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Upheaval, by Lou Dobbs: Charting America’s Drift

January 31st, 2014 - 7:14 am

Upheaval is a word that might describe America in 1860 as the mystic chords of memory began to fade, and Americans disconnected in ways neither reason nor fear could stop. Upheaval could describe Europe of 1914 as the old order began to split apart.

Upheaval, the new book by Lou Dobbs, plots America’s position at this moment in 2014. Dobbs does not predict the future course of the American experiment, but rather charts how the nation has lost its way and arrived at a moment of upheaval. The book traces the drift away from unifying principles and cultural norms that are necessary to sustain civilizations.

Dobbs writes:

We face an axis of upheaval, powerful dynamics set in motion over the course of the last half century, forces that have become far more powerful with the passing of each decade. Unchecked, these forces will overwhelm this nation and culminate in the failure of the great American experiment.

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Assume for a moment the American experiment in limited government and diffusion of power were to fail. There are now those among us, those in positions of power, that articulate openly the wider irrelevance of that event to humanity. After all, America is no different than any other nation, they say. The Greeks have their Greek exceptionalism, and the British have British exceptionalism, the president lectured. But those who know the history of the world know that an upheaval in the United States has consequences for the future in every corner of the world. Upheaval catalogs how we’ve gotten off course, and no one captain, no single political party carries all the blame. Both Republicans and Democrats have failed and continue to fail the nation.

Dobbs also describes an organized effort to destroy the foundational principles of the nation. This organized and well-funded upheaval by extreme leftist ideologues seeks to restructure forever the mechanics of government and the relationship between individuals and the state.

Fifty years ago, large corporations would have stood against this type of quiet revolution. These days, however, chamber of commerce-types are active participants in the upheaval. The “opposition party” no longer seems to have the stomach for opposition.

After the Romney-led loss in the 2012 elections, the RNC conducted a self-examination. The results? Dobbs:

They even referred to the report as “the autopsy.” Publically. Time and time again, “The autopsy” basically concluded that the Republican Party wasn’t enough like the Democratic Party and therefore failed in the election.

What is the Republican Party’s response to the 2012 election catastrophe? More of the same. Look at who was running the ruinous tactics of the Romney campaign. Remember Orca, the GOTV computer system that gobbled millions of donor dollars and crashed into nothingness on Election Day? Look at all the Romney staffers now being hired by Republican Senate and House campaigns.

Wasn’t Romney’s top sell that he knew how to run a business organization? The festering Orca stunk up Romney’s most attractive selling point. Dobbs:

Republicans are particularly gifted when it comes to recycling. By recycling I mean recycling the same leaders, the same consultants, the same pollsters, the same media advisors election cycle after election cycle. It’s insanity. Pure insanity. A manager at your local 7-Eleven has a better track record of hiring responsible, competent people than some of these multi-million dollar political campaigns.

Regarding Romney himself, Dobbs writes:

The party chose the one candidate who lost the last time to the guy who lost to Obama the first time. … Somehow Republicans convinced themselves that Romney was a really good idea.

Perhaps we should catalog the names of those who thought so back then, so we know which opinions to avoid in 2016.

Upheaval plots the events which have pushed America off course. These include the salaries of tens of thousands of bureaucrats and officials in Washington, D.C. who make upwards of $160,000 plus generous benefits pushing the total near $200,000. Meanwhile, the median income of most Americans is hardly a quarter of that. These same bureaucrats are part of a bureaucracy skilled at explaining why they are so important and can never be cut, not by one penny.

Dobbs documents criminal behavior by bank executives at HSBC in laundering Mexican drug money in the United States, yet not one single bank executive/money launderer was indicted by Eric Holder’s Justice Department — Holder told Congress that HSBC was “too large” to mess with.

Who spends more on campaign ads: corporations, or unions? Upheaval has an answer: union, singular:

Teachers unions have spent nearly three times as much on campaign ads as all corporations combined.

No wonder the left hates Citizens United.

How many actual “green jobs” have been created since Obama spent billions on the issue? Upheaval has the answer — 4,700:

There are more people working in the executive branch of the Obama administration.

Perhaps the most frightening part of Upheaval describes the impact of falling birthrates on the American dream. Europe is already turning into a demographic wasteland, with an elderly population that dwarfs the young paying for the social safety net. In Japan, millions of males have lost interest in women and instead have electronic devices which are programed to simulate interaction with a girlfriend. They sleep all day and play video games all night. Mothers leave trays of food outside their bedroom door. Meanwhile, American elites praise the culture of relationships without children, sometimes elevating pets as a comparable substitute.

Even if the thought makes you uncomfortable, an economy and a culture that does not value and produce offspring will eventually collapse.

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Dobbs is telling the truth. The evidence is readily available for anyone to see. One good, impartial source is opensecrets.org but there are many others as well. Face the facts.
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The source for your criticism of Dobbs' numbers?
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The US has no one to blame but the US. The accumulated wealth of years of hard work under the wise protection of our Constitution produced riches unknown even to the most successful civilizations of old. With that came the assault on the American senses and intellect. All kinds of vices and foreign ideas started to fester in the minds and hearts of the weaklings that inherited the great country. If I had to point at the year it would be 1968. That is when all started to unravel. Reagan could not turn the tide -he would have succeeded but the Bush dynasty went back to the old ways. We can still turn this around but it is going to be a tough fight comparable to the Battle of Britain.
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Looks like a good book, to me. But when did Lou Dobbs get sane? Granted, back in 2006 he was a very strong voice for sealing U.S. borders. But on CNN, 28 Apr 2005, he claimed "a huge concern for the White House is the rising public anxiety about the state and strength of our economy."
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-12_16_05_FMP.html
Then in July 2006 he channeled Joseph Welch in decrying President Bush's Mideast policies, bleating "Where is our sense of decency?" http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/07/18/dobbs.july19/index.html
Worse yet, he was one of the leaders of CNN's massively biased "Broken Government" series leading up to the 2006 elections. And then in June 2008, he finally earned his Lunatic wings by blaming Bush for a salmonella outbreak, and calling for—you guessed it—impeachment.
http://www.mrctv.org/videos/dobbs-bush-should-be-impeached-salmonella-outbreak
That was the last time I paid any attention to Lou Dobbs, until today. Has he ever repented for all the b.s. he peddled on CNN?
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My classmate's step-mother makes $67 an hour on the laptop . She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her income was $19704 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at this website >>>>>>> x.co/3pY92
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Democrats are real good at recycling too. Else why Hillary and a yearning to put Pelosi back as Speaker.

