A sad but entirely valid essay. This sentence, toward the end, summarizes the situation well:
But we have become societies of chiselers, cheats and liars, and as long as we are we will accomplish little. If a man’s word is not his bond, he can never be trusted in any matter, great or small, and therefore he is useless, merely another mouth to feed without benefit.
Many in Government, as well as many who put them there, fit the description.
My friend, and Jessica’s co-author Chalcedon451 posted this morning in somber mood. I suspect I know the proximate cause, and have no reason to disagree. His post is titled Recessional? I find it a very good post, and suspect I understand the reason it appeared this morning. Nor do I disagree with him. He says that it is the first of a series, which I look forward to.
He quotes Kipling’s Recessional in his post
Far-called, our navies melt away;On dune and headland sinks the fire:Lo, all our pomp of yesterdayIs one with Nineveh and Tyre!Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,Lest we forget—lest we forget!
Nemesis lay here, as he saw it:If, drunk with sight of power, we looseWild tongues that have not Thee in awe,Such boastings as the Gentiles use,Or lesser breeds without the Law—Lord God of Hosts…
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