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  •  Witnessing total collapse of West (0+ / 0-)

    It's happening in slow-motion, of course, sort of resembling the melting of the ice sheets off Antarctica and in the Arctic. For a long time it's barely perceptible and then suddenly a massive piece breaks off.

    End of Glass-Steagall (preface to financial crisis of 2008-?)

    The 2000 Supreme Court decision to ignore democracy and place Bush in the presidency.

    The ignored CIA and NSC warnings about al Qaeda.

    Bush tax cuts that destroyed the surplus that Clinton policies had created by increasing revenue.

    September 11, 2001.

    The Iraq invasion that millions protested, but that the elites pushed down our throats.

    Not enough boots on the ground.

    Mission Accomplished.

    Bush torture policy, and memos. Celebrating doing things that Nazi's were tried and condemned for at Nuremberg.

    Drown government in a bathtub.

    Education "reformers" who reform by attacking teachers as incompetent while attempting to destroy teachers unions.

    Financial crisis--banks get off scott free, while homeowners lose their homes. Wall Street reaps huge bonuses, while workers are laid off.

    Occupy Wall Street protesters are pepper-sprayed, tear-gassed, and jailed. While Wall Street plutocrats have yet to be charged for the massive fraud.

    Congress who refuses to pass a budget and threatens to allow US to go into default.

    The euro crisis and forced austerity with unemployment nearing 20 and 25% in Greece and Spain.

    Massacres with assault weapons abound, and Congress blocks any legislation that will protect our children from these gun criminals and traffickers.

    Yet, in the name of protection, they blithely take away all our first and fourth amendment rights in massive spying operation conducted against all Americans.

    A president elected as a liberal who refuses to stand up for the very people who put him in office--instead proposing to cut social security and other programs for the middle class and the poor.

    Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

    by coral on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 07:09:50 PM PDT

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