AMERICA, A SIMPLE OBSERVATION
Do you remember Apollo 11? Some say it was a hoax. But either way America was at the top of her game. And almost every American felt the pride. Today we’re 20 trillion dollars in debt and losing respect fast. America has gone from Apollo 11, to 9/11, to Chapter 11, all in half a lifetime. The decline is as heart breaking as it is dangerous. And the reasons are as vast as they are complex. But here are two simple explanations that may stand out from the rest:
1. SUPERVISION OF POWER. We all want government to protect us. So we bestow government with the power to do so. But power corrupts. And the only way to control it is for we the people to endlessly scrutinize our leaders. Today the percentage of us who can just name our elected officials rounds to zero. We’ll spend more time scrutinizing our next pair of shoes than any politician. The result is an entirely un-supervised government. In lieu of supervision we trust. And in the shadows of trust we’ve been betrayed.
2. LIMITS OF POWER. A strong nation requires its people to have self & mutual respect. But these virtues can only come from the heart & soul and can’t be enforced. Government can enforce behavior, but without respect, lawlessness just finds clever & endless ways to manifest itself elsewhere. This syndrome creates a vicious cycle leading to ever-increasing government. Today we give government ever-increasing power to achieve the impossible. In the meantime only our resources & liberty disappear, but our problems don’t.
America is the land of the free. And of course its never been completely free. But America did teach the world some important lessons about freedom. One is the extraordinary dangers of a completely un-supervised government. Another is that freedom is not free. Today it’s almost entirely forfeited. And we’ve got the arrogant, corrupt, dysfunctional, insatiable government that we deserve.
But our mistakes don’t excuse government of its crimes. Politicians understand the limits and danger of government. Yet they invariably tell us to trust them. Instead of warning, they brag and make promises. Under the guise of “protection” they amass ever-increasing political power & national debt. We’ve been betrayed. We call that treason. Lets call it what it is. These are not mistakes or misdemeanors they’re capital crimes. Not every politician is a traitor, but there is an infestation on every level from local school board to congress. More than enough to destroy the country. We should reword the anthem to the land of the used to be free. At least then we wouldn’t look like hypocrites every time we sing it. The whole world is laughing at us as we tout liberty that doesn’t exist anymore. And the only ones laughing harder than the rest of the world are the crooked politicians and the elite.
Apollo 11, to 9/11, to Chapter 11. In half a lifetime. The tragic decline is indisputable. And the reasons are as vast as they are complex. What will make America great again isn’t exactly clear. But a clean government is the obvious place to start. Without intervention our destiny is full of all the suffering that drove America into existence in the first place. Without intervention, the bread-line awaits the middle class.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Nationally, stop the in-fighting. Republicans and democrats have a common enemy which is an un-supervised government and the elite. The elite are super-rich because they have a claw over anybody and anything mentality. They will do anything to get on top and stay on top. They have no interest in protecting we the people. Washington has been bought out by the super-rich through the lobbying efforts of giant corporations like Walmart, Home Depot, Stop & Shop, Verizon, Bank of America, Amazon, etc.. But they are extremely vulnerable. The simple solution is to boycott… and to support the Libertarian party.
Locally, town councils and school boards hold power by only 3% of the electorate and are easily overthrown. Volunteer to serve a local libertarian party like ours. We need help getting out the vote with lawn signs and banners. We also need help getting out the vote by building group emails and growing our internet presence.
THE PARENTAL ARGUMENT
Americas claim to fame is limited government. We proclaim this freedom in our national anthem. Liberty is our standard. But today most Americans feel that America has become the “land of the used to be free”.
We all want government to protect us. But power corrupts. And the only way to control the corruption is for we the people to diligently supervise our legislators. Today the percentage of us who can just name our elected officials literally rounds to zero. We Americans have basically failed in our responsibility to supervise government.
A parent can’t justify the disrespect of a child by arguing that the child disrespected the parent first. The parent holds the power. And that power obligates the parent to hold the standard.
Likewise, government holds power. And that power obligates government to uphold America’s standard. And Americas standard is clear. And Americas standard is in the National Anthem. America is the land of the free. We’ve been betrayed. We call that treason.
