Pride- The Deadly American Vice
Pride Cometh Before A Fall
by WJW Revere
I owe a debt of gratitude to some family members, former teachers and friends for their acute insight on why American greatness. They are the impetus for this essay.
You see, when it comes to honest critique from me, ie candid discussion of today’s foreign policy, domestic policy, treatment of its citizens, living standards (declining), such speech is verboten.
So to summarize my family’s views, we should emulate unquestioning citizenship, profess our superiority ad nausium, and watch our problems become inconsequential as we chant, “USA! USA!, smile and bend over to pay our 33% tax to cover Federal Reserve debt interest. We should never question authority, our nations faults, or our present suicide course but obey propoganda and be grateful for our benevolent politicians and business leaders, or our masters as it were .
I’ve been told that if I don’t love my country, maybe I should leave. An interesting proposition, considering that, just since 2000 GW Bush era, 35% of the purchasing power of the US dollar has permanently eroded.
I can say I’m thankful our own Founding Fathers didn’t see fit to leave when receiving the same suggestion from those representing the status quo! As they represented only 3% of America’s populace, by that same logic, they should have just left. Instead, when England came for their arms, they waged a long and bloody battle, to foster real change, as they saw fit.
I was told in our conversation that the Dow Jones is breaking new highs, and this points to unmitigated economic strength, even though its obvious to most, that when the Federal Reserve prints enough money ( I mean fiat paper), something’s going to go up.
Some people don’t understand that its not our stock market gaining value, it is our money that is losing value. The last time the Dow Jones average was at 14,000, gold was at $700 an ounce. Gold is now $1600 an ounce. Is this a real “high”, or a debasement of our currency?
How many unsustainable bubbles does the Fed have to blow, before some of you buy a clue? Don’t you realize that each bubble becomes more dangerous to the actual health of the economy? Production is sound economic wealth. Printing paper ad infinitum is not.
Funneling money to corporations and banks, stealing money from the poor and the middle classes, printing huge amounts of money, causing inflation, is not “generosity”, nor is it American.
But, I digress.
Some of the “freedoms” I’m most grateful for are: Israeli Ben Gurion airport-style, TSA molestation tactics performed on our families at the airports (young and old alike); the NSA and Amdocs spying on every American’s keystrokes and phone calls; the 38% income tax imposed on the wealthiest Americans; all “voluntary” taxes, codes, statutes; the NDAA and Patriot Acts; the DHS checkpoints; the overseas drone assassinations, including entire wedding parties; and our declining living standards, to name a few. Surely we are the better for the personal “freedoms” these sacrifices bring, right?
I’m told time and again that we have it pretty good here in America, and I suppose this is true. Those on the Titanic also had it pretty good when they departed from Belfast, Ireland, before tragedy befell them, whether by sheer bad luck, or something more insidious.
Some would suggest the phrase “HAD it pretty good” is more appropriate, as the past tense is a more accurate term for us in the present-day America, unless we become advocates for change. Drastic, Jeffersonian, Christ-like, “overturning-the money-changers’-tables”-type change.
What is real change, you ask?
It is pursuing and enacting Justice.
A concept seemingly absent from our lives, and from the words of our spiritual advisers and religious leaders, even though the word “justice” is used over 200 times in our bible. Please bear with me, and I will explain.
Justice is supporting the indictments and arrests of the “bankers” who caused this decline in our way of life and economy, rather than allowing those “bankers”, who literally stole trillions of dollars from the public treasury, to pay bonuses to themselves and to cover their own losses. The money stolen by them was enough so that every American’s mortgage could have been paid off. (Want to talk about a real “economic stimulus”!!?)
Justice is following the Icelandic model, and simply repudiating the debt.
Justice is prosecuting Judiciary officials for their conspiracy to obstruct justice for said economic crimes against the U.S. populace. Not one banker has yet been jailed, in comparison to the 800 Banker thieves during the Savings and Loan Scandal.
Justice is abolishing the Federal Reserve, and indicting its living current and former members, who have, since its inception in 1913, destroyed the value of OUR currency, by devaluing OUR dollar 95% in that time.
Justice is prosecuting those who lied us into a war which has now expanded into five other nations (Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Mali), jeopardizing our good standing in the world community and coffers (May I remind you that America is BROKE?).
