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If I Wanted America To Fail

Occasionally you come across a video that is so powerful that it merits sharing. Roger Simon of PJ Media recently noted this video on his Facebook page, and after watching it, realized that Roger was correct – the video needs to go viral. So, I’m doing my share by posting the video here and asking you to share it with all of your friends and help the video go viral.

The video is produced by Free Market America. You can visit their website here.

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27 Responses to “If I Wanted America To Fail”

  1. Maverick #

    I cue’d the donate button and posted my own Billboard for this message.

    Who’s behind me?

    Thanks Michael for all you do.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:24 am
    • Kevin Novak #

      I sent it to 200 “friends”??? It is as you don’t know who your friends are anymore, or who your…

      April 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm
      • It’s like my friend that called it “nonsense.” I thought he’d at least explain why he thought so, but no, just dismiss it without any substantive debate.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm
        • You didn’t expect anything more, did you?

          April 26, 2012 at 11:51 am
  2. Maverick #

    Twitter suspends this acct. on this Earth day, with no logical reasoning,
    Yet Kill Zimmerman Twitter acct. went untouched for weeks.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm
  3. Robert #

    Want to send to all my young friends that bought into the Obama change

    April 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm
  4. Josh #

    If I wanted America to fail, I would serve only myself, I would give corporations more rights than human beings. I would tax the working poor at higher rates than billionaires who have never worked a day in their life. If I wanted America to fail I would work to convince other people kids that they should not pursue a college education, I would try to make it more difficult for them to get college loans. If I wanted America to fail I would try to convince the public that we do not need to invest in alternatives to fossil fuels, that emergent economies will not effect the price of oil, and that we can just adjust when we can’t afford the resources, or once they are no longer available. If I wanted America to fail I would raise my kids telling them that there is no hope for America, that the only solution is to buy guns and hide from all the scary changes in the world.

    IF I WANTED AMERICA TO FAIL

    I would Start a war in Iraq and Afghanistan at the same time placing our honorable volunteer armed forces in impossible situations for ten years, approve of torture and call it enhanced interrogation, then blame the soldiers for abu ghraib and when they snap after 4 tours in hell. If I wanted America to fail I would cut taxes on the rich while I approved handouts to big pharma AKA medicare part D, while we waged two wars, off budget, and deregulated the financial industry, I would try to get social security into the stock market before it collapsed so the government would have to bail the wall street gamblers club out (well they got bailed out anyway). Then I would blame all the problems on the working man and welfare moms.

    LETS TALK ABOUT WHAT AMERICA WAS ON January 20, 2001, and what was left of it on January 20, 2009, Mr Brown you were a part of the worst presidential administration in the history of this country, you have allot of nerve to post a video like this!

    April 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm
    • Spyder #

      You have already done what you state you would do. By voting in your man, and repeating that vote in November, you will be seeing to the failure of the United States, aka America

      The Enforcer

      April 26, 2012 at 11:50 am
      • Josh #

        Did America fail from 2001 to 2009? Answer honestly. Just because the folks who already have more money than they could ever spend if they spent 10000 dollars a day every day may have to pay 30 percent tax on their income instead of 14 percent does not mean that america will fail. The banksters and silver spooners are lying to you!!! That trickle down that you are so anxiously awaiting going to be rain!!!! It will be more of the same, but you just keep sitting their at the edge of your masters table, he is bound to throw you a scrap or two if you do as he tells you.

        April 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm
        • Great parody of lefty talking points! You were very convincing – one might almost think you actually believed all of that.

          Good parody is really rare these days. Well done.

          April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm
          • Josh #

            I know I know, Soros, Marks, talking points memo ect. ect. ect. The republicans think that lefty’s can’t think for themselves, at least that’s what someone told them to believe a number of years ago. I am an independent thinker, I don’t repeat anyone’s talking points, I observe, critically think through and evaluate what i observe, then try to formulate an articulate approach to expressing my opinion. You should try that sometime, instead of repeating some BS you heard on the O Reilly factor fifteen years ago while accusing someone else of being a puppet.

            I am the conservatives worst nightmare I know your playbook, I used to be one of you.

            Nice name by the way, is there a reason you do not use your real one?

            April 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm
  5. Josh #

    If I wanted America to fail, I would tell other people kids not to go to college, I would make corporations citizens, and allow them to purchase legislation on the open market. If I wanted America to fail, I would keep ignoring the looming energy crises, we can deal with it when we can’t afford energy anymore and our environment is a wasteland then we should develop alternatives.

