Open Letter to My Fellow Americans

George Washington's picture

Dear fellow Americans,

I hate to be rude

But you seem to be sticking your head in the sand

Painting by Anthony Freda:


ostrich head in sand
ostrich head in sand

I think you're missing something

You might want to pay a little attention

You might want to look behind you

The authorities have been saying that everything will be okay ... But you might want to question authority

Those running our government are a little unclear on the concept

They've assumed the economy, environment and society are self-sustaining ... but that's not true:

For example, unless the government starts doing the things which will heal the economy, the economy will tank worse than in the Great Depression.

Unless the government stops allowing bee-killing products like genetically modified foods and dangerous pesticides, the environment (including our food supply) will collapse.

It is time to stop living like a nation of young brothers believing
that God or the "unseen hand" of capitalism will make everything right for us (If there is a God, he wants us to be his hands in the world and fight against injustice; and even the father of capitalism - Adam Smith - did not believe in a magically benevolent market which operates for the benefit of all without any checks and balances).
It is time to stop living like a nation of young sisters who believe
that daddy government will make sure that we all ride into the sunset and live the
Hollywood, happy ending

It is time to grow up and take responsibility for our own destiny.

the story of the guy who is in a flood? He prays to God to save him.
Then a neighbor shouts from his rooftop "Here's a rope -- grab on!".
The guy responds "no, God will save me". Then someone in a rowboat
rows by shouting "get in!" The guy responds "no, God will save me".
Finally a helicopter flies by, but the guy waives it away, saying "no,
God will save me". The guy drowns and goes to Heaven. St. Peter says
"why are you here?" The guy responds "I was waiting for God to save
me!" St. Peter said "we sent you a rope, a rowboat and a helicopter
... what were you waiting for?!"

We can't be like this guy.
We've got free will, intelligence, imagination, a mouth and ears to
communicate with, and hands to work with.

If we don't use them
to solve our problems and create a better place to live in, we will be
like the guy who drowns in the flood.

It is time to grow up and
take responsibility for ourselves. WE have to figure out what we as a
people and a nation want, and how we are going to get there.

Grow up or blow up: its our choice.

No one is going to do it for us. Our government is broke beyond repair.
Our politicians are too corrupt and incompetent to help us. It doesn't
matter which party is in power. They won't and can't fix anything.

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

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RiskAverseAlertBlog's picture

Our government is by no means "broke beyond repair." Corrupt? No argument here. But broke beyond repair? Last check Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution still gives Congress power to legislate bankruptcy laws ... and with this, the list of co-sponsors to H.R. 1489 (restoring Glass-Steagall) grows larger. I wouldn't be too quick to judge whose head is in the sand.

Lord Welligton's picture

Excellent Mr Washington.

You seem to have been inspired by BanZi.


Lovey stuff.


Fuck the idiots that don't get it.

angmikey's picture

BRAVO!!!!! Great job!

janus's picture


I like the cut of your jib.


A Lunatic's picture

Send in the clowns, armed clowns........with unhappy faces.

Space Potato's picture

Probably not much we can do at this point except get to higher ground.  I liken it to the 2004 eathquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean (not the one that just happened in Japan). There were many warning signs yet people sat on the beach staring at the ocean like a deer in headligts as the water sucked itself in and specter of a huge tidal wave formed on the horizon.  The tribes of the area, who passed down the signs through generations, knew to get to higher ground.  Mother nature took care of the rest. The earthquake happened in 2007 and the wave is on it's way. You can shout "tsunami" all you want to those on the beach and maybe some will believe you, but most will just take out their cameras snap pictures.  Best to get to higher ground and when the water recedes, we'll come down from the mountain and build a better society, hopefully.  At least there will be a lot less a-holes around.

Kali's picture

Agreed.  Not sure everyone SHOULD be saved anyway.  The gene pool needs chlorine.  None are so blind as those who will not see.

Atlantis Consigliore's picture

To Carbone, pisan:


it takes an Italian to see the pasta.....


to get the sheeple to see the light eventhough


they are in  the frog pool being boiled slowly;


you need a BIG day the earth stood still,


capitalist moment.


a strike,  a boycott something to move


their dance with the stars,  mc D, assess




into the street.........


otherwise they will watch tv and be


further dummed down.


i suggest strike TV,  like Network. 

