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Friday, August 04, 2006

If viewed over time, an average political science student will observe that we as a nation have become increasingly progressive--leaving our "originalist" roots. This has not only happened as a nation, but globally we have experienced the same in both the western and eastern hemispheres. Most of the east is still under a form of leftist Communism or socialism. Most of the west has moved further toward the left.

It is obvious that the world is tilting left on its teetering axis.

What are the results?

Here are some of today's headlines:

  • Hundreds of thousands Iraqi Shiites Chant 'Death to Israel'...
  • Over 70 rockets slam into North Israel -- in under an hour...
  • Uproar at BBC satire featuring London 9/11 attack...
  • Indonesian President Warns 'Ultimate Nightmare; Clash Of civilizations'...
  • Leaked UK document sees 'civil war'...
  • Senate votes to fund fence...
  • Lieberman's millionaire challenger blasts WAL-MART -- while owning stock...
  • Double Amputee Marine Mugged Outside Restaurant...
  • Mideast War Rages With No End in Sight...
  • Woman Jailed in Housekeeper Slavery Case...
  • Christian station becomes 'Porn Radio'...
  • Columnist Sees the 'Collapse' of Conservatism
  • ACLU Accused of Profiting at Taxpayer Expense
  • Bill Gates Urged to Fund Embryonic Stem-Cell Research
  • Members of UN Body Say Israel's Military Actions Motivated by Racism
  • Phoenix Authorities Report 2 Arrests in Serial Killer Case
  • Catholics, Muslims, Jews condemn Madonna's plans for on-stage crucifixion

Are things getting better the further left we proceed both nationally and globally?

posted by Jack Mercer @ 8/04/2006 08:44:00 AM  
5 Comments:
  • At 8/04/2006 10:16:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Are we "tilting left" or do we just hear about what's going on faster?

     
  • At 8/04/2006 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    We are tilting left from both a social and political point of view. We DO hear about things faster, though.

    What do you think, Helen, do you think we are better off than we were 50 years ago?

    -Jack

     
  • At 8/04/2006 12:33:00 PM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    That's not a question that can answered by a simple yes or no. Because "better off" has lots of connotations. On August 4, 1956, I was a nine-year-old girl, who'd heard that in September Chevy was coming out with a cool new car. The ’57 Chevy was cool and made of actual metal. In that respect, we’ve gone backwards with our plastic vehicles. But Civil Rights activists, who didn't know at the time that a movement had begun, were , at the same time, in the middle of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I think the fact that blacks can sit any place on the bus is better. I think the battle for civil rights made our nation better, yes. I think racial integration is an improvement.

    But as MLK points out in Where Do we Go From Here? Chaos or Community, the goal was not to make things better but to create equality. And we haven’t done that. Fifty years ago, people hadn’t heard of political correctness, which in some ways masks our true feeling with feigned politeness. Is that better? I’m not sure. We have the means now—legally—to establish a more inclusive society. But we haven’t really done it, not so much, in my opinion, not because we’re sinners (which we are) but because we just don’t want to. Corporate America is selfish: Important businessmen need too much money, so they can become philanthropists and show how caring they are. They can’t give up that.

    We are as fearful now as we were fifty years ago. Maybe more so. But as far as crime goes, it IS more equitably distributed. Crime is everywhere now; whereas, once it confined itself to certain (fill in the blank) areas. Murders take place in small towns and large cities. News travels faster, and there is no place to hide. This ought to be wake-up call. But still we do nothing to bring about peace. We just work all the harder to bring about John’s vision, (which was also a wake-up call,) not what has to literally happen.

    So are we better off? Not morally. We may be leaning left, but we still think the same antiquated means of people control will bring about happiness, at least some people’s happiness. We are better off, yes, but we refuse to act like we are, thus, negating the advances in being better off.

    The term progressive is another one of those words that doesn’t mean anything, because it has too many meanings. It ought to mean we are making progress in treating everyone like brothers and sisters, but it doesn’t. It has just become another nasty name we can use for people who don’t think like us. But in my opinion, if we have to call people names, it’s better to call people names for something over which they have control than over something which they don’t—like skin color. In that way, we’re better off.

    The church is at war with itself (fifty thousand denominations fighting about words mostly) and is in no condition to lead anything. Why can’t we admit the truth: No two people think exactly alike about anything including religion, faith, whatever). The church laments the 60s—“Make love, not war, ” which is, of course a good idea, even if make love means have sex—because it was too wimpy to withstand it. The only people who are really better off now than fifty years ago are those who have chosen to “grow in grace” and then act like it. There is a church within the church, you know. So how that for a rant?

     
  • At 8/04/2006 01:22:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Great answer, Helen! And much I need to get back to you on.

    My point in this whole article is that man constantly strives through improper means to bring about positive change, and 9000 years later we still continue living in the cesspools we create. Human government has rarely held the answers, and since this is a political blog, I hope that my readers come away beginning to understand what Ralph says below and what I agree with. Politics rarely changes, it just recycles. Our founding fathers seized upon what they thought was the ideal, but as we can see most of thier ideas and intent has slowly been dismantled through the vices of corruptible man.

    Stalin during his socialist revolution promised nirvana--compete equality--we saw the result. Castro, Hitler, and Mussolini thought they could bring about utopia--they were wrong.

    Most people look around them when the question of "are we better off now than then" question is raised. For the soldier in the fox hole the answer might be "no", for the hollywood billionaire the answer may be "yes". The bottom line is that history is cyclical and we are locked in that cycle. It has its peaks and valleys. I just happen to think that on a global basis we are headed for the valley.

    I was serious when I said "great answer"! A most excellent rant! :)

    -Jack

     
  • At 8/05/2006 12:13:00 AM, Blogger Larry said…

    I am getting more and more disgusted with each new headline. I frequently ask myself "am I taking crazy pills?" There is so much moral equivilancy going on these days. We know where the major cause of the problems in this world are and yet we do nothing to resolve it. In fact, there are others nations and even our own politicians who care nothing of the right thing. They only care to show how tough they are to stand against the US or Bush.

    I wonder if this is how people felt in the late 1930's.


    Larry

     
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