What this country needs more than anything else is a draft. Call it a national service or whatever you like but we need it. Since we’ve taken all burdens off of our citizens to do something for the country, no matter how small, we’ve slowly but inexorably drifted apart. Johnny I hardly knew you can be said by most people from different parts of the country.
One of my most valuable experiences in life was going into the military. I was thrown in with strangers, learned how they thought and acted, and appreciated our differences while recognizing there was something greater that overrode all these which is the nation’s well-being. The draft brought people from all parts of the country together. We accepted we were all on the same ship and our goal was to do what was best for the whole and to put differences aside for its good.
Unfortunately because we isolate ourselves today we attack others with different opinions rather than interacting with them. We come up with lunatic theories to justify our ignorance. Each side outdoes the other.
On the left many lament that our land was taken over by white guys and the Native Americans had their land stolen from them. They place a pox on the housed of all white guys. Somehow white women who on one hand they claim had an equal role in the make up of our country escape blame.
On the right you have the Deep State idea that there is some secret group of people who really control everything in the government. I suppose that too has a good complement of white men. The absurdity of the idea is shown by the self-contradictory nature of their belief. The Deep State is all-powerful and out to undermine Trump; but if it were all-powerful Trump would never have been elected. Unless, of course, the Russians helped undermined the Deep State.
We do know that there is a correlation between those that believe in the Deep State and those that believe in Creationism. They believe evolution is a hoax. A good portion of them believe in the flat earth theory, the kidnapping by aliens, and other things that are contradicted by scientific evidence. When Christ said blessed are they who believe and do not see I guess He was referring to them.
The left in its castigating of the all white Founding Fathers who gave us the Declaration of Independence, fought the Revolution, and established the Constitution, and made it possible for them to be in this country fail to consider the alternative. What if the Native Americans were left alone and America not settled (invaded?) by white men? Where would they be if they would be at all?
Truth is most of us are here because if our ancestors stayed where they were they would have had short and brutal lives. America saved millions who otherwise would have perished under the rule of Tsars, Kings, or despots. What do they say about that?
It’s not something I haven’t said before but to see it in a national newspaper makes me stand up and take notice. It was stated: “The most salient factor, however, may be that, unlike Bernie Sanders and other self-styled resisters of U.S. imperialism, the Venezuelans know that Trump is bluffing.” You have to think if Maduros knows Trump’s a big bluff so does Kim, Vladimir and the other thugs.