Being set in one’s ways is not always the way to go. I understand tradition, holding onto things in our lives that have meaning, but at what point do the behaviors of the past become so obsolete and outdated that they become burdens on a society that holds onto them despite the negative effect they have? I believe this is what is happening in many ways to the modern-day version of the human race. We marvel at our own creations, our belief systems, our ways of life but how well are these things actually working? Yes, our technology has advanced to previously unheard of levels but our wisdom seems to be regressing and in a society, that is a recipe for disaster.
Consider this; Human beings have evolved, not in the physical sense but more in a behavioral one, since the times of hundreds of years ago. If this is true, and it is, then why should that evolution not continue? It is clear that we have not reached the peak of the mountain for if we had, the problems that plague us would be minimal as opposed to constant, and growing, as they are now. For example, in 1692, only 320 years ago(not that long when you consider how long humans have been around) right here in the United States, 19 people we executed for being witches…..witches for God’s sakes! Only 150 years ago, it was acceptable to own an African-American person!! Can you even imagine that, having a person in your house who you could chain to the wall if you wished to?
Now the difference between those times and today’s world shows how a once universally accepted practice, a practice that if you had questioned it during it’s time you would be laughed at, can completely change as society and people evolve their beliefs about existence. This is what I believe needs to happen right now if mankind is to make any forward progress from here on out, not technologically but instead behavior.
So, in the spirit of that line of thinking, I am going to propose a few changes we should embrace as a society. Like a person who spoke of freedom for African-Americans hundreds of years before it actually happened, I believe some of my suggestions will be laughed at and criticized but I also believe if these writings are still floating around 100 years from now, I will be vindicated in my thinking.
1.The lying aspect of freedom of speech and the propaganda it produces—We live in a free society that allows anyone to speak as they wish without constraints on what they say. Though it may seem unimaginable to those who react before they deeply think, there are some aspects of this belief that need to change. For example, I believe that if you are a politician, elected by the people, there should be a legal penalty for knowingly lying, misleading, characterizing the words of another elected official in a way meant to mislead, or using publicly spoken words to mislead the public. Now, before I lose half my readers and get called a fascist, communist or whatever other “oppressive” label a person might think of, let me explain.Free speech is a great thing, but how illogical and completely against reason is it to protect a person’s right to use those words as a weapon of sorts? Politicians have a civic and ethical responsibility to represent their voters and also to be truthful and transparent about what they are doing with OUR tax dollars and also what they are doing with OUR government. To protect their right to lie, mislead and deceive the public is so foolish, so illogical, that it stuns me every day that I see it. If you lie to your boss, no matter what your profession, he can easily fire you for doing so. Well WE are the politicians bosses, why can’t we do the same??
I do not mean a recall, or even not re-electing them. Instead, if we catch one of these guys lying publicly, deceiving the general public, we should have the legal right to immediately terminate their service. How stupid is it to protect a politicians right to lie to you? You pay them, they work for you, but you have no power over them? Do not tell me that if this happens we should just not re-elect them, that is foolish beyond belief. We catch them lying and deceiving the public, so we let them know they can do it for another year and a half before there is a penalty?? STUPID!!! The penalty must be harsh and immediate, sending a message that them doing such a thing is as unacceptable as rape, murder and a number of other crimes. Their position IS that important and we need to start treating it as such and forcing these guys and gals to realize their position is sacred.
2.Spending Tax Dollars We Do Not Have— Why is it acceptable for government to continue to be behind on their bills with no loss of service? If you do not pay your cable bill or your electric bill, do those companies continue to provide you with their service?? Of course not, so why can our leaders do it with no penalty? I think from this point forward we should immediately shut down any aspect of the government that is in the red. Would it cause chaos? Of course it would but this is just the type of message this country needs to shock the people out of their apathy….let society go wild for a few days and when people start struggling with the loss of social and other services they’ll get angry and that anger will need a focal point. When it does, that anger will be squarely focused on the politicians who AREN’T DOING THEIR JOBS!!! Again, people need to realize that things have gotten so bad as far as people just accepting things that CAN be changed that the time for simple and weak-minded solutions are long gone. The time for real change is here but this system is so apathetic, so controlled and run by the very people who are screwing it up that drastic measures are needed. Trust me, when hundreds of thousands of government workers, Medicare and Social Security recipients, and over a million members of the Armed forces all stop getting paid, there will be a harsh demand for action. When everyone on welfare and unemployment just stop getting their money, the rage will flow and it will be a tool to change the country. The bottom line is that we are so in debt that to pay the previously mentioned benefits, we are spending money we do not have and just like a regular citizen whose checking account has a negative balance, the governments checks should not be any good anymore. It would be a tough few months, maybe even a tough few years, but in the end it is the only thing that accepts the reality and holds EVERYONE accountable instead of the people being held accountable while the politicians spend imaginary money and live in a fucking dream world where they can lie, commit insider trading and get wealthy at the expense of the rest of us.
3. Let The World Chips Fall Where They May— This going to sound harsh but again, severe problems call for severe solutions. The United States military is posted in so many countries, using its strength to stop so many conflicts, it is staggering. So what, are we going to stay in these countries forever? We do not want other countries slowing, stopping, or interfering in what we do, so why do we accept our leaders forcing us to pay for doing it to others? I propose that if we are not actively defending ourselves in a part of the world then our military should not be there. North and South Korea? To me that sounds like North and South Korea’s problem, not ours. Our country is falling apart for God’s sakes and we are spending trillions solving everyone else’s problems?? Ridiculous, plain and simple. If North and South Korea cannot solve their differences peacefully, then let them fight it out, it is their dispute not ours yet we are willing to see our people and our country struggle so a bunch of South Koreans don’t have to fight their own battle?? Sorry folks, but until we have everything taken care of on the home-front, we need to focus on America. We have more than enough defense to keep ourselves safe and when we have everything here going well for us and our citizens, then we can be the world’s Mother Teresa but until then, it is time for us to BUTT-OUT!
