Rich, Arrogant and Stupid


DownloadedFileThe modern West demonstrates a phenomenon unknown in history––unprecedented wealth, technology, and access to information combined with abject stupidity. Wisdom once known by every village explainer and cracker-barrel crank has been discarded and replaced with phony “sciences” making claims about human nature and behavior that are based on nothing other than false assumptions, political ideology, and wishful thinking. Whether it’s foreign policy, managing the economy, or teaching the young, our leaders institute policies that violate the traditional wisdom accumulated by generations of human experience.

The debacle unfolding in Syria is not a consequence of a failure of complex knowledge known by “experts,” or of mismanagement of abstruse technical diplomatic procedures. It’s a failure to understand human nature as well as illiterates did in the past. Common sense tells us that any negotiation with an adversary depends on a credible threat of serious force. Sometimes violence must be used just to demonstrate a willingness to back up words with deeds and convince skeptics you mean what you say. Likewise a treaty is only as good as the commitment to enforce its provisions with violence. A serial failure to do so, particularly when those failures are accompanied by empty bluster or passive-aggressive diplo-speak, invites more aggression and violations. History is full of examples of this simple truth. The 20’s and 30’s of the last century illustrate aggressor after aggressor brushing aside treaty obligations and the bluster of the League of Nations while pursuing their aggression––Japan in China, Italy in Ethiopia, and of course Germany in the Rhineland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.

More recently, North Korea, a failed thugocracy surviving only by dint of Chinese life-support, brilliantly exploited the unwillingness of the West to back up its threats with force. Just peruse the timeline of the West’s attempts to stop North Korea’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, and the serial failure of diplomacy unsupported by credible force becomes obvious. Yet despite that glaring example of the wages of ignoring common sense, Obama––hard on his humiliating appeasement of Syria camouflaged by U.N. “inspections”––is now playing diplomatic footsie with Iran’s alleged “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani. This would be the same Rouhani who a few years ago publicly bragged about using diplomatic gabfests to buy time for advancing Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Obama and other foreign policy naïfs think that his threat of an “unbelievably small” cruise-missile fireworks show frightened the Iranian regime––the same terrorist gang with American blood up to its elbows––into this charm offensive. The truth is Obama’s patent willingness to perfume his failure of nerve with “negotiations” convinced the Iranians that he will not use force to stop their nuclear program, and that throwing him a few diplomatic bones might win them a relaxation of sanctions for very little cost.

Why do we do ignore traditional wisdom the way we do? Because we can afford to indulge the internationalist fantasy that war is an anomaly from our uncivilized past, and that all peoples want what we want––peace, leisure, and prosperity––and are eager to avoid conflict with diplomatic words in order to avoid military deeds. Common sense and a knowledge of history show that in reality, many peoples want something else––honor, fidelity to their gods, domination of others––and are willing, if not eager to use violence to achieve these goals.

Back at home, we are currently pursuing energy policies that would have stupefied anybody before the 20th century and the rise of romantic environmentalism. Any power in the history of the world that was dependent on a natural resource for its survival and flourishing took every means available to insure its access to that resource. The ancient Athenians did not have enough arable land to produce adequate grain for its citizens. Thus it had to import grain, much of it from the Black sea region. To ensure this supply, the Athenians controlled or dominated every other city-state on the sea-route from the Black Sea, with military force if necessary. That’s just common sense.

Similarly, our advanced economy and the rich material life it produces depends on carbon-based energy, whether oil, natural gas, or coal. That need, moreover, means that we must import oil from other countries, some of them hostile to our interests and security. Given the importance of carbon for our domestic affluence and foreign policy interests alike, you would think that we would exploit every possible source of this vital resource existing in our own territory.

But not us rich, stupid moderns. We have put off-limits huge supplies of oil and natural gas––a trillion barrels by some estimates––everywhere from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. The only development going on is on private lands in states that, unlike California, do not put up punitive regulatory barriers to exploration and exploitation. Obama has intensified this bizarre behavior. He has blocked the Keystone pipeline, and his federal Bureau of Land Management has just reduced by two-thirds the 1.3 million acres George Bush set aside for development in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Compared to the last 3 fiscal years of George Bush’s second term, during the first 3 fiscal years of Obama’s first, drilling leases on federal land fell 42%, and permits fell 39%. And his EPA has just issued regulations on coal-fired electricity plants that are so severe and expensive that many plants will shut down and fewer new ones will be built, meaning electricity will become more expensive.

