Greed is so good that it might just save America — if Veruca Salt doesn’t kill us first

Maybe it’s Americans’ innate capitalist instinct — the need to commercialize everything — that is our true bulwark against a Russian or French style revolution. Sadly, though, it’s that same acquisitive quality, the one that sees most American young people grow up as Veruca Salt, that encourages the temporary ravages and inconveniences of publicly staged adolescent temper tantrums. The only bulwark against those tantrums is a culture that actually requires young people to grow up.

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  1. JKB says

    I don’t know, perhaps this has been highlighted, but I just found the most inspiring site.  All because of the OWS tantrum

    We Are The 53% 

    I will admit that reading the site, I start to feel lazy.  So many doing so much with so little, unnoticed till now.  Although the posters are of all ages, there are plenty of Charlies out there.  Until now, they were to busy working to let their presence be known.  

    Hey, they wanted activism, they wanted people to get involved.  

  2. suek says

    Indeed.
     
    Go back to that OWS link…one of their desires is to make certain that children are taught social responsibility (which apparently doesn’t include cleanliness) from the first grade on, and parents who don’t raise their children “properly” need to be re-educated themselves or have their children taken away from them.
     
    Sound familiar??
     
    My kids watched Sesame St faithfully – some 40 years ago when it was new.  I don’t think Jim Hensen would like the “new” model.  I fear Cookie Monster will be destroyed by Michelle one of these days…!  Although I’m still wondering how the planned acceptance of GLT theme is going to play out as I’ve heard it’s supposed to…  Hard to see how that’s going to work on the Sesame Street model that has non-humans of more or less indeterminate sex (except for Miss Piggy). 
     
    One of the things about DADT is that it eliminates one’s sexual orientation as a characteristic of prejudice.  As soon as you allow orientation to become known, it becomes fair game for discrimination.  Personally, I think that was the intent – it will allow for an affirmative action through use of the courts. 

  3. Mike Devx says

    Go back to that OWS link…one of their desires is to make certain that children are taught social responsibility from the first grade on, and parents who don’t raise their children “properly” need to be re-educated themselves or have their children taken away from them.
     
    Sometimes words fail me.  If I had children, I’d be cleaning my guns and keeping my powder dry about right now.

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