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Growing Anger, Despair and Frustration Across America; The Calm Before the Storm?

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While most of these massive protests have occurred in Arab nations, it is simply astounding and hard to believe that very large protests are also currently happening in Israel. In Israel of all places, where an aggressive militaristic government rules; could that actually be true? Yes it is quite true as demonstrations have broken out in numerous areas of Israel that are part of a growing opposition to a lack of social justice, as well as   dissatisfaction with the nation's standard of living.

 

This article from Haaretz.com reports the following: "Over 450,000 protesters attended rallies across the country last night calling for social justice in what was the largest demonstration in Israeli history." Yes, this is happening in a nation that has for decades had a population that has remained passive, submissive and silent but the people are now venting their long suppressed anger.

 

In speaking of storms it reminds me of the recent devastation brought down upon the Eastern coast of the U.S. by Hurricane Irene. We are fortunate to have, in this country, excellent weather forecasters and hurricane tracking systems that quite accurately indicate the speed, direction and force of these massive storms. They are, in effect, warning systems for federal and state government agencies and the public of impending danger.

 

With this information and these explicit warnings our government, municipalities and individuals can take precautionary measures to escape the storm or, at least, to limit the damage. Hurricane Irene resulted in extensive damage but only to one region of this nation, and this damage can be repaired. The storm of which I speak will have the power to shake the foundations of this society.

 

Warnings are being given to this government, the president, the Congress, and the media that this storm of enormous force is heading directly for America. It is a force that is being driven by the dire circumstances in which many millions of Americans find themselves; a storm that is looming on the horizon, growing in intensity, ready to wreak havoc upon this nation.

 

But as this storm heads toward America, do our leaders in Washington see it coming? Have they heard the warning of potential disaster? Will they heed the warnings and take appropriate measures to protect America and its people from society calamity? Without a doubt, they see it coming but it is becoming more and more evident that they have no intentions of making the necessary changes that would alleviate the pain and anguish that so many Americans are experiencing.

 

And so, they have decided to do nothing, to let nature take its course and just ride out this storm, hoping it will veer away from America. How wrong they are, how shallow and shortsighted they are. They have it in their power to work together to solve these problems, to think about the plight of Americans rather than concentrate on their own selfish interests but they will not deviate from their own corrupted agendas.

 

This storm is out there somewhere on the horizon, ever increasing in intensity. When those millions of Americans give up all hope of action by this government and decide that they can no longer remain passive, submissive and silent, this storm will descend upon America; and when it wreaks enormous damage on this nation and this society, this government will wish it had heeded the numerous dire warnings that it was given.

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