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November 15th, 2012

Election Fallout @ 11:59 pm

For a few days I relaxed. I told friends, "I'm taking the election results with remarkable equanimity." They agreed.

But I have come to realize that it wasn't equanimity at all. It was - is - despair.

At grammar school I was taught that when I was old enough to vote I should vote in accordance with what I thought best for the country, not in accordance with what would bring *me* the most benefit. This I have done.

At home I was taught to do the right thing, always, no matter the cost. This I have done, mostly. In the end the personal cost was great, crippling even, financially. However, I would make no different choice today.

I served nine years, eight months, and five days in the United States Army, leaving as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) with an honorable discharge. In 1966 I volunteered for and served in Vietnam. As a REMF, though, nothing heroic.

When I returned to Massachusetts and civilian life in 1968, I was eligible for a $300 benefit from that state for my Vietnam service. I declined to take it.

Working in a series of private sector jobs, I took several principled stands that might have gotten me fired, but somehow didn't.

In 1983, as a vice president in a billion dollar corporation I refused to carry out a directive that would have hurt several people who worked for me, people who had given much more than their jobs required. I put my refusal in writing so my boss could see that he'd have no trouble firing me. He didn't do that, exactly. He abolished my area and told me I could look around to see if there was something I wanted to be vice pesident of. I told him to stuff it (we had been friends for years, and remained friends until he died, more than twenty years later), and resigned.

In 1991 I quit a $110,000 a year job, losing the salary and stock options. I had friends on the board of directors and friends in the ranks, and the former were screwing the latter. Directly and indirectly this cost me somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars, but it is my view that in this world you oppose immorality or you become part of the problem.

Ultimately I was unemployed for nine months, and went $80,000 into the hole. During that time I sometimes used my credit cards to acquire money for someone worse off. One who comes to mind was a Chicago police officer whose wife had cancer and whose house had been destroyed by fire.

I mention these things not to say that I am a saint. I am far from that. I mention them as a small demonstration of my claim that I have done what I could for this country, both directly and indirectly, to make it a better country in which to live. Even with all its faults, the United States has been the country most helpful to the rest of the world. Without it, much of what we call the "free world" would not be free today.

Now it has been hijacked. No one can make a case that Barack Obama did even a passable job in his first term. The debt he created in those four years alone will *crush* future generations of Americans. Our foreign relationships are in tatters, our foreign "policy" incomprehensible. People voted for him for racial reasons or for what they personally hoped to get out of it - government handouts, the legalization of illegal immigration, etc. They do not worry about future generations or the future of the country.

We may have passed the tipping point, and the old and *good* America may be irrecoverable. It certainly won't be recovered in my lifetime or yours, nor in your children's lifetimes, and perhaps not even in their children's. We must now experience what England, France, even the European Union, are experiencing.

I have loved this country truly, but I am tired now and I no longer recognize it. It is not the country in which I grew up and it is not a lovable country.

Let them live in the country they have created. Let them see what they have done.

Let it burn.
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Date:November 29th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for helping me qualify my feelings. Despair is it exactly. At first, I was dumbfounded; "how could someone so inept at virtually every facet of his tenure, get elected by a majority of the electorate"? I knew that 95% of blacks supported him (who are the racists?), and that his constant class warfare that has so divided this country put the rich white guy at a disadvantage. His party's hypothetical "war on women" probably didn't help the cause, but are free contraceptives and abortion for convenience really more important than the brutalizing of women in countries we're sending aid to? And of course the illegals in the country would love to be granted "free citizenship:, regardless of the actual laws. After the shock wore off, I thought it was just the typical seasonal depression kicking in. Chicago turning to winter, driving to and from work with the headlights on, and never seeing the light of day. Despair is what I got alright; the future is pretty clear and it ain't pretty. Unfortunately, the "free stuff" will eventually run out, and when it does, the riots in the streets of Paris, London, and Madrid will seem like a catfight between two 12 year old schoolgirls compared to the shit-storm that's coming to a city near you.
Date:November 30th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Hi, Tom. First time I've seen you on *this* blog.

I guess we're pretty much in agreement on all points. Perhaps we'll get a break and the Democrats will run Joe Biden in four years. Ah ha ha ha ha ha.

Good ol' Uncle Joe, God bless him, hasn't got a clue. He really believes he'll be a contender when in fact he won't win a single primary.
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From:Dev Smith
Date:December 3rd, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Speechless here. I can't even think of a'thing "acceptable" to say to the Democrats in my family. The best I could say is I'm devastated to find out that more than half of our country is made up of godless, self-centered idiots who actually think having our nation go the way of inner cities is desirable.
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Date:June 18th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
Ken, just need to acknowledge: NSA, IRS, Spying on Journalists, government abuse of power --- you were right, I was wrong.
Date:June 18th, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
Thank you, Dev. I'll be emailing you in a few minutes.

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