Manners, common decency and respect for others are lost American traits. Interactions turn nasty at the drop of a hat. Name-calling and the violence now pass for discussion. Young children are resorting to theft.
If you’re reading this, I guess the Mayans were wrong. Or maybe they were right and we’re still on the verge of the apocalypse. After all, it’s still early Dec. 21 in some places, and the “Long Count” Mayan calendar wasn’t a clock.
“It’s for the children.” That, in essence, is the crux of the new impetus to institute stricter gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last week. In truth, politicians are playing on emotions — the emotions of a grieving populace — to advance their agenda.
Societal collapse manifests itself in many ways. The clues are there for the discerning to see. Some signs make news headlines, though in a way that plays down their significance. Other signs aren’t discussed in the media.
Google, Inc. wants to keep the money it earns. In 2011, the company shifted about $9.8 billion in revenues into a Bermuda shell company in order to avoid about $2 billion in worldwide taxes.
Redistributionists on both sides of the aisle are proposing increased spending and higher taxes as a “solution” to the fiscal cliff. Neither side is talking of cutting spending in any meaningful way.
A North Carolina first grader was asked to write a poem for her school’s Veteran’s Day program. About her grandfather, she wrote: “He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength.” A parent objected to the use of the word “God,” so administrators banned the girl from reading her poem in the program.
Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Lenic understands the Constitution, and his stand on its behalf has made him an overnight Internet sensation. Lenic got it right and deserves all the accolades he receives for his actions.
Technically speaking, the 4th Amendment died on Oct. 26, 2001. That’s when the misnamed USA Patriot Act was signed into law by George W. Bush (since renewed, including by Barack Obama last year). Since then, it’s been on life support: essentially brain dead, but still there in words though not application.
Americans hold about $17.9 trillion in retirement assets in the form of 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts and pension funds. That money is not your own. If it were, you would be able to access it without penalty. Now, some are eyeing those funds as a big piggy bank to rob in order to pay off the “national debt.”