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My fellow Americans, please don’t vote.

My fellow Americans, please don’t vote in the 2008 presidential election. You have already made a mess of things. You are not in a good state of mind. At this point I have no confidence in your being able to make any type of reasonable decision.

First, you entered into faulty mortgage agreements. The mortgages were obviously flawed, yet you signed them – in large numbers. It is truly disappointing that you can not even manage or understand your own finances. The only way those mortgages could have worked is if your home increased in value by 10+% each year. You are either greedy or stupid.

But that is not the worst of it. When your mortgage failed, you blamed someone else – the bank, the lenders, the government. And what really is upsetting is that many of us are being affected by your foolhardiness. The economy is in a downturn because of your inability to manage and understand your personal finances. Many of us saw these loans as flawed and didn’t participate, yet we are now affected by the economic downturn.

Unfortunately, it gets even worse. The turmoil you’ve created has caused you to lose your sanity. You go around ranting and raving and doling out blame. The government is at fault. The Republicans are at fault. The Bush administration is at fault. There need to be regulations that prevent people from doing stupid things with their money – blah, blah, blah. You want those who were in office while you acted poorly to be voted out.

And here is where it gets scary. Since you blame the government for your idiocy, you want to change it simply for the sake of change. You want to put someone in the highest office who has virtually no experience. He was first elected to the Senate in 2004. Yet he has spent half his time there campaigning for president. He tells you things you want to hear, including playing the blame game. How is someone with no experience at the national and world level going to fix things? It seems like such an individual is likely to make an entirely new set of mistakes – on top of the problems that already exist. How can you trust someone who leverages your anger for a vote?

Please, my fellow Americans, don’t vote. If you can’t manage your own finances what does that say about your ability to make significant decisions. If you are bitter about the economy, wait until your anger subsides before doing something else that is stupid – 2012 is just around the corner.

October 16, 2008 at 5:23 am Leave a comment

The state of the American Empire

The financial crisis that is gripping the United State and the world had prompted me to think about the state of American Empire. Throughout history, all empires have eventually fallen – Greeks, Romans, Spanish, etc. What is the state of the American Empire? I don’t think it is on the rise, but perhaps just past its peak, just on the downfall.

I am not sure what has been the cause of the downturn of prior empires. In the case of the American Empire, I feel Americans may have gotten “soft”. I question that the principals, work ethic, persistence, and ingenuity may not be there like they once were.

One word that comes to mind is “entitlement”. Americans seem to have a sense of entitlement. They feel entitled to own a home, they feel entitled that their homes increase in value by double digit percentages each year, they feel entitled to own their own transportation (regardless of its effects on the environment), they feel entitled to have their nest eggs grow each year, they feel entitled to afford $4 for a cup of coffee.

Opportunity seems to have been replaced with entitlement. Given that one works hard, is persistent, is innovative, and also has some luck, one can achieve through opportunity. Achievement can then breed entitlement. In today’s society, opportunity seems to be a bystander- along with its ingredients and implications – and entitlement is assumed.

So, what is next? Maybe the American empire can extend or reinvigorate itself. Being a melting pot, perhaps immigrants to this country can sustain the American spirit. Or, maybe the American Empire with be the last empire as we know it. With globalization is there really the impetus for one country to represent a dominance?

Related Links: http://www.newsweek.com/id/166821

October 12, 2008 at 9:23 am Leave a comment


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