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Ron Patton | April 18, 2024

According to a recent study by Investopedia, the classic middle-class American Dream now costs over $3.4 million. It’s now entirely out of reach for many Americans. Most people are a paycheck away from starving or missing rent. Every crisis the unelected overlords create gives them more power to seize property and control the economic systems. Capital is also being destroyed by the constant wars that the US fights against trivial countries on the other side of the world. The money controllers are the reason we are overspending and out of control. This is why we should invest in tangible assets and things for the near future. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with financial and economic analyst, Joe Zane Morgan about CIVIL $ABOTAGE – FOUR CORNERS IN A ROUND ROOM. 



Last weekend, I invited the staff to a showing of the film Civil War. To be honest it was not what I expected, as the trailer has been misleading to say the least.

Sure there is a civil war in the movie. No one knows why. The President only appears on screen for less than three minutes, once in the beginning and once in the end — and sandwiched between these are traumatic scenes of death and terror.

The moral I took away from the movie is that the bad guys are the ones shooting at you –and that in a war such as this, everything has a cost associated with it — because everyone is left without any money or services, and so everything from gas to food has a high price to be paid.

This indicates that the film was more about classes than about politics.

But of course, both political groups see it as an affront to them.

But it is a small keyhole view of the America we live in right now.. and it has happened before in history — going back to 1860, when slaves wanted to break away from their masters, and economic slaves wanted to break away from higher taxes and living in poverty.

According to a recent study by Investopedia, the classic middle-class American Dream now costs over $3.4 million.

That’s the estimated lifetime cost of marriage, two children, cars, homes, healthcare, education, and retirement. It’s now entirely out of reach for many Americans.

Most people don’t earn six figures, but it’s become the new benchmark for whether or not you can afford a typical U.S. home. Americans need to earn an annual income of $110,871 to buy a median-priced home of $402,343 — a 46% increase since January 2020, according to a new Bankrate analysis of Redfin sales data.

Bankrate cited 22 cities in the United States where this is so.

People buying on the West Coast and in the Northeast need the highest household incomes to afford a typical home, Bankrate found. The top 5 places are California (where an income of $197,057 is needed); Hawaii ($185,829); the District of Columbia ($167,871); Massachusetts ($162,471); and Washington State ($156,814).

The other states where a six-figure income is needed are Arizona ($110,271); Colorado ($152,229); Connecticut ($119,614); Florida ($114,771); Idaho ($114,386); Maine ($102,557); Maryland ($108,257); Montana ($131,357); Nevada ($111,557); New Hampshire ($130,329); New Jersey ($152,186); New York ($148,286); Oregon ($129,129); Rhode Island ($132,343); Texas ($100,629); Utah ($133,886); Vermont ($114,471); and Virginia ($106,971).

By contrast, states in the South and Midwest require the lowest levels of income to snag a median-priced home: Mississippi ($63,043); Ohio ($64,071); Arkansas ($64,714); Indiana ($65,143); and Kentucky ($65,186).

Six-figure incomes aside, sometimes the measure of how affordability changes over time can be seen in how much more income you need to buy the average home today than yesterday.

Compared to 2020, income needs jumped the most in Montana (up 77.7%); Utah (up 70.3%); Tennessee (up 70.1%), South Carolina (up 67.3%), and Arizona (up 65.3%).

The middle class in the United States has been steadily shrinking, and the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us has grown to absurd proportions.

Back in the 1980’s my family was lower middle class, but my folks were able to finance a home and we lived in an okay neighborhood.

In the 80’s there were wealthy people and poor people in but the vast majority of the population was comfortably somewhere in the middle. Sadly, things have changed so much since that time.

If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have invested in Gold and Silver — and bought stock in Microsoft or Apple. But we were just kids and we lived in relatively good times financially. Even the poor had it better than a lot of the homeless I see in tents on the street.

I never knew of tent cities, or Hooverville-like communities when I grew up.

Now, it appears to be everywhere, and most people are a paycheck away from starving or missing rent.

No Matter what Joe Biden says about his economic prowess, things are not any better, and whoever is in charge should be embarrassed about the human blight that they have banished to the streets to die of overdoses and exposure.

