Could it be that the policy of the United States to support foreign dictators
and corrupt governments to enrich Americans is starting to backfire. Our policy
of lending money to the foreign despots for the purchase of American military
arms, while making some of the Military Industrial Complex very rich, is in
questionable worth as the people in those countries rise up against their
dictators. Even if we switch our aid to the rebels, the people may remember
their former oppressors and their supplier.
America is in decline and has been probably since the days of JFK and getting
first involved in Vietnam. That should not be in dispute. We had a slight
uptick in the 80's and 90's but the trend is generally down. Nothing lasts
forever, empires come, peak, decline and fall. That's the way of history.
Hopefully we can have an uptick real soon but again the general trend is going
down. Think of what the US could do and did after World War II rebuilding
Europe and Japan, now we can't even help Haiti--I think that says it all. I
think any uptick that could come to stem the tide for a bit needs to come about
through our decisions to quit playing Team America, World Police. We also need
to focus more on our own problems and our own economy and the American people
themselves have to get their house in order. Of course, individual happiness
will vary and for many this will be a great time. But again, overall America
has seen its best days.
I endorse UBob. The Arab world will never be happy about the US because they
see Israel as our client state. On the other hand the Arab world has a lot of
growing up to do. And we need to get off Arab oil and use our own natural gas.
America's brand of capitalism is in its death throes. Is all there for everyone
to see. The top 1% own more than the bottom 90%. American style capitalism
cannot endure this maldistribution. Worse, those at the top don't just want
most of it - they want all of it - being their own worst enemies. Marx
predicted all of this with devastating precision. I've seen this coming, but
even though I am a socialist I don't welcome it - indeed it scares me to death
because of the dislocations which will come with either a greatly modified
capitalism or a type of socialism. In economic history we see the pattern -
changing underlying circumstances eventually being linked with a trigger to
bring about the revolution. The increasingly top heavy distriubtion of wealth
has been the background circumstance (among others). The impending debt default
will be the trigger. Socialists such as my self will do our best to help one
and all get through this, but there are so few of us. But I can't help but hope
that the tea party GOP will see the trigger they are about to pull, and instead
On the other hand, I think it is possible to work out this transition. What is
required is mutual good will and malice toward none. Let's get on with it.
Capitalism has had it!