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65 Million Americans Are Not Having a Happy July 4th


Society & Culture  (tags: Americans, July 4th, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, society, ethics, law, government, interesting, humans, rights, freedoms, politics )

Carrie
- 26 days ago - alternet.org
About 20 percent of the U.S. population is left out of the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While some of these sixty five million people may eat hot dogs and watch fireworks, they are left out of the July 4 promise.



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Sue Matheson (69)
Friday July 4, 2014, 1:00 pm
thanks
 

Val R. (228)
Friday July 4, 2014, 4:47 pm
Unfortunately unless our government is overthrown I think we ALL miss out of that promise..
 

Natasha Salgado (510)
Friday July 4, 2014, 7:24 pm
Pretty depressing stats...you'd think some fireworks might just cure all spoils at least 4 a lil while--a beautiful diversion. Ominous. Thanks Carrie
 

AniMae Chi (394)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 4:52 am
Over 4 million people live in homes where each person lives on less than $2 per day (2.8 million are children)
Over 600,000 people are homeless
Over two million people are in jails

Will the beautiful diversion of fireworks will fill their empty stomachs
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 8:24 am
"The Land of the Free"...???
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 10:43 am
Noted
 

Phil P. (89)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 1:32 pm
Our so called leaders need to get some fireworks up their collective asses starting with destructive idiots in the TeaParty and moving on to Boehner and McConnell. Thankfully Cantor will be gone soon but he needs a special parting 'load" as well.
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 1:41 pm
The Republican party has heard of "bread and circuses" to keep the masses quiet - but they seem to have forgotten that "bread" is a requirement for "bread and circuses."
 

Theresa Robinson (43)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 2:02 pm
NOTED SIGNED AND SHARED! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TO EVERY ONE ON CARE2 Theresa Robinson :)
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 2:17 pm
Ben O. says it all, thank you.
 

Pamela Tracy (2)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 3:58 pm
If most Americans whose families/ancestors settled this land do their ancestry.com, they will find like I did that my own family came from roots that fled religious persecution, and were sold into white slavery, and were considered Jacobites and imprisoned as real prisoners by England, and that my Irish family were hard workers and not all bad like some have said. Being Irish is not easy. And, that my French ancestry ends quickly with very little luck in following up because the Frenchman in the family sort of disappears in America. And, anyway, I was pushed around by the US Government and retired at low retirement after 21 plus years....I never get ahead what with paying health insurances and copays and dental insurances and copays, and vision insurance and copays, and in the past year I mentioned to a young man who worked for AT&T that I still pay taxes every year. My retirement is just enough to deny me most exemptions as a single elderly woman in this country AND I AM DAMN TIRED OF OUR LEADERS WHO FOR 50 YEARS HAVE BEEN PROMISING US THINGS AND HAVE REPEATEDLY MADE OUR COUNTRY INTO PRISONS FOR FOREIGNERS AND BIG BUSINESS SO THAT YOU CAN GO NOWHERE WITHOUT BEING ASSAULTED BY PSYCHOTIC PRISON EMPLOYEES AND THEIR CRIMINAL FRIENDS. I WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR IMMIGRATION...I AM NO LONGER. OUR LEADERS AND THE BIG BUNCH OF MEN WHO MEET ALL THE TIME....BILDEN BURGERS OR WHOMEVER GAVE OUR COUNTRY AWAY TO MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. I CANNOT EVEN PROVIDE FOR MYSELF THE VERY LEAST WITHOUT SOME FOREIGN COUNTRY AND THEIR TAKOVER OF OUR COUNTRY CALLING ME RICH. HA. I HOPE THEY END UP WITH NO MORE THAN MYSELF...AND WHEN I GO OVER FROM 1974 TO NOW MY SALARY EACH YEAR...I DO NOT WISH THEM ANY BETTER. SORRY, I REFUSE TO KISS ASS TO THE 4TH OF JULY, NOT WHEN MY TREASONOUS FRIENDS KISSING POLITICAL ASS AND INTEL ASS END UP WITH MORE....
 

Fi T. (16)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 4:49 am
Who should be blamed for and what should be done to this?
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 5:53 am
More than two million people are in our jails and prisons making the US the world leader in incarceration, according to the Sentencing Project, a 500% increase in the last 30 years.

Think of the cost to our society to keep this modern day slave institution going; when most of these people are there for non violent reasons. Many become more violent or violent after they are in there once their futures have been ripped away from them and they are subjected with the truly hard core criminals.