    The only thing your former boss was competent at was Making America fail, on every level, lets review shall we.

    Economy— Fail, inherited worlds best, allowed deregulation of financial sector, left smoking hole in the ground.

    Foreign Policy— EPIC FAIL, overplayed 9-11 hand, got us into two needless wars, Iraq will return to the same if not worse than before, Afghanistan same, Approved culture of torture from presidential office, led to Abu Ghraib, over extending military led to psd related tragedies, both blamed on enlisted men, not executive mismanagement, doing huge unseen harm to military, lost all world wide respect in less than 8 years.

    Deficit– EPIC FAIL— Trillions wasted on counter productive wars, Billions in handouts to big pharma and other corporate welfare interests.

    That Mr Brown is only the tip of the iceberg, did your former boss want America to fail? Or was that just an accident?

    April 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm
    • Ditto, previous comment. Everybody reading these posts, please pay close attention to Josh’s two comments. This is why, if Obama is re-elected, the United States will never be the same. Josh is of the “useful idiots” that Marxists and Communists always use. Very sad. MB

      April 25, 2012 at 12:01 am
      • Scottie2Hottie #

        Perhaps this Josh is the leader of “TalkingPointsMemo” … could be.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:10 am
      • Truthsetfree #

        If you can’t come up with a rebuttal, resort to McCarthyism. Not that it matters, anyone with a half a brain knows how insanely wrong you are anyways. Facts don’t lie like republicans do. Really, it’s sad what nutjobs like you and your ilk have some to a, once respectable, republican party. I used to vote republican years back before you all abandoned the working man in favor of the rich and the church, now your all a laughing stock.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:35 am
        • Mike #

          That is not “McCarthyism”, it’s the truth. All Josh has done is spew liberal talking points that have no basis in fact and are simply put out there to give “useful idiots” things t say to make them sound smart to the unknowing. Obviously you have taken those points hook-line-and sinker too, so just do us all a favor and move to Europe…

          April 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm
  6. Josh #

    The country will never be the same after the administration you worked for left it in the state of shame that they did. The useful idiot comment better describes the way Mr Bush treated you, making you the fall guy for his incompetent leadership.

    The useful idiot comment describes people who repeatedly vote against their own self interests because they have been convinced that if we build our country around making the very rich, super rich they will share in the prosperity.

    I am a former conservative, I was reading Limbaugh books when I was 11 years old, I voted for Bush twice, I was a useful idiot. Want to know why I changed my views, what opened my eyes? Why don’t you answer my question?

    What was the state of America on January 20th 2001? And what was left of it on January 20th 2009? Who were the winners, and who got left holding the bag?

    I thought you wanted to debate the issues.

    You think that we should just stick to the fossil fuel paradigm, that any effort to subsidize a replacement strategy is treason, a willful effort to destroy America.

    Would you characterize oil industry subsidies the same way?

    Should we have a fifty year plan for energy policy, or should we just wait until the market tells us we need to develop something new because we cannot afford to fuel our economy?

    What about emerging economies, can America continue to use 50 percent of the worlds resources, when we constitute 10 percent of the worlds population?

    April 25, 2012 at 10:37 am
    • Lee #

      But, wait a minute…all that may be true as you see it. But you elected the man who said he and only he knew the root of the problems, and was uniquely qualified to fix it. So after three and 1/2 years, the problems you say we still have because of the last guy should have been fixed by now. So, which is it…your man wasn’t competent enough to realize how big the problem truly was, or he was lying when he said he had all the answers?

      April 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm
      • Wow, Lee, did you even read the article? My point is this – those on the left can’t go over their blind hatred of Bush, including President Obama, who famously blames Bush for everything. So, let’s take that argument off the table – everything is Bush’s fault. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at the current policies and see if they’re working. No, they are not. And whether those are policies Bush implemented and Obama continued, or that Obama instituted, we need to abandon those policies and get back to a free market economy where we grow, not demonize, the private sector.

        I didn’t vote for Obama, never have, never will. The man is a Marxist, socialist, statist, whatever you want to call him. He is ruining the country and I want liberals and those who hate Bush and think Obama is the answer, to realize that Obama is not the answer.