And why have these policies adversely affecting a resource vital to our economy been issued? Because we are rich enough to afford gratifying Disneyesque fantasies about a beneficent nature with whom we should be living in “harmony,” and lurid apocalyptic scenarios about global warming, both of which we dress up in bad science. Thus we promote and fund dubious “alternative energies,” and start a war on carbon that if unchecked will damage our economy and way of life. In short, we ignore the wisdom an illiterate ancient Athenian knew––that if there’s a resource critical to you survival, you’d better control and exploit it.

Or take the continuing failure of our schools to give our children the skills necessary to be productive members of our economy and good citizens worthy of political freedom. For nearly a century our so-called “educators” have pursued every fad of pseudo-sciences like psychology to throw out traditional learning and replace it with voodoo like “self-esteem,” “collaborative learning,” “values clarification,” and other nostrums reflecting progressive ideology and pop-psych snake oil. The result has been abysmal ignorance of basic skills evident in comparisons with other countries. For example, in a 2010 report, only 6% of U.S. students were performing at an advanced level in math, a percentage lower than 30 other countries, and only 32% of 8th graders were proficient in math.

Of course, any village explainer could tell us that learning has little to do with massaging the feelings and self-esteem of children, and nothing to do with filling their heads with progressive superstitions like “environmentalism” or “social justice.”  In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the author discusses new evidence suggesting that common sense is indeed more useful than the faddish pedagogical theories generated by educational schools and inflicted on future teachers. The author’s list of the eight principles of educational success comprises exactly what any frontier one-room-school teacher in the 19th century would have known: “A little pain is good for you,” “Drill, baby, drill,” “Failure is an option,” “Strict is better than nice,” “Creativity can be learned,” “Grit trumps talent,” “Praise makes you weak,” “While stress makes you strong.”

So why do we continue to chase pedagogical fads that make our children more ignorant and unprepared for the adult world? Because we can afford to. The malign effects of turning out generation after generation of ignoramuses with bloated self-esteem are insidious. Like the exploding federal debt, the apocalypse lies down the road, which means it will be somebody else’s problem. Meanwhile we have enough accumulated capital from our forbears, and enough smart people who somehow escape or overcome the educational mediocrity machine to keep the economy humming just enough for most of us to keep shopping, eating, and twerking ourselves into oblivion.

But there’s something else every cracker-barrel philosopher knew––there’s no free lunch. Eventually the bill will have to be paid, and then we’ll see the wages of forgetting traditional wisdom and thinking that the eternal laws of human nature and behavior have been repealed just for us.

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  • UCSPanther

    I agree 100% with the end part on education and self esteem.

    I have exponentially more respect for a blue collar tradesman who “has seen it all” than I do for some pompous ivory tower intellectual with a PHD in Women’s Studies, Multiculturalism, Liberal Arts and whatever other useless degree that is out there.

    • Jason

      100% agree with you. As a recent school graduate, I can tell you how ridiculous it has become. I had to participate in some ridiculous thing called “Challenged Based Learning” where I, and 3 other people had to find a solution to crime. No other goal but to solve crime, no supervision, nothing. 4 14 year olds and that was it. We did nothing, and neither did any of the other groups. Not one of us was punished, and the principal gave a speech declaring the project a success. This is education now.

      • Well Done

        It seems like the “education” system is trying to mine some untapped fount of inspiration and knowledge in the uneducated, uninformed mind, as if the youthful mind is a portal to knowledge. I know that seems insane, but it really does look like that’s what “educators” are trying to do. I’m only trying to make sense of their peculiar decisions.

        Of course it’s also quite possible they are simply trying to NOT educate our children. Such dumbing down serves the purposes of certain world-gov’t advocates.

        • J

          It is not quite fair to expect Reyr to know what an Edlar is. Eldar appear in Warhammer, Tolkein’s Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings & maybe the 1st popular mention).

          The Eldar of Warhammer 40K which I do not play but get to hear about. Area race more advanced than mankind and debauched and depraved at the same time.

          It really fits in well with Georgia Guidestones. It really all fits. Say there are resource constraints. There always are and there always will be. A famous example is the use of coal for glass making. The English King forbade glassmakers from using wood from the Forest of Dean to fire their kilns. They new coal burned but it was dirty. So over time they came up with a new technique.

          Point is if there is a will there is a way.

