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Thoughts for Labor Day: On the American Dream and the American Wake-Up Call

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American Dream? Or Nightmare?Native Americans

Okay, okay…so I changed the title from what I’d indicated in the previous post. These things happen.

Before I begin I’ll summarize the line of inquiry I intend to explore, to allow you to gauge your interest in the contents of this essay:

  • What exactly is the American Dream? What makes it American, and what makes it a dream?
  • When do we wake up? Have we already slept in?

For well over a century—and, depending on how you look at, for maybe five hundred years now—the idea of the American Dream has beckoned the downtrodden from all parts of the globe to this outrageously bodacious continent of plenty. When we’re talking about the American Dream, we’re not just considering the USA; Canada, Mexico, the West Indies, Brazil—they’re Americans, too, you know. I often wonder how it is that US citizens became the only ones known to themselves as ‘Americans’ when there are a good couple dozen other sovereign countries in the western hemisphere. It’s pretty psychologically revealing, if you ask me.

The idea is this: in the New World, we were going to start again and do things right. No longer would oppressive hierarchies and tyrannical regimes prevent humankind from pursuing life, liberty, property, and happiness. As long as we respected one another, we in America would be free to do as we pleased. The rest of the world would gawk in admiration while we built a utopia for the ages, the perfect civilization for which mankind had been yearning all along.

Yuk, yuk. Seriously, though—that’s what it is. There’s only one teensy little problem with the premise of the American Dream: its foundations were laid by the barbarism of European colonialists, and millions of the People Who Were Here First had to be forcefully displaced or outright murdered in order to make way for our alabaster cities and amber waves of grain. Millions more had to be captured, enslaved, and imported in order to form the broad base of wholly unpaid labor which is the only means through which the American infrastructure—and most particularly that of the United States—developed as explosively and as thoroughly as it did. It took a booster-shot of genocide in one arm and one of slavery in the other to fuel the American lust for private property and coast-to-coast dominion. Without them, it couldn’t have happened as it did.

If you’re an American, your ancestors are most likely one or more of the following: subsistence farmers, industrial laborers, entrepreneurial merchantment-traders, displaced Native Americans, or African-American slaves. Your lineage could trace back to Scotland (like mine), to China, to the Middle East, to anywhere at all—regardless of nationality, your ancestors, at least when they first arrived in the Americas, were almost certainly one or more of these things.

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My friend Skip Conover is a sterling example of a businessman who is working to resolve cultural ignorance and to counteract American righteous isolationism through outreach and education. He’s not interested in profit; he’s interested in the well-being of his grandchildren, and of yours, and of those in all parts of the world, be they Christians, Muslims, atheists, or anything at all—as long as they’re human beings. Skip’s ancestors were Dutch; they settled in Manhattan and later in rural New York long before the United States was a nation. It certainly wasn’t always easy for them, but they lived peaceful, relatively idyllic lives as farmers working for the land and giving back to the land. Many early Americans did. They lived the American Dream before it was ever called that. Their ideals were the foundation for the belief that, no matter who you might be, you can come to America, and, by working hard and staying honest, you can accumulate wealth and happiness. There were to be no senseless social obstacles to the pursuit of one’s full potential as a human being.

Of course, if you’re accumulating wealth and happiness, that very likely means that someone somewhere isn’t. Early American agriculturalists didn’t have to worry about this—there was plenty for everyone. But those days were always numbered.

The term “the American Dream” first appeared in the book The Epic of America, written by a fellow named James Truslow Adams in 1931. Adams used the term to describe a New World departure from the the Old World economic and political models. Indeed, the constitutions of the United States and of other New World nations explicitly guaranteed freedoms which were not a part of the foundations of old European governments. They guaranteed just about everything except for freedom from poverty. It was only one’s blood, sweat, and tears that would guarantee that.

Unless, of course, one happened to be a “Founding Father.”

