I see Blood in the Water………..A Death that makes my Heart Ache


I’ve been contemplating writing this for quite some time but honestly hesitated since it’s the country of my birth, where I grew up, this is where I learned to drive a car, and fell in love for the first time. I have many fond memories from my past that I will never forget like visiting almost every National Park in America. It’s a land of immense beauty with wonderful landscapes and hidden gems that can only be seen by traveling from coast to coast. Clam digging on the east coast as a child will never be forgotten nor will watching huge waves crashing on the shore of the Pacific, fearful of being attacked by a great white shark. But today I see blood in the water……….a death that makes my heart ache.


The zenith of America is gone, the country I once remember has changed and become a place that is full of anger, bitterness, defensiveness, pessimism, materialism, and frivolity.  It’s become pervasive in the media. When our forefathers where forming this great country at the constitutional convention Benjamin Franklin made a very astute observation.

What He Said: “Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last. But in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention Franklin observed the symbol of the sun at the top of George Washington’s chair and mused: “I have the happiness to know it is a rising sun and not a setting sun”.

I wonder would he say the same thing today. The state of affairs in Washington D.C. tells me that this once bright and shining star is now setting.  If an epithet were written what would it read? Here lies the USA born July 4th, 1776, died April 2, 2014. Why? It did not disappear because of an attack from another country.  It did not end at the hand of terrorists.  It self-destructed in a form of suicide predicted by its founders, and executed by its own government.

A few quotes from our founding fathers, and one of our greatest presidents:

adams1“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

John Adams

Thomas_Jefferson“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

Thomas Jefferson

Abraham Lincoln“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Abraham Lincoln

Quoted from Salon Magazine:

America’s rapid descent into impoverished nation status is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. By every measure, we look like a broken banana republic. Not a single U.S. city is included in the world’s top 10 most livable cities. Only one U.S. airport makes the list of the top 100 in the world. Our roads, schools and bridges are falling apart, and our trains — none of them high-speed — are running off their tracks.

For more see here.

Quote from John Glubb – Author of “The Fate of Empires and Search For Survival.”

All empires begin, writes Glubb, with the age of pioneers, followed by ages of conquest, commerce, affluence, intellect and decadence. America appears to have reached the age of decadence, which Glubb defines as marked by “defensiveness, pessimism, materialism, frivolity, an influx of foreigners, the welfare state, [and] a weakening of religion.”

Decadence, he writes, “is due to: Too long a period of wealth and power, selfishness, love of money [and] the loss of a sense of duty.”


Wealth and Power = Exceptionalism

I read all the time just how great America is and was and I think to myself does this term “exceptionalism” exclude America from the forces mentioned by John Glubb, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many others. What rational person wouldn’t believe that if you began to tear out all the support walls of a house that doing so wouldn’t eventually cause it to collapse?


The Loss of a True Sense of Duty

We all know that ISIS is bent on destroying America, we all recognize that what they are doing is wrong. But what we’ve failed to see is why has it come to this. It amazing how blind Americans can be to the truth. If a country invaded the United States it would do everything in it’s power to repeal it. Everyone who owned a gun would rally to protect their freedoms and right to be a sovereign nation. Do not the countries in the middle east have the same right to this sovereignty as well? Is this not why the colonies stood up to England?

A demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walks up 6th Ave as he protests against the police in Manhattan


In what country does that media attack it’s own police, the very people who are sworn to protect the liberties of each and every American? This very same media is perpetuating deep divisions between Peoples of different color and religion. Why would they do such a thing? History might answer these questions if we just simply look at what happened between the north and south or look at Germany before WWII. Is anybody paying attention? History also tells us after every recession or depression the American economy move forward on the legs of war. Is this answer to what truly ails the American system and way of life? What has happened to this great country that was founded on religious freedom, free from tyranny and the forces that caused previous nations to fail?


A Weakening of Religion

Given the circumstances I’d say that greed is what’s prevailed, the love of Mammon. If a country or nation is given great wealth, the same destroys it. Currently this same tool is being used against small weaker nations under the guise of democracy. When allowed to do so does it not erode the very foundations that established religious freedoms in the first place. The borrower is then beholden to the lender, thus the borrower becomes enslaved to the very powers that claims to have set it free. Every country that has allowed this to happen no longer serves it people but serves those who feeds them. Who do we trust?


Influx of Illegal Immigrants fueled by Frivolity

Examing the actual reason for the large influx of illegal immigrants into the Untied States will lead to the frivolity of most Americans. If those who are escaping into America are doing so because of the huge gang and drug problems. The true cause doesn’t lie in illegal immigration. It lies in the huge drug use of Americans, yes the finger points back to the basic use of drugs and a lack of seriousness in one’s own actions. Then one must ask why the government spends money so frivolously, I could go on and on so I will just leave you with a link to the nonsense that is taking place here.

packed garage


We tend to laugh at this one yet it’s a serious problem. Buying more stuff is associated with depression, anxiety, and broken relationships. It’s socially destructive and self destructive as well. Materialism will never fill the void of despair. Envy insights and feeds this monster to proportions unimaginable. The very wealth that is supposed to enrich one’s life becomes a dead albatross hanging around the neck. Yet this smell seems to attract many with the promise of happiness. Like personal excess, community excess permeates as well which insights division. Then there is the have’s and the have not’s with everyone fighting to obtain more to fill this never ending gap. On a national level it has engaged a lack of empathy for other countries or has encouraged them to reach this insane level of excess. Does the rest of the world desire to attain this same level of materialism? Why is American economic hegemony being forced upon the rest of the world? This very hegemony is creating a homogeneity that the rest of the world neither wants or needs.

