"Home on The Range" is a fantasy.
While "the deer and the antelope play," actual humans -- left to their own cowboy devices -- hurt.
During the westward migration, most settlers lived in pain... then died young.
In the year of my birth, 1947, American life expectancy was 60 years.
Consider some specifics.
Until modern dental technique became widespread circa 1900 , a "typical American" lived half his life with toothache. (Don't think so? Ask George Washington.
Until 1750, childhood diseases killed half of humankind by age 8, a circumstance not much changed in The Wild West.
It was routine for women to die in childbirth.
If you are one of the 54% of Americans older than 45 who takes a daily prescription drug, remember that "back then" there were none.
No pharmaceutical cured any targeted disease.
It was all snake oil.
Civilization as we know it is a remarkably recent construct and wears a remarkably thin veneer.
Armageddon Cheerleaders and "survivalist militia families" are clueless concerning the real sources of generosity, compassion and service that make their lives livable.
According to "the received idiocy," they think "all this" simply happens and that government -- which plays an indispensable coordinating role -- is the foremost obstacle to "Kingdom Come." (To test the "no government hypothesis," consider Mali and Sudan. To test theo-aristocracy, check out Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.)
Conservatives would have us believe that everything-of-worth has already been done, and that our goal is the grandeur of yesteryear. (See George McGovern's "The Case For Liberalism: A Defense Of The Future Against The Past."
In this "conservative" view, our task is to restore The Golden Age which, with a little tweaking, will first resurrect, then thrive by spontaneous manifestations of goodness.
Trust in The Invisible Hand. (Buy assault weapons... and stock lots of ammo.)
In reality, the "age of miracles" is only beginning.
Already, more "miracles" are worked in the daily rounds of a small sub-Saharan medical clinic than all the miracles in Scripture.
John 14: 11-12: “… at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…”
In the words of Yeshua, we will do even greater things than He.
People who believe in Impossibly Pure Principles -- and the damage such "principles" do to The Incaranation -- are the most dangerous people on Earth.
They would eagerly undo structures necessary for the survival of civilization.
And they would rejoice in their dismantling.
Red State Moochers
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Modoc County-- A Lesson In Republican Extremism And The Cult Of Freeloading
Posted by Alan Archibald at 1:39 PM