So yeah, that sounded academic, but I'm trying to make sure the thread title actually has something to do with what this thread is about.
What sparked this thread for me is this:
If you havent checked out that comic (even just as a comic) I recommend it. But thats not what this is about. The above is a link to the most recent entry in his blog, and I think its a really valuable and interesting work. I've been studying a lot of US Foreign policy recently, and I think its really crucial, as an American citizen or as a person who is trying to understand why the US is the way it is today/how it was originally conceived, to think a bit about that.
Anyway, the link is basically Washingtons Farewell Address translated loosely into "modern" english. Though I also like the original, I think this version is really accessible (dont misunderstand, I'm not looking down, im just recognizing that the piece is not really short and its less likely to get a TLDR and generate more discussion if its presented like this) without sacrificing the inherent points of his address.
I dont really expect this thread to get a lot of active participation, but thats okay. I think a few people will respond, and more people will read it than respond. 'sides, I hate threads that are over 8 pages. By the 4th, its never about the original topic anyway.
As for why I called this a "crucial period" (other than being bombastic), is because I think there are points in history where a lot of truly fundamental change is made in a short time that strongly shapes the next century. I think that period for the US is the 2008 election. I think the stuff going on in Congress now has the opportunity to be pretty damn revolutionary, for better or for worse. And though its hard to see exactly what is better or worse, I think Washingtons address talks a lot about issues that are coming to the forefront in this time (especially the part about the Constitution, in light of the recent push by some politicians to pull back on free speech and other constitutional rights)(also the part about political parties. partisan politics are so fucking dumb sometimes, especially recently).
Yeah. I dont usually give my opinion when I post shit like this, but I dont want this thread to just get breezed over. If you got this far, thanks. I hope you take the 10 minutes or so to read translated part of the link.