Skip to comments.10 Signs That America Is Decomposing Right In Front Of Our Eyes
Posted on 02/26/2012 11:46:29 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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Boy O Boy.
Ain't that something!
Agree except the fears cited at the beginning often are unfounded and are part of the problem.
Sad part of all of this is... the huge majority of Americans .. so long as they have their SmartPhones and other fun gadgetry.. simply don`t have the decomposition of this dying, once-great country on their radar screens.
Results from the absence of God and self-reliance, the presence of drugs, politics of envy and “if it feels good - do it”.
Well said. I am constantly reminded of that book “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” It’s literally true.
You mean as in nostalgia ain’t what it used to be? I agree. My dad has told me stories of growing up in rural Texas, and it wasn’t all sweetness and light. Bad people then and bad people now. I guess if I had to come up with a difference, it would be that people (kids included) back then were more savvy and better equipped to handle bad situations - and expected to have to handle things. The “authorities” were few and far between, so you were on your own.
Not sure I agree with some of the Author’s points. Even as a kid in the 60s, I remember my parents telling me not to talk to strangers. The sickos have always been with us. You can point to horrific acts of crime and perversion in any decade. I’m sure a lot of crimes were committed in the 18th and 19th centuries, but the perps never got caught.
I’ve seen it for quite a while, now.
Don’t forget the recent “Air Jordan” riots.
I would buy those shoes for a 1000% profit also..
Distrust, chaos and strife and 0bama’s plan.. Setting the stage for “CHANGE” to a National Socialist state. He’s almost there, now all he has to do is find a way to cancel the November election.
Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.
And....A usurper continues to occupy the Red House ( Oops! “White House”).
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Dr. James White commented on our sick society via Youtube a few days ago...
“A People Who Call Evil Good, and Good Evil”
I’m not too impressed with this article. I will go after each line item:
1) Maybe crime is up in DC, but it is way, way, down in New York. Seems like more of a problem with political will than a degenerating society. Overall crime, I believe is also down in the US.
2) You can AND COULD always find crackpots if you look hard enough for them. The one difference in the past was that we did usually keep them locked up and out of sight.
3) TSA only exists due to Muslims blowing up the World Trade Center. If that crime didn’t happen, then no full-body scanners.
4) People take anti-depressants because it’s, essentially, a legal high. If they were around 100 years ago, people would have taken them back then. As it was, 100 years ago, Cocaine was legal, and people used it (and that is where Coke got its name).
5) The gang problem has grown, largely, due to Hispanic gangs. The problem is border enforcement and the unwillingness to send those people back. It has nothing to do with American culture.
6) Yes, it’s hard for kids to get jobs when they get worthless degrees. Perhaps if the government got out of the way of college education (i.e., dumping money into loans and grants), as things once were, this problem would largely go away. It also hasn’t helped to have no-fault divorce give women the right to walk away with a piggy bank. No man in his right mind would marry a girl with an American-mindset.
7) Criminals are getting meaner. No, criminals were ALWAYS MEAN, but the Internet lets us find out about it.
8) Thieves steal what has value to them. Right now, due to the fact that China (and India) are growing like mad, copper is worth a lot of money due to demand competition. If plumbing were made of gold 100 years ago, I challenge anyone to say that their homes would have been safe from strippers back then.
9) Cities decline when they don’t serve a purpose anymore. The UAW drove automobile production out of the United States, and Detroit (and similar cities) pay for that. Expecting things to not change is unreasonable. The large cities in Texas (and the rest of the South) were much, much, smaller when Detroit was big. So could we say that things got better, or at least broke even, in the past 60 years?
10) The specific example of cities going broke has more to do with bankers being unregulated, which should NEVER be allowed to happen (hence the real estate crash), than with any overall decline of the quality of America. The cities did what they always did, they spent the money they collected in taxes and didn’t save up for a bad day. No different than what happened in the Great Depression.
Have a nice day.
Conservatism is growing every year(more people proclaim themselves as conservatives).
Teenage pregnancies are dropping to 1970's lows, kids in HS are having less sex also going back to 1970's levels, violent crime is way down per capita.
24/7 news media and the internet push the most salacious stories for their daily piece of the 15 minute fame pie.
Lots of great people out there in the good old US of A. Most young kids are decent people.
