Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
I think many people have been conditioned to see the end of an empire as synonymous with a country's bloody collapse, as if by the United States no longer being on top hordes of shirtless Visigoth warriors will automatically descend upon us, take our women and burn our buildings to the ground. Yes, our country is in decline and yes, others' stars are rising, but just as France and Britain are fine, we'll be fine too. Probably the most inconvenient changes we'll face is looking to other countries for buying our services and products, and having to learn other languages more than we currently are.
You've basically got it made. Realise where you're well off. Most of the world eats three square of dust and insects.
Pretty pessimistic, all things considered. The U.S. will always be around but it's going to be a second rate nation. Our financial elites and politicians have completely sold us out. Since big corporations own most of the capital now, it's hard for anyone else to enter new markets but them. Our economic way of life involving a vibrant middle class is being supplanted by a new kind of plutocracy. I'm sure somewhere down the line humanity will rebel again, like they did with the monarchs. It just sucks that we have to keep going through this cycle before we just create a system that looks at the long-term benefit of humans and this entire planet.
Most western nations have invested heavily in China's shadow economy because of how cheap it makes their goods. Once China goes bust, the dominoes will really fall.
The world is really looking at the gradual end of the growth model, and it's a good thing. Given the realities of resource limitations that we now understand, a system where there is 0% growth or something close to it would be a lot more ideal. People who sacrifice huge amounts of resources for short-term gain should be criminals.
For the US government, I don't have much hope. The statists have gotten control, so it will eventually go the way of all empires and collapse.
For the people of America, I am optimistic. Once they are free, they will prosper.
OK maybe I'm gonna get attacked but here is my opinion for what America better do and it will be great again.
1. Stop fighting always. If one side will try to do something the other side will stop it. Even if it is best for America one side will not let the other side do it.
2. Get an actual foreign policy that is fair and stop changing it every six minutes. Fair means you stop blindly supporting Israel. It is OK to be friends and to support Israel but when you excuse war crimes it makes you an accomplice to war crimes.
3. Stop installing murdering regimes such as Saddam and Pinochet and others. When you do it then you are responsible for the murders and people begin to hate you as much as the regime you installed. And their hate does not end after the regime is ended.
4. Stop yelling you are the greatest nation on the world. Every time you say it you are saying that all we are inferior to Americans. It is arrogant, obnoxious and false. If your cousin said every time that he is the greatest person ever you will stop inviting him.