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Why Are So Many Bad Things Happening To America?

Michael Snyder
The American Dream
July 18th, 2012
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Have you ever wondered why things have been going so badly for the United States in recent years?¬† Our economy is falling apart, we have been plagued with heat, drought and endless natural disasters, our cities are absolutely crumbling, we just keep getting involved in even more wars and Americans are more anxious and more overweight than ever before.¬† So why are so many bad things happening to America?¬† Why do we lead the world in so many bad categories?¬† Why does nothing seem to be going right?¬† Are we under some kind of a curse?¬† It is almost as if we have entered a “perfect storm” that just keeps getting worse.¬† In the old days it would seem like something bad would happen to the United States every once in a while, but now massive problems seem to be hitting us in rapid fire fashion.¬† At this point, many Americans have “crisis fatigue” because our problems never seem to end.¬† Each new crisis just seems to overlap with all of the other problems that are still going on.¬† So why is this happening, and what is our country going to look like if our problems continue to multiply at this rate?

The following are some of the bad things that are happening to America right now….

Heat And Drought

This summer, thousands of new high temperature records have been set all over the country, and weather conditions are much drier than normal in most of the nation.

In fact, the drought that we are experiencing right now is being called the worst drought in more than 50 years.  More than 1,000 counties in the United States have already been declared to be official disaster areas, and there is no end to the drought in sight.

All over America this drought is¬†killing the corn¬†and this is causing the price of corn to soar.¬† The following is from a recent¬†Financial Post article….

Chicago Board of Trade corn for December delivery has soared 54% since mid-June, reaching a contract high of US$7.78 on Monday and approaching its record price near US$8.

Soybeans for November delivery soared to a new contract high of US$15.97 before slipping back a few cents.

Crop watchers were alarmed that corn rated poor-to-very poor jumped to 38%, versus 30% last week and 11% a year ago.

The record high for the price of corn is just $7.99 a bushel.  Many believe that the price of corn will soon blow well past that price and could eventually reach $10 a bushel.

Unfortunately, there is not much hope on the horizon.  It is being projected that these very hot and very dry conditions will persist well into August.

Wildfires

The extreme heat has also been responsible for an unusual number of wildfires in the western United States this year.  The recent horrific wildfires in Colorado made headlines all over the nation.

Sadly, these wildfires are part of a rising trend.  The truth is that the 6 worst years for wildfires in the United States ever recorded have all happened since the year 2000.

So what is causing this to happen?

What is causing so much of the country to go up in flames?

Tornadoes

Earlier this year, many areas of the heartland of America were absolutely ripped to shreds by very powerful tornadoes.

More tornadoes happen in the United States than anywhere else in the world, and unfortunately we have seen a tremendous amount of tornado activity in this country in recent years.

In 2009, there were 1146 tornadoes in the United States.

In 2010, there were 1282 tornadoes in the United States.

In 2011, there were 1691 tornadoes in the United States.

Overall, 2011 was the worst year for natural disasters in U.S. history.

So where will 2012 rank when everything is all said and done?

Fukushima

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be affecting Americans for many years to come.

Most Americans do not think much about Fukushima anymore, but the truth is that Fukushima is still putting out a tremendous amount of radiation, and that radiation travels eastward towards us.

A couple of months ago, one reporter discovered that radiation levels in rain falling on Los Angeles were five times above normal.

But we don’t hear about this in the mainstream media, do we?

One recent study concluded that the highest concentration of Fukushima radiation in the Pacific Ocean will eventually be just off the west coast of the United States.

But our “authorities” tell us that there is no reason to be concerned, so most Americans will continue to ignore the incredible tragedy that continues to unfold at Fukushima.

If you are not sure what to think about what is going on at Fukushima, perhaps the following statistic will get your attention….

Recent tests have shown that 36 percent of all children living in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan have abnormal growths on their thyroid glands.  After the Chernobyl disaster, less than 2 percent of all children living in the area surrounding Chernobyl were found to have abnormal growths on their thyroid glands.

