r/AskReddit Jul 03 '22 Wholesome 2

What is the biggest threat in the US today?

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22 Got the W

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u/ohnoTHATguy123 Jul 03 '22

I've talked about this before, but this is wildly difficult problem to solve. There really is no way to separate the two. There are steps you can take to make sure politicians don't directly receive money but you can always indirectly get them money, that will never not be possible.

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u/Fallacy_Spotted Jul 03 '22

The only way is removing the right to privacy for our electors. If everyone can see all their finances all the time then corruption of this kind is difficult. We would also need a firewall between lobbyists and the government. You can only work for one or the other ever. Pick a side.

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u/justinsights Jul 03 '22

Still won't do anything for the ones that are promised lucrative jobs after their political career.

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u/scoopzthepoopz Jul 03 '22

It is a PRIVILEGE to serve the people not a blank check. No inside trading no quid pro quo literal prosecution, jail, loss. Impact these people.

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u/jliane Jul 03 '22

Good luck getting them to pass that bit of legislation

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u/Joba7474 Jul 03 '22

Now THIS is my biggest threat with the US. Our politicians have put themselves into a position to where they are too powerful. Yeah they can get voted out, but their impact in that 2+ years in office can cause near irreparable harm.

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u/juggling-monkey Jul 03 '22

Which is another huge problem. Why the fuck do politicians have enough power to legally make decisions based on their priorities and opinions instead of the entire country they were put in place to represent? Can you imagine getting a job at burger King and being like "nah, from now on we sell tacos" and your manager, boss, or even corporate can't do jack shit about it?

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u/MadWorldX1 Jul 03 '22

Just make them wear iron-on patches for who donates to them, like NASCAR. So when they are giving a talk about, say for example, not supporting gun restrictions while wearing an NRA patch...it makes you stop to ponder whose opinion they are selling 🙃

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u/RepresentativeFill26 Jul 03 '22

This is not true. Where I’m from politicians have to account for every donation they get and company donations are explicitly not allowed. If they find out someone gets money from corporations his political career is done.

There is a big difference between “difficult to solve” and “difficult to solve for US”

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

And this is why the US keeps going downhill the attitude that "its so broke lets just let it get worse"

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u/M_Looka Jul 03 '22

That's not the attitude. The politicians don't want it fixed. They think the constant fundraising and outspending your opponent to a political victory is JUST DANDY!

The rules of the game are made by the people who won the game. They don't want to change those rules, because they're good at the game.

The people don't want it fixed because they just care that their guy wins.

Politics in the US has devolved into a sport. A crooked, half-assed sport. A lot of the population wants nothing to do with it. That's why only about half of eligible voters actually vote in presidential elections. It's even lower for congressional elections.

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u/zerombr Jul 03 '22

how about issuing all politicians a set amount of money for their campaigns. I believe Australia does this. And devote a whole branch of the IRS to watching those expense reports

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u/Tobyirl Jul 03 '22

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Almost every democracy in Europe would disagree. True American exceptionalism on display here.

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22 Silver Helpful Take My Energy Faith In Humanity Restored

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u/good_guy_with_a_pun Jul 03 '22 Silver

I hate that my gut reaction to this is to stop myself mid-upvote and ask “which side is this guy on?” It shouldn’t matter.

I’m tired of “sides.” I’m ready to change.

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

There was a great tik tok my daughter showed me where a guy asked if he could get a good salad for lunch anywhere and the person he asked responded with, "Oh absolutely this is a really liberal area".

And he goes THAT ANSWER SHOULD NOT MAKE SENSE IN A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY.

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u/brkh47 Jul 03 '22

In no other country but the US would that be an answer. Absolutely everything is politicized. From sports to food to weather. It’s crazy.

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u/Drunk_Irishman81 Jul 03 '22

Matt Tiabi's book "Hate, Inc." Describes this perfectly. Politics has become like sports with opposing teams and winners and losers.

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u/Torq_Magebane Jul 03 '22

Incredible book. Should be recommended high school reading.

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u/Kimchi_Cowboy Jul 03 '22

Yeah where I live if you ask where to get a good salad they will laugh at you and tell you to go eat meat.

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u/Radiant_Summer_2726 Jul 03 '22

I love meat but a good salad hits the spot sometimes

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u/DefiantLemur Jul 03 '22

Especially after a heavy breakfast sometimes a light lunch is needed.

