It is interesting that the foundational Christian idea has to do with heaven as a place where wheat has been separated from chaff. Philosophy of responsibility has to do with teaching each new generation to make a way for its progeny. Not just to sustain them, but to avail their surpassage towards their own dreams. A work in progress, forming in respect of an unfolding and assimilating process of feedback and Reconciliaton of purposefulness that is allowed expression from many points of view.
This begs the fundamental moral question for civilization: What is needed to sustain the unfolding surpassage of decent society that moderates and avails the flowering of human freedom and dignity?
The answer is not unrestricted linearity in any direction. Certainly not in unsustainable population. Nor in stifling regulation. And not in the crony-commie-jihadi elimination of humanity by imposing elitist or central despotism that breeds and imports liberty-illiterate gang-bangers to kill the purpose of each perspective to be responsible to its own freedom of thought.
What is needed is freedom within law. Broad parameters for the unfolding of faith-family-fidelity. Not stifling nazi elites of gov busybodies. Not Morlochs impugning Eloi as racist, misogynist, bigoted, chauvenistic, parochial, phobic, privileged, or repressed. Not interconnected villages of Eloi ruled to the nines of worldwide syndication by gross, nasty, knowitall Clintonesque Morlochs passing out "free" pizza. The federal ideals of the Founders, not the phony, blow-dried, elitist scum of the Chooming-Socialist-Fascist-Totalitarian mind slavers. We are overdue for casting aside the chaff and tares.
I went to a snake farm about 10 years ago and watched as mice were fed to the snakes. Often, there were two snakes in the same glass cage. So the mouse would leap wildly away from one snake head only to go to the other. An athletic mouse might last several volleys, but his end was inevitable. He had no chance unless he could beat both snakes at once, as by opening a crack in the roof and leaping through. Likewise, our republic has no chance against the uni-beast of crony-commie fascist-socialism unless ordinary Americans see that two-headed beast as the single evil that it is.
Commies know they are aligned with crony billionaires, and cronies know the commies are their vanguard of agitators. It's only the American mice who delude themselves by thinking they can save themselves by alternating between making common cause with crony snakes versus commie snakes. The snakeheads have merged into one beast, so that we will save the republic only by vanquishing it. To devise a strategy, we need to identify the beast. And not think we make progress by naming one head crony fascist and the other head commie socialist. We can name one head Rino and the other Dino, but they are equally set on devouring us.
Whether in guise as crony or commie, the two headed, fork tongued beast is out to feed on us. Both of the heads are anti-American, despotic totalitarians. It serves little purpose to worry about whether one should be called fascist and the other socialist. Especially since they revolve, writhe, and ball together so much.
Properly viewed, the crony-commie axis of fascists-socialists has hardly ever "failied." Each new axis tends merely to be a variant on people farming, which has been the successful and default condition of humanity for thousands of years.
Yes, if you take false promises as the metric, as if they were not intended to be false, then both cronyism and communism fail. But pie-in-sky promises are hardly ever intended as much more than lures, to keep the masses quiescent. Bread and circuses, bait and switch, good cop-bad cop, and divide and rule were not invented yesterday.
One needs to take a cold, hard look and observe that human decency is not confronted by evil to be alternatively fought between two snakes. Rather, the evil to be fought is of one beast with a head at each end. Unless both heads are chopped off, the cutting of one merely produces the immediate growth of a replacement. Against cluelessness, that one beast has always been successful.
If one takes a cold, hard look to see the permutations of empire-tribute, aristocracy-feudalism, oligarchy-kabuki, priest-carny, and gangster-vig for what fallible humans have always intended them to be, then one learns that they have been enormously successful for eons.
What has been much less successful and much harder to sustain has been human decency, as under a system of representative republicanism. That does not blossom except under careful nurturing by an enlightened populace.
Because modern progressive liberalism seeks to replace republican liberty with despotic regulation and "security," it is a mortal threat to human decency. And it has eons on its side, regardless of the many different names its devilishness goes by. Too many among our citizenry are oblivious that our republic is critically endangered by a very old and wily foe that is anything but "unsuccessful."
The entire world could spiral into desperate madness, and I doubt Obama or Hillary would feel any responsibility. Just regret that (s)he was not able to stomp the boot harder.
When man began to farm plants, oligarchs began to farm man. The mindset of King Djer of Egypt, Menes, Sargon of Akkad, Wǔ Wáng, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Caesar, Constantine, Attila the Scourge, Mohammad, Charlemagne, Ragnar Lodbrok, Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Montezuma, Ivan the Terrible, Tammerlane, Robespierre, Napoleon, Al Capone, Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Hirohito, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Castro, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Sadam Hussein, Saud, Nicolae Ceausescu, Khomeini, Jim Jones, Bill Ayers, Hillary Clinton, was that the whole village, country, or even world could burn, if needed to appease their power lust.
Obama the Choomer only seems to be kinder and gentler because, in his situation, he recognizes the iron fist can do more damage if concealed in a velvet glove. Like all sociopaths, Obama holds close to his vest his license to conceal his anti-humanity.
Our Founders saw representative republicanism as the one path for avoiding the default condition of mankind, which has been peon servitude under sociopathic despots. However, Obama, those who shill for him, and those he serves prefer the default condition, albeit under other labels. Does Hillary suck up obscene dollars from cronies because she wants to serve commies? It's ludicrous even to ask.
Obama had never been captured or deprived. He had been coddled and entertained from his inception. He was not leading desperate, dying, abused men. He was leading entitlement minded whiny babies who wanted to party more than work. Unlike in most of the rest of the world, he and his followers always had the freedom to make their own ways.
There is one explanation for Obama's path, and it is not ignorance. It is wilful blindness, because he chose the path of corruption. He was never about giving. He was always about narcissism, chooming, and diva posing. A legend in his own mind, that, unfortunately, too many corrupt Americans voted to entertain.
Obama is fundamently unable to ask, "What have I done." The most we can hope for is that some small portion of his followers, i.e., the 47%, can wake up, join humanity, and ask that question. Obama did not succumb to Stockholm Syndrome. He simply grew up immersed in evil and found he liked it. Given his tamped down hatred of whites, straights, Christians, and ordinary Americans, the only thing he is wondering is, "How can I screw them up even more?" Like his crony and commie backers, Obama is jealous and angry that ordinary Americans can find meaning and purposefulness without bowing to or depending on him. As a false messiah, he will never stop tryng to deceive or force ordinary people, even foreigners, into believing that he is the way.
Congress and the others that project to believe there is any decency in Obama continue to be fundamentally mistaken, which is why he has not been impeached and removed. And he and his well established ilk are not done yet. We are in the war of our lives against entrenched evil. Unless you want to make yourself Eloi dinner for incorrigible Morlochs, now is not the time to impute good will to fundamental corruption.