Slap That Taco's picture

Bring back the draft. You'd get a lot of young people and their parents real aware, real quick.


Vendetta's picture

China charges a 17% VAT on imports but none of the talking heads on the boob tube scream about 'protectionism' ... little fun facts to know and tell.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

the only reason human beings can read these words is collectivism of one form or another.

"rugged individualism" is ego driven fiction and the ultimate biological irony. There is no factual or practical basis to show that homo sapien is more successful as individuals rather than in tribes, packs and Nations. Quite the contrary.

I'm convinced that libertarians do not particularly like humans nor enjoy being human. Understandable sentiment, but poisonous nonetheless.

A really fascinating biological study, but under stress, this meme will quickly become extinct.

Kali's picture

Collectivism only works in an ethic of personal responsibility.  I do not wish to "collectivise" with people who are happy to sit on their fat lazy asses and watch other people do the work, who think they are ENTITLED to sit on their fat, lazy asses. 

When I was young, even the "disabled" or "retarded", still did SOMETHING, even if it was just sweeping the shop floor.  The "unemployed" did SOMETHING, like mow a lawn or pick up trash in the city park.  No one can do just NOTHING.  That person serves no useful purpose to a collective.

curmudgery's picture

If you want to fight back personally you can go off-grid, disappear from the government's view of economy, stop paying their taxes.  Grow your own food and buy from local farmers for cash.  Barter.  Take any funds you have with TBTFs out.  Convert your dollars to something the government doesn't control.  Stop registering your car.  Cancel your insurance policies.  Getting out of property taxation is tougher...  own and operate ag land and live in a trailer.  Or be homeless.  Protest every chance you get.  Attend local government meetings and embarrass the puppeticians.  There are some things even us peons can do to fight back.

Jobs is a tough nut. Even without government aiding and abetting job transfer abroad, corporations have always moved jobs to reduce labor costs.  Average chinese income roughly $2500/yr, US income even @ $7/hr is 5-6x that.  That covers a lot of freight cost.  

Repeal minimum wage laws and see if anyone will work for $1-2/hr.  Maybe not today. But? In this depression I have taken almost 90% pay cut.  I'd rather work than not.  

smore's picture

Nice pics.

This, however:

It is time to stop living like a nation of young brothers believing that the "unseen hand" of capitalism will make everything right.

shows that you are one of the people who have their heads buried to the fact that actual capitalism, free of state interference,  has been long unseen in the USA, and that's about half the problem.  Didn't Washington believe in capitalism?


ebworthen's picture

Rope and hanging kit?

Long Rifle kits?

Mortar sets?

Or Ghandi style?

If I vote it means I perpetuate the system, same for working and paying taxes.


mt paul's picture

all the bees are gone 

north of the alaskan range...

have not seen one bee

in the garden in weeks ...


strange days...

oldmanagain's picture

It is hard to do anything when the current position is animal spirits and not reason.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

Reason isn't the only source of knowledge. Human intuition is more powerful than reason.

eddiebe's picture

Nice post
George, but do you have any suggestions as to what to do about it?

You are preaching to the Choir here. Even though there are many that know how fucking insane the show is getting, and are stashing food and guns and PMs, it will be Fucking Hell, and the assholes in power don't seem to give a shit about ruining everything: So again, any suggestions????

Broomer's picture

Try to look poorer than you really are, like the French do. I know that this is extremely difficult to do if society forces you to keep up with the Joneses, but it is nice to be the least plausible target for the starving wolves.

psychobilly's picture

WE have to figure out what we as a people and a nation want, and how we are going to get there.

No, I don't have to figure that out.  The whole idea of a "nation" this populous, diverse and far-flung is inherently repulsive and unnatural, which is why it is based on force, fraud and myth.

I don't owe the "nation" any more than I do a common street gang, or the corner mountebank.

Let a thousand flowers bloom (for real this time).






chunga's picture

Being a so called "Nation of Laws, Not Men" I say we sue the shit of them.

MERS must die!

"If worthless men are sometimes at the head of affairs, it is, I believe, because worthless men are at the tail and the middle"

- John Adams

chunga's picture

No "sissy" lawsuits allowed. Go for the throat and disgorge profits made illegally.

