Social fabric is tearing

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The recent social uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Syria and other countries – facilitated by Facebook and other social networks – have their roots deeply embedded in American technology. These events have led to the demise of longtime rulers and dictators. The protesting and civil disobedience overseas has boomeranged with a vengeance, yet most rich could not care less. Naturally, with the increasing gap between rich and poor, improved mechanisms for information-sharing and organizing are permeating American culture. The rich, largely unaffected by the economic downturn, don’t realize that real hurt exists and is proliferating. Outsourcing, chronic unemployment, underemployment, etc., are conspiring to saturate our economy with uncertainty and hopelessness. Justice is the first casualty. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. warned, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Immigrants, legal and undocumented, and willing to work for less, are unintentionally lowering American living standards. Blacks and poor whites existing on the fringes, forced into a black-market economy filled with crime and drugs, are overlooked by middle America, whose members are now themselves feeling the pinch. White-collar jobs have become a major American export. Homes are being foreclosed and devalued. Are we unraveling?

The Occupy movement has focused attention on many problems. The deep-rooted problem, however, is no consideration or care for the less fortunate. When our social fabric tears, those falsely believing they are immune should help sew things back together. John F. Kennedy cautioned that if we fail to protect the many we cannot save the few: “We all breathe the same air. ... And we all are mortal.”

A rising tide cannot lift your boat if you don’t have a boat. Dr. King also prophesied, “We must learn to live together as men, or perish as fools.”

Tunk Martin

Edgefield, S.C.

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desertcat6
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desertcat6 01/24/12 - 01:30 am
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No care for the or

No care for the or consideration for the less fortunate? Have you seen our nation's and state's budgets, heard the amount of charitiable donations our citizens and corporations make each year, and are you aware of the oppourtunities that are available to our young people through youth programs, the military, voluteerism, scholarships and grants? For the latter, success is waiting to be seized with little to no effort other than obeying the law and getting good grades. Of course, our young people could choose to do it the hard way like me. I worked 40 hours per week to put myself through college in four years to get a BS in Geology/Geophysics as a janitor, painter and security gaurd.

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Riverman1 01/24/12 - 05:59 am
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Yeah, really, DesertCat6. The

Yeah, really, DesertCat6. The opportunities are here, but for some reason the psychology of success is eluding many. It's attitude and work that gets you ahead.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/24/12 - 07:18 am
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Riverman1,there you go using

Riverman1,there you go using that dirty "w" word again!

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 01/24/12 - 07:34 am
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The widening gap between our

The widening gap between our rich and poor has resulted from the destruction of our middle class. Many people have been forced from their jobs by federal policies that discourage companies from doing business here. The dilution of our currency has been impoverishing many people whose cash is losing its purchasing power.

We need sound currency along with government policies that make for an economy conducive to the creation and increase of jobs. Only Ron Paul has a plan for accomplishing all of this. The other candidates, even the conservative-sounding ones, simply want to kick the can down the road.

agustinian
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agustinian 01/24/12 - 08:07 am
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Mr. Martin, I am not sure

Mr. Martin, I am not sure what point you are making.

If the point is that government is supposed to salve all our misfortunes; I disagree with you. I pay about $20,000 in income taxes. I think I am considered middle class, how much more do you want to dig into my wallet to help those without a "boat"?

The "government" doesn't generate any income. The "government" is the people, and anything you want the government to do, you want to take from me to give to someone else. How 'bout if I decide who I should give to as "charity" and we eliminate the government extortion, aka, taxes.

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david jennings 01/24/12 - 08:28 am
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What a crock. If you measure

What a crock. If you measure wealth by the amount of money you have, you may be poor indeed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/24/12 - 08:35 am
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Ok ...Let's be honest

Ok ...Let's be honest here.....there is a huge difference in todays world....years ago we had FACTORY WORK of all kinds...

We need to bring our jobs home.....stop pretending all are college material....they are NOT...put some decent jobs on the horizon again...
The part I agree with is ...when you don't have a boat it won't rise.....so some give up & say FEED ME-HOUSE ME-
Why is it so hard to put this country first??

garner49
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garner49 01/24/12 - 09:42 am
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...Because this "fabric", is

...Because this "fabric", is made in China... Had to throw that in.

"The Occupy movement has focused attention on many problems." Like their own crazy, lazy, good-for-nothing ethics - created by their liberal, socialist teachers and media.

The "gap" between the rich and poor is "increasing" because the "poor" wants the "rich" to provide for their lazy butt. How do you think those with money got it? They worked for it... Amazing concept!

