I must disagree, the USA is filled with MEs and YOUs, and not much US. That is the problem. Whether you're a "can do" or a "gimme" kinda guy, real success/happiness is a team sport, and this generation has forgotten that.
Do not feel bad for me Gerry, I am white, male, and un-poor. I have reasonable self-awareness (I guess), take inventory regularly, and enjoy a deliberate life. I mean, poo, just having the first two of these gives me an insane advantage!
I feel bad for the folks who are fooled on a regular basis. Some still believe the Earth is flat, and crop circles are made by aliens. Such poor methods of thought must surely negatively inform future action.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:23:34 PM
Is it impossible for a democracy to be a republic? Yes. You are either governed by the rule of the mob, or you are governed by the rule of law. You can't have it both ways.
Democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.
Representative democracy is 51 wolves and 49 sheep electing a lunch committee.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 4:35:35 AM
Gerry, I love you and your ornery self, but, just to be clear, people have been talking "the decline of our country" and "how much better things *used* to be" for thousands of years.
This quote is attributed to Socrates, "Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."
And even it was an invention of , Kenneth John Freeman, for his Cambridge dissertation published in 1907, it's still well over 100 years old. We`re a great, amazing, wonderful country and our "problems" are no different (not really) than any that there`ve ever been in any generation.