Monday, January 17, 2011

The Connection Between The Fall Of The Portuguese Empire And Present Inability To Pay For The Nation's Social Safety Net

What does one do when it is clear that a swarm of lies has been told for the purposes of obtaining their support for a set of entitlements that they are promised to receive in the future only to look behind the 'magic curtain' to see how others who accepted the premise before you are faring and the truth becomes known?

For me - the answer is three points:

  • Expose the fraud by allowing the voice of the people to be directly channeled, removing the operative middle man from his perch upon which he refracts the light of truth, inserting his own vision
  • Provide the people with a greater understanding of history and how all of the forces that bear upon them, attempting to gain their confidence are connected to certain movements that can be identified from the past
  • Equip and Empower them with a new set of skills for scrutiny and productivity where they are made to see that the best "entitlement" is the one that they have received as a result of trade among equals



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"The Portuguese constitution guarantees everyone a right to health care. They may just have to wait for it to be provided to them by the state." - said the narrator in the video clip above.

The (Basket) Case Of Portugal

I will not go too much into detail on the "transactional debate" over the present ability of the nation of Portugal to live up to the constitutional mandate for "universal health care" provided to its people, except to note that these type of expanded "RIGHTS" depend upon sufficient government financial resources in order to avoid producing "unconstitutional" violations upon the people.

The purpose of this post is to go beyond the modern theatrics associated with the American debate over "multiple taxpayer paid health care" and instead focus upon the economic wherewithal that is necessary to uphold this agreed upon standard of living.

As I make note of the collection of individuals who point to Europe and beyond as a perfect reference of what the United States should one day hope to become I am forced to note another element of their argument.   The element that is missing about the imperialistic history of these nations which allowed them to build up a storehouse of wealth from which these public resources are derived.  More importantly why are those who traffic in "social justice" today so willing to remain silent about the linkage of this history today?  Is their desire for receipt of goods from the public trough worth the purchase of their silence?  With their logic as such - why don't they merely support the "imperialist actions" of America today so that such benefit might be had for future generations?

How did the continent of South America agree to speak Spanish on one portion and Portuguese on the western portion of the continental plot of land?
Wiki article on the geographic districution of the Portuguese Language:
Portuguese is the official and first language of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe. It is also one of the official languages of East Timor (with Tetum), Macau (with Chinese) and the gabonese-equatoguinean city of Cocobeach (with French and Spanish).
Uruguay gave Portuguese an equal status to Spanish in its educational system at the north border with Brazil. In the rest of the country it's taught as an obligatory subject beginning by the 6th grade.[12] It is widely spoken, though not official, in Andorra, Luxembourg, Paraguay, South Africa, and Namibia.
Although the majority of Portuguese speakers are found in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, there are also two million in North America (most in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Barbados). More than 2 million speakers live in Central and Northern America, under 10,000 live in Australia, including speakers of Portuguese Creoles from nearby Asia and India, and fewer than 50 thousand speakers live in Oceania.
With more than 200 million native speakers, Portuguese is one of the few languages spoken in such widely distributed parts of the world, and is the fifth or sixth most-spoken first language in the world. It is spoken by about 190 million people in South America, 17 million in Africa, 12 million in Europe, 2 million in North America, and 0.61 million in Asia. Portuguese is the third most spoken European language. Because Brazil, with 190 million inhabitants, constitutes about 51% of South America's population, Portuguese is the most widely spoken language in South America and it is also a key language in Africa.
Portuguese is with Spanish the fastest growing language of Europe, and, following estimates by UNESCO it is the language with the highest growth potential as an international communication language in Southern Africa and South America. The Portuguese speaking African countries are expected to have a combined population of 83 million by 2050. The language is also starting to regain popularity in Asia.

 Today all of the former colonial holdings of the Portuguese Colonial Empire are now free nations.  As the present nation of Portugal ages in population with scant evidence of productivity increases - its fiscal viability as an ongoing concern is in more doubt than ever.  Gone are the days when their foreign holdings function as a source for the home nation's increase.

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