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.
Almost everyone agrees that 2009 is ending on a troubled or fearsome note.That leaves little space for my tendency toward optimism. Yet I still remain optimistic.
Why?I believe that the activism of free individuals, alone and in concert, is an increasing force in the US and elsewhere in the world. This activism is near the tipping point of capability to overturn the heretofore entrenched oligarchies of the self-serving. In 2010, this revolt of the masses will begin toppling power structures that restrict instead of serving to enlarge opportunities.
Although some shifts may be radical, it won’t be a revolt led by radicals nor will radicals take over in its wake.The revolt toward individual freedoms will be by the majorities of common-sense pragmatists, empowered by modern means to communicate and organize despite statist efforts to stifle these abilities.Extremists and false populists will be more quickly exposed and rejected.
Whatever their political label, the entrenched oligarchies throughout the world are as one in their primacy upon feathering and protecting their own nests.In most countries their selfish actions are recognized as already or becoming over-reaching, with reckless abandon endangering existing or nascent basic freedoms and economic security. Rapidly expanding numbers of citizens are moving to activism, in the voting booths and the streets, as excuses, rationalizations, and lies are less and less tolerated.
Realities are unavoidable. Those on the left admit that their year of “hope” has instead been politically hackneyed, essentially hollow, and played out. Those on the right tend to get mired in the undeniable fears that across the board the acts of those in control of Washington have set us up for disasters, from economy-stifling taxes and spending to restricted and intrusive health care to weakened national security to fickled alliances.Those less overtly partisan struggle to even find a middle-ground between troubled and afraid.
In 2010, those who wish to lead and succeed will be innovative, constructive optimists who unite us to go beyond just complaining.The US is still the leader of the world’s aspirations because we are more selflessly optimistic, and act that way. As we, the people, again show the way, those elsewhere in the world will be encouraged to move in a similar direction toward demanding and getting increased freedom from failed oligarchies of greed.
The coming year will not be the end of statist profiteers, but the optimistic beginning of their end, at least for this generation.
"The coming year will not be the end of statist profiteers, but the optimistic beginning of their end, at least for this generation."
Statists have been at our doorstep for nearly one hundred years. Those of us who pay attention politically recognize them and have, for years, fought them off....(why do you think it took nearly a hundred years to get government health care to this point....?). Those of us who wander through life taking care of business but are "apolitical" leave it up to the politicians to do the "public good".
Meanwhile, the kids in school have been indoctrinated to the statist way while not being taught government and the Constitution (civics). They, the new generation, have no idea what this country was really about.
As a result, though us old folk may rebel, I am not optimistic that the young ones will follow suit
Bruce, you think the American populace cares about reality? They don't! They only care what they are told reality is, and in this century it is told to them by the vileness of evil swine in the democratic party and the lame stream media.
This is the time, to paraphrase Jefferson, to water the tree of Liberty with the blood of patriots & tyrants.
for my part, I tend towards Rattso's interpretation... Jefferson's Tree does beckon, and I think it will get bloody before it gets better.
The bloodshed will not come from the Right, but from the Left - as it always has since they first stormed the Bastille and called it "liberty, equality, brotherhood".
But we will be blamed for it, and under the barest of excuses... so keep your powder dry, your line of sight clear, and face the enemy. Remember the Founding Fathers and their sacrifice, steel yourselves with the knowledge that we will not leave an uncertain America for our dearest and most precious children. They will not suffer the boot upon their necks because we did nothing to stop it.
Remember... those who have fought and died to give us our life and liberties today look to us to carry the torch of freedom honorably. We will hand it to our children with the flames burning brightly, just as it was handed to us.
-It's the end of the "double aughts", too. One decade of the third millenium is now in the book. One percent of the Third Millenium, ten percent of the 21st Century, 100% of the Double Aughts.
--can't help but think we double ought to've had a better decade. If i had to grade us, it'd be a "D" for decay as in duh, ire polotics.
To a friend i'd recommend
the "D" ought be
hooked on the end
of the year two thousand ten.
2010 with D on end
when said aloud is 'twenty tend'
a phrase entrained with a caboose
where you the crew attend to do's
because the train is yours to lose
by either evil stroke of pen
or by derailling the next bend
or by forgetting to extend
the effort needed to intend
that tracks laid down by better mend
shan't now be turned to our ex'd end.