A Tired Country

“America is Tired” – so asserts the writer of the following piece from Sputniknews.com

Before we jump to conclusions of another article or piece saying that America is at its’ end, this one is well worth the read.

“The US government has been focused to an extraordinary degree on foreign policy since the Second World War.

This is far from normal for any country, and is the factor which more than any other has shaped the present structure of the US economy and of US society, as the US leadership, overwhelmingly focused on its foreign policy, has increasingly neglected the needs of its home base, where problems have slowly accumulated.”

We here at the Asylum couldn’t agree more that the needs of America’s home base has been neglected, at the expense of nation building and endless wars.

Part of the appeal of Mr. Trump, to some at least, is that he wants to make America great again.  Rebuilding infrastructure that continues to disintegrate, revamping foreign trades deals that are heavily tipped toward other countries, putting America back to work, etc., – all appealing and necessary if we as a country are to survive.

This writer has been around the sun 61 times.  It is always a far different country back when anyone my age reminisces about their childhood or growing up in America.  It couldn’t be anything but a far different country.  A country progresses, change comes along; new generations’ values don’t reflect the ideals one was raised with some 50 years ago, just as the ideals of my generation didn’t reflect those of the my parents. But it doesn’t take a genius to see that we as a country have regressed.

More from the article….

“The financial and economic cost of all this is enormous, with military spending alone accounting for 16% of total US federal budget spending and a staggering 60% of discretionary spending, and with a disproportionate part of the US science and manufacturing base committed to military production, and therefore no long competing in the markets for civilian goods.”

60% of discretionary spending directed toward the military won’t make America great again.

A continuing gripe of ours here when we write about the state of this country, is of America’s neglect of its’ homeless and mentally ill.  When I was a teenager, those suffering from mental illness who needed the continual care that families couldn’t provide had a place to go for their needs, for treatment, for help.  A steady stream of being forgotten is what they’ve faced for the past 50 years.

In the 1950s and 1960s homelessness declined to the point that researchers were predicting its virtual disappearance in the 1970s. Instead, in the 1980s, homelessness increased rapidly and drastically changed in composition ~ ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

In 1981, the Reagan administration deinstitutionalized the mentally ill by providing funds for state governments to create a more community-based support system of mental health departments and clinics.

However, the policy ended up decreasing federal mental health spending by 30 percent. It also closed state mental health services without creating the intended community support systems, leaving many mentally ill people on the streets, according to Steve Berg, vice president of programs and policy at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. ~ homeless.dailycal.org

If our tax dollars can’t be spent to take care of our homeless and those of our fellow countrymen and women who suffer from mental illness, how are we to take care of other nations we bomb to oblivion?  In the name of “fighting terrorism”, are we simply going to level countries and leave them to rebuild on their own – such as we did when we laid Libya to waste?

Much of the media and a segment of the population wail, protest and riot for refugees from the countries we’ve decimated to be let in to this country.  All well and good.  Perhaps we could first stop our endless military excursions into other countries that create the refugee problem to begin with, and take care of our poor – of our mentally ill.  If we as a country can’t or won’t take care of our own – does one truly believe we will take care of others?

Photo Credit (front page):   By Usjbh (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s