Friday, September 11, 2009

The Middle Ground is Disappearing.

Karl Denninger has just posted his best post ever. This statement is based on my last few months of reading.

But now it is quite apparent that some of the greatest financial minds are becoming more vociferous in their analysis of what is actually ailing the markets. This is not a technical problem. It is in fact an ethics and principles problem that has caused the predicament we are in.

Here's the article I'm talking about:
Denninger's latest: How far Does the Lawlessness Go

I was discussing with someone just today... things seem to be polarizing. People seem to be making choices. Choices to stand up and say NO! To the corruption in Washington, or the other side which is determined to give a pass, having a policy of self-exclusion and by extension, a pass for someone who is of the same political party as someone who hasn't really thought things through.

I think both the parties are fully infested. To me, anyone who is still a blind party follower of either the big R or D is suspect. I find myself increasingly suspicious. This was not the case 2 years ago. 1 year ago, it was pretty strong. Now, it's pretty much a yardstick of mine.

A person who employs moral relativism will find themselves pulled into the wrong side of this growing storm.

If this corruption continues, we're going to end up as Mexico! And no, Mexico isn't all that great... haven't you noticed how millions of Mexicans cant make it there in that country and so they come here? I don't want us to be a country with Mexican-style government corruption. we can do better than that, America. I know we can. I know most of us want to.

If you know somene who is ok with corruption, distance yourself from that person lest it splash and stick to you or infect you.

We don't have to be the green-planned-fascistic-oligarchic-society that Washington is trying to put in place. So fight it.

Now I'm not sure if Denninger is considering going "Galt" but you know... one could make a very good case to me if they tried more than a little bit. He looks like he might be considering it, eh Karl? :-)

The good book says that the sheep shall be separated from the goats.
I cannot help but wonder if this is starting to happen.
Have you noticed how each person is becoming part of this battle for our hearts and souls between right and wrong, sunlight or secrecy, truth and lie, honesty or corruption?

The middle ground is disappearing. It's time to stand up and be counted, guys and gals.
Where will you stand?

2 comments:

Wild Gypsy said...

Good to see you back blogging again!

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I HAVE read some themes this week on how the world has changed since 9/11/01, the current state of the fiscal pfiffle and bipolar politics.

In my mind, the real crisis of legitimacy predates Obama. Actions such the U.S. PATRIOT Act, the invasion of Iraq, the subsequent abandonment of our standard Rules of Engagement and the torture and extraordinary rendition of prisoners that bypass not only our domestic constitutional protections, but also international conventions regarding aggression against sovereign nations and the treatment of both "enemy combatants" and innocent civilians have directly led us to this moment.

There have been people stating all along that they did not then, nor do they now, consent to such actions. Groups such as Not In Our Name, and Iraq Veterans Against The War have been pointing out a growing sense of Constitutional Crisis in our country.

Since President Obama has taken office, he has steadfastly refused to change this disturbing course of action. Virtually no elected officials are holding him to it either (with perhaps one or two notable exceptions such as Dennis Kucinich).

I feel very strongly that it is crucial to recognize the connection between the two land wars our country is STILL ENGAGED in to the current state of our economy.

When President Bush took office in 2001, he had an unparalleled budget surplus awaiting him. All talking points focused on how best to utilize the windfall. Within months, the World Trade Center was attacked for the second time and marked †he relaunching of American forces to the Middle East.

The National Priorities Project reports that $915 Billion dollars have been officially allocated to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the end of 2009. While this number is staggering and numerous economic charts correlate the exponential-appearing growth of the US Federal Deficit to these kinds of "national priorities."

Unfactored costs of this war include, of course, human lives and resources. To continue them indefinitely as a protracted strategy of occupation is not only insane but a guarantee of our nations total economic collapse. The great military mind, Sun Tzu wrote centuries ago in The Art of War, "If the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain."

While it may seem as if suddenly "the middle ground is disappearing" I tell you from my understanding, it has long since left us.

I agree wholeheartedly with you, though... it is not a Democratic vs Republican issue, but rather whether we consent to such governance.

Thanks,
Wild Gypsy

HeartlanderMom said...

@Gypsy: you are so right. And perhaps I should have clarified what I meant by the middle ground. I should have said those people who are trying to stand in the middle, or those who are nowhere through either willful or accidental ignorance. If one applies actual ethics and principles based on actual logic - well for those -The middle ground has been gone for some time, yes.

As for Bush: to me, he's joined the ranks of Worst Presidents Ever.