Economic Collapse

The last recession was the worst economic crisis that America has faced since the Great Depression, and our economy has never even come close to recovering from it.

Now we are on the verge of another global financial meltdown that appears likely to be even worse than the last one.

Peter Schiff, the president of Euro Pacific Capital, says that the U.S. economy is headed for a crisis that will make the recession of 2008 and 2009 look like a walk in the park.

So what is going to happen if the economy goes into the toilet and unemployment skyrockets much higher than it is now?

That is frightening to think about.

Poverty Explosion

Even during this “economic recovery”, poverty in America continues to soar.

For example, since Barack Obama has been president the number of Americans on food stamps has risen from 32 million to 46 million.

Overall, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives benefits from the federal government according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  That is an all-time record high.

The Death Of American Cities

The United States once had dozens of great manufacturing cities that were the envy of the entire globe.

Today, many of those cities have degenerated into crime-ridden, drug infested hellholes.

Things have gotten so bad in Detroit that thousands of homes¬†are literally being torn down¬†in an effort to “make the city safer”….

As the next step in an April deal between financially strapped Detroit and the state of Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder is finalizing a plan to tear down thousands of abandoned houses in a bid to make the city safer.

Detroit has been hard-hit over the past four decades by a steep drop in population, a steadily eroding tax base and crippling budget deficits, resulting in countless barren streets punctuated by vacant lots and burned-out buildings.

Increase In Crime

Have you noticed that crime is on the rise in many of our communities?

The murder rate in Chicago is up 38 percent so far this year, and justifiable homicide rose by 79 percent in Detroit during 2011.

Criminals are getting bolder and are doing things that we have not seen before.

For example, on Saturday night a mob of 300 teens invaded a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Florida and went absolutely wild.  They started stealing stuff, breaking stuff and throwing food at each other without any concern for what the security guards would do.

When have we ever seen stuff like this happen in America before?

America already has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the largest total prison population on the entire planet by a very wide margin.

How many more people do we plan to lock up?

Meanwhile, even many Americans that are not considered to be “criminals” are becoming very cold-hearted.¬† Just check out what happened in Arlington, Virginia recently.¬† A¬†video surveillance camera captured footage of numerous people walking right past a man that had just been hit by a car and was dying on the sidewalk.¬† He was lying face down and bleeding and nobody even went up to him to see if he was okay.

If you were in a similar situation, would you stop to help that man?

Gang Violence

All over America gangs are taking over local communities.

According to the FBI, there are now a total of 1.4 million gang members living in America.  Just since 2009, that number has risen by 40 percent.

To get an idea of how deeply Mexican drug cartels have infiltrated our cities, just check out the maps on this article.

As I wrote about¬†the other day, there are only 200 police officers in Chicago’s Gang Enforcement Unit to go up against an estimated¬†100,000 gang members¬†living in the city of Chicago right now.

With numbers such as those, it is easy to see how violence in many of our cities could spiral out of control very, very quickly.

War

The United States continues to get pulled into more wars, and the conflicts that we are already involved in never seem to end.

Just today, 22 NATO supply trucks were destroyed in Afghanistan.  The war in Afghanistan has already lasted much longer than World War II did, and there is no end in sight.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama has gotten the U.S. military involved in conflicts in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and a whole bunch of other places.¬† The following is from a recent¬†Wired article….

The center of the¬†US drone war has shifted to Yemen, where 23 American strikes have killed an estimated 155 people so far this year. But you wouldn‚Äôt know about it ‚ÄĒ or about the cruise missile attacks, or about the US commando teams in Yemen ‚ÄĒ by reading the report the White House sent to Congress about US military activities around the globe. Instead, there‚Äôs only the blandest acknowledgement of ‚Äúdirect action‚ÄĚ in Yemen, ‚Äúagainst a limited number of [al-Qaida] operatives and senior leaders.‚ÄĚ

