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America's 10-Year Learning Curve

RayTheAnarchoCapitalist Wrote: Nov 24, 2012 8:58 PM
True, Al Gore didn't claim to have invented the Internet. He claimed that he "took the initiative in creating the Internet." That's completely different or something.
HoovervilleFollies Wrote: Nov 24, 2012 11:07 PM
"That's completely different or something."

Yes, it is. The Internet was initially a federal project and Gore, as a Senator, was visionary enough to see its broader potential and support efforts to realize it.
Winston Churchill once quipped you can “trust the American people to do the right thing after they have tried everything else.” His observation touches on a recurring theme in United States history: major political change is often preceded by a decade long learning curve. This pattern can be seen from the Founding era up to the election of 2012.

Ten years before the American Revolution, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765, which was the first in a series of direct taxes over the American colonies. The colonists immediately recognized it as a violation of their fundamental...