Forward, Forewarned

The long, long election season is at an end.  Pundits, analysts, and the half-gleeful, half-mournful electorate will have their say.  As will I.

The vision and policies of Obama will continue, with essentially the same federal structure established in 2010 – Republican House, Democrat Senate, dangerously puerile and incompetent Executive, schizophrenic SCOTUS.  Left unchecked, here’s what we can look forward to:

  • continued extra-Constitutional rule by fiat from the Oval Office
  • catastrophic damage to our military–thus our security–due to sequestration
  • virtually total isolation of Israel and an Iran armed with nuclear weapons, greater erosion of our relationships with historical allies
  • completion of the government takeover of 1/6th of the US economy and the collapse of Medicare with the scheduled implementation of the components of Obamacare
  • greater dependence on foreign energy sources, continued rising petroleum costs, more expensive domestic energy (and greater stress on an already overburdened power grid)
  • borders that remain porous and unchecked illegal immigration
  • more people out of work, more people added to the dependent class, fewer people able (or willing, if they are) to support those dependants
  • Joe Biden a heartbeat away from the Presidency, presiding over a Senate that continues to fail at meeting the simple legal duty to provide a budget
  • two, perhaps three new leftist justices to the Supreme Court
  • staggering tax increases both by raising the current rates and funding obligations under Obamacare; continued misguided money management by the Federal Reserve
  • more “stimulus” spending, higher deficits, ever-increasing national debt

And the list goes on.

I would be the first to admit that I am not a natural optimist.  But I have never been without hope.  Indulge me, please, while I quote myself from a recent correspondence:

” … what I have learned from history is that all civilizations–empires, if you will–rise and fall.  The rise is (relatively) meteoric, the decline usually painfully long and drawn out.  The devastation is ruinous whether delivered immediately or over time, nevertheless.

I have no reason to believe that the American experiment will prove an exception.  We share the same human condition, are subject to the same faults–to the inevitable fate of all great civilizations.

While in the grand scheme of things ‘all is vanity and grasping for the wind,’ I believe that we humans possess the seed of divinely created dignity, a natural yearning for freedom and liberty.  And that it is America that has provided the most fertile soil for that seed to sprout and grow.  I see the events in my lifetime and from the half-century prior as weeds entering the garden, and that the willingness to tend that garden is gradually dissipating, squandered in the distractions of comfort and laziness characteristic of what history has shown exists in all civilizations as they declined.

Yes, the culture has assimilated the last 100 years of (what I view as) the fundamental shift from the precepts and philosophies that gave birth to this nation, its innovations, its accomplishments.  Its wonderful, imperfect greatness.  But at what price?  The shift has occurred elsewhere before, in many of the same ways, and those cultures ultimately succumbed to the unavoidable collapse.

So.  If we’re not an exception, and it’s inevitable, why do I bother about it?  I suppose it’s also a part of human nature–certainly my nature–to want better for my progeny, for those around me, for those who don’t enjoy the blessings of this country.”

God, bless America.

 

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5 Responses to Forward, Forewarned

  1. Roxanne Day says:

    This is devastating. I’m sad for my son and the future of all children that are going to have to deal with this mess. May God help us.

  2. Vicki Moo says:

    Thank you for your article. I am not surprised at the outcome of the election. Pray…pray…pray!

  3. Robert Hunt says:

    I would just note that your bullet points are based on the continuation of trajectories that many dispute exist. Could you demonstrate, for example, increasing illegal immigration, or weaker strategic ties with Israel (their own military say that Obama has been more cooperative than Bush was.), or increasing public sector share in the economy, or increasing US dependence on foreign energy sources? (I ask this last because I recently sat next to an energy analyst who suggested that US energy independence was possible in the next decade based on current trends.)

