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"The Sacred Valley of Longevity"

This Is A Privately Circulated Blog, scribbled exclusively for Friends & Familiars, that peers into and pontificates about Expat life in the hinterlands of South America. If your eyesight is less than optimal (like mine), then just click the type size up a notch on your browser..

Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.


Galt's Gultch South Is Looking Better All The Time

I try to keep from being "political" in this Blog, so as not to offend anyone. However, being at a distance and being quite restricted in my media sources, I'm perhaps not being fed the same cookie-cutter, slanted "news" as the majority of you are. For example, the local newspapers do not refer to El Presidente Corerra, as the "Leftist President", which the US media consistently does. Wow! Talk about the pot calling the kettle …..

But what I do see and hear about the country of my birth greatly disturbs me, especially since my sources are MUCH more "fair and balanced" than your outlets usually are.

One the thing that I'm hearing is that American (North American, that is) society is becoming less civil; meaner, ruder, just plain nastier. It's almost impossible to have a reasoned, polite conversation about politics any more. And even in the usually circumspect (although artificially so) congress, a politician yelled out in the middle of a joint session and called President Obamba a liar! Guess what? Yep, a substantial part of the US population says that the guy is a hero …. sort of like the Iraqi who threw a show at Bush. What is happening seems to be a breakdown in the social order.

From what I can see, this is a direct result of the financial downturn …. or meltdown, depending on your retirement account's status these days! The nation is in decline, the Treasury is being trashed , States are going broke, cities are bankrupt. And the citizens are now looking for someone to blame. Conservatives blame Liberals, Liberals blame the Neocons, and all of them blame the Banksters and Wall Streeters.

But more importantly, the public's faith in their government, the political elite, has been terminally damaged. Polls now say that only 30 percent of citizen feel that their "leaders" are doing a good job. What is believed by almost 100% of people is that taxes are going up and jobs going down the tubes, the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to become poorer.

So what's it all mean? AMERICAN REVOLUTION II …...?

Since that sounds pretty scary, maybe it's time to consider joining me here in Galt's Gultch South, my hidden away sanctuary. You'd be a welcome addition. Check out: