HAS AMER­ICA GONE MAD?

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In case you hadn't no­ticed, Amer­ica has lost its way and has been act­ing mad, as in in­sane. The coun­try has been some­what mad for a long time but the lu­nacy has grown to new heights and now poses a much graver threat — not just to Amer­i­cans but to the whole world.

Many coun­tries have gone through pe­ri­ods of mad­ness. Some of the glar­ing ex­am­ples of the past in­clude Ger­many, Rus­sia, China, Ja­pan, Turkey, Rwanda and oth­ers. Some cur­rent ex­am­ples in­clude North Korea, Venezuela, Saudi Ara­bia and Is­rael.

The mad­ness usu­ally starts with a small group and then spreads to greater num­bers of peo­ple un­til the mad­ness be­comes in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized.

The mad­ness can per­sist for decades or even cen­turies and of­ten cul­mi­nates in war — hot or cold, ex­ter­nal or in­ter­nal, and then ul­ti­mately eco­nomic col­lapse. Some coun­tries sur­vive in­tact, some don't.

The in­sti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion of Amer­ica's mad­ness is now wide­spread and deeply rooted in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and most state and some lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

The lu­nacy has be­come the norm, not the ex­cep­tion.

One re­cent glar­ing ex­am­ple of the mad­ness is the ar­rest of Rosamaria Her­nan­dez, a 10 year-old girl with cere­bral palsy who was brought to the U.S. il­le­gally when she was 3 months old.

While enroute to a hos­pi­tal for emer­gency surgery, the am­bu­lance she was in was stopped by border pa­trol, her im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus was dis­cov­ered and she was of­fi­cially de­tained but es­corted to the hos­pi­tal where fed­eral agents stood guard dur­ing and after the surgery and then took her to an im­mi­gra­tion prison.

Her fam­ily's at­tor­ney has asked that she be re­leased into the cus­tody of fam­ily mem­bers who are U.S. cit­i­zens but so far the Dept. of Home­land Se­cu­rity has re­fused.

Rosamaria has never been away from her mother be­fore and is suf­fer­ing se­vere trauma at a time when she needs to be home with her fam­ily re­cu­per­at­ing from her surgery.

De­tain­ing a young sick girl in an am­bu­lance is per­verse enough. Im­pris­on­ing chil­dren who pose no threat to so­ci­ety is a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law and com­mon de­cency. Im­pris­on­ing a sick child with special needs who com­mit­ted no crime and poses no threat to any­one is be­yond cruel and is a gross vi­o­la­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Bill of Hu­man Rights of 1948.

The treat­ment of Rosamaria is ex­cused by some Amer­i­cans be­cause she is Mex­i­can and in the U.S. il­le­gally. But, bru­tal­ity from the gov­ern­ment is an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence against Amer­i­can cit­i­zens of all ages and races and the treat­ment of Rosamaria is now stan­dard treat­ment for many chil­dren, not an iso­lated case.

An ex­am­ple of Amer­i­can lu­nacy pre­vi­ously cov­ered in Tril­lions is civil-as­set for­fei­ture, where gov­ern­ment takes a per­son's prop­erty un­der the ridicu­lous no­tion that the as­set is sus­pected of some­how be­ing used in a crime. The owner of the as­set does not have to be charged with any crime. This is a di­rect vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion but Amer­ica's in­sane judges con­tinue to al­low it.

Per­haps the most dan­ger­ous cur­rent ex­pres­sion of Amer­i­can in­san­ity is its con­tin­ued threats against North Korea.

In re­al­ity, North Korea poses no threat to the U.S. and has de­vel­oped nu­clear weapons in re­sponse to the con­tin­ued threats from the United States. North Korea has re­peat­edly of­fered to freeze its nu­clear weapons pro­gram if the U.S. stops the war ex­er­cises against it. It has also of­fered to com­pletely give up nu­clear weapons if the U.S. gives up its nukes. The U.S. has no in­ter­est in ei­ther pro­posal.

Trump is mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to at­tack North Korea with the knowl­edge that if he does then China will likely en­ter the con­flict. Rus­sia has sug­gested that it will also re­spond to an at­tack against North Korea.

Wag­ing a war for no good rea­son is lu­nacy. Launch­ing a war that the United States can't win is sui­ci­dal and even more in­sane.