          Another point is is that government isn’t the best at making decisions. Some or many should be decentralized. A decentralized network responds better than a centrally managed network depending on conditions.

          Examples are to be found in warfare. The Germans and now the American give their junior officers and noncoms more latitude in n decision making, They expect initiative. The Russians in the past have not valued this. Blame it on Stalin. I do. I also blame it the Golden Horde. Russian would have a different character. If not for the Tartar hegemony. It would have developed more in line with Europe. There would not have been serfdom & poverty in as much abundance in the 19th century (& Ukraine would not be a separate country). Anyway decentralized military control enable the Wehrmacht to survive longer. Top down centralized control doomed it strategically. Top down control also ensured many Russians died because they were often tactically inflexible.

          I do not like people such as AL Gore telling us we have resource constraints. He took 1 science course and got a D. He all but failed. He did not memorize the material well enough and could not calculate well enough to pass the course or check the teacher’s calculations and assumptions. So the his college science teacher could be wrong and he would never be able to disprove it. Yet this is the person wanting to control our destiny. D STUDENT GORE!

          Getting back to the Guide Stones. There were rich effete people in the late 19th century who got together to enjoy the backwoods and frolic naked. These are the same type of people that defend China’s 1 child policy, Indira Gandhi’s forced sterilization of poor women,read Erlich Population Bomb like it was the Bible and tell westerners that they should have one or no kids.

          I bet Paul R. Ehrlich doesn’t go around telling high & mighty people like Princess Pelosi & Senator Reid to curb their breeding.

          It is the whole attitude (including noblisse oblige) of the backwards frolickers. I am not against say nude beaches etc. (In moderation). But these frolickers are domineering, naive & condescending. They literally went into the woods during the golden hour. They have no ideal how tough the woods are. The mountain lions had been clear out. and Lymes disease had yet to emerge with as much force. Yes it was golden hour. They got lucky. Dumb Luck.

        • J

          Welld Done above post is posted in wrong spot.

  • Hass

    A very well written article.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Mr. Thornton’s article is a well spoken rebuttal to a teacher I met, on a recent trip abroad. She was fond of saying that “everybody is equal,” and that “all cultures are equal.” She qualifies for the title–rich, arrogant and stupid.

    • Well Done

      Try telling such types that we shouldn’t be sending aid, or food, or doctors, to those so-called equal cultures, then, since they don’t need our help, being equal and all…

    • 1proactive2

      Apparently she hasn’t visited Detroit. If she survives a few hours in that third world shooting gallery with her virtue intact, she will most likely need therapy nevertheless. Her grasp of reality is pre-adolescent.

  • Deerknocker

    Did I like this article? You betcha. It does seem as though common sense is an uncommon virtue these days.

  • AFREEMAN7

    The United States Is Living Beyond Its
    Means

    When Republicans helped Democrats pass the “The
    Full Employment Act” in 1946 they set the stage for the failing socialist
    economic model that is destroying our nation today.

    Subsidies:

    Airlines, railroads, colleges, universities, farms,
    health care, housing……banks…..all need government subsidies and citizens
    need college loans, F.H.A.housing loans, social security, Medicaid,
    Medicare……food stamps……to supplement their incomes!

    A Permanent Inflationary Policy:

    Both parties are responsible for what has become a
    “permanent inflationary policy” that prevents citizens with average incomes from
    raising 2.11 children per family to sustain our population and save to meet
    retirement needs.

    Illegal Immigration Is a Subsidy:

    Is a substitute for capital formation and an attempt to sustain our population / production / consumption! * type substitute for capital formation in to your search engine.

    Both political parties have used “tax incentives”
    and “subsidies” for business and individuals to encourage “consumption” and
    “job creation”!

    Foreign Debt:

    We are borrowing money from foreign governments to
    finance the economic system that both parties have given us because it does not
    provide enough
    revenue to pay for the subsidies, tax incentives and social
    programs including government pensions!

    Saving For Retirement:

    No one knows how much to save for their retirement
    because no one knows what the dollar will be worth in the future and banks are
    paying negative or near negative interest rates.

    • J

      Does the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor – iter.org ) excite you?

      Or are you more of a Georgia Guidestones type of guy?

      You strike me more as the wise all knowing eldar type talking down to the cattle.

      You know the type. The rich, effete snobs who in the 1880s and 1890s who began to frolic in the woods nude. Of course they will be your woods after Mother Earth is free of the cattle.

