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Is America Civilized?

The American EagleThis government is free to behave any way it wants. It’s a rough unfair world, and there are plenty of terrible governments that rule by might alone. This government is free to enforce the wants of the very rich at the expense of the poor. It is free to wage war on the world, and to spy on everyone in the name of national security. It is free to force environmental degradation on its own people in the form of fracking, GMOs and a myriad of other practices that poison our land for the profit of the few. It is free to let policies stand that create an ever-widening income inequality. It is free to destroy the social safety net, and to abrogate the entire social contract.

006aBut–if is does so, it must give up the right to call itself a civilized nation. Under the present regime (going back about 30 years) we are a savage third world country pretending to be a rich and civilized country. Our very rich are as out of control as the French aristocrats just prior to the revolution. Those who want to privatize America (and a privatized world) are winning, and no one in power is putting up much of a fight.

And yet our rulers (both in the government and in the trans-national corporations) still use the story that we are the premier democracy and the light of the world. Let’s admit that this is a lie. We are an oligarchical plutocracy waging a imperial war on the world, using economics where possible, and force of arms where “necessary”. In short, we are no longer fit to sit at the table with the true civilized world.


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  1. charlis d m
    December 30, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Bels!!!!!-

    Great to hear from you.

    You’re right on with your posting. America is not only not civilized, it’s also not Christian. I’m an atheist and I’m still a better Christian than most of our self-proclaimed “Christians”.

    There are several quotes about how a culture is judged. I like this one:
    “…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. ” ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

    XOXOX, ©

  2. NoCalGal
    December 30, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    You’re right on with your posting. America is not only not civilized, it’s also not Christian. I’m an atheist and I’m still a better Christian than most of our self-proclaimed “Christians”.

    There are several quotes about how a government is judged. I like this one:
    “…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. ” ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

  3. Leslie Fraser
    May 28, 2018 at 12:32 AM

    Painfully true, now more than ever. We unite in powerful actionable compassion.

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