Why Are We So Unconfident

Strong

So I took this photo today at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. 

“We are strong!

We are positive!

We will survive!” 


Does someone who says these things sound like they really believe it or far more likely, it is that they need to tell themselves these things, because they are really not feeling so confident after all?


What’s the unfortunate message behind these words?  


– We spend $610 billion on defense–more than the next 8 super nations combined–yet somehow we feel vulnerable and weak, especially with terrorism and a resurgent Russia and China


– We are so fortunate to live in freedom, democracy, seeming prosperity, and have everything to be positive and thankful about–yet 80% are dissatisfied and think we are heading in the wrong direction. 


– We are the world’s superpower of nations–with wealth, armaments, a seat on the UN security council, and more than 800 bases around 80 countries in the world–“more than any other people, nation, or empire in history,” yet most Americans think we’re faring poorly and that their children will be worse off than themselves!


How can so much security result in so much insecurity?  


The answer should be obvious.


When people don’t believe in the wisdom of their leaders, then no matter what they have or spend or where they are coming from, they are at risk of losing it all.


Poor leadership means corruption, fraud, waste, abuse, and absolute bad decision-making for this nation. 


We don’t believe we are strong, because we see other nations spending less on their defense, yet getting more in terms of security for the people.


People don’t feel positive, because they don’t see good decisions being made, progress toward a better future, and confidence in the future being shaped. 


Questions about our very survival are surfacing because:


– We have seen millions of jobs disappear to our competitors overseas


– Our national debt balloon to near catastrophic levels (and with no tangible benefit to average Joe citizen as everything from our education system to our roads and bridges are falling apart)


– Bankruptcy to the critical entitlement pillars of Social Security and Medicare are being regularly forewarned. 


– Corrupt politicians who are supposed to be looking after us and effectively governing us are instead doing terrible wrongs, yet they are endlessly allowed to be above the law. 


– There is non-stop global terrorism and a reluctance to even call it what it is let alone truly fight to win. 


– We face out of control proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and yet remove sanction and release hundreds of billions of dollar to the largest state sponsor of terrorism and human rights abuses. 


– Open hostility to the U.S. is present as nations are doing what they want whether it terms of nuclear and ballistic missile development and testing in Iran and North Korea, using chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, annexing Crimea, buzzing U.S. planes and ships and conducting cyber war by Russia, and orchestrating a vast military build up in the South China Sea–and all without meaningful consequences.


So everyone repeat after me: 

“We are strong!

We are positive!

We will survive!” 

If you say it enough, you may actually start to believe it. 


Then again, if you start listening to your true inner feelings, you may start to see the vast political gimmickry being played out on you. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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