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A lot of my diaries I write tend to be rather emotional or inflamed I guess. Mostly because I'm quite angry at the situation our country is headed.

And I'm angry because I'm honestly getting quite frightened where things are headed.
Whether it's salon or alternet or this website, the general course of things in this country tat I read has me seriously afraid.

 You know that feeling where while things haven't yet reached that "toss yourself over the abyss" level just yet but you can really sorta tell it's gonna hit that point ultimately?

Like that feeling right before the US civil war when Lincoln's victory was confirmed but the south didn't succeed just yet.

Or when the Hapsburg heir was shot but neither the entente or central powers had declared war yet.

Well that's how things feel right now. Everything is sorta building into this horrible singularity of something malicious and while I don't feel anything is inevitable, I do feel that due to human nature and the general behavior of societal elites, such things tend to continue to build until they finally explode.

I do not like where things seem to be headed.

I honestly would move from this country and just become a citizen of another if I had the means. I don't so all I can do is just hope for the best.  

I seriously want to be wrong.
Can someone provide some hope?


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  •  The nation is very sick. (5+ / 0-)

    I believe it's finished. It's too divided. All of our institutions are corrupt. Even the military. There is nothing to "save us."

    I'm voting with my feet.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 10:30:37 PM PDT

    •  Leaving is no answer. (0+ / 0-)

      And in fact it is, IMHO, the worst thing you can do in the present situation. The sad reality is that, given the fact that the U. S. is a brimming with nuclear weapons, if the country totally destabilizes then it is difficult to see any possibility that a nuclear holocaust could be avoided with all the xenophobic  paranoia and militarism going around. The more sane people who out-migrate the more likely this scenario becomes and there will be no place in the world to hide.

      "PLEASE STOP EATING ANIMALS" Fourth Grader's Crayon Poster.

      by Pirogue on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:34:53 AM PDT

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  •  Whenever I feel that way I watch Young Guns. (1+ / 0-)
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    We are the product of years and years of evolution. We are the best we have ever been. You just have to look around and not be drawn into the train wrecks that draw so much attention from most media and web sites. Yes, even here.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

    by ZenTrainer on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 10:39:23 PM PDT

  •  Sun Tzu, Art of War, those with much strategy (3+ / 0-)
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    linkage, PowWowPollock, DaveDC

    prevail over those with little strategy. Those with no strategy go to war first hoping to win, always lose.

    Lincoln in January 1861 had a deep strategy inherited from the geniuses of the Whigs and Republicans. This stuff takes study on the part of the public, why the Lincoln-Douglas debates read like rocket science, and it's clear there are no FDR's or LBJ's around, but their example leads the way. See Bruce Ackerman, We the People, The Civil Rights Revolution.

    The US republic just went over the cliff in McCutcheon as it did one time before in Dred Scott. There are lots of ways to remedy that. Bracket the Ukraine stuff, it's reasonably certain Obama has read Tuchman.

  •  America is still the greatest country... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... in the world.

    Things may look dire, but there is still chance, if not to turn things around, then to slow down the juggernaut.

    Worst-case scenario, the US is the richest country in the world, and also the biggest, that it takes time for the rot to topple the everyday living standard, and also time for the rot to spread, and you may be able to just stay ahead of the spread. (Yeah, I'm not exactly filled with optimism, either ^_^) *Other countries have bigger land area than the US, but those countries are 90% frozen wasteland, or frozen and desert wasteland.

    Again, worst-case scenario, the US has more experience with race relations. The US have already waged a war based on skin color with decisive result. Other countries either haven't gotten to the point of warfare yet, or if they did, have not-so-decisive endings.

    IMHO, the best thing to do is to change the US to be your dream country. That's what the oligarchs are doing. That's what the Tea-Party is doing. Start by hijacking the Democratic party to make it a real progressive party.

    •  Explain to me how we're the greatest (6+ / 0-)

      country in the world cause honestly how do you objectively determine such a narcissistic statement?

      We are not the greatest country in the world and never have been.

