Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bad Luck

Heinlein:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

Hewitt:  “With A Deep Sadness And No Little Fear.”

6 comments:

  1. The Socialist Party candidate for President of the US, Norman Thomas, said this in a 1944 speech:

    “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day, America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

    He went on to say, “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”

    Welcome to the United Socialist States of Amerika.

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  2. AND, I no longer give any sort of credibility to Fox News. As far as I'm concerned, Fox is nothing more than a token channel from the Lame Stream Media for the conservative right. (I had heard that some time ago... I am now a believer.)

    I would suggest that they change their name to Fox Fantasy or Fox Feel Good.

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  3. It's okay, guys. The Republic will survive. There's a big country out there filled with people who don't limit their information intake to Fox, talk radio and right-wing websites.

    It's filled with people who go to work every day, just like I do, and do the best they can for their families and neighbors. We're not hateful. We are not socialists. If your definition of socialist is anybody cashing a government check, then you're calling out anyone getting Social Security or Medicare. Any farmer who gets a subsidy check in bad years. Oil and gas companies that get tax credits.

    We're all in this together. Obama won. Get over it. I'm heading off to work.

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    1. Hope you have a good day at work, Anonymous!

      (while you still have it.)

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  4. "The Republic will survive."

    As did Albania and the Soviet Union, however, at least some of us have higher expectations!

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  5. It was about three years ago that I realized a large proportion of my fellow citizens were not just "venting" against the Constitutional basis for the country, but were truly opposed to it. That they were in favor of a stylish mob rule, and they believed that anyone who opposed popular opinion should be silenced.
    In short America had changed quietly and subtly, and I had failed to hear the common words being used in new ways, with new meanings, resulting in a wide divergence, in a deep dysfunction within our body politic.
    But simultaneously I have made new associations with others who are deeply patriotic, economically sound, and imaginatively innovative. When I am doing a hard job, it is made easier when working with good people. This job is harder than I hoped.... but working hard is what I am good at.

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