Especially from a blog pimping economic collapse for monetary gain. Have not gone to the site but I bet they are pushing gold and crisis garden seeds.
You said it with facts. Great job. See my 2 post above.
Here’s your America. Any questions?
B.S. No euphoria associated with SSRIs, tricyclics or others. Sometimes I wish there was. I've personally been on both sides -- Assistant Psychologist and patient.
Crime is down in many cities because they refuse to report them. Nashville is a good example, where the official policy is to under report crime to make it seem safer Anyone who really believes that crime has gone away is deluded.
Liberals like it this way. It makes it much easier for them to control people.
I mean people’s fear of what will happen is vastly exaggerated. The author says if “you” (meaning the average person) introduce yourself to a city dweller they will flee. Then the author says their fears are justified. Well, they aren’t. People have become wimps, happened a long time ago.
Too much time in the virtual world of the internet and gaming to spend time worrying about or fixing things in the real world.
Yeah, I think we said roughly the same thing, just differently...:)
“Crime is down in many cities because they refuse to report them. Nashville is a good example, where the official policy is to under report crime to make it seem safer Anyone who really believes that crime has gone away is deluded.”
Yea, but it’s hard not to report murders...
America was a vital, industrious and prosperous civilization before the United States, and America will once again be a vital, industrious and prosperous civilization after the Washington government is altered or abolished.
Bank on it. All of our problems are artificial, and are the result of corrupted reason and diminished liberty.
“B.S. No euphoria associated with SSRIs, tricyclics or others. Sometimes I wish there was. I’ve personally been on both sides — Assistant Psychologist and patient. “
I would say there is euphoria, relative to the alternative. In the past people had to suck it up, even when it shattered their lives - they had no choice.
You also need to take into account people’s changing behaviours.
Let’s say there’s a neighbourhood where people get mugged a lot by the ruling gangs. If people stop going there, the muggings will drop and statistics will say the neighbourhood is safer. Of course, in reality the same gangs are still there and it is just as dangerous a place to visit. Statistics alone often don’t tell the real tale of societal collapse.
That started with Clinton.
American “culture” is the market for what the Hispanic gangs are selling.
i checked the site out and you are exactly right. They’re selling freeze dried food, water filters, a book called Harbinger, etc.
“If people stop going there, the muggings will drop and statistics will say the neighbourhood is safer. “
Yes, stuff like that happens on micro-scale. But this article talks about the country as a whole. So go here and have a look:
“American culture is the market for what the Hispanic gangs are selling.”
But we had the same thing. Before Hispanics moved in, blacks owned it, and before that the Mafia owned it...all the way back to prohibition.
“I checked the site out and you are exactly right. Theyre selling freeze dried food, water filters, a book called Harbinger, etc.”
Yea, these people are definitely not a disinterested party, yet many of us have been and are still saying that, based on our budget trajectory, we MUST collapse. Obviously no one knows when.
My recommendation is to do what I did yesterday and make sure you have a reasonable amount of supplies. In my case, it was Sam’s Club. But Costco sells doomsday kits. No reason to spend 5 times as much to buy from these clowns.
I partially agree with the author; it’s getting dangerous out there.
However, I remember stories told by my parents who grew up in the 1920s and Great Depression:
My mother grew up in a small town in Central Texas. There was a motel where traveling salesmen stayed. The owners of the motel allowed the salesmen to have sex with their 13 y/o daughter who was retarded. They did it to make more money from renting the rooms.
Mom also told me there was a fair amount of wife beating and child abuse going on.
An immigrant German farmer let the local black people, who were close to starvation, glean food from his fields after he harvested. The KKK showed up at midnight and shot him at his front door. The bullet went through him and hit his daughter.
We have appalling problems today, but I have faith in the American people. Our country will stumble, fall, argue about the causes, and, ultimately, muddle through.
“You said it with facts. Great job. See my 2 post above.”
But don’t get me wrong. We’re adding a trillion dollars plus to our debt every year - at some point (sooner, rather than later), we MUST crash. Just like any person, city, state, or company doing the same.
