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Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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January 5, 2011
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There's something the same about all empires.  They have one fatal flaw from the beginning. In them are the seeds for their eventual demise.  Just as humans have a pre-ordained end, so do empires.

Not one empire in the world has survived.  Ours appears to be cracking up before our eyes, but it was a long time in coming.
Our early government's founders apposed an empire for the U.S., and intended to give us a very limited, representative republic.  When our early freedom fighters won our independence from England, they pretty much went back home to their farms and little shops and didn't feel they had to shove their beliefs down the throats of everyone else in the world. They didn't raise a big army to try to force the United States on the rest of the world.
The U.S. pretty much got left holding England's collapsing bag after World War II, something that has brought us to about the same fate as "the poor man of Europe."  The cost of Empire is indeed dear; it has virtually bankrupted us.
Socrates said "all wars are over money," and while I was a bit skeptical of that when I first read it, over the years I've found that observation to be more and more true.
Benjamin Franklin wrote in the 1700s that Spain took a long time to finally realize the cost of empire and maintaining colonies was greater than what it was getting back in the treasury.  How true that is for the United  States of America, today.  Sometimes, I wonder if empire is not more about the egos of the national leaders of a country.  What has the U.S. gotten back the treasury from generations of meddling and interfering around the world?
The Middle East has been an absolute bleeding for the U.S. taxpayers.  Recent disclosures by Wiki leaks---surprise---indicate the U.S. people have been repeatedly lied to about the Middle East.  That's a news bulletin for those who didn't already suspect that for years.
Most empires, and I fear ours now, begin dying economically due to over-reach and the belief they have a right and duty to do anything they want, to anybody they want.  As the cost of empire exceeds the receipts taken in and placed back in the treasury, tricks as printing paper money, clipping coins and other hocus pocus increase in earnest.  This is not unique to the United States.
Temporary fixes and patching eventually become come unglued, as we are seeing now with the Federal Reserve Bank.
Our interference in the Middle East over generations is blowing back to us.  The only surprise is at how long it has taken. That does not justify it, but as an old science teacher once claimed, "All actions have a re-action."
The blow back, or boomerang of the terrorist scare, real and imagined, is another cost of empire and interfering and invading the Middle East.  Would we like someone to invade us?  Possible the best way to reduce the threat of terrorism is to get out of countries we have no business in. Do we want a foreign country occupying US?
And off this rush to invade Iraq and Red China is getting much of Iraq's oil now.  Did you know that?  I still maintain invading Iraq had more to do about business than a host of other excuses were given at the time, some found out to be untrue.