America is a massive, monumental failure

Question: What’s the difference between America and a Cub Scout pack?

Answer: Cub Scouts have adult leadership.

Yeah, I know. Old joke. But America is become an old, sad joke delivered by out-of-touch politicians/comedians before a disinterested, unaware audience.

From a White House occupied by a clueless, over-his-head amateur to a Congress led by lackluster, overtly-partisan leaders, the giant machine called America has ground to a halt.

Our government is a cesspool of partisan political posturing where talking points replace facts, expedience replaces leadership and political allegiance supplants true love of country.

Democrats and their style-over-substance President, Barack Obama, can’t admit failure because they are too busy blaming Republicans for their mistakes. Republicans see their role as all opposition all the time and can’t put the interests of the nation above their own petty agendas.

Both parties depend on their gullible legions of followers to accept their propaganda as fact, knowing full well that the average American voter is either too lazy or too stupid to look beyond the partisan spin.

So the party faithful, depending on their political leanings, depend on partisan blather from Keith Olbermann on the left or Glenn Beck on the right and lack either the intellectual capacity or curiosity to seek out the truth hiding behind all the biased reporting masquerading as news.

Even established news shows like “Meet the Press” or “Face the Nation” have become nothing more than propaganda platforms where carefully-screened party representatives ignore questions and deliver prepared talking points over and over again.

The so-called Tea Party movement remains a joke unto itself, adopting a vapid, failed governor of Alaska as its national spokeswoman and declaring anger as its mission.

Instead of looking for effective ways to impact the system, too many Tea Party minions would rather dress up as Uncle Sam and wave racist signs at carefully-staged gatherings designed to look good on TV while accomplishing little else.

On Internet sites, bulletin boards and forums, political discussion has degenerated into invective-filled shout fests.

All of this does nothing to help the largest number of Americans in history who remain out of work and have little hope of finding a good job.

It does nothing to resolve an out-of-control war in Afghanistan that has become another Vietnam.

And it does nothing to scale back the escalating loss of liberty and rights that have increased under a new President who promised to fix the problem.

The system has failed.

And so has the grand experiment called America.

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23 Responses to "America is a massive, monumental failure"

  1. Jim  May 17, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I certainly agree that “we” have failed as a nation. But the sad commentary of it all is that the average citizen is completely helpless to do one single thing to remedy the situation. Not only do we find the “failure” in Washington, but even in our state and local governments the “failure” shows it’s ugly head. Exactly what does a concern citizen do? Vote out the “old bums” and vote in “new bums”???????

    Now Doug, you have diagnosed the health of this nation and have called the disease “failure”. Now, come up with a “cure”. It is one thing to diagnosed a disease, it is another thing to come up with a care.

    • Stratocaster  May 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

      Findi.ng the cure is not the problem, how to achieve it without killing the patient is the problem.

    • SteveK  May 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      The real problem is getting money out of politics. During campaigns television networks, radio stations and internet providers should be required to give free blocks of time to candidates all at the same time. If all TV channels, radio stations, and web providers carried 30 minutes of debate three times a week at the same time no one could turn to something more entertaining but less important. Also, candidates should be forbidden from mentioning their opponents mistakes and must focus on how they will solve problems.

  2. AustinRanter (AKA Gregg)  May 17, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I haven’t had a drink in 25 years come December…but seeing We The People abandon our duty to participate as the 4th Branch of Government, which by the way, did have the greater leverage in the Check and Balance System than the other 3 branches, is more than overwhelming . Right now, a bottle of some good single malt sounds tasty, but more than that, mind numbing, a very dangerous mental vacation, well, in some cases for me, a physical vacation because after a bottle of booze I seem to wake up in countries where they don’t speak english. It’s sooo hard to find my way back home.

    As the old saying goes, “You don’t use it, you lose it.” Well, we’ve lost it.

    Jim, the answer to the question you asked Doug is, and always will be, returning to the system in which America has a government of, by, and for the people. It’s as simple as that. The people have to return to their constitutional job – aka- We The People.

  3. blacksmith  May 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

    We CAN get the country back to health.
    It will require 2 things:
    1. Enforcement (as opposed to circumvention) of the Constitution
    and Bill of Rights by those working in the government sector,
    2. Immediate consequences (“mandatory sentences” comes to mind) for government employees (including elected officials) for even attempting to circumvent Constitutional limits on government
    or the Bill of Rights.
    I suspect that the average citizen would applaud both ideas.

