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34 Signs That America Is In Decline

The United States is clearly in an advanced state of decline.  Many people around the world (and even inside America) rejoice at this, but not me.  I mourn for the country that I was born in and that I still love.  Yes, the United States has never been perfect, but the Republic that our Founding Fathers started truly has been a light to the rest of the world in a lot of ways over the centuries.  Unfortunately, our foundations are badly rotting and our nation is collapsing all around us.  Many Americans like to think that the United States is greater today than it has ever been before, but the truth is that America is like a patient that has stage 4 cancer that has spread to almost every area of the body.  Our nation is being destroyed in thousands of different ways, and more distressing news emerges with each passing day.  This article will mainly focus on the economic decline of America, but much could also be said about our social, political, moral and spiritual decline as well.  We are simply not the same country that we used to be.  Americans are proud, selfish, greedy, arrogant, ungrateful, treacherous and completely addicted to entertainment and pleasure.  Our country is literally falling apart all around us, but most Americans are so plugged into entertainment that they can't even be bothered to notice what is happening.  Most Americans seem to assume that we will always have endless prosperity just because of who we are, but unfortunately that simply is not true.  We inherited the greatest economic machine the world has ever seen and we have wrecked it, and now a very painful day of reckoning is approaching.  But most people will not understand until it is too late.

The following are 34 signs that America is in decline...

#1 According to the World Bank, U.S. GDP accounted for 31.8 percent of all global economic activity in 2001.  That number dropped to 21.6 percent in 2011.  That is not just a decline - that is a freefall.  Just check out the chart in this article.

#2 According to The Economist, the United States was the best place in the world to be born into back in 1988.  Today, the United States is only tied for 16th place.

#3 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.

#4 According to the Wall Street Journal, of the 40 biggest publicly traded corporate spenders, half of them plan to reduce capital expenditures in coming months.

#5 More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.

#6 America once had the greatest manufacturing cities on the face of the earth.  Now many of our formerly great manufacturing cities have degenerated into festering hellholes.  For example, the city of Detroit is on the verge of financial collapse, and one state lawmaker is now saying that "dissolving Detroit" should be looked at as an option.

#7 In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent.  Today, the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent.

#8 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#9 If you can believe it, approximately one out of every four American workers makes 10 dollars an hour or less.

#10 Sadly, 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

#11 Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years.  Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

#12 The U.S. trade deficit with China during 2011 was 28 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#13 Incredibly, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.  During 2010, manufacturing facilities were shutting down at the rate of 23 per day.  How can anyone say that "things are getting better" when our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted?

#14 Back in early 2005, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was less than 2 dollars a gallon.  During 2012, the average price of a gallon of gasoline has been $3.63.

#15 In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

#16 As I have written about previously, 61 percent of all Americans were "middle income" back in 1971 according to the Pew Research Center.  Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are "middle income".

#17 There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

#18 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for children living in the United States is about 22 percent.

#19 Back in 1983, the bottom 95 percent of all income earners in the United States had 62 cents of debt for every dollar that they earned.  By 2007, that figure had soared to $1.48.

#20 Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

#21 Total credit card debt in the United States is now more than 8 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

#22 The value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.

#23 According to one survey, 29 percent of all Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket are still living with their parents.

#24 Back in 1950, 78 percent of all households in the United States contained a married couple.  Today, that number has declined to 48 percent.

#25 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

#26 In 1980, government transfer payments accounted for just 11.7 percent of all income.  Today, government transfer payments account for more than 18 percent of all income.

#27 In November 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps.  Today, 47.1 million Americans are on food stamps.

#28 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#29 As I wrote about the other day, according to one calculation the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of "Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming."

#30 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.  It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#31 In 2001, the U.S. national debt was less than 6 trillion dollars.  Today, it is over 16 trillion dollars and it is increasing by more than 100 million dollars every single hour.

#32 The U.S. national debt is now more than 23 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

#33 According to a PBS report from earlier this year, U.S. households that make $13,000 or less per year spend 9 percent of their incomes on lottery tickets.  Could that possibly be accurate?  Are people really that foolish?

#34 As the U.S. economy has declined, the American people have been downing more antidepressants and other prescription drugs than ever before.  In fact, the American people spent 60 billion dollars more on prescription drugs in 2010 than they did in 2005.

So what are our "leaders" doing about all of this?

Not much.

