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We've heard an abundance of differing forms of government, or lack of it, in recent months. We've been told our president and the present administration as well as democrats in general are Socialist, Nazi, Communist, Muslim Shariaist, Dictatorial, ( I have to laugh at that one) and possibly secret Jihadists intent on the fall of America. I do believe I've also heard references to our president being a Nihilist in order to achieve his agenda.  I would submit that a large percentage of the 'grassroots' don't even thoroughly understand these terms or what they imply.

The initial outcry by the middle-class, which is also the root seed of my conclusion which has grown into a full-sized tree now, was against the bail outs instituted by the former president and the republicans, weeks before the current president took office. This was supposedly to save Wall Street and the big banks and in turn save the country. But, the outcry was short-lived as new issues took the forefront. On the other hand, when the current president decided to bail out General Motors, immediately fired the failed CEO along with many other stipulations, and openly explained he did this to save a hundred thousand jobs which would have also blasted the already struggling middle class, all hell broke loose. He was attempting to take over private enterprise and run General Motors. The government was on a track to nationalize the entire private sector.

Before it was over, this president also was given responsibility for the bank bail outs as well, even though he had no part in that legislation or its lack of stipulations. We later found out there were absolutely no stipulations attached to that 700 billion. Very little mention has been made that General Motors is now showing a considerable profit, is hiring again and is the only 'bailee' that has repaid the loan with interest; the government actually made money on the deal and the unemployed is 100,000 less than it would have been. Not to say, it isn't bad enough. Whereas the banks, still refuse to lend money to small businesses or for home mortgages which is also blamed on the current president.

I could move on through the health care debacle, (Insurance Companies) the financial reform disaster, (Big Banks) and the BP nightmare (Big Oil). Yet, the present campaign practices shout my premises even louder. Under the new Supreme Court edict that lifted all regulations from campaign financing, more than ever before the Big Corporations, the Insurance Companies, the Pharmaceuticals, Big Oil and the Koch Brothers are the true leaders of our government. The two political parties scramble for their support and their money. They set policy and choose candidates strictly by the acceptance of these entities. The battle lines are drawn. You're with them or against them, not the politicians necessarily, but the change in the form of government under which we now exist.  

To keep the general populace off track, the rulers have their mouthpieces continually tout the Constitution and then systematically do everything they can to abuse, misuse and misinterpret the document behind closed doors. If it entails telling a bare faced lie, employing ridiculous hype and fear, or any other tactic that works, that's okay, too. The end justifies the means.  Frankly, I used to wonder at the intellect level of the general public, or what used to be known as the silent majority, for being so gullible as to choose what side of the line to stand on. Being a fair person, I've changed that rather arrogant point of view, although arrogance was never my intent, but more, common sense logic. Now, I feel sad that so many folks are struggling to the degree that taking time to analyze and research the candidates and policies just isn't available. They are focused on survival.

We are no longer a democracy, a republic, a capitalistic, or a two-party government by and for the people. Of course, we are none of the above forms of government either. Even the outrageous role of the media and its 24/7 coverage of 'news’ that results in a system of mind control is not the culprit. Cable television is also a result of the profit and loss system, the ratings system, the kill or be killed mentality. Beating the proverbial horse to death is a result of filling the non-stop air time. They are fed the trivia, the temper-rising rhetoric, and the holier than thou monologues and chalkboard diagrams and told by the boys upstairs what to create and what to subdue. News, to them, is the byline. Mind control through programming and repetition is the game. Broadcasting is a huge Corporation divided into competitors for the viewers. It's now even being driven to hype more by the competition with the Internet. The Internet being yet another source for the whackos out there to preach their stuff. No wonder the citizenry are near nuts. These are institutions, with the exception of the ‘net‘, we were always taught to trust.

