Quote 1 (Q1)
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin
Quote 2 (Q2)
“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.” – Benjamin Franklin
Q1. In Official Disgruntled Old Coot Opinion the USA does have a ruling master class.
In past writings I mentioned that the USA as it current exists likely requires ruling masters to remain a semi-viable country.
Iraq needed a strong-arm warlord-type ruler to control that very diverse country.
Saddam Hussein used the tactics necessary to control the diverse sects, tribes, ethnicities, etc. inside Iraq.
The USA invades and the Hussein regime ends.
Now consider the increasingly diverse USA and present-day Iraq.
News from Iraq tells us of a constant barrage of bombings, killings and other undesirable affairs as the diversity there shows that diversity is not their strength.
I fear that the same or similar events will become common within the USA.
Divide and conquer. That truism will assist the ruling masters in grabbing evermore wealth and power.
I wonder who or what will remove the USA’s tyrant warlords?
The USA ruling masters, corporations and special-interest groups are too powerful and entrenched and by using the best propaganda systems ever created has convinced too many USA citizens that all is as it should be.
And thus we consider Q2.
Years of reading, talking, listening and various interactions with USA citizens combined with the power of the Web in my later years led to my belief that the typical USA citizen is a well-indoctrinated babbling buffoon citizen-sheep.
Sure, many of the buffoons knew what was needed to perform their job but in regards to topics beyond their job-specific specialties… well, only a very few folks seek knowledge beyond the needs of the job and perhaps the knowledge in a hobby or interest area.
A football fan may know a lot regarding football.
A fishing fanatic likely knows about equipment, fish types, bait etc.
Sadly, beyond job knowledge and interest areas the multitude of topics, affairs etc. that affect the USA, society, culture, etc. are unknown topics that the masses of brainwashed buffoons rely upon implanted “knowledge” for their reactions and interactions with others.
Damn, I am confronting another incredibly complex topic.
Why do I do this to myself?
A glutton for self-abuse?
The USA is akin to Iraq.
Without a strong powerful ruler or ruling class the country will be at war with itself.
Take away the masters and the “diversity is our strength” politically correct warm fuzzy feel-good idiocy will be revealed as false.
Sure, prove me wrong but, in turn, I invite the reader to engage in regular news reading at the local level. National news omits MANY stories that can only be found in local media.
Before I continue here’s another Ben Franklin quote:
Quote 3 (Q3)
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
Okay, maybe I AM a fool but…. Ben, please consider that in today’s society with a country of over 300-million that the individual who is not a part of the ruling master’s and their cohorts crowd is powerless.
The Web has allowed the commoners to attempt the get a “voice” directed at the masses but without the “power” conveyed by backing from an elite-owned media the lone voice has little to no power behind it.
Then consider how the vote, especially at the federal level, is meaningless.
The existing entrenched political structure ensures the ruling masters will never lose power…. unless a full-scale military coup occurs.
So many aspects of the USA have changed from your era, Mr. Franklin.
Some things for the better, some the same and some things are worse.
I fear that the sense of honor folks from your era expected, especially from the upper classes of society, is now a rare commodity in the USA.
The lust for wealth and power shoves aside Honor among too many USA citizens.
Sure, there are still honorable folks around but those in the upper classes and the folks a part of the ruling class, their minions, cohorts and lackeys are, to me, obviously a minute minority.
(more to come)