They just continue to insist that everything is "just fine".

Sadly, the truth is that they live in a world that is very different from most of the rest of us.

Barack Obama is getting ready to take a 20 day vacation to Hawaii.

When was the last time you got to take a 20 day vacation?

And most of our "leaders" have no idea what it is like to struggle from month to month on a paycheck.

Overall, more than half of the members of Congress are millionaires.  We are led by wealthy men who are serving the interests of other wealthy men.

But the problem with our system is not limited to the president and the members of Congress.  The truth is that the political system in America has become a colossal beast that just continues to grow no matter who is in power.  The political establishment of both parties is totally dependent on this beast, and they will continue to feed it and serve it because it has been very good to them.  The following is from an outstanding article by Steve McCann...

The Republican and Democratic political establishments are made up of the following: 

1) many current and nearly all retired national office holders whose livelihood and narcissistic demands depends upon fealty to Party and access to government largesse;

2) the majority of the media elite, including pundits, editors, writers and television news personalities based in Washington and New York whose proximity to power and access is vital to their continued standard of living;  

3) academia, numerous think-tanks, so-called non-government organizations, and lobbyists who fasten onto those in the administration and Congress for employment, grants, favorable legislation and ego-gratification;  

4) the reliable deep pocket political contributors and political consultants whose future is irrevocably tied to the political machinery of the Party; and

5) the crony capitalists, i.e. leaders of the corporate and financial community as well as unions whose entities are dependent on or subject to government oversight and/or benevolence .

Do you think that there is any chance that this insidious system will be uprooted any time soon?

Of course not.

We will continue on the same path that we are on right now and America will continue to decline.

Many will rejoice as America falls, but I will not.

I will mourn for a mighty Republic that has fallen and for a dream that has been lost.

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  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    Some people have mentioned that they are having trouble with the new commenting system. Unfortunately, I was forced to make a change. I would have never changed the old system if I did not have to.

    This system actually works really well once you get used to it. Here is what I would recommend for those having problems…

    1. Most of those having problems commenting are using older versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. That browser has become so buggy that most tech experts recommend using it any longer. Personally, I recommend either Firefox or Google Chrome. Both of them are free and they will work with this comment system.

    2. If you register with Disqus, which is very easy and takes just a few moments, your comments will skip moderation and be posted right away unless they trip a filter. If they trip a filter, they will go into the moderation que with the other comments. If that happens, they will wait until I am able to get to them later.

    Hopefully by allowing people to continually post comments this will give the discussions on this site more of a “flow” than they had before.

    Michael

    • JustanOguy

      I’ve been using Disqus for quite some time as anybody can tell by clicking on my Avatar and seeing the 1,800+ comments…. You are absolutely correct that once somebody gets used to it that it’s much better then your old commenting format.

      For those with the Internet Explorer Browser problems…. I also recommend Firefox. It’s a free download and once you start using it…. you’ll probably rarely use Internet Explorer.

      • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

        Thank you for those good tips. I am new to Disqus, so it is good to hear from a seasoned veteran. :)

        Michael

      • 2Gary2

        get the ad block plus add on for firefox and never see an ad while surfing the net again.

        Michael–the one thing with disqus is that it does noticeably slow down the loading and navigation of the web site.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-DAgostino/1070166870 Steve D’Agostino

      Yep, I use Chrome since the newer versions of Firefox eat up my cpu. If you need to use active x controls, you can get a Chrome extension that will run IE in the Chrome framework so it’s just temporary in that one tab. Pretty cool.

  • mainstreeteconomist

    So what are our “leaders” doing about all of this?
    Not much.
    They just continue to insist that everything is “just fine”.

    Michael

    Why Wall Street is optimistic about the economy:

    (1) The Federal Reserve is supporting banks and Wall Street.
    (2) Low interest rates.
    (3) Prices are down on big ticket items such as luxury homes.
    (4) Home prices have stabilized.
    (5) Credit card debt is at a 10 year low.
    (6) Energy boom driven by shale oil and gas. Do not confuse “shale oil” with “oil shale”.
    (7) New high tech products and processes.
    (8) Low corporate debt. Multinationals are sitting on trillions of cash.
    (9) Record corporate profits from offshore operations.
    (10) Stocks (S&P 500) are trading at a 25% discount based on past history.

