In less than 250 years, we have built a country and culture that has surpassed, in almost every respect, cultures with hundreds - and even thousands - of years head start on us. We are a constant reminder that unbridled creativity, ambition, effort, and ingenuity, coupled with the right of the individual to profit from the fruits of his/her labors, can easily surpass lock-step, sloth, laxness, and 'state owned' industries. Who are these enemies of Democracy? Just pick a continent from the list below.
- Europe? The government of France has been resentful of the United States ever since we stopped German from becoming their national language in the 1940s. Initially they were overjoyed, until they realized that their only real source of pride during WWII was the French Underground. They also discovered that French General Charles De Gaulle got to lead the victory parade down the Champs Elysees only because of the magnanimity of the United States of America. Italy? They chose to be on the wrong side. Germany? They were the wrong side, but did take 3rd place in the war!
- Asia? Well, let's see ... China? Seems that from 1898 to 1900 there was a bit of unrest there called the Boxer Rebellion, which was designed to eliminate all western influencein China. U.S. sailors and marines made u a large part of the 2,100 man international force that quelled the rebellion. Japan? Japan gets the 2nd place ribbon for WWII, but has adjusted nicely for the most part.
- Africa? Although not as openly hostile toward the west, most African nations are jealous of what we have accomplished. With well over a thousand years of history behind them, they have chosen to remain living in the dark ages.
- South America? Generally dictatorships and controlled elections are the order of the day in South American countries. Venezuela is the only South American country that is openly hostile toward the USA at this particular point in time, but given South America's history, that is subject to change at a moments notice ... as is the government of any S.A. country.
These are the Constitutional Articles of Amendment most frequently under assault or abuse - (Amendments 1-10 inclusive, constitute the Bill of Rights):
1st - Freedom of religion, speech, the press, and peaceful assembly, and petitioning the government for redress of grievances. (assault/abuse)
2nd - Right to keep and bear arms. (resolved last week by the "Supremes") (assault)
4th - Right to be secure in your person, home, papers and effects, and against unreasonable search and seizure. (abuse)
That's 30% of our Bill of Rights either under constant legal attack, or being abused by representatives of various government agencies. When will we wake up and smell the coffee (or Postum, Pero, Caro, etc.)? When will we demand that our elected 'representatives' begin representing the expressed will of their constituencies? When will we take back our streets and schools from punks?