The View From 1776
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We must make choices: larger and more frequent doses of self-indulgent hedonism, or struggling back into the real world.
Jan Paul Burr alerted me to this excellent article recapping the economic, political, and moral malady besetting our nation:
Letting Go of Our Defenses by J. R. Nyquist.
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." -
-- John Adams
Why did our founders create something they believed would fail? Because it was better than anything else while it lasted and by having checks and balances in a Republic, they hoped the Federal government would not become a democracy but continue to be a limit on the states. As the states, which were democracies competed for commerce and cultural loyalty, they had disputes. The Federal Government's roles included resolving disputes between "democracies," which were sovereign states.
In 1913 we ended much of the U.S. government's ability to remain a monitor of the Republic and started moving it toward democracy which has let us to this day.Posted by JanPBurr on 01/27 at 08:51 PM
- Well, the part that fails in any government system is not the transcendent principles based on reality.
It is the individuals who vary in their appetites and needs. As long as humans are imperfect they will not live perfect lives and regard for others.
Still, regard for personal liberty and freedom is requisite for all human beings; Choicemakers. Else, they cannot be held responsible. Equiped with superior criteria, they are "without excuse."
We need more prisons and jails. Do you know why?
vincit veritasPosted by Jim Baxter on 01/29 at 04:22 PM
- Our incarceration rate has gone from about 250,000 in 1970 to over 2 million now. We have had to put up a tent city jail here in Arizona. California is getting ready to early release 30,000 prisoners due to a budget crisis.
We have a nation of people who have turned away from God and the moral self-discipline we had for the first 175 years of this nation's history.
We don't need more jails but citizens who return to a moral culture that isn't so focused on the "ends justify the means." We are no longer a nation of laws but a nation of "if you can get away with it, it is ok."
Our youth idolize rap stars spouting cop-killing verses. They worship people who are sports and movie stars that abuse sex, drugs and criminal behavior. We have a high drop out rate in high school. We have a society that is self-destructive.
Source for incarceration data
Incarceration dataPosted by JanPBurr on 01/29 at 04:49 PM
- That is why we will need many more prisons and jails and jailers. What a stupid option glandular hedonists live & justify.
Rampant ignorance, prideful mediocrity, and very real abdication reign. Laws are minimal standards of a society. Morality, ethics, and character raise higher definitions of value, purpose, and direction - and productivity. And vision... And they are not required by law.
Modern humanistic psychiatry even refers to character as a subset of personality. Surprise? That is one reason too much time and unworthy prideful effort are spent on political/economic 'data' - when the moral/ethic superstructure is failing and falling apart. Priorities? abc...
vincit veritasPosted by Jim Baxter on 01/29 at 06:41 PM
- However, remember that Christians will be the ones in the jails. The inmates are running the asylum.
The nation has moved to far to return to it roots and to God until there is such a collapse that government can't meet the promises it has made and it is so obvious, the people finally turn to each other and God's will for a solution and way out of the mess.Posted by JanPBurr on 01/29 at 06:44 PM