As Our Nation Exsanguinates…

Jun 24, 10 As Our Nation Exsanguinates…
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As Congress dithers, people across this country, who have lost jobs through no fault of their own, nervously await the fate of their meager unemployment checks. More Medicaid patients are having a tougher time finding doctors because Congress has not extended funding. States are poised to layoff close to a million employees because Congress has not extended aid to cash-poor states. It would be pointless to point out the hypocrisy of the Republican’s newfound concern about deficit spending. Conservative Democrats and Republicans have formed a coalition whose sole purpose seems to be sacrificing vulnerable citizens on the altar of political expediency.

Our country is bleeding out at a rapid rate. We have multiple wounds and there appears to be no way to dress them all. We are exsanguinating from environmental damage. Our lands, our air, and now, most visibly, our seas are being irreparably harmed. Mired in two wars and saddled with an incomprehensible foreign policy, America is bleeding from the accumulated damage of our overseas misadventures. In addition, America is bleeding from domestic wounds. The economy still struggles and Congress refuses to protect those at the margins of society. As interest rates increase and unemployment remains steady, we are in danger of a double-dip recession.

These terrible wounds have put a severe strain on America’s heart and soul. As people truly come to believe that the government is unable or unwilling to address these concerns in an effective way, as people turn away from the government and seek their own solutions, disinterest and anger will breed more contempt. People will lose sight of what it means to be an American because the government has continuously failed them as citizens.

The nation’s exsanguination is obvious to anyone who is honest about what is going on around them. Yet, the people we elected to staunch the bleeding are refusing to do so. Why? Is it merely greed and avarice? Although I am deeply cynical, even I find it hard to believe that our country is being allowed to slowly die because a few people want to line their pockets. Surely, if that were happening, then the true 99ers, those of us in the bottom 99% of wage earners, would do something about it. Until we can figure this out, apply pressure here, here, and here

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