One of the most insidious myths propagated in the American education system and probably elsewhere in the world is that the framers of the US Constitution had everyone’s best interests in mind. Many of them owned slaves and were part of a wealthy, well-educated elite whose roots in America were often only one or two generations old. This doesn’t mean they were evil nasties, no. But one has, as in all other things, to consider the source. Take James Madison’s famous words during the Constitutional Debates of 1787:

When the number of landholders shall be comparatively small, will not the landed interest be overbalanced in future elections, and unless wisely provided against, what will become of your government? If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.

Madison’s position on democracy was very reasonable for a member of a wealthy ruling class: personal freedoms and democratic process should not be allowed to interfere with the trappings of wealth. On that black day in which the holders of private property might no longer form the majority of the American populace, it should be preemptively provided for that the interests of the wealthy in maintaining their wealth should be immune to the will of the nonwealthy majority. The modern notion of the American Dream is not founded on the ideas and the ideals of early American pioneers such as Skip’s ancestors. It is built upon the notion that the “opulent minority” must be, at all costs, protected.

This is not a departure from the Old World economy and politic. It is a direct extension thereof. The reason why the American Dream is just that, a dream, is because, in a world where money is liquid happiness while the “greater good” means little, the reality of a land of plenty for any and for all was never a feasible reality. The implications of this kind of socioeconomic architecture were what the early American settlers came here to escape. It didn’t take long for the old imperialist rulebook to be exhumed, dusted off, and recited from again.

Suburbia

Living proof of this is to consider what the idea of the American Dream has become in our day and time. It’s a nice plot of land with a house, a car or two, a husband or a wife and two point five children. Well, the people who are living that life, in the US and elsewhere, are a minority. Why is this? Is it because they’re the only ones who know how to work hard? Is it because most people just “don’t get it?”

Of course not. Factory workers who live in skid row flats work hard. Subsistence farmers whose survival from one year to the next is always in question work very hard. It is clear, then, that the idea that hard work and honesty inevitably lead to perpetual, guilt-free happiness is a ridiculously illogical and improbable notion.

The United States: A Case Study in Cultural Psychopathy

Oh, my goodness, you’re probably thinking. This guy is another one of those America bashers. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t think Americans are psychopaths. I’m an American, and I love my country, which is precisely why I feel the need to harshly criticize its flagrant shortcomings in realizing the ideals it would pretend to espouse. But I strongly believe that the American way of life, and, more importantly, the ways that most Americans, both those near desperation and the well-to-do, think about and justify their ways of life, are quite unhealthy, unsustainable, and therefore psychologically infirm. These worldviews are blasted in well financed, high bandwidth streams from media towers everywhere. They are not formed in the realm of personal experience, but they are often disseminated (with perfectly good intentions) in the classrooms of compulsory education.

America is unique in that it is a country which has gone from nothingness to unparalleled prosperity and influence in scarcely two hundred and fifty years’ time. That has not elsewhere happened, not to this degree, at any point in history.

“Must be proof we’re on the right track,” pseudo-patriot flag wavers cheer. “God bless, and support our troops.” But look at the glaring and growing iniquities inside America’s borders, and, particularly, in other parts of the world. Are we really on the right track? Methinks not.

The United Kingdom is the colonial parent country of the USA, just as France is of Guyana, and Spain of México, and Portugal of Brazil. Great Britain was first inhabited by humans during a time in which Britain wasn’t yet an island, when there was a land bridge, perhaps 9,000 years ago. Anglo-Saxons from mainland Europe came to England in the Fifth Century, and their conquest of and intermarriage with relatively indigenous peoples, supplemented by the infusion of Norman peoples about six hundred years later, produced the foundations of what we would call modern British culture. As a developed nation, Britain then went on to colonize much of the world, including, of course, America.

