HuskyPup.... your story infuriates me and scares me because I know its coming.
I dont know what secret internal memo's google has, but they clearly have some internal rules that are not published and have clear biases against certain types of sites.
They stopped approving certain types of sites for adsense, even though they have approved them instantly for many years. So the people who got in early get to keep those, the people who are late are rejected. Its a double standard. They have a monopoly and rig the market.
As for you, why not duplicate what your competitors are doing and try to get your rank back? Find a good SEO guy.
We live in a dirty market now, and google doesnt care if good people are getting royally screwed. You are ranked so low now there is nothing to left to lose. Put 1500 links on your page now. Study their link structure, do the same, get back on page 1. Its time to play dirty. Playing nice just gets you F-ed by people who play dirty in this space. Sickens me that just to survive, google is now forcing people to act immorally and game the corrupt system they have setup.