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In which i wonder “Why is America Lost?”

I usually try to keep this blog light and shallow but this election season has made me wonder, what’s going on around here hence:

Why is America Lost?

Because we all sit around and say that “money doesn’t buy happiness” but the truth is it sure makes it more attainable

Because we live in “the land of the free” but then we resent and judge people based on their choices: religious, sexual or otherwise

Because we say we’re color blind yet we say things like “he sure speaks eloquently ‘for a black person’”

Because we resent immigrants and say “stay away” when, in fact, we were ALL immigrants (except for the Native Americans) at one point

Because we admire the sports heroes, singers, actors and the rich when, in fact, the people who actually interact with our kids – the teachers, coaches, instructors – don’t make SHIT for money

Because we say we will “do unto others as we would have them do unto you” and then we ignore the dispossessed, the mentally ill, and the poor

Because we all want to “live forever” but nobody wants to pay to keep the elderly alive

Because we want “cheaper goods” and yet we want them MADE IN AMERICA

Because we’re supposed to be the land of opportunity for all, not just for the privileged

Because, as individuals, we don’t think for ourselves

Because we feel we’re entitled

Because we long ago lost the national initiative of a Nation Undivided and we let our partisan bickering and self interests get in the way of our common purpose

Because it’s always “not in my back yard”

Because we all say we care about the Earth, as long as it’s everyone else making the sacrifices

Because we’re good at pretending that one person can’t make a difference

Because we used to be a “melting pot” and all those flavors made us richer, and now we want to be bland

Because the best and the brightest go into finance because that’s where the money is instead of into science and research, even though that’s where the future is

Because we think we can impose our way of life upon other people in other countries with complete disregard to their own wishes

Because there are areas in Oakland and other cities that have a higher death rate than the fire bases in Afghanistan and yet they’re ignored

Because our politicians are more concerned about being re-elected than in doing the right thing

Because the budget deficit is robbing our children of their future and we’re letting it happen

Because we no longer have a “lay-away” mentality and expect immediate gratification

Because Chapter 11 is no longer a last resort but a good business decision

Because sacrifice is no longer in the American “lingo”

Because we’ve become a society of “what can you do for me now”

Because we want to keep up with “the Jones” although they’re in debt too

Because we think we can have it all, and that’s not possible

Because I’m no better than the rest

Because neither are you

 

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010

    Mom is crying over this one. I think she channeled through you. You're right and now where do we start to fix it. VOTE TODAY and make damned sure the person you votr for is not a plastic Donkey or Elephant. VOTE for people who actually might WALK the WALK and not stand around talking. Put another way as a senior Senator once said to his junior….."Young man, where you sit depends on where you stand." Take action not reaction and do one small thing each day to make someones life a little better. It costs little but the reward is great.

  2. jaynelc
    November 2, 2010

    Absolutely brilliant, and great to hear someone speaking the truth. Though it's not just America, I found myself nodding along in relation to the state of things here in the UK too.

    Great post.

  3. Elisabeth Black
    November 2, 2010

    If you are serious then all it takes is one simple thing. Term Limits. Demand, Require, Insist that anyone who gets your vote agrees to vote for and support loudly term limits for all Elected Representatives. Any combination that equals 12 years MAX in the House and Senate.

    3 2-years terms of House + 1 6-years Senate

    6 2-years House

    2 6-years Senate.

    The end. No ifs and or buts. Senate and Representatives are not lifetime appointments.

    No pension.

    No lifetime Healthcare.

    No benefits after they leave office.

    All political donations left in their "war chest" are immediately given to pay down the deficit.

  4. Very Bored in Catalunya
    November 2, 2010

    Great post and most of those things could equally be said about life in Spain.

  5. Heather
    November 2, 2010

    I think that most of this list can apply to most countries…sadly.

  6. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010

    BRAVO!!!!! Well written and sooooooo "TRUE"!!!

  7. cpp
    November 2, 2010

    wow…yes your mom is channeling, think where we would be with your name on the ballot!

  8. Red Shoes
    November 4, 2010

    GREAT post!!!

    I totally agree with EVERYTHING you said here!!

    And great comments as well!!

    Thank you for stopping by… if following you will help you become a career TV talk show host, I'm always game to help others meet their goals! Count me in!!!

    ~shoes~

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