The¬†report, issued late Friday, is the¬†first time¬†the United States has publicly, officially acknowledged the operations in Yemen and in nearby Somalia that anyone with internet access could‚Äôve told you about years ago.¬†But the report doesn‚Äôt just fail to admit the extent of the shadow war that America is waging in the region. It‚Äôs¬†borderline legal ‚ÄĒ at best. The¬†War Powers Resolution of 1973¬†requires the president to inform Congress about any armed conflicts America is engaged in. Friday‚Äôs report isn‚Äôt just uninformative about Yemen. It¬†doesn‚Äôt even mention the US campaign in Pakistan, even though the Defense Secretary says America is ‚Äúat war‚ÄĚ there.

So what is next?

Well, there are endless headlines warning that war with Syria is coming.

Other headlines warn that war with Iran is coming.

Where will this all end?

Anxiety Epidemic

Americans today are more unhappy and more anxious than ever before.

The following is from a recent¬†Business Insider article….

According to a recent World Health Organization study, 31 percent of Americans are likely to suffer from an anxiety problem at some point during their lifetimes — compared to 25.3 percent of those in Colombia, and 24.6 percent in New Zealand, the countries that rank second and third. You’d think people in developing or unstable states — those preoccupied with concerns farther down on the Maslow Scale — would be more anxious than we are. Not so. “According to the 2002 World Mental Health Survey, people in developing-world countries such as Nigeria are up to five times less likely to show clinically significant anxiety levels than Americans, despite having more basic life-necessities to worry about,”¬†writes¬†Taylor Clark, author of Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool. “What’s more, when these less-anxious developing-world citizens emigrate to the United States, they tend to get just as anxious as Americans.

“The United States has transformed into the planet’s undisputed worry champion,” Clark adds.

Obesity Epidemic

Of all the major industrialized nations, the United States is the most obese, and a recent Gallup survey found that Americans are more concerned about our obesity epidemic than ever before.

And nobody can deny that we are getting fatter.

Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese.

Today, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.

Drug Addiction Epidemic

The United States has a higher percentage of drug addicts than any other major industrialized nation does.

We love to escape the pain of our every day lives.

At this point, the United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use in the entire world.

The United States also has a higher percentage of people addicted to prescription drugs than anyone else does.

So what does that say about us exactly?

Child Abuse Epidemic

In the United States, we treat our children very badly.

Sadly, there are more than 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States every single year, and the United States has the highest child abuse death rate on the entire globe.

Teen Pregnancy Epidemic

When our kids grow up they tend to be very sexually active as teens.

Amazingly, the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate on the entire planet.

And all of this sexual activity is rapidly spreading disease among our teens.  According to one study, one out of every fourteen girls in the United States has at least one sexually transmitted disease.

Divorce Epidemic

We like to make movies and television shows about families, but the truth is that the family structure in the United States has been breaking down for a very long time.

Today, the United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a very wide margin.

Some example for the rest of the world we are, eh?

16 Trillion Dollar National Debt

Right now the U.S. national debt is $15,884,155,929,632.05.

We will shortly cross the 16 trillion dollar mark.

This is the greatest debt in the history of the world and it is beyond criminal that we plan to pass this debt on to future generations.

Our greed has destroyed the future for our children and our grandchildren and yet we continue to borrow trillions more because we just can’t help ourselves.

Political Nightmare

On top of everything else, we have a horrifying lack of leadership here in America.

Our last four presidents have been four of the worst presidents in U.S. history, and in 2012 we are faced with an incredibly depressing choice at the polls.

Is Barack Obama really the best that the Democrats can do?

The American people elected an incompetent con man to the highest office in the land.  Virtually every decision that he makes is wrong and virtually everything that he has tried to do while in office has been a failure.

The Republicans dislike Barack Obama so much that they picked the candidate most like Obama out of the entire Republican field to go up against Obama.

What kind of sense does that make?

Is Mitt Romney really the best that the Republicans can do?

Right now the best selling point that Republicans have for Romney is this….

