As a social/political/legal philosopher, I am repeatedly appalled by the morally criminal practices that now characterize the U.S. To call the U.S. a model for democracies and other nations evolving around the world is an obscene joke. We have been almost totally corrupted by powerful vested interests. Our labor unions are a pale shadow of what they were half a century ago. Corporations serve those who run them — not even their stock holders. A small cabal of the super rich are running our country with no apparent end in sight. If they cannot get Obama killed, they will use any and all propaganda means to drive him out of office.
I happened to stumble on one voice who says all of this better than I can — Bill Moyers:
FOCUS | Bill Moyers: Uncivil Discourse
Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal: “Bill Maher asked me on his show last week if America is still a great nation. I should have said it’s the greatest show on earth. Forget what you learned in civics about the Founding Fathers – we’re the children of Barnum and Bailey, our founding con men. Their freak show was the forerunner of today’s talk radio.”
How right he is. Read and weep. Barnum and Bailey, by the way, were not that bad. They were merely selling circus tickets — not destroying our nation out of pure unmitigated greed.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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