My Onion Pi

If you can figure out the name, you'll know what it's about. Fortunately, I'm literate. I'm also funny on occasion. Just beware of the flying PMS.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The 99th post

I believe I am living in the most dangerous place on earth - the Land of Illusion, formerly known as The United States of America.

My country is floating on a cloud of illusion that we are still the greatest and the most powerful nation in the world. The truth is our status as a world power is slipping daily and our enemies, who are making alliances around the globe are growing stronger every day. Maybe someday the voicemail systems will be in Arabic (or Chinese or Korean or Russian) and we can press #2 for Spanish and #3 for English.

People here are under the mistaken impression that our schools and our level of education is the best in the world, when the truth is we fall ever closer to the bottom of the list every year that goes by. We continue to "prepare" an ever failing nation's children for “jobs and careers” that haven't existed in years and crank out kids by the thousands who can't read past an eighth grade level, can't perform basic math calculations and know more about Hip Hop culture and the newest cell phone ring tones than History or Geography. Meanwhile our American companies quietly hire engineers from India and China on a daily basis while handing our new grads a broom and a mop.

We continue to believe in the mythological story of the "American Dream" when the truth is the new "American Reality" is one of unemployment, underemployment or a life of Welfare, Medicaid and Food Stamps. The truth is our nations decline is fueled by outsourced jobs, illegal aliens and Walmart-style employment tactics that strip away health care benefits, pensions and livable wages layer by layer until the only thing that remains is the shell and a memory of what a Middle Class way of life used to be.

We continue to sing about "purple mountains majesty" and "amber waves of grain" when the truth is the land we love has been raped and peddled to the highest bidder. Between bananas from Chile and lettuce from Mexico, we can't even feed ourselves anymore. The family farmer has been replaced by business men with farm subsidies - being paid to grow nothing - and the family farms were driven out of business and bankrupted decades ago.

We continue to watch commercials showing poverty and ignorance as a way of life that applies to some other third world country around the globe, when the reality is that it's in our own backyard. We write out a check to Save the Children when the truth is that 1/3 of our nations children are growing up in poverty right in front of our face and "No Child Left Behind" is a farce and a failure.

We continue to accept politician words like "global economy" and "free market" when the truth is they are just labels slapped on to cover up an unprecedented corporate level of greed and corruption that is truly mind boggling. We like to believe in the Ward Cleaver illusion of the 1950's workforce; flying in the face of facts that tell us the average CEO earns 3-400 times more than the other workers in the company. The truth is that outsourcing American jobs has become our number one export, and dismantling the American workforce the number one agenda.

We continue to uphold the myth that everyone in the country has access to the best health care on earth, when the truth is we are one of only two nations on the planet that don't have universal health care coverage for it's population. A whopping 80 million Americans do not have health care coverage at any given time. We can't cure or adequately manage the top ten chronic illnesses that pummel the shit out of the national healthcare budget and we have no plan, goal or direction for the mental illness and drug addiction's that have ravaged our work force population and filled our prisons to the brim. The nations Emergency Rooms are in crisis, filling the role of the dwindling primary care doctors offices and non-existant Medicaid clinics. The nations hospitals are being bankrupted with disenfranchised elderly who have no long term care provisions or assistance and our prisons and homeless shelters are serving as Mental Institutions and Drug Rehab centers.

We continue to debate the nonsense of Democrat vs. Republican when the truth is we are flipping the two sides of the same coin - neither one of which is brave enough or honest enough or capable enough to pull us out of the mire we are sinking further into every day.

We stand open armed and closed eyed at Ellis Island, while the truth is our borders are as porous as our bank accounts and retirement plans. Illegal aliens walk across or drive across, unseen and undocumented by Immigration, but expected and welcomed by businesses across the county who are rapidly replacing any remaining American workers with the newest form of slave labor.

We delude ourselves into thinking that the terrorists are somewhere out in the desert, with ski masks on and a machine gun in hand when the truth is, they're across the street from us, and standing behind us in the supermarket; hating us and waiting for the opportunity to attack us like a pack of rabid dogs.

We continue to “charge” our way to happiness, when the truth is our collective debt - both on a personal level and a governmental level - is staggeringly unsustainable. Foolishly believing the party will never end - yet when the day comes and the foreign nations who own us, call in the markers on our debt - our governmental and personal economy will collapse like a financial house of cards.

We persist in the myth of our own civility, when the truth is our streets, our schools and our public places are filled with gangsta's and barbarians who measure the worth of other people in terms of what can be taken or stolen from them. Manners, decency and respect for life have long left the building and we didn't even notice.

We continue to delude ourselves that we are one nation under God, when the truth is that God has been torn down and traded off from our schools, our government and our churches decades ago in the warped attempt at making everyone happy. The truth is we are growing a nation of children who are adrift and making their way ever closer to the amoral whirlpool which is sucking them under.

