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 Yule_liquor
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Directly from Forbes

http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/world-s-happiest-countries-233204795.html

Its interesting to note that a good portion of these countries have socialistic stripes.
Canada makes into this list!
This should make the thinking person just how dysfunctional the the USA has become; as we were once the "beacon" for all to converge in and a model to emulate.

The bloggers add some extra insight!
Your thoughts!
 IgorFrankensteen
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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:16:20 PM
A significant political movement has been ongoing in the United States for quite some time, to persuade the majority that Happiness is an unimportant, if not outright negative thing to strive for.

Suffice it to say, the people promoting the idea, are intent on getting everyone else to accept UN-happiness, so that the promoters can themselves, become VERY happy.
 Aries_328
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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:24:49 PM
A significant political movement has been ongoing in the United States for quite some time, to persuade the majority that Happiness is an unimportant, if not outright negative thing to strive for.

Suffice it to say, the people promoting the idea, are intent on getting everyone else to accept UN-happiness, so that the promoters can themselves, become VERY happy.


? Show me anywhere that says happiness is unimportant. That is absurd to say that. Maybe you are slightly confused that with the ideas that not everyone believes the path for the most to attain some level of personal satisfaction is through economic equality.

Which is accepting unhappiness more. Someone opening their own business or living on welfare under the rules and regulations of the program.

And who ever determined that money was happiness which seems to be what you are alluding to. That those evil **stards just want you to be happy with your crappy lot in life and nothing you ever do will change that so be happy.

Or did I just misunderstood your horribly worded retort.

Also, the measurement of happiness in those studies. Please list them and lets see if they are actual determiners of 'happy'.

The biggest fabrication of this is the obviousness of what is occuring

Being small also seems to help. Big countries with heterogeneous populations are more unwieldy; disparate groups make it harder for a society to build social cohesion and trust.


Stop having the federal government dictate what happiness means and we can get back to it. Why can't it ever sink in that the bigger the government the smaller the person.

 Blueberryeggos
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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:31:14 PM
I live just out of Vancouver. Home of the professional protester, NIMBY capital of Canada,weve rioted after hockey games and concerts, a place where random hellos are scrutinized and a city that pisses all over its hockey team when they are down a goal. I assume the Canadian survey wasnt done here
 Ochema
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:51:48 AM
Happiness is all's I strive for, and if it happens in a pile of sh!t, all the better.
 IgorFrankensteen
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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:08:18 AM

Or did I just misunderstood your horribly worded retort.


Yes.
 DameWrite
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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:51:00 AM
U.N. happiness? NWO?

harper is selling canada out by the barrel for personal gain and for his fellow greedos. I'm not happy about it.

(terrible b.s. propaganda article, Chris Helmen is a sell out too, as well as an idiot)

Pretty soon these greedos will have everyone feeling like a traitor for being happy if they get their way.

I say be a traitor, be yourself, be happy. The greedos do not deserve your loyalty or blind faith nor should anyone be looking at them for a moral instruct.

Remember though, money does not buy happiness. Living life fully does. Do fall for ANY of their ways, it's all garbage, their tools are blunt. There's nothing worth saving or being servant to, if it comes with a price.
 Aries_328
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:50:09 AM

Yes.

Isn't there some obligation to make an attempt to explain the misunderstanding? Or am I not smart enough for such a complicated subject because I am biased beyond hope and fully sucked in by those that are in on the conspiracy?
 PGL7
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:33:10 AM

A significant political movement has been ongoing in the United States for quite some time,


I couldn't agree more Igor but since you won't name said movement let me enlighten the unknowing...
Modern liberalism has destroyed the "Great American Dream".

or maybe, just maybe there is no destruction, just that with great freedom and prosperity comes the ability to complain with out the threat of repercussion!
 GreenThumbz18
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:45:54 AM
^^^^^^
Modern liberalism has destroyed the "Great American Dream".

