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Friday, February 23. 2007
More truth about "The New Deal": Control from the Top
FDR was an impressive politician, a true noblesse oblige aristocrat (who never knew a working man, and never had the chance to find out how wise they/we are), with a fine temperament (no doubt those 10 martinis/day helped with that).
He latched onto a fad pressed upon him by his advisors - the communalism fad of the world intelligentsia of the 30s - and almost broke the back of American freedom in the process.
Not being particularly scholarly - or wise - himself, he bought into the notion that The Depression was due to Capitalism, requiring repair if not replacement by the geniuses in government. Good wartime leader? Yes.
Moral: beware of fads, and stay away from cranks.
A quote from a piece in View from 1776 on the subject:
Ah, control from the top. Of course. Isn't that always the solution for us foolish citizens? Hmmm, but isn't it "the top" that provides our basic education, too? Aw heck, never mind: Everybody knows that most of the smart people in America are too busy with life to get involved in politics. But that old FDR arrogant impulse, that views folks in government as being smarter than citizens, as knowing "what is best for us," persists. I know enough of them, and I can tell you that they are, on the whole, narcissistic idiots and sociopaths with a slick talk....with rare exceptions, who sooner or later get disgusted and quit. Have you ever known a politician who you would want in charge of your personal life?
But the Stalinist impulse is still alive, still dangerous, and still wrong.
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Must agree. The folks I know here in Manitoba have it all over our politicians.
I think it's quite telling that there are 16x more comments on Ms.Potty Mouth, 5x more comments on backyard birds,9x more comments on sans weenie men , and on and on than there are on this thread.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE OFFENSE, OR INTIMIDATED. PLEASE DO NOT CALL YOUR ATTORNEY OR DIAL 911. IT'S JUST AN OBSERVATION.
Most humbly offered,
Four terms. That's a huge statement. I just hate to think of what that statement means. That we by and large like to shuffle all the thinking off to the illuminati?
Tangent, re the international elites, tv news reporting that the former president of the ACLU (married to the president of the Nat'l Association to End the Death Penalty) has just been arrested for trafficking in violent child-rape videos. Couldn't help but think of that dark ring of Eurocrats involved with same, centered in Brussels, not long ago. Stay tuned.
For habu: 70 year old American, tourist in Cost Rica, kills armed mugger with his bare hands:
Not to alarm, but this should cause a little 2 + 2 putting together, re our Transnationalist Elites:
On the characterological issue, as well as the "what are they REALLY up to" question.
The Brussels thing was far bigger than our MSM coverage would imply.
I'll not be blogging here in the future. Always enjoyed your badinage.
Thanks for the encouragement but I think it's time to move on.
Maybe Gates of Vienna who knows. They have an auxillary group that is actively attempting to change the discourse..called the 910 Group. Time will tell.
I've also enjoyed your company.
Don't quit on us, habu. your sense of humor is a delight. Just take a break whenever ya get irritated.
I know hanging around keeping in touch while the world catches fire seems a waste of time. I'm at a loss too. So is everybody. It's called 'frustration'.
Ah BS Habu, your insight and knowledge is needed all over, here as well as everywhere. You needn't be full time, though I prefer it, just never say never. This is a homey place, at least for me. After all, you did honor your constraints once upon a time, did you not. Do you no longer live under any?
Take a look at this--it's apparently getting huge hits on YouTube:
you can link back to the producers--i think it's from "18 Doughty Street" (see the link inside my link).
H., apologies for my previous post. I have no idea why you have made your decision. But, one thing I should add. I somewhat recently made a similar decision at another site. I said something out of impetuous ego. Made a fool of myself. Not linking mine with yours, at all. But I said I would never be back. Impulsive, unconsidered on my part. I regret my 'never' statement. I say again, reconsider. Semper Fi.
Thanks folks ..I liked it here. Buddy will understand this better than anyone else on here but certain parties think my juju comes on too strong. I don't want to mess up someones hard work by insulting the wrong person and causing the site a hardship.
Do not misunderstand. I have NOT been asked to leave or anything of the nature, however I am aware that as I mentioned above, style and tone do count to some.
My triple sommersault with two and a half twists was perfect but the entry caused a lady in the fifth row to spill here soft drink.
Personally I think folks got tired of me spelling into, inot and not correcting it.
I'll probably also check out 7.62mm Justice site ..who knows, it won't be Maggies but I can start insulting people anew. So, look both ways before crossing the road. habu
habu is sometimes taken so I may end up Habu1 or ForrestGump2...it's a big ,little world.
The real deal is it's almost Spring training time and I'm trying to sign with a major league team as the designated steroid taker.
Well, a heartfelt farewell, Habu. May the skies be clear, the ocean smooth and the Margarita's always filled to the brim.
BL, that was the most depressing damn video I have watched in a while. And these people want to be President?
"No strings" indeed.
Well, shucks. You are a handful, you must admit. But thought-provoking in that outside-the-box way. The bitter and the sweet, so to speak. Always refreshing, though.
Luther--I must've linked it wrong--the video is called "A World Without America". Here is a better link:
Wretchard has it up top @ belmont right now, too.
Thanks BL, I had seen that one and good it was. But your 'mislink' was truly disheartening. What clown's. Their desperation precedes them. BTW, I linked your 'mislink' over at Roger's and forgot to Hat-tip you. Sorry.
Luther, there's a "Luther M" writing @ Ann Althouse's site, just so ya know.