    Why I have to agree with Michael:

    (1) Under “Founding Fathers Capitalism”, economic booms raised all of the boats in the harbor.
    (2) Under current “Globalist Capitalism”, economic booms only raise the yachts.

  • VegasBob

    This country has been in a profound state of decline since LBJ started the “Great Society” in 1964. Once people can easily get government money without working for it, a nation’s citizenry slowly turns into an army of moochers.

    Take a look at our biggest “industries”: government, finance, insurance. Not one of these industries creates wealth.

    Obama’s re-election is evidence that America’s economic and social decline is irreversible. You might as well batten down the hatches, because there is no escape. The entire world has turned into an electronic prison.

    • arizonadiane

      And it appears to always be a democrat that makes it worse. Too many people just want the goodies and don’t want to be responsible for themselves.

  • chilller

    Addicted to entertainment says it all. I know people exactly in this boat who simply “don’t want to hear it” when it comes to reality. Most will say they will deal with it when and if it gets that bad. I dare not harp on them that by that time, it’s too late. Being prepared, not only physically but mentally as well goes a long way towards my peace of mind and I sleep like a baby. Should the ‘entertained’ be suddenly awakened by reality, from that day forward their life will be a living nightmare before they come to grips with their desperate situation.

  • JustanOguy

    My #1 sign that America is on the decline is the huge % increase of people who think that Washington D.C. is the answer to all of their problems.

    • MeMadMax

      And now they worship him like a god too.

      • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

        Yes, just see this article…

        http://thetruthwins.com/archives/obama-jesus

        Michael

        • MeMadMax

          Thanks for the article michael.
          Now I’m not a big religous type person, but, isn’t there a thing in the bible where if they worship their leader like a god it is pretty much the end of their nation or something like that? And if so, can you send me a verse?

    • Hambone

      That is what makes me think that conservatives will never win another presidential election. I fear the only way to get back on track is to split America in two. Let them run it their way, and let us run it our way. They can make Barry emperor for all I care.

      • Mark

        Who will control the nukes? How do you split in half when the libs control the west coast, north east and it looks like much of the rust belt.

        • Albert8184

          You don’t ask the question Mark. What you do is you ANSWER the question. And you use armed force if necessary. Because, after all…. I don’t give a flying rat’s asse what the liberals think about the nukes.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.schwartz.980 Mark Schwartz

          This is not a conflict between liberals and conservatives. This is an ethnic spoils competition. White liberals wage class warfare against middle class European Americans by using 3rd worlders as a demographic weapon against them. These white liberals are a tiny portion of the Euro American population. Of course in any conflict’s resolution, European Americans will control the nukes. We cannot afford extremists from the 3rd world having access to these types of weapons.

      • Albert8184

        No. The only way to get back on track is to:

        1) reclarify American ideals based in the Constitution
        2) annihalate the people who don’t want to live under the Constitution in a massive armed conflict based on ideological principles.
        3) Amend the Constitution to permanently outlaw the socialist crap that put us here in the first place and take away the right of idiots to use freedom to destroy freedom
        4) Teach the children what they need to know to accomplish steps 1 through 3 after we’re gone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.schwartz.980 Mark Schwartz

          This works too!

        • joe

          Actually it’s your corporations that put you there. Not socialists. You have no jobs because they moved the jobs to china and India.

          The Bankers that caused the housing crisses are not socialists. They are as captilistic as you can get.

          America is in decline because you no longer produce anything. Everthing you consume is made someplace else.

          Don’t worry though. Once China and India’s middle class become wealthy doing the jobs you used to have and you are living in poverty. The corporations will bring the jobs back and you will be the cheap labour force working for nothing:)

          • Ajaxx

            The capitalistic system on which this nation was founded served us well up until LBJ’s “Great Society” led us down the primrose path of dependency on the government and away from self reliance. In due course, draconian taxes, fiscal irresponsibility and regulatory burdens placed upon the producers by an over-reaching government played a vital role in the demise of our once great nation. The factors that make any given economy successful is the ability to maintain a comparative advantage. The comparative advantage for some countries might be abundant natural resources i.e. oil, timber, agriculture, mining, technology, military strength or even an educated work force. Although we have many resources, regulatory burdens imposed by the government has made it nearly impossible to transform any perceived comparative advantages into prosperity. Do yourself a favor and read an old yet relevant book called “The Wealth of Nations”.