If everyone is equally un-happy, then liberals will have achieved their goal of eliminating high achievers, thus putting us all on a "level playing field". I think they are doing a great job of this.
 IgorFrankensteen
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:08:48 AM
Actually, I would say that it is much more complicated than that ALLEGED Liberalism or ALLEGED Conservatism is completely to blame. Both movements, or concepts, or whatever you want to call them, are much more complex than most people who talk anxiously about them (and probably want to simplify their lives by blindly supporting or opposing) are aware of. And they are each made more so, by the many people who delude themselves, or seek to delude others, by claiming that a given good or bad behavior or desire, is inherently a part of a movement which they do not themselves have any right at all to claim to represent.

As I've said before, it's very common for anxious, angry, or otherwise emotionally compromised people, to fall to assigning all sorts of things as being a part of the label they hate or fear, while assigning all positive things to the label they approve of.


I think a good example item to ponder, is what many conservatives refer to with annoyance, as "political correctness." Lots of people pretend that "political correctness" is limited to the Liberal approach to things. In fact, it is a very very old concept, which has played a part in the attempt to manipulate facts and minds for as far back as human communication has existed. The exact name for the actions involved differs from time to time, and group to group, but the methods and goals of the people involved has always been the same. One group's brigand/criminal/terrorist, is another's freedom fighter/idealist/heroic martyr. The people on one side might sneer at the labels chosen by the other side, and call it political correctness, and the other side might label it as propaganda. Whatever facts are involved, are obscured, rather than illuminated by the whole dance.

The movement to which I referred earlier, is the one which was initiated more or less in response to the clumsy and overdone efforts to end certain persecutions and other inherited problems, back in the sixties and seventies. [note:It is very common for the solutions of one period, to become the problems of the next.] In order to combat excesses in the direction of being careful about doing injury to others, a movement based on selfishness and callous disregard for all sensitivities was begun. It shows up in all sorts of ways, especially where finances are involved, and the concerns of the human beings dealing with a situation, are declared to have second place, or even third, behind an entirely mathematical calculation of profits and losses.

Those who wanted to harness the resentments of a number of basically conservative subgroups for their own reasons, consciously began to pretend that all sorts of things were really basic conservative values, even though they were not. Some few modern conservatives such as Peggy Noonan have finally begun to speak to this directly.

Ignoring all consequences, and focusing only on short term profits is NOT a basic conservative value, but those who wanted to hijack the various conservative groups in order to get their hands on those short term profits, pretended that it was, and because so many people were upset about other unrelated things, they fooled themselves into believing themselves that pure selfishness would bring the best results to all.

That's a good start on what I was ACTUALLY referring to.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:12:23 AM

I couldn't agree more Igor but since you won't name said movement let me enlighten the unknowing...
Modern liberalism has destroyed the "Great American Dream".

Good point.

No more slaves, and that whole women can vote crap really messed things up for those that had dreams.
 jimintoronto2
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:25:33 AM

I live just out of Vancouver. Home of the professional protester, NIMBY capital of Canada,weve rioted after hockey games and concerts, a place where random hellos are scrutinized and a city that pisses all over its hockey team when they are down a goal. I assume the Canadian survey wasnt done here


Lol! It really is interesting how cities treat their sports teams. I live in Toronto, which has a hockey team that hasn't won the Stanley Cup in 45 years and they haven't even made the playoffs in something like the last 8. What I can't figure out is why every game they play is sold out and the tickets are outrageously priced. It costs an average family a few hundred dollars to go to one game, but no one is complaining. I don't know if this adds up to "happiness" or not, but it must factor in somewhere.
 PGL7
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:47:23 AM
Oh I see, said movement is only with the political right.
Thank you for clarifying.


No more slaves, and that whole women can vote crap really messed things up for those that had dreams.

No more slave... huh... didn't the "political right" (Republicans) free the slaves?
Segregation, if my reading of history is correct, was also the Southern Democrats answer to Republican power and Reconstruction.
Certainly it was a Dem President (Kennedy) who led the race to end segregation.

Hoover (Democrat) oversaw the 19th amendment but women's vote took off during the election of Coolidge (Republican) in 1928.

Wow doesn't seem so partisan does it all?

If you read my earlier post completely that is my point!
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:30:47 PM

Segregation, if my reading of history is correct, was also the Southern Democrats answer to Republican power and Reconstruction.

Nope it is far from correct, and a failure to actually understand the history of political parties in the US.



