My thoughtful son has noted that few of use logic or math to approach our decision-making.  Rather emotions, slogans (honest or lies often repeated), anxieties, etc. determine our thinking and voting patterns.

It is hard to believe that our ‘democracy’ is making no authentic mention of American suffering — loss of homes, jobs, etc.  Give the CEOs (Koch brothers, etc.) billions in breaks and let the rest of us suffer.

We have a massive military of hundreds of costly bases spread around he globe.  Because pols in two state did not want to lose jobs for their constituents we we built at a massive cost super jets to fight the Soviet Union — now long gone.

We dodge the cost in young military lives involved in our military excursions here and there — they are, of course, quickly forgotten except by their grieving families.

Obama is a man who tries to reconcile conflicting groups, but this is impossible with pols who wish destroy us and fatten their wealth.

In short the U.S. is no longer a model for developing democracies.  It is approaching the pre-FDR world of greed and cruelty.

As a retired social, political, legal philosophy I am appalled by my son’s all to accurate vision — onwards with the Tea Party?  I recall as a child fascist Italy.  Mussolini was eventually hanged upside down.

“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)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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