Thoughts on the Current American Predicament

Thomas Cahill

Thomas Cahill

From The Hinges of History Series by Thomas Cahill comes a disturbing reminder of George Santayana’s admonition, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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  “There are, no doubt, lessons here for the contemporary [American] reader. The changing character of the native population, brought about through unremarked pressures on porous borders; the creation of an unwieldy and rigid bureaucracy, whose own survival becomes its overriding goal; the despising of the military and the avoidance of its service by established families, while its offices present unprecedented opportunity for marginal men to whom its ranks had once been closed; the lip service paid to values long dead; the pretense that we still are what we once were; the increasing concentrations of the populace into richer and poorer by way of a corrupt tax system, and the desperation that inevitably follows; the aggrandizement of executive power at the expense of the legislature; ineffectual legislation promulgated with great show; the moral vocation of the man at the top to maintain order at all costs, while growing blind to the cruel dilemmas of ordinary life―these are all themes with which our world is familiar, nor are they the God-given property of any party or political point of view, even though we often act as if they were. At least, the emperor could not heap his economic burdens on posterity by creating long-term public debt, for floating capital had not yet been conceptualized.” ― How the Irish Saved Civilization, Copyright © 1995 by Thomas Cahill, Nan A. Talese, an Imprint of Doubleday (a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.), Page 29. ― One book from The Hinges of History Series by Thomas Cahill.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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