Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Wrecking Crew - Introduction

(this post is incomplete, but if I do not get it out there, I may never be encouraged to continue)

Introduction (Follow this Dime):

Ok, first two pages... He weaves some nonsense about everyone thinking that really big corruption in government being a thing of the past. I disagree. Where there is power, there is corruption. See Lord Acton. He begins laying the groundwork for his premise "Republicans claim there are just a few bad apples... I say it's just the way Conservatism inherently works"

The author states
Corruption is uniquely reprehensible in a democracy because it violates the system's first principle, which we all learned back in the sunshiny days of elementary school: that the government exists to serve the public, not particular companies or individuals or even elected officials.
There are a number of things I disagree with from this paragraph:

  1. The United States of America is NOT a democracy, it is a representative republic. The people do not vote directly on any policies of the United States

  2. He's relying upon a readership that was brain washed by the government schools into thinking that the government is good for us.

  3. He's also trying to claim that this assertion is basic knowledge.

  4. The Federal Government of the United States of America is not a service organization. We can read The Constitution to find out why the government exists.

  5. Corruption is bad, but it's also expected. It has nothing to do with the philosophy of the people the author calls conservatives. It has everything to do with the nature of power and mankind.



But Wait! The Introduction isn't over... I'm just lazy and haven't read / commented on all of it.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Дж. Хьюз said...

Jeremy,

Your statement about "a readership that was brain washed by the government schools into thinking that the government is good for us." looks suspiciously to me like a "claim that this assertion is basic knowledge."

That quibble aside, I am very impressed by your initiative and effort in reading a work which runs against (and probably disparages) many, most, or even all of your personal core beliefs.

I know you have a lot on your plate, but I strongly encourage you to keep going on this project. I look forward to further installments.

Joe

11:48 AM  

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