From: Alf Temme firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is an email I received from Charles reflecting on some of my links on http://www.onemanthinktank.com/
Here is Charles' email and my response below it:
Alf, I DON'T KNOW HOW OLD YOU ARE. EVEN IF YOU ARE SERIOUS, YOU APPARENTLY DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR ODDS ARE IN ACHIEVING YOUR PLANS/GOALS. WE LIVE IN A NATION THAT HAS NO USE FOR COMMON SENSE, ETHICS, LEADERSHIP, CHARACTER, FREEDOM, PEACE OR THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. IN EFFECT, THE US IS ON A PATH OF CONSCIOUSLY-PLANNED SELF-DESTRUCTION.
IN SOME WAYS, I WISH YOU LUCK. HOWEVER, I HAVE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH YOU WHEN IT COMES TO WAR NEEDING TO BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF BUSINESS. THE US HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN PERPETUAL WAR FOR MANY YEARS. IT HAS DONE NOTHING POSITIVE FOR AMERICA (probably started with WWI).
IT DIDN'T TAKE VERY LONG, BUT WE HAVE BECOME UNCONSCIOUS EXPERTS IN ELECTING THIRD-RATE PRO$TITUTES TO HIGH OFFICE(s). WE HAVE NO PRACTICAL WAY TO REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE. WE HAVE NO STANDARDS FOR OUR LEADERS.
ON A GOOD DAY, A TYPICAL LEADER IS NO BETTER THAN A DRUG DEALER (or a pro$titute). WITHOUT TRYING TO SEEM LIKE A CONSUMMATE PESSIMIST, I AM OLD ENOUGH TO SEE POLITICAL B S WHEN I SEE IT. AND THAT [political b s] IS PART AND PARCEL OF THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE.
I SPEAK AS AN EX-TEACHER. ENGLISH IS A DYING LANGUAGE. BEYOND THAT, WE HAVE NO ROLE MODELS. WE HAVE NO CHECKS AND BALANCES. WHAT WE HAVE IS A NATION THAT IS RULED BY THE BEST GOVERNMENT THAT MONEY CAN BUY. ONLY NOW ARE WE STARTING TO "PAY" FOR IT. I DO WISH YOU SOME LUCK, BUT THIS NATION'S CLOCK IS TICKING. OUR CLOCK-FIXER HAS BEEN OUT-SOURCED - IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.
I feel your disappointment with the USA Government. I agree with your description of the state of affairs of government and society in general.
As to my age, I was born Jan 20, 1941. At my age I am supposed to be as disappointed as you are and I am supposed to have given up completely and think that one man alone could not possibly change anything in the World and I could let that be my excuse for doing nothing about all this corruption going on in government.
Funny thing is that it has always been single individuals that did signifficantly change the World. It takes many people foolishly trying and only a few will have success. These changes were certainly not all for the best because people do not respond very well to logic and reason because that requires analytical thinking, and it is hard work. People seem to respond with greater enthusiasm to emotional demagoguery from politicians and dictators. No brainwork needed to chime in with slogans and loud chanting and shouting.
Most of the solutions and ideas that I have are very analytical and appeal to people with better than average attention span and some reasoning ability of their own. That makes the prospects for my ideas very slim, but the internet is a vehicle that can with the right marketing do wonders for ideas. For that reason I have published several websites with my ideas explained therein.
It is not only in the United States that governments are corrupt. If you are not vigilant and you allow bad people to have their way they will control all the money and the power in a country. You might choose to think that the poorly running of an economy is due to ignorance and corruption. I am convinced that it is due primarily to corruption. Corrupt elected officials and burocrats and others in position of power are bought (bribed), with substantial sums of money from Special Interests, to create laws and regulations favorable to them. All of that at the expense of "We the People" and the whole ecponomy. Throughout history this corruption has always existed because all people have a desire to enrich themselves and unfortunately they will take most often the easiest way to enrich themselves. Stealing, robbing and killing are the quckest and most effective ways of enrichment for the average person. This comes at a great expense to "We the People". We call these activities crimes and we have created rules and laws to keep these crimes to a minimum. We have created police and military and punishment and jails in an efford to deter crimes as much as practically possible.
So I will foolishly continnue to try to educate the ruled and get them to take some responsibility and become more vigilant.
Maybe you could help me with some good ideas and editing. As an English language teacher you could really help with spelling and editing.
How about contributing a bit to the idea that single people can make a big difference!
Would you like to publish some text to this website? Have at it.