Glimmerjim wrote:Sincerely, because I feel you have more potential, Spinner. You consider things. Many of which I don't agree with, but many I respect and consider as well considered. It just strikes me that someone that focuses so much of their time and energy on considering and condemning the current state of our Republc's politics has no interest in making an attempt to improve them.
You cannot fix society from top down. Countless attempts have been made but they all end in some form of authoritarianism. Religious, secular, whether focused on social or economic issues, whatever it is. When you try to fundamentally transform something from the top down, that is accepting of an authoritarian system and it is doomed to failure.
I don't think the Republican party will be fixed any more than I think the country will be. I believe Detroit is the canary dead in the mine as all the pseudo-intellectuals and power hungry politicians tell us that it means nothing, so keep moving forward.
California, probably the state with the single greatest potential in the nation for so many reasons has a large net outflux of Americans. How do you fix that?
Republican politics and Democrat politics is simply a reflection of society. You fix society from the bottom up. I think there is a large core of society that is simply rotting and it is a number of factors, but the biggest is the social welfare system and the entitlement mentality that it breeds.
"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
"All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.
Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied."
Will you ever hear these things from a Republican or are they too radically right-wing? Yet these are quotes from great heros of Democrats.
I think we are beyond fixing. I work for the government. The insanity that I go through regularly and today was particularly insane, I think it is hopeless.
I don't wish to fix anything. I wish to get to the point that I can retire, assume that is even ever possible given the path we are on and then simply be done.
So why do I do what I do here?
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.