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The Complacency of America
Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2012 | Jeff Carter

Posted on 09/24/2012 8:01:04 AM PDT by Kaslin

Talking to a lot of my friends, they don’t get it. How can anyone possibly support Obama? Even if you are a Democrat, how can you? He was elected on the promise to cut the deficit, and to work with the other party. Remember, “Team of Rivals”? But it’s not enough to say Obama didn’t live up to any of his promises. That’s too transparent. Politicians are made to break promises.

Knowing American History, we have a lot of things in common with the British. A lot of our DNA is ensconced still in the first settlers that successfully established here. Even the colonists knew when they were fighting the British, they were inherently British.

I think I have found the answer in a book by Carlo D’Este. Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill. Here is a quote from the book that rings true today. He writes,

“his friend Harold Nicholson’s observation: ‘The British, except in moments of danger, are a lethargic race; they do not care for stimulants, they prefer sedatives. They are distrustful of brilliance. They feel more at ease with what they call, “sound common sense”. Their optimism, which in a crisis becomes a source of strength, degenerates in neutral periods into an ardent desire to believe nothing unpleasant is likely to occur. Their motto in such periods is “safety first”. And Churchill never believed that safety is the highest aim of human endeavour.”

Americans have become complacent. Uncertainty will do that to you. Obama’s administration has deliberately created uncertainty in almost all things. Economics, Foreign Policy, Banking, Healthcare. American’s don’t know who to believe, or what to believe. The media shields them from the mathematical comeuppance that is right around the corner.

Many Americans don’t have a clue about the coming debt crisis, and the massive increase in taxes they are about to get-nor the consequences of those events. They are passive-or worse yet think the rich will rally and bail them out.

The bad news is, the rich aren’t rich enough to do anything about it. When the dyke breaks, it’s over.

Somehow, someway, if the clear eyed realists can convince Americans that something truly tragic has been building up for 50 years now is about to really change the way of American life, they might awaken. But many are so cynical they won’t believe it-until it happens.

Wars are sometimes like that. Look at Great Britain in the late 1930's. Economics is like that. Look at America today. You don’t go broke slowly. It happens all at once.


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1 posted on 09/24/2012 8:01:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

the trouble is the democrats stand behind the constitution that their incumbent is gutting.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 8:04:23 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Kaslin
How can anyone possibly support Obama? Even if you are a Democrat, how can you? He was elected on the promise to cut the deficit, and to work with the other party.

And that is the fundamental problem right there. When 45-47% of the country will vote for 0dumb0sh_t hands down, no matter what he says or does or how badly the country is decimated, then our nation is clearly in its' last days. The only thing that will restore our nation, is either direct intervention from God, or a massive, great bloody CW II or AR II. We are in a satanic, demonic, spiritual warfare against socialism, democRATs, unions, LGBT & the islamic religion. We either need two separate nations, or we need to decisively defeat the satanic demonic forces that are arrayed against us.

3 posted on 09/24/2012 8:17:56 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: Kaslin

But, but, but Jay-Z, and Beyonce, and golf, and vacations, and cheeseburgers, and selling out to the Russians, and apologizing when America gets attacked, and promoting islam, and hope and change, and yes we can, and no jobs ‘n’ stuff ...


4 posted on 09/24/2012 8:32:58 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Kaslin

Romney needs to talk about how his economic plan will help the private sector and that will mean more jobs and more money flowing into the public treasury. That will help guarantee that there’s money for the people who are receiving money from the government.

Romney = more money in the treasury which will help guarantee government payments

Obama = less money going into the public treasury and perhaps a reduction of payments.

Voting for Obama is risky business. He’s proven his ideas hurt the private sector. That means fewer private sector jobs which means less money in the public treasury. It might reach the point under Obama that reductions would have to be made in the payments people receive from the government. Vote for Romney because he’s good for the private sector which is good for the public sector.


5 posted on 09/24/2012 8:57:57 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin
"Things don't change. You change your way of looking, that's all."- Carlos Castaneda
6 posted on 09/24/2012 9:06:09 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: Kaslin; All
If American citizens are so "complacent" that they don't see that a President who smoozes with super-wealthy celebrities, appears on Letterman and The View while the Middle East is burning him in effigy, along with the flag he represents, and millions of his citizens are suffering loss of pay checks and the resulting indignity of his failed policies, then perhaps they no longer represent an intelligent voting group.

