I have cautioned over and over that unless one of the major parties offers up a man who has something more to say for himself than to read some bimbo Washington resume–we are in for a revolution and one day we will wake up with a dictator~~and you know what~~we’ll deserve it because nobody in this city listens to or gives a toss about the real people of this land~~
We are being kept afloat by artificial money from the central bank~which at some point simply has to end.
The justification for this artificial economy is that if we stop pumping fiat money into the economy a depression will very quickly ensue.
we have now built ourselves into a box in which the only options are to contrive a way to keep the boat afloat with an endless flow of artificial money~~or to endure a full-scale depression~~neither possibility is capable of sustaining a stable nation~and under either possibility a real revolution will come very soon~~it is rather difficult for me to see how any educated man cannot see this~~with the revolution will come a dictator and his job is made very much easier by the intense and ever-growing hatred of the Americans for the men of this city~for the men of the political class~~John Begg
You are right than wrong John.The liberals suck. The conservatives have been co-opted by tea party morons.Where, by God, is the sensible center….Stephen (.
How you would you define “the center?” Lukewarm confusion is not, simply by default, intrinsically “sensible.” Our foreign policy at this moment is certainly “in the middle,” and it’s disastrous.
As bad as things may be, we are far far better off than we were in the 70s. We are threatened with nuclear terrorism, but not nuclear annihilation (no mean distinction there). Unemployment is high but not what is was then. Inflation … well, it’s coming, but we haven’t seen it yet. When it does, we’ll see if it approaches the Weimarish 70s. Revolution? Our men in uniform are not being spit on. The Weathermen aren’t blowing up police stations, the Black Panthers aren’t murdering beat cops in the street, and we aren’t idly, shamefully sitting on our hands while genocide bleeds Indochina and Africa. A little optimism, please.
Steve and Harry~~I think that this center you refer to Steve is not involved because it constitutes the bulk of the people who have been abandoned by the Washington–they have just given up caring about Washington–but that does not mean they are complacent–oh, no!!.
Harry~having lived–right here–in the fulcrum—in the times you annotate–through the times you mention~I say–certainly you have a solid point in the instances you raise but since the time you site– the utter collapse of any semblance of believability in Washington and media and other big institutions has progressed downhill in a straight line. Anybody who has ever dated a girl knows when trust is lost it don’t come back–and it’s lost at Washington.
No, we are not going to be blown up by the Commies. But, yes, perpetual war to no purpose is the status quo–we simply moved from fighting Commies to fighting lunatic Muhammadans.
I sense up and down the social scale a real revulsion with Washington~~most particularly so the gaudy personal greed one sees flashing all around this city. Men have always come here for ego reasons but in the last 2 decades the sense that they come here exclusively to steal money has grown and grown with good reason~~how does some barefoot boy show up here 20 years ago without a nickel in his jeans and have a net worth of $.5billion today~~estimated?
But all that is cocktail talk–the people wouldn’t mind a little corruption and theft if their government expressed even a remote interest in providing the possibility for good jobs with good benefits for the working man–but nobody here even pretends to care about that.
You simply cannot take a comparatively rich country and turn it into a comparatively poor country~pretty much overnight—since the Panica of 2008~~and expect to hold the line in place.
I am personally amorous much of civility in politics, Harry and much miss seeing any of it. The trouble is that revolutions tend to be most uncivilized, bloody, gory and messy.
Steve–in parting here–you and I have many times agreed that if the central government simply ceases to even be responsive to the demands of the citizens–that government has lost all credibility and the constitution, other documents, flags and symbols of empire will be tossed aside in the blood lust of revolution~and into the fire.
I don’t want this to happen–for 2 years I have been writing to try and alert men here of the danger. They don’t care~~they are fat and happy and they just don’t care at all–Steve–Tea Party came about as a backlash against that very indifference~~as an expression of the intense frustration of the people to be heard at Washington~~all in this group have good educations and have read history–revolutions are commonplace throughout history–more the norm than the exception– and the glue that binds them all is that the revolution comes when the central government simply ignores the needs and demands of the people.
As with Tea Party, Steve, so your mention of Wiemar, Harry~~I am afraid I do see correlation to late-20s–early 30s Germany here–mass~~deliberate~~debasement of the money and intractable unemployment~~once again–the stated governmental purpose of our central bank’s debasement of the dollar is to prevent our going into a depression–what is the logic line–it it this–either we continue to debase the dollar or we go into a depression–sometimes–on thinking that, Harry–it’s a bit hard to be optimistic~~
I’m skeptical of this Rousseau-ian yearning for a lost golden age of civility in American politics that never existed. I’m old enough to recall George McGovern comparing Richard Nixon to Adolph Hitler, George Wallace pronouncing that any n****r who laid down in the street in protest would be a dead n****r, and the “New Left” (so-called) adopting Lenin’s bloody catchphrase for mass public executions as a rallying cry; “Up against the wall, Mthrfckrs.” LBJ, as President, forced pols he wanted to denigrate to meet with him while he was defecating on the toilet. Bobby Kennedy, as AG, eavesdropped on MLK Jr have trysts with his mistresses and played the tapes back for racist Senators. Walter Cronkite illegally bugged Eisenhower’s campaign headquarters. Walter Duranty whitewashed Stalin’s genocide in the New York TIMES. That Golden Age? Never existed.