In my pondering of this phenomenon, I've decided from now on to refer to America as a government of "Financialism", or a "Financialist" nation. It's based on no founding document, no ideology with rights and responsibilities. The only facet of it that we may relate to is the support of it all by taxation. There will be no leader as such. The only role of people, TV journalists, politicians or government employees will be that of implementation. All policy and administration will be set by the approval and support of the five named industries above. Any individual or business in a seat of power who balks, attempts compromise, or outright refuses to play the games will be temporary. They'll be deemed a failure and forced out. I would guess that Financialism will succeed at achieving what was once thought of as impossible. It was definitely not palatable to most people who value individualism, rights and freedoms anywhere on earth, that being, one Global Government. Money will rule the world. The few, the 'haves', will hold the power over the large majority of 'have nots'. History will repeat itself, it always does and all great empires have fallen. And then, the cycle begins again. Will we ever learn?  

Again, I speak only my own observations and opinions.

Good wishes to you all.
Susan  

        

**Susan Haley is the published author of three books, several articles on networking, an award-winning poet, and a contract copy editor and book reviewer. She also contributes a column to "The Florida Writer" the official magazine of the Florida Writers Association, for which she is Facilitator for the Sarasota County Chapter. The audio version of her novel "Rainy Day People" was awarded runner-up Finalist in the 2008 Indie Excellence National Book Awards. She also contributes a variety of editorials and excerpts of her work to various E-zines, newsletters and local papers.

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      Cheekymonkey wrote Aug 27, 2010
    • Wow,this is powerful. I need to reread it when im not so tierd.i hope to have a better comment then. As always I love your postshappy



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      Mary Clark wrote Aug 28, 2010
    • Susan....great blog!
      I’ll have to say Annie pretty much summed it up for me as well!
      I do believe everything we do and every decision made by Congress boils down to the almighty dollar but I still believe it is a capitalistic government that has a very bad virus that we can’t get rid of just yet.  It’s toxic and the American people need to put on their hazmat suits and de-toxify this nation!  

      But I will say...and this is my belief as a Christian, that everything that is happening today is what was told to us by God would happen. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to continue to voice my opinion or fight for what I believe is right.  But at end...I’m still going to be okay no matter what happens here on earth! happy



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 28, 2010
    • Susan I love “Financialist” and “Financialism“. Thank you yet again for an insightful and smart post.
      I also thank Annie and MC they always keep things balanced!



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      Tamra wrote Aug 28, 2010
    • First, I want to say, I’m glad to see you back posting articles here again.  I enjoy reading your writing.  I, along with many others, missed your work while you were away this year.  Now to the topic...

      Remember that old saying —
      “It’s the economy, Stupid.”
      I think it rings very true today.  Too many people are hurting because they have no income.  Others are scared they could be in the same boat soon, too.  Everyone’s sense of security is weakening.

      I really think that once people are working again and most of us are secure in our financial futures, there will be energy and resources to deal with the corruption and social evils you so eloquently describe.  But until our govenment gets serious about supporting the creation of jobs, nothing else matters much.

      Banks’ refusal to lend isn’t the only thing slowing the economy.  Frankly, business, especially small business, doesn’t trust what the federal government will do next to harm them.  I think that’s the biggest barrier to making the economy flourish.  Businesses are fearful of venturing out to take on new risks and new investment, thus, creating new job opportunities.  Out of fear, businesses are holding tight to their resources so they can survive whatever harm the govenrnment inflicts on them next.  Right or wrong, that’s the perception of the DC impact on them.

      The reality is yes, the dollar does rule most everything that takes place in this nation.  (But, honestly, isn’t that the true motivation to some degree with everyone, everywhere?)  And until there are enough dollars in everyone’s pocket to feel secure again, things are going to remain ugly, I’m afraid.  If people can’t keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables, or fear that plight could be theirs at any moment, I don’t think they care if there’s an oil spill in the Gulf or a mosque at Ground Zero.

      “It’s the economy, Stupid.”  Just ask the first George Bush how important it is to understand that!



