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.

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The American Empire Part 5

Our final destination on the Titanic sinking of the American Empire is the devaluing of human life.

The Chaplain Hap Kennedy

Our final destination on the Titanic sinking of the American Empire is the devaluing of human life.

Since World War II America has been in at least 37 nations fighting wars (against whom and for what?) and has caused approximately 20 million deaths to for people living inside the war zones outside of the United States.

The number of war deaths of Americans since its inception stands at approximately 1.1 million.

A staggering number of modern United States Veteran deaths by suicide since the fighting in the Middle East after 9/11 is more than its combat deaths during those wars. (But these wars are “good” wars?)

 

Divorce

Another way the American experience devalues human life is how it treats its children. More than half of all American marriages end in divorce. The staggering statistics on children raised in single-parent households tells the tale of what impact that has on the children involved in those divorced households.

Children living in single-parent households are 200% more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than those in two-parent households. 80% of psychiatric hospitalizations are children and people raised in single-parent households. Across the board children in SP households are worse off. Grades, truancy, substance abuse issues, criminality, teen pregnancy rate, the aforementioned psychological issues, ET AL. are all worse when a child is raised in a single-parent household. (But we love our children.)

 

Jack Kervorkian

Two final notes about the devaluing of human life are controversial. Assisted suicide, which some would argue is necessary and needed, as well as abortion being a choice that a mother should make are demeaning examples of how Americans view life.

The pictured crazy-eye doctor is Jack Kervorkian, a euthanasia provider and proponent, who claimed to have killed at least 130 people during his reign of terror in the 1990s. Say what you will about someone who is suffering who chooses to kill themselves, but regardless it is a devaluing of humanity when we commit such acts.

Kermit Gosnell Comic

 

And the issue that will probably get me pilloried for speaking out about is the hot-button issue of abortion. Since it became legal in 1973, abortion has ended the life of at least 50 million children.

The comic is one of an America abortion doctor named Kermit Gosnell who recently went to prison after his acts were brought to light. He is said to have done abortions on babies that were “big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop” (his words) just before severing their spinal cord with a pair of scissors. This is the extremes of what abortion providers do as most abortions are early-stage deaths. But even so, I ask to you, those who feel like abortion is proper if you’ve seen an abortion taking place or seen the tiny body parts of aborted fetuses? Personally, before I’d seen anything related to abortion I was Pro-choice. After, I see it as barbaric, a war against children, and an essence of what America has become: brutal and mindless.

 

Concluding thoughts by EOB on Thursday of this week.

 

 

 

The American Empire Part 4

Our next stop in the failing of empires is immorality.

Sex shop neon sign
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Our next stop in the failing of empires is immorality. In ancient empires immorality was usually the last sign that a civilization was in decline and falling fast. Books have been written about this fact and the first-wave American feminist intellectual, Camille Paglia, studied androgyny in ancient cultures and found that near the end of every empire that the art, and, one would also assume, the people became more androgynous. Men became more feminine, women masculine.  Does this sound familiar?

Chester Bennington

The pictured male is Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park who I’ve written about before. He was found dead of suicide a little more than a year ago after struggling with substance abuse caused in part by his upbringing and the fact that he was raped as a child. Pedophilia was part of most ancient civilizations and American life has this fact as well. Those who’ve been taken advantage of sexually live with lifetimes of pain, anger, and hurt usually culminating in substance abuse as a means of medicating the pain and other destructive behaviors. Roman culture devolved into orgies, pedophilia, and sexual aggression whereby you could consummate any sex act as long as you were the aggressor. The rise of internet pornography in modern times has lead to immorality within the American landscape as well and too has devolved into more extreme sex acts over time to view for free online.

Another similar aspect between Roman days and American deals with blood sports. In the Roman Empire gladiators fought to the death along with other methods of dying for consumption by the masses. America is not quite at that level yet, but the road trod is closing in on it. Modern American society includes sports in its various and arguably violent forms and whereas the true blood sports of its age–boxing and professional wrestling–have now morphed into the Mixed Martial Arts fights that are usually very bloody and violent exchanges between combatants. Though MMA fights have rules and there hasn’t been a death caused by a match yet, eventually after the current incarnation of MMA fighting have become passe, much like its boxing and pro wrestling forebears, it’s not much of a reach to have fights to the death. RIP.

Part 5 to be delivered on Monday. A conclusion on Thursday of next week.

The American Empire Part 2

One observation about historical empires deals with their economies.

Money

One observation about historical empires deals with their economies. Part of what we know today is that the Roman Empire began devaluing its money over time. This is due to ever expansion of the Empire and its governmental base. To pay for the foreign wars and expansion of the the Imperial state the government believed that the money from its conquests would bring in more money. But as is the case government always  overestimates how much it will cost any endeavor and how much will be made in return on investment. Over the span of 200 or so years the Roman Denarii went from pure silver to less than 1%. The idea came about during Nero’s reign. The thinking was that by slowly decreasing the amount of metals (gold and silver) in its coins that it could mint more coins to pay off its debts and to maintain the security and expansion efforts of the empire. (The Roman’s didn’t have the leisure and ease of using a fiat currency like we use today–they only used coins for currency exchanges.)

But like the Roman Empire the value of the world’s reserve currency, the United States Dollar, has slowly been eroded over time. If the United States needs money for whatever purpose they simply go to the Federal Reserve Bank and ask for them to print more money. Over time the US dollar will be worthless like the Roman currency of its day.

Money 3

So why do foreign countries accept the USD for exchanges of goods and services? I think it is simply because we have given them dollars for their goods over time and they have such a reserve of them that if the American currency collapses they will be stuck with dollars that are completely worthless while they will have given away products in exchange for essentially nothing. So it is in their best interest to keep propping up the United States by giving us goods and services for dollars hoping that in the long run the economy gets better and the currency doesn’t lose value. Robbing Peter to pay Paul comes to mind.

Money 5

Another element of empires’ economies includes massive income inequalities and they all tend to have top-heavy economies that become fragile over time. This occurs because the haves (the upper 1% having 90% of the wealth) have way more than they need or deserve and the have nots are left to fight over scraps. If enough people decide they will no longer be debt slaves and consume less of their master’s products the game will end…and so goes the American experience as well.

Money 4

Finally, taxation in empires usually run amok. Government works including especially those involving the military have to heavily tax the lower and middle classes in order to pay for their boondoggles. The upper crust makes the tax code and they make it so they don’t have to pay their share of using the government for their corporate welfare projects. The lower classes also need government handouts in the form of welfare in order to pay for their meager living.  We know that during the Roman days that in order to gain and keep political power in the empire that politicians gave the lower classes bread and circuses. Bread in the US empire is welfare. Circuses in America are the sports and entertainment industries.

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PART 3 OF MY AMERICAN EMPIRE SERIES WILL BE ADDED ON MONDAY. STAY TUNED SPORTS FANS, IT’S GONNA TO BE A STUNNER.

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.

War Is Hell pt1

I’m a huge opponent to war other than the kind we fight for our own lives on our own soils. The far-flung excursions America has engaged in since the end of WW II has caused untold death and suffering to ours and theirs. And I can’t even think of any good reason for being involved in ANY of them. Can you?