Decline of an Empire
As America is still reeling from the effects of the economic collapse of 2008, and spending is increased to record levels, many are becoming increasingly aware of the decline of America’s empire. This is not to be confused with the decline of America as a nation, rather it is a retreat from the imperialistic nature in which the U.S. has lived by since the end of WWII.
Financially, the U.S. cannot maintain a military that spends basically as much as the rest of the world combined. While we are spending 50% of our estimated tax revenues on the over-compensated military for offshore adventures, we have officials and citizens fighting tooth and nail against spending a fraction of that amount of money on improving our ever-diminishing health care system.
Being that we are the richest and most powerful nation on earth, how is it that we have so many domestic problems and so much opposition to fixing them. Of course it is largely attributable to our corporate state structure and the capitalistic principles in which our government lives by.
Also, without sounding too socialist, it is also due to the simple fact that the wealthy class doesn’t want to share and finds paying taxes un-American, because it contributes towards the betterment of the lower and middle classes.
There are many faults in our current system which are driving our time as an empire through a downward spiral, but instead of expounding upon the roads towards American decline, I will point you towards a more informed article about that very subject. Taking Down America