These early infusions of disparate peoples and their unification into a more-or-less British whole was a process that took well over a thousand years. The point is that the dirtier ethnic wars whose results led to the incorporation and foundation of Britain, and of other nations in Europe and around the world are, for the most part, many hundreds or even thousands of years old. Proponents of false patriotism in the US and elsewhere would have you believe that the cohesion of American culture results from the country’s own innate good. This is a ridiculous lie that is propagated wholesale in institutions of business and, much worse, in institutions of education—in the Americas and worldwide.

Many Muslims believe that the US government is genuine in its attempts to bring democracy to the greater Middle East region. The American people are usually quite genuine about it; but, unfortunately, we do not determine the government’s methods and we certainly do not determine its motives. Democracy is sorely needed in many nations in the Middle East and elsewhere, but America is hardly a role model. Hardly. Consider the motives before you consider the goals. America has overthrown more democratically elected governments than dictatorships. If it were true that America’s power comes from its goodness, then all of the liberties which seem intrinsic to the American way of life would have been written in from the beginning. Well, in the beginning, “all men are created equal” did not apply to all men. Some would argue that it still doesn’t. No victory of liberty in American history—from the battle for free speech, to women’s sufferage, to civil rights—none of it was achieved through the ballot box. It took people shouting in the streets and setting pen to paper. Democracy has never been about voting booths. It has been about public participation in the marketplace of ideas, using nonviolent resistance if necessary. That is patriotism. Not pulling levers.

child waving flagAmerica was “an overnight success,” but a very bloody and inequitable overnight success. Just look at this picture: it’s heartwarming and great that you can see several ethnicities, and probably several contrasting walks of life, united here under a big colorful banner. It’s pretty cool. But how was this sort of thing achieved? The mass murder, ethnic cleansing and displacement, and ruthless slavery which shaped America are really not very far at all behind us, folks. They’re not more than a few generations in the past.

So when Americans talk about spreading democracy around the globe, when we fiercely extol the virtues of our free and just way of life, what are we hiding? Aren’t we sweeping a few things under the proverbial rug? The consequence of all of this is that America is a culture which is separated from a menacing dark side by a paper-thin veil. That dark side is a huge part of our culture, and is indeed largely responsible for it; but it is not something with which we, as individuals or as a whole, are very well in touch.

No civilization or culture in history is free of dirty little secrets. But the special thing about America is that all of this tyranny and bloodshed is very recent and historically immediate, and is in fact wholly and directly responsible for the state of things as they now are. We need to feel that the ends justified the means, even as it becomes more and more clear with each passing year that they certainly did not. The apologists and revisionists behind the American education system want to write these atrocities off as simple errors of judgment which are historical footnotes, mere unfortunate externalities—but this is a lie of retroactive justification through de-emphasis and omission, and an expansive and disrespectful one at that. Are we so intensely predisposed to forcing our ideals and politics upon other countries because we really, truly believe in them…or is it because we’re rather ashamed of our past and seek comfort in validation from others? I would say that the answer might be a mixture of these two possibilities; but there is something more.

If I’m walking down the street and an unscrupulous-looking chap much bigger than myself comes up out of nowhere and wails on my face with his fist, he’s likely going to wait for me to recover and he’s going to stand there all tensed up, expecting me to hit back. He might not be afraid of me, particularly if he’s a lot bigger and stronger than I am, but nonetheless he’s going to instinctively prepare to be fired upon in return. This is precisely where the American nation now stands in its cultural history and identity. Our ancestors totally ravaged and ransacked this place. It was brutal, and it happened not long ago. The culture of modern America is one of fear and suspicion. Who’s going to hit back, and when? We certainly deserve it—so when’s it gonna happen? Did it happen on September 11, 2001? Is that what that was? No—that was the despicable action of Islamic fundamentalists taking out their frustrations on the good, decent American people because they hate our freedoms and our self-righteous role as the policeman of the world. Right? I don’t think so. People who know the Middle East landscape far more thoroughly than I will be glad to explain it to you. But if you do believe that simplistic jargon, and if you do believe that America has come to play that sort of role in the modern world, ask yourself this: if you’re living in another part of the world other than America, and you’re looking to hire a global policeman, is the United States really the best choice, based on the recent entries in its résumé? Do we want a country that spends more each year on Halloween than on space exploration to have such a strong, unilateral voice in world affairs?

