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January 12, 2013

Politically correct won’t pay bills

“When a man, a business corporation or an entire society is approaching bankruptcy, there are two courses that those involved can follow: they can evade the reality of their situation and act on a frantic, blind, range-of-the moment expediency — not daring to look ahead, wishing no one would name the truth, yet desperately hoping that something will save them somehow — or they can identify the situation, check their premises, discover their hidden assets and start rebuilding. America, at present, is following the first course.

“The grayness, the stale cynicism, the noncommittal cautiousness, the guilty evasiveness of our public voices suggest the attitude of the courtiers in the story ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ who professed admiration for the Emperor’s nonexistent garments, having accepted the assertion that anyone who failed to perceive them was morally depraved at heart.”

Ayn Rand said this in 1960. Wow !

 Someone has to be the child in the story and declare that the Emperor is naked — or that America is culturally, ethically and economically bankrupt.

Do not expect the Mediacracy to do that. No, they have installed their president and regardless they will continue to redefine reality with their last gasping breath.

Rand said, “Bankruptcy is defined as the state of being at the end of one’s resources.What are the intellectual values or resources offered to us by the present guardians of our culture?

“In philosophy, we are taught that man’s mind is impotent, that reality is unknowable, that knowledge is an illusion, and that reason is a superstition. In psychology, we are told that man is a helpless automaton, determined by forces beyond his control, motivated by innate depravity.

“In literature, we are shown a line-up of murderers, dipsomaniacs,drug addicts, neurotics and psychotics as representatives of man’s soul — and are invited to identify our own among them — with the belligerent assertions that life is a sewer, a foxhole or a rat race, with the whining injunctions that we must love everything, except virtue, and forgive everything, except greatness.”

 In politics, we are told that America, the greatest, noblest, freest country on earth, is politically and morally inferior to socialist states, that have led to the bloodiest dictatorships in the world — and that our wealth should be given away to be fair, with apologies for the fact that we have produced it, while others have not.

If we look at modern politicians, we are confronted with the grotesque spectacle of such characteristics as spineless denial, uncertainty, crusading cynicism, dogmatic agnosticism, boastful selfabasement and self-righteous immorality all used for the attainment of power at any cost.

Cosmetic political correctness which is divisiveness designed to maintain power over those who pay the bills that they create. If this is not bankruptcy, what is?

“The child is the father to the man.” Wordworth said.

There are children out there who will pay for all of this. But does it take one of them to tell us that we need to grow up?

  Robert H. Snyder

Swanton

 

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    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014

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    Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is  especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face
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    April 13, 2014

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

  • Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout

    To the Editor:
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    April 13, 2014

  • Group wants status quo on Sunday hunting

    Many Maryland residents have grown very concerned about two legislative bills that are arriving on the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley after being approved by both the Senate and House chambers this session. With the governor’s possible signature of these bills into law, hunting would be allowed on certain state lands on Sundays — a day in the past reserved for rest and non-hunters to enjoy public lands.

    April 10, 2014

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