Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-- George Santayana
We can learn a lot from our history -- even in the relatively short amount that covers the previous 60 years of our nation, or even just the preceding 8 years that spanned the Bush Administration and the pinnacle of Republican power in the twenty-first century.
The previous Administration pushed the limits of secrecy and expansion of government power at the expense of our rights and freedoms while enriching and unencumbering both government and corporations from the restraints of rules, regulations, accountability and transparency. The current Administration is fighting a battle to pass a stimulus bill as part of the first steps to rolling back some of escalating damages that resulted from those failed and dangerous myopic policies.
The two videos below contain some epic references as to why the efforts of this Administration serve the public good far more effectively than the actions taken by their predecessors.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
There are many people still playing the games of politics and stupidity instead of pushing to work together to arrive at a conclusion that will help repair the extensive damage to our nation and enable us to set a solid foundation upon which we can build the future. The same claims of tax cuts and deregulation that helped foment the current fiscal disaster, coupled with increased fervent cries to throw even more money at an already over-budget, overly bloated military budget, smacks of insanity.
Again, emphasis added:
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
-- George Santayana
Remind people of their recent American history, and come discuss the significance of the videos to today's social and political climate in the Comments.