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.
The Establishment cannot grasp that religion, race, and nationalism are far more powerful motivators than is economics. Globalism, with its hollowing out of the state, is in fact paving the way for more primal war, fought for age-old reasons by entities that are not states.
This administration goes from stupid to stupid, but so did the Bush admin. I am in favor of benign neglect unless those morons step on my toes in NYC or anywhere else in the US. Most other places are just tar babies, and ungrateful in the end. Beheading people? That's what they like to do. Everybody knows that. I am not shocked, but it's news to John Kerry.
If islamic jihadists declare themselves to be our enemies, I say take them at their word, and carry the destruction to them. It is better to destroy their land than for them attack our land. The more distance and layers of defense between them and us the better.
Most people are pack animals and are out of sorts when they aren't dominated. The snot nosed Baby Boomers led the way to throw off the constrictions of the spheres but now are at sea in individual liberty. And it must be stopped in their lifetime.
It isn't just the Jihadist. It is the Left. They fear adulthood. They matriculated in universities that taught them in certitudes when life, a life at liberty, a life where you are the one in command of yourself, is a world of compromises and ambiguity.
The reason for these outcroppings of inconsistency is obvious. When there is a determining infrastructure it brings everything into line. If kinship underpins everything, as it does in tribal societies, or religion in Hinduism and Islam, or politics in Communism and Fascism, or the market in extreme forms of neo-liberal American thought, then everything can be read off from it. There is consistency because there is a common base, or lowest common denominator. The cost, of course, is that it leads to the loss of liberty, oppression, the imprisonment of the soul and the mind. The world of Brave New World or 1984 are at least internally consistent.
On the other hand, the essence of the modern world is that there is no defining infrastructure. Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is not loosed upon the world, but certainly chaos and confusion is often there. Basically the four spheres of our life are constantly in productive tension – politics, religion, economy and society. So there is an everlasting struggle, with no sphere triumphant.
In such a situation adults have to live in a world of endless compromise, of endless situations where the best is the enemy of the good, in an Einsteinian world of relativity where all principles can be bent by some other force. It is a Dirac or Schrödinger quantum world where a cat can be both alive and dead at the same time. It is a world perfectly caught by the Oxford mathematician Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) when he took a child, full of absolutes, into the magical world down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass.
On one level everything you say is true and I do not disagree. However if all we did was ignore the little wars and arguements around the world then count me in. But in fact our administration has choosen a path of disarmament, something that history has consistently shown to be a terrible mistake. Bring back a 2 million man standing army (army, navy, marines & air force), secure our border and end the crazy immigration and asylum that we don't need, and expand our treaties with friendly nations and I will vote for it. But we cannot continue what we are doing and assume we will remain safe.