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Lets see what country has the most number of people risk life and limb, and going to jail, in order to get in that country.

That would be hard to pin down, but it is far from the USA and below is the hard data:

Main destinations for new aslyum seekers
1. South Africa (107,000 claims) -- half from Zimbabwe
2. United States of America (76,000)
3. France (52,100)
4. Germany (45,700)
5. Italy (30,300)

Major refugee-hosting countries
1. Pakistan (1.7 million people)
2. Iran (887,000)
3. Syria (755,400)
4. Germany (571,000)
5. Kenya (566,500)

Major source countries of refugees
1. Afghanistan (2.7 million people)
2. Iraq (1.4 million)
3. Somalia (1.1 million)
4. Sudan (500,000)
5. Democratic Republic of the Congo (491,500)

Continents where asylum seekers originated from
1. Asia (45%)
2. Africa (27%)
3. Europe (15%)
4. Americas (8%)

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/05/world/asia/refugees-asylum-statistics/index.html

So the numbers coming to the USA would be a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the world.

Now if you want to compare countries based on the ones that lock up the biggest % of its populations, then the USA would win hands down.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:56:01 PM

so you're saying that the Jim Crow laws and segregation, slavery wasn't at the behest of the Democratic party?

No I am saying, when someone does not understand the flips that have happened with respect to the political parties in the USA, they usually are quick to just list names of parties and not understand what and who they are actually talking about.
 melodyof_k
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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:11:04 PM
I recently watched a movie on netflix about Happiness.
I will get back with the precise name.

it showed that there were the happiest people in the poorest of countries way over those of highly developed countries
these people derived their happiness from close family, simple food which they worked the fields to bring home,.
one man who was extremely happy said what make him so is when he is done with his labor....pulling a donkey through the streets with people in the wagon....when he sees his young son waiting for him to come home everyday and running up to and hugging him. this was a truely happy family. and close family seemed to be a key.

these people do not have tv and do not compare themselves to modern societies.
how do you know you are poor if you have never seen rich?

their children dont go into states of sadness or resesntment when they dont get the latest Iphone or whatever thing they feel they have the right to have.
Happiness is not brought about by high society things.
perhaps temporary happiness is found that way.....with the woman who love to shop....but it doesnt last when she sees in the magazine that there is somethings better.
or the man who prides himself on the price of his car.etc etc.
the advertising in this country is harmful to happiness and only good for the greedy and wealthy.

I do not feel that American govt is at all concerned with our personal happiness. its is all financial. we have a govt of greed.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:54:17 PM

I will get back with the precise name.

Two that I have watched:

Happiness Is
Director: Andrew Shapter
Cast: The Dalai Lama, Matthew Dowd, Daniel Gilbert

Andrew Shapter set out on a cinematic road trip to explore the myths and the truths of the "pursuit of Happiness" in America.


Happy
Director: Roko Belic
Cast: Richard Davidson, Ed Diener, Daniel Gilbert, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Michael Pritchard, The Dalai Lama

From Academy Award nominated director Roko Belic, HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories from around the world and powerful interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:53:47 PM
You gave some numbers about what countries were getting how many immigres, but those numbers really don't mean much.

Good point, I forgot actual facts do not play with you so well and you will just attempt to move the goal post.




According to you, half of the peole going to South Africa are from Zimbabwe....... They are running to SA in order to escape being killed, tortured and raped in the middle of the war going on there....................

No not according to me, according to the source I quoted.



Factoring out SA is the only real way to look at this. That still leaves the USA as the most desired place for immigres to go to. Do the people imigrating know how many people live in the country that they are trying to get into?

How to move goal posts 101

Step 1: Claim that factual evidence does not meet your criteria

Step 2: Declare yourself winner.

That said, I have no idea what an "immigres" is.




By the way, your understanding of American politics and American political parties is abysmal at best, and you keep demonstrating that with just about every post.

This coming from the person that thought there was actually a law on the books to ban dogs who where not bilingual in Montreal, made me lol.




As far as criminal being locked up.......... Try this......... If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime. Or, should the USA just let criminals have their way, as you seem to say........