“You better vote for him or you will get another four years of Obama”.

But Mitt Romney would certainly also be a bad president and would lead us down the exact same road that Obama has.

This fall, Americans will either get to vote for the worst president in U.S. history or another guy who will almost certainly be one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.

How depressing is that?

So as this nation continues to fall apart, we are guaranteed to have an absolutely horrible leader in the White House.

Perhaps we are really cursed.

So do you have an opinion about why so many bad things are happening to America?

Please feel free to post a comment with your opinion below….

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Contributed by Michael Snyder of The American Dream.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

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  • Gwyn

    In the late 1950′s the USA was gift with Hope Diamond maybe we should sell that gift maybe our lucky will change.
    Either way the money could go for our bills.

  • Evie

    The last 4 presidents? That would be obama, bush, clinton and the other bush? If so why wasnt regan included he raised my ss taxes and the debt ceiling 17 times. Clinton was a good president I was working and could name my salary.

    • CanKicker

      @Evie, Clinton was NOT a good President, he was a shoddy President who had a Congress that would at least make SOME descent decisions about economic reform and he was willing to listen to them. He got elected because Ross Perot stole votes away from Bush Sr. This will be the same set of events that will keep Obama in the White House for another four years with Ron Paul and other third party candidates stealing votes away from Romney. This is one of the reasons Obama is confident of his reelection hopes. As much as I would love to have Dr. Paul in office, I cannot bear another four years of a lame duck Obama who will pass ANYTHING since he doesn’t have to worry about another campaign to win.

      If we want to really talk about bad Presidents we can start by going back as far as Johnson or Nixon, or hell how about going back as far as Roosevelt who allowed the Federal Reserve Act to pass handing our country over to the banks on a silver platter for the plundering.

  • Mike

    Lets see, we have a nation who has removed GOD from the basis of the American Life and replaced it with an emoral and currupt society. go figure!

    • Nexus789

      What utter drivel. I guess you believe the earth to be a few thousand years old as well. Mumble to your imaginary deity and arrogantly blame others. It obviously creates an excuse for you to avoid dealing with the issues as a mature adult way.

      PS – it’s amoral not emoral and currupt is corrupt. God not issued you with a spell checker.

      • Lutz

        You have no clue as to what you are talking about. You think this life is it? You type don’t want to be held accountable for your actions so you chastise any belief in God. Spiritually, you are dead.

  • Ed_B

    Exactly right, Mike. I believe that we have entered what will become known as “the time of troubles”. This is a period of testing to see if we, the American people, are ready to roll up our sleeves and get back to the basic principles upon which this country was founded. Our money has the motto “In God We Trust” on it for a reason. Shoving God out of our government, our institutions, and all other public places is causing us to lose sight of our morals. We are a “lost” people and we will continue to be lost as long as we refuse to turn to God, admit that we really do not know everything, and that we need His guidance. Secular thinking only takes one so far and we are well past that point. Pray for this country. That may well be the only thing that will save it.

    • Chris sakelarakis

      How stupid are we Americans ? Haven’t many of us noticed when we started banning god in our schools and our homes we started losing our hedge of protection from our lord? Get god get guns get food and pray . Many of our forefathers came to this greatbland to escape persecution from the tyranny of kings and dictators and Marxist scum like this obamanation scum….. I’m praying we don’t have to embark on another revoloution but I’m quite certain if this obamanation scum is reelected we will have no choice if we wish to remain a free nation . Wake up stupid sheeple b4 we lose our nation.

  • Mikey

    This is the beginning of sorrows. You reap what you sow.
    Do you really think that we could ignore God, relegate Him to some obscure box and not suffer the consequences? His patience has reached its limit and His judgment is coming. You ain’t seen nothing yet!!!

    • Nexus789

      Who is coming? Have you a direct line? Do you message or email?