Ever since the pandemic, the elite have had even more power over the economy and society.

Every crisis that the unelected overlords create gives them more power to seize property and control the economic systems. They are the reason we are overspending and out of control.

They set the standard as the regular average person feels like he or she cannot keep up — little by little you feel a loss of power.

It is like death by a thousand paper cuts.

Rising public and private debt naturally means a gain in power for them, because debt always and without exception also means a relationship of dependency between creditor and debtor. In other words: You can more easily dictate your conditions if someone depends on your credit supply.

Many of us, because of diminished personal finances are now beginning to feel the pinch — when people starve or lose their ability to find personal happiness we begin to see a deterioration in the social strata — social cohesion suffers, resentment grows like a cancer — and we push ever closer to civil unrest or even limited civil war.

Our leaders purposely pursued policies that they knew would cause inflation, and when new money enters the system most of it tends to flow into the hands of those at the top of the economic food chain.

So the ultra-wealthy have been doing very well in this economic environment, but high inflation is eviscerating all the rest of us.

At this point, it takes the average U.S. household an extra $1,069 per month just to purchase the same goods and services that it did three years ago.

The typical U.S. household needed to pay $227 more a month in March to purchase the same goods and services it did one year ago because of still-high inflation, according to calculations from Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi.

The cost of living has been rising faster than incomes have been, and that is putting an extraordinary amount of financial stress on U.S. households.

At this point, millions upon millions of Americans have gotten into trouble with debt, and credit card delinquency rates have risen to unprecedented levels.

The system is not working for the average American, which sets us all up for a whole new system– which makes people wonder if the system has been sabotaged on purpose for the sake of the Great Reset, and the overall confrontation between the haves and the have-nots.

There are also ‘striking similarities’ between the 1850s – the decade before the first Civil War – and today, according to the team from California State University, San Bernardino.

The American Civil War broke out on April 12, 1861, and lasted until April 26, 1865. It followed the secession of 11 Southern states following decades of arguments over slavery.

However, other issues that sparked the conflict included government overreach, state’s rights, and people being overtaxed into poverty.

The left would have you believe that the issues that they wish to talk about like abortion, immigration, gun ownership, and identity politics are the main reason for a war –or another insurrection.

They also continue to push the agenda of, the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election as the main reason the so-called MAGA terrorists will revolt.

But no, much of what triggers wars and the supplanting of political power is the failure of economies and yes slavery, because people identify with classes more than they do with race or politics.

We are all peasants, black, white, or brown, and this is why there is division — only that one political group is always there like a used car salesman promising that they have all the answers and will provide relief — we keep voting expecting a different result.. there has not been any effort to make our lives better — so it will have to be up to us in the end– make plans to obtain wealth to keep solvent.

It does come with some sacrifice but the alternative is a war-torn battlefield in America where people will be afraid to leave their homes– that is if they have homes.

We are constantly being told that the good life awaits, and people go to great lengths to find it but it has to be said that the network of relationships between people who live and work in a society are somehow unable to reach positive social outcomes.

Political mistrust is a large, looming issue– but so is the economic health of everyone else… the majority of people are all in the same sinking ship — and it is up to them, or even their communities to band together and make sure no one starves, or even finds themselves on the street.

Leaving it up to government tyrants is not working.

These elected leaders are doing well for themselves and know the law that gives them loopholes to commit extortion — rather than gathering taxes.

Just think of how many pay raises they justify for themselves and we foot the bill for no legitimate action on matters that are vital to the social construct and the substantive process of running a government.

They do not offer much hope for a peaceful nation in the coming years.

The negative social psychology has already had an extraordinary impact on public administration and is unlikely to decrease in the near term – it may yet increase exponentially as it did in the 1860s.

That was when the first Civil War happened –and the condition of our country is similar to how it was then.

Capital is also being destroyed by the constant wars that the US fights against trivial countries on the other side of the world.

The fact is that our institutions, from corporations to academia to government, have become corrupt, ineffectual, and bloated. The Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that, in the physical world, things inevitably degenerate over time.

That’s also true in the world of human action. In general, as any institution gets old, it winds down. That’s true of the US, and it’s apparent to everyone– they feel it, they are fighting against it, and some are in denial.

