From the Streets Paved with Gold to the Land of a Brow Beaten Populace That’s No Longer The Envy of the World


USA Goes from Land of Freedom and Opportunity to Land of Bandits, Con Men, and Enslave Traitors


by Johnny Punish


In the summer of 1945 the USA was the hero of the world. We just finished “saving” the world from the expansionist plans of Adolf Hitler and his Axis buddies as weushered in a new American century. It was the best of times!

During this time, in general, the global growth in freedom, liberty, and economic opportunity grew. Starting with a global population about 2 billion at the time ending in 2000 with a global population of 6 billion, the world saw amazing change and prosperity, mostly led by a USA who’s ideas and ingenuity dominated the dreams and aspirations of billions; rightfully so.

My own family,Palestinians living in a struggling war torn terrorized refugee camp always talked about coming to America. Theybelieved the streets were paved with gold and theywere right. After living in a refugee camp for 12 years with many brothers and sisters, through amazing fate in 1961, they came to America with nothing in their pockets but hopes and dreams.

After many years of hard work, the family prospered enjoying the American Dream they heard about back when bombs were being dropped on their heads by forces they did NOT understand. Each member of the family has their own tract house, car, jobs, and peace in their time; paradise with a some shish kebob on the barby! Not too bad!

It’s the story of millions of immigrants that prospered during the American Century that was our outstanding and successful 20th century.

Fast forward to 2000, we began a new path into the abyss that would see the American century decline and its influence around world knocked around without mercy.

In 2011, we see the results of the US inability to sustain it’s global leadership. The ultimate insult and climax is being witnessed this week as the US has been forced to trash it’s values and reputation in favor of becoming a pariah state as it VETOS the request for Palestinian Statehood at the U.N.

As 5 million plus Palestinians live in camps under occupation in the 4th most densely populated region in the world, the US stands alone with Israel as the only nations who refuse to acknowledge the right to self-determination lamely coming up with excuse after excuse. It’s pathetic and Anti-American!

How did the U.S. get so wrongly on the side of freedom, justice and liberty. What happened to the American Century and why was it abandoned for this pariah state status.

As it stands, America is no longer that land that my familydreamed of where the streets were golden. Instead, as Palestinians lay in their broken streets under guard by their Israeli masters, the global community is in shock that America would so poorly ignore what they once stood for and now abdicate as they embrace the greed mongers who force their hands to act so callously.

It’s shocking, disappointing, and frankly beyond sad because a successful America meant so much to so many. It’s always important to have that place to aspire to; a place to look up to and say “someday…..”.

In fact, I long for those days that our family once dreamed about. Instead, sadly, my kids face a new world order where the USA is just another country where the government no longer has the interests of its people at heart. Instead, the global predator highjackers rape and pillage the USA leaving, we the people, point fingers at one another and looking for scapegoats wherever we can find them.

Now we’re left with the legacy of going from hero to zero and we don’t even know how it happened. We think the Mexicans are robbing us or some terrorist in Pakistan…….we have no clue and we don’t even know what to do about it. It’s sad…….gotta go, my mindnumbing Snookie is on TV! I gotta get good-and-tight and pray that, in the morning, the foreclosure guy also downed a few pints and forgot about putting me out into the mean dirty paved with broken dreams street.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Johnny Punish is a musician, artist, entertainer, businessman, investor, life coach, and syndicated columnist. Educated at University of Nevada Las Vegas, his articles appear in Veterans Today and his Johnny Punish Blog. His art music is promoted by Peapolz Media Records and played on net radio at and more.

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