We wrap ourselves in the pink clouded belief that our politicians are “American’s”, when the truth is they belong to their own special nation of the Billionaire Elite; manipulating and manufacturing laws and loopholes to benefit only themselves and those that own them. They line their pockets as fast as they can, while laying the rest of us out on a silver platter.

We delude ourselves into thinking that Middle Eastern wars are “winnable”. When the truth is we are fighting ideology and fanaticism wrapped in centuries of ignorance, bloodshed and animal hatred that we can't even begin to understand. Our President justifies his actions by sending minor officials to attend the funerals of other people’s children and continues to play war games in an Ivory Tower drenched with honorable men's blood and draped with a White House web of Lies.

We placate ourselves with Disaster Relief plans and Community Drills when the truth is the infrastructure, the resources and the capable manpower is so inadequate for just every day use, that should a disaster befall us, our best option would be to become flexible enough to be able to bend over and kiss our own asses good-bye.

Our President fiddles while Washington burns, and we just stand around and tap our toes to the American Idol music.

I want my country back. But I'm afraid it's too late.
All I can do is stand there and watch us circle the damn drain.


At Mon Jun 19, 02:17:00 PM, Blogger Hamrose said...

From Rockdog:


Hey, I totally agree. It’s sad and alarming. I see everything you are saying right here in California. I also add some of my own comments below.




At Mon Jun 19, 02:30:00 PM, Blogger Hamrose said...

And what happens in California comes to New York 5 - 10 years later. We see it every day too. Our ER is at the breaking point. Sometimes we see more people who DON'T speak English than who do. More and more people have no insurance at all - not even Medicaid. Some are eligible and they don't even give a shit about applying for it because they know we have to treat them anyway (Thank You New York State and the Federal Government) and they have absolutely no intention of paying the bill. So we get stuck for it. We even get people coming in for over the counter medications because they don't want to pay for it. But somehow they all manage to have cell phones and designer purses and sunglasses. Not to mention sneakers and leather jackets. Go figure. Between the mentally ill, the homeless and the drug seekers we are strained to the limit every day. We get people who come to the ER for a meal and a place to sack out for 5 or 6 hours! It's fucking nuts.
Then they have the BALLS to complain when you are busy taking care of a Cardiac Arrest or a real goddam emergency! Un-fucking believable. You have no idea how fast it is all falling apart. If we have a major epidemic or major catastrophe you had better well be prepared to fend for yourself because it will be every man for himself - I can guarantee you that my friend.

At Mon Jun 19, 06:17:00 PM, Blogger kimmyk said...

I don't know how many patients we see that are on medicaid that have nicer clothes than me and they look down at me when they come in. Expecting to be taken back first because they got shit to do. I got shit to do....and helping your sorry ass is unfortunately one of them.

Glad to see ya back Hamrose.

At Mon Jun 19, 07:11:00 PM, Blogger ChinaLawBlog said...

Gosh, I just had no idea things were so much better in China than here. We have problems. They have problems. Things change. Things stay the same. Life goes on.

At Mon Jun 19, 07:16:00 PM, Blogger Jeff Vachon said...

This reminds me of George Carlin's 1970 version of America the Beautiful:

Oh beautiful, for smoggy skies, insecticided grain
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea!

At Mon Jun 19, 07:25:00 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

Ask a kid about the new Mosquito ring tone and where Greece is, and see which they know.

Frightening. They would rather vote for American Idol than president.

At Tue Jun 20, 08:22:00 AM, Blogger Hamrose said...

Yeah, I've been caught up in the tide of that Chem class. (God it sucks to have to learn it like this) but I had to take a break from it. My head was going to explode if I didn't.

Hi Jeff!!

I'm not sure where yer coming from there China Law. I tried to check you out but I guess you're one of those "comment only bloggers". China scares me shitless. The Chinese government is Evil with a capital "E". They hate us, they are bigger than us and getting richer every day thanks to Walmart and the stupidity of the US government. Someday we will be involved in WWIII and China will be there in full force against us, you can bet on that. I'm sure Russia, Korea and half the Middle East will jump on that band wagon too.

WWIII is coming and it ain't gonna be pretty. They have us using our resources up on Iraq right now, sizing us up and seeing what we are capable of so they can attack us better. And we are so willing to comply while we fill up their pocket book and empty ours. Not to mention the fact that we are also depleating most of our support from other countries and alienating our allies daily. By the time WWIII comes around we should be pretty easy pickings...unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of their ass.

In other words - I don't think the US will fare very well in a third world war against China and their (open and hidden) allies. And I find it difficult to pretend I don't think it's coming. Maybe I can move down to Mexico and get a job when it's all over.....

