A soon to be “former” President of the United States has depicted the terrorist attacks against Americans as somehow due to slavery and past wars of conquest against the Indians. And he was applauded at one of our most prestigious universities for saying it. Nothing like this happened during World War II. Even those who had grievances knew, as Joe Louis put it, “There’s nothing wrong with this country that Hitler is going to cure.”
Personally I don’t see any of it that way, but this is America in the 21st Century.
A lot of this would be almost comical in nature if it wasn’t so downright serious. We routinely see people stand up and applaud themselves in government for NOT doing a damn thing, in fact, failing in what they set out to do in the first place. But they stand up and give themselves high-fives and vote themselves pay raises for doing a sorry job. And now, we are perceived to be under the threat of a total change over. There is a lot of loose talk floating around about a change with the tag of “Socialism” attached to it also.
But just putting the issue in these terms is radically different from the mindset that pervades much of our educational system, the media, and the intelligentsia today. Too many people today compare the United States, not to other countries, but to their own ideals. Whatever happened to JFK’s impassioned plea, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what YOU can do for YOUR country.” Too much of this country is being “homogenized” by people with their own private agendas.
I have been sick of it for a long time.
Take California for instance. California, like it or not, was one of the states on the forefront of changing this country in an adverse manner. First to print bi-lingual ballots, change over English on government signage and buildings, and to dole out the paychecks and perks to the newcomers. Last time I looked, the California ballot was printed in eleven languages, why bother to learn English? It is much the same here, Spanish on everything.
It is not the pilgrims or newcomers, it is us. Most of the welfare system in California can be compared to the gross national product of a small banana republic country you cannot find on a map. And now they bask in the fruits of their labors … They are bankrupt and out of cash.
What most don’t stop to think about is America is great because it is just that — America.
It is not little Saigon, a small piece of some border town in Mexico, or any other country. It is America. When everyone tries to change it into some kind of second rate satellite of where they originally migrated from then the problems start. They don’t learn English because we cater to them. They get the perks and the benefits, because they WORK at subverting the system, instead of integrating into it. I also think a lot of this conversation or debate we are having here, is a tad bit one sided.
American Blacks, the American Farmer, Corporate America, Insurance companies, the banks, the oil lobby and the white Anglo-Saxon Caucasian guy down the street, have at one time or another, taken advantage of the apparent shortcomings of free and open government. It has just deteriorated into some mindless media circus, and is really hard to spot who happens to be on top of the pile, on any given week. We are now a nation of panders and special interest.
It always boils down to three basic choices:
- Accept it for what it is.
- If you cannot accept it for what it is, then change it.
- if you cannot change it, or deal with it, then move on.
The late Ayn Rand described the insidious process which takes a society, inch by unremarkable inch, to socialism. “The goal of the liberals — as it emerges from the record of the past decades — was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus, statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, by slow rot — by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli (the goals of conservatives was only to retard that process)”.
Surely there can no longer be any doubt that America is well on its way down the slippery slope to Socialism. The government continues to grow in size, power and arrogance as it asserts increasing sovereignty over the lives and behavior of its subjects.
The noose tightens, and the rabble wear it like some kind of badge of honor. Some tweak the system to their apparent advantage, and others, slip through the cracks. Freedom for the most part is lost. You can thank the Patriot Act, John Ashcroft, Bush, Cheney, and a legion of Un-Constitutional Ideologist thinking legalistic governing morons for that.
It would be rhetorically elegant and a profoundly simpler diplomatic issue if we could all just pick up and move to this social utopia that we yearn for. Where things line up, the paperwork is always right, and the apparent benefits outweigh the evils of life.
But we can’t.
This system, or country, who some feel is unfair, unrealistic, and chaotic, is still the best thing going right now, at least for me it is. If you don’t believe that, try anarchic Somalia which is arguably the planet’s foremost failed state, with Afghanistan and the Congo not far behind as basket-case competitors.
Find a sub-clan with a savvy leader, or a gang on a street corner and you have what passes for governing structure in much of Mogadishu and its environs. I would rather say here and duke it out with the “special interest” groups, which seem to multiply with each passing election year, than spend one day, one hour, in any of the above listed countries.
We have, as Americans, forgotten how truly good we have it. For my money, “Life in America is still number one. Anything that comes in second best, is just first string in a long line of losers.”
I am not sure if this is a definition of Socialism or not, but it works for me. But it is as I said in the beginning: “A lot of this would be almost comical in nature if it wasn’t so downright serious. We routinely see people stand up and applaud themselves in government for NOT doing a damn thing, in fact, failing in what they set out to do in the first place. But they stand up and give themselves high-fives and vote themselves pay raises for doing a sorry job.”
There lie the rub, the crux of the problem.