Is it really that difficult? Seriously, how many more decades are the people of this country going to have to wait before we can start counting on our leadership to put our well-being before their quest for wealth and power? You know, the funniest part of that point is that as a citizen, I would not even care if the “elite” were unbelievably rich and powerful if they attained that wealth and power while actually solving our problems!
I am going to take a moment and pretend I have won the presidency and that all of Congress was united with me in their goal to fix our country’s issues. Most of the answers seem pretty obvious to me, so let us examine a few possible solutions….and keep in mind, I am just coming up with these right now as I sat down to write this post, these solutions are so obvious in almost every situation that it is fair to assume that our leaders just really do not want to solve them, the answers to these problems are so freaking obvious!!! If you read this post, I hope you will take a moment to comment as I would like to hear what people think of each issue’s solution and also what they think we be a good way to resolve these issues.
One more note. I do realize the biggest thing working against these problems being solved is the refusal of the main two political parties to ever compromise but it is up to us to remind them who the boss is in this country, that being the citizens. We have the power of 300,000,000 of us, why are we letting a few thousand morons force stupidity upon us?
Also, when reading this post, I hope you realize that while some of my solutions sound harsh, the fact is they need to be. That is the problem with this country nowadays; we look past obvious solutions because they may “hurt someone’s feelings”. The problems we have are ever-growing and unless we have the strength to make the hard decisions we need to, these very same issues will plague us for generations to come.
Abortion- Ok, a few key points here. First off, tax dollars cannot be used for abortions, plain and simple. Abortion is not universally accepted throughout the country and because of that fact, we cannot use the nation’s tax dollars to fund it or programs directly related to it. Secondly, while it is quite obvious that many people have a religious objection to the whole concept of abortion this country has a separation of church and state so if we are going to find a solution that works for everyone, religion must be left out of it.
This issue is a perfect example of both personal liberty but also public responsibility. Yes, a person should have the final say over what is done to their bodies and the government should have as little control over each of our bodies, that is without question. At the same time, the whole concept of abortion is one of giving people an excuse not to take responsibility for their sexual actions. Yes, there are cases of rape, incest, or a birth threatening a mother’s life and in those very sad cases, abortion can be a necessary evil, but these cases do not comprise the majority of performed abortions. Instead, people who did not or do not want a child have irresponsibly participated in a physical act that they KNOW can and will produce a child. There are measures of birth control out there, this much is true, and there are times that they will fail to protect against a pregnancy, but the bottom line is that if you are engaging in sexual intercourse than you immediately become responsible for the child that can be produced. Don’t like it? Don’t want the risk? Then control yourself and do not participate in an action that you know the result of. If you are of the thought that “I can have sex if I want to!”, you’re right, you, can but if you choose to then TAKE THE GODDAMN RESPONSIBILITY THAT COMES ALONG WITH YOUR ORGASM!
So what is a fair solution? Allowing each state to make their choice would seem like the logical choice. If you live in a state that doesn’t allow you to do what you want, you have the freedom to move to a state that does. If you are against what one state does, while you do have the right to move, you DO NOT have the right to try to use the federal government to force people you don’t even know to live like YOU think they should. To do so is a classic example of an oppressive, fascist view. It is really just that simple. If you think “God” is going to be angered by other people’s choices, remember that the same scripture you quote to justify that belief states that wrath is God’s, not yours, to dispense.
Immigration- This country was built on immigration, there is no other argument. For decades, people from all parts of this planet have been flowing into the United States, wanting an opportunity for a life not available to them in other countries. Sadly, despite immigration being the foundation that this country’s population was built on, in today’s world it has become so vilified that it is bordering on racism. Now obviously, people who immigrate to this country should be held to the responsibility of attaining citizenship. At the same time though, the government, and their complete incompetence, is the main reason this situation has gone from what should have been an easy fix, to a nationwide nightmare. You see, our leaders for so long looked the other way on all the illegals here and in doing so, they sent the message that they were not going enforce the law. Once that message was sent out and then combined with what is a ridiculously difficult, time-consuming and overly complex process of applying for citizenship, it produced an environment where there is little motivation or urgency for an illegal to work to change his or her status. Additionally, the capitalist driven need for wealth has made it so legitimate businessmen, men who commit no crimes in any other aspect of their lives, are happy to employ the illegals because they can pay them less under the table and therefore increase their own personal profits. After considering all this, it is easy to say that all sides are at fault in this issue. The immigrants for sneaking into a country that isn’t theirs and not following the law of the land, the government for encouraging apathy towards the law by looking the other way, and the citizens for not having a problem with it because they make money off the illegal labor. It is a total failure by everyone involved, both morally and ethically
So what is the best solution? Obviously, we cannot just kick 12 million or more people out of the country, that just is never going to happen, so that is out. Additionally, the more I think about it the more I realize that we should not penalize the children of illegals that were born here. That would be a case of penalizing the wrong people. Personally, I have come to realize that the solution is fairly simple. First off, allow those who can prove they have been here and working, paying taxes, etc. to gain citizenship in some sort of expedited system, one that allows the time they have spent here contributing to the country to mean something, as it should. Secondly, announce a period of time, a “grace period” of sorts for the previously mentioned illegals as well as any of the other ones, to apply for citizenship, either through the “fast track” process for those contributing to America, or a more standard one for those that have been taking advantage of their illegal status. Third, once the grace period has ended, every illegal alien that police come across must be arrested and deported. This may seem harsh but what is the point of the law if it is never enforced? If national notice is given that any non-citizen residents have one year to at least get the process started then if someone chose not to and was arrested and deported as a result, they would have no one to blame but themselves and as adults, we have to be accountable to the consequences of our actions. Why would we expect people to follow a law that no one is ever busted for? If you went and robbed a bank, told a cop and he said “whatever, that’s fine”, what would be your motivation to not rob another one?
