The events that are happening in the Middle East are not that far removed from what is happening right here in the United States. The people want their freedom and are willing to protest and even die for their freedom. Here in America we have almost the same scenario. Our government has been hijacked by those that put profit and reelection before the needs of our country.
Obama ran on the mantra of change. Yet the only change we have seen is another broadening of a war in Afghanistan, military adventures in numerous countries and a the largest transfer of wealth in the history of this nation to financial institutions that were basically breaking every known regulation and handouts to the wealthy that didn't need it. This was a done on the backs of the taxpayers that will never in their lifetimes see that money paid back.
Now we see the unions demonized as money grubbing swindlers that are breaking the backs of American corporations. Meanwhile, the corporate sector has posted the largest gains in years. What's wrong with this picture? Public sector employees are the first to feel the brunt of "reducing the budget". This is because they are the easiest targets because they work for the government. Who will be next?
Let me illustrate some of the changes that have befallen this once great nation. Some are the product of politicians that have sold their souls to get elected, and some are the result of apathy of the American people that are "just not that into politics", even though it is the lifeblood of our nation. The people have been co-opted by the media that presents celebrities as real news and by sporting events that take too much time away from the important issues in life.
Changes in American the American Way of Life
1. First and foremost is the ascendancy of the Military-Industrial-Complex. Before World War II the United States was a nation that manufactured products for American citizens and goods that could be sold around the world. During the Second World War the United States engaged in a war economy that continues to this day. The thinking of the politicians after the war was that America could be the lone superpower. This idea was brought back into vogue by the right-wing think group The Project for a New American Century.
Name Position(s) held in the Bush Administration.
Elliott Abrams Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations (2001--2002), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs (2002--2005), Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy (2005--2009) (all within the National Security Council)
Richard Armitage Deputy Secretary of State (2001--2005)
John R. Bolton Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2001--2005), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2005--2006)
Dick Cheney Vice President (2001--2009)
Eliot A. Cohen Member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board (2007--2009)
Seth Cropsey Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau (12/2002-12/2004)
Paula Dobriansky Under-Secretary of State for Global Affairs (2001--2007)
Francis Fukuyama Member of The President's Council on Bioethics (2001--2005)
Zalmay Khalilzad U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (11/2003 - 6/2005), U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (6/2005 - 3/2007) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2007--2009)