      • J

        AFREEMAN7

        The above post was made for REyR not you. It got posted in the wrong place. sorry.

  • m4253y

    Brilliant Bruce! nothing more needs be said on this subject except that this should serve as a required reading for all…i will definitely be passing this along to others. ty

  • Charlie Disque

    Good column! Could someone give a reference to the Wall Street Journal article cited?

  • ReyR

    The Oil Drum (TOD) was an Internet energy website that ran for over eight years from April 2005 to September 2013, its sole theme and purpose: Peak oil. All authors were hands-down petroleum industry experts, NOT starry-eyed imaginative office gurus. I saw it as a great source to learn from.
    In the course of 2013, a decision was made to archive The Oil Drum. Reason: Peak oil is history, we are on the down curve, no more issues to discuss.
    As its motto, the head page of the now closed TOD displays this adage, allegedly said by a Saudi prince: “My father rode a camel. I drive a car. My son flies a jet-plane. His son will ride a camel.”
    America, too, has no oil deposits to speak of. What remains, is prohibitively expensive to extract.

    • J

      Does the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor – iter.org ) excite you?

      Or are you more of a Georgia Guidestones type of guy?

      You strike me more as the wise all knowing eldar type talking down to the cattle.

      You know the type. The rich, effete snobs, who in the 1880s and 1890s who began to frolic in the woods nude. Of course they will be your woods after Mother Earth is free of the cattle.

      • ReyR

        They will not be my woods – I’m rather advanced in age. Yes, I am more of a GG type of guy. Not an effete snob, and hardly ever nude, but yes, too much cattle. 22 muslim nation states, to begin with…
        You know nothing about the power industry. I have forgotten more than you’ll ever learn.
        Buy a dictionary. The correct spelling is: elder.
        PS. You must be a deeply religious person.

        • J

          1. Correct spelling is eldar. Look it up.

          2 . There are also 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

          Approximately 50 countries are Muslim-majority.
          numberof.net

          Or 52 per Snopes Counting (not 22).

          3. I had you pegged correctly for GG (Georiga Guidestones). So I suppose that you and yours are among the elect.

          Nice to see you come here naysay and b_tch, but having answers not so much. We will drill baby drill and all of the above.

          Last but not least you are an effete snob judging from your continual condescension in posts at FPM. Try PJ Media or The Blaze. Let’s see you mix it up.

        • Well Done

          Wow! Declaring Peak Oil some kind of “settled science”(TM); snivelling about a spelling error that wasn’t an error; using “nation states” instead of “country”, hoping people will think you’re oh so informed; making a completely off-the-wall religious comment. You, sir, are an arrogant ignoramus. Your picture belongs in the dictionary under said.

          • J

            It is not quite fair to expect Reyr to know what an Edlar is. Eldar appear in Warhammer, Tolkein’s Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings & maybe the 1st popular mention).

            The Eldar of Warhammer 40K, which I do not play but get to hear about. Area race more advanced than mankind and debauched and depraved at the same time.

            It really fits in well with Georgia Guidestones. It really all fits. Say there are resource constraints. There always are and there always will be. A famous example is the use of coal for glass making. The English King forbade glassmakers from using wood from the Forest of Dean to fire their kilns. They new coal burned but it was dirty. So over time they came up with a new technique.

            Point is if there is a will there is a way.

            Another point is is that government isn’t the best at making decisions. Some or many should be decentralized. A decentralized network responds better than a centrally managed network depending on conditions.

            Examples are to be found in warfare. The Germans and now the American give their junior officers and noncoms more latitude in n decision making, They expect initiative. The Russians in the past have not valued this. Blame it on Stalin. I do. I also blame it the Golden Horde. Russian would have a different character. If not for the Tartar hegemony. It would have developed more in line with Europe. There would not have been serfdom & poverty in as much abundance in the 19th century (& Ukraine would not be a separate country). Anyway decentralized military control enable the Wehrmacht to survive longer. Top down centralized control doomed it strategically. Top down control also ensured many Russians died because they were often tactically inflexible.

            I do not like people such as AL Gore telling us we have resource constraints. He took 1 science course and got a D. He all but failed. He did not memorize the material well enough and could not calculate well enough to pass the course or check the teacher’s calculations and assumptions. So the his college science teacher could be wrong and he would never be able to disprove it. Yet this is the person wanting to control our destiny. D STUDENT GORE!

