Longer The Greatest Country In The World

Some may disagree with this and that is perfectly fine. However, I grew up here. I have roots here. I used to believe America was one of the greatest countries in the world. In fact, I couldn’t even fathom the thought of living somewhere else. I remember growing up and the school cop was our friend. Teachers cared about their students. We had freedom of speech. If we made a mistake, we were punished but not stigmatized. Oh, how have times have changed.

I am disheartened at the direction this country is headed. Money is our god. Power is being abused. We are living in a society that wants to keep the majority stifled. Immoral reality show stars are our idols. Greedy politicians could care less about the very people they are supposed to be working for. Power hungry cops are the new bullies. The welfare system that we have in place is a fucking joke!

It is grotesque that the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, or Honey Boo Boo are the role models for our children. I mean seriously, we are telling our children that it is alright to have indiscriminate sex, drink until oblivion, and be gluttonous, void of any morals or values… and it is especially held in high regard while  in the pursuit of money and power.

It is insane that those in office can spend indiscriminate amounts of tax payer money to go on lavish vacations, while 75% of the population is drowning in an attempt to keep up with the daily rising cost of living. The systems that are in place to help us in our times of need, such as the welfare system, are actually designed to keep us in shame and repression.

It boils my blood when I see a police officer, who is supposed to serve and protect, sitting on the side of the road with a speeding gun so they can meet their quota, while allowing a rapist or a murderer to walk free of consequence because it is more financially beneficial to do so, or bullying and arresting a kid in high school for giving a friend a hug because they are so jaded by society.

In 2010, the United States was 11th in rapes per 100,000. In 2012, we had the highest incarceration rate in the world, surpassing 700 per 100,000!! We spend more on military expenditure than any other country in the world! We are over $700 billion, while China, the next runner up is just over $100 billion. That’s $600 billion  more! Meanwhile, we spend an excruciatingly pathetic 10% of that on education. What the hell is wrong with this picture?? 75% of our population makes less than $50,000 per year, while the cost of living goes up every day.  If we want to survive without having to live paycheck to paycheck, just how much do we have to make?

It is no surprise that our country is such a disgrace.

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So what are we going to do about this turmoil? I don’t want to be scared silent, bowing my head to this god of money and power like an abused housewife beaten into submission. I have a voice. We have a voice. I’ll be damned if I have to  become an expat runaway, looking for solace and peace in another country… although I have seriously considered it.

We need to start by adding value and morality back into our society. We are starved for it. We need to start by changing the channel. We need to start by taking away the power of those who abuse it. We need to start by refusing to be financially raped by our government for their own selfish gain. We need to start by getting off our lazy butts and creating change, rather than waiting for someone else to tell us they are going to do it for us, and blaming them when they suppress us instead. We need to start by bringing humanity, love and compassion back into our homes and spreading that.

I have been guilty of not taking action. Sometimes I was scared. Other times I didn’t feel that I was smart enough, financially able, or capable of doing anything significant. I felt politicians were so corrupt that I wouldn’t bother to vote because it wouldn’t matter who won. The ones that would actually make a positive change never made it to the final rounds anyways, right? All too often, I felt that no matter how hard I tried, I just could never get ahead. I felt defeated. I was little more than a statistic… a battered housewife of the system. However, I was so, so wrong. Ignorance and silence equal repression.

We have a voice and we need to use it. We are in the land of the free and we need to stop living as slaves to the system… slaves to money, gluttony and immorality. We need to find what we are passionate about changing to make this country better and start doing it. Stop with the excuses, and start doing something.

Find your voice. SPEAK.

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” ~Ghandi

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