America & Instant Gratification (or Moral Decay as Conservatives call it)

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I think it ironic that America became one of the Great Nations on the world scene in a way that is now being called a vice.

America rose to prominence swiftly. Instant Gratification was the key. Delayed Gratification was the way of Old Europe. America had no patience with a slow, plodding path to greatness. We wanted ours and we wanted it now!

Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1804. A mere 16 years after our founding. That purchase doubled the territory of the United States immediately. He didn’t wait. There was no delayed gratification. Manifest Destiny was proclaimed almost as soon as this nation was born. Our fourth President, James Monroe, proclaimed that it was the fledgling American Nations destiny to span the continent from Maine to Florida to California and Oregon. He dared any to stand in the way by announcing our intentions to the world.

Texas pried itself from the corrupt Spanish-Mexican dalliance to the South. Proclaimed themselves a Republic and immediately announced their intention to join the America Union.

America told its youth to “Go West, Young Man” to seek fortune. There was no prohibition attached to it. There was no caveat. No one told them to anchor themselves responsibly or to establish themselves first and then move West. Negative. It was Go West….NOW! Fortune awaits you.

Our Banking Industry has ever been speculative. Speculation is not delayed gratification. It is the taking on of debt. It is a gamble. It pays off, it indebts. It creates, it destroys. Who told Rockefeller, Morgan or Vanderbilt to wait, to bide their time. The person offering that wisdom would have been shunted aside.

Did Steve Jobs or Bill Gates tarry? Did they establish themselves first? No, they set out to blaze new paths. They made it.

I wanted to write a book.  I did it.  It took me three years to do so.  I didn’t want to wait for one of the Big Five Publishing houses to deem me worthy or to never deem me worthy.  I wanted to publish it and I wanted it published NOW!  I went to Amazon and did so.  Instantly.  Is that a part of the moral decay of instant gratification?  It may be but No Regrets is for sale on Amazon as I write this.

American History is replete with men and women who could not wait. Who took chances. Men and Women who refused to wait their turn. They stepped out inot the World and demanded a place…they made their place. Not by waiting. Not through delayed gratification but in demanding of themselves the discipline, hard work and sometimes the bending of rules in order to get ahead and to make their fortunes.

Only conservative fools expect delayed gratification. Usually, they expect this “discipline” of others while they themselves acted in the same manner that they later decry as moral decay.

I find this senseless.

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America was born impatient. We created ourselves. No God helped us. If anything, God stood by and watched. He may have admired us. To listen to some, though, he looked down upon America with disapproval for we dared to not delay our gratification.

We refused to wait our turn.

In the Immortal Words of some damn infantryman from time immemorial; “Lead, follow or get out of the way!” If you are so old that you can’t remember your youth or if you’ve led a life so boring that you waited for everything, go ahead and die. There are people behind you who are willing to live…who want to live. We do not see why we should wait until we are too old to enjoy it to do so.

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The Pledge of Ignorance

The Pledge of Ignorance

These children had no idea to what they were pledging allegiance. What Five, Ten or Thirteen year old could or would? They’d have to be wise beyond their years and, if that were the case, they’d never pledge allegiance to a flag.

Pledge to know, protect and uphold the Constitution? Perhaps.

Pledging allegiance to a symbol that at any moment and to any person could mean anything. I think not.

This does not take into account the fact that the pledge was authored by a socialist. Nor does it take into account “GoD” being later added in order that children may be coopted forcibly into the Christian religion.

This in a state that is supposedly opposed to socialism and is supposed to be a Nation opposed to religious establishment or preference. The United States Bill of Rights guarantees Freedom of Religion. Even the founding fathers were fans of a multiplicity of religious belief in our nation.

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation…All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens;” wrote George Washington.

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”- Thomas Jefferson

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine

[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.”
 — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776


“If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews or Christian of an[y] Sect, or they may be Atheists.” George Washington

The Founders of this Nation were accepting of all peoples. They found no need for a pledge to the flag under which they fought for Independence from Britain.

Yet, somehow, 200 years removed, Americans find themselves in need of a test, a pledge for citizenship.

The founder likewise accepted all persons as newcomers to this nation. Yet, today, we want no part of new peoples who are escaping poverty and destitution, despotism and tyranny. Today’s American is too good for the immigrant, too fearful of the immigrant, too greedy to share of their bounty.

I dare say that both the Founders of this Nation and the GoD whom Christians worship would be ashamed of these Americans.

But, pledge away, simple people. Pledge away. And pray that your GoD is not real. For if this GoD of the Christian Bible is real, surely there is another plague, another great flood, another calamity heading your way.

The pity is that you’ll drag me along with you. Oh, iniquitous, prideful fools.