            Getting back to the Guide Stones. There were rich effete people in the late 19th century who got together to enjoy the backwoods and frolic naked. These are the same type of people that defend China’s 1 child policy, Indira Gandhi’s forced sterilization of poor women,read Erlich Population Bomb like it was the Bible and tell westerners that they should have one or no kids.

            I bet Paul R. Ehrlich doesn’t go around telling high & mighty people like Princess Pelosi & Senator Reid to curb their breeding.

            It is the whole attitude (including noblisse oblige) of the backwards frolickers. I am not against say nude beaches etc. (In moderation). But these frolickers are domineering, naive & condescending. They literally went into the woods during the golden hour. They have no ideal how tough the woods are. The mountain lions had been clear out. and Lymes disease had yet to emerge with as much force. Yes it was golden hour. They got lucky. Dumb Luck.

        • J

          Eldar from Warhammer 40k

          It fits the temperament of Those that believe in Paul J.Erlich’s “Population Bomb”, Indira Gandhi’s force sterilization of the poor,China’s 1 Child Policy (that they are scrapping), Top down (Centralized) control vs decentralized control, the Georgia Guidstones, believe in Malthusian world more than if there is a will there is a way (or Git R done), hates Drill baby drill and “all of the above approach to energy.

    • Well Done

      Wow, ReyR, you’re full of it. There is more oil than dolts like your peak oil buddies can even imagine. Domestic reserves in the U.S. could supply needs for centuries. Canada’s oil sands are immense. HUGE deposits sit at deeper strata. Believe in Peak Oil as long as you believe in Santa Claus. Most of us grew up. You?

  • Edohiguma

    Well, at least you’re not off as insane as in Austria and Germany, where criminals can get leave from prison. That includes sex offenders. When the responsible psychologist figures that the criminal has advanced far into his therapy…

    And then he gets out and kills and rapes again. Just google Jack Unterweger. He’s the perfect example why such a system can never work.

  • ltcdmward

    Fabulous Mr. Thorton! Just fabulous! Also might add that — at least to me — one would properly aspire to be a Gentleman (or Gentlewoman) that had at least a modicum of education and exercised social grace. And Gentlemen did not get tattoos and ostentatiously display their wealth and “twerk” their bodies. Life was supposed to be a journey on the continuum of Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom. Now the currency is instant and early (faux) popularity and celebrity, the lack of which seems to define failure in too many’s eyes. Please go to my Face Book and ‘Like” me and be my ‘Friend’. What a crock! Reckoning. Coming.

  • Bramage

    I’m 63 years old and very successful in many ways.
    I love to read Bruce Thornton but it’s been my experience that:
    “A little pain is good for you,” “Drill, baby, drill,” “Failure is an option,” “Strict is better than nice,” “Creativity can be learned,” “Grit trumps talent,” “Praise makes you weak,” “While stress makes you strong.”
    Are pure crap.
    Simple fortune cookie sayings that try to make a complex universe easy for an idiot to understand.
    I’m sorry Bruce Your article is full of truths but these aren’t them.

    • gray_man

      So which one from the title are you? Perhaps arrogant?

      • Bramage

        Honest wasn’t in the title.
        Have a nice day.

        • gray_man

          Which works perfectly because you were not being honest.

          • Bramage

            gay_man,
            Like I said:
            Have a nice day.

          • gray_man

            Hmmm … you would resort to that … unless you are too stupid to spell “gray”.

          • Sylvia

            Mr.Gray,
            I believe that you totally missed Mr. Bramage’s point and you seem to enjoy nitpicking.
            I’m guessing that you have nothing better to do.

          • Bramage

            Sylvia,
            I don’t need anyone defending me but thanks anyway. I’m not sure what Grays problem is. The extent of his arguments with my post are that I’m arrogant and stupid.
            It’s just comment posting so mostly worthless.
            None of these comments solve the worlds problems and I suspect are posted often by people like me with too much time on their hands.lol
            I love what Bruce writes. I just feel that life is maybe a little more complicated than what is suggested by those little bumper sticker slogans.
            Evidently that makes me arrogant.
            Maybe that should be a bumper sticker:
            “Commenters are arrogant” or something…lol
            Warm regards,Bram

          • gray_man

            You are the one who spelled my name as gay man not I.
            I was simply trying to point out that your comments were a little on the arrogant side – which they were.

