Donald Trump is not the only problem in the United States. The problem with the United States if truth to be known, are the American people. Sometimes it seems that the American people don’t pay attention to anything… unless it’s sensational. The day-to-day details of what the government does and how the government works isn’t interesting. The American people are distracted with their cell phones and their Facebook and the text’s that they send to each other and trying to make a living where wages have been stagnant and people with degrees from universities and colleges are working in fast food restaurants to make enough to feed their families.
The fact is that countries are made up of the people that live in them. No country has been blessed by any God and no nation has a divine purpose on the planet. Some countries are good places to live in while some countries are hell on earth. This country we call America, is becoming a country that is fractured and divided by race and politics.
Sometimes I wonder if this isn’t all by design. The American government Is a flagrant violator of human rights around the world, and the people of the United States, living in the richest nation on earth, are watching our society being divided into two classes; the exceedingly rich and the poor. There is no time in the history of the United States were the wealthiest Americans have such a phenomenal share of this nation’s economy
What should sound the alarm bell for all of us, is that this country has more people incarcerated and behind bars than any other country in the world. The budget also sounds a telling and ominous story. The United States of America which is represented by our government, chooses to spend almost 55% of its entire budget on it’s military. The United States spends almost 60% of the entire planet’s military spending.
What is so troubling, is that we spend about 15% of our budget on our health programs and that seems to be a huge concern to the people in government. The United States has a deficit of about $20 trillion dollars and, yet the department of defense can’t seem to have a verifiable audit.
It is estimated it would cost $6 billion a year to make state run colleges and universities tuition free. This sounds like a lot of money, but when you think that we spend over $650 billion on the military every year and that doesn’t include the money we spend for war.
In a democracy, one that is supposed to govern all Americans, rich and poor, every member of the Senate is in the millionaire class. This includes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren is worth over $11 million. Doesn’t anybody ask why millions of dollars are spent in campaigns for the house and Senate for jobs that only pay $250,000 a year? Doesn’t it strike you as being odd that most members of the House of Representatives, if they are not millionaires when they get to the house, they are millionaires by the time they leave?
In my later years I look at what is happening, and the more I learn, the more dismayed I am. I watch my nation overthrow the governments of other nations and completely obliterate the civilizations that these nations created. One must only must only look at Libya to see how much damage this nation has done. It seemed that every year this country has a new enemy. It seems that every year the American people are distracted by issues fomented by the people who supposedly represent us.
This is a never-ending stream of distractions to keep the American population focused on everything except what the government is doing behind our back. These issues supersede things such as the United States actively supporting a coup in Ukraine that deposed an elected government and ushered in a right-wing national socialist government that glorifies the Third Reich.
There seem to be many nations that are singled out by the United States as being “adversaries”. These nations include Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria and did once include Iraq and Libya. It seems an odd coincidence that all these nations were not members of the central banking cartel that seems to run the world. These nations are the only nations in the world that don’t have a central bank. Libya and the Iraq chose not to deal in dollars for their oil and were promptly invaded. Venezuela nationalized their oil company and booted out Texaco and Chevron. Iran nationalized their oil fields and the CIA funded a revolution and installed the repressive regime of the Shah. The list of crimes that the American government has committed since the end of World War II is too long to put in this article, but the American public looks on their government and believes that we have the moral imperative and we are “a special” people that the world needs to look after them.
It doesn’t matter that we kill millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and millions Iraqi citizens and destroyed countries like Libya, and we look at America as the gold standard of planet Earth.
Meanwhile back at home in the United States, some people must use much of their paycheck just to ensure their health coverage and must get a second job to make ends meet. This isn’t a supposition, I’ve met people that had to do this. The middle class in America has had stagnant wages since 1970 while the richest Americans are making more money than they have ever made. We watch as firms like Walmart pay their employees so poorly that they qualify for food stamps and Medicaid and this is done on purpose and the Corporation and even instructs their employees on how to apply for government assistance. The fact is, that we are subsidizing the richest company in United States, and the American people don’t demand that this change. To date, the median income in the United States adjusting for inflation has declined since the 1950s yet productivity has risen dramatically. What could possibly be the reason for this?
It is also amazing to see how many African-Americans and Latinos make up the prison population in United States. It is also amazing to see how many African-Americans are killed by American police every year. I can understand that many African-Americans turned to crime because they grew up in dirt poor neighborhoods and can’t find gainful employment. It doesn’t seem to penetrate the American public’s consciousness that millions of African-Americans and Latinos are living in what can only be described as ghettos because of racial bias.
This situation isn’t going to change anytime soon when we have only the wealthiest of Americans running our government. These people don’t want change, but they want you to think they do. When will Americans see through this charade and do something? Are the American people just supposed to go along to get along? Does anyone really care about the state this nation is in? Are we going to just listen to the corporate owned media that provokes dissension and divisiveness? The mainstream media outlets are owned by the same corporate entities that own the House of Representatives and the Senate in the Congress of the United States. The Democrats pretend to be the party of the working man, yet every member of the Senate who’s a Democrat is a millionaire. As George Carlin once said: “The fix is in its a big club and you ain’t in it.”