Families broken up, the loss of a breadwinner for a family, extra costs to families already in struggle. Taxpayers spending more money for prisons that could be used for our educational system. Hardly mentioned is all the free labor that the prisoners are expected to provide to "earn" their keep or in hopes it will get them a lessor sentence.

Between the Military Industrial Complex and the Prison Industrial Complex the Middle Class is being bled to death to support these misadventures because the wealthy find every tax loophole to use and avoid paying taxes.

The poor are doomed forever more to be poor, end up in prison, or die in the military industrial complex.

I thank those who contributed or helped me forward the May Day Pac information. The goal was to raise $5 by July 4th of which we did. Today I checked the tally again we are now over $6 million! I believe in this group of which Lawrence Lessig is got his hand on, he is a bright man with a heart. He has seen first hand this out of control corrupted system steal the life of his friend, Aaron Swartz, who was only 26 when an over-reach of a punitive system drove him to suicide.

We lost a brilliant mind in that young man Aaron, we are loosing every day a lot of brilliant minds, of youth that no longer can go to College, that are weighted down with ever more debt, that can't launch, that see no future no hope in this corrupted system that the 1% have shoved upon us. Every day families are being destroyed in this Country from the young to the Elders no one is being spared unless you are so fortunate to be at the top of the financial games and gains.

To blame Fi T. all over C2 many people have left a lot of news stories of how we got here and what is keeping us here. Look into the archives, do your research, and then join with us who are doing something about it. Is a lot that can be done, join Wolf Pac, I placed that story on C2, donate more to the May Day Pac that I also put on C2 and spent my July 4th promoting and pushing. That to me was the only thing I felt as an American I should be doing, trying to save this Country from my humble position. There is lots we can do, the first is everyone is in need to become educated and then use their own personal power to join others in the efforts. That is what should be done.

Educate.....resist......join......In solidarity.......

The corruption will not be removed quickly but the more who start to join what is already in motion the faster we can bring about better results.
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 6:30 am
Sorry typo $5 should of had million after it.

Just to add to the May Day Pac. We raised $1 million in May which was matched by another $1 million. This $5 million was to also be matched by another $5 million, thereby right now there is $12 million. As another million and counting more has been gained there is now over $13 million to start fighting this corruption and taking back our democracy.

We don't have a democracy right now, our Republic is gone, we have a Country run by a few Elites, the most Wealthy that "buy" their agendas.

So, this is one of the ways to stand up to this, in solidarity, although not the only way that is taking place. This is one way I believe in and I'll be placing things onto C2 as it goes along on how else you can take part in this May Day actions. As I said, educate, there are other wonderful ways to make your voice heard and actions to count. Wolf Pac already has 2 States that have signed on to Amend the Constitution on the Citizens United, a bill in being introduced by I believe Louise Slaughter to address the ethics of the Supreme Court, this can be an action to get behind. Many ways are out there.....but it requires people to learn of them, to know which side of the fence they stand on, then place some time into it. Nothing is going to be handed to us.
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 6:33 am
If Scott V reads this:

before I could read your introduction and accept the friendship you were gone. ??? But I do appreciate what you said in the introduction. I hope you'll come back.

Sorry Carrie, he said he reads things and I don't know how else to contact him.
 

patsy olive (0)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 9:32 pm
Noted.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 9:54 pm
Noted.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:44 am
noted
 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:41 am
Go ahead and celebrate even though our country keeps going into wars and attacking other countries around the world condoning torture and spying without a warrant and drone warfare and police state and persecuting whistle blowers like snowden. Celebrate because even though it is evil it is our evil.
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:43 am
Yes, kind of like the voting for the lessor of two evils.....one still got evil.
 

Panchali Yapa (10)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:58 am
Thank you
 

Bonnie Lynn M. (1)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:07 pm
All very sad, but Thank you.
 

Katherine May Williams (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:23 am
Noted.
 

Diane K. (136)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 4:52 am
It's the truth, thanks
 

Evanola Davis (63)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 8:38 am
I hear you loud and clear....there is so much wrong with this country I don't know if it will ever be the "Land of the Free"!
 

Freya H. (301)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:10 pm
I fear that the number - and percentage - will only increase over the coming year.

Unless we get off our duffs and vote out of office as many as we can of the slime buckets who caused these problems in the first place! Register, get your friends and family registered, and GET TO THE POLLS! I don't care how hopeless our system seems, it's the best weapon we've got right now.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 8:28 pm
sad but we can win..we will..history repeats itself...
 

Charlie Rush (49)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 9:04 pm
Anyone who told you life was fair..............LIED.
 
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