Or try this, laws that are unfair and unjust combined with a prison for profit system.
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okay, so then my next question for you is who and what party was responsible for slavery, segregation , the Jim crows laws?

When did the parties know as Republicans and Democrats essential flip sides?
 IgorFrankensteen
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:09:54 PM

didn't the "political right" (Republicans) free the slaves?


Nope, you have that wrong. Yes, the party that was in power at the time that the slaves were technically freed, was called the Republican Party. But it was NOT the same Republican party which today so carefully cultivates it's image as being on the political right. The current GOP has repeatedly claimed to support States Rights. In case you aren't familiar with that notion, it was the one cited by the slave states, as the reason why the rest of the country should not be allowed to make them give up their peculiar behaviors.

You have to ACTUALLY study history, not just read the purposely slanted textbooks foisted on children, if you want to have any clue as to what really came before.
 AlphaMaleDog
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:43:54 PM
I haven't looked at the list nor have I bothered to read the political hoopla debate happening in the thread.

I will just say this.... MY IDEA OF THE HAPPIEST COUNTRY.... has high paying jobs, low taxes, low interest rates on loans and mortgages, cheap beer and alcohol, women outnumber men by 6 to 1 (hey this is my idea of the happiest country).... legal marijuana, legal magic mushrooms. Yearly temperatures of plus 18 degrees C (not this minus 27 crap and freeze my butt off). What else.... a four day work week of ten hours per day, plenty of fishing and hunting, and finally cheap fuels for cars!
 ChowFun
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:49:32 PM
The article is pretty much a farce.
From
http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/world-s-happiest-countries-233204795.html


The objective of the institute's work (which is part of billionaire Christopher Chandler's Dubai-based Legatum Group) was to figure out what it is that makes happy countries happy – so that the less fortunate corners of the globe might have a benchmark to work toward.

I find it highly unlikely that tribes in Papua New Guinea are "working toward" getting that home with a white picket fence, flat screen 42 inch tv and getting their kids accepted to ivy league education or that people from Tonga and Samoa can't wait to get that new snowmobile that the countries at the top of the list would covet.
What defines happiness from one person is different from another and quite surely different than "the institutes". It is that diversity and the freedom to pursue a person's own happiness that makes up the essence of life itself.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:51:56 PM
The following is not from purposely slanted textbooks................

While that is true, you did happen to leave out it has been floating around the internet for some time and can be found on many hate sites and in those emails you get from your crazy uncle that have 100 FW;s.

It also contains many 1/2 truths and omissions.

It guess it just goes to show you really do not understand US political history and your posting of that bunch of junk is proof.

You probably do not even know the difference between a Dixiecrat and a Democrat.


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What defines happiness from one person is different from another and quite surely different than "the institutes". It is that diversity and the freedom to pursue a person's own happiness that makes up the essence of life itself.

I think that is the point.

In North America people are told what will make them happy, in the third world people are happy because they do things actually make them happy and do not fill a void created by advertising.
 IgorFrankensteen
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:06:25 PM
Paul K: good list. I haven't checked them all, but it's probably accurate. It also supports exactly what I was trying to point out, that someone in the present, can't make a valid judgment about either party, based upon what they did and supported long ago.

Indeed, it is a fact that after 1865, the white supremacists in the Southern states labeled themselves Democrats. It wasn't until the latter half of the twentieth century, when the Democrats decided to take the lead in the Civil Rights agenda, that the Republican Party finally began to gain support down here. And this is again, not something that I see as a coup for the GOP.

If you go back and look, you will see, I hope, that the point I was making was NOT that the Democrats are now, or have ever been saints. I was pointing out, in an entirely factual manner, just as you have about the Democrats, that the party of Lincoln is NOT the present GOP.

Each of our largest parties have switched places on many issues, over the history of the country. Heck, there was a time when both of our modern parties ancestors were in the SAME party.

The point is, that was then. This is now. Again, it is not valid to claim that modern-style Right Wing people were the ones who brought an end to Slavery.
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OP – I googled your list, and found that the people in these places must be awfully optimistic.


