America offers a lot to be thankful for, but there are also some serious problems that are eroding the very things that make America great. Those problems are the subject of my most recent CounterThink Cartoon called "America Today" which portrays six of the most serious problems threatening America's future.
Below, I explain each of these six big problems and why they threaten the future of America as we know it.
As much as one-third of all automobile accidents involve medicated drivers, I learned from a police captain in Tucson, Arizona. The aggregate harm caused by medicated drivers is now far worse than the harm caused by drunk drivers. Police rarely test drivers for being under the influence of medication even though many medications cause impaired judgment, lengthened reaction times and a loss of hand-eye coordination.
There is currently no national group focused on opposition to medicated drivers, either. This is the big problem on America's roads that no one is talking about (except NaturalNews and a handful of other forward-thinking bloggers).
Remember: Popping pills and driving don't mix.
If you or I did this, we'd be arrested for counterfeiting. But when the Fed does it, somehow it's all okay... even though the Fed isn't even part of the federal government! Ron Paul was right: Audit the Fed! After all, why should the U.S. money supply be monopolized by a private corporation that doesn't even answer to the People?
Rather than a nation of critical thinkers, we have largely become a nation of zombie consumers who eat what they're told, buy what they're told, vote how they're told and even believe what they're told rather than thinking for themselves. The result is a fundamental shift towards a "nanny state" where people want their government leaders to take control of their lives rather than deciding things on their own.
This, of course, will only lead us to socialism... the great refuge of lazy minds.
It's happening across the board, too, from Big Pharma and Big Tobacco to agriculture, chemicals, food companies, oil firms and defense contractors. All the biggest industries have managed to tilt our elected representatives in their direction, abandoning the needs of the people they claim to represent.
It all makes you wonder: How bad does western medicine have to become if it has to force compliance at gunpoint? What kind of system of healing subjects people to the tyranny we're seeing right now in America's "sick care" system? The answer is obvious: Western medicine doesn't work, and as more people walk away from it, the State is increasingly forcing people to subject themselves to its rule as a way to mandate compliance for increased corporate profits.
It won't take too many more years before even mainstream scientists attack chemicals in the food supply in much the same way they once went after Big Tobacco. It doesn't take much thought to realize that if you want to support a healthy population, there's no room in the food supply for toxic synthetic chemicals that disrupt hormones, promote cancer and interfere with normal physiological function.
The real surprise will come when scientists one day realize that virtually the entire food supply is filled with toxic chemicals like MSG, aspartame, artificial colors, whiteners and flow agents. Mark my words: They will look back on 2010 in utter shock at how clueless our modern civilization was for feeding ourselves such poisons. (Echoes of the Roman Empire's lead poisoning come to mind...)
In particular, there's the pharmaceutical pollution of our waterways caused by drug factories dumping billions of doses of drugs down the drain. This situation is now so bad that the fish near all major U.S. cities are intoxicated with pharmaceutical chemicals.
We've also got other major problems with the political leadership of this country such as the erosion of personal virtue and the prioritizing of selfish gain over the common good. Virtually every elected representative in Washington now focuses most of their effort on staying in power rather than achieving practical advancements for the people who elected them to office.
Without question, America has lost much of what first made it great. But with conscious effort, it can regain its greatness.
I believe the American people have the spirit and the resources to halt the downfall of their country. The question remains, however: Will they choose to turn things around? Or will they instead settle for the path of comfortable degradation?