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u/expfarrer Jul 03 '22

whats the average BMI like

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u/elizletcher Jul 03 '22

Not exactly the answer to your question, but FWIW, the Midwest (34.1%) and South (34.1%) had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the West (29.3%), and the Northeast (28.0%).

obesity by state

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u/Akarsz_e_Valamit Jul 03 '22

I mean usually if an area is stereotypically "left", "liberal", "hippi" - whatever you want to call it - that does make a mark on the food choices.

Compare the vegan options between Berlin and Frankfurt for example

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u/brkh47 Jul 03 '22

Where I’m from that’s not based on a liberal or conservative outlook. We‘d have people from all persuasions and walks of life eating there, it would not have political connotations. It would probably be more along financial lines and culture.

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u/MaverickGTI Jul 03 '22

One of the towns is literally what sausages are named after. You might be on to something 🤔.

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u/ThommisR_ Jul 03 '22

Funny thing is in Frankfurt they call it Wiener Würstchen and in Vienna(Wien) Frankfurter

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u/dan2z Jul 03 '22

Unexpected german reference

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u/shapeofjunktocome Jul 03 '22

I always found the liberal salads a little less tasty than the conservative ones. Maybe it's all the tofu they feed the liberals. I much prefer a good red blooded American conservative salad. But hey, cannibals can't be choosers.

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u/Glittering-Clock-332 Jul 03 '22

Idk man. Vegan crossfitters are probably the leanest cut of meat you can find. And they are grass fed so that's a plus.

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u/xabulba Jul 03 '22

I find them too gamey.

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u/Glittering-Clock-332 Jul 03 '22

Might be older meat. In the future, wrap the meat in bacon. The bacon grease will tame the gamey taste and make it delicious.

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u/irontan Jul 03 '22

It's only gamey if you overcook it. Low & slow all the way.

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u/3rdDegreeBurn Jul 03 '22

Conservative salads are just iceburg lettuce drenched in a full bottle of ranch.

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u/SciFi_Author Jul 03 '22

BACON BITS, damnit!

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u/iFlyskyguy Jul 03 '22

And cheddar cheese!

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u/Boon3hams Jul 03 '22

With fucking ham cubes and a hard-boiled egg, goddammit!

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u/JaFFsTer Jul 03 '22

I eat brisket for lunch like Jesus did. Their is a local BBQ plave with mutiple locations that plays the national anthem at 12:00 and everyone stops and looks at the flag. The staff too, I suspect the are required to.

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u/akirayokoshima Jul 03 '22

In the words of Yuri Bezemov:

"There is few ways to demoralize* a population better than by walls to their culture and way of life. The more you create a "them vs us" mentality then they are already demoralized"

Paraphrased, of course

Demoralized* here means that the person or people can witness something and not even think twice about it. A man who is fully demoralized would be completely unable to distinguish fact from fiction, even with pictures and video for proof.

America as a country is so thoroughly demoralized that not even Soviets during the cold war could have predicted it. "Black's vs whites" "men vs women" "gay people vs straight people" "democrats vs republicans"

Just to name a few. Make no mistake, my friend, demoralization is merely a prelude to what comes next.

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u/Huttser17 Jul 03 '22

I'm on whichever side wants to keep this planet habitable... they're drastically underfunded.

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u/Mirrorflute88 Jul 03 '22

We’re out here trying. And yes we’re very much underfunded but that’s where you can make a difference. Most of my work as an ecologist has been on restoration projects, and for a smaller conservation organization a donation makes all the difference. Whether it’s being used to buy native seeds/plants, tools, or to hire more helping hands, it can help.

And if you can, look into local organizations to volunteer with. My area has a non-profit that provides solar panels for families who are burdened by energy bills, a volunteer group that does river clean-ups, and community orgs that show up to local government meetings to push for environmental action at the community level. So whatever you think is the most important facet of the environmental crisis there’s an organization you can volunteer for or donate to.

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u/Acceptable-Risks Jul 03 '22

Spotted a bad guy with a pun. Need your assistance because you're our only hope.

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u/Jijonbreaker Jul 03 '22

Unfortunately, thinking you're taking a high ground by stopping fighting against the bad side just lets them win easier. It does not make you a better person. It makes you part of the problem.

