When I lived two blocks over? My Mom used to send me to the store to buy her a pack of Raleigh's for .32 cents a pack. Gawd we're old.
But anyhow...I did all this work of reading and stuff, so I might as well finish ruining my solid and sane reputation here at Pip.
"The turmoil in the Middle East has pushed oil above $100 per barrel again, and gasoline prices are following suit. ..."
That would be Mike's intro to this thread.
Huan Yi did indeed make me sit up with his post following:
"It is past time for the Obama administration to speak in one voice — prudently, consistently, and forcefully — on behalf of nonviolent transition to secular constitutional government in the Middle East."
followed by what I believe would be Unca's fly in the ointment part of the quote (in italics for clarity--as if that helps me, any...)
Meanwhile, to preserve our autonomy and options, America in the short term needs to stop borrowing money and to drill like crazy for oil and natural gas, as we fast-track coal and nuclear power.y
So I was like YES, then, "noooo."
I also like Ron's analogy, and it's not just to be argumentative, or about "taking sides", it's just an analogy that I understand.
I once watched a guy shoot up heroin with a broken syringe. (The "point" or needle was already in his arm, it was the plunger part that broke.) There just happened to be a pair of hemostats nearby (go figger) and he managed to keep his arm steady as he addressed that problem by utilizing the surgical instrument (hemostats) to successfully plunge the drug into himself,assuaging his nagging addiction for the opiate, which gave him a bit more time to go off in search of a better syringe and more drugs. (Still an analogy of addiction, but as disturbing as it might be visually, it's probably more akin to drilling, I think.)
That guy didn't die that day, but he's dead now, and this tale now happens to be the legacy he left in my own life.
So I guess I'm asking why we don't address what was cited as the source of the problem. That's pretty much what they do in rehab. If anyone is uncomfortable with that analogy, I might ask, who has ever had a problem with finances? If you solved that problem with a budget than surely it is understood that budget means prioritization of substance over frivolity--so, no sir, Michael, I do not understand the wisdom of slapping around our bodies for veins that are less worn for a fleeting comfort to a recurring problem.
If we have this addiction, then I suggest that a slow withdrawal is easier to survive than cold-turkey shock. I also suggest that the "moral inventory" that those famous 12 step programs utilize is vital to the success of our future generations. We do indeed need to look long and hard at just how that turmoil in the Middle East began, how much of it (if any<--for argument) is our responsibility, and how can we attone for any actions we might have made to contribute to a situation that is rife with confusion by anyone's standard of sanity.
I suppose I'm asking all, if you were King of The Forest, how would you then proceed to ensure that the forest survives fruitfully enough for all to benefit?
I know I ask questions from a basis of naivite', but I am nearly fifty years old, and I do not yet know how to define American Ideals. I have heard of rallies of citizen cooperation in the U.S--even Allied Countries in agreement of certain self-sacrificial acts by private citizens to sponsor a higher call to achieve success in wartime that was deemed to be moral in the sense that it was for a common cause of greater purpose.
We can't even seem to rally.
And Uncas? It did occur to me that perhaps Budweiser might be considered an imported beer if you're drinking a domestic Beck's in Germany.
I should be at a parade...but there's always tomorrow. Or is there?
I think we all agree on one thing, though.
We certainly need leadership.