Income Inequality and Gun Control

If we prophesy about the future of America we might foretell of a time when income inequality becomes so great that there arises two groups: a small minority of those who have everything and another majority with nothing.

Income Inequality Post

If we prophesy about the future of America we might foretell of a time when income inequality becomes so great that there arises two groups: a small minority of those who have everything and another majority with nothing.

Income inequality in America is growing steadily and has so for at least the last 40 years. The rich are getting richer, the rest are having less and less to live on every year. If the trend continues,( and why wouldn’t it?) do we really believe those that have a lot or are making a lot are going to give that up? Probably not. So let’s then assume that eventually we will see a small group of rich people who have taken every resource and dollar they can, shrinking the middle class to nothing, and those outside of the elite class will have nothing.

So what will happen then?

More than likely those without will burn it to the ground. One of the elements of an empire in decline is that there usually were barbarians outside the gates that eventually sacked the civilization when it became weak. There have also been times when a weakened empire was attacked and overrun by a rising empire.

So the next question is where are the barbarians, the rising superpower to overthrow America?

I think we can assume there is no real threat outside of America that can challenge our military might at the moment and probably never will be one. Besides it would be very difficult for any nation to come to our shores and take us down. As a Japanese military advisor said during World War II: You can’t invade America, because there would be a gun under every blade of grass.

Are there “barbarians” lurking outside the American Empire? You might look at Muslim Extremists, but in reality they aren’t a threat to homeland America.

So where is the group to burn America down? They are here already. It’s those who will eventually have nothing who will put the nail in the coffin.

So how do the elites stop this from happening?

Gun Control

Answer: Gun control

We have seen in the 20th century alone many nations who have taken away guns from the civilians and a slaughter of millions ensues shortly thereafter. Russia, Germany, China, Cambodia, Cuba.

And the way that the politicians and their corporate masters will trick American civilians into giving up the 2nd Amendment is to continue the mass shooting rampages that flare up ever so often.

If we assume that these mass shootings are really what the government and their media mouthpieces want us to believe they are, namely the work of some crazy, lone wolf gunman, then they will tell us that in order to protect us they have to take our guns away. (BTW, I don’t believe all of these shootings haven’t somehow been arraigned by the powers that be and are simply acts of hatred by lone civilians)

The question then becomes what do we do when they come for the guns?

 

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Voting

When you go to the polls you are acknowledging that you approve of the voting system in this country and that you are willing to give credence to candidates on the ballot at the time.

Ballot Box

When you go to the polls you are acknowledging that you approve of the voting system in this country and that you are willing to give credence to candidates on the ballot at the time.

What if both candidates are piles of crap or you choose to vote for “the lesser of two evils”?

Evil is still evil and why would you vote for evil or a pile of crap?

 

In life we can choose who we give our time and energy to. This includes how and where we spend our money.

Speding Money

In essence when you buy consumer goods you are voting with your money. Research who you are buying from first.

 

Freddy Kruger

A way to resolve the issues that seem to be plaguing the political system and the consumer culture in American society is to turn your back on them both.

There is a movie franchise called Nightmare on Elm Street. The first of the series was released in the mid-1980’s and, to those who don’t know, the creepy man pictured was killing innocent kids in their sleep as revenge against their parents who burned him alive because he was a monster.

In this movie Johnny Depp (his first acting role) plays a kid named Glen and at one point tells the protagonist, Nancy, played by Heather Langenkamp, that there is an old Native myth that says the way to destroy evil is to turn your back on it and that act takes its power away.

In the end, Nancy does just this and Freddy dies. (Spoiler alert: only for a while).

I advise doing the same with the political hacks in Washington, D.C. and their corporate crony masters.

And a friendly reminder, folks: If voting mattered they wouldn’t let us do it.

Partners

If a potential mate, partner, pair bond, girlfriend, boyfriend shows you “crazy” or “psycho” early on….run.

