With the ever growing number of secrets pouring forth from the now cracked damn of secrecy that private organizations hired by the U.S. government were meant to maintain, the trust and belief in said government wanes as they go from more virtuous defenders of the peoples rights and public servants to cloak and dagger like scenarios of black hooded members of a secret cult trying to take over the world. The above scenario is a bit of hyperbole but what it is based on is not false, more and more we learn about information that proves that we are not allowed any modicum of privacy anymore, not just online but in our homes, we can be monitored and observed without any need of our consent. This is not the only issue that is growing in the U.S. today, the growing poverty issue, as it stands much of the middle and lower classes in America control only 7% of the money in the country, meanwhile, 1% control 40% of the money, that means about 3 to 4 million people control nearly half of the nations wealth while more than half the nations population control less than ten percent, not only that but because of limited financial control the middle and lower classes only control .5% of all stocks and bonds. Along with that, roughly 10% of the population of America is incarcerated, meaning that the U.S. has the largest prison population on the planet and while crime has shown to gone down, the prison population has grown, the severity of punishment for petty crimes has increased and now private corporations help control a large part of the U.S. jailing/prison system. Most people reading this will say, So? and why shouldn't they? The average U.S. citizen is becoming a sheep, passive to the new masters control, the advance of which has been subtle and slow. The U.S. congress is stale-mated as seats open up and none desire to fill them and partisanship grows and a lack of work also grows. Meanwhile, the mainstream media, currently controlled by ratings and the demands of investors has changed from the 4th estate, the strong words that could change the scope of history to a series of blathering fools chasing every story to fill up a 24 hour news station to keep viewers eyes glued to the screen. Any attempt at enlightening the public or giving them the transparency they so demanded when the last presidential race was being run is met with a call for the head of those whom supposedly "jeopardized national security", the whistle blower is labeled a traitor and patriotism is used like a sword to stab through the heart any who desire to inform the public of illegal or immoral activity. The list grows as Banks whom until recently were not allowed to control physical goods as it would raise inflation in the market, are suddenly doing just that, Goldman Sachs attempts to do so now as it purchases large amounts of aluminum to hold as the inflation already has begun. What can be found as the worst of all is the lack of any acknowledgement or any sign of caring from the American public. The same American public who used to march in the streets for civil rights, protest for women's right to vote, who stood against the tide of oppression and helped to build a strong and powerful nation now sits at the bottom rung of the social ladder. We are number 7th in freedom in a recent poll, the number one winner was New Zealand. We're... ...7th in literacy 27th in Math 22nd in Science 49th in Life Expectancy 178th in infant mortality 3rd in median household income 4th in labor ports 4th in exports Someone will read all this and say something as ignorant as "if you don't like this country, leave" This is my home, I want it to be the great, shining beacon of hope it once was, the country that pushed for change and progress not for new episodes of some trash television show. If you are entirely comfortable with everything you just finished reading above, if you can truly sleep easily knowing all this, then this country is already lost.