Many Americans are actively preparing for what they think could be civil unrest in our sovereign nation. There is a deep rooted belief that America is imploding due to many different, but important, social issues dividing Americans across the nation. As we speak, European countries are experiencing tremendous upheavals as the result of liberal policies to allow massive numbers of refugees into their country.
The truth is, there are many reasons civil unrest could potentially ensue. Little by little, America appears to be falling apart at the seams. These are very different times we live in, but one thing is certain; history has a way of repeating itself. There were many powerful countries that fell to ruin due to issues we face in society today. One must be prepared and self-sufficient for what could become our darkest days ahead.
We have listed, in no particular order, the 12 combined issues that could potentially send us into civil unrest and much more. Here’s that list:
- Income inequality: The middle class is hurting more than ever! CEO pay, Household/Family Income and Wages have created a huge gap between the rich and everyone else. The median household income is less than it was 15 years ago. As of now, the household overall median income in America is about $52,000 per year — despite the fact that corporate profits have doubled. In some parts of the country, the median income is much lower.
- Lack of retirement and savings: Americans are quickly realizing that a secure retirement future may only be a myth. Stagnant income has made it harder for people to retire. There’s talk of Social Security becoming insolvent and Medicare being reduced. It’s tough to plan financially for an uncertain future when you’re worrying about having enough money to buy food and other necessities for your family.
- Immigration reform: It’s estimated that there’s roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today. Many agree that our immigration policies must change. This issue has caused a major divide in the impact and the pros and cons of what should be done. The truth is that the overall effects are unclear. The reality is that something needs to be done to protect America from future terrorist attacks. This is a major loophole for radical extremist to enter our country.
- Poverty: It’s a sad fact that in the richest country in the world, we have Americans living in poverty with more people being added each year. The main demographic groups of those at risk are women, children, single-parent families, the elderly and veterans. Those citizens living in poverty struggle to pay bills and provide the basics, including food, clothing and shelter. The same group of people doesn’t have access to healthcare and other simple comforts that many of us take for granted.
- Foreign aid/focus overseas: Foreign assistance is aid given by the United States to other countries to support global peace, security, development efforts, and provide humanitarian relief during times of crisis. It’s a strategic, economic, and moral imperative for the United States and vital to U.S. national security to help other people and countries. But, do we give away too much when our own families are struggling in poverty? What is our priority? For far too long, we have sent money to countries in hopes that they will promote freedom, democracy, and our common interests. Too often, the aid dollars that our government takes from hard working Americans and sends abroad achieves none of those goals. The sad truth is that American taxpayers have been used to prop up regimes that do not respect freedom of religion, free speech, democracy, or the rights of other countries to peacefully exist. (Iran, North Korea, Syria, Egypt and Pakistan)
- Ethics/Moral/Religious/Family Decline/Dishonesty: Americans’ views on social issues have changed drastically in recent years. Through the use of social media and changes in state and federal policies, more and more people have accepted what many consider to be morally frowned-upon behaviors protected by the Supreme Court. The increased use of technology and lack of quality family time has also contributed to the decline in what is considered to be a major foundation of American values.
- Education: America has fallen into an abyss when it comes to education. The future of the country depends on how we, as a society, teach our children to create the next generation of good citizens and strong leaders. Policy-makers debate issues such as using test scores as quality indicators in education, standards and accountability, closing achievement gaps, failures in acknowledging the gap between majority and minority students, and the gap between the United States and other countries. We must reform education and find creative ways to spark life back into the heart of a civilized society. Throwing more money at the problem is not a solution.
- Government debt: The debt we are creating and leaving future generations is astonishing. Most Americans feel that the federal debt is one of the nation’s biggest concerns.
- Health care: Many Americans are starting to feel the sting caused by this law that was shoved down the throats of the American public. In 2010, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was enacted, providing for the phased introduction over four years of a comprehensive system of mandated health insurance with reforms designed to eliminate “some of the worst practices of the insurance companies” …pre-existing condition screening and premium loadings, policy cancellations on technicalities when illness seems imminent, and annual and lifetime coverage caps. Premiums are going out of sight and care is being reduced. For those who can’t afford insurance, the system provides subsidies to help with the cost of coverage. If a family or individual does not have insurance, a fee (penalty) will be assessed.
- Economy: Many Americans have not recovered from the economic crisis of 2008 when homes and jobs were lost due to government manipulation of the markets. The recovery has been slow, with high unemployment, people giving up looking for work, and many investors not wanting to commit due to market uncertainties. Those impacted the most are still trying to recover, while many others have given up hope.
- Dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians; poor leadership/corruption/abuse of power: Many Americans have grown increasingly dissatisfied with the way our government and elected representatives are handling important issues that affect all of us. There is no trust, and morale is at an all time low when it comes to political leadership in America. Remember, the only way things can change is if the people elect new and different leaders as their representatives. Americans need to stay informed and do their part in supporting and electing honest leaders.
- Unemployment/Jobs: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job or stopped looking over the past four weeks, the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, you are not counted in the 5.6% unemployment figure. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Just two factors to consider in the many different variables of unemployment reporting are whether a person is considered to be a full-time or part-time employee. Regardless, there are many who are still unemployed or underemployed and need help.
Not to add insult to injury, The Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) conducts research and reports on potential worldly conflicts that could erupt or escalate at any given time and would ultimately affect the United States. Here is the CFR’s list of potential threats:
- The intensification of the conflict in Iraq
- A large-scale attack on the U.S. homeland or an ally
- A cyberattack on U.S. critical infrastructure
- A severe North Korean crisis
- The renewed threat of Israeli military strikes against Iran
- An armed confrontation in the South China Sea
- The escalation of the Syrian civil war
- Rising violence and instability in Afghanistan
- Increased fighting in eastern Ukraine
- Heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions
One of the major issues that has posed a serious threat for the United States was its open borders. Many people believe that the Department of Homeland Security is not doing enough to control our borders. Americans are concerned that it may only be a matter of time before we have another terrorist attack. How can our government possibly sufficiently screen all refugees to ensure that terrorist are not getting through? For more information on how the CFR came up with its list, please visit The Council of Foreign Relations website.
One can only hope that the American people can come together and find solutions to issues plaguing our nation. Preparing yourself for civil unrest, terrorist attacks, riots, or any other type of crisis is essential in today’s world. Perhaps saying that these social dilemmas may lead to a civil war is a bit much, but in truth, the issues listed above have already begun to play out around the globe. To suggest that civil war could be upon us is not entirely unreasonable.