Does anybody remember how the USSR was brought to its knees? President Reagan and John Paul II joined forces and the US got into an arms race with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. We won by outspending them into bankruptcy and oblivion. Guess what. The United States is now a socialist country, and we did it by spending ourselves into oblivion.
I guess the cold-war years were wasted. All the communists had to do was wait for us to move from capitalism to socialism without ever having to fire a shot. A black congressman recently commented on the denouement of the health care struggle and opined, "...I guess everybody knew that when they elected Barak Obama they were electing a socialist..." (Don't look at me! I didn't vote for the man but then I didn't vote; what with being put off by both parties).
The other day I wondered out loud to my wife, "Why don't we just move to Idaho and disappear into the woods." There is a (Quid, Me Anxius Sum?)(What, Me Worry?) Alfred E. Neuman side to me that tries not to go Mad (sorry) with worry but the daily news seems to shout, "Worry!" so I do.
Last Sabbath in the lobby (foyer, if you prefer) I got a lesson about sustainability in times of trouble. A church member works for a large local grocery chain and I asked, "In a local or national emergency, how long would it take for the shelves to empty?" He answered, "One day." So I bought more cans of re-fried beans. He said that meat, bread, and milk are the first to go while produce is last. Maybe it's a good thing being vegan...maybe. Life is still good. A loaf of whole wheat bread, a can of re-fried beans, and thou. And those are my thoughts at 22:37 hours. Blessings. More anon.