Just the Decline of Another Empire

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I like to think that my fellow countrymen are beginning to wake up. That they are seeing with all the double-talk, flip-flopping of politicians, backwards policies, ridiculous laws, that the United States is just a declining empire scrambling and clawing while in its death throes. That Americans are beginning to understand that even if their mouths say “no” to corporations, that by buying their products and services they are actually saying “yes.”

Studying history, we see that the people of an oppressed and tyrannous nation always do wake up at some point. But human nature tends to be that one must hit rock bottom or a situation become absolutely intolerable before one is willing to make truly significant and meaningful positive changes. I think this goes for both individuals and nations. But how far must the United States fall before Americans become awake and make the core systemic changes it so desperately needs?

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Be Ordinary by Nichole Hastings

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I was recently able to speak with Bernie Sanders in a small venue and to hear my fellow community members voice their comments and concerns.  I asked Bernie the question : “How can we support change and address the challenges we are facing as a nation?”. I appreciated his response, “Be extraordinary.”, but that is a rather meaningless response and an inaccessible concept to the majority of people in this country who are working minimum wage with kids, a spouse, and living paycheck-to-paycheck trying to meet their basic needs.  I have friends who fall into this socio-economic sphere and they would understandably be angry and uncomprehending and feel as though I was being condescending if I were to tell them that solution to our problems is for them to “Be extraordinary.”

One of my fellow community members brought up education as a solution.  This is an admirable and key solution…

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