1.Norway---- here’s what’s making those Norwegians so care-free

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/August/Culture-Crisis-Norway-Tackles-Muslim-Immigration-/

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/07/al-qaedas-problem-with-norway/242352/


L’il immigration problem -- but not to worry

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/07/al-qaedas-problem-with-norway/242352/




2. Denmark -- Those lucky Ducks in Denmark -- the government does EVERYTHING for them!

http://dollarvigilante.com/blog/2012/3/21/denmark-socialisms-prize-nation-slave-state.html


But as you can see -- they’re not “ignorant bigots” when it comes to immigration. They have NO probs at all.

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/547


Their “Social Safety Net’ is beginning to wear a little thin, though

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/denmark/index.html




3. Sweden --- here are some good videos about what is going on in Sweden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ufRmkmTEA

Okay, so the government did ALMOST collapse under attempts at socialism, but hey! They getting past it now -- AUSTERITY don’cha know!

http://www.totalbankruptcy.com/news/articles/miscellaneous/swedish-economic-collapse-and-recovery.aspx



4. Australia --- Well, okay, Maybe Denmark is a TINY bit racist and xenophobic. But those Aussies are sure lending them a hand.

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/547


What a bunch of Xenophobes! The riots in Austrialia are practically nothing in comparison to what France and Greece are going through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqKRwU_DBNE





5. New Zealand

New Zealand is still one of the best places in the world to do business. They really like to “go green” in New Zealand. Too bad, it’s not as easy as it used to be.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/business/global/new-zealands-green-tourism-push-clashes-with-realities.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0



6. Canada

Great place to live -- what with all that socialized medicine and all. Starting to have a little problem paying for it. Other cash from problems from all the socialism. And a growing problem with confidence with their government.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/07/24/pol-premiers-advancer-nanos-poll-priorities.html


with a 48% tax rate in that Country, you can bet the socialized medicine is top notch!

http://northshorejournal.org/canada-socialized-medicine-going-broke



7. Finland

The Fins are a VERY Optomistic people. Theirs has even been called “ the Top Country in the World” by NEWSWEEK Magazine in 2010. It was the first to have problems with unsustainable costs of Socialism, but now is doing better, due to “Austerity” measures.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqKRwU_DBNE

Making plans to leave the Eurozone


http://www.economonitor.com/nouriel/2012/07/06/is-it-worth-fixing-could-finland-be-next/



8. The Netherlands


Uh, oh! Looks like a little “housing crisis”


http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2012/02/23/the-dreary-dutch-economy-in-2012/


Racist! Racist! Racist! Xenophobes!

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2624/moroccan-crime-netherlands


And at least they keep their prostitute problem indoors in Amsterdam: NO streetwalkers there, folks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fybNYnaBTP0


Uh, oh!
The Netherlands have found a rather harsh way to deal with its “undesirables”.
All the “scum” better watch themselves!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/9719247/Amsterdam-to-create-scum-villages.html




9. Switzerland

Couldn’t dig up any dirt on Switzerland. Private enterprise -- and staying out of the EuroZone has kept their country stable. Like the US, though, It’s government DOES give subsidies to private industry (Corporate Welfare).


http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Europe/Switzerland-ECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT.html



But Switzerland has it’s race problems, too.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/muslim-drug-dealers-in-switzerland-forced-teens-to-convert-to-islam/


http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.com/2012/10/muslims-complain-about-cross-symbol-in.html



10. Ireland

Pretty bad immigration and poverty problems here.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Northern-Ireland-at-risk-of-Europes-worst-poverty-126451658.html



So, I guess -- Socialist or not -- it looks like most of these countries have pretty much the same problems the U.S. does.

“Happy” or Not -- people in these most of these countries don’t have it so great after all.

Cultural clashes, problems with social safety nets that have become unsustainable, and issues with immigration.

Only Switzerland seems to be doing ok, and it leans capitalist. Even subsidizes business.

To respond to your question, OP --

I feel that the main source of discontent is largely due to ideological differences that are due to split our country right down the middle.

When polled, almost all of us have a religion of some sort, and feel (whether or rightly or no -- I WILL NOT COMMENT HERE) that it is being suppressed by a slim minority. While the minority feels offended by manger scenes and menorrahs.