      Disregarding the horrible shit we did to build ourselves up, our country as it stands now has nothing to be proud of.

      If anything we should be utterly ashamed of our nation.

      •  Some of us, no matter what, think that (0+ / 0-)

        America is still the last best hope of the world.

        We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

        by PowWowPollock on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 02:42:00 AM PDT

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      •  Paradoxical: middle passage, Columbian genocide, (0+ / 0-)

        among the last to abolish slavery, delayed women's suffrage, Jim Crow permanent, nuked Japan, destroyed Vietnam, Iraq, etc. but what it takes to get progress builds a muscle: Adams, JQA, E.C. Stanton, Douglass, Crazy Horse, Sumner, Lincoln, LaFollette, Long, FDR, JFK, MLK, LBJ, Huey Newton, Carter. The last of these is the world's foremost guarantor of democracy although his own country doesn't practice democracy, the current task. Amiri Baraka called it the Sisyphus syndrome, get to the top and the rock rolls to the bottom, revolution/counter-revolution.

  •  It's OK to worry a little bit (2+ / 0-)
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    Especially if you're like me and subscribe to the Strauss-Howe Generational Theory. If the future is to follow the patterns of the past, we are due for a great upheaval of society. The difference this time is that several nations have nuclear capability.

    But, there's nothing we, as individuals can do to prevent it.

    Every time my iPhone battery gets down to 47%, I think of Mitt Romney.

    by bobinson on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 11:50:13 PM PDT

  •  The times they are a changin" (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    I often feel as you now do. But every once in a while, I get a glimpse of the change and of the hope. Just looked at my Facebook page where I often post on controversial topics. I've been told I shouldn't do this, that remarking on religion or politics is rude.

    But this is a democracy and, as such, we are supposed to be part of the government. We are supposed to be informed and should discuss important items with our friends, especially. So I make these posts and had gradually come to the conclusion that they changed no ones mind. Today, a staunch Republican remarked that he not only watched Rachel Maddow the day before but that the show was "very good"! And another conservative friend remarked about a post I made on Cliven Bundy's ridiculous, racist statements.


  •  You seem to exist in an unstable present (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    where the past and future all meld into one. That is scary.
    Try to step outside of yourself and see that the future will take care of itself and the past, despite assertions to the contrary, does not repeat itself.
    Some humans are creatures of habit and so they do the same thing over and over and doing things over has similar results. But, we don't have to repeat. We can learn from our own and other's experience. And there are, indeed, some people in this country who are much better off, much freer to do their own thing, freer to go where they want.
    Ask the residents of Detroit, for example, if they want to go back to being share-croppers. The reason they stick it out is because they know there is possibility for change.

    However, the thing about change is that it is never permanent. The forces of evil keep having to be restrained.

    by hannah on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 03:19:14 AM PDT

  •  There will always be a struggle against power (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    The recent PBS documentary "A Fierce Green Fire" made me angry and gave me hope at the same time.

    Masses of people got mad enough to take to the streets and demand environmental changes. Lake Erie was saved, the Superfund was created, DDT and chloroflourocarbons were banned, and many other steps were taken to clean up the planet. Then came Ronald Reagan.

    Sometimes the problems seem too big, but the only people who are going to save us are us. Speak up and find others who are working for change.

    Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. John Lennon

    by GwenM on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 04:19:40 AM PDT

    •  Yes, and then came Ronald Reagan (0+ / 0-)

      and the virulent stupidity he unleashed.  Supply side economics, 'gubmint' is the problem when he is in fact governing, Moral Majority, Southern Strategy, and then there's Fox...

      The problem is the dumbing down.  With our generation and the one before, so many buy into the propaganda.  And I am an insufferable bore to many of my friends - trying repeatedly to beat my head against that wall of willful ignorance.

      I guess in the end, all we CAN do is keep beating our heads against that wall.  And reach as many of the young as we can - IF we can keep them from the propaganda machine.

      Personally, I feel we in Murika will probably have a way to go yet before the game is seen for what it is.  The people now who claim they hate government will finally get what they want - and it won't be pretty...

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