We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dear Barrister: Within your own realm: please go to this page and then click on the first item in the list--"manual updated April 1, 2009. I think you will be stunned at how easy it is, how complicit the legal community is in adding more distance betwee the people to the law. In this case it is guaranteed that another layer of unionistas, or members of the women's leadership community will now be interpreting the law for all of us.
Don't worry about Hugo, Limp Wristed Pirate Prattle, Tea Parties? (what Tea Parties?), oh and that little DHS report that pretty much labels every Cop, Border Agent, Vet, Armed Forces Current, Boy Scout, Elected Official and White Christian (but I repeat myself) as a terrorist.
Every time the sheep start to wake up, they will be bombarded by a heap of bad news to befuddle, shrug, and go back to thinking "business as usual" as Feeble points out. Regular folks don't like all the muck, so when things start to chrystalize- muck it up!!!
What the heck is going on? Nothing. It will all be changed tomorrow and the earth will keep on spinning. With the exception of the TARP, any of that could have been written twenty years ago.
I don't mean the 'twenty years' literally, but when you specialize in bad news, you're going to get bad reactions. Our news services thrive on it, and we the people suffer greatly. I'm no Pollyanna, but until our usual upbeat, positive American attitude comes back, we're going to keep wallowing in this stuff - to our destruction. We'll be the first civilization of modern times to do down over bad news that may or may not be true. How sickening is that to feel as if we have no control?
That's what I'd call it. Like a deer caught in headlights, there's shock before there's action. I think we're in shock. And there's only one way out and that's with ferocity. That's why I don't become overly depressed about the state of affairs or get bogged down in details. You corner an animal long enough, and you end up regretting it. It's all a form of shock. It's the after-effects of it that I look forward to.
NJSoldier ... Don't forget the grand old American way of expressing disapproval; tarring and feathering, then riding out of town on a rail. It worked well for our ancestors, along with confining lesser sinners to the stocks. Ridicule is a powerful weapon, too little used of late.
These people are making truth of the charge flung at this country for decades now, by the worst of the worst, from Hitler on down, that we are "corrupt capitalists". I have a feeling that's pretty much how we are looking right now, from foreign lands.
As always, Gresham's Law.
Reverse in 2010 or we're most likely history. 'We' being plain old Americans.
I think we are corrupt capitalists. Who doubts it? What I don't care is what other countries think of us. They can cast the banners of shame, but our political class calls that clout and shrugs it off for another sweet deal. Other countries get rich off us, so let them call us names. I think 'plain old Americans' will save the day; just like plain old Chinese will ruin the day for whatever capitalist notions the Chinese have while we wallow in this mess.
There are four ways a civilization goes down:
Give the people too much - they become complacent.
Don't give the people enough - they revolt.
Takeover from without.
Takeover from within.
I think we hit three of those. Maybe if Obama decides to prosecute President Bush, complacency will end and the stirrings of revolt will thunder across this land. Yeah, how fast can one run in Birkenstocks while holding a hot latte and a copy of the NYT?
Unfortunately, politicians and those in the media are immune to shame. Bill Clinton proved this fact conclusively. I seriously doubt the Kennedy’s, Clintons, Obama’s, and Barney Franks of this world can be shamed into behaving properly.
Don't disagree, NJS. I did say in a civilized society. But our media representatives long ago left those shores and they do, still, shape the narrative that most folks see everyday. Though that is slowly changing.