I believe the previously described steps would have numerous effects. First off, it would give the immigrants who work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to the well-being of the country a great opportunity to put any citizenship or legal issues behind them once and for all. Second, any illegal that did not register or apply to start their citizenship within the “grace period” would have no excuse or reason to complain if they were arrested and/or deported, because after being nationally notified and given a reasonable amount of time to do so, if they still choose to not follow the law then like all of us, there has to be a consequence. Without consequence there is chaos, as we are currently seeing in this country. Thirdly, taking these steps and having public support for them would put both pressure and an example of accountability on our elected leaders to solve this problem once and for all.
Foreign Policy- There are some people out there who believe there is no problem with our foreign policy. I like to call those people “warmongers”. The policies of the United States on the foreign stage can, at best, be described as insane. The insanity is so powerful that it fuels a paranoid driven defense budget of almost A TRILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR! I mean, I could understand if it was a massive buildup to fill a void, or a budget to start a military force from scratch, but we already have the most massive military in human history. Are you telling me that if we do not spend 700 billion dollars every year that the United States will immediately be conquered by some secret force no one is aware of?
Look, I live in the United States so obviously I have a vested interest in our nation being safe and being able to defend itself, but this fear driven propaganda has to stop. For example, I saw a Mitt Romney speech the other day where he was talking about how Iran is a major threat. Are you kidding me? And this guy wants to be president??
We have over 12,000 tanks, Iran has a little more than a thousand and they are technologically pathetic compared to ours. We have thousands of the most technologically advanced fighter jets on the planet. Iran doesn’t even have 200 and the ones they do have are not all even operational currently. We have 11 aircraft carriers, 60+ destroyers, the numbers that prove how miniscule the Iran threat is just goes on and on. So what’s my point?
My point is that while we need to maintain a strong national defense, we do not need to grow our military every year that goes by. If we are maintaining our military, I can understand using funds for that, but does it really cost 700 BILLION dollars a year to just maintain it? An even more important question is what is the justification for a continued military buildup?? The answer is that there isn’t one and to imply that there is crosses the line into the category of ignorance. If we stopped doing anything to our military but maintaining the equipment we already have, it would take 90% of the other countries literally CENTURIES at the pace they build up at to even begin to equal us. I mean, we have over 5000 nuclear bombs!!! What the hell are we going to nuke 5000 times??
With the financial issues we currently have, the bottom line is that defense spending needs to decrease until there is a credible reason to increase it again and illegally invading other nations we do not like is not a credible reason, nor is it the job or the right of this country.
Those are three of the major issues that I think could be solved if our leaders actually wanted them solved. In the next post, I am going to discuss gay marriage, taxes, and our justice system. Thanks for stopping by.
It is an interesting time in human existence. In the United States, we are witnessing one of the most devious, multilayered and brilliant enslavement’s of a populous in the history of the world. It is as well thought out as it is truly evil, mainly because instead of the people fighting the forced submission coming down upon them, the people responsible for this have figured out a way to make the people not only willingly accept their servitude, but instead embrace it. There are so many levels to the whole plan that it can be difficult to explain but I am going to try regardless.
The first step was when this country was founded. People from across the oceans came here searching for freedom and that fact is ironic because it is that perception of freedom that is the foundation of the entire system and its ability to control its citizens. Think about it for a moment because the illusion of freedom began at this moment. Consider the fact that the people who founded this country wanted freedom so what did they do? They sailed to a land far away, a land already occupied by an entire culture of people, the Native Americans, and forcibly took it from them, both through sheer force and through laws they enacted once they got there. It really is no different than if you walked onto your neighbor’s property and then began taking his things. When he objected to you stealing his stuff, you then reply by either having your friends beat him up, or telling him you have just made a new rule allowing you to take his possessions. What authority would you have to make such a rule? The answer is none, but because your friends are there to back you up, you do it anyway. If he fights you, he gets his ass kicked exactly as the Natives of this land did.
So, after our founders arrived here, they expressed their support of freedom by taking that very freedom from a land they invaded. Neither Columbus nor anyone else “discovered” this land because there were already people here. After doing so, they began to grow their country. They fought the British for the land they had recently stolen from the Native Americans. After their victory, the country began to grow at a rapid rate. We drafted a Constitution, a Bill of Rights, both documents that were portrayed as being safeguards against tyranny, even as the men who wrote it OWNED African Americans. How could people who are demanding freedom own another human being against their will? It is an interesting and noteworthy point to remind everyone that when the Constitution was drafted, a document designed to protect freedom, it actually included provisions designed to continue the importation of slaves. So again, we have a document designed to protect freedoms declaring laws enabling one group of people to own another. This was one of the earliest forms of what is really the brilliant key to the invisible oppression happening in this country, that being the ability to say one thing enough times that people just start believing it, even when the very people saying it are doing the exact opposite. Again, a Constitution is written to protect freedom but has rules in it that specifically take freedom from a whole culture of people.