My point is that it won’t be gradual decay. In fact a gradual decay is what should have been allowed to happen, starting in 2000. Instead we printed money to delay the day of reckoning (and make it far, far, worse). No, instead, the crash will be sudden, as in minutes and hours. One day we will wake up and find ourselves having a bank holiday, which means you cannot cash checks, you cannot use ATM cards, you cannot use debit or credit cards. It’s anyone’s guess how long the holiday lasts. For a short time, cash will be the only thing of value. For a very short time, those that have cash will be able to buy gasoline, food, and other supplies. Others will be out of luck. Then cash will quickly lose its value once people realize that the root cause of our collapse is that the dollar is worthless. At that point everyone is frozen in with what they have on hand (or maybe what they can barter for, but that’s more fantasy than reality). Eventually, we adjust to our much, much, poorer country, just as happened in Argentina.
Sorry to be so depressing, but this country is nowhere near ready to address our structural deficit. Even half of the old people on this site will not give up a penny of their Social Security. One can only imagine the luck we’ll have trying to get the more liberal 90% of the country to do the same.
I didn’t know you were a fellow central Texan. Nice to “meet” you.
We are not yet totally depraved, there are more than just pockets of order and decency. Some areas will fare far better than others as a result.
The first statement does not prove the second. What is the current teen abortion rate?
I think there is more acceptance of drugs than there used to be....i.e. look, you too can be just as screwed up as a Hollywood superstar....or as screwed up as your next door neighbor.
I remember when being a druggie was a huge stigma. And I can’t defend the mafia, of course, and not that I was there, but seems to me those times were not as horrendous as what we’re dealing with now.
Plus just the federal government has 17 trillion in debt: thanks for nothing Obama.
120 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
Obama borrows trillions from china so Americans can buy China products and Americans and local governments borrow more in credit cards etc. Gas will be $5 soon . yeah nothing is wrong (sarcasm).
We have massive unsustainable debt so that the dollars we borrow are basically paper IOUS and that's all we are producing damn IOUS.
You ‘d think you'd be better off is someone kept lending you 100,000 $ every year too . Yeah you'd live off that debt and buy many china gadgets with that debt. That's what the U.S. is doing living off debt . that will lead to collapse because we don't produce even the things we use only IOUs.
“10. We don’t need more banking government regulations but less.”
In a perfect world, yes. In the real world, no. Bankers are simply UNABLE to control themselves when it comes to lending other people’s money. It’s sad but true, and goes back to biblical times. I’m all for a free economy, except when it concerns bankers.
The crap that led up to 2008 was no different than the crap that led up to 1929. In both cases bankers lent money that they knew full-well would not get paid back unless property value increases continued to double the rate of inflation, FOREVER. And no, there were no regulations to speak of on bankers in the 1929. In 2008, yes, they were being pushed to lend money to deadbeats, but did they complain about it and speak up. Hell no!!! They just rolled in the dough, knowing that it would all collapse.
Mebbe - but here’s a slightly different take on bankers. Bankers operate on a spread, and the spread is usually related to risk. I don’t think bankers like to lose money, and, like most people, they will jump at the opportunity to make easy money, provided the risk is minimal.
I still believe that the sub-prime market was created by the CRA and dramatically increased when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lowered their loan purchasing standard. I seem to recall they used to require 20% minimum down on a mortgage before they would buy it; after 1999, that number went down, at least to 3%, and they started buying no-documentation loans, also.
“Privatize the gain, socialize the loss” - bankers had every incentive to write larger and larger loans, knowing that Uncle Sam would buy the loan and take the default risk off the banks’ books.
I do think the bankers and the real estate industry made the problem exponentially worse by collateralizing the loans as they broke the tie that existed between the mortgage and the mortgagee into numerous parts and sold them off, making it nearly impossible to establish clear title when it comes time to sell the house...
I don’t believe Oakland has laid off half of its police dept. Will try to find out.
“Privatize the gain, socialize the loss - bankers had every incentive to write larger and larger loans, knowing that Uncle Sam would buy the loan and take the default risk off the banks books.
I do think the bankers and the real estate industry made the problem exponentially worse by collateralizing the loans as they broke the tie that existed between the mortgage and the mortgagee into numerous parts and sold them off, making it nearly impossible to establish clear title when it comes time to sell the house...”
Yea, we’re pretty much in synch. The bankers still have their bonuses and mansions (and are not in jail, where they belong) - they didn’t have any skin in the game thanks to government insurance, and then a bunch of TOTAL IDIOTS that were willing to take over their worthless loans.
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