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The Dark Side of America Emerges From the Shadows, Rears its Ugly Head

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There is an unsettling element of our society that's always been present. However, it's one that's kept its true nature and intentions partially hidden under the guise of seeming normality. Individuals within that element were seen as somewhat manipulative, authoritarian, overly critical and intolerant of others, and self-righteous, but relatively harmless. In recent times this side of America has emerged as an arrogant, domineering force that is determined to reshape this entire society to fit its own demented ideology.

 

This is the dark side of America; it's that select element in which morality, ethical behavior, integrity, empathy and honor, among other principles and values, are no longer considered to be of great import. This special breed of Americans no longer even try to hide their true sociopathic nature as they brazenly embrace a doctrine of greed, selfishness, corruption, hatred, a penchant for violence, and a love of war.

 

But, who, specifically, are these people? How many and what percentage of this nation's population are to be found on this dark side? Well, for starters, when polls are taken on a variety of issues involving important social, economic or political matters it seems as if about 70% of Americans generally are in agreement and there is always somewhere around 30% that favor an entirely opposite view; one that is exemplified by an aggressive, unrelenting, ultra-conservative view of how all American people must live their lives.

 

We might try to make the case that this 30% of Americans who occupy the dark side are largely     Republicans, but that would not really be fair or totally accurate. Based on Gallup and other polling, Republicans make up about 27% of the total electorate. And to be totally fair not all of them should be accused of being on the dark side because a good number of them are simply misguided, misinformed, politically mind-conditioned people who blindly accept whatever the GOP leadership, Fox News hosts, and Rush Limbaugh tell them.

 

So this dark side is comprised of a large portion of Republicans but also contains Americans who call themselves independents and, yes, there are more than a few Democrats who fit that category. So, let's get more specific and try to identify those individuals, those groups and organizations who occupy this dark side of America.   They are those:

 

Who manage the machinery of war and the military empire. In this group are those who generate massive profits from war; those who manufacture the weapons of war that are used to invade and occupy other nations and are sold to nations around the world. Those who make the drones that rain hellfire missiles and death down upon suspected terrorists and innocent civilians alike. To them war is not something that should be engaged in as a last resort after all attempts to settle conflicts peacefully fail. No, war is in their blood, they thrive on it and it is what drives and motivates them.

 

Who are destroying our manufacturing sector, our plants and our workforce. If Corporate America is allowed to have its way we will, over a period of time, see the entire American manufacturing sector become a permanent part of China, India and other overseas nations. These highly profitable     mega-corporations have no loyalty to this country or its workers. While they would vehemently deny it, their primary objective, in the long run, is to have this nation's entire workforce, at least what's left of it, working for the minimum wage -- or even lower.

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