The first two stages are more or less true but stage three for people
who have really learned anything (and it could happen anytime between
19 and 99) is that there isn't a dime's worth of difference between
the two parties except for HOW they plan to screw you and you are
better off to not support either of them. Virtually ALL this countries
problems stem from things the Federal Gvt has done. That's why when
people are surveyed they invariably rank their local gvt as OK, their
state gvt as barely adequate, and the Federal gvt as a disaster area.
The best thing that could happen to the US would be for ALL of our
federal elected reps (not the bureaucrats) to disappear and not be
replaced for at least a couple years. The country would get along
just fine without them.
On Sun, 12 May 2013 22:04:49 -0700, Ashton Crusher wrote:
Son: "Dad, what's the difference between a Republican & a Democrat?"
Dad: "Well son, the Democrat says he will take all your money and
give it to other people; and he does."
Son: So what does the Republican do?
Dad: "Ah, Son, the Republican is totally different. He says he won't
take all your money to give it to other people. But he does".
We have a nice grocery store down the street from our house, one block over.
In the mornings the delivery trucks come around our corner when they are
It's uphill to the corner from either direction
After a fresh snowfall, both streets get icy because they are secondary and
only get the odd plow coming through. And with idiot drivers spinning their
wheels as they come uphill, it sometimes gets better ice than some skating
So naturally when the trucks lose traction, I head out with shovel, scraper,
bucket of sand and salt, and help the trucks go on their way.
For years now, I've been getting nice boxes full of all sort of things
dropped off on my front porch in the mornings. One of the drivers found out
at the store that I like the John Macy brand of Cheddar-Asiago Cheese
crisps. Got a whole carton of those dropped off at my door one morning
You do nice things to people and it will come back to you from unexpected
On Tue, 07 May 2013 21:06:06 -0500, Attila Iskander wrote:
Thank you for that story.
That's what the USENET is all about!
We all help each other - for free.
We have no expectation of payback, other than pay forward for
those of us who know what that means.
And, once in a while, good things come through the net
friendships that are made.
Usually, it's the takers who are uncomfortable with that
The basis of their philosophy are:
1) Everyone is out for themselves
2) Therefore, I must be out for myself to get ahead of everyone else
(doing the same).
So when they come across people who don't operate to their rule, they get
confused and presume that the other people are idiots..
The lesson was brought home to me reading "The Last Centurion" by John
Ringo, where the main character discusses high trust and low trust
The US like most societies that originated from Western Judeo-Christian
societies of the Northern Hemisphere, is a "high trust society" where the
great majority of people understand the notion that if you come together to
help others, it actually is a social benefit that will come back to your
personal benefit sooner than later.
Those countries, that have endemic problems of graft, corruption and other
issues are "low trust societies" where the "me first - before all others",
"trust only family and clan, and even they are going to screw you over", is
To them the notion of repeatedly investing in good deeds towards others is
wasted effort that only fools practice. They do not understand that most
important lesson from the New Testament - the parable of the Good Samaritan.
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