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this is the future of america

My parents keep telling me that it is incumbent upon my generation and the generation after me to fix all of the various economic and political problems that their generation and the generation before theirs have created over the past 50 years. Every time they bring that up, I have to admit to giggling uncontrollably and pointing out just how ludicrous that hope is.

Why? Because I know what my generation and the next are like:

Duane Brooks Jr. defrauded a government – I am not entirely sure if the money for his rent came from the county, state, or federal coffers, but the point is that he took money given to him by one of those entities for the express purpose of paying his rent, and turned around and used it for something else. Fine – that is one thing, and not really my concern given how blatant his actions were.

What really caught my attention in that video was how incapable he was of tracking a logical conversation. He did not comprehend where the money came from. He did not comprehend that it was given to him for a specific purpose. He did not comprehend that his use of it for something else was wrong. And his sole explanation for why he did the things he did was, "I’m me. It’s just how I roll."

Oh. My. God. Here we are, with a prime example of a product of the American educational system (a product we, the taxpayers, are apparently paying somewhere around $22,000 a year to create), and the … individual (I can hardly call him a "man", can I?) cannot even comprehend the nature of a "contract"? Judge Judy is exactly correct – this is what we are creating, and this is why I have absolutely no faith for the future of my country.

A variation of a relatively unsourced (but generally attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler) quote once went,

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.

…but since we all know America is not a democracy, that does not hold entirely true for our current situation. Instead, you have to find the middle ground between that and this famous quote that may or may not be from Alexis de Toqueville:

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

Remember, Duane up there votes – he is 21, and was eligible to cast a ballot in the last national elections, and possibly even the one before that. And who do you think he voted for – someone who promised to give people like Duane more money "for free", or someone who promised to work towards balancing our budget by cutting back on programs?

… And how much more of a stupid question could I ask?

Judge Judy, much though I despise her show, is right – we have created whole generations of people like Duane, and we are going to suffer miserably for it in the coming decades.

(And do not even get me started on the idiocy of his sugar momma being who-knows-how-many months behind on her rent, but wanting to take him to court for being behind on his…)

(This happy, warm-and-fuzzy-generating post courtesy of Kevin and Weer’d.)

12 comments to this is the future of america

  • Lynn H

    Hum, looks like CBS hijacked your video link.

  • That Toqueville quote is also apparently apocryphal. True, nonetheless.

    And I wish like hell I’d downloaded a copy of that video before CBS yanked it.

  • Here’s a different source:

    [script language="javascript"]var VideoID = “15915″; var Width = 425; var Height = 344;[/script][script src="" language="javascript"][/script]

    Replace the brackets, of course.

  • @ Lynn H: Frakkers! Thankfully, there are a few workarounds for that… :)

    @ Kevin Baker: Yup, found it right after you did :).

    Did not know the quote was apocryphal, though… will revise it accordingly…

  • Lynn H

    T’is a sad state or sure.

    Wonder what LBJ would think of his “Great Society” now?

  • the Dude

    The stupid, it burns…

    Actually, this shouldn’t surprise me. I have to process people like this every couple of weeks.

  • Phssthpok

    Why didn’t Judge Judy have him arrested on the spot for fraud and theft?

    I bet THAT would have learned him real quick on how to follow the logic of his actions.

  • Gaston

    The fish rots from the head down:

    “If you forgot to get a Christmas present for Charlie Rangel, don’t worry. The congressman picked one out for himself, and he’s sending you the bill: $2 million for a shiny new Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College.

    The New York Democrat’s Monument to Me was one of about 9,000 earmarks in the omnibus spending bill Congress approved before going on vacation. Most represented a more subtle form of self-aggrandizement, aimed at maintaining power and prestige by currying favor with voters.” – 2007 Congress

    Same guy that forgot to pay taxes on rental property. Congressional Pork is over 1% of the Federal Budget.

  • jetaz

    Fortunately, when the .gov defaults, morons like this will quickly discover that Mr. Darwin’s theory applies to them.

  • I watched the whole thing, Cthulhu help me. I watched to the end where this individual had the case against him dismissed.

    After having the full scope of his moral, intellectual and nasal deficiencies put on display for the world to see, Duane beats the rap because he had the criminal cunning to be beholden to a woman whose grasp of contractual obligations is worse than his.

  • Patrick

    @ Tirno:
    Completely right… She wasn’t damaged and had no right to sue him for damage. Shame…

    @Linoge: I’m not a fan of the show, and the drama, but I’ve always liked the Judge as a person. This video clinched it for me. Judy “gets” it. This.. individual (agreed) does not.

  • @ Lynn H: Well, considering that he helped create this situation, he had bloody well sit up (in his corpsified state) and take responsibility for it…

    @ the Dude: We should force Congress to watch this ever couple of weeks… and every damned teacher in the country.

    @ Phssthpok: Kind of wondering that myself, but I have never really understood her standing (if any) in our country’s legal system.

    @ Gaston: Well good frak, a person who could not even “remember” to pay his taxes for how many years straight is now the head of the Department of Treasury and the IRS. If that is not a surefire indication of how much we have sunk as a nation, I will be damned if I know what is.

    @ jetaz: On the one hand, they might just sit around and whinge about how the government is no longer supporting them. On the other hand, history has proven that people like him have an annoying tendency of banding together with other people like him, and making life difficult for people like us who have worked and prepared and stocked up and saved.

    Hence one of the many needs for private ownership of firearms.

    @ Tirno: I was very, very thankful that the woman was not given a chance to speak… I probably would have broken my monitor after that.

    @ Patrick: I will not deny that the woman has a wonderfully sound head on her shoulder, but the entire show just rubs me the wrong way, for a whole host of reasons.

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