Monday, December 27, 2010

Dismayed but not totally without hope

I'd be shocked if anyone disagreed with my assertion that the World is a fundamentally different place than it was just a few years ago.  Things started to go poorly in the 60s for a number of reasons that I'll probably go into elsewhere.  Right now, we're in serious trouble.  I mean, it really seems like Capitalism and Democracy were only slightly better ideas than Communism and they're on their way out as well.  I hesitate to sound like Chicken Little with the sky falling and all that, but I'm really concerned about where we are headed.  The truly frustrating part is that all the major problems we are always hearing about could be fixed if there wasn't an epidemic of greed.  Most people alive today grew up being bombarded with the concept of living beyond their means.

Probably even more problematic is that we've totally lost all faith in our leaders.  And, rightly so.  They have failed us miserably.  Historically, when a government fails its people as badly as ours has, they've been overthrown.  Well, we live in interesting times.  The framers of the Constitution put in the Second Amendment with the idea that we could overthrow the government with force if they got out of control the way the British Crown did with the colonists.  Well, two centuries ago...maybe.  The Second Amendment is pretty much an anachronism.  We can't overthrow our government with physical force any more.  But were do have options.

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