We don’t need terrorist to destroy us. We’re doing it ourselves
by Ed Mattson
Most Veterans have learned to live by the rules their entire life. Much of that discipline comes from the military, the lowest paid “public servants” employed by the federal government. Most of us would agree military service was a PLUS in our lives and though today we all seem to be situated at the last teat of government benefits sucking like piglets to get the benefits we were promised upon enlistment, it amazes me that we have not risen up in revolt because the VA and DOD have so successfully thrown the most needy of our lot under the bus without nary a second thought.
As a Veteran, I consider myself lucky that I also had a mother and father who instilled in me those virtues they felt would be important in my life’s journey- honesty, duty, patriotism, hard work, honor, love, and obeying the laws of God and country. I have served my country, paid my fair share taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated much of my money in later life giving back to those less fortunate than myself. I don’t feel I am exceptional as I have met many Veterans who have lived far nobler and given far more than me.
This past week I have taken a look at the years gone by, the years ahead, the future for my children and grandchildren, and the country as it once was, the mess it is in today, and what is in store for the once “land of the free, home of the brave, and equal opportunity for all”.
First, where are we as a country? To intelligently discuss the current state of affairs in the United States I think we all need to leave politics-as-usual at the door and need to think with clear heads leaving emotion out of the equation. Those in Washington seem to believe they are living on a pedestal and that they are exempt from laws and rules they hand down to we-the-people. As we are about to head off on another possible military excursion with unknown results and commit to ever more deficit spending, this looks to be as good a time as any to discuss our country’s growing problems.
Recently floated around the Internet was a moving soliloquy by Jeff Daniels’ as Will McAvoy from HBO’s Newsroom which begins by hitting the left and the right equally, giving him the moral superiority to lay down a nonpartisan critique of everything that’s wrong with modern American society. The impact to those of us who consider ourselves real red-blood American’s was shocking. For me it was a wake-up call to a better understanding of our great country and the need to discuss the current state of affairs of where we are and where we are headed.
To begin with, much of the rant, as it being called, is quite factual depending on the sources one uses to verify the statistics quoted, but the actual numbers are second to the fact that when someone says, “the U.S. is number one”, most American have come to believe that means we lead the world in every known statistical category, and folks….that just isn’t true. As example, taken from Jeff Daniel’s words and compared to the most current figures available:
The U.S. is 7th in literacy…Today the actual ranking is 15th
27th in math…in actuality the ranking is 35th
22nd in science…in actuality the ranking is 29th
49th in life expectancy
178th in infant mortality…actually 181st but more telling we’re 151st in child mortality
3rd in median household income but 2nd in overall household income
1st in personal wealth
1st in defense spending
We are also 1st in crime and 1st in imprisonment
At the end of the soliloquy, one feels a sense that everything we thought about the greatness of our country just isn’t so…BUT where else would you rather live? That’s the beauty of being an America…if you are looking for the perfect county, one that is number one in every meaningful category of quality of measuring life, you are free to make the move! Unfortunately there isn’t a country that is number one and there isn’t a country more exceptional than the U.S.A.
We have many detractors living amongst us. We have many living here who will do everything in their power to convince us that our country is a “has been”, and many willing to destroy all that is good about the country. We as Veterans fought for their right to air their thoughts and even shout them from the highest buildings. But if they are so right, why do people wait in very long immigration lines just for the chance to come to America? Why do people risk their lives crossing hot deserts, forging the sea in leaky boats, risk getting shot, and willingly give all their family wealth just to get into the U.S.?
I’ll be the first to join the chorus that things in this country have changed drastically from when I grew up, and that we have seen a pollution and corruption of politics that defies what America once was, but before I go there, think about the following facts…
As Jeff Daniels (aka Will McAvoy) said in his closing, there was a time when Americans did the right things because of moral reasons and because we stood up for what was right. Many who have no knowledge of history will contend that our country has always had that “greedy streak” in the undertones because of the industrial-military complex, or because of greedy Wall Street Bankers.
Others will say we are controlled by a very few aligned with the Trilateralist Commission (a David Rockefeller Brain-Fart), group proposing an end to the sovereignty of the United States, with only “them” and their close-knit web of conspirators running everything. It’s suppose to be their ticket to fame, comfortable living, and constant flattery, dominance over the lives of we lowly subjects, and control over the accumulated wealth of the country.
I’ll get back to this in a moment as well, but McAvoy went on to say we were a nation of sacrifice, put our money where our mouth is, built great big technological things, explored the universe, cured diseases, and created the world’s greatest economy…most of us would agree and take pride in all those things, but our greatness went far beyond that…
- The US was instrumental in rebuilding Europe, Japan and other countries after WWII with the Marshall Plan, this was after our mothers and fathers provided funding in the form of war bonds to finance the big war.
- We have sacrificed American blood to defend and protect others from tyranny.
- We’ve given more federal aid to needy countries – more so than all the other countries on earth combined.
- American citizens have privately donated more to charity than the citizens of all other countries combined.
- Americans are usually first with aid following disasters anywhere in the world, even in countries (i.e. Pakistan, Iran, and others) where we aren’t liked or wanted.
- We aspired for intelligence and success instead of belittling it with class envy
- Not only have we cured diseases but our National Institute of Health has provided for and financed much of the world’s medical research (over 140,000 clinical trials), wiping out diseases that have eliminated civilizations in the past.
- And there was a time when our Freedom of Press really meant freedom of press to inform, educate, and hold politicians accountable for any misdeeds, not just become propagandists and apologists for corrupt politicians.
Understanding the good in American is as important as recognizing the problems of America which is the first thing we must do to begin correcting our faults.
It is going to take another couple of articles to the pinpoint corruption, excess, and complete disregard to Constitutional Authority of our government, plus a critique of the citizens and voters who have elected the government we have, to get to the truth of our situation.
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Posted by Ed Mattson on Sep 7 2013, With 0 Reads, Filed under Civil Liberties and Freedom, Corruption, Government, Legislation, Politics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.