Saturday, November 01, 2008

An Addition to "Nonrandom Thoughts"

Dale Franks at Q&O has a thought provoking article. I think he almost hits the nail on the head when he says:

America is fundamentally unwell. By "America" I'm not referring to it's culture, or economy, but its political situation.

I, however, would say that the culture of the U.S. is fundamentally unwell and it has become crystal clear this past year.

We have a man with no experience, questionable character, poor choice of friends, naive views of foreign policy, and historically discredited economic beliefs possibly becoming the next president of the U.S.

Those who worked hard, avoided debt and saved are getting screwed at both ends, as the government rushes around trying to prop up deadbeats who had no business buying a house. And the political party that created the mess and kept it going - despite plenty of warning signs - is about to win both houses of Congress.

Those who studied hard and applied themselves in their chosen profession and had the gumption to become "successful" are now being called selfish, the fruits of their labor to be confiscated to support an ever larger portion of the population who pay no taxes. Those who make over a certain salary range are not considered "working class".

The borders are open and porous, with millions of uneducated, untrained workers rushing into the country. They flood the hospitals and schools, consuming billions dollars of services without providing taxes in return. They don't even try to assimilate into the culture that provides for them.

The average American is now looking for a handout - they want everything from health care to retirement for free - and looking for someone else to foot the bill. In return they don't have to work, save or invest. Because the government is going to bail them out of all of their problems.

These are all signs of a declining culture.

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