In his recent interview on the Alex Jones program Donald Trump said that America's Number One Problem was Islamic terrorism. He also said that
President Obama believes that America's Number One Problem is global warming.
Both of these problems are significant but, as I see it, neither should be called America's Number One
America's Number One Problem, in my opinion, is what some Buddhist religious teachers would call "transferring the cow's load to the bull."
could call it "the American blind spot" or perhaps, in a term used in psychology, "projection". Some people in the New Age of conversational
psychobabble would see it as an aspect of what is called "dumping" or "unloading" on others, instead of "dealing with it", whatever "it" is that's
When Donald Trump demonizes China, I think he is transferring the cow's load to the bull.
President Obama, in calling global warming America's Number One Problem, if he did in fact do that, is at worst giving us an example of "the American
blind spot" in action, and at best mobilizing Americans to action that might lead to eventual confrontation with the real issues at the root of
America's manifold problems. One hopes it is the latter.
The American ethos of laissez faire
, that is, unbridled Capitalism and unlimited growth has led to the pooling of more than 90% of the nation's
wealth into the control of roughly 1% of the nation's population. Income disparity like this has been a precursor to cataclysmic social change, that
is, revolution, in the past.
The American ethos needs a serious rethink. No amount of "transferring the cow's load to the bull", or "projection" or "dumping" on others is going to
be able to offset and overcome the problems that the American ethos has made for itself at home.
Going abroad to "stick up" other countries is going the way of the Wild West and its colorful outlaws. Civilisation is enlightening those places that
used to be playgrounds for bandits. "Lighting out for the territory", in Mark Twain's words is getting harder and harder to do in the old
fashioned, traditional outlaw manner.
China is up to date in these matters. Nowadays the smart countries keep military spending in check and light out for the territory of foreign
investment and business partnerships. They build up infrastructure at home and try to raise living standards where they are. If that is not what they
are doing, it is what they should be doing.
The world is getting too small to go around "sticking up" other countries. When a country pretends to be helping them while they are sticking them up,
it is truly nauseating. This kind of pretense is not fooling anyone anymore.
America has got to get a new game. It has got to examine itself
and take steps to correct problems at home. It must face the reality that the
world at large is no longer a place where the oners can run amok, using the American military as personal muscle.
America is taking tentative steps in the direction that the rest of the developed world took decades ago, the direction of socialism, not necessarily
a "welfare state", but a hybrid system, like that of Canada, where there is a "social safety net" that catches those most in need of assistance,
paying their medical bills for the most part and giving them enough money to stay above the poverty line, for the most part.
This pays huge dividends in civil order . . . and this system doesn't stop Canadian entrepreneurs like Frank Stronach
People like Alex Jones see that sort of thing as steadily eroding the American spirit of absolute freedom of action. People like Alex Jones are
willing to engage in street corner gunfights, if necessary, to preserve freedom.
I like Alex, but he is something of an anachronism. He may not like it but the "Aunt Pollys" of the world are civilizing it, one "Huckleberry Finn" at
Until space, the final frontier, opens up in a big way, America needs to stop blaming other countries for its problems, and put its house in order
At this time in history there are no more "territories" to "light out for".
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