So what is the answer? Stay tuned! It’s coming.



23 thoughts on “I see Blood in the Water………..A Death that makes my Heart Ache

  1. Compulsive reading, and an excellent (probably heated) conversation piece. I found it extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing your views on the subject.

  2. As a Brit, I find this especially thought-provoking. Is it our turn next?
    Certainly, our current government seems fixed on the path to corporate rule, as the gap between rich an poor widens. And of course the process has been going for some time – Thatcher and Reagan were a terrible duo in that regard – setting the banks free for their greed spree; hooking us into the endless need to shop; the drive to keep us in debt, and thus controllable. Not a pretty picture however you look at it, and nowhere embracing the true quality of life.

    1. I knew this post would be engaging. I’m glad that those who have commented aren’t reacting in a subjective way. It was meant to be thought provoking, not attacking but trying to get people to think and use their heads.

  3. I agree with much of what you say, though not on the issue of religion. I know a lot of religious people who do nothing for others (and a lot more who are deeply kind and generous) but I also know a lot of agnostics and atheists who are unmaterialistic and have a strong sense of ethics. However, you make a lot of valid points. As a society, we have lost our way in the West and we need to stand for something. Democracy is a wonderful idea but we just don’t believe in our own rhetoric any more.

    1. It’s one of the reasons that I’m so glad that I came to Russia, it’s not perfect either, but they so have a very rich internal culture that’s not found in the west. What’s hard for me is how they are preceived, what’s being said is so far from the truth.

  4. I have been aware of the value system faltering for a while now, hearing of the attacks of some Americans on others, including helpless school children, people seeking some relaxation by going to the movies or shopping, or even their own family members. I wonder exactly what these people began rebelling against, for it to escalate into taking someones life?
    I also have stopped claiming any affiliation with religiosity. It just seems that all I have examined are preoccupied with gaining more money and/or power over those believing differently. One church even has bumper stickers declaring, “Money Cometh”. I guess the thinking is if they give their 10% or more, they open the door for “rich blessings from heaven” (more money?).

    In the news recently, I saw an article stating how tensions are high between the US and Russia. Again.
    Disputes of how the Russians are conducting their affairs concerning their states, as whether to let them try to branch into their own government or not. Usually not.
    Challenging agreed upon borders over the expanse of water between them.
    Anger, even, over the US trying to force its platform for governing onto others.
    All have erred, and none are forgiving.

    My opinions are mine, and I try not to force others to bend to them. Each person, at least the way it’s supposed to work, has the ability to choose how they want to believe. I expect no one to agree with me, but am pleased when they do. Should more people adopt this philosophy?

    Thanks for putting this out there!
    — John

    1. They are just like us, no different. We all live to survive and be happy, yet our governments would have us belive differently. I’ve never felt so close to those around like I’ve felt here. It’s American 40 to 50 years ago.

  5. This is my country, and I cry. My country is no more–not the country I knew. When the wealthy few cause illness and hunger in the many poor, those who suffer become weakened without power and give up. The only power we have is our vote, but where does that go? This cycle continues until the whole system collapses. We are on the way. And I cry.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Marilyn, I so agree. But have hope, yes the system needs to change. The one thing that needs to be remembered is to hold on to the constituional values that formed the country in the first place. This more than anything else is of top importance.

  6. THANKS for following my blog. Yours is a MOST insightful post about the state of the U.S.A. You might be interested in this:

    Visiting Marxist Economist from China notices HOW IMPORTANT RELIGION IS TO THE FUNCTIONING OF DEMOCRACY (as told to Prof. Christensen at the Harvard Business School):

  7. As one who is also living in a country not my own, I see a more a more balanced picture of the world as we get news from all corners. I so agree with you, and the UK is like. If there is a referendum in the UK about EU membership, I’ll be first in the queue to get my dual nationality, I would only go back to the UK if the kids needed me!

  8. I enjoyed your post, and like the simple way you put it, with few words, but profoundly true, I have recommended to read to friends. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Joe, you can go to my about me page down on the left hand side click on it and you can write me an e-mail. Look forward to hearing from you. As you can see that I no longer live in the US, moved several years ago to Russia. Loving it here, don’t think I’ll ever return to the States. What you two been doing? Still running Semi? Talk to you soon.

  9. Certain family members are forever unhappy with my dear hubby and me for criticizing our homeland while living abroad as ex-pats. Sigh. The US will do well once it comes to terms with its true position of one-among-all-sister-nations – in my opinion. Anyhow – the one topic you had that I question a bit is the idea that illegal aliens are ( “largely” – implied) entering the US for frivolous reasons. If you have a chance, please watch the Australian reality show “Go Back Where You Came From” – it is an eye-opener/gut wrencher. I suspect that the situation in the US is similar.

    1. What I was trying to imply is that Americans who never travel abroad AWNTA’s aren’t able to see themselves as the world does, we all know the saying when you point a finger at someone else there’s three fingers pointing back at ya. AWNTA’S want to blame everyone and everything on what they should be owning. Personally I think illegal immigration is incorrect on all levels but it doesn’t mean that the country of origin from which they come from doesn’t have own some of the onus on them. I believe part of America’s problem would be solved if they assisted the Mexican government in eliminating the drug traffickers, but it’s only a small part of a much bigger problem which stems from the rampant drug use in America, thus the frivolity of Americans can be added to this as well, hope this clears it up.

  10. The article outlines some problems, but I don’t see America facing any demise in the immediate future. Strong military, strong economy, strong dollar, strong contributions to science and technology, etc This will keep us around for a while.

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