          • joe

            What draconian taxes? how much taxes did Google pay. How many Americans does Apple put to work. The only jobs left for americans is store clerks everthing else is done off shore. To keep you spending a little longer the banks gave everyone a mortgage they new they could never pay. And if that wasn’t enough they piled on lots easy credit card dept. To keep you buying. And now the party is over. When the bottom fell out they went to the feds extorted the tax payers dollars. Where did that money go? into their pockets. Then the economy collapse and the feds give the corporations stimulus money to hire a few people and what did they do with that money? they put that in their pockets as well. America did well when you had small enterprise but the feds let the big boys kill the small enterprise and keep all the cash for them selfs.

          • Scarlet Rose

            You’re wrong. The unions and the “progressives” created the abyss we are in. I fear there is no way out. People like you are ignorant.

          • Me

            Dear Scarlet, how can you be so delusional ? Do you really believe in what you are saying ? You and people who “think” like you are the reason this country is going down the tube.

          • Me

            VERY WELL SAID !

  • MeMadMax

    We are doing nearly the same thing that the Romans did that led to their downfall: Debasing of currency, lowering of morals, perpetual war etc etc.
    Only for us it is much much faster.
    Oh well, they said the Roman empire would be around forever too…

    • http://profiles.google.com/maruadventurer john mcginnis

      Actually the more apt analogy is the packed movie houses of the late 1920/30′s. As a genre, escapist films were the hit of that era which just happen to coincide with the depression. Woot.

    • rj

      Instead of bread and circuses, have food stamps and reality TV.

  • Hambone

    I think the social decline and the enconomic decline go hand-in-hand. We have lost our way. I know this is politically incorrect to say, but I have to point out that working mothers are compounding the problems, both social and economic. Back in the day, moms stayed home. Today, many of them work, not because they have to but because they want to and keeping up with the Jones’ is more important to them than raising their children properly. The direct economic impact of this is that there is one less job out there when this happens, and perhaps an entire family financially suffering because of it.

    I am not anti-woman in the workplace, and I am certainly not anti-women. On the contrary, I value God’s role for women very highly, and I think if we return to that, it will have a big impact on healing our moral wounds as well as contributing to our economic ones.

    • 2Gary2

      dude–r u fing nuts??? Most women work because they HAVE to. I have NEVER met a woman who would rather not stay home with their kids than work.

      When you need to preface your post with “I am not anti-woman” then that tells me you are actually anti-woman. Kind of like fox news always saying they are fair and balanced when they are anything but fair and balanced. They must think that if they repeat it often enough it will be true.

      • Hambone

        Yeah, you nailed it. Thanks for exposing me.

      • Ajaxx

        You are obviously to young to remember the mantra of Gloria Steinem in the 1960′s pursuant to the women’s liberation movement. Lastly, I can only assume you get your news from PMSNBC. No bias there, huh.

        • 2Gary2

          No rather I am capable of critical thinking and know BS when I see it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.milton2 Jackie Milton

    I look forward to the collapse of this country. There will be a massive population reduction after the collapse and afterwards we can rebuild and make this nation great again. It will take a collapse in order to force improvements.

    • http://profiles.google.com/maruadventurer john mcginnis

      Fine on the surface. But there is no guarantee that you Jackie Milton will be a survivor.

  • http://profiles.google.com/maruadventurer john mcginnis

    “#33 According to a PBS report from earlier this year, U.S. households that make $13,000 or less per year spend 9 percent of their incomes on lottery tickets. Could that possibly be accurate? Are people really that foolish?”

    I would not call it foolish. If you go over to ZeroHedge there is an article where someone has done the math. Someone making $20k with the added federal bennies has more disposal income that someone earning $60k.

    What 33 really indicates is that the implied contract of America — Do right, work hard, improve yourself and you will get ahead — is broken or not believed by most of the population of the country anymore. That is more destructive than any of the other indicators provided.

    • Hambone

      That’s incredible and sad. People are financially punished for climbing out of poverty. Your point is well taken — they are better equipped to waste money than we think they are.

      However, the lottery is a horrible (and I dare say foolish) investment, regardless of your disposable income. I’ve heard all of the rationalizations, but the bottom line is they payout on the lottery is somewhere between 40 and 50% — for every dollar they take in that’s what they pay out. Casinos, by contrast, are consistently over 90%. I’m not into gambling, but if I were, I think I’d go for the 90%. A poker game with the boys has a 100% payout.