Well, you might say, you have a point, sir; but the US has learned from its mistakes and has moved on. Just look at our participation in the wars of Europe and east Asia; just look the Marshall plan and all the international monetary aid we hand out. We’re clearly not the exploitative monsters we used to be. Well, the bully that struck me down on the street can then go a few blocks down the avenue and help a fragile old lady at the crosswalk. That doesn’t mean justice was served. It might be that he’s had a change of heart—or is he just trying to comfort his own conscience?

There are very real psychological reasons why the United States is the only country in the world ever to have used nuclear weaponry in war, but simultaneously appears to be the most interested in making sure that no one else ever can, or does. It’s doublethink hypocrisy at its very finest. There are very real psychological reasons why the United States spends $450 billion per annum on defense while millions of people in other parts of the world languish from disease and hunger, not to mention millions inside America’s own borders. There are very real and disturbing reasons why the United States seems to feel validated and important in taking a leadership role in the ‘War on Terror’ and stamping out sectarian violence everywhere. America, as a culture and as a political entity, is psychopathic.

But there are also very real economic reasons for these thinly disguised agendas of self-promotion and political and cultural imposition. The United States’ ‘War on Terror’ is a battle principally against an enemy created by the United States itself, less than thirty years ago, to serve an important purpose in geopolitical strategy. That is beyond the scope of this piece, but it’s a story worth telling over and over again.

The politics and economics of fear

Nürnberg Rally

Let’s return to James Madison’s seminal idea about the protection of the “opulent minority.” He wanted to make sure that a populace of have-nots would not be able to displace the authority and privelege of a minority of haves.

In a society based on equality and justice for all, how can this be accomplished without being exposed for the shakedown operation that it is?

Hermann Göring, Hitler’s close deputy and commander of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, had something to say about it in his cell during the Nürnberg Tribunals following Germany’s defeat:

Oh, that is all well and good…but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

This is why thousands of Japanese-Americans were rounded up and interred in camps after Pearl Harbor. It is why Americans are being taught to hate and fear Muslims. It is what my friend Skip is fighting against, and it is what we all should be fighting against if we truly value the idea of a land and of a world in which there can ever be “liberty and justice for all.”

The culture of fear vastly degrades quality of life for most. But for those at the top of the pyramids of wealth and power, it ends up being a pretty handy way to keep those profits rolling in and to keep those citizens paying taxes with mouths sewn shut. When people are afraid, they consume. They eat more, and they buy lots of material comforts to shield themselves from the false sense of victimhood that is imposed on them by centers of power through the egregiously effective tool of mass media. The tragedy of September 11 caused the price of gold to soar, and opened up a whole new world of profitability for oil companies and defense contractors. When tensions erupt in the Middle East, people there and elsewhere die and suffer. Westerners watch television, and act upon the commercials. Oil prices go up, and the bank accounts of oilmen and Saudi royals get bigger. It’s a beautiful thing for the opulent minority, and an unspeakable horror for everyone else.

When people are afraid, they consume. When people become seriously concerned with investigating the real causes of their fears, and when they become concerned and take issue with the state of things in the world around them, they stop consuming and start asking questions. People get voted out of office; whole governments are overhauled. Corporations are no longer profitable enterprises, and real, genuine social and economic equality begins to take shape.

As long as the opulent minority maintains power through these means and for these purposes, America will be trapped within its American Dream and it will continue to lead the rest of the world down the drain along with it. We will wake up only when Americans realize something of which the rest of the world is already painfully aware: that Americans are, by and large, tools of unscrupulously selfish centers of power and wealth. That their culture is psychopathic, and that the American Dream is in fact a chilling nightmare for everyone save a priveleged few and the large population of eaters and sleepers they control through their media.

