Tuesday, August 29, 2006

What Ever Happened To the Future

Perhaps it is just my viewpoint, but I feel like the leadership in our country has forgotten about the future. When I was younger (a lot younger) we had the space program, we had plans to explore the bottom of the ocean and we funded pure research in the hopes of building a better tomorrow.

Today it seems like we have wars on everything, with terrorism and drugs being the two biggest things we are always fighting. We are slowly giving away our rights and have "sobriety" checkpoints, a 1-800 Tips line for suspicious activity and are willing to trade any freedom away for safety.

Why is it that rationale people are willing to trust the same government to solve their problems, when they don't trust them.

Where is the leadership of JFK and Ronald Regan. Where is the vision for our country.

The politics of today seem to be totally partisan, yet both parties are only interested in increasing the size of government and taking power to themselves.

It just seems to me that today everything is short sighted.

As a race where are we going and what is the plan to move forward. Is it really just to have 11 billion people crawling on a mudball in the sticks of the milky way galaxy. Is it all about using up all the cheap energy now and the hell with the next generations.

I want a New Frontier, I want a bright and shining 31st Century with a Legion to protect it from the greater threats, but I fear with the leadership we have now our children will be giving life to a world more akin to Mad Max then to a Federation of Planets.


  1. Bravo! I agree. Our country has changed for the worse I fear. Neighbors don't know each other and don't help each other out(I realize I'm speaking generally). Our education system fell victim to liberal, blank slate theory. No one is better than anyone else. Everyone is equally special, making no one special. This combined with teaching for the test so No Child Is Left Behind has helped in turning out a generation of dunderheads. Our legal ststem is a joke. Confess to a crime you didn't commit and you get to fly home first class, free of charge, dining on champagne and caviar as you cross the ocean. You get your 15 minutes and make a book deal so you can get the money to pay for the sex change you always wanted. The little girl's murder remains unsolved as the taxpayers get left with the bill. Our political system is a disaster. You want to hold political office you better be a millionaire. Use your personal fortune to buy your seat in Congress. Then it's playground politics as teh Dems and Repubs throw mud at each other without doing a thing to make the country a better place.
    Apathy has taken hold of our nation and I fear that outrage has died. Let's keep hoping that tomorrow will bring a brighter day, but without strong, unifying leadership it won't happen.

  2. Thanks Jeff, I agree with what you said and it makes me worried that we will have some really bad times to ever get to that brighter future.

  3. By the way, thanks for the link. I appreciate it.

  4. Matthew - You're welcome.

  5. Yup, Jim, that about sums it up.

    I'm not a complete pessimist, though. I still believe there is hope for the future, but unfortunately I believe we're going to see things get a lot worse before they get better.

  6. Airelle - I don't consider myself a pessimist, but I have become more cynical over time.

    I want my children (and their potential children) to have a better world then I have had, but fear that the short sighted self interest of today's leaders will force us through some bad times to get to the good times.

    Interesting that in most good futures there is always a really bad time referred to between now and that future.