On a website called “Teir 5 Unemployment Extension Needed!!!!!” there is a forum article called “American law mandates full employment” that discusses the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act then links desperate unemployed people to a petition on Change.org calling for the president to Declare a State of National Emergency to Deal with the Economic Crisis.

“So what?” you might ask.  Keep reading.

Consider the stress of long term unemployment.  First, people are involuntarily removed from what is often the center of their lives.  That causes distress due to separation from their daily routine, meaningful contribution and work associates as well as feeling alienated, unneeded and unproductive.  Then the financial reality sets in, with unemployment compensation being only a fraction of their former pay.  Any savings is eaten away quickly, bills pile up and credit is trashed.  After several months of earnestly seeking work in this economy, most people find they have few responses, fewer interviews and zero job offers.  Finally, when the unemployed are cut off from compensation, becoming one of the growing numbers of 99ers, it feels like society doesn’t care if they live or die.

It has been scientifically proven that the brain of a person under stress resembles that of drug addict.  The “Washington Times” has an article that says “Long-term stress damages the brain, impairing everything from emotion and impulse control to certain big-picture analytical thinking. Long-term stress damages the brain, impairing everything from emotion and impulse control to certain big-picture analytical thinking.”  Long-term unemployment can also result in atrophy of brain connections caused by lack of new activity and skill development.  Even the average job search becomes routine, yielding little interpersonal interaction and becoming a virtual prisoner of one’s home.

After a while, even the most “together” people become disillusioned, disenchanted and panic-stricken.  Desperate people reach out for help like a frighten child for his mother.  Anyone who claims to want to help is seen as a savior.  That’s why multi-level marketing firms, commission-only employers and work-at-home scams prey heavily on the unemployed.

This petition appeals to the personal emergency each unemployed family feels.  By demanding the president declare a national state of emergency, the unemployed can get the satisfaction of acknowledging they are not alone.  They can feel a sense of solidarity with other disenfranchised people.  The petition reports the very cruel reality faced by many people losing homes and struggling to maintain the basic necessities of life and expresses the frustration most of us feel about Congress, the banking community and Wall Street.

Then after requesting a Tier V unemployment extension, the petition says “If the Senate and Congress fail to act in the next weeks before their planned vacation, then take executive action to enact a state of national emergency. This will enable FEMA to help the unemployed with food and shelter and the Department of Homeland Security to enact certain provisions that will help restore order….You need the power to seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and in a variety of ways control the lives of United States citizens”.  Read that again.

First of all, FEMA’s residential camps have barbed wire facing inward, like a prison.  There are all kinds of reports by non mainstream media about the building of these FEMA camps all over the country, executive orders on record for 30 years and other police-state secrets hidden in plain sight.  Do a goggle search on “FEMA camp barbed wire” if you want to begin to fathom the fact-based conspiracies taking place while most of us were complacently too busy to notice.  My point here is that unemployed people are being led to request imprisonment as a back up plan for Congress’ failure to respond to their very dire need for 1) Unemployment compensation and 2) Legislative responsibility to the people, not campaign financing corporations.  That is not the right answer.

Second, tucked within an emotionally powerful cry for help, the unemployed are being led to demand the government take drastic measures that would directly affect an immediate police state in what was once the land of the free.  These people feel helpless and unable to affect their own future after what I consider to be a planned demise of the middle class.

If you are unemployed, you are already a victim of the war against the middle class; me too.  But we don’t have to dig our own graves.  Think about your short term needs, absolutely.  Then look at the long term implications of your actions.  You might say “desperate times call for desperate measures” and you might be right if that means taking a job you wouldn’t ordinarily take, move to a city you where you might not want to live or leave your comfort zone.  However, when desperate measures are taken out of fear, they lead to more desperation.

The only way to get out of this crisis, whether or not you are unemployed, is to come together and actively create the world we want, recognizing when someone else makes it easy for us, they have something to gain at our expense.  Please beware.

  1. missdisplaced says:

    I personally do feel that our entire government has been taken over by the Corporate Fascists. We are no longer a nation empowered ‘by the people’ and haven’t been for some time. The corporate multi-nationals have created this economic mess to gain power, and as we are seeing, the government seems powerless (or unwilling) to stop it.

    You know, we’ve always feared ‘Big Brother’ but Big Brother is really Big Corporate.

    • Inspira says:

      Hi missdisplaced,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree.

      Consummation of the marriage between business and government is complete with the supreme court ruling on “free speech” to entities, using funds acquired through employees, consumers and minority share holders to direct the will of few. The offspring in gestation is human slavery in a prison of our own design. Unfortunately, this pregnancy was apparently required to shake the masses vigorously until we wake up and smell the poison. For me, that started a couple of years ago. Before that I believed my success was a result of the things I did right. Now, I realize my success was due to the extent I unknowingly followed the elite agenda. It is easy to feel helpless, powerless and desperate in this environment. This economic climate seems staged like a Broadway production to encompass the masses in fear. Being in a state of fear, we withdraw and submit.

      The good news is that this is a historic time in human history where we have the power intentionally create our world by coming together in love and compassion with our fellow humans, regardless of difference in perspective. That means Republican and Democratic philosophies, having evolved to give the illusion of choice, are ignored. Religion, gender, education, age, race, citizenship, nationality, standard of living and livelihood are irrelevant. No one person or group is the “bad guy”. Even those whom we see carrying out the elite agenda are just doing what they have been trained is in their best interest.

      The individual and collective answer is to intentionally move into a love state of consciousness. Love expands, includes and heals. Personal growth, spiritual connection, social affiliation and discovery of hidden passions and talents are all paths toward love. From personal experience, it is not easy and often a moment-by-moment challenge. But it is the answer.

  2. I have a business degree with a concentration in accounting. First generation college graduate. I am worried for my children.
    I will soon to be a 99er. I have never had this much trouble finding a job, ever. I want to follow my dream, theatre. I have been reading sites for 99er. I just read Griftopia, bone chilling. I remember in college, my economics instructor in the early 90s said Alan Greenspan is the most powerful man in government. I have been through so much since losing my job.

    • New Paradigm says:

      I know how you feel Connie. Based on research I’ve done in the past few years, problem was created by the elite so we will demand a solution from a state of weakness. I think the petition above is a desperate cry for immediate help, with total disregard for the police state it creates. This is not the answer.

      Having confidence in ourselves and faith is easy when things are going our way. I always thought my success was due to what I did right. But now I realize it was due to the extent my work fulfilled the elite agenda. I know I did not suddenly become worthless to society. What happened to me is the market changed so I could no longer earn a living conducting business with honesty and integrity. I refused to do “what it takes” to continue being successful, with faith right action would be presented.

      Nearly 3 years later, following my dream has not provided an income nor have I found a “day job”. I’ve been through every emotion possible. But I keep doing everything I can to affect a difference in my life and those with whom I connect. Now I’m learning what real faith and confidence is about. It is maintaining the emotion of success, even under the appearance of lack. I firmly believe emotion is the key to open opportunity.

      I wish you healing, trust and abundance now.

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