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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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