Well, that's it. I'm going to say it because I'm utterly fed up.
This country had already been sliding downhill for some time, but that decline got a big boost the day that the Bush administration took over back in 2000. Everything began to slide faster - the economy, public civility, irrationality in the media, everything.
Then after September 11, 2001, "9-11," the decline got rocket engines attached to it. Not because of the event itself, which was just another of thousands of terrorist attacks that have happened on this planet, but because of the so-called "government" pouncing to capitalize on the event and milk every atom of fear and propaganda they could out of it, which they are doing to this day. And now it isn't just the U.S. that's rocketing downhill, it's the world. Maybe that's not yet as obvious in some places.
The activities they're using that terrorist attack to justify have NOTHING do to with preventing or curing terrorism. They have to do with accelerating the control of faceless corporations over the economy, making the 1% of the richest people on earth even richer, further impoverishing the poor, destroying the middle class, in this country and elsewhere. They have to do with keeping the public in a state of hate, fear and turmoil using a nauseatingly corrupt and violently irresponsible media, so that the government has no difficulty pushing through laws that undo all the social progress of the 20th century, not to mention the personal freedoms that are supposedly what make the U.S. the flagship of democracy in the world. Well, perhaps it was once, but it isn't now.
Anything sane that would actually help protect the country from terrorism, which after all is an actual pre-existing danger that was deliberately ignored by the Bush administration before 9-11, despite warnings from the Clinton administration when it was handing over power, has had its funding repeatedly cut so that more tax breaks can go to corporations and the rich - things like firefighters, police, protecting our nearly unguarded ports, chemical plants, nuclear power plants, mass transit, and so on. Even this vile, criminal war in Iraq that the President couldn't wait to find an excuse for has been underfunded from the beginning, and parents are still having to raise money themselves to buy armor for their children who are out fighting it, and Iraq after three years of chaos still doesn't have clean water or reliable power, while literally billions of dollars vanish untraceably into the coffers of Halliburton and the Pentagon and god knows who.
The Bush administration is simply a bunch of pirates, nothing more, with no more concern than pirates have for human life or good governance; yet they are being permitted to destroy this country, not to mention the peace of the whole world. At least 100,000 Iraqis are dead because of George W. Bush's childish desire to be an avenging superhero and to pile up favours for his friends - not to mention the long-term imperialistic plans of a bunch of right-wing nut cases who were considered fringe-crazy even during the Reagan and Bush I administrations and who are now running the government. Well over 1800 American soldiers are dead - nobody really knows how many because they don't count them honestly - and tens of thousands grievously wounded. There is far more terrorism happening around the world since Bush's "War on Terrorism" was announced - much like the venerable "War on Drugs" which has kept illegal drugs flowing in quantities since it began its long and useless career. And I have no idea how many deaths there have been and continue to be in Afghanistan, which most Americans don't even realize is still an ongoing zone of combat. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is working on starting its next war, which apparently is going to be in Iran.
Aside from the true causes for the Bush wars, which have nothing to do with getting rid of terrorism, a "war" on terrorism is the most blatantly stupid and impractical idea possible. You might as well sit around slapping cockroaches and call that a war on cockroaches. It's entirely the wrong paradigm, and it's wrong entirely knowingly and deliberately. It's an evil concept in itself, and it's pure propaganda. The worst thing anybody could ever do would be to drop all constructive actions in the world to go haring off "fighting" a faceless, scattered, shifting, uncontainable enemy. But the idea satisfies, apparently, that crude American lust, so sickeningly fanned into flames by the media, for mindless revenge. Well, mindless revenge leads to endless vendettas; that is what the Bush climate is bringing into being. Any sensible person, if there are any left, can see that.
Americans do not know what is going on in their own country or the world; their media tells them almost nothing. That doesn't absolve them of responsibility, however, and it's not going to shield them from the penalties of ignoring their responsibilities. The Bush administration undoubtedly stole the last election, and they may well have committed other heinous crimes I don't want to get into. The Republican party will not ever give up power by simple legal means, now that after some 20 or 30 years of maneuvering they've finally got things the way they want them. We're being shoved back into the 19th century as fast as they can do it, and they won't be content until every legal, environmental, and social gain from Teddy Roosevelt on has been undone, and the Gilded Age of bloated capitalists and cheap, degraded labour has been re-established. They're even trying to destroy any science that doesn't agree with their political priorities. That's what I see happening. I'm not interested in economic theories, in capitalism, socialism, communism or any of that; but what's occurring is right there out in the open, easy to see.
There's a lot more, but that's quite enough. I can't believe that I ever lived to see this kind of madness all over again, after the convulsions the world endured all through the 20th century. It's just beyond belief.