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Let the knowledge of our history direct us on the path to our future


The knowledge and expertise embedded in historical documents should not be ignored but utilized.  Our country has come through some difficult times but we must learn from them to make our future better than it is today.  Our current economic situation is difficult to say the least but our past has some striking similarities with our present day situation. There is a saying that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is without logic.  We must learn from the mistakes we have made as a country along with learning from our successes.

We went through a great depression and several wars and conflicts as some have been called but our country was strong and had the resolve to tackle each of these events.  The approaches to solving the problems of the past did not always work but some did.  It is those that failed which we need to ignore and utilize the applicable successes to solve the problems of our present situation.  This I am sad to say is not taking place.  Some individuals we have elected especially at the federal government level want to do take the same actions which failed in the past to solve the problems we are now facing.  History is really our teacher and we as individuals and as a country need to listen.  Granted the situation we are currently in has not occurred at this depth and significance with so many individuals and businesses hurting but we can learn from actions of the past.

Learning from the past does not always involve our education in our school system but the actions we take upon ourselves to be educated enough to make the right choices for our future, especially our elected officials.  Those elected to represent us need to look at the successes of the past which have significant characteristics before proposing actions to resolve similar problems today using the techniques which failed.  We as a country are smarter than that and the individuals we elect to be a part of the next legislature need to know and understand the success of the past which are applicable to our future.

One last point to make about history is the events of the past shaped who we are today and the events of today will shape who we will become in the future.  This involves not only our country but us as individuals.  Every day we make decisions which will impact our future.  The path taken in the past shaped the principles we have today.  Let us choose the right paths for tomorrow so history that given the choices we have available we as an individual and as a country chose the right ones to make our country and the world around us a better place than it is today.







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Dennis AuBuchon

4 comments to Let the knowledge of our history direct us on the path to our future

  • Dennis,

    You’re certainly correct in the abstract, but I’d like to see a little more specific detail on what you think worked in the past and what failed. Politicians tend to do what benefits them to stay in office rather than what is best for the nation in the long run. That’s how we’ve gotten into the mess the country is in today. And too many voters choose in the short run that which benefits them personally even if it harms the nation in the long run. Any ideas how to solve that dilemma? Keep on exploring–you just might hit on the solution! 🙂


  • Mark

    Thanks for your comments to my article. I continue to write about many things but I feel our history is being ignored and in some respects the events in other countries are examples of the paths we should not take. You asked me if I had any ideas to solve the dilemma we are currently in the first one involves electing individuals to Congress who understands the concept on not spending beyond our financial means. In addition the decisions Congress has been making for the most part has been the wrong ones. The concept/culture in Congress today is that government knows all the answers and can best make decisions for us.

    Our tax system is cumbersome and hard to understand it needs to be simplified and the tax structure in terms of the various brackets should not be as high as they are. In the past when taxes were reduced our economy had a prosperous period of job growth but some in Congress want to raise taxes instead of reducing them. We as voters must hold politicians at all levels accountable for their actions. Politicians like to keep they jobs and if we exert enough pressure on them by expressing our feelings about the actions or inactions to various situations we may see some results. This election year is like no other in our history and the path we are on as a country is the wrong one. Changing this path will not be easy and the decisions we make in the voting booth will have a great impact on where our country will be headed in the future. The individuals we elect should be of such character that they look at the proposals of who our next president is and if it is good for the country they should embrace them. If they are not the right action they should provide information to revise the proposal to make it work. It should never be about political philosophy but what is right for the country.

    We must remember politicians work for us not us for them and we must send a strong message that this philosophy no longer works.

  • Dennis,

    You’re singin’ my song alright! Keep it up.


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