Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Social Decay in America

The "I Didn't Do It" Culture - Social Decay in America By John Stanton

John starts with a quote from Jimmy Carter that's worth repeating:

“The gap between our citizens and our Government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual..What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well financed and powerful special interests. You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends…Our people are losing…the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy.”

--Jimmy Carter, July 15, 1979

What follows includes nothing less then an indictment of politics in America since the Jimmy Carter years. It's a litany that Mr. Stanton doesn't seem to miss too many punches recounting.

One of his points:

What kind of country spends $1.5 trillion on national security every year—and growing-- but has to debate whether to spend $900 billion to make basic healthcare available to all citizens.


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