The slow decline of America sinceLBJ launched the Great Society
Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: "We're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few."
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#1 May 18, 2014
Of course you mean the slow decline since Regan reversed the gains of The Great Society, to be sure.
#2 Jun 11, 2014
There has been and its continuing to be in a major shift America. Its mentality has shifted significantly. The economy has improved though innovative debt default and more debt.
As each successive generation passes America is progressively loosing what actually created it, Benjamen Franklin is an excellent example of this. With no real innovation and change things naturally decay.
This is how how civilizations crumble by continuing to apply the same solutions mindlessly over and over again. Its the inability to adapt and change. Hoping for change and then doing more of the same. Then blame and shame when things don't go your way.
Empires have a cyclical nature as far-back as can be seen. The question is how willing is the populace is ready to fight for what they believe in. Because they, that is guys cause they are the ones who do the real fighting, have far less to believe in than the past, this is one of the manifestations of the shift.
Here is one way where a real revaluation of the American dollar will happen, when it gets checked by a real struggle against a foreign consortium. It is possible America could effectively split into smaller regional nation states.
#4 Jun 12, 2014
If you remember the founders of America were well aware Rome and its decline. One of the key turning points was when Cesar dissolved the republic. This would be equivalent to a president dissolving Congress. Cesar instituted the a version of the welfare state with bread and circuses or more accurately bread and games which the masses loved. The idea of a populace being bought off with bread and games must have seemed very alien to the founders of America as the Colonial mentality was so different. Today politicians buying votes with entitlements and dissolving congress would not seem far fetched.
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