          • gray_man

            No, I didn’t miss his point. But apparently you both missed mine. His comment was arrogant and offered no positive criticism of the article. Then he deliberately spelled my name as gay man, when I pointed that out to him.

  • Well Done

    Yes, Edo, it becomes obvious the system cares not about the innocent law abiding citizen. All efforts revolves around the criminal. “Oh, we’ll let him out, if he kills again then he’s _really_ in trouble”… and note the “harm reduction” programs for drug addicts refers to fewer overdoses and diseases. The actual harm done to innocent citizens doesn’t register with the bureaucracy… unless they are harmed personally.

  • Mr. Rachford’s ire

    For the first time in modern American history the American people chose an administration to lead the country down the hole of true vulnerability. Not understanding we could still be conquered by another country, or two, is real stupidity. History can always repeat herself.

  • tracy

    What happened to my last comment?

  • tracy

    Then answer it

  • tracy

    So you don’t think going green is the answer?America should just frack her way to the top.To hell with the environmentalists and the scientifically- proven global warming.To hell with the health hazards it causes (so long as it is NOT in your backyard) You plutocrats are all alike.If a country doesn’t see things our way bomb the shit out of them and take that oil,we want it and we are going to take it one way or another,a true imperialist you are Mr. Thornton.Drop some depleted uranium bombs on their food and the ground they live on and the genocide is complete.We have a right to do this to other people because we are Americans and they are just lowly,poor peasants that are sitting on top of what America wants.The only country in the world with 800 military bases around the world.The Keystone pipeline?Let’s start fracking in YOUR backyard and run the pipeline next to where YOU live.Oh that’s right, YOU live in a good part of town,so it won’t affect YOU.It’s somebody else problem you just want the money from these deadly deeds, you won’t shoulder the negative part of your hubris.If this is what money turns people into, keep it.Oh that’s right the plutocrats just cut 40 billion from the SNAP program,I guess you people blame that on Obama too.

  • tracy

    You, Mr.Thornton are well-educated,very dangerous man.Your education has made you an unemphatic human-being.You have wasted your money.

  • Marlin B. Newburn

    Mr. Thornton is dead-on accurate in his assessment of the current culture of feel good mental health treatment, and stress free learning that prioritizes selling kids on a make-believe world without sharp corners. This is called “infantalizing” where you remove life difficulties whenever possible while displacing personal responsibility. In the infantalizing process all emotional maturity and strength-building of character to handle life’s slings and arrows all but stops in the kid. And the kid becomes a malleable and manipulative adult-child sentenced to a lifetime of Oprah, Dr. Phil, and mental health therapy sessions. See also, “hell”.

    As far as “good self-esteem”, I have worked in three of my state’s prisons as a forensic psychologist, and the felons with the highest self-esteem are the lifers especially murderers. They see themselves as both wonderful and powerful as they continue to prey on the weaker prisoners in the population. They’re also academically dumber than soup sandwiches, but that doesn’t matter to them. It’s that they “feel” smart is what counts for them.

    If I were king, potentate, and/or dictator, I would require every politician and every college educator, especially those in the so-called helping professions, to read the book, “Pathological Altruism”. A rigorous exam would follow, and if they exhibit PA in their psychological profile, they’d be fired immediately. This book nails the profile of very sick people that gravitate, uh, make that, “run”, to both rackets.

    Then I would do away with all government regulations and licensing requirements while cutting off all government handouts and halving taxes – at minimum. We’d end up with a nation of adults actually parenting their offspring. After a bumpy start, you all would thank me later.

  • 1proactive2

    I guess you wouldn’t like my “nuke the whales” t-shirt. Darn.

    What color is the sky on your planet?

  • RAS

    I’ll never forget the fear I experienced when I learned that I had been assigned to Mrs. Hanley’s six-grade class. She was no-nonsense, tough and scary; I was doomed. As you might expect I never performed better or learned more. Whether it was fear or expectation, this slow learner was motivated to perform and learn (or else). I want to thank all of the Mrs. Hanley’s in my life for it was their dedication to real, practical education that is responsible for the success I enjoy.

  • xbox361

    There is one serious mistake in this article. We are not rich. We are beyond broke. Financially and socially, the capital is gone. The reckoning is coming.
    And Congress and BHO don’t matter anymore. The people elected them and have it coming.

    there is terror in our future. it won’t be from islamists. it will be from one another in a collapsing society.