Defining What It Means to be an American
(I’d prefer no commentary on this post. I doubt anyone will read it anyway. Everyone I talk to gets their information from some source that’s owned by the very people responsible for all of these problems; or they don’t pay attention to anything at all. Get off Facebook, turn off CNN, Fox News and any other big media outlet and think for yourselves. Do some research. It’s as close as a google search.)
Alcoholism in America
An estimated 18.5 million Americans present signs of alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence with an additional 7.2 million showing drinking behaviors associated with poor health and social interaction.
Poverty in America
America is the richest nation in history, yet we now have the highest poverty rate in the industrialized world with an unprecedented number of Americans living in dire straits and over 50 million citizens already living in poverty.
Obesity in America
America is home to the most obese people in the world. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), obesity in adults has increased by 60% within the past twenty years and obesity in children has tripled in the past thirty years. A staggering 33% of American adults are obese.
Illiteracy in America
According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adult Americans can’t read; 50 million can recognize so few printed words they are limited to a 4th or 5th grade reading level; one out of every four teenagers drops out of high school, and of those who graduate, one out of every four has the equivalent or less of an eighth grade education.
Unemployment in America
7.6 percent (at least that’s what they tell us)
Homelessness in America
On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
Child Abuse in America
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States.
Religion in America
83% of Americans claim to be Christians, mostly as long as it doesn’t require you to act in the manner of Christ himself, or follow the Ten Commandments. Onward Christian Soldiers? You’re doing a great job.
Is freedom of speech only for those who agree with the US Government? Are facts just an inconvenience? You might want to think about what you’re really angry about (while the governments of the West deflect your attention from anything that matters) when it’s ok for you to tell your own brothers to leave the country. Sounds a bit like “my way or the highway.” I think I’d rather stay here and work on making this a better country by internalizing, analyzing, and understanding it’s many faults. I believe in what this country originally stood for but it has a long way to go in making the dream a reality. And after about 239 years, I doubt it ever will. We’re going backwards as we speak.
I respect your right to feel the way you do, can you possibly respect mine? Focusing on the negative? No, just seeing it for what it is. America is like an alcoholic who refuses to get help, a child who’s never been told “no,” and a very large ego who just refuses to be wrong.
So go ahead and “find your bliss, enjoy the moment, and embrace your inner child.” I’ve got work to do.