So as the years go by, the individual freedom given to the citizens of this country begins to intoxicate them with its ability to ignore any type of morality and in its place, let’s the citizens get drunk with greed, with lust, and with pride. Almost anything becomes acceptable and the people eat it up. They focus their entire lives on attaining massive wealth, basing their self-worth on material items, gaining power over others, and using the freedom they have to crush anyone who opposes the immorality of their ways. There has never been a country like this and it attracts people from all over the world. They are drawn here by the dream of higher achievement than is almost impossible in almost any culture. In doing so though, they become so ingrained in the system here that they will believe anything as long as it is presented under the guise of liberty and freedom. The country grows and as it does, after a century or so, finds that the country is at odds of the issue of the enslaved blacks, with half the population believing they should be free while the rest believe they should remain enslaved, wanting to deny other human beings the same liberties and freedom they demand for themselves. The moral compass of those wishing to retain their liberty but deny it to the blacks is so far into the hypocritical area that they go to war with the half that wants the blacks treated equally. In the end, the slaves are freed but despite the end of their enslavement, they are still treated no better than dogs. They are not allowed to use the same bathroom, ride the same vehicles, and attend the same schools. Little by little these barriers are broken as we head into the middle of the 1900’s but most of the advances have to be forced upon the whites instead of them willingly doing it because it is the right thing to do. Also, around this time, that being the 1950’s or so, an aspect of the government begins to construct an almost “secret government” that is slowly and invisibly tightening its control over the people who think they are “free”. They slowly get into bed with the telecommunications industry, most of the time justifying their illegal monitoring of citizens as “matters of national security”. The military begins to grow into a monstrosity, building up a technologically advanced military so large that it is fair to argue it would have little problem destroying the rest of the world. By the late 1960’s, after the invention of the nuclear bomb, the United States at one point has over 30,000 nuclear warheads, enough to level every square inch of the planet. At the same time, members of the government begin to become major stockholders in the largest corporations in the world, often finding themselves in charge or regulating with laws the very companies they are invested in, ensuring both insider trading and a rapid increase in wealth for a small percentage of the populous. Computers are starting to advance and as they do, they give the highest and most secret agencies of the government another technological road that leads them to further control of the populous.
In the 1970’s, women start to gain more rights, after spending years being denied the very freedoms that every man demands. The United States finds itself becoming more and more dominant globally and as they do, the CIA along with the military increases the amount and the frequency of their meddling in the free rights of other countries to run their lands as they see fit. Also, with the growth of the country comes an ever increasing need for oil and this need lays the groundwork for the subversive meddling we now see in the Middle East today. We see our country begin to secretly and publicly interfere in the affairs of countries that do not want us there. We fund rebel groups trying to unseat their governments and during this time, the CIA goes into business with a group in Afghanistan called the Mujahedin and provides assistance to a man named Osama Bin Laden as we support their efforts against Russia, the only other country that could be truly called a superpower at this point in time.
Now, the previous statements in this post are general because to detail every aspect of this longstanding and evil plan would take me the rest of my natural life. That doesn’t mean I do not believe my statements are true because I do, it just means that before you take them to heart, take a few minutes and use the wealth of information at your fingertips in this technological age and research them for yourself.
Now let’s fast forward to today’s world. The continuation of the governments “shadow” infiltration in every aspect of society is reaching its peak. The United States controls the space around this planet. We have launched and operated literally hundreds of satellites and currently the number that are still up there is debatable, but it is well known that there are multiple active ones that are capable of controlling and directing missile defense, communications, and observations as accurate as if you were standing in front of the target with a camera. The government of this country, having continued its integration into the telecommunications industry, including all landlines and cellular phones along with pretty much any frequency that goes through the air, now is able to monitor almost all communications. They are supposed to have a warrant to do such a thing but because they control everything, there is no way to know what they actually monitor and record. Additionally, they have the resources, technology and ability to monitor anything that goes through the world of cyberspace, which is pretty much everything. Personal information, emails, banking information, private conversations, no matter what it is, the government can and does monitor it without your authorization. Even your conversations and movements are not safe, as they have the capability to monitor not only the global positioning of your cellphone but with all GPS devices in cars and other technologies going through satellite and technological channels, there are few actions a man or woman can take that cannot be monitored. Whether it is the use of your credit card or the countless and ever growing total of cameras everywhere in our society, we have truly reached the state of big brother.
The scariest part though, the most brilliant aspect in an evil way, is the true mastery of propaganda though the channels of information that almost everyone uses. Those in power have realized that it is a fast food world, a time in our countries history where people gather their information in small doses instead of deeply researching what they hear and because of this, they have realized that if they say something enough times, mis-characterize a person’s words frequently enough, that the vast majority of people who hear it will believe it and belief is arguably the most powerful aspect of human control. It is truly staggering how many people believe things pumped through channels that are obviously biased and have a vested interest in making people believe one thing or another. Much like the drones we use to cowardly strike and kill people dubbed “enemies”, people themselves are slowly being numbed out. Between the drugs in the food, the drugs in the water, the drugs in the air, the drugs in the medicine, what chance does the human mind really have?
