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Dear Editor:

Why the ramparts beckon us all. “China will be the world’s largest economy by 2030, but the U.S. will still remain ‘first among equals’ in the international system,” according to the newest U.S. government intelligence assessment of global trends. The historian Will Durant observed, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

Revolutions are messy, bloody, totally unfair and take time a lot of time to mature to where law and civility take hold. And then, “the tree of liberty needs to be freshened.” — Thomas Jefferson.

“Les Miz,” is being remade as a movie. The students, downtrodden (read: Mitt’s 47 percent) and true believers took to the ramparts for a brief rebellion about 180 years ago; as the recent French revolution had degenerated into corruption and power plays. Victor Hugo, caught in the actual crossfire, wrote a classic tale of man’s need for freedom, liberty and equality, which rings ever so true today. A little trivia: During the original revolution the Paris forum for public discussion was the previous king’s cathedral. Oddly enough, the Jesuits sat on the left side of the church, thus the left and right of politics today.

Today, our right-wing nuts are answering the call to their ramparts, anything but paying heed to economic lessons being relearned globally today on what is a viable national economic solution or our global survival pressures. And the leftist political factions are also mounting their ramparts, heeding the siren call of the needy over a balanced budget. Where, oh where, are the pragmatic, deal-making statesmen of today?

Is the struggle by the Republicans purely for economic ideals or are they mostly just paid courtesans-of-the-evening for the 2 percent, where it’s all about controlling the money?

“Money has no motherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” — Napoleon Bonaparte.

Dave Blake

This story was posted on December 20, 2012.