O, Save Us From Ourselves!!!
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Fri Aug 15 10:10:52 MDT 2008
*FRANKLIN'S DEFINITION OF INSANITY
*IS PROVEN BY VOTING REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT
*By: Bob Strodtbeck*
If great empires continued through perpetuity, then we would all be
We know, though, that powers rise and fall and their civilizations
eventually fade away. Their existences are only preserved for study by
historians whose findings are reduced to little more than trivia
questions for board games or prize shows.
This notion should be a great concern to citizens of the United States.
There has been no power before or since that has spread its influence
over a wider part of the globe. On the other hand, no power, before or
since, has felt the consequences of empire more quickly or disastrously
than has America's.
Our military is stationed in 130 countries and has issued protection
guarantees to many of those should they be attacked. It is committed to
wars in two countries and leaders in America's two political parties
seem devoted to the idea of making war with a third. The nation's
precarious international standing is further threatened by what is
emerging as a new Cold War
<http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060710/cohen>because of a series of
All the while our foreign policy is dependent upon foreign investments
from such sources as China, among others.
As if this did not drain our public revenues sufficiently, free trade
policies have permitted manufacturers to move their plants to low wage
countries, leaving American factory workers scrambling for a shrinking
number of low-paying service jobs. As the nation shifts from an
industrial economy to a service economy, higher levels of consumption,
rather than production, are required to keep the economy afloat.
However, service jobs are not paid on the same level as manufacturing
jobs so consumption is decreasing.
Furthermore, the decrease in aggregate income available for taxation by
the federal government is shrinking, and so to are revenues to fund the
foreign adventures of the federal government as well as its ever
expanding involvement in domestic programs. So more foreign investment
So, the world's last surviving superpower that proved a free society is
more resilient than a totalitarian state with a command economy is
becoming indebted to a totalitarian state for the purpose of funding an
empire and a socialistic economy managed by a centralized executive
What is a free man to do?
The first thing we can do is realize that this country can collapse just
as all the powerful empires have before us. Much of it depends upon the
quality of decisions of the people who occupy the offices in our
government. To get an understanding of how those decisions can diminish
a powerful nation, please read Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary
by Patrick Buchanan.
Buchanan's book shows, through exhaustive historical documentation, that
power is served, not through considering the benefits to constituencies,
but by weaving a webs of myths, inferences, and propaganda that
convinces whole populations that foolish decisions have been made under
the pretense of righteous causes. Such is the heritage of the two World
Wars of the past century. So too is developing of the record of
America's War Against International Terrorism.
Yet the people leading America's government seem devoted to not only
continuing that adventure, but expanding it as well. Is it so
unreasonable to believe that those who are asking us to support them
into leadership based upon attempts to characterize America's role in
the world as indispensable or as a guardian of righteousness consider
we, the general public, to be easily influenced. Worse, based upon
Benjamin Franklin's definition of insanity---that it, "is doing the same
thing over and over and expecting different results,"---do those who
lead our country consider the general public to be insane, or, perhaps,
One point is inarguable, however, and that is that there is not a
foreign or domestic policy decision that over the past 150 plus years
that has not been enacted or supported by either Republicans or
Democrats. Consider that congress has the authority to evaluate and
support or reject all public policy directives through legislative and
budgeting powers, advise and consent of appointees empowered with
implementing the policies of government, and ratification of treaties
with foreign countries. The political system is only proven to be
implicit in what seems to be a scheme that is bringing the American
republic to crumble away under the weight of an empire that has neither
been chosen by or served the interests of the public.
We were told by President Bush in his second inaugural address that,
"...freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places,
the longing of the soul." We, in America, have enjoyed a measure of
freedom that is now being threatened by decisions President Bush and
both the parties in Congress. When we consider what has come of our
economic stability, our independence as a nation, and our freedoms as
individuals as we approach the coming election season, is it
unreasonable to remember Franklin's definition of insanity as we prepare
to select people who are to guide us past the perils we face?
"Published originally at EtherZone.com <http://www.etherzone.com> :
republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."* /
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