Thanks for the 'heads up' Buddy. LutherM's blog profile indicates 'Female' as to gender. That's odd. Not many Luther M's in this country at all, but for one too be a female...possible of course, but strange. Besides, no matter her opinion, no one would confuse her writing with my convoluted crap.
I'm almost certain she's a lot prettier than you, too.
Saw that video. Not bad. Also, the story of Doughty St. is interesting. They want to compete with BBC?
We'll miss your outspokenness and antic, manic ways. Just remember this, my passionate friend: We are all neighbors, regardless of disagreements. Hate to sound like Mr. Rogers (no, I don't really hate to sound like him - I kinda like it), but it does no good at all to hurt or to attack earnest strangers on blogs.
For catharsis, when life gets to us, we just go the the skeet field or the rifle range, or have a beer or three. Or both. It works great.
I do agree with Luther. If some do not like your posts, they have a scroll button (even though you can be very hard to ignore)))).
I suppose for the owners of this lovely little site, it is a bit like having a full grown newfie dog in a studio apartment and they get a few complaints but your company here has been fun. Cheers.
I encourage you not to leave off commenting from this blog. I very much enjoyed our set-to last week. I have no real complaint with your language and etc. I am thick skinned, stubborn, argumentative and opinionated, and you appear to be also. Maggie's Farm would be much the less without your voice, wit, passion, verve, intelligence and spirit. I would be so bored if everyone agreed with me, and as much as I hate to admit it, I did learn some things from you, and even have a grudging trepect for your position on the flag brouhaha and etc. We learn through argument.
I don't have as much time to comment as I'd like - I have read Maggie's farm for years without even checking the comments - and now that I discover them, the livliest, most interesting commenter is leaving? Say it ain't so, Habu. Reconsider.
As regards this FDR piece - I was out of town all yesterday. but I liked it, agree with it, etc .
I have found that all avenues lead back to Maggies Farm.
Thanks for all the kind words.
I've emptied my footlocker and figure I'll be around at least until that maple tree sapling grows to about fifty feet.
So we start anew...I am very touched by your overtures. A hearty handshake to the men and a what-ever-you-can-get-by-with for the ladies
Now I must attend to the honey-do list...more later.
Again, many thanks for the kind words and open arms.
Comments open to all creeds, colors, races, opinions, religions, and personal quirks. A big tent - no - a big tepee - no, a big wigwam. But with respect towards all, right or wrong - but also with respect for facts.
Yes, I would like Maggie's to be a continuation of Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. Loved the guy, as did our Dylanologist. In fact, it is getting to be time to post another request that readers leave their droppings when they stop by. We know it's an effort - I try to do it with other blogs (but most of our other writers do not take the time) , but there are so many comment-worthy posts out there, and little time in life.
We do not want our comments to be a club. We want all input. I have already been driven away by hostile or "protective" forces at Dr. Sanity, and it soured me to a very fine blog. And my comments were entirely friendly but apparently did not fit the party line. I hate that. I will not bother commenting there anymore, even though I have worthwhile comments. It's a shame.
Some blog commenters do drive the others away. I suppose they mean well, but what's the point? I understand your experience with Dr. Sanity: I have had the same elsewhere, not as a troll, but as an ordinary commenter. The Stalinist attitude is not for me.
Fine ending here then. And a good and reasonable statement re comments BD. You use the word 'respect,' with which I have come lately to dislike. As it is a word used by many for an excuse to violence and/or an excuse to disrespect another. I much prefer it used as you have, as it originally meant, a common civility, an openness to others and their ideas and a mature expression that we do all live under this big wigwam.
No doubt I'm one of those no-account ladies in the fifth row who doesn't adequately appreciate the star quality of those who insult others just because it can be chuckle-worthy and "always refreshing" for indiscriminating sidekick supporters, but Bird Dog's 16:35 comment is a brilliant and moral rejoinder to adolescent clique politix on blogs. Good for him, for gosh sakes. And ultimately for his Christian Belief and his idea of blog "community".
We talk about Big Issues facing our generation and then too often devolve to petty, mean crap, attacking those who never hurt us and who, more often than not, agree with our politics. Why is that? Is it fun, b/c I don't get it? I also don't get how, when men insult women out of the blue, it's funny or meaningless, and when they react in return, they are bad people. Could it be some people aren't nearly as logical or morally consistent as they think they are?
Could it be we are all too human and not aware of our pathetic foibles? Or, is it that some of us and our gang-friend-fans think we're so much better that civility doesn't apply to us?
I'm going out on a limb here, but I don't think the 'ladies in the fifth row' was meant as an insult. Rather an off the cuff metaphor for use in describing all sides of an audience, that would be us, I guess, as we're the one's reading it. And the fact that our sensibilities are as varied as we are.
I would also respectfully recommend that you read a few more of the comments of the gentleman who was the progenitor of 'always refreshing,' before assuming such harsh judgments as to the level of his discrimination.
Lastly. I suppose, due to my comments above I would/could be included as one of those 'gang-friend-fans'. Not at all true. I just appreciate knowledgeable people. Sometimes you get a little more than you bargain for when partaking of that knowledge. Doesn't mean I want to 'throw out the baby with the bathwater.' Thats all. And, believe me, I am perfectly aware of my many 'pathetic foibles' and do try to remain civil when dealing with civil people.
I don't get the point of insults - except insults of public figures. They love them. As Hollywood always says: "Negative publicity is better than no publicity."
But in the real world, I figure we all do our best to be informed, etc. We try.