Just maybe, people will wake up and understand that every citizen in this country is part of the problem. We won’t fix it today and we won’t fix it tomorrow because the corporations and the wealthy have total control of the American government. The defense contractors and the corporations will constantly plot to divide us, as they poison the planet and kill people with impunity around the world. The United States is becoming a pariah in the eyes of the world and nobody seems to notice
There are things that can be done, but only if the American people would wake up and smell the coffee. We can stop electing Democrats and Republicans in the house and Senate and demand that the electoral college be abolished, and the president is elected by popular vote. We can demand that third-party candidates are not shut out of debates not only for the presidency but also for the house and Senate.
We also must change the situation in the workplace where CEO’s are making 370% more than their lowest paid workers. We can switch off our televisions and stop watching the mainstream media that feeds us propaganda 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can stop being complacent when we see acts of racism or misogyny in the workplace. We can demand that women receive equal pay for equal work. We can demand the abolishment of the Federal Reserve who charge us interest on the very money that is printed. We can demand that wages rise to a living wage.
We can also demand that the United States military cut its budget by closing bases in nations that we have no business being in. Our security would not be affected if we cut the military budget. Why must we provide the military with 55 cents of every dollar we pay in taxes? While we work on cutting defense spending we can also curtail the war mongering towards the nation of Iran and stop demonizing Russia. This is not protecting our security, it’s leading us on the path to war. Russia is not the problem, the problem is the military provocations by the United States and most people in the world feel that this country, our country, will be the one to start World War III. The mindset that Russia and Iran are the enemies is just a premise to provide enemies so that we will not question the bloated budget of our military that is sucking the life out of our country and stopping us from rebuilding our infrastructure and providing a Social Security net for our own people.
But most of all, we can look at the leaders of the United States and treat them with the same respect that they treat the American public.
We can hold them accountable and started asking questions and use social media to ensure that other people who don’t know what is really happening in this country to understand. No more soldiers should die in undeclared wars and military operations that are not sanctioned by Congress and are not done in the interests of American security. I just heard on the news that the rebel forces in Niger are controlled by Isis in Raqqa. How could they get orders from that city when that city has been taken over and the forces there have been wiped out? This kind of news is just an example of the mainstream media making up whatever narrative conforms to the events on the ground.
We need to show this government that all Americans aren’t fools, and we demand changes and if changes are not forthcoming we need to make governing this country very uncomfortable for the rich and powerful that pull the strings now. As they say in the South, “that dog won’t hunt anymore”.
We need to start imposing jail terms for some of the executives in corporations that violate the law by producing toxic substances that cause people to contract diseases like cancer and cell damage, corporations like Monsanto. We need to impose jail terms on police that shoot people indiscriminately or let suspects die because they don’t get them proper medical care. We need to start holding people in authority accountable. This is going to take courage. There was a time when the American people were revolutionaries.
When we were only colonies of the greatest power on earth we decided that we would plot our own course and not be subject to intimidation and violence from the people in power. We demanded justice and fair treatment by the people who ruled over us. When our demands were ignored the people of this nation rose up and gained our independence by defeating Great Britain and turn the world upside down.
Now we rule ourselves and the people that hold power are doing the same kind of things that were done when we were just a collection of colonies. The people of the United States will tolerate being held to strict standards of the law while those who administer these laws violate them with impunity and seemed to be immune from prosecution for violating the very laws they administer. It is time we held these people accountable and held these people to the same standards that they hold the citizens of this country to. We need to work together for the common good instead of fighting amongst ourselves and stop debating strawman arguments that the government and the media constantly use to divide us. We need to look at each other as brothers and sisters. We must understand there is no left or right or conservative or liberals, there are only citizens of this country that want to be shown the same respect that we show our leaders. We need to tell them we don’t want to be lied to and we don’t want our blood and treasure to be used to enrich the entities that control the military-industrial complex and the bankers on Wall Street.
If this doesn’t happen soon we will be slaves to the oligarchic state that steals our tax dollars and pays us slave wages. If we are truly the wealthiest economy this world has ever known, the people of the United States should be included in reaping the rewards. The people perform the work and keep this country productive should enjoy the benefits of our vast economy. We must work together and not fighting amongst ourselves and understand the bigger picture. We have all the information that we need, and all the evidence points to the fact that the average citizen in this country is being taken advantage of by the people that are supposed to be working for the common good. The facts are clear and together we must unite to make sure that all Americans get their fair share of the wealth generated by the toil of the workers. This is just common sense, but it seems that many don’t want to face the situation that is in front of us.
Tim Gatto is former Chairman of the Liberal Party of America, Tim is a retired Army Sergeant. He currently lives in South Carolina. He is the author of “Complicity to Contempt” and “Kimchee Days” available at Oliver Arts and Open Press. Tim Gatto’s new book “Contempt to Outrage” will be available soon from Oliver Arts and Open