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The "Perfect Storm", Gathering Momentum, Heading Straight for America

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While this government and the people of America remain largely unaware, there is a massive storm developing just over the horizon; one that has been brewing for some time. This is a storm that is gathering momentum and force as it heads directly for America.


Let's call this oncoming force the "Perfect Storm." Such a powerful storm, one that lashed the East coast of America in 1991, is created as a result of the confluence of three different weather-related meteorological events; warm air from a low-pressure system coming from one direction, a flow of cool and dry air generated by a high-pressure system from another direction, and tropical moisture provided by an approaching hurricane.


The power and force of that storm was captured in the movie, "The Perfect Storm", when George Clooney, the captain of that ill-fated fishing vessel, the Andrea Gail, and his crew, became aware that they were headed into a gigantic storm; they were given numerous warnings to turn around and get out of its path. They had the time, they could have escaped danger but, instead of using basic common sense, they made the fateful mistake of thinking that they were somehow invincible and nothing could stop them; and that ill-advised decision sealed their terrible fate.


Let's compare this fateful sequence of events with the Perfect Storm now forming on this nation's horizon. Just as that destructive storm erupted in the North Atlantic Ocean, triggered by those three converging elements, so the scenario that I now portray has three distinct and associated elements that are gathering momentum and converging into one powerful force that threatens America.


The first element is the continued expansion of the U.S. military empire and the hubristic foreign policy of this government, together with the endless military conflicts that are designed to control and dominate other nations in order to control the world's most important resources, primarily oil. Those that control this government's agenda believe that this nation has the right to intervene in the affairs of any nation as it sees fit, and countries' borders and air space are no longer sacred or sovereign. That misguided belief will, in the longer term, backfire.


Whether it's Bush, Obama or Romney occupying the White House it makes little to no difference because no matter who happens to be the U.S. president at any given time, that individual, soon after entering office, becomes totally subservient to those who possess the real power in Washington D.C. and have made the military and war the nation's #1 priority.


The second element is the combination of the financial and business sectors. The now very mistrusted and discredited financial sector continues to prey on the people of this nation using a myriad of deceitful and manipulative tactics that serve to extract the remaining wealth of the majority of Americans and transfer it to those at the top of the income scale. In their lust and obsession for ever greater profits, they are closely allied with the masters of Corporatism who are working tirelessly to decimate the middle class, and with it, the American workforce. Together, these two entities are wreaking havoc with this nation's society.


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