      • ALski

        Lotteries, unless they are for charity, should be banned just as drugs.

    • Tony

      When one makes 13k a year, they are surrounded by same. I know what its like to try to beat my way out of that hole. The people around you will see you start to make it and then steal everything you’ve gained. Worse, you may get knocked down by somone who doesn’t benefit at all because of jealousy. I was always annoyed when I was behind some fat a$$ welfare chick buying $300 worth of tickets for 25 minutes, but what other chance out of the ghetto does one have? As soon as you have anything ya better have enough $ to get away from those that would destroy it. Besides, these ppl are trained from birth that the gubmint will save them, thus govt. sponsered lottery.

  • Jodi

    I actually had someone tell me ‘now that the election is done and over, people have calmed down, everything is going to be fine.’ WOW!
    People have truly turned into iPod listening zombies.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    I certainly did not support President Bush taking all of those vacations either.

    Michael

    • 2Gary2

      but did you go on and on about them like you do with Obama….

  • 2Gary2

    USA is #16 on best countries to be born in. Shocking the top countries are all more socialist than we are. Why do conservatives have to suck so much???

    is capitalism vs. socialism argument the only that americans can bring
    on the table? go and live in Switzerland, or Norway to see the high
    standard of living, where people can get the best education up to
    university without taking huge loans, and their health is taken care of
    by society as a whole. unfortunately my friend a large portion of the US
    looks more like a 3rd world country

    • cpgone

      All those “threatening/promising” to leave and go to county x…DO IT.
      good-bye. Drop us a line , let us know about the greener grass.You will
      find it very diff, from what the promoter that sell you passports , bank
      accts, ,corps, etc make it out to be

  • Day2Day

    I urge everyone to watch “Oliver Stone’s History”

    Corruption, greed and power, has been the American way for a long time…

    “History is a universal lie, that’s agreed upon”- Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Hambone

    Bush was no conservative. He spent like a drunken sailor. We had two years of Republican control of the House, Senate and the Presidency, and what did we get? Honestly, we got more with Newt in the house and Killer-Clinton in office.

    8 years in office and 4 trillion in additional debt… Regretably, that is his legacy. I wish I could defend him, but I can’t.

    But back to your point, as a Republican, I must admit I was embarassed at how much time he spent at Crawford.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596731290 James B. Hixson

    It may be a good thing if the U.S. falls apart. Like the Phoenix, it catches on fire, destroys itself, and another Phoenix emerges from the ashes. Maybe a better, more fairer U.S. will emerge from the ashes of corruption we see today.

  • mainstreeteconomist

    You need to have a unique user name and a password that meets Disqus requirements.

  • cpgone

    May I propose a simple button to just email this to friends w/out all the registering and hoopla? Thanks for all the work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000633875894 Randy Townsend

    Anecdotal evidence, all of it. However, it does point to an obvious truth – the US is in a downward spiral. To think Obama will be the one to “lead” this country back to prosperity is laughable, since the man has never led as much as a Boy Scout Troop in his life. We waste time discussing who won and who lost. The focus should be on what is next. Obama is not the answer to problems that are only going to get worse. The level of despair will increase as more time passes and solutions are not found. People need to prepare for that. Stop obsessing over Republicans verses Dims and get ready for the really bad times that are ahead. Government is not going to help you, folks.

  • Patriot

    Here is what I have observed: Firstly, the data shows very clearly that in areas that are democratic, there are a higher population of the entitlement crowd, stricter gun laws(in opposition to the 2nd Amendment, which is supposed to apply to all the states) and also seems to have more liberal morality in democratic areas of the nation, they tend to be much more homosexual friendly, pro-criminal/anti-Constitution, more socialist, more regulated, higher taxes, (higher population of takers) , they want to spend our tax money to help everyone with every sort of social program under the sun,and generally a much more liberal view on illegal immigration and what benifits illegals are “entitled” to. They like bigger government, and small military.

    They are more apt to overlook immigration of anrti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-American muslims, and allow said people to voice their opinions and change things.
    Sharia law will be instituted firstly in highly democratic areas.
    Democratic areas also seem to be the most antaganistic towards our Judeao/Christian heritage and history in the USA.

