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

privileges? It would seem that at a time in our nation‘s history when our (personal) liberties are coming under assault, we shouldn‘t be
quick to surrender our elective privileges which arguably keep us one step ahead of Big Brother.
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Unless I am interpreting events incorrectly, principles often seem to define the national debate while wallets typically underscore
(parochial) points of view.
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Our need to preserve our moral purpose, when unsupported by an uncertain future seeks its assurances in the past.
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Political Correctness has undermined social relationships subjecting prospective friendships to litmus testing including, for example,
what a person eats, drinks or, whether that person, heaven forbid, either smokes or consumes alcohol, thereby determining the
suitability of forging (potential) friendships.
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The achieving of one‘s fullest potential is the ultimate ?becoming?
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The willingness to endure (spiritual) hardship paves the road to ?becoming? .
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Dignity neither indulges in Self-Pity nor receives Indulgences.
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A thought about appeasement as it relates to Tyrants: Tyrants are unappeasable.
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Childish Behavior is a by-product of stunted (emotional) development. Childlike Behavior, on the other hand, is the offspring of joyful
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Judge what is; more so that which (is) seeks to become.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, I believe, was genuinely concerned about the welfare of our nation. In retrospect, the New Deal, dismissed
by many of its critics as an (economic) failure, nevertheless provided some measure of comfort and relief to people who needed it
most. Providence, it seems, has a way of summoning the services of political and social?visionaries?, (however) distinguished, suited
to the requirements of the times. FDR may have been such a man. (Ronald Reagan was certainly another) The 1930‘s were unusual
times for our nation that required extraordinary measures to soften the effects of an Economic Depression triggered by intemperate
(market) speculation and a prevailing sense of continuing prosperity that eventually humbled the global economy and brought it to a
grinding halt. Roosevelt‘s New Deal, sought to restore dignity to the jobless and homeless. Implicit in its designs were monetary
provisions in exchange for profitable work, a concept that has become conspicuously absent in today‘s welfare environment. Prior to
Roosevelt‘s hard shift to the Left, a decision encouraged by his socialist advisors and political critics who argued that the program‘s
initiatives weren‘t going far enough or reaching enough people, FDR, political realist that he was, understood the inherent limitations
of Public Works conceived as a stopgap until authentic pro-growth measures would begin to weigh in and hasten economic recovery.
He understood the importance of self-reliance and the inevitability that some people would (necessarily) lag behind because of (their)
essential failings (if not the failings of the programs themselves, problematic in the eyes of many economic conservatives which is not
the central issue here). Nevertheless, FDR sought to provide the greatest good for the greatest number while drawing a distinction
between those seeking employment and the chronically unemployed. However sincere his intentions, his economic agenda would
unwittingly lay the groundwork for the Welfare State including the trappings consistent with social engineering.
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America‘s population at around the time of the Second World War was somewhere in the neighborhood of 135 million people. That
number has steadily increased to 275 million. It seems that in whatever manner our nation tries to (efficiently) manage its diminishing
resources, the continual rise in underemployment (as opposed to unemployment) is gradually reaching a ?saturation point? were (the)
confluence of population growth and (the) concomitant requirements for job creation is hastening diminishing returns.
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The ?Democratic Coalition? of the 1930s consisted of Labor, Farmers, Catholics and Immigrants, among other groups. Principled
Democrats that many of them were, each group endeavored, through hard work and self-sacrifice, to assimilate into the American
Mainstream with the hope of obtaining their ?fair? share of the American Dream. This, in sharp contrast with what nowadays is