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Dishonesty from politicians is nothing new for Americans. The real question is whether we are lying to ourselves when we call this country the land of the free.

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     Anyone with a good grap of history should notice the policies of this country are tell-tale signs of a dictatorship. Unfortunately, thanks to public schools, most Americans have a poor understanding history.
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But at the core of the issue is the corruption of the American people themselves and it revolves around the issues of fiat money and debt. Fifty years ago our country decimated its coinage and removed silver from them and forty years ago our country defaulted on its promise to redeem its parper currency for the gold it had promised. We granted our government the ability to play god with our lives through the creation of unrestricted and unbacked money.

But is even worse is our population's self serving greed for more and more government handouts. And I don't mean welfare because the expenses for corrupt government purchases, subsidies to oil companies, banks etc dwarf welfare and social expenses but the thing I am talking about is the multi-generational acceptance that it is moral to spend non-voting and underage children's money through deficit spending. I mean, really, you can't hold a minor to a magazine subscription because of the lack of legal status to contract yet we have upped the debt ceiling every year for the last forty years!

While either one of those is bad enough but when looked at together we see that the previous generations allowed our government to create money out of thin air and to spend even more money than they create out of thin air and charge it to the unborn? I find it hard to believe that our parents and our grandparents were that stupid as to not realize what was going on ... they just didn't care. It is a corrupt generation issue, not a corrupt government issue.

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What I believe is the largest injustice in America today is their view on drugs. The government treats addicts like hardened criminals, studies have shown that no matter how long you lock up an addict, the horrors they have gone through in prison almost always causes them to use again. Countries in europe, who treat addicts like someone who has a disability, or a problem, and need medical assistance, have shown that by using this technique they have noticed a significant reduction in crime and the spread of HIV. The U.S consumes 60% of the worlds drugs, and yet we have some of the harshest drug penalties of all countries! Not only that, but a decent chunk of the people currently in prison are drug offenders, and you know who pays for them to be there? Taxpayers! I think that it is self evident that the United States seriously needs to rethink its policy on drugs.

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Also I am outraged at the extremes that republicans will go through to try and get a point across. It just seems childish to me that they think that by shutting down the government that they will get the affordable care act repealed. The democrats didn't like the patriot act, but they didn't shut down the government because of it, they respected that it was a law, and knew that in congress there are no do-overs, just because you don't agree with a law doesn't mean that you should shut down the government to try and get it repealed!


 

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