Hi Tim; I’ve been away: sorry.
Yes, ideas . . . I like to refer to reasonable conservative ideas in the way of, say American life 1955. Who can argue? This of course does not include advancements in civil rights, medicine etc. What I mean is, decent prices against decent wages; plentiful employment; the strongest trade employment in the country’s history, the highest education standard in the world; plenty of employment for the young: paper routes, gas stations etc etc. The US as the most respected country and society in the world; from strength and benevolent foreign policies.
Social issues as I say are not included in that scenario; only availability and economic realities for working people; one or two income households.
As for the ‘corruptible system of unions and politicians’; I think you’re being a bit unfair to the country: everything is corrupt from one degree to another. Companies are corrupt, banks are corrupt, churches are corrupt, and the list goes on. The degree of corruptness in any system is directly related to the ambitions of that system’s leadership and their relationship to the leaders of other systems: this is how we get things like war and economic national disasters.
What we’ve been finding out around the world (again) is; what happens when said corrupt leaders are allowed to pursue their narcissistic ambitions unchecked without any social counter weights to keep the balance: the United States of America was founded on such a principle. World War I put an end to the unchecked ambitions of empire dating back to the foundations of civilization. Human history is replete with documented examples of such ambitions and the disasters that resulted up to and beyond the Roam Empire . . . The markets -- are corrupt and led by ambitious people who lead in those markets; and this is what you get.
So, it’s not “corruptness perse” that we’re dealing with; what we’re dealing with is a lazy social system that has too many toys . . .