As I was saying

By Sarason D. Liebler | Apr 13, 2012

I commenced writing columns for the Republican Journal in 1998, shortly after the memorable ice storm. In due course, and until 2008, I wrote columns for all of the weeklies in Camden and Belfast. When VillageSoup asked me to forgo getting paid for my efforts, I thought then, as well as now, that if your efforts and thoughts do not provide value worth paying for to the publisher they may be assumed to have no value at all.


After a final stint at Waldo Independent, before it drowned in the soup pot, I tried blogging. My blogs received some comment from people I knew but the effort offered no reward of any kind. In a sense I was simply talking to myself, and in the long run that is less than healthy.


So, now that key VillageSoup assets have been acquired by the ownership of The Free Press I will give it another shot. Another shot at trying to make sense of what is going on both locally nationally and internationally. You see, I feel they are all tied together, key happenings do effect us all, even here in bucolic Maine.


My perspective remains the same. I hate the ever redundant shallow sloganeering in politics and public discourse. I reject the Tea Party view that the U.S. Constitution must be the ultimate word on how we are to govern. The world has changed radically from those times. The brilliant men who wrote the Constitution would be overwhelmed by today’s society. The changes to our society during the last decade, taking in to account medical technology, social media, data handling, communication, etc. has swamped the complacent attitude of a post World War II society. It is an attitude that all clearly victorious nations acquire. In this case, the United States was the only national power still upright after the war. However, we are now a society that has slid down the slippery slope of ennui while other societies have risen up and are now demanding and taking their piece of the pie. While we have more than 8 percent of our workforce out of work we cannot fill hundreds of thousand jobs because the population does not have the required skills to do so.


In the interim, since my prior columns, I have set out on a path to educate myself in areas that I knew about from old school curricula , but this time reading whole texts of some famous books as opposed to being only acquainted with from random pithy quotes sprinkled in history tomes or the media.


“The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Gibbons,” “Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith, “Democracy in America” by Alexis De Tocqueville, among others, are all, if repetitive, instructive. What they all demonstrate is that while society has changed radically from the not so good, “good old days,” people have not.


So, as I was saying...I intend to comment and reflect on the changing issues of the day taking into account the clay of civilization — people, us — has not.


The political turbulence of today, the partisan rants that all candidates succumb to, but piously decry, has been with us from the beginning of politics. While our candidates, the princes of our realm, do not follow the advice of Niccolo Machiavelli and kill off those they defeat, they do however, certainly seek to kill off the competing philosophical thoughts and most meaningful discussion.

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