Fraudulent Representation.

Kali's picture

You assume a functioning, non corrupt legal system

chunga's picture must assume the opposite. It is the rule as opposed to the exception.

Seize Mars's picture

Dear fellow Americans,

I hate to be rude


Ok, look, I've asked this before, but what exactly do you want us to do? What can I do? I am awake and aware. What is the action you seek?

illyia's picture

I do believe that GW is asking people to get angry enough to be heard. In other words: to do more than type a response to a rant on a Sunday afternoon!

Great intention - but I am of the personal belief that a collapse is inevitable at some point - likely sooner rather than later. Until that occurs the protesters look like cannon fodder to me. The monster is too big; his guns are too large; the mind control to all-pervasive and our numbers are too small.

We are not organized enough and not likely to become organized before TSHTF. Could we have been? Had to have lived through the 60s to answer that: two word: drugs.cia.

So: my alternative is to prepare for post-traumatic recuperation of our original constitution - with adjustments; a post clustf*ck "world made by hand" v. the "machine" (which will certainly survive); documentation of the real events so as to combat the next wave propaganda.

Or, you can go get shot at.


jackpile's picture

Sure. I get it too. Well said. However, I'm frankly sick at this point of reading constantly (for years now) of the problems. I see no one PROPOSING solutions. I realize I as a member of society and the human race ought to throw a bone to this exercise as well, but it all seems futile. And dangerous, but these are the times we live in. Stay and fight or escape to flight? (Doug Casey recommends flight btw.) Where are the solutions? Where are the solutions? One option is that we simply wait for the collapse. It will come. And then the powers that be will no longer be. Then we can rebuild. It's unfortunate that so many will be hurt or killed along the way.

RockyRacoon's picture

There are solutions but they will not be enacted for all the known reasons.  Those with the base level of the pyramid, the Ponzi if you will, cannot stop now.  It would mean their doom.  Since they wield the power, all the workable plans will prevent them from the continued looting.   The apple will have to rot from within and the big players will have to start preying on each other in order to maintain their gains.   The class of populace that has heretofore provided the loot is broke and have no credit available.   Just get yourself some fresh popcorn and enjoy the show as the brokers, dealers, bankers, and politicians begin to tear each other up.   The last gasps will be some real fireworks.   Sure, there will be lots of collateral damage; but those will be the very same who fell for the political dichotomy and the media hype.   They will be those who depended on government largess up to the last second.   They will be those who failed to prepare.   Screw 'em.

Arrowflinger's picture

I am trying with everything I have to inform folks. Like the choir here I am getting the same results. I once wondered why the Nazi victims boarded the trains to Auschwitz without a fight to the death, but now I know.

My fellow boomers intend to party to the end. Their failure to save more than $50 grand was no accident. It was their CHARACTER, or lack thereof.

They basically tell me that only financial 'gurus' like me can understand this stuff and they make no effort. I am NOT a financial whiz, but I set forth in 2003 to 2006 to LEARN, for you cannot be truly a frugal person and not attempt to know how the monetary system works - or in this case, doesn't.

They are playing in traffic and don't know it. The boomer demographic decreed much of the problem yet they deny the MATH.

Its going to be we and their kids who come out the other side of this thing. They are toast. What remains is to make plans for their reaction, which like their entire lives will be utterly irresponsible.

They tell me to get lost and quit bothering them.

Okey dokey

Well put, GW and totally correct.



cranky-old-geezer's picture

I am trying with everything I have to inform folks.

Then you're a fool.

Broomer's picture

You shouldn't be trying to inform other persons. It is a security risk.

You will be that guy hated by everyone that knows about your savings and preparations.

And if some sort of confiscation is enacted, there will be plenty of people eager to denounce you in exchange for a loaf of bread. Or even without any reward - just to see you doomed like them.

If you tried to spread the message to people you know, you should move to another state.


Arrowflinger's picture

Yep, to do what I have been doing is probably a death wish.

You have to understand, I saw the demographics 30 years ago and lived accordingly. The way I see it the ponzi bankers accelerated the date of my demise 10 years.