While he chit-chats with wealthy Hollywood types, he disparages and punishes what he calls "rich" people who have earned their wealth either by "making" things or risking their own money in investments that enabled others to produce wealth. That is not a leader whose actions match his words and ideology.

Back in 2010, just before the November landslide vote for Republicans, hundreds of thousands of orderly and concerned citizens assembled in Washington, D. C. for what was called a "Restore Honor" demonstration of strength.

President Barack Obama stated: “It’s not surprising that someone . . . is able to stir up a certain portion of [the American people]. … "

Hundreds of thousands of peaceable, well-informed, independently knowledgeable citizens of the United States voluntarily assemble themselves in their nation's capital because of their concern about the future of liberty in America, and their President views them as being "stir(red) up" by "someone"?

How arrogant and insulting!

Does Mr. Obama view them, as he must have viewed the thousands who attend his campaign rallies, as just ignorant puppets who can be yanked around by "someone" like himself or Glenn Beck?

What does this say about the honor and sincerity of the man who sought and holds the office of President of the United States?

Can anyone imagine any one of America's first four Presidents holding such a view of a peaceable assembly of 300-500,000 of his fellow citizens, as occurred in 2010?

Informed citizens are the bulwark of liberty for a nation, and they should be considered a treasure. Here are quotations from two Founders and former Presidents. Note the tone of those Presidents' comments regarding the need for the kinds of citizens who attended that 2010 Saturday event in Washington--citizens Mr. Obama discounted as merely "stirred up":

"I do not think it for the interest of the General Government itself, and still less of the Union at large, that the State governments should be so little respected as they have been. However, I dare say that in time all these as well as their central government, like the planets revolving round their common sun, acting and acted upon according to their respective weights and distances, will produce that beautiful equilibrium on which our Constitution is founded, and which I believe it will exhibit to the world in a degree of perfection, unexampled but in the planetary system itself. The enlightened statesman, therefore, will endeavor to preserve the weight and influence of every part, as too much given any member of it would destroy the general equilibrium." --Thomas Jefferson to Peregrine Fitzhugh, 1798. ME 10:3

"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278

"If Caesar had been as virtuous as he was daring and sagacious, what could he, even in the plenitude of his usurped power, have done to lead his fellow citizens into good government?... If their people indeed had been, like ourselves, enlightened, peaceable, and really free, the answer would be obvious. 'Restore independence to all your foreign conquests, relieve Italy from the government of the rabble of Rome, consult it as a nation entitled to self-government, and do its will.' But steeped in corruption, vice and venality, as the whole nation was,... what could even Cicero, Cato, Brutus have done, had it been referred to them to establish a good government for their country?... No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and their people were so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control. Their reformation then was to be taken up ab incunabulis. Their minds were to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments proportioned, indeed, but irremissible; in all cases, to follow truth as the only safe guide, and to eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession. These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure of order and good government. . . ." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1819. ME 15:233

"An enlightened people, and an energetic public opinion... will control and enchain the aristocratic spirit of the government." --Thomas Jefferson to Chevalier de Ouis, 1814. ME 14:130

"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820.

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia, 1782.

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787.

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.

"Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, the people, if well informed, may be relied on to set them to rights." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.

"Although all men are born free, and all nations might be so, yet too true it is, that slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant – they have been cheated; asleep – they have been surprised; divided – the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?... The people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it." - James Madison

"A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." - James Madison

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison

"To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea." - James Madison

7 posted on 09/24/2012 10:52:45 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: loveliberty2

How arrogant and insulting indeed. November 6 can not come soon enough


8 posted on 09/24/2012 10:55:54 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Many Americans don’t have a clue about the coming debt crisis.
The progressives/liberals and msm have done a good job dumbing down.
However hungry people tend to listen.


9 posted on 09/24/2012 11:06:04 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: F15Eagle

” But, but, but Jay-Z, and Beyonce, and golf, and vacations, and cheeseburgers, and selling out to the Russians, and apologizing when America gets attacked, and promoting islam, and hope and change, and yes we can, and no jobs ‘n’ stuff ...”

That was a good start... : )


10 posted on 09/24/2012 11:06:56 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: loveliberty2
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.

An informed and well educated electorate is vital to a free republic. The Founding Fathers knew better than to entrust the future to ignorant slackers and ne'er-do-wells. But that is exactly who makes up Obama's "majority coalition."

11 posted on 09/24/2012 7:39:51 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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