Let’s change minds and promote democracy with our actions, not with empty, sheepish ideologies. We need to get it right ourselves before we give a seminar.

Labor Day is as fine a morning to wake from this dream as any. Have a great one, take heart, and spread the message that, if people begin to care and to get involved, America one day will actually represent those ideals upon which it was founded before it was ever really a nation. One day, America will practice what it preaches, and world hunger, disease, wars, and ecological catastrophe will be sad memories of an immature, unfortunate past. But it won’t happen on its own. The world will come to an end first, whether through greenhouse gas suffocation or through war, in the absence of action from the ground up. Mark my very words. Slow and steady wins the race.

The choice is simple. Acting upon it is not, but is utterly necessary if anyone other than the opulent minority is to survive.

Nagasaki, 1945

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  1. Gracie said, on 9/4/06 at 8:20 pm

    You’ve exposed the truth in this excellent essay, starting from the beginning to our current state of affairs. One only has to read Howard Zinn’s, “People’s History of the United States,” to find out that Columbus was not the hero we worshiped in elementary school. The most frightening aspect of your accurate portrayal is that history can’t provide the answers to the outcome, as we are entering unchartered territory. It can provide, however, a window to the past, and it’s not such a pretty picture.

    One of the most influential philosophers of recent times that has played an enormous role in current policy is Leo Strauss. Some of his more infamous students include Wolfowitz, Kristol, etc. Now THAT is a frightening thought for us folks who are opposed to everything he believed. Yikes!

    From Wikepedia

    “In 2004, Adam Curtis produced a three-part documentary for the BBC on the threat from organised terrorism called the Power of Nightmares. This television documentary claimed that Strauss’ teachings, among others, influenced neo-conservative and thus, United States foreign policy, especially following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Two students of Strauss, Wolfowitz and William Kristol, are cited, and Kristol discusses Strauss’s influence in the film. Since they were students of Strauss, the documentary claims that their later political views and actions are a result of Strauss’ philosophy and teaching. The central theme of the documentary is that the neoconservatives created myths to make the Soviet Union and terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda (Arabic: القاعدة‎) appear to be better organized and coordinated, as well as more threatening than they actually were, and that such “nightmares” enabled the neoconservatives to gain disproportionate power in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations.”

    Didn’t mean to get carried away…………….

    Anyway, keep up the great writing; I’m learning so much from both you and Skip.

    Gracie

  2. zilla said, on 9/5/06 at 4:45 am

    I’ll be emailing a link to this entry to my husband. Excellent writing, as usual.

  3. Skip Conover said, on 9/5/06 at 4:45 am

    Curt: Fantastic article, and many thanks for your mention of Wolfert Gerritsen van Couwenhoven! I will definitely link to this today. I do have one (actually pretty large) economic quibble, however. It is the idea that if someone is getting ahead, someone else is losing. That is just not the case. In every contract, or agreement to do something, both sides must agree. Therefore, both sides gain. So both sides get ahead. Mine is often a case in point. I have done very well for myself by taking several industries to India. Yes, we do pay less there than we would here for labor (though other expenses are much higher), but the issue was that there just were not enough Americans willing to do the work. The available labor pool in my industry, which admittedly is difficult and labor intensive work, had already dropped from 250,000 to 180,000 in just 3 years, when we began. Our activities in just one industry in India has increased good jobs there by 15,000, which the Government of India says feeds 150,000. I’m pretty happy with that result, because the people we employ work in the top 10% of Indian labor rates, thereby substantially contributing to the Indian “miracle.” All sides benefit. We get the labor we need (we advertised for 5 positions in Charlotte, recently, and got only 2 resumes in 5 weeks), we are able to make up for the other substantial costs of communication and travel by lower labor rates (it’s nearly a wash), and the Indians get education and feed 150,000 people. That’s a win-win-win. By the way, our clients get reliable service too!