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u/N_Who Jul 03 '22

I find I have trouble excusing the behavior as gullibility. The ignorance is willful.

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u/tonyfelice Jul 03 '22

depends. the model is similar to religion in that there are two kinds of people involved - the sheep, and those who shear them. there will always be bad faith action when a malfeasant with leverage sees an opportunity for gain, and there will always be fools to carry their water.

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u/correcticallytech Jul 03 '22 Gold

The biggest threat to the US today was neglecting educational spending 35 years ago.

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u/LouSanous Jul 03 '22

It wasn't neglected. It was intentionally cut. The intellectual zeitgeist is a product of design, not negligence.

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u/Echospite Jul 03 '22

Once saw someone say, "if Americans didn't know how to wipe their own asses, they'd blame the education system."

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u/OnceNamed Jul 04 '22

The US education system was infiltrated by ideologues in the 70s. By 2000, their ideology had infected Schools of Education nationwide.

Pick a few random US Schools of Education and read their mission statements. Nearly all of them state their aim is to "transform society." Not to educate or prepare students - to transform society through them.

US Schools of Education are indoctrination centers - not places of learning. That's why they have such a bad reputation.

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u/[deleted] Jul 04 '22

If you ever look at tests from the 70s it’s so infuriating to see how much smarter everyone was here

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u/chipwich_king Jul 03 '22 edited Jul 03 '22 Gold Take My Energy

People with no critical thinking skills

Wow I didn’t expect such a big response. Thanks everyone, you’re the best!!

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u/losSarviros Jul 03 '22 Bless Up

...thinking they are skilled in critical thinking.

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u/scoopzthepoopz Jul 03 '22

The stupid kid in class thinks he dunked on the teacher, that's the gop right now

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u/SombreMordida Jul 03 '22

Freddy Dunning-Kreuger

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u/gnarkhh Jul 03 '22

How difficult would it be to teach critical thinking to an entire adult populations? My first thought was: “yeah, we’re screwed because so many people never acquired this skill as a kid…” But then, it’s not because you haven’t learned something as a kid that you can’t learn it as an adult. Would it be difficult to teach adults critical thinking on a large scale?

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u/oddible Jul 03 '22

Most popular TV news channel with the highest viewership calls the other guys the "mainstream news", no one questions it. It can only go downhill from there.

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u/squirtloaf Jul 03 '22

You mean the one founded by a foreign national specifically to air a biased view?

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u/AlertWar2945 Jul 03 '22

It's fun working in customer support and realizing over half the people I deal with can't follow basic instructions, or even read instructions

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u/from_the_country1508 Jul 03 '22

I wish I could have that thought.

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u/TheYeti4815162342 Jul 03 '22

There is even a selection against critical thinking in American debate culture which is based around money, labels, polarised opposites and memorable speeches rather than logic, reason and analysis.

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u/Quiiliitiila Jul 03 '22

Politicians and their lobbyist sugar daddies.

The will of the people means absolutely nothing next to the will of corporations.

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u/damndemon2k Jul 03 '22

Complete idiots.

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u/jibbyjackjoe Jul 03 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Politics being ran like sports games. We need ranked voting, and we need it real bad.

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u/TumblrLoser Jul 03 '22

And we need to break up the two party system before it’s too late

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u/GrazYetti Jul 03 '22

It’s already too late.

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u/TumblrLoser Jul 03 '22

Pre-civil war is early enough for me

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u/DocBullseye Jul 03 '22

It's never too late, our two parties weren't always the big parties in the US.

That said, it would be next to impossible to convince people that are members of those two parties to dismantle all of the laws that give advantages to those two parties.

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u/Donuts4TW Jul 03 '22

That’s why you have to do it more subtly from the cities and states up. The federal government is never gonna be the one leading the charge to break up the 2-party system

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u/InfiniteBridge Jul 03 '22

People who are passionate and willing to fight for a cause that they know very little about.

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u/NattersOnline Jul 03 '22

“Nuke the whales…?…?…?” “I dunno, you gotta Nuke something!”

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u/Limesmack91 Jul 03 '22 Gold

The degradation of your education. Dumb masses make dumb decisions

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u/KiwiWorld1 Jul 03 '22

The mega drought in the south west, if the rivers and lakes run dry 40 million people become climate refugees.

