Continuing my diatribe on the need to find the middle on polarizing issues, I must compliment Mary in LOL for carefully picking apart my view from the Tower with logic and references. I have found this back and forth thought provoking. I now have a greater respect for opposing views and have reconsidered some of my thinking.
Other commentaries which include insult and base ignorance, I put in the trash can where they belong. I see too much of this destructive and mindless comment on CNN blogs. Too many hide behind anonymity to write the cruelest and unimaginable remarks. If that is a way to get kicks - so be it!
In reviewing referenced material contrary to my point of view, I have found much from conservative think-tanks funded by the very rich with a very clear agenda – protect their money. The dollar devaluation seriously effects inherited wealth. There are many other reasons that include controlling labor costs and moving vast wealth to elitist-rich but that is not where I am going today.
Much of the concern relating to the direction of the Obama Administration suggests a move toward socialism, communism and surprisingly enough, even fascism. These are highly charged words and offered due to continued criticism of Medicare, Social Security, and other human service safety nets that have grown government employment and continue to be huge targets for anti-government ideologues like the Libertarians.
Much of the justification for their arguments relates to the drifting away of our founding fathers concepts of the role of Government in American society. In conversations with these folks the purists are stanchly opposed to any government services. Everything should be privatized. The growth of Government is seen as the cause for our societal ills. The constitution remains the chief document expounded to justify such arguments along with what our founding fathers conceptualized as a future America.
Several points: In1800 the population of the U.S. was 5,308,483. There was little industry and much in the way of agriculture and farming. By 1900, the population increased to 76,212,168 along with the beginnings of the industrial revolution. In the year 2013 and the advent of the information age our population stands at 315,381,527. Add one girl; I became a grandfather on February 22. The point is the country has changed significantly and so have the needs.
Wrapping up this monograph, I would suggest that common ground must be found on many critical issues facing our nation. I would include Health Care, community infrastructure, unemployment, education, public safety, and debt. Although, every effort is being made to reduce unemployment, it is very possible that the jobs simply are not there particularly for the unskilled. Automation and technology have changed the equation relating to employment. That does not change individual family needs.
We must look at things differently and the rules must adjust to this change. If we as a society cannot find common ground and understand that many of the old rules simply will not work in the current environment we will evolve to a society predicted in a number of science fiction works. I enjoy science fiction, I always see it as very prophetic. I have visions of "Sin City", or "The Book of Eli", or Escape from New York. There are already internal groups bent on the destruction of this society. Remember the Murrah Building, Oklahoma. I fear them much more than I fear Al-Qaeda and other foreign enemies.
We will either pull together or pull each other apart. The answers lie within the silent voting majority. More to come….