Even those individuals who are capable of seeing through the cloud of illusion have little chance. Realizing the truth of this country and the world can drive a person to near madness and when it does, it only becomes easier for the system to isolate and control that person, because if someone steps out of line or crosses the path of the wrong powerful person, it is child’s play to use their massive power of influence through information to discredit and destroy anyone they wish to. Additionally, much in the same way that media and information is used to control and influence the people, the pride of the nation, the patriotism of a nation is used in just as devious of a way. Anything the government can wrap in the American flag, they do because the people of this country are so prideful, so blindly supportive of anything America does, right or wrong, that those in control know for a fact that they can just completely destroy anyone who questions their actions as “unpatriotic” and a “hater of America”, effectively destroying their reputation in one fell swoop. A perfect example of this was the amplification of the patriotic view after 9/11. Since that time in this country, anyone who has questioned the government’s motives or right in any aspect of military action is quickly labeled as “hating the troops”. How ridiculous, as if someone who thinks it is wrong to invade a country truly wants the troops to be killed. The same type of thing has happened to the militias that used to exist in every state in the Union. These militias are supposed to exist as a safeguard against the federal government becoming tyrannical, but after 9/11 and the radical Oklahoma City bombing, anyone interested in forming such a militia is now an extremist or a terrorist when these militias used to be one of the most glaring examples of citizens protecting their right to freedom.
I am going to wrap it up right there because I have probably already lost a large chunk of readers a paragraph or two ago. I have at times been labeled unbalanced and after reading this, if that is what you think I am, you are obviously free to do so but I hope, for the sake of your children and mine, you at least consider the possibility of what I am saying because if you, for just one second, detach yourself from the system that so ingrains most of us and look at the truth and the facts in an unbiased way, I think you will be scared by what you find.
Talking to people out there, I still think that the citizens of this country truly have no idea how paranoid and violent the United States really is. Our mainland has not been attacked by another nation since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and when they did, killing thousands of Americans, we responded by killing 200,000 Japanese people, many of them just innocent civilians living under leadership that made a foolish move. Since then, the only attack against America was what happened on 9/11, but that was not an attack carried out by a country, it was carried out by a small group of radicals led by Osama Bin Laden, a man who formerly was a friend and employee of our country. That’s if you believe the official story but that is a whole different post. The point of this post is to try and give you a real understanding of both how armed this country really is, and how ridiculous it is when politicians try to use fear to control the masses. I will try to put this as bluntly as possible…..there is no country that poses even a small threat to the United States. Our military is the most massive and powerful entity this planet has ever seen and we are so far past what we actually need as far as military buildup goes, that for anyone to imply Iran, Iraq, Syria, or any of these countries with big mouths but little ability, could pose even a slight threat to us is propaganda and fear-mongering at its worst……seriously, look at the following list of what our military actually has and then try and tell me anyone is a threat to us with a straight face. Keep in mind these are approximate numbers taken directly from government sources and other sites that have verification of accuracy. I am just passing these numbers on to give people a real idea of what we really have. AGAIN I MUST REITERATE THAT AS MASSIVE AS THIS LIST IS, IT IS ONLY A PARTIAL LIST…..THERE IS MUCH,MUCH MORE THAN THIS…THE VEHICLES LISTED WITH NO NUMBER AFTER THEM WERE TO ONES I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIND ANY QUANTITY OF, ONLY VERIFIED THEIR EXISTENCE…
These are approximate numbers taken from a variety of sites with references as to where they acquired their information.The number, when provided, are the quanity we admit to having.
Main Battle Tank
M1 Abrams 6,343
Infantry Fighting Vehicles
M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle
M2 Bradley 6,724
Armored Personnel Carriers
M113 armored personnel carrier 6,000
Assault Amphibious Vehicle 1,311
Bison armored personnel carrier 12
Pandur I 50
Light Armored Vehicles
M1117 Armored Security Vehicle 1,836
Desert Patrol Vehicle
Light Strike Vehicle
Advanced Light Strike Vehicle
Ranger Special Operations Vehicle
Interim Fast Attack Vehicle 157
Ground Mobility Vehicle
Mine Protected Vehicles
Cougar ~3,500 on order
International MaxxPro 5,250 on order
BAE Caiman 2,800 on order
Oshkosh M-ATV 8,108 on order
Combat engineering vehicles
M9 Armored Combat Earthmover 447
M88 Recovery Vehicle 698
M104 Wolverine 44
Self-Propelled artillery and Anti-Air
Stryker Mobile Gun System
M109A6 Paladin (155 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage; Full-Track) 850
Dragon Fire (Self-Propelled Mortar) 66
M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System 991
M901 Improved Tow Vehicle
M1097 Avenger 1000
MIM-104 Patriot 1106 launchers
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense 24 interceptors
Prime Movers and Trucks
Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement 7,500
Heavy Equipment Transport System
M35 2½ ton cargo truck
M939 Truck 32,000
Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles 80,000
Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck 13,000
Logistics Vehicle System
Palletized Load System
Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle
John Deere Gator
M93 Fox 123
Jaguar 2 (a.k.a. the Badger)
Wiesel 1 7
Unmanned Combat Vehicles
iRobot 510 Packbot
XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle
iRobot 710 Warrior
Squad Mission Support System (SMSS)
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)
Transformer (flying car)
Marine Personnel Carrier
Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV)
GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Adaptive Vehicle Make
Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS)
Black Knight (Unmanned Combat Vehicle) prototype only
MILITARY AIRCRAFT TYPE QTY