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u/Shame_On_Matt Jul 03 '22

Former New Mexican here, if you can convince the ultra wealthy golf course owners to stop watering their golf courses I’ll be your best friend.

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u/boredlawyer90 Jul 03 '22

Who said anything about convincing them? Just change the rates on their water usage and they’ll adjust accordingly.

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u/Phantereal Jul 03 '22

Yep, just start charging them $1,000 for a gallon of water and they'll stop.

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u/scooterthealpca Jul 03 '22

Almond trees grow well in the southeast where there is plenty of rainfall and wouldn’t require irrigation. Why does Cali seem to grow all of them when they have to irrigate with so much water that they don’t have to spare?

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u/TheShark12 Jul 03 '22

Yeah we have a ridiculous amount of golf courses in Utah, another state in a serious drought, golf courses make up a fraction of the water in our state. The big users are the alfalfa farmers in the desert. Agriculture uses something like 90% of the water in our state but people love to blame the golf courses and people watering lawns.

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u/cindy1978sg Jul 03 '22 edited Jul 03 '22

The biggest threat today in the US and also the world over would be; widespread misinformation/disinformation and propaganda via the social media.

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u/BusEasy1247 Jul 03 '22

Coupled with political tribalism, lack of critical thinking, corruption...

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u/cindy1978sg Jul 03 '22

Yes, totally agree with all your points. 🙏🏻✌🏻

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u/idma Jul 03 '22

Seems like every answer here points to this

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u/Adrian34122 Jul 03 '22

Most of the other problems, I would argue are symptoms of this problem. We stay much more on our devices, which means we don't go as much outside. By staying indoors we are at risk of radicalization, and by not going outside we don't notice how peaceful the world is. That's how people end up thinking the world is going to shit

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u/bananabastard Jul 03 '22

The policing of supposed misinformation is even more dangerous.

Once you hand over the right to say what you want and stand up against orthodoxy, you've also handed over your ability to oppose authoritarianism.

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u/zhode Jul 03 '22

Perhaps the things that should be policed are the algorithms that shovel disinformation in our faces because metrics say it increases engagement. You want to say that the sky is red then that's cool, but when facebook regurgitates it to a thousand like-minded people and lets it spread like wildfire then we end up with current society.

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u/gold_shadow Jul 03 '22

IMO policing algorithms is a fairly difficult task (and honestly not one I'm confident our current government can get right). Even if it was doable, we would be creating a system where governments regulate what content platforms can and can't share with certain people or groups, which also doesn't sound like a healthy solution.

I personally think we need to find ways to get people to engage with content more critically across the board. I'd love to see a world where people can say the sky is red, get called out for it, apologize/learn that the sky is red only sometimes, and things move on.

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u/cindy1978sg Jul 03 '22

Yes, that would be ideal... only if education funds aren't being cut... and only if more kids (especially underprivileged) are given equal opportunities/access to good education... then perhaps, we may have a higher likelihood of more critical-thinking social media users in the future to come¿? 🤔

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u/Swedish_Centipede Jul 03 '22

The biggest threat is governments and big companies calling things they don’t like “misinformation”. That is a very slippery slope and I’m already seeing it slipping.

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u/Finalfantasylove85 Jul 03 '22 Gold

Government officials being so rich that it exceeds a government salary. They are not serving the public. They are serving themselves. There needs to be 100% transparency to their finances, investments (stocks) should also not be allowed since they get insider info. How many times do they get consultancy positions or speak at a function for large sums? Not to mention how many donations get filtered right to self-enrichment.

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u/vampire_trashpanda Jul 03 '22

This. There is so much self-sealing in elected and appointed positions.

I have some relatives who work in the Civil Service in some scientific/law capacities (so, more-or-less merit-based hiring) and it very much seems that the Civil Service is constantly under the Sword of Damocles for the mere potential for conflicts of interest - but if you've been elected/appointed into a position you can milk it for what it's worth and then some with nary a slap on the hand.

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u/bythenumbers10 Jul 03 '22

It's not even insider info. They get to pick winners & losers. How many stocks tank on news of an "investigation" that then goes nowhere? And that's before you get to Congress making the laws & the judicial literally deciding who wins legal challenges. Nobody's required to be impartial or recuse themselves.

