reply to posts by Expat888 and randomtangentsrme
Thank you for your reassuring posts. I agree with you completely about allowing people to find their own paths through life. If there is to be any
respect for people, society must be based on the idea that we're bright enough, and have the equal right, to figure out things on our own. If
additional help is needed, it should come from the lowest practical level of government or the community of individuals.
Mayor Bloomberg of New York sets my teeth on edge. His ban on large sodas is but the most recent example of a small group of people (or one man)
telling the rest of society "I know best what's good for you." Mrs. Obama and the Department of Education cutting school lunches to a piece of
lettuce and a soy burger (I exaggerate) is another.
The division in the US which I see is between the people who want to control others, and those who don't. Each side is fighting for supporters. It
seems as though the controllers are winning, largely because they offer the "Bread and Circus" policy of free goods and services.
I believe the controllers are found mainly in the Progressive movement and parts of the Democrat party. The non-controllers have a more congenial
home with the Tea Partiers, Libertarians, and some Republicans. I am not optimistic for our near-term future.