We the people are guilty of failing to maintain government. But our mistake doesn’t excuse government of its crimes.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Apollo 11 to Chapter 11 is irrefutable. The decline has been going on for decades. It’s been fueled by indifference that’s been going on for generations. And it will take generations to fix. That means having our schools teach altruism, patriotism, & government, before math, science, & english. Every high school senior should fully understand the architecture of government and the nature of politics. And they should have the tools to organize & campaign for control.
AMERICAS BEST KEPT SECRET
Governments greatest betrayal is its best kept secret; politicians hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily overturned. They intend for us to feel helpless, which explains the secret and exposes the crime.
Regulators are insatiable. It’s the nature of the beast. There is no amount of regulation that will satisfy a regulator. The only thing that can stop them are votes. Government is like a lawn that gets ugly fast if you don’t keep it cut.
THE SHAME MISNOMER
Everyone knows that Americas in trouble. We all say that what’s happening is so sad, or it’s such a shame. But this understatement reveals our denial. We’re going to lose our country, our freedom, our assets, and our future. America will end in desperation where it began. That’s not a shame or sad. That’s a tragic disaster of epic proportions. We need to get out of denial and start articulating the danger with accurate language. The words we use reveal our mindset. And the mindset is that we don’t see the true extent of the danger we’re in.
Government requires warnings on everything from exits to extension cords. But the greatest danger we face comes from government itself… so where are the warnings for that?
The truth is that government doesn’t do anything to warn about the danger of government, and since it’s fully aware of the danger, the omission is deliberate.
ONE BAD APPLE
The price of freedom is imperfection. The price of perfection is extinction of liberty. Liberty requires that we don’t let one bad apple spoil the bunch.
THE OTHER EXCUSES
A “government of the people” requires people to be involved. People say they don’t have the time for this, but that’s the point of priorities. People say there is nothing they can do and that’s exactly what government wants you to believe. People say that it’s always been this way and it always will be. But yesterday America was born free, today freedom is in decline, and tomorrow it will be gone. Government has us brainwashed because it is single individuals have altered the course of history over & over again since the beginning of time.
Money is the root of all evil and the gateway to corruption. As such legislative service should be as an honor & privilege alone and without compensation.
Socialism works great on paper. The plan is to provide a decent life for all by closing the class gap through redistribution. But the plan fails when put into practice because it dissolves every incentive to produce. The lower class is coddled and the upper class tires of working hard for others.
A republic works terrible on paper because it’s based on capitalism. The rich get to keep their money while the poor are left to fend for themselves. But republics prosper for the same reason that life does… natural selection. The incentive to get rich drives production which creates opportunity for all. Republics only fail because they’re too successful… and prosperity is a dangerous mind-altering drug.
Life thrives because survival evokes responsibility. When survival is threatened, people automatically take responsibility into their own hands. It’s this personality responsibility that made America so successful and prosperous in the first place. But prosperity fosters indifference, and this has put us all into a stupor.
We are all busy building a future in a country that has none. A strong nation requires a “government of the people”, but “the people” retired long ago. America is calling on her patriots to defend her but we’re all in a daze.
AN AMERICAN STORY
In 1964 my cousin Janet was in the first grade. She carried the American flag in a presentation in her school auditorium and accidentally let the tip of the flag touch the ground. Our Grandpa Deluca, an immigrant from Italy, immediately launched himself from the spectators directly to her. In front of the entire crowd he gently lifted her arms and then knelt down and kissed the flag. This is the kind of patriotism that made America a great nation and the kind that’s missing today. This story is simple yet profound because it speaks across the ages to America’s future, which hangs in the balance.
America became a great nation based on a government of the people… the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. So long as we select our president & leaders from the elite, America will stay in decline.
In the years preceding the Declaration of Independence there was a young punk who spent all of his time inciting resistance to the crown. He was a nobody who had no job, no assets, was in and out of prison, and slept on the floor of whoever would have him in. His family, friends, and neighbors all begged him to stop. They claimed that he was only making matters worse. But he was so determined to protect us the he eventually made a difference. And he became so revered by the people that they elected him to the 2nd president of the United States, right behind George Washington. You will recollect him as none other than John Adams.