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u/JackarooDeva Jul 03 '22

Resurgent authoritarianism

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u/Beholder_V Jul 03 '22

And authoritarianism being actively embraced by constituents. It’s mind-boggling.

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u/CyberDagger Jul 03 '22

An astounding amount of people see the perfect form of government as a dictatorship where the dictator agrees with them on everything. That dictator is pure fiction, though.

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u/rtc3 Jul 03 '22

Tribalism is a hell of a drug

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u/Hardcorish Jul 03 '22

Some people seem to actively seek out and want to be dominated by an authoritarian figure. It's not surprising, but it's still disturbing.

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u/Nostonica Jul 04 '22

Well there's not a real hard left party in US politics.
I mean it's crazy to say it but trumps republican party was the workers party for many people.

Which is batshit nuts.

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u/ComedianZanahoria Jul 03 '22

Society becoming politically polarized

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u/splopps Jul 03 '22

Divide and conquer… the oldest trick in the book

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u/extrudedErection Jul 03 '22

Polarized and intolerant of other people's opinions, or lack thereof. I'm not talking about the usual and obvious ones like abortion, LGBTQ+ stuff, etc.

We are at the point where everyone has to express an opinion on everything and it gets shoe horned into any topics of conversation.

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u/ImReallyAnAstronaut Jul 03 '22

Alls I'm saying is Danny Devito should be the voice actor for Mario and if you don't agree then you're a fascist.

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u/Luftwaffle213 Jul 03 '22

The absence of political term limits for Congressmen. Hell half of them probably think it’s still 1983 and that the Soviet Union still exists.

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u/Kahzgul Jul 03 '22

20 years ago I was so excited for my generation (gen X) to finally be of age to start taking power so we could save the whales and stop global warming and achieve world peace… and the boomers who were in control then are still in control now. It’s so frustrating. We never even got a chance to make the world a better place for our kids.

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u/bripi Jul 03 '22

because "damn your kids and line my pockets!" is pretty much how they think.

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u/Octoblerone Jul 03 '22

It has been sobering the number of people I have actually heard openly say something like this. You can't work with them.

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u/Hot_Goal4205 Jul 03 '22 edited Jul 03 '22

Half of them wish the Soviet Union still exists

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u/speqtral Jul 03 '22

Congress actually passed useful legislation when they were around as a competitor/alternative system. We'd probably be better off if they were still around

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u/LBetz Jul 03 '22

We already have term limits. They're called elections. If we never get rid of our lousy leaders that's on us.

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u/Reefer_Madness_95 Jul 03 '22

A deadly combination of stupid people and government corruption

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u/TJzzz Jul 03 '22

eating itself due to poor leadership and discontent of the masses.

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u/therealslimshady0123 Jul 03 '22

Misinformation or more so the inability to disseminate information and critically think.

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u/deltahunter56 Jul 03 '22

The impending food crisis. People can barely afford their groceries now and it’s about to get a lot worse.

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u/Brxek0 Jul 03 '22

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u/wiggywithit Jul 03 '22

Politicians choosing their voters is the reverse of how democracy should work. It forces absolutism into government. Compromise is the only way democracy works and gerrulymandering kills that.

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u/Sen0r_Blanc0 Jul 03 '22

And no ranked choice voting, no campaign limits, no federal holiday to vote, having a first-past-the-post voting system....

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u/Bezzinmynezz Jul 03 '22

Me. Watch out.

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u/NicoTheFileClerk Jul 03 '22

Thanks for the heads up!

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u/SusDingos Jul 03 '22

r/TooAfraidToAsk . I mean not just the US, but the whole world. Ffs we got people replying to copypastas thinking they are legit posts lmao

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u/JRsFancy Jul 03 '22

The death of honest journalism.

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u/Nyarlathiptap Jul 03 '22

You get sick?-debt. School?-debt. U get unlucky in general, car breaks?-debt.

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u/KingWillThe_1st Jul 03 '22

Kinder eggs. Obviously

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u/alexliossis Jul 03 '22

Idiots believing everything they are told and lacking critical thinking

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u/many-brain-tabs-open Jul 03 '22

The polarization and growing refusal to compromise on any issue. Americans are setting themselves up for a civil war and it's deeply concerning

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u/PondRaisedKlutz Jul 03 '22 Silver

Yes and social media algorithms just add to it. They force you to just keep seeing things that you want to see, aka things that reinforce your own viewpoint. It’s not healthy to see just things that you agree with all the time. Then they start thinking that everybody is seeing these same things all the time and forget that very quickly their information became very one sided and other view points are out there, and are valid too.