    Republican areas, on the other hand, generally are more conservative, (marriage:man/woman, home school friendly, less regulation, MUCH more faithful toupholding the Constituiton and the 2nd Amemdment specifically. They are for less government and bigger military.

    America is now largly a democratic, liberal, entitlement, socialist, no patriotic nation that thinks the Constitution is an out dated document…..these are the same peopl that say the Bible is also an outdated document.

    The new age/new world order is here. We had our chance to fight and speak up, but our propserity and lust for pleasure, materialism and entertainment has caused us to sleep, while the globalists pulled the rug from under our feet, slowly but surely, picking away at our freedoms, step by step, so that we will not notice it till its too late.

    This nation is beyond recovery unless by some miracle there is a nation wide revival back to conservative “old fashioned, Patriotic” values, our economic reliance on globalism is cut, or there is a massive revolution to take back the government, or civil war between the takers and the makers.

    I don’t think this nation is united enough for that to ever happen.

    • 2Gary2

      why is it that the blue states way support the red states and the red states have a lot more of the social ills you describe. Before you say I am wrong–check out the facts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lowell.jacoby Lowell Jacoby

    That makes me sick!

  • 2Gary2

    I feel the exact same way towards conservatives. I am not sure where we could go from here. No one but ignorant dolts like syrian equate being a progressive with stalin etc. The fact that that low info dolt keeps doing this simply proves the fact that as a general rule liberals are smarter than conservatives. There have actually been several studies proving this. (in addition to it being plain old common knowledge)

    The good thing as this last election showed is that there are way more of me (progressives) than there are of you (conservatives). We progressives are growing in number as you conservatives are shrinking in number. All you can really do is go sit in a corner and enjoy the ride. Sucks to be a conservative!

    • Hambone

      Happily, we can agree on something. There are more liberals now than conservatives. I think that’s largely because many self-identified Republicans are more liberal than Killer Clinton (Bill, not Hillary).

      It doesn’t just suck to be a conservative… it sucks to be an American.

  • 2Gary2

    You forgot the number 1 reason we are in a decline–That conservatives still manage to fool such a large number of low information voters to vote for them based on these same voters thinking the Koch brothers give a rip about their silly little social conservative agenda. I do not know how many times these dolts need to be thrown under the bus to actually start growing a brain cell.

  • 2Gary2

    And yet MORE proof conservatives suck:

    Wal-Mart is the retail wing of Communist China, with sweetheart deals
    on bulk manufacturing and all they had to do was drive mom and pop
    stores out of business to sew up massive supplies at a far lower cost
    than are available to smaller retailers.

    American jobs have
    vanished off Main Street, American jobs have gone to China and
    Bangladesh, living wages have gone down to the point that taxpayers have
    to pay the food portion of a Wal-Mart worker by way of food stamps but
    for some reason this sits well with Republicans while the heirs to Sam
    Walton sit on $250 billion and profits are at record highs.

    If
    you were to have access to the prices that Wal-Mart paid, and you had a
    mom and pop store, you too could offer low prices as China is prepared
    to sell at a loss to drive sales and recoup through smaller retailers.
    Wal-Mart is as anti-American as can be and they are decimating Main Street.

    There
    is no excuse for a company that has so much profit annually to keep
    taking from the workers and expecting everybody else to foot the bill
    through their taxes.

    Greed seems to have no limits and they
    even have the audacity to demand tax cuts so their portion of food
    stamps contribution is far less.
    America. With companies like Wal-Mart dictating which family run businesses will fold under their pressure, America is screwed.

    The
    irony is that conservatives pay lip service to the small business
    owner, pine for the halcyon days of the 50s and community but cheer on
    the destruction of the communities they live in by unfitted merchants of
    greed. What ever happened to love of country and looking out for the
    underdog, caring and compassion for your fellow American on the right
    hand side of politics?
    There is even gloating at the prospect of poor people being exploited and ripped of emanating from the right.

    This was copy/paste from a comment on Huffington post.

  • 2Gary2

    In effect, the food stamp and other assistance programs are actually
    “Big Business Entitlement Programs.” They allow the big fast food chains
    to hire at low (Sometimes below minimum) wages and reap huge profits.

    Meanwhile, we taxpayers subsidize their workers who barely earn enough
    to pay for transportation to and from work. But we’re not supposed to
    complain because businesses like these are the “Job Creators.

    We need to keep shining the light on these “underpay” and “Full Time Evasion” tactics companies are using.

