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.
We have a sort of inverted war going on and sadly, that war has enthusiasts on both sides of the aisle. This war is being waged by people who send F-16 fighter jets to Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egypt, while seeking to limit American citizens to seven bullets in their own defense. It's a war in which our armed forces are emasculated even as domestic agencies amass military weaponry and hardware at an alarming rate, thereby leaving the law abiding citizen vulnerable to both foreign enemies and his own government. This is a war in which an American ambassador and staff are left defenseless during an attack overseas, abandoned by a Commander in Chief who has yet to account for his own actions that day, but who nevertheless scurried about the land for weeks fraudulently insisting that responsibility rested on the head of an American video producer who remains incarcerated to this day. It is a war in which our government labels an attack on US soldiers by a Muslim shouting "Allahu Akbar" as, "Workplace Violence," while labeling Americans who embrace the freedoms enshrined in our founding documents as potential terrorists.
We live in a time in which an Air Force wing commander removes from a base dining facility a Bible verse reading, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God," on word of an unhappy atheist, thereby discovering a heretofore unknown constitutional right not to be offended...
Where is the sane center of sanity these days? I mean, besides here at Maggie's Farm?
I think I last saw that back in, oh, the early sixties or so. When the left actually had a right. Such as, for one quick to mind example, Senator Scoop Jackson, et al. of the same vein. Now when you 'Bing' Senator Jackson there are just as many if not more links to some former basketball player turned journalist. The old, determined, and patriotic Senator a minor footnote in the rewrite of history by progressive thinkers.
We're on the road to hell it appears, though damned if I see any truly, good intentions, paved or otherwise.
A strange microcosm of the insanity is how in the hell can a city become a county? My hobby is genealogy and history plays a part. This is a history of a city eating farmers... the city simply needed more money.
"Suffolk became an incorporated town in 1808. In 1910, it incorporated as a city and separated from Nansemond County. However, it remained the seat of Nansemond County until 1972, when its former county became the independent city of Nansemond. In 1974, the independent cities of Suffolk and Nansemond merged under Suffolk's name and charter."
Weird. Common folks just can't deal with silver-tongued lawyers.
But note that the insanity only happened recently.
My heart agrees with XRay, but my head says there never was such a time. The craziness of earlier eras becomes oversimplified, with a few things remembered, subject to the political correctness of the day, while other craziness just slips beneath the waves.
This is why CS Lewis recommended the reading of old books, and reputable historians still insist on primary sources. When you read the diary of a man 200 years ago, you see that he is different from the box we put him in now. In some matters he has a foolishness we smirk at, in others, a wisdom that cuts like a knife across our own foolishness.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
AVI is absolutely correct - this is just the latest iteration in a long series of switchbacks from left to right to left to right. A cycle if you will.
Want an education, read up on Woodrow Wilson. He was Obama before Obama but from an entirely different direction.