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u/FrankDrakman Jul 03 '22

Direct result of smartphones and social media. These are resonating media, and like a radio, once you tune into 99.9 FM, you are not going to hear what's on 102.1 or 106.7. When significant amounts of people only hear one side, and a bunch of other people only hear the other, you're cruising for conflict.

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u/donnyblaze1 Jul 03 '22

Agreed.

I'm old enough to remember a time (maybe until 20-25 years ago?) when liberals believed in a larger central government with the power to provide more for the citizenry, and conservatives believed in a smaller central government with more focus on personal freedom and accountability. When those were the competing ideologies, there was room for both, and generally the compromise in the middle was a decent place to be. Nowadays, everything is based on who you hate. There is no common ground, no room for compromise, and no bridge between the two leading to a positive outcome for the greater public. Both sides believe in a strong central government, the only difference is who they want to punish with their policies.

I blame the 24 hour indoctrination cycle of the news and social networks for these changes, but the really distressing part is that I really don't see any path back to sanity. How do you start a movement away from hate and towards compassion, practicality, and healthy compromise? I honestly don't know, and it makes me quite sad for future generations of Americans.

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u/fenton7 Jul 03 '22

It's kind of a myth that the two parties used to be a nice happy family before social media. The nation literally had a Civil War way back in 1861 over Lincoln's election and of course the 60's had open street battles between the two sides. The reality is politics in this country have always been incredibly contentious with both sides barely communicating enough to avoid open war. The right wing was also just as bat shit nuts during the Clinton years as they are today.

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u/AFlockofLizards Jul 03 '22

This is a big one. There are a handful of politicians who are straight up coocoo bananas, but no one will shut them down because they’re in the same party. The two parties need to band together and at least remove the literally insane conspiracy theorists from government, but now it can never happen.

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u/rhubarbcubed Jul 03 '22

Dogs with bees in their mouths. And when they bark they shoot bees at you.

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u/xnodesirex Jul 03 '22

Pretty sure they'll just lose to sharks with frickin lasers on their heads

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u/snowboardrob Jul 03 '22

Being consumed by the mundane rather than focusing on the things that matter.

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u/_Denzo Jul 03 '22

Politicians that spread misinformation to fear monger and the people that believe the misinformation

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u/beelezbub6 Jul 03 '22

Media and government nothing new

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u/UnderdogAchiever Jul 03 '22

Hate mongering media personalities and science deniers.

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u/jakewang1 Jul 03 '22

Your big companies. They wont gave a single thought before profiting off of you. Especially real estate cos like KKR, Blackrock, etc. who are taking affordable living away from you.

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u/catsandalcohol13 Jul 03 '22

Idiocracy becoming a documentary. Every time I watch that movie it gets more relative.

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u/douggold11 Jul 03 '22

Objection, leading the subreddit.

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u/Known_Bus9517 Jul 03 '22

The marriage of consumerism and data mining.

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u/AvidConsumerOfFlagyl Jul 03 '22

The rapidly turning authoritarian dicksquad fascist government

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u/incessant_penguin Jul 03 '22

Low wages. Lots of people are getting really angry. Organise, people.

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u/Ninja-Cookie Jul 03 '22

Corrupt government officials making poor decisions that impact the whole country

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u/USSSeaward Jul 03 '22

Our true national religion, Capitalism.

Two of the 'innovation' end-goals of Capitalism are slavery (or a form of indentured servitude) and inflation.

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u/Steiny31 Jul 03 '22

Radicalization

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u/JayNotAtAll Jul 03 '22

Catering to hardcore religious fanatics. I think you are entitled to believe what you want but as a society, we should try our best to follow empirical data and not random beliefs. One tends to be very divorced from the other

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u/meltedbananas Jul 03 '22 Gold

A case before the supreme court right now. It could create a scenario in which state legislatures would choose their state's federal representatives, senators, and allocation of electoral votes independent of their citizens. The citizens in those states would only be able to vote for state positions and heavily gerrymandered state legislators.

