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There is not a man in the country that can't make a living for himself and family. But he can't make a living for them *and* his government, too, the way his government is living. What the government has got to do is live as cheap as the people. -- Will Rogers

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... so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrranize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. -- Voltairine de Cleyre

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the Atmosphere. -- Thomas Jefferson

  • John Carey

    CL, do you believe we are heading or are in a "Great Awakening? The reason I ask is because I value your opinion. You are one of the best and your well thought out posts really get me thinking.

    • theCL

      I have a series of posts I've been working on that I don't have time to get posted this evening due to all the Rule 5 links, but I think they'll answer my personal thoughts on a "great awakening" (indirectly). I can say in short that I think we're hanging on the precipice, but whether we go over the edge or not, I don't know. I think we've got great potential!

      What do you think? Where do you think we are? I'm interested in your thoughts too. One reason the question is hard for me to answer is my genuine inability to understand popular culture. I'm clueless that way.

      • John Carey

        I think we are. People at least on the surface appear to be hungry for knowledge about the founders and the Constitution. I also think we have Obama to thank for this. His hard shift to the left was like a disturbance in the force. People felt it. The things he was proposing and implementing did not feel like America and people felt and are feeling it. So they are turning to the source; our founders and Constitution. How do I know this? Look at the bestseller lists. Many of the books on the bestsellers list pertain to the founders and colonial America. I didn't see this a few years back. There is always going to be some lag from the moment of awakening to actually taking action. I feel like we are in this lag period...thoughts?

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  • theCL

    ... they are turning to the source; our founders and Constitution.

    You're right, but for the most part it remains superficial. At least that's how I perceive it. See "Politics Is About Elections" which I just posted, I'll have a follow-up to it later this afternoon too. Tomorrow, I'll talk about the same thing from a personal point of view.

    I pick on conservatives a lot, but not in the same fashion, or for the same reasons that I pick on the left. I do so because a) I believe in self-reflection, and b) the conservative movement offers our best hope. My fear however is that, Americans aren't willing to embrace the role they must play if we're genuinely going to turn this country around.