barfle wrote: One thing I do believe about the US is that we are well along the "slippery slope" of cradle-to-grave government care, and the public education industry is the driving force.
I certainly sympathize with your concern but hope that the situation is not yet too far gone to be reversed. I doubt either of us will be alive to see which will prevail; pity, it would be interesting.
I am reminded of all the Heinleinian writers who frequently show a future America that is little more that a modern day monarchy with its aristocracy and the serfs all pretending to be the embodiment of their great grand fathers' Republic.
The only difference in those fictional stories and reality is in fiction the politicians meddled with the Constitution while in real life they simply ignore it.
Even Heinlein, in all his cynicism, failed to predict how breathlessly bold modern day politicians would be in simply ignoring the Constitution.