    And yes, prosecuting politicians for not upholding their oath might cause some problems, but not nearly as many as we have right now…

    • griff  May 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      “And yes, prosecuting politicians for not upholding their oath might cause some problems, but not nearly as many as we have right now…”

      Indeed – like years of backlogged cases in the courts, perhaps decades.

  4. Stratocaster  May 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Until the government starts controlling the corporations rathar the the corporations controlling the government, the American people will remain without a government.

  5. Leftcoast  May 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Got it ,Doug. It’s Carter’s malaise on Steroids. The fact of it is that there is NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE who can undo the damage that has been wrought by the corporatists, beginning with Nixon, perfected by Reagan and sealed shut by Boy Howdy and that other Dick. I’m not disappointed by Obama–didn’t expect much more than rhetoric to begin with.

    Despite the very real concerns you raise and I don’t factually disagree, Obama’s job is something like trying to defuse a bomb that has a hundred thousands wires, which will blow up if he clips the wrong one. On that score, he’s doing a lot better than most. Not close to what we really need, but we’re not getting in any deeper, as far as I can tell.

    But going forward, there are only a couple of options. One is let it blow, which is what should have happened to the banks in Sept 08. Not sure I want to spend the rest of my life as a hunter/gatherer. The other is to continue to work through this incrementally, like Obama seems to be doing, which is exhausting and frustrating. The third is to reassert the fact that this is a nation of laws, not men and start prosecuting Bushco and the oligarchy. I’d love that but that would usher in the Rushbo Brownshirts before you could say Sig Heil! Helluva a mess, Brownie.

  6. griff  May 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    That joke must be real old because I’ve never heard it.

    I’ve got one for you…

    Q: What was George Bush’s position on Roe V. Wade?

    A: He didn’t care how people got out of New Orleans.

    Thanks Playboy!

    “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison

    “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.” – George Washington

  7. Stratocaster  May 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Every time a countrY lost its freedom the rest of the free world would ask, why didn’t the people of that country do something? The people of that country would answer by shrugging their shoulders and saying, what could we do? The people of our country are now shrugging their shoulders and saying, what can we do?

  8. GerhardWMagnus  May 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    How easy it is to be a pundit — just repeat stuff everybody already knows. Blame everybody and you’re considered a centrist. Well big whoop! Do you actually have any new ideas? Do you have any ideas, period?

  9. eve  May 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Doug, sadly you have described the majority of Americans.
    I wish you were wrong about the majority of Americans but sadly…..

  10. Jim  May 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Failure or a damn “give away”?? I believe that this country did not “fail”, our leaders allowed it to be given away by Wall Street. And pray tell me how are the “slaves” going to take the “plantation” back??

  11. woody188  May 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    It hasn’t quite failed yet, but we certainly are on the brink. Is there a way to bring back what was?

    I doubt it, not without major violence and upheaval, which plays right into the globalist hands and will result in a clamp down of what’s left of our freedoms. But maybe it’s better to die free than live on in tyranny.

    I really don’t know what to do. We’ve only a few years left (if that) before the implosion.

  12. Anti-Fascist  May 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    What has to happen is the deicide of two of the most despicable sub-humans that ever walked this planet, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.. The Faux Christians that provided the votes for The Reagan Revolution have to realize that what he was really selling was Fascism which is the exact opposite of the teachings of their Savior. Jesus said take from the rich and give to the poor. Reagan said take from the poor and give to the rich and made up a theory to appease the gullible and ignorant called trickle down. And the treasury was not enough for Reagan , he had to turn us into the largest debtor nation.

    And Clinton- please read an essay I wrote a few days ago for the Black and White on That subject

    http://home.roadrunner.com/~pgrpardala/The_Fourth_Reich.htm

    Until the deicide occurs, the USA has no future. Crimes against humanity disguised as ideology by two of the most charming and charismatic people who ever lived cannot be allowed to continue by worshipers of these false Gods. And by that I mean those who vote every November with their heads stuck up their asses and their Reagan or Clinton dolls held close to their hearts

    A.F.

