Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Michael Reynolds

Wingnuts of right and left always think we're in some sort of downward spiral. The Right thinks we're losing our morality, our religion, our racial purity, our social cohesion, our respect for elders and blah and blah and blah . . . And the Left thinks we're on the path to Naziism, fascism, corporatism, consumerism, conformism, and blah and blah and blah . . .


And, of course, each other is to blame. Perpetuating the black hats - white hats standoff, with the hats reversed on each side. We are Good, They are Evil!

Personally I prefer the perspective concisely summed up: "What fools these mortals be." All of us, no exceptions; now can we get on with it?

Dave Schuler

America has always been on the road to not being America. Today's America is incredibly different from that of my childhood.

The Founders would scarcely have recognized the America of the Civil War. The Englishmen and Scots-Irish Protestants of the Colonies had been augmented by Irishmen and Germans (my ancestors), many of them (gasp!) Catholics.

By the time of the Great War Eastern and Southern Europeans had arrived in numbers. And, my goodness, many of them weren't even Christians!

Each of these changes didn't just transform the look of the population and where (or whether) it worshipped but government, too. By the time World War II broke out, the America envisioned by the Founders, that of government by delimited powers and extreme decentralization was gone for good (or ill). That's not coming back.

A question that I think that the progressive critics might consider is whether they really think that the America of 1820, with legal slavery, hatred of and legal descrimination against non-Protestants and non-whites, women firmly ensconced in the home, and the only social safety nets being the family and the church, was better than the America of today?

Historically, we've thrived on change, chaos even. To tell the truth I think that's one of the things that Europe's bureaucrats and the Middle East's autocrats have against us: they don't much like change. But change is the one thing that we can confidently predict.

Will it be change for the better? Who knows? But it'll be different and America, once again, will become unrecognizeable.


Dave: a downright thrilling comment!

I heard on "Jeopardy" the other night (it was the correct answer to the "Final Jeopardy" question) that the two largest ethnic groups contributing to America are . . . Irish and German! So hey, Mr. Majority!


"Will it be change for the better? Who knows? But it'll be different and America, once again, will become unrecognizeable."

Except to the future Americans, who will all look alike.


America is, again and as usual, going to hell in a handbasket.

Solution: kill off all the handbasket manufacturers!

Hey, it makes as much sense as most of the doom-sayers.

Ruth Anne

Meade: Tohesian.

Attitude is a choice. I choose optimism.

Charlie (Colorado)

I've become convinced that the underlying need this all satisfies is a combination of essential conservatism --- and yes, I am accusing the "progressives" of being "conservatives" --- and a need for drama. If you listen to one of my libertarian friends, Ron Paul is the last best hope of saving the US from the police state that it has already become, not to mention saving it from being absorbed by the NAU and the World Globalist Trilateral Conspiracy. ... Which, come to think of it, iks more or less what I hear from my progressive friends, except for substitution.

Observation that there's a lot of difference between what we have and real police states is met with denial.

It's drama addiction.


I think it's a failure of the education system. There are just so many people who have no clue what a real police state entails. So they use the term to mean "constrains, or at least might constrain, my freedom more than I would personally prefer."

That ignorance probably also accounts for the otherwise inexplicable willingness of liberals to accept police states abroad. They just assume that those police states are just as (but no more) constricting as the American "police state" that they regularly deplore. And irritating as it is, it really isn't all that bad here . . . so it must not be all that bad in Burma or North Korea either. Right?

Dave Schuler

Caution: in rear-view mirror today's problems appear bigger than they really are!

Alex Bondereyenko

One point we shouldn't easily forget. States appear to have a limited lifespan of prominence on the world's stage.

There are precious few who have managed to significantly influence world affairs beyond their alloted two centuries.

We are not yet at that mark, but it's not a hard and fast measure, so it's best to be prudent and consider that we are approaching the end of our lines in the play and the playwright is signaling us to exit stage right.

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