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A Dark, Very Troubling Period in America's History

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America has become a world military empire, albeit it one with a financial foundation that is quickly eroding. The Military-Industrial Complex and its world military empire are bankrupting this nation. Our domestic needs, which are endless, are not being addressed as hundreds of billions and trillions of taxpayer dollars are sucked into the black hole of war and empire. This monumental waste of the wealth of America has been going on for many decades.

Just like the Roman Empire and every other empire down through history the American Empire is imploding from within and is nearing its inevitable end. Some say that when this empire collapses from its own colossal weight that this will open up a great opportunity for this nation to rise from the ashes and rebuild itself; and these visionaries may be entirely right. So let's think about what such a new America might be like.

*There would be no more Military-Industrial Complex. There would be no Pentagon but rather a Department of National Defense that would have no foreign military bases and would not have an agenda of world domination. It would be dedicated to using every form of negotiation and diplomacy to solve disputes with other nations before ever thinking about initiating military actions.

*There would be no such thing as banks that are too big too fail. The financial sector would be regulated by reasonable and effective legislation and government agencies that would monitor their activities very closely to prevent manipulation and deceitful practices, and bring legal action against any of them who crossed the line of ethics and laws.

*Corporate America would be non-existent and America would have a capitalistic system that, as in the case of the banks, would be subject to effective regulations and monitoring of business practices. Corporate CEO's would no longer be making anywhere near 700 times the salaries of workers. The U.S. manufacturing sector would be restored because the U.S. Congress would have made the creation of jobs for Americans its #1 priority, with the greatest concentration being on new sources of energy. Corporations would be totally banned from any involvement in the Congress, the government in general, and in the election process.

*America would have the opportunity to begin the process of restoring its ethical and moral foundations. Yes, we'd still have a very necessary separation of church and state but there would be an excellent opportunity for religion and the principles of ethics and morality to become a much greater part of our society.

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Could this really happen? Well, this is certainly not the first time in world history where a society and its people were caught in the midst of an expanding world empire, with an inept and corrupted government and a situation where the money and power of the ultra-wealthy ruled. But every empire folded, many corrupted regimes fell by the wayside and nations and societies were rebuilt. It has happened time and again and it can happen once again.

There are those who would label these thoughts as an impossible dream. But maybe that's what America really needs right now; those who will not accept the fact that we live in a country that seems to be entirely incapable of instituting critically needed change; those who believe that the American Dream as we have come to know it may be on life support but maybe, just maybe, we can find the ways to resurrect it.


Michael Payne

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)

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Could this really happen? Will it take a finan... by michael payne on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4:36:21 PM
And they will be the ones to "rebuild". And perhap... by Ad Du on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:31:31 AM
 Mr. Payne, why is nobody telling Americans t... by Ad Du on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:41:24 AM
Debtors Jubilee or The Second Coming. Those are ou... by James Tennier on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:21:58 PM
The government will stop borrowing its money from ... by Rudy Avizius on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:28:38 PM
An excellent observation. I think that the Ame... by michael payne on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:15:21 PM
With labeling of government as the problem and loo... by BFalcon on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:39:43 AM
I'm not one of those who is against government... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:35:03 PM
 Federal government has problems today becaus... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:34:55 AM
I wish there were some way every American could re... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:59:16 AM
I share many of the feelings and dread you articu... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 2:12:52 PM
Appreciate your comments and here is my furthe... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:26:52 PM
but where are the street protests, as in Occupy, s... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:19:35 PM
as to why there aren't massive protests and demons... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:15:11 PM
For example, there is the option of public financi... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:53:57 AM
 The country has problems but the main differ... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:41:24 AM
The U.S. Dream is very much responsible for accele... by Ed Ciaccio on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 2:56:20 PM
Before about 1750 nobody thought about economic "g... by Derryl Hermanutz on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:33:49 PM
America is a dying nation, already in decline and ... by Andrew Schettino on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:26:09 PM
Sorry but if you would do some in-depth research o... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:37:10 PM
 But I do think that president Obama would pu... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:46:05 AM
It is great to see someone who has great concerns ... by michael payne on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:57:57 AM
"It no longer matters who enters the Oval Office ... by Perry Logan on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:25:49 AM
which president since the 1980's besid... by michael payne on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:52:57 AM
Your May 17, 2013 reply to Andrew Schettino reveal... by Fred Gohlke on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:58:23 PM