    In NY, they had a strike this week. I just wonder how long a “Fast Food
    Workers” strike would last in some “Red States” before the governors
    called out the National Guard.

  • Oscar_DeGrouch

    Obama couldn’t take a vacation long enough, as far as I’m concerned.

  • Oscar_DeGrouch

    The top of your head is a scary place.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jc7268 John Cole

      L.O.L.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/II6P3D3ECY2TPSPQP235UGLXJM fiasco

    I need only one sign – Obamacare.

  • Albert8184

    Well, don’t worry. We’ll just make sandwiches out of arrogance, narcissism and self-indulgent thinking… and we’ll be able to survive indefinitely.

    But seriously, the saddest part is not that we’re in for some hard times. The saddest part is considering who might replace us as the leader of the world: Communist China? Russia? The Muslims?

    I’m sure none of those aforementioned people will give a hoot about all the political correctness we’ve spread around the globe for decades. I bet they won’t even care about the Laws of War. Do you?

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “I’m sure none of those aforementioned people will give a hoot about all the political correctness we’ve spread around the globe for decades.”

      No, they’re probably not stupid enough.

  • Albert8184

    Bingo. You’ve summarized the problem completely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/upchuck.liberals UpChuck Liberals

    Sadly the only cake we’ll be eating is that is supplied by our Dear Leader. Maybe a bit of Soylent Green on the side.

  • HecatesMoon

    We play the lottery once in awhile, but they keep giving other people our money! lol I just KNOW there’s been some mistake. :D
    Now, when these people that have accidentally been winning my money give it to me,(I plan to ask real politely for it. I’m sure they’ll agree to hand it right over!)we’re going to move further out into the country and my big splurge is going to be a double wide mobile home for my chickens. No more little coop for them! Heat, air conditioning…and we’re installing a door bell! LOL

  • cpgone

    Please add a simple share button, Thanks,

    All those “threatening/promising” to leave and go to county x…DO IT. good-bye. Drop us a line , let us know about the greener grass.You will find it very diff, from what the promoter that sell you passports , bank accts, ,corps, etc make it out to be

  • Ajaxx

    This is an extremely well written opinion piece.

  • NA NA

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR VERY ACCURATE AND DETAILED update our our dying nation. I hope everyone in this country sends this to everyone they know and even our state representatives who MUST be forced to acknowledge how problematic everything has gotten.

  • NA NA

    If YOU sense martial law at any point happening in your town: my advise: (leave this country asap!) and don’t come back until the corruption has died once and for all.

  • godozo

    Thing is, there may not be any choice. We may have one…although I fear the rural side will just throw a bunch of nukes at the cities (that’s the main separation in the nation at the moment – not liberal vs conservative or earners vs leaches, cities vs countryside).

  • C

    When has America truly been great before now? Slavery, wars, depression, civil rights era, and a 20 year over inflations of homes built and home prices that were never really worth what they were and are being sold for. We have alot of problems but most people don’t worry about their bus or train blowing up on the way to work as people do in other parts of the world. Women and men can live their lives as they please now matter the race or creed here and thats what sets this country apart from the world. We have a debt issue but the base is solid because todays America is inclusive more fair and the platform allows most Americans and immigrants to live their lives freely. Whether a person accomplishes their goals is another story, and there are far too many stories of children being born into very unfortunate situations but compared to the rest of the world, even the poor in the country live better then the average citizen in other regions of the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/loneveteran Gary Brown

    I agree, and my Heart is very sad.
    I feel good for only one reason, I’m almost 64 and
    A Vietnam Vet, I don’t thing I’ll live long enough to see the end, I sure hope not, because that truly will.

    Gary K Brown

  • Ib505

    China owns US debt, therefore your economy. If the world decides to cash in its treasury bonds the US is screwed. Every dog has its day.

  • USA is in inevitable decline.

    This is such an amazing post. I believe that America will fall, not happy either. So relevant.

  • ALski

    The idea behind this website is to sell books about survival.

  • Randy

    The only answer is found in article 5 of our constitution. The many states can call a convention to amend the constitution. With 2/3 states ratifying we can term limit millionaire politicians. Eliminate the IRS, etc. George mason saw fit to add this provision in case the federal government grew to become ubiquitous. This is a safety check for the states and eliminates the need for violent conflict.

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