Regarding the letter, “I weep” (Sun 10/01/09), I quote: “Dear Editor: Why do Republicans hate America? We used to be different. I weep for my party. Jim Milstein.”
In asking “why,” Milstein is inferring that “Republicans hate America.”
I challenge him to clarify what Republicans he has in mind, and how he arrived at the conclusion they hate America.
Does he mean “all” Republicans? If so, I say that it is absolutely not true that we all hate America.
Does he mean “some” Republicans? If so, I say that the same can be said about Democrats, Unaffiliateds and other political persuasions. And the answers to the question “why?” will vary greatly among the various groups.
And what is “America?” I think Milstein means the United States of America; and we could let it go at that. But I would like to say that for me America is the North American and South American continents, including Mexico and Central America. All of the citizens of these continents are Americans, just as the citizens of the other continents are Africans, Europeans, Asians and Australians.
I wonder for what party he weeps.
Having made such an outlandish statement, Milstein owes us some foundation and clarification.
Sometimes I think there are too many out-of-bounds taboos out there in modern society today. You know, things that we’re not supposed to talk about.
If we do talk about them, we are labeled a racist or worse. One of those things is the topic of stupid people. But, now, the topic can no longer be passed over, because for the first time in history, stupid people have more political power than anyone else, and the consequence of allowing them all that power now looms like the shadow of doom over America.
In the old days, and by old, I mean from about the mid-17th century back, most folks lived a bare subsistence existence. They spent their lives toiling to feed themselves and their families, and then died young. All political and economic power was in the hands of an elite. It was a great con game played by the aristocracy and the clergy for hundreds of years, enforced with the torture and execution of anyone who didn’t go along.
In the early 17th century, advances in knowledge began a renaissance of thought, at first among a few enlightened clergy and aristocrats, that said one didn’t have to live a subsistence living, that one could grow more food, heal the sick, and in general understand and harness the natural world so that everyone, not just an elite, could enjoy life.
Enter the Age of Enlightenment, which led directly to America’s founding with its wonderfully enlightened Constitution that guaranteed the average person the right to seek happiness. Which is important, because a lot of stupid people think America sprang into existence suddenly. It did not. It was the result of a long process of people like Jefferson who were the product of this process and they wrote the best of it into America’s Constitution. America’s founders were god-fearing men, it was generally accepted that the idea of being happy in this life, rather than waiting for the next, was in accordance with God’s laws.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, America scorned the welfare state of socialism and embraced capitalism. The enormous success of America’s capitalism showed that this capitalism, though not perfect, worked best.
Now enters the age of the modern politician, a knave with a smooth voice who seeks profit and political power in pitting the poor and stupid against those who have found a bit of success in the American capitalist system, and enter the appeal to the stupid that all they have to do is vote goodies for themselves and they will be delivered by the knave politician.
The stupid have no idea how humanity got this far. They only see the knave politician soliciting their greed and happiness. They can’t understand the great struggle that produced America, but they readily grasp the concept of voting themselves unearned goodies.
I now wonder how the Arboles “troglodyte” (Mr. Bob Dungan) will interpret the commentary? Sure hope he’s not asking himself, “What the hell is that ‘Mad-dog’ talking about this time?”
Kind and caring
My car was recently struck by a hit-and-run driver outside Cherry Cement Salon and the Eagle Mountain Mercantile.
In an effort to find the driver, I called all the auto body shops. This letter isn’t to tattle.
I’m writing today to tell the Pagosa community thank you. Lisa from Cherry Cement, who tried to stop the driver, the owners at the mercantile who reminded me to call the police and every body shop who all apologized for this driver in their town.
You can always find one or two kind and caring people, but except for the driver, kind and caring people are all I found in Pagosa Springs.