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We Still Are, For Now

December 24, 2013

While stumbling my way through a couple blogs I recently discovered, I came upon a short video from some show (“Newsroom”, I guess. Post I found is here) with some character going off about how we ‘used to’ be the greatest country in the world. Really? Yes, we’ve slid quite a ways down fro what we one were, but who exactly has stepped up to the plate since? Not the UK with their bans on speech they disagree with. Not Germany, France, or Greece with their repression of political parties that are too ‘extreme’. Australia? Not hardly. They’ve done better economically, but they’ve been steadily marching down the path of restricting liberty (speech, personal property, you name it) for the past few decades. Russia, China? Don’t make me laugh.

Have we stumbled? Yeah. Pretty badly. Only reason we’re not flat on the floor is the wall we ran into is holding us up. We over-regulate individual behavior, underestimate the ability of people to take care of themselves, and all-in-all make a mess of everything we touch.

Education? We’re not doing very well. We have a lot of college graduates, sure. But what exactly does any of the various liberal arts degrees they go deep into debt for really prepare them to do? Great, you can spout off about how horrible this or that historical activity was. I wouldn’t hire you. We’ve destroyed the vocational schools around the country by pushing everyone to go to college. In the process, we’ve subsidized the cost to the point that it’s not considered a serious endeavor by a large percentage of those attending. Who is better prepared for their future, a twenty-three year old with a four year degree in liberal arts, or the twenty year old who just completed three years of vocational training as a welder, plumber, auto mechanic, or any of a few hundred other sorely-needed jobs?

To be honest, there’s precious little that we do well other than spend money we don’t have. What hope have we? Well, maybe the last decade of war will be our savior. While nowhere near the numbers who served in WW2, Korea, or Vietnam, we have a generation now that knows both how terrible war can be, and how much worse politics can make it. Yes, the 18-20 year old guys mostly just complain about an NCO or officer making their life hell, but it’s not them I’m referring to. I mean the 26-35 year old NCO’s who have seen the stupidity first hand, and in many cases have resolved to do something about it. We’ve seen the first few OEF/OIF vets run for office, but most of them were either old guard military guys who retired as it started or were there for a few years and then got out. But now we have people on their fourth, fifth, six rotation. Being deployed puts everything in a unique perspective. You get to see all the stupidity and bull shit of politics as usual at home from a distance.

Assuming we all survive, the next ten to twenty years should see some interesting developments in the political scene.

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