A-10 Thunderbolt II Attack Aircraft 345
AC-130 Spectre Gunship 25
B-1 Lancer Bomber 66
B-52 Stratofortress Bomber 20
C-5 Galaxy Cargo Aircraft 103
C-12 Huron Cargo Aircraft 65
C-17 Globemaster III Cargo Aircraft 213
Gulfstream C-20 VIP/Passenger/Cargo aircraft 7
Learjet C-21 VIP/Passenger aircraft 55
Boeing C-22 Passenger aircraft 3
C-26 Metroliner Cargo Aircraft 11
C-27J Spartan Cargo Aircraft 13
Boeing C-32 Passenger Aircraft 8
Gulfstream C-37 VIP/Passenger Aircraft 11
Gulfstream C-38 VIP/Passenger Aircraft 2
C-40 Clipper Passenger Aircraft 10
C-130 Hercules Cargo Aircraft 328
C-130J Super Hercules Cargo Aircraft 89
E-3 Sentry Command and Control Aircraft 32
Boeing E-4 Command and Control Aircraft 4
E-38 Joint STARS Command and Control Aircraft 17
E-9A Widget Surveillance Aircraft 2
EC-130J Commando Electronic Warfare Aircraft 7
EC-130H Compass Call Electronic Warfare Aircraft 14
F-15 Eagle Air Superiority Fighter 254
F-16 Fighting Falcon Fighter Aircraft 1004
F-15E Strike Eagle Fighter Aircraft 221
F-22 Raptor Air Superiority Fighter 195
F-35 LightningII Fighter Aircraft 12
U-2 Dragon Lady Reconnaissance Aircraft 26
AV-8B Harrier II Attack Aircraft 99
F-35 Lightning II Fighter Aircraft 7(340 on order)
E-6 Mercury Electronic Warfare Aircraft 16
EA-6B Prowler Carrier based Electronic Warfare Aircraft 36
EA-18G Growler Carrier based Electronic Warfare Aircraft 48(114 on order)
F-5F/N Tiger II Fighter Aircraft 44
F/A-18 Hornet Carrier based Fighter Aircraft 433
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Carrier based Fighter Aircraft 489
This list of planes does not include thousands of refueling planes, cargo transports, training planes, various transports and reconnaissance planes of the highest technology.
HH-60 Pave Hawk Search and rescue copter 99
UH-1N Twin Huey Utility Helicopter 62
AH-6 Little Bird Attack Helicopter 51
AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter 727
CH-47 Chinook Cargo Helicopter 442
EH-60 Black Hawk Electronic Warfare Copter 64
MH-47 Chinook MultiMission Copter 61
MH-60 Black Hawk MultiMission Copter 58
AH-1 SuperCobra Attack Helicopter 153
AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter 28(189 on order)
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICHLES/DRONES
MQ-1 Predator Drone 138
MQ-1C Grey Eagle Drone 12(133 planned)
RQ-4 Global Hawk Drone 25(66 planned)
RQ-7 Shadow Drone 110+(official # not released)
MQ-9 Reaper Drone 77(396 planned)
CVN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier 10
USS Enterprise(CVN-65) Aircraft Carrier 1
DDG Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer 62(77 planned)
CG Ticonderoga Class Cruiser 22
FFG Perry Class Frigate 23
Cyclone Class Patrol Boat 12
SSN Seawolf class Attack Submarine 43
SSN Virgina Class Attack Submarine 7(30 planned)
SSBN/SSGN Ohio Class Ballistic/cruise missile sub 18
The Pentagon reports that the United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads
Now, the above figures are again only a partial list but you should be able to see what I mean. How could a country like Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan, or even a large group of radicals such as Al-Qaeda, be called even the smallest threat to our country?? The equipment listed above is of the highest technological levels in the world and that is not even counting the “secret” or “classified” aspects of our military, which are surely even more powerful.
Then you factor in the CIA, an organization that has most likely infiltrated any government they have chosen to. Then you factor in our special forces, our “black ops” which are units that act regularly but are never admitted to even exist. Then you factor in our chemical, biological and germ warfare projects, most too horrible to even reveal to the general public. There are government documents, declassified and right out in the open for anyone who wants to take the time to look, showing government funding for projects such as mind control, such as genetic engineering of insects with the intention of dispersing them, say mosquitos infected with smallpox for example, into countries that have no idea we are doing so. There are classified military projects that are working to produce “invisible” vehicles, projects creating robotic soldiers, projects working on laser technology, even projects working on teleportation. THIS IS NOT PARANOIA, YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION ONLINE FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES WITH DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS SHOWING ALL OF THIS AND IT WOULD ONLY TAKE A MINIMAL EFFORT ON YOUR PART.
So the next time Romney, Obama, Sarah Palin or any of the other countless idiots in government try to scare you, try to take your gun or your rights away from you based on FEAR OF ATTACK BY COUNTRIES THAT ARE 1/10000TH OF WHAT WE ARE, TELL THEM TO TRY TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO IS A PROGRAMMED DRONE BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE TRUTH.
You want a simple and easy to understand example of why this country is getting so fucked up?? Read on….
Here are some numbers on the length of service by the members of our current Congress. The reason that this is meaningful is because we have a government structure that, in order to function, requires the people to both vote in people who will represent their views, and also vote out people who are either corrupt or incompetent in their duties. Now when you look at the United States, we have a plethora of issues; Tax issues, massive debt, racial issues, government and corporate corruption, illegal immigration, a crumbling infrastructure, a crumbling healthcare system, a crumbling economy, foreign policy problems that have left most of the world hating our guts, a constant fight over abortion rights, a constant fight over same-sex marriage, a constant fight over civil liberties. Now, all of these issues have easily existed since 1990. Actually, most of them existed before then but we will use that date as a point of reference. Now considering that these problems have been arguably around for over 20 years, the very concept of our system of government would dictate that since our members of Congress have either not been able to solve these issues or, even worse, have been involved in making them worse, common sense would dictate that there must have been many members who were elected, failed at their job, and were then booted by the people in exchange for a new representative to try and do the job they could not.This is where the facts come in. Considering the long-term standing and continued worsening of almost every one of those issues, look how many members of Congress have retained their seats despite it being a proven fact that they ARE NOT AND HAVE NOT DONE THEIR JOBS!!