  13. Warren  May 18, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Here is Cass Sunstein, the White House IT czar, proposing elimination of all non-government-approved viewpoints from the internet without government-approved rebuttals. Read the article and watch the clip. Enjoy.

    —W—

  14. Carl Nemo  May 18, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Yep, we be failed already…it’s just that folks don’t realize it yet… : |

    Soon we are to reap the mighty whirlwind of destruction sown by the evil leadership that has infested high office in this land for decades. They too shall pay the supreme price for their duplicity. : |

    Only “road warriors” and their kin will have a chance at surviving.

    Carl Nemo **==

  15. Senegoid  May 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

    “Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

    Barrack Obama said that and he should know all about failure – be patient dear friends while BO learns to perserveres with … failure.

  16. blacksmith  May 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Yes, the courts would be filled to overflowing
    (at least at first), but that is a minor problem
    compared to the one it would resolve.
    Given the “pro- big government” mentality of most
    of the law profession, it might be best to setup
    a seperate court for politician’s constitutional
    cases or something along those lines…something
    highly televised/monitored to prevent the obvious.
    Or maybe not…that’s something for those better
    acquainted with the law profession to look at.

    That being said, when politicians actually have
    immediate consequences to face when they deliberately
    propose/vote for unConstitutional legislation (consequences
    like hard time vs being voted out at the next election
    and having to move to a corporate/lobby job early),
    you’d see a quick change in the way that they do
    business.
    Of course, once anything that’s un-Constitutional
    is thrown out, the truth is that it wouldn’t leave
    much for them to do at all…..

    Bottom line: they aren’t going to give up the gravy train
    until they’re forced to. As long as the consequences of
    their treason goes unpunished, they’ll just keep doing
    it. Hoping for anything else is just fantasy on our part.

  17. Anti-Fascist  May 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Actually America was okay till 11/22/63. What is a failure is Fascism. It became a failure because

    1) The Fourth Reich shipped our jobs away
    2) W put it ion steroids

    And that violated the first rule of being a criminal–Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered

  18. Curmudgeon  May 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Instead of defending or out-rancoring anyone re: the subject, I’d simply agree,

    “America is a massive, monumental failure”

    Putting patriotism and emotion aside, (too much emotion, not enough thought) if we ever expect anything better, the way to “Hope” is to:
    #1 take Doug’s rant as a outline to define what is wrong…
    #2 further define the failures, not in generalities, but specifics
    #3 go item by item with solutions: Laws, people, exposure, public support,
    votes, demonstrations, civil disobedience… whatever it takes to correct the failures.
    #4 join in to create the new paradigm. To recreate in the framework of today’s society, the new rules… the new laws, the new American ideal.

    We are all exposed to extremes… Socialism, Communism, Pacifism, Fascism and ,any more… and despite the parts of the “ism” that we don’t like, a reading of each philosophy shows important truths that could be brought into a plan for improvement.

    It really is time to take the blinders off, and to consider something other than “tweaking” the massive failure that is bringing our country down. Instead of pecking at the “other side”… it’s time for the thinking people to join in a reconstruction of America.

    The new means of controlling the people, is to divide and conquer. To keep us so busy in a pecking contest that we don’t see what is happening at the core of Government.

    It wasn’t Obama… and it may not be a single person… but nothing good will happen until we start listening, and thinking. And then coming together to use
    a common plan to fix the broken pieces.

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  20. Charlie  May 19, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Have the terrorists already won?

    It seems as though after 9-11, the country has been heading on a downward spiral. After 2 ongoing wars, the real estate crash, the stock market crash, the 401K crash, morale is exhausted. And the country’s moral compass is shattered. Public corruption is epidemic. A 25 year veteran of a police force in NJ is caught sending pictures of his genitals to someone he thinks is a 13 year old girl, on a police dept. computer, no less. Michael Vick, murderer of dogs, is invited to appear Virgina Tech, and people line up to pay $30 for his autograph, and no one shows up to protest. Obesity is epidemic. Go ahead little Johnny and Susie, stuff your faces and sit in front of your laptop all day, play violent games, surf porn, chat it up with pedophiles. Your parents won’t mind, they are too busy looking for a job they won’t find, hiding from the mortgage company, or having an affair.

    It seems as though the entire country is saying “I give up.”

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