Justice is insisting upon a new 911 commission, indicting the perpetrators of 911, and bringing them to justice, or rather, bringing justice to America.
Justice is ending all foreign aid to Israel, the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, demanding justice for the attack upon the USS Liberty, spying and other acts of treason against the USA.
Justice is fostering and promoting a sensibility of humbleness, a charious nature, humility and kindness, now anathema to so many Americans infected with the disease (Judeo-Anglo in origin), of having become oblivious and woefully blind to the serious harm we are causing to others, whether creating 5 million orphans in Iraq, countless millions of war refugees, or even conducting these invasions without a formal Congressional declaration of war, as directed by our Constitution.
Is America “great” for the 22 million unemployed, especially those in manufacturing sector? During the Bush era, 33% of all manufacturing jobs were lost , while multi-national corporations downsized (or “right-sized”, if you’re a corporate apologist) while reporting record profits. Well let me show you some REALITY, Mr. American… America is 1st in prison population, 14th in education, 19th in national satisfaction, 2nd for approval of drone strikes (just after Israel) 23rd in gender equality, 33rd in internet speeds, 46th in freedom of the press, 26th in child well-being, 24th in literacy, 19th in perceived honesty, 27th in leisure and personal care, 17th in happiness, 99th in peacefulness (but hey we rank 2nd in IGNORANCE!) America — F*CK YEAH!
Is it “great” for the families struggling to make ends meet with rapid rates of inflation (aka: “the silent tax”), with the costs of goods and living increasing annually with real double-digit inflation (John Williams, “Shadowstats”)?
Is it “great” that our social programs like Medicare and Social Security are essentially broke, and that our way of life has been subsidized by printing toxic and criminally fraudulent CDOs and MBS instruments and debt, bundled and sold to China, Europe and Saudi, but is now being strictly monetized, as buyers are balking at the Faith and Credit of the USA?
Even those working for one of the largest employers in existence today, the defense sector at the Pentagon, are now facing job and income loss with sequesters. And all this time, I thought war was good for the economy? As a banker or contractor, I would salivate when that debt with interest, arrives.
Are these the signs of America’s “greatness”? No, I think not.
To be fair, I diligently researched records to find areas where America is a leader. According to Forbes, of 185 nations, we have fallen precipitously. We are 27th in Math, 22nd in Science, 49th in “Life expectancy”, 4th in Exports, 33rd in “Most free press and media”, 3rd in “Median household income”, 8th in Literacy, 13th in “Best quality of life”.
800,000 Millionaires disappeared from the USA in 2007 alone, while millionaires overseas increased dramatically.
I did uncover a few areas where America is still a leader: defense spending, incarceration rates, killing civilians this century outside our own borders, and children slaughtered in clinics, (I mean aborted) in the Planned Parenthood’ Judeo clinics, to be chopped and sold for parts.
That last is big business, by the way. Too bad I wasn’t smart enough to pass my MCATs and enter this lucrative field. To put this into perspective, sea turtle eggs are protected by federal regulations, but children in the womb are not. At least America has her priorities straight.
Yes indeed, according to the naysayers , there is no need for any introspection, acknowledgment of our shortcomings, contrition, repentance or reparations for our transgressions, America is simply “great”.
I believe that we once were, and can be again.
But not for simply saying it in the face of facts, which many distance themselves from like a leper colony. Telling yourself that we are great, loudly and often enough, you may just believe it. But some beliefs are easily shattered when, like a thrown rock, the truth suddenly hits you in the head.
The parallels between the collapsed Roman Empire and our own are striking: An overextended military, an inflated currency, a divided, multicultural populace, rather than a cohesive one. Hopefully, this will serve as a poignant and critical wake-up call.
A Christian humbleness, humility, and a peace-loving, charitable and justice seeking ethos are some of the classic, historic American values which made us loved, and the beacon of light in the world. But, these have been substituted entirely with a Judaic smugness, arrogance, war-mongering, and an irritating, bellicose pompousness in the last 100 or so years. That threatens our own status in the world and our entire way of life.
America, the parable of The Good Samaritan is worth re-reading and practicing.
And, please America, don’t forget that pride cometh before a fall.