    I do understand that you see some of these as inevitable trends based on present economic policy, but at least at the moment unemployment is dropping slowly and return on investments in equity markets is rising slowly. So let’s cut to the chase. The real issue is the deficit and whether and how it can or will be trimmed. And that will depend on whether a Republican House will be willing to compromise long enough to formulate some rational fiscal policy rather than “just say no to new taxes.”

    In any case I’ll make a prediction. If the economy stalls out completely, unemployment rises, and there are new tax burdens on the middle class then in two years the Democrats will loose big in both House and Senate, and we’ll be on a steady path to a Republican president in 2012. If not then Republicans will need to come up with a plan that isn’t just chanting to their godling Grover and demanding ever more government intrusion into sexual morality and private communications. Frankly they would already have the senate if they hadn’t nominated tea party nut cases who couldn’t hide their ignorance and misogyny.

    If I had thought Romney stood for smaller government he would have had my support. But what he really offered was less government where it matters (regulating the kinds of businesses that kill dozens of people through filth and ineptitude and engage in reckless banking practices) and more where it is unnecessary (a bloated antique military and the regulation of women’s freedom.) And I didn’t think for a moment he would pull back the reckless pattern of the Bush administration (continued by Obama) of reckless intrusion in American lives and the slow destruction of fundamental rights to fair trial and habeas corpus. When the Republicans can offer a candidate that shakes off its anti-science, anti-woman, anti-freedom base and actually runs on a plan to reduce ALL intrusion of the federal government into our lives I’ll give them a second look.

    • Ron says:

      Thanks for your thoughts, Robert. To the points, I did not say illegal immigration was increasing. Only that the borders remain essentially open and the illegal activity remains unchecked. I view this as a grave security issue as well as a serious drain on public sector resources we already can’t pay for.

      I agree with your analyst acquaintance that energy independence is entirely possible, but maintain that should it happen it will be in spite of current federal policy. Our demand for petroleum-based energy has been reduced, primarily because of a lackluster economy combined with the raw economics of prices having steadily risen while incomes have steadily declined. Questionable policies such as canning the Keystone pipeline, funding Brazilian off-shore drilling to the tune of billions of our tax dollars, the hundreds of millions “invested” in dubious green energy startups … you’ll perhaps understand my lack of confidence in accomplishing this anytime soon. If through some miracle the economy does turn around and demand increase, it will not be met with our own resources.

      The Republican House has offered over half-a-dozen budgets that the Reid-controlled Senate won’t even let see the light of day. Guess he’s too busy working on that annual (at least once every four years) budget they’re Constitutionally required to pass. Obama himself submitted budgets that were defeated unanimously by the (Democrat-controlled) Senate! If there’s any compromise to be had, I humbly submit it begins with someone proposing, then someone responding with a counter proposition. You know, that “two to tango” thing.

      Which brings me to wondering why it is that any talk of compromise in this climate seems to be defined as Republicans abandoning their principles and going along with the Democrats? The reason Federal revenues have dropped isn’t that taxes are too low, but that millions fewer people are in the workforce and contributing as taxpayers. I don’t know about you, but I suspect that if you found yourself in a situation where your income was reduced that your first move would not be to borrow multiples of your annual take-home and recklessly spend it in the hopes it would somehow improve your cash flow. The first priority would be to STOP SPENDING, yes? Obama had complete control for the first two years of his term, more than doubled down on the ridiculous Bush attempts at “recovery,” and now has license to double down the double down. Nevertheless, the President has stated again, as he did 4 years ago, that he’s willing to cross the aisle. Time will tell.

      Penultimate point (not that I don’t have others!) – Obamacare is the single, most encompassing federal intrusion into every intimate aspect of our lives. I was not a Romney supporter, but he landed the nomination and was the only real chance at stopping it before the later provisions took effect. Alas.

      Finally, neither party is absent nut cases and extremists. I just think the Republicans get better press.

      Really appreciate your response!

  4. Virginia H says:

    That is probably why, when asked, ““Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Benjamin Franklin said, “A republic, if you can keep it.”