The Big Ideas of 2012

The American Dream

I have no deviant desires.
The American Dream
Brent Humphreys

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I am married and I live in the suburbs.

My street looks like every street you have seen in every commercial since 1957.Ever since I first came here, I couldn’t think of living anywhere else.

I have two children – both bright – a girl and a boy. I can’t wait to watch them grow up.

I love my car. My impeccable home. I love being fit, and I love a good day’s work. I love being straight and never confused about my sexual identity. I love my wife. I love being monogamous.

I love my neighbors who come out on Saturday mornings and cut their grass, and chitchat to me while we washdown our cars and driveways.

Every second Saturday, after the kids are safely off to bed, I take a Viagra. My wife and I will then finish watching our Saturday night crime drama, and then for the next 20 or so minutes I remind my wife of why she really married me in the first place. After which she usually takes a Sleep Eze-type product because she says she likes getting a good Saturday night sleep.

The kids are always up early on Sunday mornings, diligently doing their homework at the kitchen table, while Mom bakes cookies and makes bread in her new breadmaker. That’s when the kitchen really shines. We don’t go to church, except for the high holidays, but we still know we are blessed.

My wife booked us a trip to the Caribbean. She said we could get double airmiles if we put the entire trip on our VISA card.

When our neighbors ask how the trip was I tell them it was brilliant, just as theirs had been. It’s not a lie.

Sure, we all comb our hair the same way, and we are a little obsessed with dandelions and flossing our teeth. And so what if we all like to go to the same movies, watch the same TV, and eat the same popcorn. It’s a good life here.

Uncomplicated.

I’m not a complicated man.

I have no deviant desires.

—Sherwood Hinze

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Anonymous

An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
~ Albert Einstein

Anonymous

An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
~ Albert Einstein

danieldcameron

How do you know people would jump at an alternative to capitalism? Polling shows that 72% of the population is 'adverse to change' which suggests they WOULD NOT jump at it.

Dan

danieldcameron

How do you know people would jump at an alternative to capitalism? Polling shows that 72% of the population is 'adverse to change' which suggests they WOULD NOT jump at it.

Dan

Butter7

I can't remember the name, but some famous sociologist back in the 1950s said that if fascism ever developed in the U.S., it would be in the suburbs among the white men. That's what's missing from this story. Omitted the part about hating anybody who doesn't have money, anybody who's not white, any woman who is not a teacher, nurse, or something with the word "assistant" in the title. There's nothing wrong with people choosing to live a simple life with a house, comfort, and a schedule some might find oppressive. The problem is that only a few have the option. All those people buying homes they could not afford in the past decade weren't rejecting the idea of homeownership, they were thrilled at the radical idea that they could finally have the same thing. Of course it was a lie.

Butter7

I can't remember the name, but some famous sociologist back in the 1950s said that if fascism ever developed in the U.S., it would be in the suburbs among the white men. That's what's missing from this story. Omitted the part about hating anybody who doesn't have money, anybody who's not white, any woman who is not a teacher, nurse, or something with the word "assistant" in the title. There's nothing wrong with people choosing to live a simple life with a house, comfort, and a schedule some might find oppressive. The problem is that only a few have the option. All those people buying homes they could not afford in the past decade weren't rejecting the idea of homeownership, they were thrilled at the radical idea that they could finally have the same thing. Of course it was a lie.

danieldcameron

I don't think the author of this poem is motivated by hate; he seems to be defending his choice to choose a life some people consider oppressive. I don't agree with your statement that few can choose; the choice being made is one of life style, and everyone has that choice.
Also, saying home ownership is a lie, is a very broad generalization that is not accurate. The housing bubble was not created by individuals buying homes, or their desire for ownership of their home.
The author also doesn't mention anything about sexism, or racism because it doesn't seem to be his point. If those are other issues you have, then they should be addressed separately.

Dan

danieldcameron

I don't think the author of this poem is motivated by hate; he seems to be defending his choice to choose a life some people consider oppressive. I don't agree with your statement that few can choose; the choice being made is one of life style, and everyone has that choice.
Also, saying home ownership is a lie, is a very broad generalization that is not accurate. The housing bubble was not created by individuals buying homes, or their desire for ownership of their home.
The author also doesn't mention anything about sexism, or racism because it doesn't seem to be his point. If those are other issues you have, then they should be addressed separately.

Dan

greg_2

"If fascism ever comes to America, it will be draped in a flag and carrying a cross."

The source of the quote is disputed. There are many variations as people have been quoting it quite often.

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Remember: They'll be knocking down your doors at night.

greg_2

"If fascism ever comes to America, it will be draped in a flag and carrying a cross."

The source of the quote is disputed. There are many variations as people have been quoting it quite often.

--
Remember: They'll be knocking down your doors at night.

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