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2011: A Destiny With Deja vu

Updated on November 3, 2010
Session of Congress
Session of Congress
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“It should not, however, be supposed that the fair vision of far greater wealth and comfort ever more widely shared, which had entranced the people of the United States, had nothing behind it but delusion and market frenzy. Never before had such immense quantities of goods of all kinds been produced, shared, and exchanged in any society. There is in fact no limit to the benefits which human beings may bestow upon one another by the highest exertion of their diligence and skill. This splendid manifestation had been shattered and cast down by vain imaginative processes and greed of gain which far outstripped the great achievement itself.”(Winston S. Churchill “The Gathering Storm.” 1948)

My fellow Americans, why do you suppose we seldom learn from the sins of our mothers and fathers? Are we so intrinsically inept that our best efforts are often lost within meeting our immediate needs? Readers, I’ve laid bare my soul of sorted trappings in many previous displays; therefore I turn my grindstone to the voters who promote leaders we entrust to know better than us, but first, a little Proverb for “the people.”

Without knowledge even zeal is not good; and he who acts hastily, blunders.

A man's own folly upsets his way, but his heart is resentful against the LORD.

Wealth adds many friends, but the friend of the poor man deserts him.

Many curry favor with a noble; all are friends of the man who has something to give.

And my personal favorite;

Luxury is not befitting a fool; much less should a slave rule over princes. (Proverbs 19:2-10)

Destruction of Richmond
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It goes without saying that most of us are those fools whom we think we know better on how to govern our lives. Let’s set aside shallow popularity contests for a moment, do you really believe you were cut from clothe smarter than those whom you put before you? Recognizing the possibilities of independent genius, few are the gifted who determine for themselves the life they will live. For the rest of society, there is a struggle of lesser abilities cloaked in egalitarian want. “I want to own my own home, my own car and to be paid a fair day’s wages regardless of my skill set.” Familiar anyone? Though offense is wholly unavoidable with this subject, America as a Wal-Mart society is experiencing this very serious social problem.

American’s whine because migrants will work for ludicrous wages doing job’s we purportedly will not do. American’s whine because healthcare is too expensive and the government should step in and MAKE it more affordable. American’s whine because our taxes just went up whatever percentage you wish to plug in, thus the offset of extended healthcare yet made no more affordable. When do American’s put the call out that we are an ignorant brand of people, foisting our pride of citizenship and due processes as cover for our national idiot-acracy? Not to leave myself out side of this finger pointing party, rather we are guilty of ineptitude or we are guilty of not taking serious the changes that need to take place. Honestly, I have to raise my hands among both crowds. I possess neither the education, nor the fortitude to displace officials for whom I loath. Albeit I am still young, therefore by diligent learning, debating and social networking, I may have a future among the lowliest of office holders. How about the blue collar bandits, white collar criminals and union communist? Aside from political posturing, what true contributions have been administered through the endless efforts of material gain? America is resplendent with wealth, power and the possibility of fame. American is also fraught with inhabitants who vote for those who promise to give, give and give some more, only thereby taking from achievers. Excellent metaphors, brilliant anecdotes and wise old adages are wasted breath to society’s flagrant takers.

Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941 | Source

It matters not that Rome fell because of the collective and not by the horde of wealthy few. Rome collapsed upon the weight of feeding its hungry instead of telling the masses to plow fields, learn trades and serve themselves. No, indeed the hubris of Caesar prevailed, as is the hubris of our modern democracy hell bent on dictating our education, modes of transportation, living quarters, sexual preferences, economic stability, religious outlook, vacation planning and most recently whom our enemies are.

It is equally interesting that the huddled masses didn’t capsize cities over Alex Rodriguez signing his $33 million dollar a year baseball contract, but American’s sure started showing up by the bus load to AIG executive’s homes when their salaries and bonuses were made public knowledge. You the fans live in or near poverty levels and yet you congregate in mass communion over some steroid induced ball player. You honestly think you are fit to dictate political process? Let’s not investigate the total team incomes of professional sports brands; surely they are not bankrupting the taxpayers. Yankee stadium is nothing like the Roman Coliseum…keep feeding yourself that mantra, its serving you well. By all means, stay on the government doll, do not seek out your own prosperity, do not instill moral character in your children, and especially do not focus on hard work…after all, that’s for greedy Republican’s. Lastly, PLEASE do not seek knowledge outside of mainstream media, it will prove fatal to your intellectual health.

To my “One world, one religion friends,” our futures are set; they have been set before we were born. We are merely waiting for the next chapter…

The voice from the telescreen was still pouring forth its tale of prisoners and booty and slaughter, but the shouting outside had died down a little. The waiters were turning back to their work. One of them approached with the gin bottle. Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The long-hoped-for bullet was entering his brain.

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” (George Orwell – “1984”)

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    • Jason R. Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Yes, you lay it out simply; we are yet again all that separates us from the mouth of ruin. What will we choose? Thank you Druid Dude.