I AM SICK of hearing about the "less fortunate"!!!! I grew up working a 3-acre garden, so we could have food. I picked cotton after school and on Saturday (from sun-up to sun-down) to have money for school. My parents didn't have money; but that didn't stop me from taking the initiative to change that in my life. Others can (and have) do/did the same.

Your letter reeks of socialism. It doesn't work.

I am John Galt.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/24/12 - 09:54 am
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garner49, good post! Been

garner49, good post! Been wondering who John Galt was, LOL!

Actually good posts all around, ditto, ditto, ditto...

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/24/12 - 09:55 am
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Everyone has a boat, the
Unpublished

Everyone has a boat, the problem is not everyone wants to row. Some people want to tie their boat to someone elses and just ride for free.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/24/12 - 10:41 am
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The Obama administration

The Obama administration threw $500 million dollars down the drain when it backed Solyndra with tax dollars. The Obama administration should have known that it was going to go bust becuase the White House Budget office said it would go bust in Sept (it went bust in Sept). Solyndra was producing a product for $6.00, selling it for $3.00 and Solyndra's compitition was selling it for $2.00. My point, that is 2 and 1/2 Mitt Romney's life earings. It would takesome one earning $100,000/year 5000 years to earn the money. Obama's response, we bet on it and some times bets don't pan out. Notice it was not Obama's money but tax payers money he bet. How much money does the Government need and how much should it be allowed to waste? This is money earned with peoples time and sweat so Obama can make jokes. Well the shovel ready jobs weren't so shovel ready an $800 billion dollar one line joke!

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nofanofobama 01/24/12 - 10:55 am
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what a sad commentary ...we

what a sad commentary ...we have spent trillions upon trillions of dollars on the war on proverty..we have the most generous citizens on earth who give billions a year to charitable cause...yet to some its not enough..they want more and more and do less and less...if they aint got a boat start with a raft but quit taking from those who are responsible and have paid all the bills...this nonsense has got to stop...if you dont work ..NO ONE OWES YOU ANYTHING..be grateful and just shut up ..if your livlihood is supplied by others just show a little gratitude and quit crying.

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itsanotherday1 01/24/12 - 11:00 am
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I have a couple of problems

I have a couple of problems with Mr. Martin's letter. He starts with "blacks and poor whites living on the fringe". It may have been unintended, but it sounds like he believes most or all blacks = poor whites. If so, he needs to open his eyes and look beyond Edgefield. Many, many minorities are doing quite well; and it is my hope that their example will lead more to be ambitious and successful.
He uses the term "less fortunate", which is one that just grates on me. How many of you hard working readers achieved your station in life through luck? Good fortune is winning the lottery. Of the poor in this country, I venture a guess that 75% are there because of decisions they made (or didn't make); and the rest are elderly or victims of disease, etc.

Like Desertcat, I either worked and went to school, or worked a full and part-time job almost year round from the age of 12 until I was in my early 40's. Less fortunate my foot!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/24/12 - 11:13 am
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Yeah, I hate the term "less

Yeah, I hate the term "less fortunate" too. Makes it sound like it's by no fault of their own.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/24/12 - 12:58 pm
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Obama invests 2 billion to

Obama invests 2 billion to develop Brazilian oil only to allow China to buy it. We get most of our oil from Canada and instead of building the pipeline he is allowing China to buy it. Is he the Prez of America or the Chairman of China. It is becoming more and more difficult to believe our Prez cares about the US economy. His sit and wait strategy and blame game is getting old. He blames the Repubs but they've passed a dozen economic bills while the Senate Dems still don't have budget committees. Impeach the senate for failing to work.

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bjphysics 01/24/12 - 01:20 pm
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"There are two novels that

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

- Kung Fu Monkey

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/24/12 - 01:31 pm
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Forbes: “Dispelling the

Forbes: “Dispelling the Brazil Oil Loan Myth as Obama Heads to Rio”

“The rumor started back in the summer of 2010, when Fox News’ controversial conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck said that Obama had lent Petrobras $2 billion for its deep ocean oil drilling off the Atlantic Coast of Espirito Santo and Rio de Janeiro states.”

“Here’s what is really going on with that $2 billion loan…”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/03/17/dispelling-the-petrobra...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/24/12 - 01:49 pm
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I hate to be nitpicky, but

I hate to be nitpicky, but the following construction used by Mr. Martin should be offensive to blacks:

Blacks and poor whites existing on the fringes, forced into a black-market economy filled with crime and drugs, are overlooked by middle America. . . .