Shadowed Face

If a potential mate, partner, pair bond, girlfriend, boyfriend shows you “crazy” or “psycho” early on….run. Run away as fast as you can because most of the time we shadow our true selves or show a mild version of who we are early on so we don’t scare people away who might be worth making ourselves golden for. People who show you angry, aggressive early on are only going to be more of that as time wears on.

The American Empire Part 6 Conclusion

The American Empire will collapse someday…as all other great civilizations have in the past when they’ve turned from truth, tradition, and soul to mindless amusements, the God of government and money, and brutality.

an inconvenient truth meme

The American Empire will collapse someday…as all other great civilizations have in the past when they’ve turned from truth, tradition, and soul to mindless amusements, the God of government and money, and brutality.

In the end it will go like other empires, burning at the hands of barbarians, lost in the sands of time with only broken monuments as a remembrance of something staggering and wonderful in its inception and a slide into moral and ethical decay.

Can we save it?

I believe we already hit the iceberg and are sinking like the Titanic did some years ago. The main reason I believe this is because everyone has become accustomed to their lifestyles regardless of what they might hold. And in order to save it we would have to change a lot of things about how we act in our communities and around the world. There are a lot of people in high and low places with their snouts in the trough. In fact everyone has a part in this game though it’s not completely our fault: most of us were handed this life and told to get their piece of the pie.

Sadly, America will be remembered, as all empires are, as once a beacon of hope for its people and those who wanted to partake in it from foreign lands who then slid into an avalanche of things that didn’t matter and concluded with non-traditional values.

I don’t care what happens at this point. I feel the empire will outlast me. But someday it will be gone and whether it happens in my lifetime or not is moot. I feel like if it does collapse in my day that I will actually get some enjoyment out of the sublime destruction of a Titanic unsinkable ship as it breaks up in the sea. But, I would also like to be there to throw a life raft to those in need and to rudder toward calmer waters.

The American Empire part 1

Throughout history, civilizations rise to heights in academia, science, the arts, governance, philosophy, et cetera that distinguishes them from other civilizations of their ages and puts them in the pantheon of great historical empires…until their inevitable decline and collapse.

American Flag

Throughout history, civilizations rise to heights in academia, science, the arts, governance, philosophy, et cetera that distinguishes them from other civilizations of their ages and puts them in the pantheon of great historical empires…until their inevitable decline and collapse. In no particular order the Greeks, the Romans, the Carthaginians, the Egyptians, the Sumerians, and at least 30 other distinct civilizations are known to have had some impact on the larger human narrative on earth in the last 5000 or more years…and then are lost in the sands of time.

The United States of America is also one of the hegemonic of its day. Its Constitution had yet to ever be attempted in human history and though many in Western culture want to disregard the founding fathers because some were slave owners there is no doubt that their spirit to the world has brought more light than the darkness of any of their faults.

The Americans of the day fought for their independence from tyrannical royals in Britain and made a new way of governance that included life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yes, there were slaves. (By the way, there were plenty of white slaves which had harsher lives than African slaves, but I don’t want to ruffle anyone feathers about that fact.) But it would be less than 100 years after freeing ourselves from tyranny that the United States of America would fight a war to free all men and women from state sponsored slavery. A quick note: some say the Civil War was more about a dictatorial jab by the American government of the time to force southerners into economic hardships brought by the northerners who had most of the American Government including President Lincoln in their pockets and wasn’t really fought over the right to own slaves. I encourage you to read some of the things Lincoln said about African slaves to draw your own conclusions as to what the Civil War was actually about. Maybe this was the first of many acts by our government to bed down with corporations for their own political and financial gains.

Certainly, the invasion of the Philippines Islands in 1899 signaled the beginning of American’s use of the military to strong arm foreign natives into giving very profitable economic concessions to American corporations in their countries. While Western history books talk about the Filipinos declaring war against America, I would ask you if you believe that considering the Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to the Vietnam War? For further reading on what was happening with the American imperial military at that time I would ask you read Smedley Butler’s, “War is a Racket.”

