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Victory in the War Against International Terrorism is as Close as Main Street

July 3rd 2006

Victory in the War Against International Terrorism is as Close as Main Street

Homeland Security

The observation is offered here that John Calvin was right; that, “For our nature is not merely bereft of good, but is so productive of every kind of evil that it cannot be inactive.” Calvin's assertion applies to all humanity and covers every member of the Bush Administration including the president himself.

Consequently, when Chris Floyd, in The Alchemists: Turning Blood into Gold, reported the Bush Administration rebuffed a 2003 request of Iran's clerics and then-President Mohammed Khatami to settle concerns the administration currently considers worth making war over, it is easy to think the worst.

The support for such cynicism is not contained in a single news report nor is it necessarily motivated from emotional and partisan revulsion for the president and his advisers. It has a heritage as long as humanity and shows itself every time someone acts to take something that is not theirs. That is what people do and it is why there is no utopia.


Calvin's view of human nature should be considered very deeply for anyone who hopes to redirect America's government away from involving us further in global economic schemes and building an empire with our lives and treasure. It is nice to think that restoring American government to its proper limits and challenging the political system to rise from its anti-intellectual, propagandistic, power sharing games can make life better for all of us, but, unfortunately, people get in the way.

This column, for the past year and one half, has been devoted to contemplating the principles of provincially-centered culture, politics, and economy. This focus of society is preferred simply because there have been too many people who have proved untrustworthy with the power necessary to govern nations.

To this extent I am in agreement with Nathaniel Barrell who, on January 15, 1788, expressed his disagreement over the plans for the emerging constitution to his friend George Thatcher by writing, “...for as it now stands congress will be vested with much more extensive powers than ever great Brittain (sic) exercisd (sic) over us—too great to intrust with any set of men, let their talents & vertues (sic) be ever so conspicuous....” It would not be hard to imagine Barrell's disdain for congress' modern forfeiture of power to the executive branch, political parties, and commercial interests. Worse still is the ease with which the state legislatures have allowed themselves to be removed from the balance of powers that was inferred in the original text of the constitution.


Although Barrell's views find favor here, note need be made that recognition of the perils of human ambitions is not a support for fracturing power among disparate communities. A system that allows communities to determine their social and commercial interests will most certainly have their own controversies.

Already many towns are finding they are being divided by income, race or nationality and it is quite possible that communities will favor such segregation and even deepen it. Furthermore, the current state of the family is so dysfunctional that it is realistic to anticipate some serious social upheaval and desperate poverty until we as individuals become weary of the destruction we are causing each other because we take the institutions of marriage and the activity that causes procreation so cavalierly.


It is also likely that some communities will see a political shift that favors local businesses over national chains. This will lead to some economic adjustment which might lead to short term price increases as the manufacturers shift from a market dominated by global distributors who share their distribution costs to competing with emerging manufacturers who supply the demands of local merchants. Certainly profits margins will not be as great, but revived provincial power centers will be more responsive to the individuals living and working in them and, consequently, act to secure economic and financial stability to those who are most active in supporting them.

There is no false illusion here that provincially centered culture, economics, and politics will cure all of the world's ills—it will not. However, bad leaders and greedy business people will cause hardship and controversy in a smaller, more responsive circles. They are more likely to be in direct contact with the people they conspire to manipulate and cheat. Their victims will be able to make them face more significant consequences for their narcissism than can be done with the current global/national system in which elected officials and business leaders are insulated from their decisions by the Washington beltway.

More simply put, I would much rather deal with a mayor who cheats local businesses to build a a little machine than I would a president who would manufacture a threat so he could expand his power. Working to achieve such a system would only cheat those who have become powerful and wealthy from centralized political and economic systems that place moats between the haves and have-nots.

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By Bob Strodtbeck
Bob Strodtbeck has been writing editorial commentaries since 1993.  He has professional experiences in pharmaceuticals, radio, and education.  He has also served as a church elder in an Orlando congregation where he has made his home since 1986.rvstrodtbeck@peoplepc.com

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