Well, I must agree with Thom Hartmann and say that "free trade" is the hemorrhaging of America: Obama Drinks Friedman's Kool-Aid is on the money.
For years I've complained about the outsourcing of US jobs. Now there are few left to outsource. We don't manufacture enough, groused I, and we need what we produce, then we can export the rest.
Guess that makes me something of a protectionist; the caution is the tone of the voices that attempt to make all protectionisms into a bad thing. But even a deer in the woods knows that when you're wounded, you lay low and heal by tending to yourself, not by acting as if all is well and you can keep on keepin' on as before.
In Astrology this might be described as 'South Node' behavior, unconscious behavior that was successfully defensive when it was first devised but no longer answers the challenges of the present time...the old 'beating your head against a brick wall and expecting a peak experience rather than a huge headache' tactic - easy to fall back on, but difficult to see clearly due to its unconscious nature. Yet this is what must be done - problems must be viewed clearly, faced, and dealt with more directly and honestly than South Node (neurotic) behavior and points of view can allow.
America has now (or will in 2009, if you use her Gemini Rising chart) a Secondary Progressed Full Moon ('Sec Moon'), a timing mechanism based on our nation's founding on July 4, 1776 and which shows that we've expanded as far in the world as we can this cycle, and must pay attention to the natural cycles of initiated energies vs regrouping and reforming energies. We are in the less-popular yet necessary 'reform/regroup' stage of the 28-to-30-year cycle now. That gives America approximately 14 to 15 years to reconnoiter.
Meanwhile, larger forces are at play: the 'global economy' is a devised system that gives Worldwide Collapse more than a toehold - it's been given a license to occur. Those who have promoted and worked for a one-world-government through the decades are now revealed as anti-social if not downright psychopathic toward their fellowman whom they disdain; they will crash entire world systems because they think they will rise as our global masters.
Yet to my southern-roots way of thinking, who in their right minds would trust people to lead who must first destroy all that stands in their paths to (what is only) worldly glory?
Previously I have noted here my belief that population control is part of the power elite agenda. That the unwashed masses have greater power in numbers is well known to those who would rule over all, and lower numbers of rabble make them feel...cozier...within their lairs of power, more certain of their ultimate victory.
Yet to me it would seem a hollow victory, for this world is temporary and all their gold and gems will not avail them in the higher realms that all shall face in turn. Above man's laws have they set themselves. But it's God's Laws they shall not escape.
For those who wish, I speak of Natural Laws which plutonian puppetmasters imagine themselves above as if a Fountain of Youth session is scheduled for their every weekend get-away, and the best cabalers may be cloned for future use. Gross.
Perhaps a spacious bunk on the ISS awaits certain irreplaceable honchos and their families in case the Mayan prophecies come true and the Earth rebels.
(Hence the big race to service and stock the International Space Station, if indeed the ISS is the only one. NASA is one place where our mega-monies have gone the last 4 decades+...and the loving preparations are not made for thee or me.)
But I admit: this is only a flight of fancy, a notion - a hunch stirred with a dash of suspicion about the sort of human nature that would step upon its grandmother's throat if it meant a seat on a golden lifeboat made necessary by decades of assault and plunder of the planet, activities that have lead to an alarming speed-up of what are actually natural cycles of our planet.
So! Shall we protect America in reality instead of just alarming people into mooing herds with magenta threat level alerts?
Yes, I know that the 'Homeland Security' threat level colors have been or are being retired from service: ahh, the power of ridicule and satire - my favorites!
Thanks, Jon, Stephen, and Bill.