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Dan Jackson is somewhat pessimistic about our future as a nation:
- We elected not once, but twice, as President a man who openly practices class warfare and who believes government is not a protector of liberty but a glorified nanny that needs to take care of us because we are too stupid to take care of ourselves. While it is disputable as to whether he “hates” our country, he certainly does not believe in American greatness or exceptionalism. I truly never thought I would see the day when an American president would actually apologize for our country to such stewards of human fairness and equity as the Egyptian parliament.
- The voting public rejected Mitt Romney, who in addition to being eminently qualified for the job of President, was perhaps the most fundamentally decent man to ever run for that office. Instead solid majorities chose to believe obvious and vitriolic lies about him being an indifferent and none-too-bright plutocrat who relished firing people and watching their wives die of cancer. For a majority of American people to accept without question such a ridiculous caricature of Governor Romney speaks poorly of our collective ability to exercise our democratic rights.
- Our federal government is pursuing ruinous financial policies such as spending a trillion dollars per year more than it collects. No business, household or government can spend 40% more than their revenues over a prolonged period of time without going bankrupt. Yet any attempt to make the rational point that we must reign in our out-of-control spending is met with a combination of disdain and venomous character attacks. There is an utter lack of seriousness among the public and the ruling class to correct or even address the serious financial mismanagement that could in short order ruin both our currency and our economy.
- We are rapidly adopting the European model of speech control, with certain subjects simply considered to be “off limits” for discussion. People who believe in centuries-old customs like traditional marriage or second amendment rights are now openly branded as “haters” unworthy of either serious consideration or protection under the law. It is the same kind of strong-armed intimidation that is practiced by authoritarian dictatorships to effectively quell freedom of speech or thought.
- Our culture ever more aggressively mocks and dismisses mainstream American values like patriotism, family and monogamy. Our “heroes” are not those who fight and die for liberty overseas but instead are narcissistic singers, actors and sports figures who display open contempt for those who pay their ridiculous salaries. What does it say about a culture when Dennis Rodman is a household name but Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer is
- (All links added by me- ed.)
I find little to argue with.
…except to note that Merrie Englande easily has as many assholes as we do.
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