Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Monday, September 14, 2009
Take the three minutes to read this.
Maybe he is wrong.
What if he is right?
David Kaiser is a respected historian whose published works have covered a broad range of topics, from European Warfare to American League Baseball.. Born in 1947, the son of a diplomat, Kaiser spent his childhood in three capital cities: Washington D.C. , Albany , New York , and Dakar , Senegal ... He attended Harvard University , graduating there in 1969 with a B.A. in history. He then spent several years more at Harvard, gaining a PhD in history, which he obtained in 1976. He served in the Army Reserve from 1970 to 1976.
He is a professor in the Strategy and Policy Department of the United States Naval War College. He has previously taught at Carnegie Mellon, Williams College and Harvard University . Kaiser's latest book, The Road to Dallas, about the Kennedy assassination, was just published by Harvard University Press.
Dr. David Kaiser
I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written 15 books on history that have been published in six languages, and I have studied history all my life. I have come to think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is simply a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.
Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten to fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two..
We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why?
We learned just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has "loaned" two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the $700 billion we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of "we the people," who loaned our powers to our elected leaders. Apparently not.
We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy.. Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?
We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it simply wants marriage to remain defined as between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?) We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?
Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and I know precisely what I am talking about) - the list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth.. It is potentially 1929 x ten...And we are at war with an enemy we cannot even name for fear of offending people of the same religion, who, in turn, cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.
And finally, we have elected a man that no one really knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla , Alaska . All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe are more important.)
Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change.. Why?
I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.
This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again.
And that is only the beginning..
As a serious student of history, I thought I would never come to experience what the ordinary, moral German must have felt in the mid-1930s In those times, the "savior" was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they should have known was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory. Conservative "losers" read it right now.
And there were the promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and frowned and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his "brown shirts" would bully and beat them into submission. Which they did - regularly. And then, he was duly elected to office, while a full-throttled economic crisis bloomed at hand - the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely he seized the controls of government power, person by person, department by department, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The children of German citizens were at first, encouraged to join a Youth Movement in his name where they were taught exactly what to think. Later, they were required to do so. No Jews of course,
How did he get people on his side? He did it by promising jobs to the jobless, money to the money-less, and rewards for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe , and across the world. He did it with a compliant media - did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and .... . .. change. And the people surely got what they voted for.
If you think I am exaggerating, look it up. It's all there in the history books.
So read your history books. Many people of conscience objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and ridiculed. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. And the world came to regret that he was not listened to.
Do not forget that Germany was the most educated, the most cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And yet, in less than six years (a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency) it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors.. All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to Hell is paved with them.
As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me..
I choose to believe the evidence. No doubt some people will scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. To some degree, perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe-and why I believe it.
I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am. Perhaps the only hope is our vote in the next elections.
Jamestown , Rhode Island
Friday, September 11, 2009
It seems like our whole society is addicted to TV! They are everywhere now; in restaurants, waiting rooms, walmart, hospital cafeterias. My husband was recently in the hospital and there were at least 4 TVs in the cafeteria. I couldn't even eat in there. No wonder everyone is stressed all the time. Its probably over stimulation from all the noise around us all the time. I have so learned to appreciate quiet now and have to have it.
So cutting the cable frees up money and time. I don't know about ya'll but I need all the extra money and time I can get.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
September 1, 2009
1. Do you like blue cheese? I love it!
2. Have you ever smoked? Sadly, yes
3. Do you own a gun? Yes, hubby bought it for me but I don’t like it. It’s too loud.
4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? Lemon
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, I just hate going because I always have to wait so long. I am not good at waiting.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? Every now and then I have a craving for one, and try not to think of their ingredients and how they are made, gross.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Not real big on the Christmas movies
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee
9. Can you do push-ups? I can do a few but I don’t like to
11. Favorite hobby? Crafting with my honey
12. Do you have A.D.D.? I can be pretty scatter brained at times and have trouble staying focused. Does that mean I’m A.D.D.
13. What's one trait you hate about yourself ? I tend to procrastinate, especially when it comes to cleaning house.
14. Middle name? Anne
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? Teenage boys can be so frustrating
Stop interrupting me
I love him anyway
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Water, tea, lemon aid
17. Current worry? I am working on not worrying and just giving those things to God.
18. Currently hate right now? Nothing, hate is not worth the energy
19. Favorite place to be? Home with my family
20. How did you bring in the New Year? Babysitting my sweet grandson
21. Where would you like to go? Italy
22. Name three people who will complete this? I have no idea
23.Do you own slippers? Yes, somewhere
24. What shirt are you wearing right now? A navy blue one
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No, they are too slippery and I can’t hang on to my pillow
26. Can you whistle? Sorta
27. Favorite color? Red
28. Red or white wine? Not really into wine
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t sing in the shower. It’s my time for peace and quiet
30. Favorite Girl's name? Sara
31. Favorite Boy's name? Dylan
32. What's in your pocket right now? I don’t have any pockets
33. Last thing that made you laugh? My goofy dog
34. Worst injury you ever had? No bad injuries to speak of, just a child birth issue that I won’t go into
35. Do you love where you live? I like it but I would love to live in the mountains
36. How many TVs do you have in your house? Two, but just for watching movies. We don’t have cable or satellite
37. Who is your loudest friend? I better not answer that
38. Do you have any pets? Yes, four dogs and three rabbits
39. Does someone have a crush on you? My hubby
40. Your favorite type of music? Christian mostly but sometimes I listen to classic rock
41. Favorite Sports Team? Not into sports
Monday, May 11, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
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