    All that notwithstanding, I want to commend you on the ambitious project you undertood to make this post! It is an excellent contribution, and you should be very gratified with the results. I hope you are planning to publish it elsewhere (after adjusting the economics). If you want to discuss the economics further, you may feel free to write me privately. I think you know where.

    Best regards, Skip

  4. tellitlikeitis said, on 9/5/06 at 5:17 am

    Thank you for your insight, Skip. You are right, relocation of industry can be a very good thing for lagging economies, and you raise a good and important point. What you’re doing in India is benefitting many, and that deserves recognition. It sounds at the surface like a good deal all round.

    But now it is I who must question your economics: in any contract, it is true that both sides must consent and that both sides gain something—else, it’s bad business, fair enough? That is a fair statement. But you cannot be unaware that there are sometimes terrible externalities imposed upon people and places in the wake of some—not all, but certainly some—of these kinds of agreements. I won’t speak to your examples in India, because you clearly understand a lot more about your own transactions than I would. I wish all large business enterprises were as mindful of social conditions and external costs as are you.  

    I am glad that you spoke up, because it lets me know I should have been clearer in my writing–what I meant when I said “one gains, another loses” is more about food distribution. World starvation has never been about a lack of food—the Earth keeps producing surplus after surplus. It is the distribution system which is unfair.

    So, in the sense you’re speaking of, you are absolutely correct—there is economic “trickling down” that goes on throughout the world. Wealth at the “top” doesn’t directly equate to squalor at the “bottom.” But in the macroeconomic sense, I think there is a lot of truth to the notion that putting food in some mouths takes it out of others, especially in a global capitalist system. Transactions are beneficial; some externalities are beneficial; some externalities are certainly not beneficial.

  5. worldtrip said, on 11/10/06 at 6:33 am

    Wow, I’m impressed, truely impressed! I’m just doing some research on the American Dream and the Harlem Renaissance and how these two fit together or not. I must say that I kind of the same thoughts as you. I’m glad I found your essay! I also did some stuff on Native and Minority studies in the past (I study American and Canadian Studies and Philosophy here in Germany). It really is time that people learn about America’s past and why and how it became the nation it is today and finally wake up. It’s all interdependent: politics, econimics, society…
    Acknowledge and understand, don’t endure!
    Best wishes for your future… all the best… keep on thinking and writing.

  6. Curtis said, on 11/10/06 at 5:39 pm

    Encouragement much appreciated, I’m glad you found the piece of interest. The type of analysis in which you’re interested will increasingly become the focus of this weblog, which is one reason for my switching the title a week or so ago.

    Thanks!

  7. ben said, on 2/5/07 at 2:26 pm

    I need a favor. The link for the children holding hands picture is broken. If you could fix it, that would be awesome, because I was using it for a project, and I stupidly did not save it. I found some others, but they are much smaller and I need a higher quality. Thank you.

  8. Curtis said, on 2/7/07 at 6:30 am

    I’d love to help you out, but the link was broken at the other end. Sorry!! I had to delete it altogether.

    Thanks for coming by. Maybe try changing around your search terms? Sometimes I’m surprised by the difference that can make.

  9. […] This post from Labor Day has been getting an awful lot of attention lately; I’m not sure why. If I could do a rewrite then I would, but that’s true of most every post on here and I’m trying to take it easy on the Publish button. […]

  10. “Kill The Idea Of Cops”

    July 17th 2007 CNN stated this in one of their articles, “WASHINGTON (CNN) — So let’s cut to the chase on the new National Intelligence Estimate: Does it show America is safer today than it was on September 10, 2001 — or not?”…………………….. “While nobody knows with absolute certainty whether al Qaeda is “stronger” than it was in the past, the point is that this new report shows the terror organization is “strong” yet again.”

