America Is Doing Alright


Pic of the day: Portrait of Henry Clay, by John Neagle

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What is the nature of this government? It is emphatically federal, vested with an aggregate of special powers for general purposes, conceded by existing sovereignties, who have themselves retained what is not so conceded. It is said that there are cases in which it must act on implied powers. This is not controverted, but the implication must be necessary, and obviously flow from enumerated power with which it is allied.

Henry Clay, from a Senate speech, 1811

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America is doing alright. Not enough of us are working, tis true. I know I’m not working though I want to, and I will again that I can guarantee. But I don’t count that against anyone but myself, being a responsible human being. But I also understand that there are those who don’t see things the way I do, who see that things here in America are going badly and say that government is to blame. Because they need someone to blame. Because they are weak.

America is doing alright. Mitt Romney says the President is crushing the middle class. Untrue. Right wing American government has been crushing that since the early 1980’s. It has been steadily shrinking since then, in large part because of the reagen-esque thought that government is the problem, not the solution. Government is only ever the problem with the American people when it moves against them, like it did under Reagan and the Bushes.

America is doing alright. Even though the moral fiber of this great nation is under attack, it is doing just fine. It is under attack by a combination of those who claim to hate government and those who do not understand the role of government. It is under attack by those who stick their noses in the business of the people and claim to be doing what is best for the moral fiber of the nation; while the people would rather be left alone. They can look after their own moral lives, thank you very much. No one should try to legislate what a person can and cannot do with their own bodies. No one.

America is doing alright. The housing market is picking up. The stock market is doing absolutely fantastically.

So when I hear about how badly America is doing by some people (Ahem, Mr. Romney) It gives me pause. The only ones who are making things miserable are the ones complaining about how bad things are.

Which doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. There is. Much room to be honest. The occupiers would not exist, the tea party would not exist if things were perfect. The haves have everything handed to them on a silver platter and the have-nots live paycheck to paycheck and scrape by in a world that costs too much and pays too little, thanks to the haves. There is much room for things to get better. And it will get better when the average American can live without having to scrape by, when pay meets the needs of the paid, when the business world meets the needs of those who build their businesses, the people on the ground floor of democracy who are the real builders of America’s future.

There are plenty of problems, but government isn’t nearly the problem that some paint it as.

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That’s it from here, America. G’night.

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One thought on “America Is Doing Alright

  1. Enjoyed your post. very positive and real. It made me think of a cartoonist from my childhood and a famous quote. “Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle. There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. Forward! ” Walt Kelly

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