1. Ann Applebaum of the Washington Post, has just written a book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe. Said crushing was based both on both the extreme violence of war, and the slow, ineluctable penetration of government into every aspect of the peoples existence. This is called totalitarian government. a. From one review of the book: some scholars were sure that Communism had its bad points, but capitalism and its ideology represented by America were worse. 2. Some scholars. What will scholars say about Americans who gave in to the same without even being under the gun, the violence of war? Lack of interest? Lack of focus? Lack of knowledge of history and of human nature? Or did the people who once were famed for their Can Do attitude simply get tired of personal responsibility and pride? 3. Let me give credit to the Alinsky designs, the vicious personal attacks, the lies that were supported by the media, the class warfare. A respectable, religious man, successful in business, who has demonstrated an ability to govern, attacked and sullied by a socialist raised by communists, steeped in 20 years in a Marxist church, a failure in economic policy as well as foreign policy .yet he proved that the more despicable the campaign, the more successful a. Barack Obamas aides and advisers are preparing to center the presidents reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romneys character and business background, unabashedly negative Obama plan: Destroy Romney - Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com 4. And, lets give credit as well, to a progressive philosophy which promises all things to all people its charm predicted by Tocqueville, and its danger explained by Sowell: a. Alexis de Tocqueville, writing Democracy in America in the 1830s, described an immense, tutelary power, which takes sole charge of assuring their enjoyment and of watching over their fate. As he predicted, this power is absolute, attentive to detail, regular, provident, and gentle, and it works willingly for their happiness, but it wishes to be the only agent and the sole arbiter of that happiness. It provides for their security, foresees and supplies their needs, guides them in their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their testaments, divides their inheritances. It is entirely proper to ask, as he asked, whether it can relieve them entirely of the trouble of thinking and of the effort associated with living. b. Sowell takes the key political issues and challenges the reader to analyze not only their short term (Stage One) political impact but to also think ahead to their long term (Stage Two, Three, etc) economic impact. He reminds the reader that politicians do not think beyond Stage One because they will be praised (and elected) for the short term benefits but will not be held accountable much later when the long term consequences appear. From a review of Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One, Thomas Sowell 5. So, through ignorance, or ineptitude, or avarice, half of the population has sold out the glory of what America was, submission rather than sovereignty. We are living through the fall of the Roman Empire, the crushing of Eastern Europe, the supremacy of the collective. This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. T.S. Eliot.