      • Anonymous

        @Nexus789, one word for ya “harbingers” and I am not worried about spell check and typos by others for my cares are for the well being of the nation….I think we all got the point with what Mike states, we are smart enough to figure out what he meant and those who did not mind the misspelling are giving a lil grace…..ooops sorry I mentioned grace which is given by GOD maybe something you should look into, at least giving a lil grace

      • justincase

        look into chrislam leading religion taking over in our country along with many others

    • Anonymous

      @Mikey, harbinger that is one word you need to know, and spell check or not he made his point, goodness will you people stop worrying about typos when the world is falling apart?

    • Cherokee

      @Mikey, Preach Mikey!

  • C. Perryman

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn away from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
    Our beloved America has become a nation of pagans, thieves and robbers, murderers of both the already visible and the unborn, a completely corrupt government system, greedy, lazy, lacking integrity and self indulgent.
    “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
    Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be
    wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate. Isaiah 6:9-11
    Since the day that George Washington took his cabinet to the little stone church, near the 9/11 sight, at his inauguration to dedicate this nation to God Almighty (The Creator of the universe) and asked for His protection and guidance this nation has been protected, prospered, and blessed abundantly until the false gods have inundated our land, confiscated the faith of our people, and utterely corrupted with the profane ideas and demands on our people and government to which they have complied.
    GOD HELP US as HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nexus789

      Who is ‘GOD’? What a load of moronic drivel. Religion is a human concept. If a bloody great big asteroid slammed into the Earth religion would cease to exist in an instant. I think mumbling to an imaginary omnipotent entity is very funny. Region is no more than an excuse for righteous self important arrogant fools like you to avoid dealing with the issues and arrogantly blame others.

      • http://Thedailysheeple.com Ben

        @Nexus789, If you want to believe you came from nothing and are going nowhere, fine. I feel sorry for you.

    • Chris sakelarakis

      I said it before and I’ll say it again when we turned our back on Jesus he removed his hedge of protection from America . Read about the harbingers. And to the silly little nexus fool….I may waste a lil prayer for your dumbass tonite. God bless

  • hank

    You guys are so slow, with no due respect.Zionism is collecting now. The plan is to strip America to the bone and then take them over. Join the army or work in a FEMA camp.USA belongs to the Zionists. She is their bitch.They own congress, senate, banks etc, etc.and are giving orders to our bloated military zionist killing machine.

    The fires are inevitable, as this is all re-growth that is ready to go up at any time, even if it rained last week.

    Weather? Look no further than HAARP and all the other criminal crap that is going down against the natural weather. Russia baked and burned last year and now they’re washing away. They cannot say a thing, though, because they’re in the HAARP thing as well………

  • http://godhatesshrimp.com Dick Hertzer

    People need to get back to Sweet Jesus. You sinners need to quit saying i am a Republican. Repent America, or you will have your butt wiped by big C.

  • Casey

    Iniquity, desertion of a basic code of conduct, laziness, and apathy. ADD: Lawyers in politics.

  • Planning for the worst

    Blame on the Dems their liberal views and Obama.

  • http://Thedailysheeple.com Ben

    We’ve turned our backs on God and we have trusted scum politicians.

  • Tom Riddle

    Here is a legit question and plz answer this as well as you can if you Dare! We have been taught that if anyone does anything against Jews or Israel they are to be damned and turned to dust etc… Not exactly but, something horrible is supposed to befall them and wipe them from the face of the earth! Soooo with this thought in mind, why are the Germans and their country still striving? I’m just saying……

  • Arizona

    A guy that was portried to be a MORON, knew what was the problem ,FOREST GUMP,laughing stock of the movies said,”STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES” boy he sure had americans figured out,POLITICALY CORRECT,THREW GOD OUT OF EVERYTHING,TURNED SCHOOLS OVER TO THE FAGOTS AND LUCIFIER,PUT THE LOWEST SCUM IN CHARGE OF THE GOVERNMENT,and can’t figure out whats wrong………….SOs how things working out for everyone with out GOD and his son JESUS,going to hell are you and your kids,hahaha,stupid is as stupid does…………….

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