First of all, I want to modify my comment on Dr. Krauthammer.
Actually we agree on more that I originally thought. Of course, I agree with his recent column regarding Israel and Gaza (see blog posting of July 21), but surprisingly, I find that his positions regarding legalized abortion, the death penalty, “intelligent design,” embryonic stem cell research and higher taxes on energy to induce conservation are not that far from my own, and not those one would expect from an eminent conservative columnist.
Syria's Assad Ignored Obama's "Red Line"
All are Americans
What once were minority problems, taken together, are now problems for what will soon be a majority of Americans. Immigration, health care, jobs and increasing longevity all are affected. There even have been drastic changes in the structure of our families. it was once shameful for an Infant to be born outside of of wedlock; now it is commonplace and accepted. We are not the same country we were even one generation ago. And we cannot go back, as much as we would like to, and restore what appears in retrospect to have been a safer, more comfortable America.
The days of Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Bing Crosby ain't coming back.
Shhh. The answer to this is some sort of wealth redistribution.
In the America of 2014, it is undeniable that the government will have a greater role in providing services to Americans and more importantly, in regulating the private sector. Banking and the financial marketplace cannot operate with gain as their primary motivation. Banks and markets make the economy work in the sense that they are its railroad tracks, but the locomotive chugging along those tracks is what creates jobs and opportunity, not the traders on Wall Street or the money arbitrageurs.
Some contend that the government need not be involved in more than a minimal sense and that reduced taxes will promote investment and enable the private economy to expand itself, creating jobs, benefits and opportunity in a faster and greater manner than the any government can. I disagree with this and I believe recent history is on my side. There is a role for both, but I doubt that the private sector alone can deal with the numbers of permanently unemployed, the poorly educated and the loosely structured families which are a part of America’s demographic in 2014. There’s just no profit in doing so, and it is the bottom line that shareholders and Boards of Directors are interested in. Return on investment should really be considered in human terms as well as in dollars, but it isn't.
AMERICA CANNOT BE SAVED BY PROFIT-ORIENTED BUSINESSMEN NOR BY OVER-ZEALOUS BUREAUCRATS. But if both learn to work together, to show respect for their fellow Americans as they are constituted in today’s ever-evolving demographic, and develop a “social conscience,” focusing on getting the job done, the nation can once again thrive. That's "my take" on America today.
A Political Cartoon
Here's a YouTube video which impressed me. It pre-dates the current violence in Gaza but the point it makes is still valid. (It's my first attempt to include a video on Jackspotpourri.com so you may have a problem with it. If you do, you can also see it by copying and pasting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SS93A6GNws on your browser line.) Oh, yes. It's mostly in French, but I am sure you will understand it. Anyway, the title translated into English is "The Israeli-Arab conflict in cartoon form."
Thoughts on Immigration
What is the same is that the anti-immigrant rhetoric of many Americans in 2014 is not unlike that of many Americans in 1939. Of course, unless these complainers come from Native American stock, they may have forgotten that they too are the descendants of immigrants who came to the United States for similar reasons, some legally and others not. (Did you know that the racial slur referring to early Twentieth century immigrants from Italy as Wops was derived from the fact that many of them were illegal, arriving here WithOut Papers?) How many upstanding Americans are descendants of those arriving here "without papers" or with fudged documentation?