All there needs to be is another move that the people will be fed up with — one that will undoubtedly dash the hopes and dreams of the class that is working tooth and nail to survive.

When you lose hope — people have nothing else to lose — and monsters are made from people who decide to stop pretending.

It does not take long for them to groom people into monsters. The elite know this because they build monsters and beasts every day. Then they put them on the nightly news to sway the public into thinking that they are helpless in trapping the monster in the burning windmill.

There is no effort to better the living standards of the people — it is all about them and their political subterfuge,

Currently, the world is awash in debt. Every currency is based on debt. Indeed, debt is the cornerstone of everything. Furthermore, the level of debt around the world is increasing geometrically and forming the “mother of all bubbles.” Bubbles always explode. This implies a reset (Great Reset) of all debt and a reshuffling of assets into the coffers of mega-banks and the Central Banks: all stocks and bonds, all homes, cars, businesses, and everything that was financed.

David Rockefeller, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission in 1973, saw the end of money when he announced the “New International Economic Order.

As the American middle class continues to shrink, it seems the “New American Dream” is to merely get by and make ends meet.

People will have to rent instead of own. They may not be able to afford kids, pets, ribeye steaks, or retirement. They’ll have to take on a lot more debt.

The “New American Dream” looks more like the WEF’s “you’ll own nothing and be happy.”

This is apparent — and we wait and see what this leads to.

Is anyone going to fight to keep their property, their family, or their way of life?

The American way of life? What does it mean to you, or anyone else? Are we to just admit that it has been taken and that we have no recourse but to give up?

The bottom half of society only owns 2% of the country’s wealth. That kind of imbalance makes for instability. No wonder it’s said that the average guy can’t lay his hands on even $500 cash if there’s an emergency.

No wonder a criminal like Klaus Schwab can promote his “You’ll own nothing and be happy” meme and not be hung from a lamp pole— a lot of people now feel they’d be better off in that kind of world.

We’ve devolved into classical Mussolini-style fascism, or State corporatism, where corporations and the State work hand-in-glove.

But since those implementing these corporatist moves aren’t wearing fascist uniforms designed by Hugo Boss we allow them to do as they wish.

We’re heading in the wrong direction at an accelerating rate because there’s been a breakdown of moral fiber in society.

People, in general, no longer understand what’s right and what’s wrong—or what’s good and what’s evil. They’re taking less responsibility for their individual lives and what happens around them.

We’ve gone from a high-trust society, where you didn’t need to lock your car or your front door, to a low-trust society, where everybody is constantly observed, and security is of critical importance.

At the same time, the country has generally gone from having low time preferences and being future-oriented to high time preferences— what I mean is there is an annoying sense of entitlement– where if things go wrong, people will abandon it, instead of working or coming up with ideas to make it better.

They sit back and think that they will be able to find something better — but then they realize that all industries, except for the funeral industry are doing badly.

They cop the attitude “I want it all, and I want it now.” Oh, and they don’t think they need to work for it or invest — here is a clue — you better try and set aside something valuable — because soon money won’t buy you anything.

People are not as future-oriented as they once were. They are expecting to get what they think they are entitled to.

Well again you aren’t a part of the elite’s club — so until you do the secret handshakes, and meet in the lodges, you won’t be getting squat from them.

You have to make your wealth, and you have to rethink your decisions and use better discernment.

I have to do it too — I am certainly feeling the same way, but motivation is something that has to be felt– and it is coming closer and closer to the time that I have to think about what is left– how close am I to dying, or retirement, or being laid up in a hospital with a tube down my throat waiting for someone to pull the plug?

All that struggle costs money and there needs to be something set aside for that rainy day, that turns into a full forced gale.

When Rome collapsed over several hundred years, living well and peaceably got harder and harder as Europe entered the Dark Ages. Even if you had a lot of money, it didn’t do you that much good. That’s why it’s important to preserve what’s left of the idea of America.

That is why you should think about a future in tangible assets and invest in things for the near future, look around, take risks, and be bold — the future is there for those who wish to endure.

