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"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

only liked the first 2

only liked the first 2 minutes myself

edit* but I really really liked those first two minutes lol

And what was so great about what we were before?

The assessment that we were once great was over the top; an emotional appeal to unreality. The War on Poverty was just one big socialist boondoggle. At one time women couldn't vote and we kept Negro slaves. We had prohibition of alcohol. We had prohibition of gambling until governments saw a profit opportunity themselves to operate it. We waged war on Mexico and Spain in what were simply acts of unbridled US aggression. We had fractional reserve banks that created their own money throughout the history of the nation even before the federal government effectively granted them monopoly on creating our only money. We had rail monopolies created by government.

If you want the truth, this nation was created with high ideals that immediately met with the low morals of those who would use government to exploit their fellow citizens, and the high ideals embodied in the Constitution easily gave way to the slave systems of fascism, socialism, and communism. Almost each new law marched us down the road away from freedom toward complete subjugation.

Government as it is generally understood is an evil, and I disagree with Jefferson that it is a necessary evil.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

What was so great?

Honesty, integrity and courage were qualities that were admired, and respected. Justice and truth was the accepted policy. People were proud to be American, and nationalism was a unifying force.
The might of right, not the right of might, millions sacrificed their lives for those ideals.

'People were what made America great'.

What changed that..greed and corruption.
Something new?..no, it's been around for a long time, but it would seem people have succumbed to apathy, fear and coercion.
Only 'people' can change that.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

My Response

After reading all you wrote, I felt compelled to respond to your reaction. I think you misunderstood exactly what was said in that clip. It was not the wonders of government that he was speaking of but the wondrous state our country used to be in compared to the way it is now. It was a statement about the state of a nation, not the state of a government. A nation is comprised of people, some of these people get into government and for the most part do bad things due to their fears and need to feel powerful. As such bad ideas prosper and antiquated systems continue, eg. Slavery. The speech he gave was a decrying of big government and television morality. A call for an end of moral cowardice that has swept over our nation. People have the mindset that, "If I ignore it, it'll eventually go away," as if the problems they knew deep down were real were just some monster under the bed that could be thwarted by a blanket and a teddy bear. I do agree that government is an evil, but I take the side of Jefferson on this one.

Evil will always be around, if we don't set how we are governed and keep the system as trimmed as we can, tyrants will inevitably arise that will set how we are governed and we will be worse off for it. It's the difference between a republic and a regime.

Matthew 10:16

That was amazing

and riveting. Definitely hit me in the pit of my stomach.

Thank you for posting.

Wow, you’re right on that one, most honest assessment of USA!

My hat goes off to HBO for even discussing the issue!

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