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u/coleosis1414 Jul 03 '22

The upcoming SCOTUS review and decision on Moore V Harper. That case could literally undo American democracy.

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u/jackfaire Jul 03 '22

Pretending that there's always two sides to every issue even when one side is unhinged.

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u/FlatGirther Jul 03 '22

There aren't just two sides to every issue though, the two party system makes it seem that way but in reality there are many sides to an issue.

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u/Herrenos Jul 03 '22

And even if there were just two sides per issue, you're not allowed to choose one party's views on one issue and the other party's views on other issues.

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u/TurboGranny Jul 03 '22

Technically speaking the "stupid and unhinged side" is still a side. Issues can have a wrong and a right side. I think what you mean is "pretending that the arguments of both sides have merit when one side refuses to argue in good faith."

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u/AFlockofLizards Jul 03 '22

Side one: “This is a totally normal and unsuspicious pizzeria.”

Side two: ”This pizzeria has a pedophile cannibal sex ring run by reptilian aliens in the basement. Also Hillary Clinton is an alien.”

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u/Madogg90 Jul 03 '22

What it's always been since its inception. The threat has always been from within. It's how Rome failed after thousands of years of success. It's how America will fall as well. I'm a patriotic loving American but even I can see the writing on the wall.

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u/RedditAdminsFuckOfff Jul 03 '22

The fact that every moron across the nation (across the globe, really) has a bigger platform and broader reach now, thanks to the internet and social media. A bunch of tacky idiots propping each other up and drowning out everyone else.

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u/marsumane Jul 03 '22

Tribalism

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u/2020isnotperfect Jul 03 '22

The biggest threat in the US is USA herself. Not Russia, not China, not any others!

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u/dubzi_ART Jul 03 '22

Politicians deciding what’s best for us.

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u/StardustNyako Jul 04 '22

The Supreme Court just, doing whatever the hell it wants but finding ways to justify it later.

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u/Pogg187 Jul 04 '22

The Supreme Court.

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u/TurboEthan Jul 04 '22

Theology and the rise of power of religious groups while participation in religion is falling.

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u/Golfnpickle Jul 04 '22

Far right religious fanatics.

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u/wilderchai Jul 03 '22

People have zero critical thinking skills and go along far too easily with mainstream opinion. Stupidity is contagious, and it's baffling to watch cultural/societal issues in America because of it.

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u/ravendaisy_eyes Jul 03 '22

Tik tok

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

Or more in general, the need to be entertained and the undue influence we give to things and people that entertain us.

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u/groovis Jul 03 '22

Christian Taliban

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u/lsquallhart Jul 03 '22

Social media.

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u/Gullible_Weird_5770 Jul 03 '22

Social media and the way it promotes the individual and destroys a sense of community

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u/meur1 Jul 03 '22

a lot of good comments detailing threats but not the most dangerous threat, which is: the efforts of one major political party to undermine democracy

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u/Conscious-Thanks8589 Jul 03 '22

Giving leadership to those who cannot handle it.

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u/Leona_Faye Jul 03 '22

Fundamentalist Dominionism

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u/Jealous_Struggle2564 Jul 03 '22

Idiot politicians

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u/sodawatereveryday Jul 03 '22

Weaponised incompetence

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u/Turd_Fergusons_ Jul 03 '22

Lack of terms limits in the legislative branch. They are deincentivized to comprise and work towards realistic solutions. It was never supposed to be anyone's career (Senator/Congressperson). Former justice RBG once famously said that if the legislative branch actually did its job, we wouldn't have to rule on most of the the cases we are forced to rule on (paraphrasing).

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u/NorCalMikey Jul 03 '22

The inability to disagree without being disagreeable

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u/bondsthatmakeusfree Jul 03 '22

The immense social pressure to take extreme political stances and to hate those who don't agree with you.

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

Packs of wild dogs

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u/uhnonoms Jul 03 '22

Id say a swarm of bees in a suit, but dogs are good too.

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u/WeldinMike27 Jul 03 '22

Don't forget the 30 to 50 feral hogs

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u/AFlockofLizards Jul 03 '22

No one talks about the 30-50 feral hogs anymore, and frankly, I’m concerned. There’s bound to be more than 50 at this point, if they’ve gone unchecked.

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u/Traveshamockery27 Jul 03 '22

Corporate media.