Why lump all blacks into a group with only poor whites? There are many, many, many blacks who are part of middle America. Are they overlooking themselves?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/24/12 - 01:53 pm
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Fundamental Arminian

Fundamental Arminian wrote:

The widening gap between our rich and poor has resulted from the destruction of our middle class.

Don't worry, Fundamental Arminian. The middle class is supposed to be the main topic in tonight's State of the Union address. Our president will have all these problems solved in a "plan" he will never get around to sharing with anyone.

Does anyone remember how many times Obama has speechified that "jobs are priority one with me" or "I'm going to focus on jobs like a laser" just before he went off on his next vacation? Pitiful!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/24/12 - 02:58 pm
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Dang I'd hate to be the mouth

Dang I'd hate to be the mouth piece of Fox news with the Brazil thingy. That is what I like about science-it is peer review and not a lot of horse hockey. Now the news is the the soup du jour of finding an article to substantiate any argument. What's the truth-who knows???? The Daily KOS, Fox news, MSNBC, etc. all in the misinformation business apparently-as they are all equally culpable of making up stuff. Kinda surprised that Forbes is at odds wit Fox since they seem to sleep together a bit. The internet founded for scientist has turned into the wild west-predominately porn, then of the 40% left turns out studies indicate only 30% is accurate. You really have to be careful what you read these days-just like people still believe vaccines are linked to autism when the AMA, Lancet, Congress, numerous studies, and likely "God" have demonstrated no connection. Scary stuff. I like the old days bumping around the library. Guess I'm ole school. Jeez

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allhans 01/24/12 - 03:27 pm
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You really don't have to

You really don't have to believe what a writer with Forbes has to say. That is his opinion, others have different ways of seeing what is going on, and they just might be the ones who are right.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/24/12 - 03:43 pm
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Why bash on John Gault? The

Why bash on John Gault? The topic is a smidge above my grade point (or imagination) but I didn't get where the article sympathizes with Ayn Rand philosophy. Did a comment make a reference that would link to Atlas in some way?

allhans
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allhans 01/24/12 - 04:06 pm
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David Parker. There are a

David Parker. There are a lot of John Galt's around, thank goodness. Those who bash them are probably NOT fans of Rand. :)

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Chillen 01/24/12 - 04:41 pm
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If things don't improve

If things don't improve around here - financially and freedom-wise, I'm going to start my own John Galt movement. Just got to find a location and start sending out the invites.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/24/12 - 05:19 pm
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Don't forget my address

Don't forget my address Chillen, I definitely want an invite.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/24/12 - 05:22 pm
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I remember reading the

I remember reading the Fountainhead by Rand in the early 70s but I haven't read Atlas Shrugged-I'll have to check it out because it is suppose to her best. I've always thought her notion of Objectivism was a load of manure and she was and is still rejected by most academics.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/24/12 - 05:25 pm
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How does someone that is not

How does someone that is not already wealthy go “John Galt”? Where do they get their income after “going Galt”? What prevents them from being replaced by foreign workers or people that are currently unemployed?

There’s an active system in America that is ready made to fill most voids by Galt’s absence, it’s called capitalism and the product your replacements would sell is called labor; their labor.

I can only think of a few categories of workers that would have any impact if they “go Galt” but most of them still can’t afford to do so.

FYI: http://www.welfareinfo.org/

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 01/24/12 - 06:48 pm
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LittleLamb says; "Does anyone

LittleLamb says; "Does anyone remember how many times Obama has speechified that "jobs are priority one with me" or "I'm going to focus on jobs like a laser" just before he went off on his next vacation? Pitiful!"

Rat on, rat on, rat on! Then, he killed tens of thousands of jobs by cancelling the oil pipeline. Does anyone else recognize the impact of this act? Wonder if he will attempt to explain his action tonight? I won't know, I'm not going to watch it.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/24/12 - 06:52 pm
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Great letter, Tunk Martin.

Great letter, Tunk Martin. Unfortunately it's over the heads and therefore subject to contempt by the regulars who populate Reader Comments on The Augusta Chronicle, the South's oldest and rapidly becoming the most irrelevant newspaper.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/24/12 - 07:26 pm
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I was just reading an online

I was just reading an online analysis of the President's speech tonight-written in the past tense (apparently it was written months ago with final touches) Then the GOP response (I guess predictable). I guess now I don't need to even bother watchin'. Frightening, the stalemate continues, politics as usual-every politician should be arrested for prostitution.

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