    After ………….. we get more bodybags ………….soon to come………mark my words here folks……… in large people areas like Shopping Center mega-malls, large health center…….hospitals like “Albany Med” of New York, maybe, yes, just maybe, someone in high places, in politics, or in the media, will take note what I am saying here…………. over thirty five years of experience, research, obserance, and education in the public safety and security profession, I personally have come to a positive conclusion ……….. yes………. with absolute certainty…….. that even if al Qaeda isn’t stronger than it was in the past, getting through our first line of defense is easy!

    Security in places like Shopping malls, Hospitals, City sky-scrapping Corporate office buildings, Colleges/Universities, and any other large complex, are told to call the police if there is a problem. Security is, in general, today, a “Hands-off-department in most complexes and that is very sad. Being that the case, we all know that the police are at a scene usually after-the-fact………..they write their reports out and the crime is history………. the before factor must be present to prevent anything………… so if a none-terrorist crime is not possible to prevent, how is a terrorist crime going to be possible? It’s not!

    So “Kill the idea of cops” means, everyone who depends on the police to prevent crime and terrorist attacks without the direct help from a professional security people who are able to “put hands on”, seeing that security is at a scene, before, during and after a possible crime, are fools…………you must kill that idea that your security should just call the police……… and everyone better make sure their security is truly preventing crime and are not just there as an insurance rate deduction, a common reason today for having a security guard in place.

    Wake-up! Am I, and my small group of public safety and security professionals the only ones who see what’s coming here in America folks?

    If you work in a Shopping mall, Hospital, University, and any large complex…………. ask your security if they are told to call the local police if they need to put “Hands-On” to prevent a crime from happening. If they are honest with you, they will tell you yes! Why is this important news? because it tells you that when the police get there, the crime will most likely be just a report, waiting to be filed in a police station, that will not be followed up unless it’s “body-bags” of friends and families you may know.

    The stock holders, and owners of these complexes depend on the police to prevent crime. This is why their security is looked at as just over head in their business, and not really nessesary for direct crime prevention and terrorist attacks prevention. Just keep in mind folks………….. prevention needs the before factor! And the police are very seldom at a scene before a crime happens!

    So………….. everyone………….. “Kill The Idea Of Cops”, for if you don’t, preventing terrorist like al Qaeda, is not going to happen! We will be easy prey!

    Security departments everywhere in America must stop operating like police departments by just being a re-active crime control agency………… coupled with just calling the police………. all security and the police are doing is reacting to a crime! Who’s trying to prevent crime? Anyone? The crimes we see at Universities and colleges resently should never happen, and wouldn’t if security did their homework! If security would be a pro-active agency they would have caught that young man long before he commited the crime! You all know who I’m talking about, no need to bring it’s details to the forefront anymore…….. we all heard plenty of the frightening details of the students who suffered greatly.

    So I wonder how many people will read my warnings here? How many bodybags will America see before they realize security is not fulfilling their role in crime prevention because people in the place of authority over security are not “Killing The Idea Of Cops”? How many politicians will ever take note of what I am saying? Do the police feel threaten in what I say?

    For I will go on record right now, by saying, the police are the only ones who are doing their jobs superbly!

    People of America need to understand there responsibilities and the importance of developing their security departments and agencies to prevent crime now! And the law makers need to make, and change laws when needed, to help security do their job…….. prevent crime and terrorist attacks now, with the help of police, the circle needed bewteen security and police will be what we need to stop terrorist in their tracts!

    What about the fact that right now, as you are reviewing my article, your security department or agency could be hiring a terrorist cell player in complexes throughout America……………… do you know how easy it is to get a security position in most States in America? Too easy! And shopping malls, hospitals and other complexes are therefore wide open for terrorist!

    “So let’s cut to the chase on the new National Intelligence Estimate: Does it show America is safer today than it was on September 10, 2001 — or not?” CNN………… In my professional opinion, and the opinion of my independent research group, NO! We are not safer! And I would talk to anyone who’d like to disput that fact!

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