Aphorisms and Letters The Grand Experiment—What Went Wrong? A Layman’s Interpretation HTML version

Aphorisms and Letters
The Grand Experiment—What Went Wrong?
A Layman‘s Interpretation
Copyright © 2008 Alipio Baldi
General Albert C. Wedenmeyer (Wedenmeyer Reports) remarked, ?one often hears individuals state that they want good government;
but many seem primarily concerned with security, material rewards, power, prestige, recreation and entertainment rather than with
their responsibilities as citizen.? This book, written in Streams of Consciousness, will hopefully provide some notable examples of
what he meant. It is a collection of my personal thoughts and opinions ranging in scope covering religion, politics, parenting,
philosophy, social issues, immigration, corporations and history. My goal is to provoke critical thinking in an individual who is
persistently directed with sound bites on how to think from all fronts. Consequences can be devastating when decisions are made
without relevant facts. Hopefully this book will provide some insight to the reader from a layman‘s point of view.
?Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking?.
—John Maynard Keyes
I make no pretense at being a scholar. My formal studies, by conventional standards, are considered average. Although I never
distinguished myself in the classroom, I have a great respect for learning and learned individuals as well as knowledge for its own
inestimable value. What follows are not so casual opinions and observations of some of the daunting issues confronting this troubled
nation that I believe is in a rapid state of (moral) decline. Whether such impressions appear plausible, I will leave to the reader‘s
discretion. Should the ideas presented in these pages be received by some degree of skepticism, then I consider this humble endeavor
worthy of my efforts. My main purpose in writing this ?book?, aside from wanting to leave something behind, was to encourage
people to think critically about things. We are a nation that has grown complacent in its social and political outlook and interactions
with other people; progressively exhausted by material dynamics, that many of us have forgotten how to properly question or doubt,
for that matter, which is oftentimes the case when a nation has grown at ?ease? with itself. I believe that America‘s (increasingly) lax
moral attitudes are placing the nation on the brink of national suicide. What sets this nation apart from the ?inevitable? decline of other
great nations, however, is that no other nation has ever purposely promoted its own self-destruction! At no other time in recorded
history has a nation‘s internalized sense of guilt dominated its social and political thinking; never a collective desire to purge itself of
self-fabricated guilt complexes whose origins are, more often than not, imaginary rather than real. We, as a people, have devolved into
groveling apologists for such remarkable achievements otherwise perceived by the historically illiterate as the product of wicked or
contentious designs; in a word, we are seeking redemption for being a great nation. The path of least resistance, it seems, lies in
undermining the customs and traditions of time-honored institutions that (once) made many of us proud Americans. I dedicate this
book of ideas to family and friends, living and deceased, whose thought provoking insights provided the material for expressing such
opinions as I understand them. I wish to especially thank my wife Rose for her untiring support and patience during some rather trying
moments. Whether I have offended any individual or group, such was not my intention. I too, am conditioned by what I believe. In the
final analysis, I am an average man of ordinary talents who is trying to make a difference in his own way inasmuch as my (meager)
abilities will allow.
Alipio Baldi
December 2007
Chapter 1
The Wilderness 1992 - 1995
Our lives are not segmented however parts of a continuous whole united with our past which explains, perhaps, inasmuch as events
change they remain (intrinsically) the same.
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Mr. Clinton, the ?Manchurian Candidate,? along with his Bolshevik wife, in what should soon prove to be a co-presidency, appear
determined to kick establishment opinion in the groin. He (Mr. Clinton) seems to have a talent for dissimulation. President Bush, who
is basically a good man, if anything else, is overmatched and overconfident. His overbearing complacency will mark his defeat come
November. Perot, on the other hand, is a pretentious gadfly, albeit a wealthy one, determined to embarrass the president at whatever
cost to his immense fortune. I believe that he will be somewhat of a factor in the upcoming election and should siphon a sizable
portion of the popular vote, although I suspect his votes will have a negligible impact on the Electoral College.
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