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  •  The people don't know (23+ / 0-)

    When we announced that we were moving overseas to our relatives, they almost universally gasped at the very thought of leaving the US. They worried about the terrorist -- in New Zealand -- and how no country could support our six-figure lifestyle like the US could.

    They rationalized with themselves that we must be "on the lamb" or "running from the law" since we obviously couldn't just decide to leave the "greatest country on Earth."

    They did these things because they have been lied to. Worse, they can't admit to themselves that they were duped, because that would invalidate so many deeply held beliefs about themselves.

    I'm sure this is pretty typical for a lot of the American populace. They can't change because change involves asking questions. Those questions might lead to answers that they aren't comfortable with; so, they keep on pushing that stone up that hill, knowing full well where it will land when they finally reach the top.

    George Carlin was too subtle for the American public. A public that, 20 years after being told who is screwing the country, still can't seem to figure out what is going wrong! The owners have administered a powerful sleeping agent, I'm not sure if they'll ever wake up from the American Dream.

    Wanted: New sig line. Must be insightful with a good sense of humor. Non-smoking, no pets.

    by Herodotus Prime on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:24:07 AM PST

    •  Please rec Herodotus Prime's post! Thanks :-) (4+ / 0-)
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      Wow that was a really great post!

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:32:34 AM PST

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    •  USA: History's Most Powerful 3rd World Society. (14+ / 0-)

      We're the developed nation you most need to leave to find the American Dream of generational advancement for your family, which is more likely in all the other advanced democracies.

      We export raw materials and import finished goods.

      We have a large superstitious fundamentalist population that is anti-reason.

      It's impossible for most people to have an accurate, pertinent view of current events by following mainstream news and information sources.

      Our system of government is a democratic oligarchy. Most of us can vote, though we're correcting that, but the government serves ownership first and foremost.

      Under all political leaderships we have transferred the wealth and opportunities of the people to the very rich for all of the last half century.

      We rank behind the advanced democracies often by double digits in most measures of well-being for the people. You'd be safer, healthier, more economically secure, and have more opportunity in many other countries than the US.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:57:29 AM PST

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    •  Yup, you're right (0+ / 0-)

      (R's) take those tired memes and shove 'em, Denise Velez Oliver, 11/7/2012.

      by a2nite on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 08:14:02 AM PST

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