Populist mis-trust is rightly directed not only at Washington, but at our elite technocrats in general, who have failed to responsibly run the capital markets as well as to legislate, but the voters who you claim to be in revolt keep voting them back into office in exchange for further entitlements. Those who are defaulting on their mortgages and college loans are no better than the pols they’ve re-elected.
There is no military-industrial conspiracy to keep us in a perpetual state of war. Nuclear proliferation changes the economics of warfare just as fanatical ideologies of self-loathing and nihilism alter our modes of strategy against them. It’s difficult to “game out” an effective deterrent against an opponent who seeks annihilation. No zero-sum logic there.
I share your revulsion to revolutionary zealotry. I’m a fervent Burkean; I suspect you may be as well. But they took their best shot when they were being bankrolled by the evil empire, and now it’s defunct. We’ve seen worse, and prevailed. Our current lack of statesmanship is appalling, but so is our lack of citizenship. Things are grim, but not terminal.
Ed Burke~~of course~~I tell my fellow Republicans that I am a classical liberal and they all blanch~~very few have a decent~~or even adequate education anymore~~at least in the things that matter~”what every schoolboy ought to know et sequentia…”…but with religion, Ed Burke and my paths diverge~he left Mother Church~to take up mercenary membership in that horrid religion founded by an English King who died of syphilis. I can’t really overlook that last bit with your Ed.
You are spot on and I usually note it myself~~Washington has always been a loathsome place~I can think of your examples and many, many more. I have taught a class the premise of which is that there really is only one, enduring, American question…..
The role of the central government vis a vis state government~~and the role of the private citizen vis a vis both~~
This question~~the only question of America~~ has never been sorted and never will–if one thinks on it at all–it simply can’t be sorted. Jefferson hated central government~he was the direct progenitor of Steve’s Tea Party and other populist upheavals named~~but Thomas was a romantic~I like to play at being one as well~but then there are the grim realities to face~such as advancing age~that hobbles romance~
The American Question was the issue before the Revolution–run up to the war of state secession~called by fools the Civil War~~on through the various populist movements~~right up until this day~~with Steve’s Tea Party playmates.
More perhaps to the direct point of yours~~many of the founders were very uneasy about letting everybody vote–in fact many were dead set against it for any number of reasons–yours mentioned being one of the primary–they easily grasped that evil men could simply buy the votes of the great unwashed for trinkets as was given the pagan red Indians for Manhattan Island~and founders were correct to think it and you are correct to call our attention to the delicate balancing act between the seemingly idyllic universal democracy and the fact that the people really would do sell their birthrights for such a small and shabby price
So yes–you are most right that things here have always been ticklish between the conflicting camps~~and that goes far beyond some founder running over niggers in streets to actually important matters~ to wit~ought everyone be granted the right to vote when they are hopelessly ignorant~~another question with no resolution in sight.
The trouble there of course is–who will decide who can and cannot vote. In the election just past, some idiot news girl said she felt that Tea Party proved that everybody should not be allowed to vote~I said to her~~
~~”hunney~~I don’t know anything about Tea Party but judging on the basis of who hate them the most~i just might just take a flyer and join the party sight unseen as~~aligned against Tea Party are the most loathsome of all loathsome creature at this city–which is saying plenty~My Republicans have always had an arm of the Party that has thought that only the elect ought vote~~and guess what~~as a Democrat~~you would likely be the first barred from ballots and from voting if I were picking the straws”~
~~the idiot news girl didn’t like that much so~~I think we can agree that while we all think our opponents stupid–nobody will ever be able to conjure a legitimate system to determine which group of ignorant voters ought be excluded from the ballot box~a dicey~and frankly silly question when one considers how quickly corrupted any attempt at listing the elect and casting off the not elect would immediately become~
I do romantically hold to the possibility of having a working and beneficial democracy~with all the appropriate caveats about the self-manifest limitations to that idea.
What I do truly find vexing is that if ~~populism~~to pick a word~~has~throughout our history been so much an intense part of American blood line~~why has it never won a single battle on the American battlefield~one would think that over time, with all the populist mutations that at least one of them would have succeeded~~given that
~~populism is~how should I say~well populism~~ is popular~~
And I suppose that is what gives me pause to consider the real possibility of revolution~~because the general interests of the people at some point must find representation and voice~~which those interests today do not have~~and you are quite correct to say Harry that~~they never did..so we ask..does that mean they never will?
I do note, most positively, that you still sign notes in the manner of an officer and that is a nicety that is fond noted here…
~~The principal need in America is the promotion of the possibility for the average man to get and keep a good job with good benefits paid by the employer~~as was done not very long ago.~~
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