Defeatism isn't my style. I know the history and I know the odds. More important, I know who is stealing from me.


UP4Liberty's picture

Awesome words of wisdom GW - thanks for everything you're doing.

beatus12's picture

MADE in the good Ole' USA...brought a new car - Chevy - made in Lordstown Ohio.



fwiw imho's picture

I believe in Made in America, but no more Government Motors cars or trucks for me.

JW n FL's picture

Uncle Sam is Broke.. because..

Uncle Sam Taxed the shit out of the middle..

Uncle Sam gave Tax Breaks and Subsidies to his Corporate Lobby Dollar Wielding Friends..

Who moved 6 Million Manufacturing Jobs to China over the last 10 years..

and those Corporations were paid by the "We the People's" Tax dollars to undermine / gut America's Manufacturing and Tax Base.


We could have kept going to war.. except we gave away our tax base.. one better! We PAID Corporations to Undermine Our Tax Base and Our Manufacturing Base!


The Lobby Whores! were paid Lobby Dollars! to Provide Tax Breaks and Subsidies! to DESTROY! America's Manufacturing Base.. which as well undermined America's Tax Base!


50,000 Manufacturing Jobs a MONTH! were shipped Off Shore! for Tax Breaks and Subsidies that "We the People" paid for!


Government Paid Corporations "We the People's" Tax Dollars.. to DESTROY America's Manufacturing Sector and Tax Base that those jobs equated too.


what is 6 million people paying taxes worth.. not the top 1% who pay NOTHING! but the middle manufacturing jobs.. $50k to $100k average for the last decade?


25%? on $100k ='s $25k X's 6m ='s $1,500,000,000,000


That is nothing to sneeze at.


Now multiple that $1.5 Trillion times 10 years.. we are down $1.5 Trillion in Tax Revenue per year! for those Manufacturing Jobs..

and over ten years (its really 11 years now, so even more) it would be $15 Trillion..

So the same amount of money we paid to move off shore is what we as a Country owe..



***** “Over the last ten years, China has mounted the biggest challenge to the U.S. manufacturing sector ever seen, threatening producers of steel, chemicals, glass, paper, drugs and any number of other items with prices they cannot match. Not coincidentally, the United States has lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs every month during the same period.” *****


That is the 50,000 jobs a month.. equaling 6m jobs +++ becuae it has been 11 years now!!

Top U.S. Lobbying Banks Got Biggest Bailouts


1.    [PDF]

A Fistful of Dollars:Lobbying and the Financial Crisis; Financial ...

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A Fistful of Dollars: Lobbying and the Financial Crisis by. Deniz Igan ...


that is the lobby dollars! what else do you need to see? to wake the fuck up? let me know! and I will make it dumb enough for you to understand!


and that is what we owe as a Country.


Bush signing the World Trade Organization Docs to Ship Jobs Off Shore!!



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Mexico Threatens First Complaint Against China at the WTO on Investment ... President Bush signed into law the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of ...

JW n FL's picture

I Love Ya! George! I might NOT! have much more time to say it! so there it is! You have been a Great Friend to ALL American's whether or not they are smart enough to know it or not is another question.


God Bless You and Yours George! May You find Happiness in whatever comes your way!


I saw on the news this morning.. or meet the nation maybe.. that 59% of Americans are for the debt ceiling not to be raised..


I guess they did NOT! ask the question these way(s)!


Are you for not raising the debt ceiling and the government not having the money to send you, your social security check?

Are you for not raising the debt ceiling and the government not having the money to send you, your en-employment check?

Are you for not raising the debt ceiling and the government not having the money to put money into your food stamp account? (Thank God for JP Morgan)

Are you for not raising the debt ceiling and the government not having the money to send you, your _____________ insert whatever Government assistance here.


59% of Americans receive Government Assistance. That is a LOT of Armed Hungry Pissed Off People!


and what about the old people who need oxygen or insulin? or something like that? the people who worked 60 hour work weeks for 30 - 40 fucking years? in the salt mines... steel mill's? it is just fuck those people who built the country? or maybe I am older and all those people are dead and its just the hippy stoner crowd who let these fucks rob the country blind while smoking their weed all day long playing the bongos?



Ignorance is Bliss!

