Are we great yet?

By Anonymous Radio Redux, Blackfox

It has been 15 years since the longest ever conflict in America was started under false pretenses of so called “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Here’s Trump’s Remarks on the subject. A new puppet in Chief, another 4 years with a new face sitting on the throne of American hypocrisy to justify to the world our foreign policy of invade, kill, steal, and leave in chaos until the chaos justifies our return. Americans at home with a bad taste in mouth are left to ask “are we great?”

Just yesterday John Kelly, White House Chief off Staff was in a press conference where he described the process of a fallen soldier and the “heartbreaking news.” A brief 2 minute clip we captured from that speech shows revealing sentiment from Kelly about the American state of being. (Clip below)  but for the full speech, (here). Why do men serve? A friend of Anonymous Radio about to enlist says its money and lack of options, Another comrade says it’s honor, and another says that the first thing we did when we arrived was lay claim to oil and poppy fields. When those towers fell we would believe anything, so it’s anyone’s guess. The juicy bit in that video is on the last 15 seconds.

It’s been almost a decade since the recession and although the numbers show positive signs of recovery; if you believe said numbers; there’s really no telling when the next crash will happen. Current trends against unemployment  started under the previous administration according to StatistaTime and multiple other sources. Same can be said about stocks. How will we handle another crash? Only last March it was stated that most Americans don’t even have $500 in savings. Is “greatness” our ability to work together under hard times? We shall see.

The media bashes the Chief for ratings. Truly a great nation respects its leaders, or has leaders worth respecting? The truth is swept aside so it’s hard to tell. According to Veritas who infiltrated CNN; if you believe that; the whole Russia narrative is a show according to CNN producers’ own testimony. CNN, the same network that sold you “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Now the Media plays the hero saving you from yourselves; half of you voted for Trump; at least the half who votes. Who is a television screen to say your wrong? Is it the media’s place to get so involved with politics? All you hear during election year in America is about the elections, no news. All the media lies seem efficient in swaying public opinion… if of course it was relevant.  Yea sure, it was the illegals who make up that extra 200 thousand plus other couple million that were counted in Hilary’s favor after this picture was taken. Clinton had 2,864,974 votes more than Trump. I’d believe the Mexican theory though, especially if the “North American Union” theory proves true. In that case then the borders are open anyway. Regardless, it’s unlikely that Mexicans would have any larger impact on this nation’s politics then its’ people do not.  The New Yorker asks, “Is America an Oligarchy?“ When was the last decision made by government that directly benefitted you? Are Trump’s politics that much different then Obama’s?

Should a great nation care for those desperate enough to cross the border? If there were easier ways here then wouldn’t any sane person take that route? We claim they steal our jobs, but would that be the case if they came here legally, or would we prefer them without jobs and mooching off the state? In the 40s, we rounded up Germans and Japanese, the 50s it was Mexicans. (Operation Wetback) Now it’s DACA. We have a history of making less then great choices dating back to our dealings with the indigenous peoples. Some argue if we did not, then America wouldn’t exist and neither would this crappy overrated and poorly put together Apple device this article was written on. Since we’ll never know, let’s leave that one open. The question really needing asked is, are Mexicans really taking our jobs or are our employers? First the problem was outsourcing now it’s AI.

The future is undisputedly foreign to us. It is a place our species has never been, a place where automation has taken over the workforce. How will we define greatness? What is our purpose off the clock? Big companies are investing in AI like never before. We used to define ourselves by the work we do, without it we are “bums.” Mass technological unemployment is a big issue already in states like Maine. Maine elected Paul Lepage. A Conservative governor who offered very little in regards to social change but did manage to straighten out the budget. As goes Maine so goes the nation. How does Maine define itself in terms of greatness? Frankly, most youth after college leave Maine immediately. Statistically, you can’t force people to live in a place like Maine that takes so much and offers so little. (WCSH on this issue.) While the youth depart, the people of this northeastern-most state are left to wonder, if things are back to normal then why does everyone leave?

According to this article by Futurism, Stockton CA Mayor is implementing a UBI experiment that will give $500 to residents. The idea is that in an age of automation, low level jobs will be replaced. The UBI will mitigate civil unrest and solve the needs of the unemployed.  it will not possible for a student to go to school without at least subsistence so why not give out free money? Will we become lazy or will we invest, do something productive? The test will surely be to see how and what kind of work we do when we aren’t told to. Perhaps the future looks like something out of the movie Ready Player One. Currently the unemployment rate is in the 4-5% range. As it is in Maine. However like Maine, almost half of Americans are receiving government aid. (A link to Maine Heritage Policy Center’s article on Maine’s welfare stats.) On the one hand you have jobs, but on the other, many of those jobs are service industry specific with zero upward mobility or job security. Those jobs will be replaced by AI. Without recourse, the future looks dark for those underpaid retail almost-slaves. Does work define us and has it because of its availability? Is automation really that scary, or is it scary that work defines some of us? Are Mexicans taking our jobs or are our employers? Is our current state of affairs and our attitudes caused by fear of an inevitable world without work?   John Russo, a professor of labor studies at Youngstown State University says “The cultural breakdown matters even more than the economic breakdown.” in an article from The Atlantic.

So now we are a year into the newest puppet show and already we are sending more troops to the Mid-East and maybe preparing for war with Iran. Coal is making a comeback supposedly, but America can’t compete with the world in terms of education. The Great War to define this generation may not be over seas but at home. Civil unrest building and fear of an uncertain future held deep in our zeitgeist since the 80 with the rise of the famed “cyberpunk” genre. (A high tech world where most seem living in bombed out industrial ghettos lit by neon signs and fires stoked by the under the radar venders in the polluted steam filled alleyways drenched in the blood of a dying empire) A possible outcome, or maybe we will all be poor uneducated serfs working at chucky cheese or the mines if we can’t decide exactly “what makes us great” and how to accomplish that.

However we justify our long held belief in exceptionalism most people in their teens and twenties scoff at the idea of service. It begs the question, what are we fighting for? “There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, No. 4 in labor force and No. 4 in exports.” —”Will McAvoy,” fictional news anchor from the HBO series “The Newsroom.” Here are the facts…

“Forty-ninth in life expectancy.” The 2010 CIA World Fact Book ranks the U.S. at No. 49 in life expectancy—if the “European Union” is counted as a country separate from EU members like Germany and Italy. Puerto Rico came in at No. 43, including the EU. The World Bank, using a variety of data sources, ranks the U.S. at No. 39 for both 2009 and 2010. “Third in median household income.” Wikipedia’s presentation of the 2010 numbers from the OECD places the U.S. at No. 4 for median household income. That’s from a list of 35 countries. Our minimum wage is shameful as detailed here in another article from The Atlantic. “More than half (54%) of Americans said religion was very important in their lives, much higher than the share of people in Canada (24%), Australia (21%) and Germany (21%), the next three wealthiest economies we surveyed from 2011 through 2013.” – Pew Research Center. Unless we are ranking how many grown adults believe angels are real, then this speech given by William McAvoy is more true than not. Take a look at the chart below and think deep.

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