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November 5, 2010

i know it’s come and gone but
did everybody vote on elsie’s due date?

my dad sent me this quote a few days before,

“democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
It can only exist until the voters discover that they can
vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.

From that moment on, the majority always votes
for the candidates promising the most benefits

from the public treasury with the result that
a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy,

always followed by a dictatorship.”
This change happens at the personal level as
“the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent,
the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous,
and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom
to worship the Golden Calf of economic security.
The historical cycle seems to be:
From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage;
from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy;
from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.”

think about that.  if you dare.
probably don’t try to enter a political discussion with me though-
because mulling over these things is about as far as i really get.


yesterday we got elsie’s mexican birth certificate.
it was very exciting because we had been warned up & down
about what a pain the whole process would be,
so we went over there planning to just TRY to get something STARTED-
we anticipated red tape, strange demands, possibly needing to bribe someone…
long lines, and ultimately- to have to return a few more times before succeeding.

much to our surprise-
there were NO lines, everyone was very helpful,
the whole process cost $6 and we were out of there in an hour!
i am still shaking my head around it all.

the only hitch we encountered was it took several tries to get
all of our names right on the documents
because of the latin usage of maternal & paternal surnames,
but they were more than happy to accommodate every request we had.

we had to take elsie along,
so that her right thumbprint could be on the document,
and she slept through the entire thing.
yet another blessing!

now we just have to do the american paperwork.
it will be bitterly ironic if that turns out to be a huge fiasco-
because i tend to have all this faith in american systems
which oft times proves misappropriated.

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