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America’s Fake Outrage

Last week, the Syrian government used chemical weapons, sarin gas specifically, that took the lives of 70 of its citizens, children among them, “beautiful babies” as Trump called them.  America was OUTRAGED.

Big agri-chemical companies poison American citizens on a daily basis.  Our bodies are filled with harmful chemicals from pesticides, lead, mercury and on and on that affect our immune systems, endocrine systems, brain, liver, kidneys, etc.  America is NOT outraged.

As many as 29 million Americans, about one in 10, lack health insurance according to a May 2016 article by thefiscaltimes.com, causing many to go without any kind of health care which can lead to debilitating diseases and death.  America is NOT outraged.

The United States still, after all these years, does not have universal health care.  America is NOT outraged.

Before the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies did not have to cover pre-existing conditions. Many people including “beautiful babies” died slow horrible deaths from their horribly debilitating preexisting conditions.  America was NOT outraged.

The big pharmaceutical companies get away with charging obscene amounts of money for their cache of drugs, some of which are so expensive that health insurance companies won’t pay for them and people cannot afford to buy them which leads many people, including “beautiful babies”, to die slow painful deaths,.  America is NOT outraged.

In January 2014, the number of homeless veterans was cited at 49,933. They get no health care, no food; they’re becoming sick, dying from suicide, illness, hunger, exposure to heat and cold.  America is NOT outraged.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 564,708 people in January 2015 were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families and 358,422 were individuals. About 15 % of the homeless population, 83,170, are considered “chronically homeless” individuals.  They die just like the homeless veterans from the very same reasons, including from violence committed against them.  America is NOT outraged.

Factory farming’s bad practices encourages nonstop use of antibiotics in non-sick animals causing antibiotic resistance in humans which leads to severe illnesses not being treatable. People suffer; people die.  America is NOT outraged.

Los Angeles, as just one example, allows the construction of homes within feet of freeways, deliberately exposing citizens to high levels of known toxic chemicals which wreak havoc on their health, shortening their life spans and yet, America is NOT outraged.

Our governments ignore infrastructure. Bridges collapse and people in cars careen to their deaths; freeway overpasses collapse and people get crushed to death. People are killed just walking on our crumbled, overlapping sidewalks; pipes burst from age, people get sick from toxic emissions, some get cancer; railroad tracks are outdated and trains derail causing death and injury.  America is NOT outraged.

How are we all NOT outraged by the supreme hypocrisy of our governments and by our own obliviousness?

The U.S. Leads the Way To Nowhere

(I originally posted this article to another blog on October 31, 2014.  It belongs here.)

Two days ago President Obama proclaimed that the United States would lead in the fight against Ebola. That sounds nice, but the U.S. can’t even lead its way into the 21st century. America – the land of greed, stupidity and hypocrisy.

We have a Congress of do-nothings except for when they want to boost their own salaries, take extended vacations and so called business travel jaunts to exotic places, grant themselves benefits like generous health insurance and numerous freebies, give themselves the ability to engage in insider trading … and the list goes on and on.

We have a government where all Republican candidates for President proclaim themselves to believe in the literal interpretation of the bible at the expense of science based evolution. They’re a group of climate deniers who believe women have fewer rights than men and gays have fewer rights than anyone else and they make sure to put those anachronistic views into law by refusing to pass legislation that stops them dead in their tracks. As a nation, women’s rights to safe abortions and family planning are attacked daily. We have no Death with Dignity statutes. Our medical system sucks and is behind most technologically advanced countries. Our education system sucks and places close to the bottom as well.

Lead on Ebola? Just like our country led in Iraq and Afghanistan? Our government lost many millions of tax payer dollars (in cash) in Iraq and has never been accountable for anything. We fought the terrorist Taliban in Afghanistan, the very same people we supplied weapons to thirty five years earlier. But we don’t ever discuss that. And now we’re supplying weapons in Syria to people who will most likely turn around and use them against us some years down the line.

Our government has wasted millions of dollars in military equipment in those countries and we don’t really want to discuss that too much either although the excuse the military gives is that it would be too expensive to ship the stuff home. Our government didn’t have any problem shipping the stuff to those countries in the first place so how is it suddenly too expensive to bring it back home?  They would rather just leave equipment behind so our enemies can make good use of it. Perhaps the locals will turn the tanks and Humvees into porta potties or line them up end to end to create new bridges or maybe just rent them out to be turned into studio apartments. That’s only after the equipment becomes useless as weapons.

Why should the U.S. have to lead at all? If anyone should lead it would be the group Doctors Without Borders since they’ve been treating victims of the disease for about seven years now. Europe isn’t exactly broken. Let those nations take the lead on something, anything! Just send money? We always do.  Even when our own people go hungry, homeless and without medical treatment.  People in central California don’t even have water in their homes as a result of a 4-year long drought. Where is government planning when it’s really needed?

The hypocrisy of America is that we are a free nation where everyone prospers.  We like to think of ourselves as technologically advanced and yet we can no longer get ourselves to the International Space Station, instead, having to rely on the Russians. We are backward socially. We allow close minded morons to make decisions because majority rules and the majority appears to be close minded religious conservatives and those who think corporate interests and profits are worth more than any group of individuals who work hard and long to make those corporations profitable in the first place.

We don’t lead. We slack back and throw up our hands and say “Oh well” … and … “God bless America.”

Article by Ginger Marin. To learn about her acting, visit Ginger Marin’s IMDB page

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