But it will be a rocky road ahead because most people feel helpless and unaware– if we wind up amid a civil war, it will be vital to look after the best interests of you and your family. Then perhaps offer help to your friends and community.

Hopefully, it will be the motivation to unite with those who believe in the true American way of life –and not the victimized activist world that seems to be running in a round room looking for a corner to sit in.


Joe Zane Morgan is a Precious Metals Specialist with United Gold Group and an industry analyst with experience in helping retirees move their IRA or 401K or cash accounts into tax-deferred precious metals. Their phone number is 800-753-8534 and their website is

Written by Ron Patton


This post currently has 5 comments.

  1. Mark

    April 18, 2024 at 7:13 pm

    Make no mistake; this a planned collapse – especially for Canada. Little Justin has been Prime Minister for eight years. The price of a house has doubled. Rent has doubled. Inflation higher than anything in forty years. Canada’s national debt has doubled in the last eight years. Here is a quote where his zoom call to the World Economic Forum was leaked by Global News Toronto and released on Sept. 29, 2020 (this was carried on Youtube, but is hard to find now). Little JT said “This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset…this is our chance to re-imagine economic systems…building back better to achieve the 2030 agenda”.
    He has been the worst PM in Canadian history – Joe Biden is the worst President as far as I know. But, they have both been very successful for their twisted agendas. This is no accident. Our governments are not stupid incompetents. This is what they want.

  2. Mark

    April 18, 2024 at 7:31 pm

    There are tent cities all over Canada, even in wealthy suburban cities. Food bank use is higher than ever before seen.

  3. Joe

    April 18, 2024 at 8:34 pm

    This was plan by Albert Pike and company.Mazzini mafia’s. Jacobin. Black Nobility. Orsini. Colon.Collins . other very secret unknowns families from ancient times.blood relationship to Middle East.China. Egypt.Greece.Rome..related to Hercules sons. Nimrods families.Alexander the great. Caesar. Very mysterious powerful in occultism.Black Magicks.Sorcery. Demonism. Satanism and Luciferin high craft’s..their fronts people like Diddy.Epsteins.Maxwells mi5 .or dummies like Gate’s Facehooks . Socialist tv media’s.. bread n circus.. but the unknowns are there Watchers or religious secret groups like the Knights of Santiago… Malta.. Jesuits.Templars .. opus dei. Rosy ❌. There is going to be a war international between these secret societies just like a Jason Bourne John Wick James Bond.Misssion impossible shi,….. gonna hit the Vatican kings rulers Hollywood stars and Joe blow n tranobama. Lol like hell gates opening Hell raiser necronomico type thing

  4. SARGE

    April 19, 2024 at 2:55 am


  5. Pat

    April 20, 2024 at 5:50 am

    Sarge, you nailed it……. Some of my friends are Amish Dutch from Western PA. They don’t have no 401(k)s they don’t have a bunch of gold, but they do Have in a small farm. They do a lot of bartering They trade Meet for potatoes strawberries maybe for corn. They don’t have cell phones and computers and they get by and they’re pretty happy go lucky people They help each other when they need it and their community I’ve got a couple buckets of wheel weights made of lead. I collect them. I can melt them down and make bullets for my firearms. People have to think like what you can use People have a lot of cyber money for 401(k) stocks, and bonds that all can go away in an instant If everybody tried to get all that money out, it’s not even there My advice to young people is get out of the city by a piece of land for a small house on it with the wood burner and septic tank And Well, water. Plant some fruit trees, berry bushes build a small greenhouse Gardening and plant seeds, canned fruit, and vegetables and meat Try to live a simple life It’s all gonna fall apart one day you’ll be glad you did This is all planned out, but the government overlords They don’t want middle-class people anymore Gasoline when I started driving when I was 16 was $.50 a gallon now it’s four or five dollars? Yeah, millions of people crossing the border unvented you don’t know what they’re gonna do when I get into the water supply power grid nuclear power plants it’s gonna be a lot worse than 911 Prepare, prepare stock up on food and ammo and then necessity of life My old man said if you have a few acres of ground, you can feed yourself and survive. Take care and enjoy the simple things in life. Don’t make it too complex every day above. Ground is a good day.

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