Friday, January 05, 2007

How Many Lives Were Lost in the US in the Last Five Years Due to Terrorist Attacks?

Lost in the steady drumbeat of the mainstream media (newspapers, schools, universities, political parties et al.,) to discredit the efforts of the President and his ‘hard love’ response to allowing further “opportunities” for the repetition of such 9/11/01 “freedom of expressions,” has been the fact that there has been NO more such deaths since then on the American homeland -- and the promise of unrelenting further attacks immediately after 9/11, have retrenched to the nebulous promise of those beyond the borders -- whenever the opportunity presents itself. And even then, the thinking is that their own fellow citizens are much less likely to invoke any forceful retaliation.

So while there is still no guarantee that one will never die -- and thus every attempt in ensuring one’s survival individually or as a society is futile -- as preached by the liberal wishful-thinkers, the results of the military actions abroad, have brought unprecedented levels of security at home, for which we should be appreciative and grateful that there was leadership in place that could make these tough decisions to bring us to even higher levels of safety at home AND abroad.

It’s easy to take these things for granted and think that they would have happened anyway -- and even DESPITE the bold leadership. The peculiarity of “liberal studies” is that there is no cause and effect -- but only wishful thinking, and the belief that for anything to happen, all one needs to do is wish for it long and hard enough, rather than doing the work and making the sacrifices to MAKE it happen. Such realities don’t exist in the minds of liberals (Democrats).

That’s why problems get worse -- and particularly so after adopting their “solutions.” Predictably, measurable achievement is even worse than ever, and we now need twice the money and staff, as the situation gets worse. Shortly, all society’s resources will be required to provide high paying jobs for “administrators,” just to manage the explosion of personnel to ensure that they receive even more “professional opportunities,” for something that has become its own reason for being.

However, the result of these relentless attacks on those acting with such purpose and conviction, is that they’ve undermined the credibility of such critics -- and we see the first wave imploding in the development of the newspapers all across the country. In their attempts to maintain the stranglehold on information, and particularly information seeking to undermine the power of any other institution, they discredited their own.

That’s how the beginning of the 21st Century unfolds -- bringing down the venerable institutions of the previous century -- which was the mass media and propaganda machine. It happened before everybody’s eyes. What arose in its stead was the personalized information networks -- of one’s own design. It was as good as one imagined it could be -- blocking out misinformation and disinformation, while seeking the best of the best offering breakthrough insights.

2 Comments:

At January 09, 2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

How many does it take to lead a country?

Actually, it only takes one -- who is actually a leader. The rest can pretend to be a leader, but there’ll always be the one -- who is the real leader. That’s just a fact -- like in every field of participation: somebody will be the best, inevitably. Who that one will be is subject to much discussion and debate -- striving and maneuvering, but only a few will stand the test of time, and emerge from the pack because that is who they are and were meant to be.

In world-class athletics, we see it almost exclusively -- rather than poor girls deciding to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and desiring it more than the others. Some have it, and some don’t. To the well-trained eye, those qualities are fairly obvious -- and one has to be blind not to see them.

That is what is known as talent and destiny. Usually they come with an improbable story; everything about them seems to be wrong, but that is ultimately what makes them so right. They break the mold -- and then become the mold -- until someone breaks that.

So while politics seems to be ostensibly about numbers, leadership is really about the exceptional -- and one can’t get there from here. One just has to be placed there -- no matter how improbable that seems. If there was a straight path to predictable success, everybody would be taking that route, but usually, it is just the lucrative story to exploit -- rather than how the exceptional got there.

But everything that happened, got them there -- surely. That’s knowing what we can change, and what we can’t. Some things are meant to be -- and some aren’t. A lot of people can die in bitterness, frustration and resentment because they wish what is unlikely to be -- while dismissing the miracle of all that is. So they are in a constant state of perplexity -- never being able to distinguish their wishful thinking from what is -- hoping from some authoritative source to tell them that, as though they knew.

There are always those around, who have gotten good at pretending to know -- fooling as many people as they can as their sole objective in life, until one day they realize, that they even managed to fool themselves. Surely they thought, they were the most cynical of all --invulnerable to all belief. And so they become very embittered and resentful -- towards all those who merely seem to be happy, maybe because they don’t know any better. But by then, they’ve lost all capacity to tell the difference -- and the happiness and success of others seems to mock them, who thought they were so clever that they thought they could fool everyone else, but never themselves.

And that seems to be the overwhelming sadness in seeing many politicians at the end of their lives -- or with unrelenting ambition in any field. It’s becoming increasingly visible in the media in which the only objective is to be more “popular” than any other -- as an end in itself. So what is the meaning of that kind of leadership and reputation? That’s what these people really need to ask themselves -- and maybe they’ll find their true calling in life and be worthwhile human beings -- no longer envious, bitter and resentful towards those they feel have a higher position in life.

 
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