- There are 60….SIXTY….members of the House of Representatives that have held their seat for more than 20 years! In that group, there are more than 20 that have held their seat since 1983!!! Almost THIRTY YEARS.
- There are 25 Senators…..ONE QUARTER OF ALL THE SENATORS….who have been in office for 34 YEARS OR MORE! THIRTY FOUR YEARS!!!
- Beyond the 60 House members who have more than 20 years of service, there are another 100 or so who have been there for 10-20 years. Again, considering the government has yet to find a permanent solution to ANY of the problems listed above, what MERITS are they being elected on??
I could go on and on about the travesty of justice that has been the permanent takeover of our government by a group of people who lie their way into office, then follow it up by becoming large-scale stock holders in the companies THAT THEY REGULATE in order to not only control the government but to become disgustingly rich. They become rich by taking part in TEXTBOOK INSIDER TRADING as they rub elbows with the top dogs of corporations THEY REGULATE and obviously, the laws they pass and the regulations they enact are going to be ones that increase the value of the companies, thereby increasing the value of the stocks they use to get wealthy.
This is all so fucking obvious, so right in front of the American public, that it is almost unbelievable that it is continued to allow to happen. Then again, the fact that it is testifies to the weak-minded, easily indoctrinated condition of the American public. Scared, weak-minded people easily bought and sold with materialism, propaganda, and fear mongering as they are charmed with their “freedoms” and their “liberties” when in truth they actually control nothing. We, as a populous, have allowed ourselves to be turned into slaves, the only difference is we all think we are not, and none of us can see the chains as they are embedded in our minds. Don’t sweat it though…you never had a choice…..or did you?
I have to say I am staggered by the amount of attention and coverage that this whole Chick-fil-A situation is getting on a daily basis in the news. I mean, honestly….could this situation be any more ridiculous? All this arguing, protest, outrage because one man is against same-sex marriage and publicly espouses his Christian beliefs?? Don’t get me wrong, I am not a Christian nor do I follow or subscribe to any organized religion, but for God’s sakes, if all these people who are so pissed off because the president of a CHICKEN RESTAURANT exercised the free speech they all want respected when they do it instead took their time and I don’t know……QUIT RE-ELECTING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS, this country would be a whole lot better.
It is just amazing to me how people spend their days just dying to be outraged about something, pretending to have this moral compass so rigid and uncompromising as they live pointless, materialistic, empty lives. Every day they support and elect scumbags, liars, hypocrites, never questioning any of THEIR OWN decisions or free views, but the second they see someone who they can act offended by, they are suddenly the Virgin Mary. It just makes me sick to be honest.
I’ll tell you what, any of your morons out there that are so offended by the opinions of the president of Chick-fil-A, I hope you have taken the time to make sure that the president of every grocery store, gas station, restaurant, movie theater, coffee shop, department store, laundry-mat, video store, ice cream stand, pizza place, liquor store, travel agency, bank, sporting goods store, cellphone store, car dealership, oil change shop, body shop, gym, auto body shop, craft store and bar has the same religious and political views as you do. Think about it, because if their views are different from yours and you aren’t protesting their business then you are a FUCKING IGNORANT HYPOCRITE……have a nice day dipshits….
After the horrible events that took place at a midnight screening of the “Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, the debate over gun rights has again taken center stage in our country. Both sides of the gun control issue have tried to use this horrific event to further justify their positions of either more or less gun rights for Americans but to be honest, this event has changed nothing as far as the issue goes because, as usual, the citizens of this country seem to focus on what I consider a smaller aspect to this issue.
I mean, have we really reached a point in our society where we are all so comfortable with killing each other for a variety of reasons that everyone needs to walk around armed? A society like that is a society that is both scary and also underdeveloped. A society where we have all become so interested in the domination of each other that we all demand the need to be able to defend ourselves to the death when we walk to the grocery store. It is sad really.
Now, I am not arguing against gun rights or the right to bear arms or any of that. I completely understand why people want the right to bear arms in this country. The government is taking away civil rights every day, violating our personal liberty and independence, and aside from that being an obvious reason to want to be able to defend ourselves, the other citizens around us are growing more and more paranoid of each other every day. Additionally, this paranoia and general distrust for anyone we don’t know, combined with an ever-growing amount of fear of the corrupt people at the top in this country, is magnifying people’s need to have a weapon that can protect them and their families and that should surprise no one. The thing is though, think about where this leaves us. It is almost a situation where we are becoming a modern-day version of the wild wild west. A society that has become so oppressive and so violent, so distrustful of each other, so generally immoral that it is not going to surprise me if one of our future elections is decided by thousands of voters having a massive gun fight.
That is the problem. The problem is that even though we are long past the days of cavemen, we really haven’t changed at all. You would think that as human beings have evolved over the years we would grow into a race of creatures able to solve their differences without violence but we have not. All we have done is become more technologically advanced cavemen, resorting to the same “spear in the chest” mentality to express our differences that our ancient ancestors did before the spoken word and reason started to have an influence on our ability to compromise. Hell, the way things are in today’s world has gotten so bad that I would completely understand if someone wanted to put a gun turret on their roof, couldn’t you? Why would that surprise anyone?
