And, as you reminisce about the good old times, you cannot help but go back to the politics of old… In a get-together with friends and friends of friends, we had fun reminiscing about the past. We seem to all have gone in three phases.
But as we grew up, we entered a second phase and started thinking about more “important” issues. It is then that our good judgment started slipping away, and rather then dispatching them to their maker, we started flocking around any bully who was smart enough to wave a flag. The mistakes took their toll on the group, and we only learned our lesson by attrition, as most “grew up” and moved on, while others did not survive.
We’re still working on it.
Rather than moving on to Phase 3, maybe we're set for a repeat of Phase 2... While most of us grew up and moved on, but quite a few “irredentists” remain, still faithful to the same vacuous slogans and empty promises. I find it striking that, whenever their faith meets facts, they simply ignore them, or expend considerable mental capacity in side-stepping reality. Maybe they have too much mental capital invested in this impasse to turn around and move away from the precipice. Or maybe they have a different outlook on life…
But I am quite sure they are wrong.
However, as the country gears up for another round, I am sure many stand ready to herd the next generation of fodder towards the gathering cannons. And while each still thinks their “side” can win, I am convinced that all will loose. Then again, all have already lost; in their fight for control of the country, they may have destroyed it, with nary a single shot fired… Were it not the own-goal aspects, Sun-Tzu would have been impressed.
Maybe they will recoup their losses by trading body parts on e-Bay.
… The thing is, aside the obvious potential repercussions, with the supply of imports running out, suppliers will soon have to find domestic sources.
So, to paraphrase Fubar…
And if so… Need Ammo?
… More on that later