The Watering Hole. Thursday August 20 2015; Is America Capable of Greatness?

“Who knows but he will sit down solitary amid silent ruins,
and weep a people inurned and their greatness
changed into an empty name.”
(Constantine De Volnay)



Is America capable of greatness? Of course she is. She’s proven it time and again by being absolutely GREAT at things such as starting (and losing) unnecessary wars; she’s GREAT at proclaiming herself GREAT; great at fomenting and supporting irrational fears and hatreds both at home and around the world; great at polluting land, air and water and ignoring any cleanup tasks; great at ignoring poverty both at home and abroad; great at improving the well-being of the already obscenely well-off; great at anything at all that satisfies greed on most any level; great at ignoring realities discovered by science in favor of whichever prejudice happens to be in agreement with her current politic; she’s also shown herself to be more capable than most any other country in denying reality in favor of myth. So yes, in many ways America is more capable of “greatness” than is any other nation on the face of the earth. But does that also imply she’s great at doing the RIGHT thing? Is she great at showing compassion for people less fortunate? For the downtrodden? For victims of wars? Perhaps on occasion, but only if her prescribed actions fatten appropriate egos and wallets, and especially when such actions accelerate the accumulation of power by the already powerful.

So what does Trump have in mind as the means of carrying out his slogan? How is he going to “Make America Great Again” when she’s already “great” at most of the stuff that people like Trump find to be egregiously satisfying? Might he have other directions in mind? Might he be preparing to act, for example, to conquer domestic poverty by finally putting into place FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights”? FDR’s thesis was simple enough, after all. As he noted in his 1932 presidential campaign,  “It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.” A society devoid of poverty would certainly qualify as “great,” would it not? Maybe he has a plan to ‘Wage Peace, Not War’? That would most certainly be seen as a harbinger of greatness, right? Or perhaps he’s considering this: the ‘greatness inducing’ program recently described in an article entitled From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the US, a program wherein America would finally and willingly admit to the atrocities of Hiroshima, of Nagasaki, of the Agent Orange contamination of Vietnam, to be followed by the gracious act of compensating each and every survivor — victims — of the collective consequences of radiation, of dioxins, etc. To do so would surely be seen by the rest of the world as an act of pure humanitarianism, an act demonstrating America’s new found GREATNESS for everyone to see.

Might actions such as the above actually be parcel to Donald Trump’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN program? Are his intentions to find and take actions to relieve suffering everywhere by using America’s resources and by revealing her implicit kindness and caring for all to see?


Ain’t no money in it, ain’t no power in ANY of that crap!

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49 thoughts on “The Watering Hole. Thursday August 20 2015; Is America Capable of Greatness?

  1. Yes America is capable of greatness.
    Some of the best coffee I drink comes from Central America and Brazil has one helluva soccer team.
    You meant North America.
    Why yes.
    Yes I think North America is capable of incredible greatness.
    Canadians are very easy to get along with.

  2. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan brings ancient “wisdom” to the table. As Solomon pointed out a few thousand years ago, The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

    Here’s an interesting exposé on a few of the ways Trump has worked to make himself “great” in years gone by, no doubt in tune with his plans to impose “greatness” on Amurkkka:

    David Cay Johnston On Trump’s Kickbacks, Union Busting, The Mob And Corporate Welfare

    • That was a good read.
      I don’t think Donald will be releasing any of his income tax information.

      • I think he’ll put it off as long as he can get away with it because (IMHO) for one of two reasons:

        1) It will show that he isn’t worth as much as he claims, or
        2) He had income he never reported to the IRS

        Just a theory, and I admit I could be completely wrong. Let’s just say to wouldn’t surprise me. Dropping his bid for the GOP nomination and running as an independent would negate his having to release tax returns, since there would be no party making him do it.

    • I suspect Rinse Probe-us and the rest of the Koch-suckers are looking to Swift Cosby the Donald as soon as they can …

  3. More grateness regarding the Duggars. Josh, specifically, apparently had not one, but two accounts on the recently hacked Ashley Madison site.
    Congratulations, you effing hypocrite!

  4. Let us get ready to wish President Jimmy Carter farewell. His cancer has spread to the brain.
    His was the last presidency before the assault on the middle class. Our nation has never recovered from that attack.

    • I hope his passage is quick and painless. He deserves to enjoy the peace he’s offered to so many during his long and illustrious life. He’ll be missed.

      • With chemo, it won’t be quick or painless.

        Such a good, decent human who has dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate.

        Meanwhile, Dick Cheney still lives…

        • “Meanwhile, Dick Cheney still lives…”

          Oh, which proves that God doesn’t exist — or that he’s a real prick.

          • If I’m ever diagnosed with a terminal illness I’m going to mortgage the hell out of everything and go drift around the world until I expire…
            On second thought, I may do that anyway.

  5. There is no doubt in my mind that Amerigo Vespucci was one of the all time great explorers.
    No need to make him great again.
    As far as spending 300+ billion dollars to export all the undocumented immigrants, not sure how that sinkhole makes a country ‘great’. Would TrumpDuck go back to Eisenhower tax brackets to accomplish such a funding feat?

    • Nah, he’d do it the smart way by making Mexico pay for it along with the new Berlin Wall on the border. Everybody should know that because he’s leading in all the polls.

      • Nobody I’ve asked who supports a border on our Southern Border can explain why we don’t need one on our even more porous Northern Border. (There are places where neither country is sure where the border lies.) I ask them just to prove they’re racists for only worrying about the non-white people coming in and taking jobs no Americans want, but never the white people coming in from Canada. They never respond to my question.

        • They know that if they do, they’ll show their racist colors which are more easily secured by staying silent on the matter. Wish Trump would realize that and then shut up for a year or two.

    • Only Bush and Cheney would wiretap blankets. Were they trying to find out what was going on under the covers?
      Just kidding, hope the plaintiffs get billions in judgment, bankrupt the bastards.

  6. First, belated thanks for the birthday wishes last Friday, Google even got in the act with a birthday cake logo. Next, my laptop issues are mostly over – I finished reinstalling all my files after resetting to 8.0 and 133 updates, then 8.1 and a dozen or so updates. I’ve been unable to reinstall Google Earth Pro, but Google Earth regular appears ok. At one point today my internet connection was upgraded from DSL to AT&T fiber service. An Ookla speed test gave me a 50 mbs download speed! The upgrade was necessary because the owner of the business that lets me use their connection installed web cameras here and at each of the several locations where he has facilities. I’m told he has a monitor for each location in his office. Good for him and me! 🙂

    • Glad to read the computer updates are going well!
      We’ll look forward to reading more of you!

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