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Why would you think America ever had its marbles? This country has always been nuts. It goes with the frontier and continual expansion. Nothing is fixed, nothing is reliable. Everything is possible. Messianic crusades, conspiracy theories, and plain old graft and corruption have been the rule right back to the founding.

Fanaticism and general insanity is in the very definition of the country, though most people can't see it anymore. The Puritans who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony weren't seeking "religious freedom" unless you count the absolute autocracy of one religion as 'freedom'. They were totalitarians who couldn't stand living in societies that had differing views from their own. They left England because they couldn't force their way on the society there, and lived in Holland for a while but couldn't stand actual tolerance. So they were trying to found an exclusive 'pure' (as in Puritan) society of their own. There is a reason that 'Puritan' has the connotation it does today. And the strictures in the Constitution about the President having to be native-born were based on paranoid fears of some foreign power slipping a ringer into the US political system and taking over the government. (And in the end, the foreign power co-opted a native-born American anyway! Hah!)

There were very wide-spread dueling conspiracy theories in the run-up to the Civil War. In the South "everyone knew" that there were Abolitionists sneaking around fomenting slave rebellions. Because of course slaves would not rebel on their own, they weren't smart enough. John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry (October 16-18, 1859) was perfect fodder for the paranoia of Southerners. Southern ideology required that all troubles come from outside. Meanwhile, Northerners were in fear of the Slave Power, the monolithic conspiracy by the Southern elites to spread slavery everywhere. The Dredd Scott decision (March 6, 1857) struck down the legal restrictions preventing slaves from being taken into Northern states, setting off Northern paranoia that had already been growing for decades. And the rest, as they say, is history...

After the Civil War the paranoia continues. The very real Ku Klux Klan promoted all sorts of conspiracy theories as part of its campaign to end Federal control of the conquered states, and the growing industrialization of the US leads to both anti-labor and anti-capitalist conspiracy theories. With the outbreak of the Russian revolution, "Red Scares" come into vogue.

More recent history you are probably familiar with. Cold War paranoia had Communists everywhere. World-wide conspiracy theories always find a good home here. Paranoias that originated in Europe, like Antisemitism, Antimasonry (Hello, Milo, where-ever you are), and more get plenty of believers in the land of the free and home of the brave. This bulletin board is like cultural flypaper, attracting every kind of nutty buzz out there in the current popular culture. You are familiar with a wide range of the nuttiness out there just by being a regular here.

The outlier that makes you and many other people think that "America" is somehow a bastion of sanity and civilization is the period that founded the modern era, Franklin Roosevelt and Eisenhower, and to a degree Harry Truman, did an amazing job of coping with the crises of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War confrontation. But even their administrations were struggling against the nutty movements inherent in American society. Roosevelt was called a Socialist and a Communist by the far right, of course. Eisenhower, the president who signed legislation making it a crime for Communist to run for public office (eventually struck down by the courts), was called a Communist by Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society. The nuttiness has always been strong even at the height of American power. It's not that this has increased, it's that the ability of a small core of rational people at the top to control it has been eroding.