An ex­am­ple of the in­san­ity and mass cor­rup­tion at the state level are the laws against sup­port­ing a boy­cott, di­vest­ment or sanc­tions (BDS) against Is­rael. Wis­con­sin just be­came the 24th state pe­nal­iz­ing those who support BDS against Is­rael, even though do­ing so is a vi­o­la­tion of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

Dick­in­son, Texas, got in on the trea­son and servi­tude to Is­rael by ban­ning hur­ri­cane re­cov­ery aid to any­one who sup­ported BDS against Is­rael. And Texas prides it­self on be­ing a patriotic state which sup­ports lib­erty. Obe­di­ence to a for­eign power is the op­po­site of pa­tri­o­tism and lib­erty.

Al­low­ing any for­eign na­tion to un­der­mine the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and the lib­erty of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens is trea­sonous lu­nacy. Al­low­ing one that re­peat­edly en­gages in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity as state pol­icy and which is widely con­demned by most other na­tions is ex­treme lu­nacy.

Amer­ica's in­san­ity also ex­tends to the en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man health.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues to roll back laws nec­es­sary to help en­sure the health and well be­ing of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

Poi­son­ing our chil­dren with pes­ti­cides and her­bi­cides well known to cause life-threat­en­ing dis­ease is crim­i­nal in­san­ity.

Air pol­lu­tion in the United States is al­ready es­ti­mated to kill 200,000 peo­ple ev­ery year. Trump's elim­i­na­tion of clean air reg­u­la­tions will kill even more peo­ple .

The lu­nacy is spread­ing fast be­cause our cul­ture helps cre­ate it and we support it.

Ev­ery time we buy a prod­uct from a com­pany that isn't eth­i­cal and which is in­flu­enc­ing our gov­ern­ment in neg­a­tive ways, we support the lu­nacy.

When we poi­son our bod­ies and minds with the typ­i­cal Amer­i­can diet we con­trib­ute to our mad­ness.

When we con­sume me­dia that pro­motes cru­elty and vi­o­lence we are sup­port­ing the mad­ness.

Press­ing a cell phone to our head is well known to dis­rupt brain func­tion, open the blood-brain bar­rier and dam­age DNA, yet we keep do­ing it and even sur­round our­selves with dam­ag­ing mi­crowave ra­di­a­tion from Wifi and in­sist that our chil­dren are ir­ra­di­ated by Wifi at school.

We line up to vote for mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties that we know very well are cor­rupt.

We spend hours ev­ery week on Face­book know­ing that ev­ery­thing we ac­cess and post is be­ing tracked and used to pro­file and judge us.

But, there is hope for Amer­ica be­cause many in­di­vid­u­als re­main sane, are do­ing what they can to stay sane and are push­ing back the lu­natics.

Op­pos­ing the mad­ness can be risky and takes courage but not do­ing some­thing to stop it has even more se­vere con­se­quences.

One of the root causes of Amer­i­can in­san­ity and stu­pid­ity is un­bri­dled cap­i­tal­ism. The Amer­i­can cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem en­sures cor­rup­tion and the ero­sion of the Con­sti­tu­tion and rule of law be­cause the CEO of any major cor­po­ra­tion can be sued for not mak­ing stock­hold­ers enough money.

Short-term profit is the pri­mary driv­ing force of Amer­i­can pub­licly traded cor­po­ra­tions and any CEO or other up­per level ex­ec­u­tive who doesn't de­liver is usu­ally re­placed fairly quickly.

Most Amer­i­cans in­vest in com­pa­nies that will give them the great­est re­turn on their in­vest­ment, not the com­pa­nies who do the most good. This em­pow­ers com­pa­nies that break the rules and re­write the rules in their fa­vor. So, the most cor­rupt com­pa­nies who are best at sub­vert­ing the law are the ones that are of­ten the most fi­nan­cially suc­cess­ful.

Th­ese same com­pa­nies di­rectly con­trol or in­flu­ence mass me­dia, gov­ern­ment and even academia to a great ex­tent. Their money en­ables them to buy in­flu­ence and con­trol and they use it to sub­due op­po­si­tion and tilt the play­ing field to their ben­e­fit.

The end re­sult has be­come a col­lec­tive national in­san­ity and a cy­cle of self-de­struc­tion.

Cap­i­tal­ism in it­self is not a bad thing and can be a pow­er­ful con­struc­tive force. It be­comes a de­struc­tive force when it is not suf­fi­ciently reg­u­lated and is al­lowed to gain con­trol over the in­sti­tu­tions that are in­tended to serve the needs of the peo­ple.

Amer­ica's checks and bal­ances have been steadily eroded for more than a cen­tury and there is no quick and easy fix. It may take a civil war or eco­nomic col­lapse be­fore there is an op­por­tu­nity for real change.

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