“Yes folks, I am mad as hell. The America I believed in when I volunteered for the Marine Corps, went to Korea, that America has been hijacked by an irrational, dark force that’s consuming our political system.”
- Paul Farrell
I echo the sentiment. The America I come to believe after my tour in Iraq has been hijacked by not only the irrational politicians, but lost youth so indulged in their selfish acts of protest; both soon to forget nothing will make this country better, the world better, except by starting with ourselves – a deep look at our own actions and ask what can we do? – “what is it that we OUGHT to do?”
These days, if I’m not wasting time protesting then I am not with the 99%. If I am not working hard to preserve the capitalist greed, then I’m not with the mainstream adults. Where does that leave a dreamer who wants to partake in the changing world and shaping it to the way I see to be sustainable for everyone?
I watch the news but my soul hurts when I hear things like “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”
This kind of extremist no-compromise standard has gotten us nowhere, the political fundamentalists have led our people to a “vengeful cult” that will never work to make progress, only political gains. I just have to ask: what does these political gains mean for the country? Probably nothing, but for the few rich and powerful careless people, it means everything – money, greed, and no tomorrow for our children.
“My America is out of control, babbling nonsense, acting like a junkie, addict, very bad alcoholic . . . Today everywhere I see a nation consumed by addictions: self-centered, selfish, greedy, aggressive, power hungry, lost souls with no moral compass, in denial of their suicidal mission, incapable of stopping.”
“Act now, we’re told, if we want to save the planet from a climate catastrophe. Trouble is, it might be too late. The science is settled, and the damage has already begun. The only question now is whether we will stop playing political games and embrace the few imperfect options we have left.”
Environmental economist and eco-activist Bill McKibben
Today, we face economic meltdowns, massive protests, distributed violence, religious polarization, warfare, famine, irreversible environmental damages to our planet, and most significantly – OVER-POPULATION. Former Greenpeace CEO, Paul Gilding, warned us that it may be already too late to make amends with mother earth, that we should just “brace for impact.”
“One of the disturbing facts of history is that so many civilizations collapse,” warns Jared Diamond, in “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.” Many “share a sharp curve of decline” that often begins “only a decade or two after it reaches its peak population, wealth and power.” Why? Leaders are in denial, unprepared, like many of today’s senators and presidential candidates who say climate change is a hoax.
Diamond’s two-decades-to-collapse warning coincided with an even darker Pentagon report analyzed in Fortune eight years ago: “Climate could change radically and fast. That would be the mother of all national security issues” Unrest would create “massive droughts, turning farmland into dust bowls and forests to ashes … by 2020 there is little doubt that something drastic is happening ... As the planet’s carrying capacity shrinks, an old pattern could emerge; warfare defining human life … an ancient pattern of desperate, all-out wars over food, water, and energy supplies would emerge. ” Warning, the 2020 plot line is accelerating.
Today, America and other developed world’s citizens consume 32 times more resources and put out 32 times more waste than Third World citizens. Countries like China is trying to catch us in this wasteful pattern, but where does that leave our finite resources? The global governance has well intended messages, bring everyone of this world out of poverty and into the enlightened age. Yet, if all nations consumed resources at the same rate as America today, where will we be tomorrow? War?