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      Nerissa wrote Aug 29, 2010
    • Utimately, who has the power? I thought it was “we the people“...



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      Tamra wrote Aug 29, 2010
    • I agree Annie.  I, too, care deeply about these issues and many others, especially illegal immigration, regardless of my personal financial situation.  But I was speaking about the general voting public, not about exceptional people such as yourself.  Unfortunately, I don’t think most people are as concerned about things beyond their own personal situations as you and I tend to be.  

      I may seem cynical, but I don’t believe most people will even be thinking about either issue a year from now.  People in the United States are much more self-centered.  And until people feel secure in their own lives and about their futures, these issues, along with many others, will take a back seat in most people’s minds.  

      That’s part of the reason nothing ever gets done in Washington that requires grit and long-term commitment.  IMHO, people, for the most part, are only interested in how things can benefit them personally, not what’s good for the nation as a whole.  And that thought leaves me wondering what will become of us, given the deep rooted problems we are facing as a nation.  I’m not sure the American public has the grit to overcome some of the problems we now face.



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      Midnightmom wrote Aug 30, 2010
    • You know, until I just read your column I totally forgot that the bailouts started with the Bush administration - and they started with the banks bailouts. Frankly, I think back then that if those banks that made bad loans by offering ridiculous amounts of money who could only afford to borrow that moeny on an introductory offer, then if the banks would have been forced to keep the interest rates at the level people could pay them back then they wouldn’t have needed a bailout! They would have continued to be paid monthly payments - just not at the horendous interest rates that people they qualified for the loan could afford. Imagine that; if the banks would have just had to accept less profit!

      I cannot understand how anyone could be against saving GM; at least any American. They have been remarkable in their success since their bailout. Like you said they paid it back and now 100,000 more Americans are working at a skilled job that pays enough money a family can live on.

      Your understanding of our government now being run by coporations instead of the people is something that has been happening more and more since the work they hire out overseas. Is it no wonder that corporations are Not against illegal immigration?  If those jobs were still here in America then those corporations would need people in America where now they seem to have forgotten that we are their consumers even if we aren’t their workers.

      We do have power over them! Don’t you see that we must stop buying from them and start only buying American made goods - like Chevrolets? As long as we keep buying what they pay to have made in ofen times inumane conditions so they can make more profit then they will always have all the money in America and we will just keep losing jobs. If we don’t produce here how can we have jobs? If you can’t work then you can’t survive. Simple. . .



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      Susan Haley wrote Aug 30, 2010
    • Amen, Tamra! :)

      I’m touched at all the response to this column! I love to spark discussion and all of you made excellent points. Taking the financial mindsets out of Washington and the Big Corporations, I agree. Greed seems to be the driving cause. Even when it isn’t regarded as such. Part of America’s problem is the fact that do we ever have enough? If we reach a certain level of financial security, suddenly it isn’t enough, we need more. And not just money, everything.

      I think sometimes folks get the idea I’m one of those bleeding heart liberals. And although, I do value freedoms and rights, fair and equal opportunity, I draw the line at irresponsibility and total lack of respect for the nation as a whole. Like most people, I too, admit that the Constitution gives the right to freedom of religion, but respect should enter in. If someone really cares about peace and unitarian fellowship, they wouldn’t even push doing something that would cause others pain. I also think a better Mosque location could have been found around a corner or a couple of blocks further away and it could still serve the community and give people the right to practice their faith. Annie, I’m on your side. What I am against is using it for political gain and hype when it probably will never be built anyway, and yes, it will be last week’s news in a few weeks.
      Being a Gulf Coast resident myself, I guarantee I won’t be forgetting this disaster in what’s left of my lifetime. I feel a deep sadness everytime I go to the seashore and peer at the water expecting to see something horrid. Worrying over it continually. A dead dolphin rolling in on the surf, another toxic output of red tide, common now just from the pesticides and fertilizer run off. How we’ve abused the seas and oceans with our garbage and waste. I also agree most will forget it at the next big “breaking news” banner. That’s sad to me.

