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America, Rapidly Approaching A Point Of No Return

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No Investigations and prosecutions have been initiated by this president or his Attorney General for actions involved with the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the use of torture and renditions by officials in the Bush administration. It's become very clear that they have no intention of doing so. They say they want to look forward not back into the past.

At a time when America should be the leader of the world in addressing the rapidly escalating problem of climate change, seeking concrete solutions such as developing new sources of energy and other means to limit CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, we have a government that has shown no interest whatsoever in doing so. To many of these low level politicians climate change and global warming is a joke but much of the world is not laughing.

This is what happens to a country in which the thirst for power and control becomes insatiable and nothing is of greater importance than the accumulation of greater and greater profits; when greed and corruption overpower ethics and the principles of morality. This is what happens when the American people refuse to take an active part in the election process and let sleazy politicians get reelected time and again.

This is what happens when a country loses its sense of direction and purpose and its leaders have no vision for the future; when a government imposes greater and greater control of its citizens and eliminates more and more of their Constitutional rights for fear of what might happen if the power of the people is energized to take back control of their country.

Many will dismiss the premise of this discussion as being no more than doom and gloom thinking. Others watch as conditions around them continue to deteriorate and they look the other way. But when you combine America's position in those world rankings of nations' quality of life with the myriad of festering problems present in this country it could not be more clear that we have already arrived at, or are very close to, that point of no return.

Michael Payne

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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