About ½ of us still want capitalism and a free enterprise, while the other ½ want socialism. We are extremely polarized, and it seems that with the type of problems we have there can be NO compromise.

America is being taken in a new direction, and it’s going there one way or another. But at about ½ of us DON’T want to go that way. Many of us fear losing our personal freedoms and opportunities to better ourselves. People’s hearts are breaking over the loss of the traditional American way of life. Many people here worry that their Nation’s security is being tossed in the dumpster. Whatever we get -- for certain there will be NO going back from it.

The middle class is disappearing. Everyone is getting poorer.

About ½ of us blame the rich – while the other ½ blames the government’s new policies.

Our progressive friends see that they ARE, in fact, winning the battle. They should be the happy ones. But, too me JMHO ---- ONLY. The Progressives look angrier and more bitter than ever. They OVERALL seem to be hurting even more financially than ever, and can’t seem to figure out what is going so wrong -- JMHO (and I’m sure there are exceptions).

Most people feel that we are headed for even harder times. Some people fear civil unrest as violence breaks out in our cities, and criminals go crazy. Flash mobs erupt. And even pushing people onto subway tracks for no reason.
Almost all of us feel that Government corruption is terrible. Of course, one’s political leaning seems to govern who you think the scoundrels are – either way.

I get depressed myself, when I see what is going on in the news. But otherwise, I’m happy. I guess the things that make me happy are the same things that would work for just about everyone else:

1. But no matter which direction any country goes -- or what type of government they have. The successful and not so successful will always be there. There will ALWAYS be class divisions, no matter how much people dream of economic equality. In History, it’s been noted that when coutries change governmental style or economies, the same people always wind up being the “rich”, the same ones wind up being the “poor”. The best way to stay successful is to learn how to adapt to your economy. Know what is going on, what skills people are going to want when times change. What merchandise sells? What are the tax and business laws can you take advantage of. Be knowledgable. Educate yourself, and be of value in your society.

2. Surround yourself with like minded people. Talk about positive things, and keep bitter political discussions to a minimum. Don’t waste time looking at angry stuff on reality and crime TV. Don’t worry about Hollywood scandals (I don’t even know what’s going on in the “celebrity” gossip columns, because if I did, I would never watch any movies, hear music, or watch sports. I’d boycott them all.) All that bickering and fighting may make one feel like it's something to feed on, but really, its a good source of anger and depression -- IMO.

3. Have a value system. Me, I’m a Christian. I have a deep in God, and HE’s never failed me yet – HE’s seen me through a lot of Crises. If you don’t believe in a God, you can still have values. Be fair and kind to others – no matter how they treat you. Return good for evil, and you don’t have to sink to another’s level. You can always be proud of that man in the mirror. Make a point to do good to help others. I do it through my church, but there are Civic groups and Animal Rights programs. Or just do something nice for someone every day. Make it a part of your nature -- not just a “Random Acts” fad. But Random Acts are ok, too. And maybe they’re a place to start to change one’s heart.

4. Appreciate what you DO have. Maybe it’s your health, or your looks. Maybe it’s a roof over your head or loved ones. Don’t worry if someone else has more. You probably have everything you need.

5. Prepare yourself to prevail over emergencies that may arise due to civil unrest, crime, and emergencies that may arise --- but don’t go overboard. Don’t move to a compound in Idaho, or secede from the Union. Just take care of your business. You know what I mean.

Fifteen Assault weapons, Twelve sub machine guns 200,000 rounds of ammo should be enough. Maybe just one tank. L0L – just kidding on that last one.

But, seriously, be ready to look out for others. Have some to share. Keep your eye out for your neighbor.

7. But then, again -- some financial relief MAY be on the way. There is some rumor that Obama may do some maneuverings that termporarily bring about a great deal of wealth --- using our Natural Gas Resources. After that, he'll switch back to drilling. How long will it last? Long enough to save yourself.

8. Realize that if this country turns into a terrible place – the ones that are causing the most harm are the ones who are faring he worst from it. And if you think this country already is a terrible place -- just get on the internet and google what’s going on in most other countries. Try the 10 poorest or most war-torn nations in the world.


I hope that helps.
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