Political Stupidity

I have found a wonderful blog – The Archdruid Report by John Michael Greer.  There is so much there to read and digest, but let me give a couple of wonderful snippets from some of his posts.

In Scientific Education as a Cause of Political Stupidity we get:

the affluent classes in the industrial world have spent the last four decades or so throwing the working poor under the bus and then rolling the wheels back and forth over them, while insisting at the top of their lungs that they’re doing nothing of the kind.

Wage earners, and the millions who would be happy to earn a wage if they could find work, know better.  Here in America, for example, most people outside the echo chambers of the affluent remember perfectly well that forty years ago, a family with one working class income could afford a house, a car, and the other amenities of life, while today, a family with one working class income is probably living on the street. Shouting down open discussion of interests by insisting that all political decisions have to do solely with values has been a common strategy on the part of the affluent;

And in the wonderful post They Died of Progress there is a clear-eyed and extremely rational look at America’s defense establishment and the decline and fall of empires:

Those of my readers who’ve read up on the last years of vanished empires—the Austro-Hungarian or Ottoman Empires, Romanov Russia or Habsburg Spain, and so on down the list of history’s obituaries—know the results already: the imperial state reduced to a massive but fragile shell, invincible in appearance but shockingly vulnerable in reality, resting ever more unsteadily on a crumbling foundation of ineffective or broken weapons, decaying or abandoned facilities; a political leadership blithely unaware of the gap between its fantasies of invincibility and the reality of accelerating systemic failure; a high command too busy feathering its own nest and playing political games to notice the widening cracks; and a dwindling corps of servicepeople, overworked, underpaid, and demoralized, who nonetheless keep on struggling to prop up the whole brittle mess until the inevitable disaster sweeps their efforts aside once and for all.

Your time there will be well rewarded

Today’s Culture

This is a picture of a “young woman” who – while on a company sponsored trip to Washington DC – visited the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and had this picture taken of herself.  She then posted this picture on her Facebook page.  I am so angry I can’t even put it into words, but The Other McCain does it well here.

 
So  here is everything about today’s culture in one picture.  The “me, me ,me” self-indulgence that seems to be everyone’s right, the absolute ignorance of the pain and sacrifice she mocks, the inability to understand why this hurts and angers those of us who still respect our country and its heritage–all of it.  And probably an Obama voter – she is from Plymouth, MA.

There Just Isn’t a Draft – Dangit!

Can’t you just hear the frustation of the angry, dissatisfied leftie in this little missive:

The apparent indifference in the voters to the fact that we torture tells me that people are not paying attention to what our country does. And the support of the Iraq war suggests that most families remain untouched, since our soldiers are all volunteers.

But has anyone considered the possibility that if we continue on this path, the military draft will return?

Our country was aroused to protest the Vietnam War because all had to serve. Democracy can only survive if the voters inform themselves about the issues and the candidates.

MARJORIE AFTERMAN

San Francisco

I’ll make a little guess and say that with the name Marjorie this person is of the female persuasion.  Interesting how she can say that all had to serve when she was never, ever subject to the draft.  So right away it was possible for her to attend Bezerkley and smoke dope and put flowers in her hair and march against the war – she was never subject to service.  In fact all the smelly, dope-smoking idiots at college during that time, men and women, were exempt from the draft.  Again – what was that about all having to serve?

Lots of people were subject to the draft – men only – and lots of men and women also volunteered to serve their country knowing that a war was on and that they might be killed.  Just as lots of men and women stand up and volunteer today with the same prospect.

It wasn’t the fact that there was a draft that ultimately lost the war.  It was the fact that America lost its will and decided they could just abandon our allies and the sacrifice of our soldiers.  But right up to today you can talk to those who served and while they admit that they were not lead and used in a way that allowed America to win, the vast majority are proud of their service.

But you and your anti-war idiots did accomplish something with your cheering for the Communist dictators who were killing our own sons – you were able to get America to lose a war.  To sacrifice all that blood and treasure and then literally turn our backs on the South Vietnamese in their time of ultimate sacrifice and watch them be slaughtered.  While the Democrat Congress purposely voted to refuse them the money and arms that they wished to fight on their own.

And you want to do the same exact thing today.  And as long as I have breath I will do everything I can to make sure you do not.