I will try and call again later this week. I am running a school that includes driving, shooting, sneaking around in the woods etc. There is a tremendous amount of labor put into this thing and lots of moving pieces all coming together at once, so I am stupid busy and not getting much sleep. No probs though.
The elections. Hmm, I like Obama and I think there will be a lot of positive things that come from his presidency especially as far as international relations go. My concern is a democrat controlled house and senate to go with him. I feel that socialism is a threat to liberty and as far as I am concerned it is fascism in disguise, a wolf in sheep’s clothing so to speak. So, having all three houses controlled by people who view government as a redistribution center for others peoples money greatly greatly concerns me.
As far as “old white men”, umm if we are going to use racial terms to describe culture then it should be noted that old white men are the reason that our country has one of the highest standards of living and has generated the most wealth and the most stable govt in the history of the world.
The colonial settlers created a cultural blend of entrepreneurship, egalitarianism and protestant work ethic that was unique in the history of the western world and they formed that culture into a government.
Those principles should not be thrown out nor should they be mocked by those who do not know history or just how horrible life is in so many other parts of the world.
But as with any complex system, there is room for improvement. This financial crises has exposed the flaw in under-regulation. That does not mean the whole concept is flawed, it just means that the system needs a tune up. Its a matter of not throwing the baby out with the bath water i suppose, but im afraid that populist rhetoric and mentality will give the three branches too much power to change the system towards socialism and we will end up like England with a 50% income tax rate and so many public funding programs that the govt can not keep track of them.
This type of system by its nature can not generate wealth, it only stifles initiative to create wealth or to excel, especially if you know that the govt will strip you of your earnings in order to fund more govt programs that are staffed by people that can not be fired and are not subject to the standards of achievement that are inherent in private enterprise.
I am, however, excited by the prospect of some real change in environment regulation, because as far as that goes the environment is one of those public arenas that affect everyone and is within the realm of govt to monitor and regulate. I am also happy to have someone that is not in the business of personal morality legislation as i feel that what consenting adults do in their own property is their business and should not really fall within the scope of govt regulation.
Anyway, we shall see, I know that the Iraqi army guys are scared to death that we are going to abandon them before everything has become stable.
The changes this year are amazingly dramatic and for these guys it is night and day. Last year they basically expected to die in combat. They almost viewed it as inevitable. Now, they are buying houses and planning weddings and thinking about life other than violence and death. They view Obama’s win with great concern because they think that if we go home now, then it will be back to the meat grinder for them if the Sunnis decide to try and re-take power.
I for one have spent too much of my time and effort over here to see it fall apart because we decided to leave the job 90% finished. So, these are my concerns here, and I hope they are ill founded.
And you will have to excuse me for not viewing the late 60s and 70s from a viewpoint other than tragic.
I’m sure it was fun, however. At least you weren’t in China or Russia then. Wow, umm so that’s my rant. I will try and call this week if my connection is worth a crap.
Ok time for Mom’s rant.
First, while the 60’s and 70’s were definitely scary militarily, i.e,. Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam war, etc. It also had some incredible leaps in science and humanity. Space travel, men on the moon, civil rights – holy cow! As a kid can you imagine what it meant to watch the space program evolve! As a black person I can’t even begin to fathom their coming into a new era of equality with all they had endured in the past.
Alright, “old white men” might have been a bit harsh and yes, our founding fathers were “old white men,” but they had a dream and a plan. I haven’t seen that since Kennedy. Time for some new ideas.
As far as socialism and redistribution of wealth, Klint, you’re smarter than buying into that bunk! Taxation, that we have had since the beginning of the civilized world, is about redistributing the wealth, to the causes that keep a civilized world.
It builds infrastructure, builds programs to help the less fortunate, funds our entire social structure from the local police, firemen, schools, . . . and so on.
And the problems we are having with the economy, I believe in part is because the government didn’t get involved and put a kibosh on some of the loan programs. There is a place for government intervention and yes it is a fine line, but it is still needed.
In some ways we are very similar to the 30’s and the President at that time made some far reaching decisions to turn the nation around that probably looked very “socialistic” in it’s scope, i.e., Social Security, public works programs, banking. But it worked and we are not a socialist society, at least as far as I can tell.
Yes, having a president and congress all of the same party could have the potential for bad decisions, but in the same light it could have the potential for passing some far reaching reforms. Let’s hope that is the case. I do understand your concerns about Iraq, and undoing what we’ve accomplished. Hopefully Obama will listen to his military advisers, unlike the last president!
Ok I’m done, gotta go to work. Take care,
love these discussions, can’t wait to have them around the dinner table when you get back!