It is time for American voters to grow up. As I converse with and read comments about the political environment in the U.S. today, I am astounded at how little voters know. That is not a comment from some self-appointed expert, it is a comment from a man who knows how desperately we need informed voters if we are to save our democracy.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela people the world over will comment in every medium possible about what he meant to the mural of history. Some of it will be informative, some will be self-serving, some will be a lot of hot wind, etc. If one studies history it is relatively easy to see him as one of the brightest lights of the past two centuries. For Americans, I believe his role combines elements of those of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Socrates, and George Washington. He was a giant of a man who represented humility and pragmatism.
The date: January 17, 1961. The speaker: President Dwight David Eisenhower. Political party: Republican! Occasion: IKE's farewell address to the Nation.
Greed is ignorant about sharing, or decides to purposely ignore it. The greedy farmer says, "All I want is the land next to mine." That is, unfortunately, how too many wealthy Americans view sharing. Meanwhile they go on with record-breaking profits and still want tax breaks. How to view this. Emergency! Wake up, America. Your country is being purchased by groups of right-wing, selfish, greedy, bigoted, narrow-minded, influence-buying zealots. They are destroying our democracy. Wake up!