Personally I don't want to see the names Clinton or Bush again in any context when it comes to public office. Enough Royal families.
37 weeks ago
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Then you had better close your eyes because Clinton is all you are going hear at least through 2016.......and in the most glowing terms.
37 weeks ago
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Stop with the "American Experiment" crap. This is America, my heritage is not an experiment.
37 weeks ago
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Your founders viewed it differently than you do.
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The destruction of the middle class in America is the cause for upheaval. This is also the underlying cause for China's economic progress, which will add 220-250 MILLION people to its middle class within next decade.
And yet US companies and government continues to treat its middle class with disgust, while those countries doing well support and encourage the middle class to grow and expand.

Its not brain surgery, and the nonsense about Unions and politics only confirms the USA will continue along its destructive spiral down. Its always been about the Middle class, and until we acknowledge and encourage the growth of middle class again in America nothing will get better.



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China is actually encountering it's own problems. Their export economy is facing a slowdown as cheaper Asian products become available. Also, they have a huge
real estate bubble that is a potential problem and, most of all, an enormous aging population whose ratio to younger people has been seriously narrowed due to China's 1 child per family edit for over 20 years.
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"Teachers unions have spent nearly three times as much on campaign ads as all corporations combined.". Sorry, this is complete bs, and JCA knows it. Lou Dobbs is lying, plain and simple. There are huge problems in our country - voter fraud, trade agreements, Citizens United - but spending by teachers unions isn't a problem. We're being screwed, just not by the people Lou Dobbs says we're being screwed by. Don't believe this baloney, no matter how good it feels.
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If you had any counter evidence , I assume you would have at least alluded to it. Baseless counterattacks, denials and innuendo that we just want to "feel good" by knocking government and public service unions is not going to work forever you know. There are millions upon millions of public "service" people with high salaries, lax work rules, job security for life, pensions worth millions - all meddling with and trying to control the rest of us while delivering abysmal results in their supposedly legitimate functions. That's all the evidence I need as to who has the power and who is screwing whom.
37 weeks ago
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Dobbs is telling the truth. The evidence is readily available for anyone to see. One good, impartial source is opensecrets.org but there are many others as well. Face the facts.
38 weeks ago
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I'll bet didn't question him when he was with CNN. But when he moved to FOX he became a right-winger and a liar. Right?
38 weeks ago
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Many years ago I had access to data on the accumulated wealth of the Teacher's Union. Back then they had the power to make the markets tremble. I don't know if they are still the largest mutual investment force but I am sure they are not small. And the lean left for sure.
38 weeks ago
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Teacher's Unions are the most powerful special interest group by far. They not only spend the most on political ads, they provide the most in-kind contributions to campaigns. That is why the left will never allow any reforms or our broken public school system. Our children are being held hostage.
38 weeks ago
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The source for your criticism of Dobbs' numbers?
38 weeks ago
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"a culture that does not value and produce offspring will eventually collapse"

Such a culture has already collapsed- dead culture walking.

"Why would the man who called for Mubarak to step down in the wake of large protests refuse to call for Morsi to step down in the face of even larger protests?"
"Is there a reason we need the NAACP anymore? I’m serious."

Is there a reason we need a President anymore? I'm serious.
38 weeks ago
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"A culture that does not value and produce offspring will eventually collapse"
And yet the libertarians will tell us that such issues are irrelevant.
38 weeks ago
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Libertarian sounds too close to Liberal in my humble opinion. Without the moral foundation of Christian principles there is simply no way you can govern a country this big. Anyone can see that the decrease in faith has coincided perfectly with the increase in lawlessness and economic decline. Libertarians have nothing to say but "do your thing" just as the Liberals do.
38 weeks ago
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Couldn't agree more.
37 weeks ago
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The US has no one to blame but the US. The accumulated wealth of years of hard work under the wise protection of our Constitution produced riches unknown even to the most successful civilizations of old. With that came the assault on the American senses and intellect. All kinds of vices and foreign ideas started to fester in the minds and hearts of the weaklings that inherited the great country. If I had to point at the year it would be 1968. That is when all started to unravel. Reagan could not turn the tide -he would have succeeded but the Bush dynasty went back to the old ways. We can still turn this around but it is going to be a tough fight comparable to the Battle of Britain.
38 weeks ago
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And the Republicans at least since Bush I pushed so-called "free trade" with countries who don't play fairly. This hasn't worked too well for us unless you're a corporate bigshot or an illegal immigrant. And now we have the GOP establishment giving big business what it wants by pushing for "immigration reform," to the detriment of the rest of us and the rule of law.

I agree with others that a lot of blame also should be placed on the unions, who pushed their agendas way beyond reason. I grew up in the rust belt, which for a long time has been suffering from what both major parties have wrought. Now it seems that more of the country is seeing similar devastation. Unless you live in the DC area, of course.
38 weeks ago
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And people dismissed Ross Perot as a nut back in 1992.
37 weeks ago
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Tough fight indeed; but fight we must…and the sooner, the better.
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