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Has America lost its Marbles?? 813 Deep1 31-May-20 07:49
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 151 Eddie Larry 31-May-20 13:27
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 131 PB Bytes 31-May-20 14:47
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 125 Eddie Larry 31-May-20 15:04
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 127 PB Bytes 31-May-20 15:15
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 117 drrayeye 31-May-20 15:31
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 131 WhoWeird 31-May-20 16:05
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 146 Audrey 31-May-20 18:31
Nope 117 Buck 45 31-May-20 20:56
Re: Nope 152 WhoWeird 31-May-20 21:02
TDS 81 Race Jackson 06-Jun-20 01:53
Re: TDS 81 WhoWeird 06-Jun-20 02:06
Re: TDS 93 Race Jackson 06-Jun-20 02:25
Re: TDS 94 WhoWeird 06-Jun-20 04:09
Total Loser 87 Barbelo 06-Jun-20 07:33
Re: Total Loser 93 WhoWeird 06-Jun-20 13:06
Australian Trumpers to be? 105 drrayeye 06-Jun-20 20:21
Wake up 102 Warwick 01-Jun-20 18:52
Re: Wake up 112 Aine 02-Jun-20 00:15
Typical 100 Buck 45 02-Jun-20 01:18
Re: Typical 89 Warwick 02-Jun-20 19:37
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 108 WhoWeird 31-May-20 22:08
Serious Question 118 WhoWeird 31-May-20 22:25
Re: What Marbles?? 103 Nolondil 01-Jun-20 14:25
Re: What Marbles?? 96 Eddie Larry 01-Jun-20 15:24
We’re In Good Hands 93 WhoWeird 01-Jun-20 15:45
Leadership is badly needed here 95 drrayeye 01-Jun-20 17:42
Re: Leadership is badly needed here 96 Warwick 01-Jun-20 18:54
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 98 eli stills 02-Jun-20 00:46
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 109 Audrey 02-Jun-20 00:55
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 122 eli stills 02-Jun-20 17:16
FTR 96 Warwick 02-Jun-20 19:42
Re: FTR 93 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:27
Re: FTR 85 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:36
Re: FTR 83 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:46
Re: FTR 99 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:59
Re: FTR 97 Audrey 02-Jun-20 21:29
What costs more? 101 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:08
Hmmmm. #3 122 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:09
Re: What costs more? 112 Audrey 03-Jun-20 18:22
Re: What costs more? 83 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:36
Re: What costs more? 110 Audrey 03-Jun-20 20:19
Re: What costs more? 83 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 21:10
Re: What costs more? 79 Audrey 04-Jun-20 01:08
Re: What costs more? 90 OCaptain 04-Jun-20 12:29
Re: What costs more? 92 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:20
More obtuseness from Dumbalina 109 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 90 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:02
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 122 Archaic 02-Jun-20 09:30
It's not the corporate media 92 drrayeye 02-Jun-20 19:11
Re: It's not the corporate media 91 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:14
Re: It's not the corporate media 100 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 20:17
Re: It's not the corporate media 94 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:29
Re: It's not the corporate media 112 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 20:47
Re: It's not the corporate media 92 OCaptain 03-Jun-20 13:01
Re: It's not the corporate media 95 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:19
Re: It's not the corporate media 94 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:35
Audrey 101 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:38
Warwick 98 Sirfiroth 02-Jun-20 21:33
Re: Warwick 90 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 21:59
Re: Warwick 103 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:16
Re: Warwick 98 Archaic 04-Jun-20 12:14
Your thesis 93 drrayeye 04-Jun-20 18:10
Re: Your thesis 116 eli stills 04-Jun-20 18:18
Re: Your thesis 86 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:26
Re: Your thesis 107 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 19:06
Re: Your thesis 96 Warwick 04-Jun-20 19:52
Re: Your thesis 86 eli stills 04-Jun-20 20:36
Re: It's not the corporate media 95 Aine 03-Jun-20 00:29
Re: It's not the corporate media 101 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 00:54
Re: It's not the corporate media 118 Archaic 04-Jun-20 12:07
Dumb and unthinking "lefties" 99 drrayeye 04-Jun-20 18:14
Find the joke 116 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:32
Re: Find the joke 112 Aine 04-Jun-20 18:45
Re: Find the joke 87 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:47
Re: Find the joke 96 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 18:50
Re: Find the joke 106 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:54
Re: Find the joke 98 Aine 04-Jun-20 18:52
Re: Dumb and unthinking "lefties" 96 Archaic 04-Jun-20 20:32
Re: It's not the corporate media 99 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:29
Re: It's not the corporate media 128 OCaptain 03-Jun-20 13:05
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 99 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 19:25
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 94 Warwick 02-Jun-20 19:46
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 94 eli stills 02-Jun-20 21:27
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 95 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 21:29
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 103 Audrey 02-Jun-20 21:36
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 87 eli stills 03-Jun-20 00:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 92 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 00:17
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 90 eli stills 03-Jun-20 00:33
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 88 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 00:51
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 101 Audrey 03-Jun-20 18:03
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 108 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 18:44
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 108 Audrey 03-Jun-20 20:24
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 80 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 21:08
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 88 eli stills 04-Jun-20 00:55
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 91 Audrey 04-Jun-20 01:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 83 eli stills 04-Jun-20 01:31
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 84 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 01:34
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 113 eli stills 04-Jun-20 02:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 84 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 02:15
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 104 Lee McGiffen 05-Jun-20 12:56
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 79 eli stills 05-Jun-20 15:53
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 84 Audrey 04-Jun-20 01:07
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 81 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 01:25
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 102 eli stills 04-Jun-20 01:44
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 113 OCaptain 03-Jun-20 13:08
Me too 102 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:28
Re: Me too 116 Lee McGiffen 05-Jun-20 12:59
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 94 Archaic 02-Jun-20 21:43
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 175 eli stills 03-Jun-20 00:30
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 87 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:22
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 107 molder 03-Jun-20 10:34
I Have Good News 124 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 17:14
Re: I Have Good News 84 drrayeye 04-Jun-20 04:01
Re: I Have Good News 101 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 11:55
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 152 ocka 04-Jun-20 18:00


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