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In 1964, I joined the Office of Public Safety as a police adviser. I was assigned to Washington for "training" to go overseas to work with senior police officials in a Third World country to be determined.
Our police academy was in the old D.C. car barn on M Street. On Election Day the entire student body, all of whom were senior police officials in their countries, came in all upset. Since we taught in three languages, the staff was trying to figure out what was wrong. All of these officers wanted to know where were the tanks, the gun positions--in reality, where were the arms?
The instructors explained that most of the military were voting just like the civilian population. They were not convinced, so classes were suspended and instructors took the senior police officials out to see what democracy was all about.
I think we are losing our democratic experiment to a new reality of a "Give Me My Free Stuff" mentality. When it is too much trouble to teach history, we are getting ready to give up our freedom to the bunch who says, let's take from the rich and give to whom we choose.
I figure that by 2014 or 2015 we will be unable to pay our debt and this country will default. You can kiss Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, government pensions, and just about everything else goodbye. We will be like Germany just after World War I when it took a barrel of money to buy a loaf of bread. No wonder so many states would like to leave the U.S.
Walter E. Kreutzer