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.
OK, I see where the first Baby Boomer filed for Social Security, the worlds longest running Ponzi scheme ever..
Now a cascade of articles can be expected to spring forth, once again decrying the bankruptcy we are facing as the Boomer RELCLAIM what is rightfully theirs in the first place, minus the effects of inflation on their confiscations and whatever growth they missed by not having a minimum of 5% in the stock market.
In their lifetime, (1946 to today) the Stock market has gone from a DOW Industrial Average of 192.1 with a volume of 1,442,000 shares traded to yesterdays close of 13950.33 at a volume of get ready ..2,025,560,000...THAT'S TRILLIONS FOLKS.
It is quintessential malfeasance by our Congress not to have, in the 62 years since the end of 1945, addressed placing at minimum 1-2% of the Social Security confiscated money into the stock market ..the amount of wealth left on the table is staggering. And what do we have instead? Geraldo Riveras, Al Capones' secret vaultů..bupkis....and a huge Ponzi scheme.
This morning, from the pages of the San Diego Union Tribune comes one of the many germinating articles that will cite in bold print "Dog bites Man"
This is a known event in the making for 60 years. It is probably the biggest failing of the "Greatest Generation" to have not fixed it when they were in power. Instead they just kicked the can down the road.
Well now the Y'ers, the Y generation, some 70 million strong and born beginning in 1980 are going to shoulder the burden...with 77 million B-Boomers it should be quite an electoral shootout to see if Boomers can hold onto what is morally theirs. Habu.
It is a shame something along the lines of what you are saying wasn't done... but that would have meant relinquishing control of some of those funds... and have you ever tried to pull a pig away from its feeding trough... congress loves all that general fund money...
It just coincided with a number of things. Ego, both FDR's and FDR's. His policies prolonged the recession confirming in the minds of millions of Americans that socialist big goverment was the only answer. This was coincidental with his administration being riddled with Soviet agents, Alger Hiss and many others including FDR's right hand man (now called Chief of Staff) Harry Hopkins who is known in the FBI Venona Papers as agent "19". It was Hopkins influence at Yalta that allowed Stalin to keep a once free Easter Europe under Soviet domination until the early 1990's. When FDR was told by some that his administration was compromised his retort was literally "Fcuk off". Both he and Eleanor loved Joe Stalin.
So "Big Goverment was born, capitalism discredited and the Nanny State devleoped into today's Leviathan in extremis.
So here we are, having the government force us to abandon a Christian based nation for a muticultural bastard stew whose ingredients are more putrified every year. Forced to accept concepts totally contrary to more than two centuries of our heritage to save a concept written in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a Baptist Church in Danbury ,Conn. in 1802 and then recorded for gospel far beyond the separation of church and state mentioned i the Constitution.
Forced to accept the spohistry that to truly be a "patriot" you must sell your country short. You must expose your secrets and jeopardize your troops in the field, to really show "courage". It's Orwellian doublespeak, a meretricious characature of what was meant to be. Such is "progress".
You simply have to read Henry Gibbon's "The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" or Will and Ariel Durant's " History of Civilization" to know what they meant when they said, "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within"
Quite all right Habu... I am well and hope the same is true for you and yours.
Interesting take on the revised Jefferson letter... I might quibble a bit with a few of the the authors suppositions, but an interesting analysis nonetheless.
I think no matter what TJ's personal thoughts may have been, he was aware of the necessity of a strong spiritual center for the country and for the individual. I certainly agree that his letter had/has assumed much greater significance, than as to how it was originally intended.
The thing though, Habu, is how do we proceed forward, now that the horse has left the barn?