The founding fathers did create the greatest nation on the planet. But, it had to evolve to maintain that position. We have made progress. That was my point. We had negatives in our history and corrected them. My argument is that maybe the course we`re on is the right one. We can`t view the founding of the nation through rose colored glasses. It was better than anything ever before it, but it wasn`t perfect. It`s getting closer, though. All nations seem to be running a parallel course. We`ve all suffered and corrected largely the same social issues, in varying degrees. We all started as tribes. We all progressed to monarchies, with the onset of the industrial revolution we all progressed to nearly pure capitalism. There was the communist experiment that`s largely proven a failure. Meanwhile, most all of the west has gone socialism, in varying degrees. I mentioned it in another thread, but it applies again here. I think mankind is on a philosophical railroad. I don`t know what`s coming next, but I do believe socialism seems to be the current stop. Hopefully it`s not the last stop. History is the story of people trying and rejecting forms of government trying to find the best one. We haven`t found it yet. We tried laissez-faire capitalism and we didn`t like it. We need to move on. When the current situation isn`t desirable, it isn`t desirable to look back to the last undesirable situation you were in and replicate that. The answer to our problems is in the future, and not the past.
EDIT: Is it the government and their bent for sleeping on the job that got us here? I`m not sure that`s the case. What got us into this situation was people who knew better using shady economics to get rich quick and cheat the system. Bush had a lot of faults, but he wasn`t on the board of directors for all the disreputable scoundrels taking my money as we speak. I disagree with the bailouts. If there`s a capitalist streak in me, it`s that the high need to fall, and fall hard, like they deserve. That won`t happen. Since we`ve already gone socialist to save the rich, we might as well go socialist to save the poor. Unprincipled capitalism got us here. If bankers and investors played by the rules, and I know they knew the rules, this wouldn`t have happened. We need the government to keep them in their place, because the very economic crisis we`re in is proof enough that they won`t do it themselves.
MattTurpin3/17/2009 9:15 PM
Making limitless possibilities much more limited.