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Murdering ourselves


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

John Adams once said that “democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide”. In a book first published in 1942 economist Joseph Schumpeter asks the question, “Can capitalism survive?” He answers, “No I do not think it can”. Neither man had confidence in the long term survivability of the United States based on what we were founded on.

Again we are being told by some of our leading “intellectuals” that the constitution as written is no longer meaningful or valid for a variety of reasons but one of the common criticisms is that the authors lived 200 years ago and had no concept of what our country would be like today. Moreover, critics have to conclude that the amendment process created to modify the constitution is inadequate. In other words, the founders were too ignorant to establish a constitution that could work forever.

Obviously the changes in the world have been enormous since the late 1700s. Human knowledge has expanded exponentially since our founding. For one to contend that the constitution as written isn’t as important anymore one must conclude that the changes during the intervening years are significant enough to make the constitution little more than window dressing.

However, there are at least four solid reasons that counter the argument the constitution is less valid today than when it was first written.

First, one must assume that the founders knowledge of history, human behavior, and the principles on which governments are founded is far less sophisticated than ours. Can our arrogant smarter-than-thou elite make the case that our understanding of history’s lessons of governance and human behavior is superior to that of our founders? I don’t think so.

One really needs to read the Federalist Papers to adequately understand that. Reading the old documents will give one an understanding of the depth of our founders comprehensive knowledge of human nature, government, and history. Were any of them still alive today, I am certain the last 200 years would only reinforce their judgment.

Moreover, we may not be as smart as we think we are. Some geneticists actually believe that human intelligence is declining. Writer Mike Barrett, in a recent article, points out that Stanford researcher Dr. Harold Crabtree, among others, thinks this is the case. He says, .....
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Impacting our communities

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Recently, our Foundation (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation) held its annual community luncheon in Spring Valley. Each year, we do this type of community visit to celebrate our accomplis ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Taking a break for some sunshine

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Probably one of the greatest things about raising our two children is that their busy lives force my wife and I to ta ..... 
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Baby Steps Toward Full Equality

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Karen Reisner Spring is a time of new beginnings, new life, and growth. Finally, winter is leaving us, kicking and screaming as it exits. Social and cultural changes move at a snail’s pace and years of seasons come and go before evidence ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Are we ready for change?

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com While attending the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) event on April 18th at Four Daughters Winery and ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn. Economic impact Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says ther ..... 
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Tired of Budget Shenanigans?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

With the formal release of President Obama’s budget, the pieces are finally in place for a reprise of the Washington drama we’ve all come to know. There will be high-stakes negotiations, lines in the sand, and enough intrigue to keep Beltway ins ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Minnesota’s gambling problem

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Well, well, well. It looks like the Minnesota Vikings e-pulltabs funding projection miscalculation trumps what I tho ..... 
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Purrfect

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis There are angels who walk among us. They tread the halls of the nursing home where I am recovering from knee surgery. We humans are subject to the winds of time which sweep us along without consulting our will. We are carried a ..... 
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