        MB

        April 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm
        • Mike #

          Mike,
          I think Lee was replying to Josh and was on your side. I know you are probably riled up from posts by these idiotic liberals, but Lee is one of the good guys…

          Mike

          April 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm
          • Lee #

            Thanks, Mike. I probably should have used actual names to describe who I was refering to. I was responding to Josh,

            April 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  7. Marilyn Deyo #

    Thanks for the great video. I listen to your show when you are on and baseball doesn’t interrupt it. Sure do like Hugh. I was told a story yesterday by my neighbor who has a daughter who is a nurse and she lives in the vicinty of Greeley. She told her Mother that 500 Syrian Muslims have been moved into the Greeley area to work in the slaughter houses there. As a nurse she witnessed the women, who have under gone the muslim version of circumsion, coming in for childbirth. These women are unable to have their babies normally and require surgery. She also told her Mother that these people do not know how to drive and are very dangerous. Sure would like to know how they all got into this country without anyone hearing about it. How many will be appearing on the voting rolls in Colorado this fall. Thanks for your time. Marilyn in Montana

    April 25, 2012 at 11:27 am
  8. Chris #

    Josh – Listening to Rush Limbaugh and voting for GW Bush does NOT make you a conservative (your first mistake). Limbaugh might on the Right hand side of the political spectrum, but when you are excited by his rhetoric you are participating in a COMMERCIAL … a MERCENTILE relationship. The guy has sponsors, makes money, he entertains. He may make some good points; he will make some bad ones too. He will miss some terribly important ones. What he will not be is boring. I am sure Michael does much the same. It means he is good at his job. He cannot, however, think for you or me.

    Bush had his faults but he is NOT the problem we face today. He’s part of history. Obama wants the rich to “pay their fair share”, America to be the leader in green energy, and to protect the middle class from the rising costs of healthcare, education and housing. Check his website if you don’t believe me.

    Problem is that those talking points are lies and a distraction, but you never learned from your Rush days to think for yourself and you’ve bought into someone else’s story again.

    Truth # 1: We have the fairest progressive tax scale in the world and our free market produces the most goods and free services for the poor anywhere, period. Truth #2: So called alternate energy cannot run our economy today or in this decade. Incremental improvements driven by science will get us there faster than Al Gore-ism. A ruined economy will produce far FEWER green innovations that actually work. Truth #3: Rather than saving the middle class and poor he is killing them with inflation. His rich donors don’t have to worry about inflation; they have diversified assets and hedges. The working class, poor and fixed income retirees are screwed every time he asks the Fed for another Quantitative Easing. Poor college grads with debt are his biggest suckers yet. They will have to pay back all their school debt plus the national debt on salaries from Starbucks and Applebee’s. Good luck with that.

    So, Josh, stop making the same stupid mistakes, because if Obama wins re-election the only useful idiots he’ll need are the ones who will work their entire lives to pay for his misguided agenda and frenzied spending spree.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    • Josh #

      Chris, Limbaugh was not the cornerstone of my formerly conservative thinking, I attended John Birch society meetings when I was in my teens, how many Brown listeners have any idea who John Birch was. My favorite of the talkers was probably Rosen, I enjoyed his rational approach, and at the time agreed with most of his conclusions.

      The video was about If I wanted America fail, I simply brought up the point that the host of this show worked for a man who proved to be an expert at making America fail, and maybe we should return to his policies if that is our goal.

      Since Mr Brown has been kind enough to allow my comments to remain in tact on this site, despite some bordering on to personal comments I made, (sorry Mr Brown, I don’t like being called a useful idiot either, I do respect you as a man, and appreciate your public service in the most difficult of situations). I will respect his guidance on a redirect of the overall topic, and we will forget what Bush did in office, and I will not bring up anything that happened from 2001 to 2009 aka the lost presidency.

      What we should be discussing is whether the government should be investing in research, development and deployment of alternative energy. Still no one has answered my question as to whether emerging economies will be an issue in the future. Should we keep our energy policy the same in anticipation that we will still be able to consume 50 percent of the worlds resources even though we are less than 10 percent of its population. Should we just depend on the free market, and when we can no longer afford to fuel our economy, begin to build alternatives. Or should we develop, as fast as we can, solar, wind and storage technology, in hope of by the time we really need them they will be ready to go. The difference is like that between the grasshopper and the ant in my opinion, we can afford to artificially increase fuel costs now, to partially subsidize alternative research, development, and deployment, this is the way of the ant, work harder now while we can, the bad winter is coming, and it will pay off when we really need it.This policy, of keeping energy costs higher than they could be to drive research in alternatives, is what the video was linking to treason, (willfully driving america to fail).

