Wednesday, October 28, 2009
POTUS Obama, Grow Up!
"When a child loses a tooth, we talk about the tooth fairy. When it comes to Christmas, we prefer to speak of Santa Claus; at Easter, it is the Easter Bunny. On Halloween we dress our children as ghosts and goblins, and send them off to collect candy. For World War III, we have the Strategic Arms Reduction Fairy. We make up stories to cover the nakedness (and sometimes the barrenness) of our spirit. We have taught children a sense of entitlement, whcih can best be summed up as follows: 'YOU ARE SPECIAL ... JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.' ... Without realizing it, however, we have created new superstitions like democracy and monetarism. We no longer believe in witches. We believe in economists and arms reduction treaties. Our fairy tales have grown into adult narratives, as children become adults without entirely growing up. For us, the disturbing edge of the traditional fairy tale has been dulled. We no longer want hard truth and tough talk. Instead, we cling to childishness. ... Fifty years ago people were seriously worried about World War III. They anticipated the destruction of civilization in a nuclear holocaust. ... In reality, nuclear weapons are an unavoidable consequence of human nature. ... The child sees no obstacle because the child does not know himself, and does not know human nature. A mature mind, however, knows that peace is precarious and temporary. It is not a question of eliminating nuclear weapons. Peace is only possible if we can mitigate the wickedness of human beings (e.g., like you and I). ... In terms of nuclear weapons, it is childish to suppose that leaders of systems based on the concentration of power will agree to an honest reduction of their nuclear forces. ... It is childish for Americans and the US president to strive for universal nuclear disarmament. ... As the Soviet Dictator Vladimir Lenin once said: 'Treaties are like pie crusts, meant to be broken'," my emphasis, JR Nyquist (JRN), 26 September 2009, link: http://www.financialsense.com/stormwatch/geo/pastanalysis/2009/0925.html.
You mean there is no Santa Claus? JRN, I'm crushed. I remember "duck and cover", people building fallout shelters in 1958 and serious discussions of life after "two weeks in the shelter". What to expect, how many Americans would die, would we have any arable land, etc. Lenin is correct. As Mao said, "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun". Mao might add, "or a tank, plane, ICBM, etc." Did the world learn nothing from say 1922's Naval Treaty? I don't believe in economists; I do in alchemists though.