We are rapidly heading towards a point where this country, along with the rest of the world, is going to just become a gigantic, overpopulated arena of death and the right to have a gun should be taking a back seat to us asking why our society is so violent that everybody needs one. This is the point where I usually lose a lot of people, you see I expect humanity to responsibly advance in our evolution of behavior. It is no surprise to me that one of the biggest arguments in this country is the constant justification and need for all of us to have weapons to kill each other with, without ever questioning what that says about our evolution as a race of creatures. This constant evolution of ways to harm each other, and people’s usual answer that the solution to violence is having more people with weapons of violence, is a true indication of what simple and underdeveloped creatures we are. There is a gun in my household and when I look at the people in our society, my suggestion would be to have one in yours, but the fact that we can all make that statement so easily and as such a common part of our society really and truly shows that we are on a path onto destruction as a people.
To my very small circle of readers, I wanted to let you know I am returning from an extended hiatus. I have a newborn child and after my wife returned to work after maternity leave, I have been getting a first class example of what mothers raising children really go through. As a result, I took a break from writing and also have gained a new-found respect for those mothers and fathers out there that spend their time home with children……it’s freaking exhausting….lol…..anyway, thanks to all who have been reading my page and expect some good blogs because my mind is backed up and about to explode…..great to see you all again…..
Obamacare survived certain doom with the Supreme Court and conservatives are outraged. The waves of reaction have ranged from joy on the left to hate on the right. Regardless of what side of the political fence you are on, this should not surprise you much though because in the end it came down to the governments right to impose additional tax on you. Obviously, you get the message, this was a chance for the government to show you, through evidence of Supreme Court-level law and examination, that they have the legal right to force you to behave a certain way in your life and if you refuse, they have the right to legally impose a tax on you as a penalty. Such a ruling lays the ground for the leaders of this country to wield additional taxes as a penalty for non-conformity and that my friends, in plain sight, is a directly fascist direction.
Usually I try to only use my own writing but I want to share what I think is the most well written description of modern-day fascism and you can decide what countries you believe fall into that category. The following is directly from the page on Wikipedia.org on fascism and it just really seems to be dead on. Again, the credit does not go to me…..except for my usual post-quote commentary.
” To achieve its goals, the fascist state purges forces, ideas, people, and systems deemed to be the cause of decadence and degeneration
(This is what is currently being fought over by two major factions in our government. Factions are exactly what the Democrats and Republicans are, consisting of political figures being aligned with major corporations trying to fuel their complete domination in the political arena in order to force a way of life on the people. These two factions are connected to and are the heart of, the media, the banking industry, the telecommunication industry and now, with this ruling, they are continuing a slowly growing trend that uses the legal right to impose new taxes as a tool of force. The direction each side is heading are two different paths but both will achieve the same goal. A passive country that has no will to stop those at the top who profit handsomely as the general public struggles. If the will of the people starts to grow in strength and question the authority of the government the people allow themselves to be drugged into a constant haze, intoxicating them with a constant stream of entertainment, sex, violence, distraction, religion, drugs, and countless other influences that keep them sick, but not dying, to power the medical industry, keep them working but not rich, keep them buying to measure their self value, and keep them complaining in order to use their voices to power politically aligned media sources to indoctrinate the people. That’s the brilliance of it really, the complaining that is. It never accomplishes anything but it allows people to THINK it will. They BELIEVE their voice matters but in truth, it has only a minor impact on the actually decision-making of each parties leaders. Instead of it empowering the people, it is used as a political weapon that can be used by whatever party can claim the more closely aligned position to the side of the topic that is currently the most popular amongst the public. It adds momentum to the push each election cycle for each party to get more of “theirs” into office and why would they want to do that? Well, generally speaking, they want to do that so they can legally force their position on the public and, in a sense, morally govern the people. Look at it all thoroughly, its right in front of you.
This has been obvious over the last 20 years in these parts. The “war on terror” has spun wildly out of control, really just becoming the slow eradication of any Muslim country that “could” have terrorists in them. Additionally, the “war on terror” has become a justification by our leaders to probe further into your life than you ever should have let them. 9/11 was a tragic and horrible event but it is surpassed by the sadness of its use to launch repeated wars against other sovereign nations. None of the countries that we have invaded performed any kind of military act against our country. Did they have people who were criminals that we were determined to capture? Quite possibly, but a country harboring a fugitive is not a legitimate reason to attack other nations physically on the national level, using military forces to enforce government policy upon other free governments. The whole premise of deciding which governments are going to be allowed to exist being an automatic right of ANY COUNTRY is ridiculous and tyrannical. I believe Saddam Hussein was a terrible person, I will openly admit that, but it did not justify us invading a country with its own beliefs, own cultures, and helping EXECUTE their leader, the very same leader that decades earlier was an ally, shaking hands with our Secretary of Defense. This is especially true when lies are used to justify it . In the end, when the reasons for invading another country is anything but self-defense, it is an act of evil, plain and simple.
Fascists commonly utilize paramilitary organizations to commit or threaten violence against their opponents.
This is so true that everybody knows about these agencies but, in truth, knows nothing about what they are actually doing. F.E.M.A., the N.S.A.(The National Security Agency), the D.E.A(Drug Enforcement Administration), the C.I.A (Central Intelligence Agency), nobody truly knows what these people are doing until they really mess something up, such as in the Fast and Furious case that has been in the news. One of these types of agencies selling guns to criminals that are then used to murder people. The CIA openly admitted that they were giving LSD to unknowing citizens in some bizarre social mind control experiment. These are just two of literally countless number of these types of incidents. The Department of Defense, the military, all use drones, flown by remote control to assassinate people as they see fit, justifying it only to themselves. All of these groups, and many, many more operate subversive and specifically designed actions amongst us daily in order to continue to indoctrinate each and every citizen, and make the lives of those they cannot miserable.