Stupidity is Heaven!!


Only after Wall Street has collected TRILLIONS of Dollars (that they have done nothing but give themselves bonuses with). NOW is the time for “We the People” to implement Forced Austerity on themselves! LULZ!! Don’t raise the debt ceiling!! Its what’s good for America!


one way or another..


"We the Sheepeople" will be Fucked! Over!!


Becuase the Populace is sooooooo fucking stuuuuuuupidddddd, it looks like they will be fucking themselves over! only after Wall Street got paid Trillions @ .25% interest.. instead of the TARP 8% - 10%? it lasted for 1/2 a second before they flipped the debt into the FED Window for nothing and paid America Back! LULZ!


Vendetta's picture

nice rant. 

"By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise." -Adolf Hitler

Frankie Carbone's picture

The only issue that I have with this posting GW is that you're preaching to the choir. 

WE get it. 

We can all sit around having one great big circle-jerk, venting and engaging in cathartic after cathartic until we're blue in the face. 

The question is....

How do WE convince the hoards of captive consumer voters out there to give a shit? 

How do WE help them see things differently? Not just see things our way, but just think differently? (George Patten: If everyone's thinking the same, then no one's thinking!.... that applies to us too). 

cranky-old-geezer's picture

GW isn't here to inform, he's here to draw attention to himself and draw traffic to his (miserable) blog ...sorta like Leo K.

Dan Alter's picture

There is a way. Earth is by inspection a spaceship and we do not have a Captain. We swim through a hard vacuum in a universe where we do not know how its Natural Laws work, e.g. our astrophysicists say we do not know where 95.42% of energy and matter is. For people who know so little, the precision is interesting.

Big ships without Captains invariably sink. Right now Earth faces a catacysmic danger next year and we will all die unless we do appoint a Captain.

A Captain's paramount duty after the safety of the ship is bringing our criminal leaders to Law, while zealously protecting each citizens rights and liberties.

Go to for why, what, and how.



Vendetta's picture

correction: SOME of us get it, the minds of others here are trapped in the propaganda matrix.

Juan Wild's picture


Rat Race Choir...a great Long Island band from the 70's. But I digress. There are those here among us that STILL don't get it. They don't want to get it. It PAINS them to get it. Now I am talking about really smart people too. If you really want to effect change you must start with yourself. What I am specifically speaking of is the division between party lines. The oldest trick used by the bankers. WTF. I get upset every time I hear someone say " blah blah blah  Bush" or "blah blah blah Obama" Or any stupid, common Democrat vs Republican argument. Don't you all get it by now?


                THE BANKERS MANIFESTO of 1892


Revealed by US Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, SR from Minnesota before the US Congress sometime during his term of office between the years of 1907 and 1917 to warn the citizens.


"We (the bankers) must proceed with caution and guard every move made, for the lower order of people are already showing signs of restless commotion. Prudence will therefore show a policy of apparently yielding to the popular will until our plans are so far consummated that we can declare our designs without fear of any organized resistance.

The Farmers Alliance and Knights of Labor organizations in the United States should be carefully watched by our trusted men, and we must take immediate steps to control these organizations in our interest or disrupt them.

At the coming Omaha Convention to be held July 4th (1892), our men must attend and direct its movement, or else there will be set on foot such antagonism to our designs as may require force to overcome. This at the present time would be premature. We are not yet ready for such a crisis. Capital must protect itself in every possible manner through combination (conspiracy) and legislation.

The courts must be called to our aid, debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible.

When through the process of the law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of the government applied to a central power of imperial wealth under the control of the leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders.

History repeats itself in regular cycles. This truth is well known among our principal men who are engaged in forming an imperialism of the world. While they are doing this, the people must be kept in a state of political antagonism.

The question of tariff reform must be urged through the organization known as the Democratic Party, and the question of protection with the reciprocity must be forced to view through the Republican Party.

By thus dividing voters, we can get them to expand their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us, except as teachers to the common herd. Thus, by discrete action, we can secure all that has been so generously planned and successfully accomplished."


"...whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."

           Patrick Henry



SuperRay's picture

the whole truth, dude, is that it's too late to do anything to save america.  all we can do now is take steps to save ourselves and our communities...