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  •  Sometimes I think America has come of age (1+ / 0-)
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    and forgotten that liberty is not freedom from risk, danger, and opportunity.  "Safety" will not make, or keep us free. I, for one, have little desire for total safety or avert risk.  Danger and failure are part of it and help keep us free.

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      I read a powerful editorial about modern America the other day regarding the Minnesota bridge collapse and American attitudes (via My Left Nutmeg).

      The fact is that Americans have been squandering the infrastructure legacy bequeathed to us by earlier generations. Like the spoiled offspring of well-off parents, we behave as though we have no idea what is required to sustain the quality of our daily lives. Our electricity comes to us via a decades-old system of power generators, transformers and transmission lines-a system that has utility executives holding their collective breath on every hot day in July and August. We once had a transportation system that was the envy of the world. Now we are better known for our congested highways, second-rate ports, third-rate passenger trains and a primitive air traffic control system. Many of the great public works projects of the 20th century-dams and canal locks, bridges and tunnels, aquifers and aqueducts, and even the Eisenhower interstate highway system-are at or beyond their designed life span.

      In the end, investigators may find that there are unique and extraordinary reasons why the I-35W bridge failed. But the graphic images of buckled pavement, stranded vehicles, twisted girders and heroic rescuers are a reminder that infrastructure cannot be taken for granted. The blind eye that taxpayers and our elected officials have been turning to the imperative of maintaining and upgrading the critical foundations that underpin our lives is irrational and reckless.

      Add the U.S. Constitution to the list of infrastructure that our reckless and spoiled society has neglected to maintain. "A republic, if you can keep it." was how Ben Franklin described our new Constitutional government. Today, that's a big if.

      "Nothing seems to embarrass the political class today." - Bill Moyers

      by joejoejoe on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 09:03:22 PM PDT

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      •  Spoiled is a Passive Not an Active Verb (0+ / 0-)

        It comes when you're told you're doing just fine.

        Again, "told" is a passive voice.

        Somebody else is doing the telling.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 09:29:08 PM PDT

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        •  People need to wake up (0+ / 0-)

          I don't know if it's willful ignorance or what but you can't just nod and smile your whole life and repeat "America is the greatest country in the world!" and do nothing to make that a true statement. If the people of the Soviet Union could realize communism was a bad deal and the war in Afghanistan a disaster then the people of United States should be able to realize corporate media is propaganda and the war in Iraq is a disaster and stand up.

          There are a lot of truly awful actors in our society who are very powerful but that doesn't excuse going through life like veal and not doing a damn thing about it except wait for slaughter with a bemused grin.

          "Nothing seems to embarrass the political class today." - Bill Moyers

          by joejoejoe on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 09:43:55 PM PDT

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    •  I Was Pretty Risk Loving When I Was Young (1+ / 0-)
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      and strong and had no responsibilities too.

      I can tell you I was one hell of a lot freer when I was safer. I spent all my time doing creative things, making some inventions, learning how to teach people to be self-sufficient.

      Now I have to put in a lot of time researching the basic safety of my food and consumer products, lots and lots of time researching medicine I'm prescribed, time learning to be my own physician to do the diagnostics to give to him to sign off on in the 11 minutes he's allowed with me on the few visits he's allowed to see me himself at all.

      Not to mention I now have aging family members to care for and an income cut in half and future pension taken.

      So I'm about as free and opportunity laden as I can God damned stand thank you very much.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 09:34:29 PM PDT

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