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Is a Rising Anger, Frustration and Distress Propelling America Toward a Societal Eruption?

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Never have I seen the people of America in such a state of anger, frustration and feelings of hopelessness; one in which their contempt for this pathetic, deeply corrupted government is at such a high level. Only one question remains: How much longer will many millions of Americans continue to absorb this pain and suffering before some form of societal eruption occurs?

To think that this nation could never get to a point where its people have reached the final limits of their patience and erupt in some way is delusionary thinking because, as we know, every person has his or her breaking point. What that breaking point is for an entire society we don't know but, if conditions in America don't change for the better soon, we may find out.

A growing proportion of our society is experiencing great trauma during these times of turmoil and stress as people continue to lose their jobs and income, and their homes; when 50 million of them have been forced onto the poverty rolls, 45 million are dependent on food stamps and others, close to one in five Americans, are struggling mightily to survive in a nation that likes to refer to itself as the wealthiest in the world.

These stressed out Americans are now awaking to the fact that this government's primary focus and objectives lie with its plans to control key resource-rich regions of the world, that hundreds of billions of this nation's taxpayer dollars are being channeled into the war machine instead of being used to create jobs and revitalize our consumer-driven economy.

The incompetent leaders of this government need to realize that the last thing that they can afford to let happen is for extreme violence to erupt across this nation, with massive confrontations between police and American citizens; to see our cities explode with anger and have people take the law into their own hands. Perhaps they need to remember how this society erupted in opposition to the Vietnam War and during the days of the civil rights movement. Considering the dire conditions in America today, those days of civil unrest and disobedience would be nothing compared to what might happen in America during a massive societal eruption.

So, unless we see dramatic, positive changes in how this government deals with the myriad of problems this country faces, that terrible scenario may become a reality. We may be, at this very moment, witnessing the gathering ominous darkness that precedes a storm; one like no other we have ever seen in America.

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Just think about how America's domestic conditions have deteriorated as a result of the collusion between this government and Corporate America. We no longer manufacture computers, televisions, cell phones and a host of the most popular electronic gadgets; our furniture, clothing, shoes, appliances and millions of autos are no longer "made in America." America has a tremendous capacity for production but our plants and our workforce both are becoming obsolete and rusting away. That didn't happen by accident but, rather, by a well designed corporate plan.

So why would there be so much anger, frustration and distress among a rapidly increasing portion of Americans? Well, perhaps it's because they have now come to the realization that, while globalization is generating massive profits for corporations and monumental salaries and perks for CEO's, it is killing the American manufacturing sector and its workers. It is tearing down our consumer-driven economy by eliminating the purchasing power of the American people. These people feel that they no longer are living the American dream but, rather, a societal nightmare with no end.

In this "greatest" nation in the world, we have cities falling apart, the violence in this country continues to ratchet upward, education is eroding, and the dream of owning a home is dying along with the middle class. Hundreds of billions of dollars are burned in the furnaces of war, leaving little to nothing for our domestic needs. What has happened to this country is shameful and the sad fact of the matter is simply this: if we had a government that operated in an ethical, moral and honorable manner, not under the influence of corporate money and power, most of the current, debilitating conditions could be brought under control.

Many writers are now predicting that, because of this government's very aggressive use of deadly drones in other nations, that it is creating new enemies at a much faster rate than it is destroying the established ones. And that, as the anger and hatred for America increases in these nations under attack, this growing army of new enemies is going to develop more and more creative ways by which to exact its deadly revenge against this nation; that's what's called "blowback."

So you would think that, knowing this, our government would be aggressively taking steps to mitigate distressed conditions in this society before they become uncontrollable. The last thing that it should want to see is a blowback coming from the American people. You would think that, wouldn't you? But there is no sign that these leaders have any intention of deviating from the current dangerous direction in which the American people simply do not want to go.

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The only questions that remain are: how much longer will the American people continue to absorb the pain that is being inflicted upon them? And, secondly, if there is no form of relief forthcoming to relieve the intense pressure and growing anger, when conditions become even more intolerable, what kind of societal eruption will follow?

Those familiar with "trend projections" commonly used in performing statistical analyses and forecasting should easily understand that if we take the current level of anger and frustration being experienced by a large proportion of this society's people, with no relief in sight from this government, and project that trend into the future, the only conclusion can be that some form of societal eruption will occur.

But most Americans don't need statistical analyses to understand how such a scenario can materialize; they are in the midst of the turmoil, they feel the pain, the growing tension and anxiety within themselves. They are extremely frustrated and, yet, remain under control; but how long can that last?

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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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Doesn't this government understand that millions o... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:31:24 PM
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The first two thirds of that article was very inte... by Paul Smith on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 2:41:57 PM
I always like to hear the comments of people who m... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 4:59:46 PM
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Christians, the born again kind, we know don't car... by Donnie McLeod on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 4:02:27 PM
Give it a rest, Mike.  You've beaten that dog... by Ronnie Roberts on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 4:54:33 PM
In the past there is not a doubt that I have b... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 5:54:05 PM
Mike,I agree with what you have said here, especia... by Ronnie Roberts on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:08:16 AM
Ronnie:If the suggestions you, as well as some of ... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 6:08:50 PM
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We are too close to the 2012 presidential election... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:43:20 PM
The thought that people in the US will erupt into ... by Gerald Wright on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 9:09:19 PM
That 8.2% or whatever it is right now is the fabri... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 9:59:06 PM
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In answer to you question, the American people wil... by David Chester on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 10:03:18 AM
There are actually quite a few of those kind of pe... by Tommy Wright on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:46:47 AM
At this time government seems intent on cutting go... by Philip Pease on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 2:28:37 PM
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