"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27,2010


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Trying to grasp what’s going on and, of course, what’s next


The benefit of writing this offering mostly comes from age – now in my 4th and final quartile of life – and the few awareness’s that time and experience and the simple repetitiveness of homo sapien behaviors teaches one if interested.

We base thefundamentals on a basic fundamental – if one or two or many borrow money for whatever is a reasonable reason – assuming they survive – they must repay it. 

Today our cities – counties – states – and others – don’t adhere to thefundamental briefly offered above.

Meanwhile other things are going on here at home and elsewhere – and guess what – the other things also follow a basic fundamental that is a tad more complex than the borrow/repay cited above.  This fundamental is basic – fairly easy to describe in general terms – but it gets to be a real stinker when it comes to real life people simply trying to flush the smellyones we often suggest dropped from trees long ago and figured out how to get others to do things that they could benefit from.

The best current example – not here where most of us are simply fat and happy (well the happy “contentment” is struggling a bit) – is Hong Kong (HK).  We love seeing these people by the thousands simply tell their smellyones (descendants of the earlier tree droppers) to get the “you know what” out of town – leave us alone – we will figure out most everything – well at least for a while.

Which always – these brief brilliant words of ours above – brings us to a basic – a fundamental – written by one of our founders – back a while ago when we still had one or two gals and guys who behaved quite similarly to the HKer’s – pls read:

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith

Paris Nov. 13. 1787.
the people can not be all, & always, well informed. the part which is wrong [. . .] will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. if they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. we have had 13. states independant 11. years. there has been one rebellion. that comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. what country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two? the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is it’s natural manure. 

Tough to top this guy (we call him TJ) and his few repetitively needed fundamental words we borrowed from: http://tjrs.monticello.org/letter/100


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