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Started by RedheadRiter , author of The Redhead Riter - Witty, Intelligent & Addictive 8/15/2012 12:28:27 PM

In general, how do you feel about the future of the US? And why do you feel that way?

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I actually don't feel very positive about our country. The economy and job market is still very poor. We owe a ton of money. Taxes just keep going up. It is all very overwhelming.


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Reply by Kristi

author of The Maze of Our Lives 8/15/2012 6:50:39 PM

It's going downhill quickly. I think once morals have been compromised, everything else seems to follow suit. Common courtesies are gone. Respect is gone. Values are gone. Until people wake up, it's not going to get better.


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Reply by katlupe

author of Homesteading On The Internet 8/15/2012 7:17:05 PM

Our country has more laws than any other country. I feel like we have lost our Free Country status a long time ago. There are many things wrong with our country that many people don't even know is going on. Many things are being lost.


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Reply by katlupe

author of Homesteading On The Internet 8/17/2012 6:45:39 AM

They make laws and try to program the public that it is for the good of the population. Then people will talk with each other and try to make each other believe that falsehood too. Most of our laws are made in favor of the special interest groups. Our government wastes millions of dollars trying to implement programs into our lives that will remove more and more of our freedoms. There is a lot going on in the food and health care industry that will reduce our freedom even more. It is sad, but unless our citizens take a stand, we will not be anywhere near free. Every time a group tries to stand against it, the public is programmed to think the group is a bunch of crackpots. So not enough people stand together to make a difference.


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Reply by Paula

author of Chestnuts & Chutzpah 8/17/2012 12:28:49 PM

May a foreigner speak too?

America has very few laws in comparison to ANY European country.

I am not talking migration but the immigration over the last 4 centuries. Most of these immigrants fled for economical, religious, tax etc reason. I feel over the few centuries a lot of the feeling WHY people came over got lost in many small minded "values"  and "morals"

America's overseas public relation tries to sell the country as the biggest democracy in the world. Well biggest doesnt mean best. My experiences since I came over 18 months ago speak of lack of open-mindness, equality and respect of others(and self)

At the same time I came to value  compassion, empathy and entrepreneurial spirit even more.

My experiences are as ambiguous and diverse as the society of America. I do consider the American society consisting of many societies which certainly doesn't make governing people easier.

Yesterday I visited the German-American heritage museum= to get there I walked through the famous gate in Chinatown and passed a synagog. All within a few feet radius. I loved the potential and promise of a diversified cultures and challenges. I believe that America wonderful cultures and diversification is at the same time a major obstacle.

May I speak of an example? Freedom of speech is something wonderful. A democratic right. It often however seems to grow into something without moral/ value. Like a demonstration at a grave for a fallen soldier. or telling me ever so often that as foreigner I am not entitled to an opinion...

The freedom of speech in Germany has boundaries. Stating that someone's freedoms ends where someone else's freedom starts. Not censorship but boundaries. Leaves a soldier be buried in peace and the family to mourning....

Americas diversification and the issues arising through to it = well, is truly a challenge.

You have come so far with quite some detours and you will find your route over time. Every democracy is born and maintained in pain  and sacrifices. That counts for all countries, including Germany with its terrible history and America in its diversification.

 

 


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katlupe said ...
Our country has more laws than any other country. I feel like we have lost our Free Country status a long time ago. There are many things wrong with our country that many people don't even know is going on. Many things are being lost.


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Reply by Paula

author of Chestnuts & Chutzpah 8/17/2012 12:29:26 PM

Oooops, got a bit long. Sorry


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Reply by katlupe

author of Homesteading On The Internet 8/18/2012 10:42:10 AM

Of course, I can not speak for other countries and my grandparents came here from Poland to escape communism.

What I am talking about here is freedom to not have to call someone on the phone to say I took my horse for a ride down the road or that my calf got out of his fence and left my property.

The freedom to save heirloom seeds and not have a big company like Monsanto control our food supply (which they already are!).

The freedom to have a pond put in on my property and to not have to let the government control it or use it when they choose.

The freedom to buy raw milk, if I choose to use it. Farmers used to butcher their own livestock, now it is against the law too. In fact, meat and produce from the store is usually the source of recalls on food, not from your local farmer or your own farm.

The freedom to not have government watch our every move on the computer or even around our homes. They can fly planes over our houses and take pictures and put our homes online for stalkers and whoever to see where we live and what our homes look like.

The freedom to use alternative health sources instead of the medical health care, if I choose.

The freedom to raise our children they way we choose without interference from the government.

They even have laws against having a supply of food in our homes. It may be someone has gone to extremes saving food and have a huge supply, but isn't that their own business?

Take our guns away and then we are sitting ducks. Everything they say is "for our own good." But it is not. It is how they control us, the population. Most urban people do not know the  extent or the existence of some of the laws being worked on. I only know because of my involvement with trying to preserve these freedoms and trying to keep my drinking water safe (from gas drilling in our area).

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Paula said ...
America has very few laws in comparison to ANY European country.

Ooops, I did too!


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Paula said ...
Oooops, got a bit long. Sorry


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Reply by Paula

author of Chestnuts & Chutzpah 8/18/2012 10:52:43 AM

Kat,

I guess I have to reply offline or it will get even longer...


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Reply by katlupe

author of Homesteading On The Internet 8/18/2012 11:10:55 AM

LOL I guess we both have a lot of knowledge on both sides of the coin. I just want to be left alone by the officials and don't want our water affected by drilling. That is the big thing in our area right now. Neighbor against neighbor.

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Paula said ...
I guess I have to reply offline or it will get even longer...


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