Curtis Dahlgren
Trickle-down-the-leg Political Correctness (re "national security")
By Curtis Dahlgren
March 30, 2011

". . . O brave new world,
That has such people in it."

— William Shakespeare

"Do you think the laws of God will be suspended in favor of England because you were born in it?" — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"IN TWO WORDS: IM-POSSIBLE." — Samuel Goldwyn

After decades of violating those "Laws," whether the entity be an individual or a society, no matter what you do next might not matter. They say that if you take a gulp of scalding hot coffee, no matter what you do next will be the wrong thing (whether you swallow or spew it out).

That principle holds true whether one is talking about internal economic affairs or foreign ones. As William Shakespeare wrote:

"I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse; borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable."

John Adams said, "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."

— after spending $600 million on the war in Libya — the President finally 'splained himself. He talked and talked, but never spoke those three little words: "War for oil" (oil for Europe). And his critics are too fearful to say those other words, "He lied; boys died," so it's not even a "war" in their lexicon.

For a little review, you might reread the column I posted on the eve of the election in 2008: ["Think things can't get any worse? Think again!"]

The Left had such "high hopes" for change, because the Left believes in an evolution of a grand Utopia! That's why they are so angry now with, for example, Governor Walker of Wisconsin — for asking them to make hard choices. The unions would rather vote "present" than tackle the real PROBLEM.

Then again, we should have started getting our economic houses in order ten years ago at least. Had we had even a speck of foresight, states and the feds could have made gradual adjustments to spending and taxes (more benign "adjustments"). The way things stand though, whatever we do may be "the wrong thing" again (sudden and drastic cuts could further spiral the economy downward — especially with the price of food and fuel "skyrocketing").

BY THE WAY, a Gallup poll just announced said that, of all the environmental concerns out there, Global Warming comes in dead last on the list. Barely half of Americans are even a little concerned about it. If they took that poll here in the Upper Peninsula, that stat would probably be in single digits like our daily low temperature! The farmers aren't going to get their oats in the ground in March again this year, that's for sure!

Our Groundhog Day is April Fool's Day. We can't afford a groundhog so we have a polecat. If he doesn't like the weather forecast he stinks up the neighborhood. But anyway:

"The captain is in his bunk, drinking bottl'd ditch water, and the crew is gambling in the forecastle. She will surely strike and sink and split." — Geo. B. Shaw


"Had Caesar or Cromwell exchanged countries, the one might have been a sargeant, and the other an exciseman [tax collector]." — Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Rush Limbaugh's tweak-of-the-day on Monday was, "Is President Obama engaged in nation building or caliphate building?" He was only being half facetious, because only time will tell in the Middle East!

"We have kiss'd away Kingdoms and provinces . . . " — Shakespeare

William Gladstone said "You cannot fight against the future." But I don't want to sound like a Fatalist. As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said:

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light within."


More to come (we live in "interesting" times, eh?).

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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