Americans have to start doing what is right, what makes sense and what we can afford, not what feels good. And that has to start in our personal lives and in holding our elected officials accountable. The days and easy decisions for America and Americans is over or there will be no America left, at least not one that anybody wants to live in or leave to their our kids and grandkids.
There is a new brilliant documentary out called Generation Zero that every American needs to see, that makes it all very clear. It pulls together everything from the past 40-years into a concise package, explaining how we got here and what we have to do to get ourselves out. If we make a U-turn and do what is needed, no matter how hard it is, we will make it. If we do not, we will fall by the way side like all former empires and superpowers that became arrogant and narcissistic.
Generation Zero is the film of the discussion and thoughts that every fiscal conservative and American who has uses their common sense has had many times over, without necessarily knowing all the facts. I know I and many of my friends have had this conversation many times, however, I didn’t realize how close the country came to collapse during the dark days of September 2008. This film makes it clear how close we came to the abyss. The film opens and closes with video from CSPAN that reflects the anger of middle-class America and how close we came to a complete and utter meltdown on September 18, 2008 when there was an electronic bank run that was hurtling out of control. Watch this clip to understand the situation. It also explains to those who still don’t get it, where the Tea Party and other like movement have come from.
The film opens with well-respected financial bloggers like Barry Ritholtz, Michael Panzer and Jim Quinn discussing the breadth of the crisis.The film begins in a low-key manner and slowly builds to a crescendo of fear, corruption, greed and incompetence among the elite who control the country. Bannon puts the blame squarely on the shoulders of Wall Street bankers and their corrupt protectors in Washington DC. Essentially, the theme of the film is that the rich ruling elite have gamed the system for decades and have destroyed the middle class of this country. Government malfeasance in passing the Community Reinvestment Act, repealing Glass Steagall, and allowing 5 Investment Banks (Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley) to leverage 40 to 1 led to the crisis. When these firms converted from partnerships, with individual liability, to corporations with no personal liability, Pandora’s box had been opened.
Bannon skewers the Baby-boomers who came of age during the turbulent 1960’s and then turned into the greedy yuppies of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Bannon brilliantly ties together this financial crisis with Strauss & Howe’s book The Fourth Turning. It ties in the hope of The Greatest Generation, who sacrificed and knew real hardship (WWI, WWII, Korean War and the Great Depression) to give their children a better life without all that pain and therefore spoiled them, the boomers, who became the ‘me’ generation (and then produced another spoiled generation). The spoiled boomers went on to embrace progressivism, shortcuts and the belief that it truly was all about them and owed to them. And then they allowed themselves to be lead, convinced and ruled by special interests and elitists, who ended up also only being concerned with themselves, their own ideals and their own wealth.
The film proceeds through the Unraveling of the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Neil Howe is the calm voice of reason throughout the film. The Unraveling is induced by greed, short-sightedness, inability to make tough decisions and most of all debt. The prominent spokespeople in the film included Newt Gingrich, Tobin Smith, Shelby Steele, Amity Shales, Peter Schweizer, Steve Moore and Lou Dobbs.
The film style is very effective. When discussing the Wall Street investment bankers you see Great White sharks devouring huge chunks of meat. The symbolism is fitting. I think that every American who is concerned about the direction of this country should see this film. The ending to this film has not been written. We have entered the Fourth Turning. It can end in glory or annihilation. Neil Howe points out that we have come out of each previous Fourth Turning as a stronger nation. That bit of optimism competes with the massive debts and poor decisions that have been made over decades. A feeling of doom resonates throughout the film. Whether America can rise up and take this country back from the ruling elite is unanswered. The more people that see this film, the better chance we will have.
Fox Business Channel aired a 10-minute segment on Feb 19th at 7:00 pm about Generation Zero and Sean Hannity did a special on his show on Feb 23rd. Generation Zero has already been shown at the Tea Party Convention to a baby-boomer crowd, for the most part, and then a CPAC last week. It was received with raves at both events. Steve plans on a general release to movie theaters in mid-March. A tie in to the National Tea Party on April 15 would be a perfect way to have as many people as possible see this important film.
The film gives you hope that if we start using common sense, stop allowing ourselves to be programmed and brainwashed by the Progressive left and are willing to do the hard stuff that there is hope that we can get this country back on track.
Common sense is a God given gift, and when you stop using it things begin falling apart.
There are many people that are much better at economics and most other things than I, but to me the common sense thing(s) to do are: become more nationalistic and a bit more isolationist for awhile; start producing (making) products again and put tariffs on products that undercut us, coming from foreign countries; develop our own energy from a large variety of sources; follow the Constitution and over-turn all legislation that goes against it; go through government and union benefits and retirement packages and adjust them to sensible levels; cut fraud and waste in government and government run programs; overturn all of what has been passed in the Obama administration behind or backs or against our will; take back control of our schools, parental rights and media, close our borders and restrict immigration for awhile, and get ourselves and our kids back to church!
We have enough resources in America to produce everything we need including energy. It is time we stop being prisoners to the world or the elitist crazies in our own country. Elitist radicals who think they are smarter than the average person… when reality they are the problem and the reason we are in the fix we are in!! Ask Marion~
Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give To Another – by Andrew Zuckerman
Everyone needs to see this movie: Generation Zero