I have received many different articles over the last two months from readers who have strong opinions on different subjects. I truly appreciate all of them. In an effort to allow many different voices to be heard, I have decided that I am going to start publishing them. I don’t always agree with their points of view. Sometimes I completely agree with them. But as you are all well aware by now, agreement with me is not my goal, nor is it the purpose of the site. I am more interested in getting people to think, to educate themselves, and to take action, whatever that may be. So to that end I am committing to making an effort to publish someone else’s commentary at least once every week.
Some weeks I simply won’t have one as no one is forced to write anything. But people are thinking and taking the time to put their thoughts into a well thought out article to send to me. And I think they should be rewarded for doing so, regardless of whether I agree or disagree. Obviously I have my standards, but overall the authors of the articles you see will be able to tell you that I don’t change their thoughts or words. I am interested in feedback on doing this. A quick email from folks letting me know whether you do or don’t like me publishing these articles from others would be great at: email@example.com
Peter B. from Indianapolis
“For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death…”
Robert Heinlein, To Sail Beyond the Sunset
America has already fallen, but most people are too stupid to realize it yet. For somewhat more than 40 years now, the public schools have programmed our youth (some of whom are now old enough to hold positions of power in this country) to believe that the Government is the answer to all of our problems.
Never mind that prior to the 1930’s people somehow got along with help from their churches and their neighbors. Back then (as it still should be now) Government was expected to keep the country safe and keep out of people’s lives.
As Rahm Emanuel has said (and I may be paraphrasing just a bit), “No good crisis should go to waste.” The financial crisis of the 1930’s gave the Government an excuse to intrude on the lives of every-day people and begin to control the economy of the country. The financial crisis of 1999-Present has given the Government even more of an excuse to intrude on the lives of every-day people and exert even more control over the economy. Soon the government will control the banks, the hospitals, and all of the key infrastructure of this once-great country. This is all in the name of improving our lives. You see, most of us are now too stupid (thanks in large part to our indoctrination into stupidity through the public schooling system) to know what is best for ourselves anymore. That’s fine, the Government will help. Government knows what is best.
The Roman Republic was run by the Senate for the good of the Roman people. It was not a perfect system, but it was a very advanced idea of government for its time. Eventually Rome was taken over by the Caesars and the Senate was reduced to largely figurehead status. The Emperors of Rome kept the people happy by giving away food and providing endless entertainment at the Circus Maximus. Over a period of time, the great Roman Empire fell into decay by rotting from the inside. It was not the Vandals, the Goths, and the Visigoths that caused the fall of Rome, it was the internal decay of Rome that allowed the Vandals, Goths, and Visigoths to be able to sack what remained of a once-great nation.
This is exactly what is happening in our once-great country right now. The masses of the people have been taught to be stupid, and are provided endless entertainment with movies, television, the internet with its millions of celebrity gossip pages, etc. If you don’t have a job or have a very low-paying job and can’t afford food (even though you can somehow afford cable television)? No problem, the Government will provide you will food stamps so you can go feed yourself and your family (with foods that are mostly devoid of any actual nutritional value).
So, the people have their bread with a quick trip to the store, and they have their circuses without ever having to even leave home. Man is no longer a truly social animal. The Government has encouraged forms of entertainment that lead to social isolation. No need to go outside and talk with the neighbors, we can have fun without even leaving the house. No need to actually get to know anyone or aspire to anything anymore, we have cheap entertainment and cheap food and relatively cheap basic comfort.
You see, social interaction encourages the exchange of ideas, and that would be dangerous after all. We wouldn’t want the people to actually THINK now, would we?
There were precious few Presidents from 1930-present that understood that it is the people that make America great. The Government is supposed to be BY THE PEOPLE, OF THE PEOPLE, and FOR THE PEOPLE. Instead now, we have Government BY THE GOVERNMENT/CORPORATION, OF THE GOVERNMENT/CORPORATION and FOR THE GOVERNMENT/CORPORATION. And, the Government will soon be taking over the majority of the corporations, so it will end up just being the Government.
Thus concludes Peter’s article. I like the article quite a bit. I had never before equated the bread and circus argument to the modern day world. But it certainly makes sense. I also think that there is inherent value in understanding that the erosion of the community aspect of our local worlds has greatly aided the federal government in being able to accomplish what they have.