      Mr Brown thanks for allowing the free exchange of ideas, on you forum, civil discourse is rare in politics today, you do a better job at it than most.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm
      • Chris #

        Ok, Josh, I will set aside snarky comments like “2001 to 2009 aka the lost presidency” since you have indicated you would like to consider the present. To that point: You are presenting a false dilemma regarding energy policy. Either let the free market ignore the problem until we have a catastrophic failure or let government create an artificial price for hydrocarbons through taxes and regulations restraining production. Tax revenue will pay for R&D and we create the next breakthrough in alternative energy.

        Baloney! Your government, mine, ours is notorious for inefficiency and wastefulness on a grand scale. Shocking, shameful amounts of waste and that story is the same decade after decadent decade. Also, spending on just the R&D is affordable with reasonable limits in place and we have been doing that since the cold war era. What we cannot afford is what liberals often call “public-private partnerships”. This is when we pick industries, products and individual companies as the winners and give them taxpayer money to compete in the otherwise free market. Think Solyndra with its $500 million lost and nothing to show for it. This is very different from funding basic R&D. But, that’s how Obama is paying off green energy backers and big unions and expanding government to employ even more in public sector unions (again, his biggest backers.) Isn’t this corruption of the highest order coming right out of the White House?

        Bonus: I will take on your question, “What about emerging economies, can America continue to use 50 percent of the worlds resources, when we constitute 10 percent of the worlds population?”

        First, those figures are incorrect. The US uses around 25% of fossil fuel resources or measured as all goods produced, still around a quarter. However, we are more like 5% of population. You should understand that those figures are based on known/provable reserves and that figure goes up every year as more sources are found and verified. It is a moving target and makes a poor source of genuine accountability. Nor does it account for what the US produces and provides for other nations to consume because of things like farming efficiency. USAID gave away over 1 million metric tons of food last year. We take in millions of immigrants, legal and illegal, every year and provide for them as well.

        In the end, good energy policy in the US must largely rely upon free market initiatives lest we give away our liberty through the tyranny of a grotesque, money grabbing federal government that reaches well beyond constitutional constraints. The good news groups like the X Prize Foundation have proven that offering a prize for something like affordable space flight is far cheaper than endless federal dollars burned up in so many Solyndras and Evergreen Solars.

        April 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm
        • Josh #

          You may want to research the origins of that evil liberal public private partnerships you may find out they fit your platform much better than mine. I don’t like them, but most Republicans love the idea of the private sector getting access to public resources and turning them into private resources, here are a few examples.

          Private, Toll roads built using public domain.

          Privatization of water sounds like a conservatives wet dream, excuse my pun, I am sure Justice Roberts would support the idea. I am kind of surprised you folks haven’t tried it yet. Imagine a world where Exon could control the spicket on your water as well, think all the jobs their execs could create in that kind of free market environment.

          Now to you bonus point,

          I do not want to get into a contest to see who the bigger liar is, so I will just accept your source less, and oh so obviously more accurate assertions. Anyway, you managed to miss the point. Will you deny that America at some point will have to reduce its consumption as a percentage of world production? Is it sustainable, to meet our energy needs with nonrenewable resources while the rest of the world increases their dependency and demand on those nonrenewable resources exponentially. Will their be a point at which our economy is forced to regress, or we are forced to go to war in order to provide those resources to our economy? DO YOU DENY that this is happening already, that already their is a cost on our economy associated with increasing energy usage in China, India, and the rest of the emerging economies?

          Are you aware of our foreign policy in the middle east over the last sixty years?

          Why do we support the Saudi Royals?

          Why did we support Saddam Hussein?

          Why shouldn’t you eat more than 2 cans of tuna every week?

          Fossil fuel dependence has a HUGH hidden cost, and that cost is only growing larger.

          Don’t take my word for it, use google earth and take a look at Coal River Mountain in west Virginia. Ask yourself why the well water in the San Luis valley and be lit on fire with a lighter, straight out of the tap. Ask yourself if you would like to drink Thornton’s water, when there outdoor holding ponds are a couple of miles from the Sun Core refinery that just discovered it had accidentally leaked an unknown amount of benzine over an unknown number of years. Drive past that refinery at night and see if you would be concerned about what that smell is, and whats in those clouds being released from those stacks. See if you would be comfortable with your toddler drinking that water.

          The problem with your ideology is it completely ignores or denigrates the problems of anyone outside of your circle. No problem as long as someone else’s kid dies from the cancerous brain toomer caused by the refinery up river. Not my problem if other peoples kids in Polynesia are born autistic because their main food supply is contaminated with mercury from our power plants. Why error on the side of caution if its going to cost me an extra hundred bucks a month for my energy needs. Those other people’s lives are not as valuable to me as my two hundred dollar a month cable bill.

          April 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm