I've been in FreeRepublic for a few years, and in all that time I've read perhaps hundreds of 'after the fact' "reports" of what;
went wrong, went right, could have been, should have been
etc. .... you get the picture.
....and it is always ... after the fact.
The men that initiated the momentum that birthed the United states were sober and wise and really DID have a good idea ... and they really believed men would follow them and produce the greatest land on the planet.
We've apparently devolved from wisdom to mediocrity to cartoon because people supposedly wise ... are not ... supposedly capable ... are not ... supposedly mature ... are not.
Sadly ... men that were supposed to be religious ... are not and THAT is the root of our downfall.
We no longer believe in God (as a nation), for if we did, we would HAVE the spirit of discernment and KNOW whom to elect and whom to eject.
I believe we'd also have the righteousness of God in our hearts as we warred against the enemies of America.
As it is ... we do nothing ... we are dead and don't know it ... or we DO know it ... and don't care.
God have mercy and help us our unbelief.
It is called the Peter principle.
Libertarian and Objectivist worldviews have a fatal flaw, and that is Pride. Pride and confidence are exalted as virtues in those systems when they are actually hubris and folly.
We are finite and fully understand nothing, and are continually surprised and dismayed. That is why we should conform our decisions to God's directives and principles, even when it is not convenient. We do not have, nor will we ever have, all the data points.
Wisdom comes from God; not from Harvard , Columbia, or Alan Greenspan.
As the maxim says, “All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Most truthful post I’ve read in quite a while.
The people at the founding and first 100 years were different from us. Their faith, their character, and their knowledge of scripture made them very, very different from 99% of today’s American’s. America really cannot function with the level of foolishness, lack of self discipline, lack of faith and lack of grounding in scripture - cartoonishness as you call it is a good description.