At Tue Jun 20, 09:06:00 AM, Blogger Hamrose said...

I should have done this right from the beginning. I took a few subjects and went on the internet and linked the info into my post. Sadly, it only took about 10 minutes to find all of these sources. I did it just to show I normally don't talk out my ass. If I quote something it's because I have seen it or heard it or read it from a credible source, but you don't know that - so now you can verify it for yourself.

The problem is finding the newest data on the internet (i.e. available to the general public) as in the case of the education stats. The newest stats put the US at 24th on the list (from 18th in 2003) but I couldn't find that during my 10 minute search. (It was on the Oprah show she did with Bill Gates and Time Magazine on the status of Education in the US)

At Tue Jun 20, 09:27:00 AM, Blogger Hamrose said...

P.S. If you clink on nothing else check out the Billionaire link. It's the only one that's thrown in for a little fun....

At Tue Jun 20, 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Jeff Vachon said...

You wil notice how much money we have spent in Iraq alone is DOUBLE that which we spent in today's dollars on the entire WWII. The Cost of Iraq War calculator is set to reach $315 billion September 30, 2006. Not to mention the needless killing of hundreds of thousands. Now that countries see how weal we truly are we are sitting ducks for WWIII!

At Tue Jun 20, 08:49:00 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Great post, dude. I surfed on in from Firestarter5's site and it makes me glad that even though I'd deleted my blog yesterday morning, that there are still ore and more people will take my place telling it like it is.

At Wed Jun 21, 08:38:00 AM, Blogger Hamrose said...

Thanks J-P. I'm definitely taking that as a compliment.

At Wed Jun 21, 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Ladyred said...

WOW. Sad but true....I won't go into my tirade cause then I'll be here all day. I'm just gonna say a few things: I agree with kimmyk, I just love seeing these people on government aid, with high-dollar clothes, diamond-studded gel nails, and all the time in the world to get all that shit done, and I have to bust my ass PROVING that I don't make a lot of money just to get into the free clinic while I;m questioned on how I can make my rent when I don't make much money (do you think THEY get those questions??). Another thing though, it didn't just start with this president. Granted I know he's done some shitty things, but he also inherited some of the crap....One more item, I understand about the poor in this country, I do, but when I see the same man on the same corner at least three times with three different signs (one said "Car broke down, tourist needs a ride" yet he was there the next week with a totally different sign, and the next time another sign) yet when you offer them food, they don't want to take it, they actulaly have the nerve to ask for money only. It sickens me.

At Thu Jun 22, 07:14:00 AM, Blogger runningman said...

Hey Hammbone,
Do you have a happy hour on your blog? I'll come back then. Just kidding. Enjoyed the post. I'm stocking up on plenty of MRE's and ammo for the upcoming War. And I thought today was going to be wonderful when there wasn't any incoming mortar fire!
The Fletch Monster

At Fri Jun 23, 07:13:00 AM, Blogger Chuck said...

Love the passion, hammie.

We pulled our girls out of public education - one of the best in the state - to home school. Amazing how much more they're learning.

At Fri Jun 23, 09:06:00 AM, Blogger Hamrose said...

Chuckster! Where ya bean???
I'm not too thrilled about the education my kids get in public school either. That's one of the reasons I'm pushing myself for this Master's degree, so I can help them out a little. Tuition for private schools is outrageous. I don't think they'll be able to compete in college with the type of education I see them getting. You wouldn't believe the shit I see them come home with. I've complained a few times about the lack of correction in their (obviously) misspelled words. You know what the response was? "We don't want to stifle the childrens creativity when they are writing by having to think if they are spelling the words correctly." WTF is that???!!!

Runningman. I know. It's a bummer but sometimes I get so pissed off at all the stupid shit flying around this country trying to disguise itself as good ideas that I just hafta blow. By the way. I'm right there with ya on the stocking up on MRE's, etc.

Ya just gotta be careful with what ya stock up on or the Feds will pull a Waco on ya....or a Ruby Ridge.

In any case stockpiling MRE's, water, blankets and a generator is always a good idea no matter what happening out there. I might add some OTC medications and a perfectly legal firearm of some kind to that list as well.

It's a definitely coming. It's just a question of when. Personally I'd rather not sit around and wait for FEMA to help me out...ahem. If that's yer plan ya better start practicing those flexibility moves.

At Sun Jun 25, 12:52:00 PM, Blogger Jeff Vachon said...

Since I've been living in Arizona I find myself having to ask store salespeople "do you speak English?" More often than not the answer is "NO". I know a family from China who came over and bought 3 large apartment buildings ($3.9 million) in Brookline, MA then qualified for FREE health care because they were "indigent". It's much harder to work the system when you are actually born here.


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