Letters to the Editor

Culture is destiny

March 20, 2012


To the editor:

Congratulations and many thanks to Eva Edmands for writing and to the Journal-World for publishing her letter of March 10. The cause of Ms. Edmands’ well-stated irritation was Cathy Hamilton’s use of the word “freaking” in a recent column. I applaud her.

History is replete with the stories of great societies that died from rot within, e.g., the Roman Empire, (“give them bread and circuses”), the French Revolution, (“let them eat cake”), and many more. Since the days of FDR giveaways, which bought votes and re-elections and led to the economy-smothering welfare and entitlement spending, we’ve now arrived at the beginning of the end, i.e., 49.5 percent of the people no longer pay any income taxes! And approximately 30 percent of them qualify for something called the Earned Income Tax Credit which may give them back more money than they’ve paid in!

Because there are now more “takers” living off the government than there are “makers” who pay the taxes that support them, our country is in the process of committing suicide. And speeding that process has been and is our cultural degradation and predictable collapse. So, what’s the connection with Ms. Edmands?

Before I joined the Navy in 1944, the few times I had heard the “f” word was by, well, the unsophisticated in the pool hall.  In Navy boot camp and thereafter, the ubiquitous “f” word, and all the rest of its vulgar and obscene cousins, has spread like  termites in a foundation.

Ms. Edmands and I fear that culture is destiny.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Since 1980 american paychecks have been dwindling in size which is not the choice of hard working Americans.

It seems USA corporations enjoy a tax incentive that encourages them to keep their money abroad so as not to pay taxes on the profits. Those profits are a result of taking jobs away from Americans which of course keeps Americans out of good paying jobs. Good paying middle class employment allows for middle class Americans to pay higher taxes to cover the cost of other tax breaks known as the Bush tax cuts.

Millions upon millions upon millions of middle class Americans have been forced out of work,medical insurance coverage and retirement plans through no fault of their own.

How in the world could that happen? By way of upper level white collar entitlement programs.

For example:

  1. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  2. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

3.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only three? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

I'd swear that I saw this same set of links on another thread of this award-winning website this morning.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

"I'd swear"

As long as you don't use the word "freaking" while doing so....

deec 6 years, 2 months ago

May the Deity condemn you to the fiery pit of Hades, you male illegitimate offspring of a female canine. Go have carnal relations in singular solitude. :)

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 2 months ago

"The Americans will always do the right thing... After they've exhausted all the alternatives." - Winston Churchill

btsflk 6 years, 2 months ago

Vulgar language aside, you have touched on another nerve.

Are you including Apple in with the "takers". With all the hoopla concerning changes in their stock, it was also reported that they keep only a small portion of their vast fortune in the US, to avoid having to pay more in taxes. They sell their products all over the world, but any profits made in the US should be taxed in the US. Same as with other big corporations with recognizable names who find ways to avoid paying taxes.

Surely you are not referring to folks like us, who have had problems with employment for more than two years, as" takers". We have had to depend on unemployment payments at times, something we would never have believed possible, and not something we are comfortable with; but we have also paid taxes throughout. We are tired of being thought of as freeloaders. There are not enough jobs for all those who want to work. What is the solution for that, lock us up and starve us, march us off to the gas ovens? Many jobs do not pay a living wage. You can't tell me that without any other means of income or help that anyone can live on $8 an hour. Try it.

There is a segment of our society who live in a well insulated bubble and until and unless this happens to them, they have no clue. I didn't either once upon a time.

As for the change in what is acceptable language, whether or not anyone likes it, I expect it is just more of "the new normal", along with insufficient jobs and low wages.

voevoda 6 years, 2 months ago

The Roman Empire did not fall because of "bread and circuses." The "bread and circuses" phase occurred at the height of the Roman Empire--when it was powerful and expanding. When the Empire collapsed (476 is the traditional date), it had been Christian for a century. By that point, the traditional leadership class of Rome--the wealthy--gave up taking on responsibility for good government, for defense (turned over to "barbarian" allies), for maintenance of the cities, and for charity to the poor. Instead, they moved out to private compounds to live a luxurious life and let their country fail. So accurate history presents quite a different lesson than the one Mr. Winn proposes. I do agree that obscene language is too prevalent. People ought to be able to express their views without it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

This sounds very similar to the way our plutocrats are acting right now.

voevoda 6 years, 2 months ago

FalseHopeNoChange, I've never heard of "Spartacus:Vengeance" and I've never watched STZ. I get my information from the works of reputable historians, whose books are in the KU Library. Can you claim the same source for your ideas about Roman history?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

If you're into cartoonish violence, "Spartacus:Vengeance" is just the ticket. Occasionally entertaining, but not a good source of history. Not that FHNC would know the difference, given his/her generally cartoonish persona here.

voevoda 6 years, 2 months ago

Primary source documents aren't "hearsay," FalseHopeNoChange. They are the bulk of the evidence we have about societies in the past. If you had genuinely studied history, you'd know that. Just admit that you really don't know anything about Roman history, FalseHopeNoChange, and yield to those of us who do.

Ragingbear 6 years, 2 months ago

I can make up fake stats too. Did you know that 99% of all people who write articles about cultural destiny are terroristic sympathizers? How long have you been helping Cobra?

MarcoPogo 6 years, 2 months ago

And I thought the initial letter was bad, this guy can't even spell the name of the person that he is complimenting.

Cheese us...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

Haven't yet installed the blocking plugins, so still annoyed by the idiotic audio we'er now subjected to here.

deec 6 years, 2 months ago

Anyone else picture this guy standing on his lawn shaking his fist at the neighbor kids?

deec 6 years, 2 months ago

"Of the 69 million who don’t owe income taxes, 5 million make somewhere between $50,000 and more than $1 million. While Obama’s definition of wealthy looks at those making more than $250,000, it’s apparent that a portion of the 5 million non-payers fall into this category. The remaining 64 million earned less than $50,000.

In an interview with CNN Money, Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, said that very high-income households can fall into the non-payer group if their income comes from tax-exempt bonds or overseas sources for which they qualify for foreign tax credits." http://www.gobankingrates.com/tax/45-percent-americans-dont-owe-2010-federal-income-taxes/

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