If we are to first agree that America is an empire then we can move onto where it is currently at in regard to its powers in the world and at what part of the Imperial life cycle it is at right now. No doubt there have been many books written about the rise and fall of the American Empire dating back to the early 1900s. A more “modern” look I have acquired is the book by Jim Nelson Black called, “When Nations Die. America on the Brink: Ten Warning Signs of a Culture in Crisis,” and I will be using some of Mr. Black’s wisdom to highlight where we are at today considering his book was published in 1994.

(As I write this blog post right now I am filled with a sense of foreboding and some trepidation because I feel treasonous to be speaking about the ills of a land I and many others love and because America was a bastion of hope and freedom the world hadn’t known before its founding many moons ago. Never the less, I’m hoping that I spend the rest of my life trying to free the good citizens of this great country from debt slavery and malice brought about by the oligarch ruling class in this country. Onward.)

Jim Nelson Black’s first warning sign of the decline of the American experience is lawlessness. He accurately points out that the end times for many historical civilizations included much lawlessness within the citizenry of their nations. He also equates the American experience as one of lawlessness and during the days when he researched and wrote his book, the early- to mid-1990s, crime was a bit more of a problem than today, and according to the FBI crime statistics (if you believe them) show a decline in overall criminality in America in the last 20 years.

We might conclude then that lawlessness is NOT a problem, but I will give some crime statistics for the year 2017 to prove that though it is down, crime is still a factor in American life.
(By the way, you can check these stats on the FBI’s website for verification if you so choose.)

Crime

So in 2017 there were 7.6 million property crimes. MILLION.

2017 saw larceny-thefts at 5.5 million. Or 15,000 per DAY.

2017 had 1.4 million burglaries.

There were 773,000 motor vehicle thefts.

319,000 robberies were committed. The price of having shiny baubles is the possibility that someone will forcibly take them from you or take them while you aren’t looking.

There were 1.28 million violent crimes in America in 2017. Or approximately 3,500 times per day that someone in America is beaten, stabbed, murdered, or hurt in some physical way by a criminal assailant. Sometimes these criminals are very close to us, sometimes they are law enforcement officials.

There were 810,000 aggravated assaults in America in 2017.

Statistical reporting of rape has change in the last 5 years. In 2017 the new rape report includes 135, 000 rapes. In the old system it would be 99,000. I will let you read the differences on what the FBI considered rape then and what it considers rape now. I would also like to point out that the FBI does NOT include instances of incest and statutory rape as part of the “rape” statistic. These are apparently included in another data set for some odd reason. I would also like to point out that the FBI’s definition of statutory rape is an adult having “consensual” sex with an underage FEMALE. (Sorry, boys, your rape doesn’t count at all.) So there were at least 271 rapes every day in America by the old standard and 370 per day by the new one.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetimes. Almost half of female and male rape victims were raped by an acquaintance. (No wonder we don’t get to know our neighbors well anymore.) 45.4% of female and 29% of male rape survivors were raped by an intimate partner.

Domestic violence is also an issue in America. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

And the big one, murder. 17,284 in 2017 America. On average almost 2 people per HOUR were killed by another human being in America.

(One last note. The FBI admits that these crime statistics are lower than the actual number of crimes committed because some, maybe, many crime victims didn’t report their assaults to law enforcement officials).

Crime Scene Tape Color

Is crime (lawlessness) a problem in America? I think the statistics speak for themselves while many say that criminality is down and things are going quite well in the empire. I will agree with Mr. Black that the end times are nigh.

Part 2 of this series of blog posts will be put out later this week. I hope you will join me in watching the Titanic slowly sink into the North Atlantic.

American Life

Most of the painful experiences we have in life are unnecessary and unfair.

Most of the painful experiences we have in life are unnecessary and unfair. We carry around this baggage most of our lives thinking we are the reason why others are unhappy and we are the cause of the dysfunction within a group when in reality this is not true.

We come from families that burden us with these issues and we keep coming back to them hoping for a different outcome, some sort of justice for our wronging, and/or to make our family be healthy through our penance.

This is also why when we move out on our own that we then seek out or hang with people who treat us as criminals  like our family members did when we were young.

Meditations from Marcus Aurelius

“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on–it isn’t so manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance–unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” –Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.18.5b