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      Druid Dude 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      I agree that American's don't seem to grasp the gravity of our situation. We can not falter, we can not let ourselves slide into mediocrity in this generation. We do this, and all our parents and grandparents did what they could, for nothing. It will be to our shame.

    • Jason R. Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California


      Thank you for stopping by. Its nice to receive your support.


      Whew…your inflating my ego with that compliment. Now I am going to be gun shy releasing anything else that I haven’t ran through the James-etron-2000 hub writer. You’re a great supporter P, I thank you kindly sir. Beautiful turnout out on this November 3rd, huh?

      God Bless you and God Bless America. Freedom still lives here.

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      7 years ago

      Jason: I think this is your best hub yet. And I would compare it to the fine work of James A. Watkins, without a doubt. Really excellent work and I enjoyed reading it very much.

    • SheriSapp profile image


      7 years ago from West Virginia

      informative and useful info here, thanks!!

    • Jason R. Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hi James,

      Thank you for stopping by friend. I know I have posted something worthy when it gathers the kind compliments of you and others I hold dear. You are right about the Bible, it can never be over quoted or understated.

      God Bless.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I love "1984." "Brave New World" is also an awesome book. But the Bible is my favorite. What a storehouse of riches it is!

      Thank you for this outstanding article. I savored it. It is very good.

    • Jason R. Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hello Y,

      Thanks for your support. You are right, there are more of us that know what’s around the corner, however, it doesn’t make stomaching the loud belly aching any easier. I hear myself going off and I want to slap my own mouth. We can only imagine the complaints leveled at God when you think about our own lives. I wonder if he has Bose noise canceling headphones. I would.

      God Bless you, thanks for encouraging me.

    • Jason R. Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California


      I am happy to hear you are not a baseless supporter of professional sports, I think I need to deal with such rabid devotion in a future hub. As for your apple days, even though the pay can feel demeaning, there is a spiritual reward from working in fields and with nature that cannot be found among fluorescent lighting and cloth cubicles. Orwell’s epic surely continues to live as a self fulfilling prophecy among modern governments and institutions. We see plenty of double speak everyday from political leaders. Unfortunately, there are too many of us who are either helping to rewrite history or become a victim of it. Thanks for your contribution.

      Hi Rev,

      I appreciate your commenting on this, being it’s a little more provocative. It isn’t easy for me commenting outside the paradigm of America only as a force for good, when we know there is so much that is going to go wrong. I spend a great deal of my time chastising those who tear down this country, and then I turn around and poke all its inhabitants in the eye with a stick. There is only so much lying one can handle daily. We are in fever pitch times, again. I truly feel sorry for us, but we have coming to us what we earned. No country has been given so much, so great an opportunity and we inevitably go the way of defunct empires because of selfish want. I do not wish to ramble on in the comments section. Thank you for your comments.

      God Bless.

    • onegoodwoman profile image


      7 years ago from A small southern town


      Good to see you back at the keyboard. There are many citizens who share the views you present here. I am among those who are tired of the whiners, and takers....very tired.

      You said it best, right here : "our futures are set, they have been set before we were born. We are merely waiting for the next chapter."

      It is clear, we do not truly learn from the past.

    • RevLady profile image


      7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A wonderful hub that certainly causes one to examine our American ideals and social structures against the reality of America's whining citizenship.

      Thank you.

      Forever His,

    • Jeremey profile image


      7 years ago from Arizona

      I myself have been proud to do the work taken on by many a migrants. I have cleaned the orchards and erected fences side by side with them,for a "piece rate", and sipped on wine with them when our days were done. We would sit with our feet in the waters of Lake Ontario after a day of gathering cabbage, or apples, or just raking the land.

      I refuse to shop Wal Mart and no longer display a baseball cap. The only ball games I attend are those my sons are in and if I went to a Yankee's game it would be to "boo" the likes of Rodriquez. 1984 is a book I go back to and read about once a year since my high school days. Wonderful story love your refeerence to it!

      ....yet I still find myself whining!

    • Jason R. Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      God Bless your honesty Jeremey, your pause is affirmation that you recognize the truth. As much as we like to be a part of the solution, we must first understand how big a role we play in the problem. Thank you for reading.

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      7 years ago from Arizona

      I must plead the fifth. At least until I read your article half a dozen times more, then I suppose the fifth I would abuse again. An eye opener of an article Jason, thank you..

    • Jason R. Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hi 50, thank you for being the first brave person to comment. Being as guilty as I am, regardless of party affiliation, America has become the worlds biggest set of whiners, supplanting France. We complain about our leaders, our bosses, our jobs, the ignorant masses and ourselves. This isn't about Nov 2nd, this is about us infiltrating the system to change it from within, starting with our own. God Bless friend, I always appreciate you coming by.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Well I must say you have the dictionary of the 5 dollar word well honed. You have ultra presented a notable article here, that bares thought for many and I, 50


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