College students as the new Daschunds.
We don’t yet breed people into lapdogs, but the contemporary university is doing all it can to accomplish such a goal—creating a citizenry that instinctively looks to the federal government for its protection and sustenance. What is perhaps most remarkable about manufacturing this “new person” is that it seems normal to the point of not even being noticed. Today’s college students are now liberated from nearly every responsibility that once constituted growing up. It is no wonder that among today’s college graduates, adolescent behavior persists well into the 30s.
Allow me to add this auspicious quote from Serenity:
“There has been no war here. It was the Pax. The G23 Paxilon hydrochloride acid that we added to the air processors. It was supposed to calm the population, weed out aggression. Well it worked. The people here stopped fighting, and then they stopped everything else. They stopped going to work, they stopped breeding, talking, eating. Theres 30 million people here and they all just let themselves die”
Last week we learned that the guy who made that anti-Muslim film is going to prison for a year. It is apparently now illegal to embarrass this administration. What I find even more shocking is the apathy my friends express. Their shrugs would make Atlas blush. They tell me he’s an idiot who deserved to go to jail because he violated his parole. These are people who probably smoked a joint yesterday and have committed a handful of felonies in the past week, but all of a sudden they’re sanctimonious about parole violations.
I don’t think these people honestly believe he got what he deserved. I think they’re pretending it was legit because to ponder that we are a nation under arrest is too scary. I find their apathy scarier, because if we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything.
As they say, if you’re not angry, then you’re not paying attention. Read the whole thing.
I can’t say I totally agree with all the trend lines this guy displays, but it’s still an interesting presentation about tax rates vs. tax revenues.
The two-party system is broken. I think that’s pretty obvious at this point. Both the Democrats and the Republicans are far too invested in beating the other side and pushing through their agendas to cooperate and find solutions to the problem du jour that both sides can find palatable.
Generally, I think legislative gridlock is a good thing. That which governs least governs best, and all that. But that’s not what we have now. Whoever has power passes what they want come hell or high water, and whoever doesn’t have power screams bloody murder. None of us has any faith in our representatives, and we yell back and forth across the country like we’re rooting for football teams.
But still we limit ourselves to the two major league teams. Because they’re the only ones who have a chance at winning. And winning is all that matters. Because third parties are generally offshoots of one party or the other (Libertarian, Green) and votes for them are votes that don’t go to the party they shot off from. So the unified party wins and everyone else gets cranky.
The solution, as I see it, is to form a party that draws equally from both the Democrats and the Republicans. Which could only work if some common ground can be identified, that people would care about enough to ditch their old affiliations; suffer the ridicule that the mainstream has previously aimed at the Tea Party, the Greens, the Occupiers, the Paulites; and field a candidate that could appeal beyond the party.
In the current climate, I believe this to be impossible.
New reporting by the Wall Street Journal suggests that the Benghazi attack may have played a major role in General Petraeus’ resignation as director of the CIA. This report suggests that Petraeus may have been pushed out of the position because he tried to challenge the Obama administration’s timeline of the attack. According to the report, Petraeus wanted to come out and push harder in defense of the CIA and what it did in Benghazi, but was told not to.
Nothing will come of it. The Cult of Personality is quite obviously inviolable. I would love to know exactly how far The One – and that cadre of sycophants – could go before devotees begin to question anything.