Originally Posted by CA357
I posted this because it makes sense to me and is excellent food for thought. I am not personally advocating violence against the government just because I posted it. The article is well written and spells out some facts that either go unnoticed or are unknown by some. I look how far our liberty has deteriorated in the 63 years I've been alive and I see no end to it. Either through venality, sloth or ignorance, our citizens are trading freedom for tyranny. Whether it's for a free ride, apathy, government subsidy or what passes for security, Americans have lost sight of what makes this country these United States of America.
I understand your meaning and concern. I am older also. And I see the difference that our society has suffered over the decades. But younger people do not. They have not seen the changes and they prefer not believing unsettling things said by older people about the changes. They want to believe that the US is a bright shining example of everything good. I don't blame them at all. They want it to be what they think it is.
But they have not seen the changes - they do not recognize what has already happened and what is continuing to happen - and they do not have an appreciation of our own history and the history of some very bad things happening in the world in the past century.
Our forefathers were remarkable - to have put together a form of government and a governing constitution as they did. They fought tyrannical government - against huge odds - the mightiest country in the world against a group of upstart farmers complaining about being mistreated. It could have ended so differently - if for not the fortunate events that took place and the men who stood up against tyranny.
But they did stand and fight.
A good example of the changes that have taken place in the recent decades is the postal service - a governmental bureaucracy. They have just announced the end of service on Saturdays due to extreme losses in their operation. However, in 1955 the post office would deliver a one ounce letter anywhere in the country in a timely manor for $.03 - six days a week. Today the postage is $.46. The inflation adjustment factor between 1955 and 2012 is 8.6. The $.03 is equivalent to $.26. The postal service is charging nearly double while canceling part of the service - because of gross inefficiencies, bloated government, corruption - even while having all the advances in technologies to make the service cheaper and more efficient.
Some will argue that this is due to decreased demand due to the internet. It is true that the internet is producing a reduction in mail demand - but demand for delivery is still high. And there will always be a need for written correspondence. Fedex and UPS recognize this and have decided to compete with the postal service. But the Postal service cannot compete well - because it it a bloated bureaucratic government entity filled with waste and corruption.
The Postal service has in recent years removed many mail pickup boxes in many cities. This serves to eliminate a truck driving a route around town and picking up the mail deposits once a day. The supposed purpose is to save money. The effect is that people must now drive individually - hundreds - thousands of people - to the post office in order to mail their letters. This - to save money for the truck and driver pickup. Does not make sense. Discourages people from using the post office. Contributes massively to waste of fuel and resources in society - thousands of car trips - versus one truck pick-up route per day.
But this is the government - and it's inability to do the simplest things - and even continue to do what it had been doing for many many years. But yet many younger people do not recognize these changes. Toss them off as - Oh well - the internet works for me. They don't see what is happening.
As they don't see many other changes that have taken place in recent decades - the most serious of which are an erosion of civil liberties and movement towards a police state. Years ago police used to be human beings and could be counted on to be human beings and even be helpful. I daresay that most forum members do not consider the present state of the police in the US to be anything near being pleasant or helpful - being closer to the enemy is nearer the truth for most. It is shameful. And growing worse with each year. But again, younger people don't recognize the difference.
They have never seen it different.