Misha, I play a game that it's useful to kill an ogre named Bork daily. When you get his health halfway down, he calls his little minions to aid him. They swarm out and say things while they hit you, like "Form a triangle!" and "Keep it up, lads!" and "We are the collective!"
I'm a huge reader and a great fan of jerzy kosinski.
his bio is that he was a displace WWII baby who ended up in a Stalinist run country. He used the red tape and a great deal of ingenuity to escape the Soviet bloc and engineer an escape to flee to America. He wed a rich widow and wrote some rather intriguing novels, semi-autobiographical in nature, then killed himself later. He wanted liberty but all he found here was money and death. he never got past the trauma of poland during WWII.
Yeah, but it is not THAT hard on Americans, it is much harder on emigrants who went through unimaginable difficulties to escape from their unfree country to supposedly free and and here find out that all the effort and suffering was in vain...
we are considerably less free than we used to be, yes and the economic possibilities are sinking. this isn't the place now for people to come to to get rich quick. we're sinking. even the mexicans have started going home.
Unfortunately, the American dream became a thing of the past when we allowed ourselves to become rooted heavily into an industrial culture. Now, we find many of our jobs disappearing to third world countries blossoming into industrial ages of their own and eager to work for wages we can not.
We need a renaissance, where we all go high tech. Unfortunately, it's not easy to swing the school systems in the needed direction to give our children a chance to learn the skills needed to stay ahead of the worldwide curb.
Let's face it ... Our high schools have been preparing our kids for farming and factory work for many years and neither guild is what it used to be. That's where the American dream disappeared.
Thankfully, I spent many years educating myself, aware that I would need to someday find something other than factory work ... and I escaped the despair many former factory workers are feeling today.
RIP American dream ... may they soon resurrect it from the very soil they buried it beneath.
As for land of the free ... it's not more a case of 'land of the watched over', but only because we stretch our hands out and place them into too many hornet nests, seemingly unaware that the sting of a few hurt, but the sting of many can be quite deadly.
We need to go back to our pre-World War II philosophy of watching over America and allowing the rest of the world to watch out for itself. The attack on Pearl Harbor made us believe we were wrong to isolate ourselves, and for that moment in time they were right, as a dictator by the name of Hitler sought to rule the world.
That man is now dead, we must remember that ... now is a time for peace ... only then will there be prosperity in America again.
So wait, what you're saying is that by advancing to an industrial age, we somehow made a mistake and they way to correct that mistake is to advance again. Well, that certainly is a different argument that most I see out there.
It's not a pre-WW II but a pre-Spanish American War stance we need to go back to. No involvement outside our borders at all. Our military should be only used to protect the territorial integrity of the US. Of course then the Navy and possibly Air Force would become the senior services, but that's neither here nor there.