      Like many of you, I was raised in a time where hard work and personal responsibility were pounded into my head. I had my chores to do even as a kid to ‘earn’ my quarter allowance. If I failed to do my chores, I didn’t get the quarter! Now, the mindset seems to be ‘get all you can for nothing‘. My son and I laughed the other day but not because it was funny, more that it was ludicrous.
      We were coming through the grocery checkout with our on sale hot dogs and our raiding of the ‘buy one get one free’ assortment; staying within our budget which stretches less and less all the time. In front of us, was a person with the food stamp card visible in their hand. It wasn’t that I resented someone getting help, it was WHAT their cart contained! Little if any lower priced foods that one could cook an economical, but healthy meal out of, but the best in the store. Sirloin steaks, pricey snack foods and desserts and pre-prepared fancy stuff from the deli. The best cheeses, and soft drinks. There was no sign of frugality as it was free for them, while we stood there trying to stretch hard earned cash. I couldn’t help but wonder what was wrong with that picture? The one footing the bills eats the hot dogs and the recipient of my tax dollars eating sirloin steaks with no sense of humility. It angered me. I guess that makes me pretty conservative. The person was white and probably in their forties and probably out of work. Like I say, what bothered me was WHAT was being purchased, not that a food card was the method of payment. Shouldn’t there be an allowed purchase standard?

      I think what the world is lacking more than anything is pure and simple respect for one another, the earth we live upon, and the other life that share it with us. I guess that is why I enjoy writing for Fab  40. The people that discuss here, even if we have differing ideas, all seem to have respect. I immediately relate to that. I thank you all for that reward for my efforts put forth here. All I can do in return is to attempt to be fair and tell the truth.

      No one saw ME supporting the Octomom. The entire situation disgusted me and I said so. Not a very liberal attitude, I fear. That all being said, I do tend to blame the system and the abuse saturated throughout. Worldwide. I can’t blame the poor immigrant who will risk their life to sneak over here to work in the fields like slaves for peanuts because to them it’s a fortune. I feel sorry for those poor people and I turn my anger on the employers, the corporate farmers here in Florida that hire them because no white person will work in that beastly heat all day for next to nothing. Profit Profit Profit! That’s the ruling force. I think we should concentrate on border enforcement and pay for it with huge fines to employers who hire them. We should demand some responsibility from the Mexican government to demand the union wage for the auto companies that moved their operations there just for the low wages and no benefits!  

      We have the laws, we just don’t have the enforcement! Same with drugs. Here, a good many of the dealers can be found within the law enforcement agencies themselves, skimmed off the top of raids. Always scandals breaking out about that crap.
      I struggle to like people in general. That isn’t easy to admit, when I daresay I could be capable of murder if I observe someone being abusive to a defenseless animal and there happened to be a crowbar handy! :) Maybe an inappropriate grin there. Surely not a professional thing to do. Unfortunately, I can be pretty human, too.
      Thanks to all for indulging my unprofessional rant. And thanks most for your participation when I post a proposed bit of thought food.

      As always, my best,
      Susan



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      Tamra wrote Aug 30, 2010
    • Susan, here, here!  You are exactly right!  (happyBut I really wish I didn’t agree.  It’s very disheartening to accept those things as the truth. )

      Ms. Midnight, yes, we should be buying American, even if it costs more.  That speaks to my point.  Americans tend to do what’s best for themselves individually, not what’s best for the country as a whole.  That’s a big factor why WalMart is so powerful.



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      Suzann wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • Susan, Annie, and everyone, what a fabulous column and comments. You guys are extraordinary, and I love reading you.

      Susan, I sadly must agree when you said, “I think what the world is lacking more than anything is pure and simple respect for one another, the earth we live upon, and the other life that share it with us.” To me, that seems to be one of the basic, underlying issues here.



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