Posted by Jacob on March 04, 2000 at 24:24:03:
Robert R. Made an excellent point to me privately about not aruging points. He said it showed one’s strength.
My response was worded in such a way as to not seem negative or argumentative. Reading the original post (which I have several times) really angered me a great deal. First thing I thought was what the relevance to real estate investing was. It reminded me of the silly forwards I get from 12 year olds promising good luck for life if I forward this to 10 friends immediately.
You see, I didn’t want to point out several very obvious flaws that really would have inflamed a few people, which was not my intention.
I didn’t really want to make the point that WWII was about as misguided as Vietnam or Korea. That millions of Americans were sacrificed to save Communism in Russia and so Stalin could kill a few million more of his own people. Having had two gradfathers that fought in WWII, another that fought in Korea (yes, I had three grandfathers) and a father that fought in Vietnam (not to mention my Marine Corps service) I am as fiercely patriotic as anyone else.
The problem is, I don’t feel anyone owes anyone a thing. It isn’t Clinton’s fault that social security was a joke from the start, another wonderful government program to solve our problems. It’s up to each individual to ensure their own survival, not expect the government (or actually, my tax money) to take care of them in the future. I sure don’t.
If you still don’t feel as though I got it, that’s ok. That’s another great feature about this country that I love. The ability to see things as we choose.