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Reflections on History and America

America at the tipping point?

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David Solway

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July 10, 2013 - 12:05 am
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The difference between history’s winners and losers obviously depends on the criteria we adopt to discriminate between success and failure on the level of nation, culture and civilization. For the purposes of this article, I will leave the display of military splendor and the creation of great art out of the equation. Neither military parades in a public square nor architectural wonders constitute a boon for ordinary people, even if they produce a feeling of national pride. Rather, I define success as a function of three complementary factors: the ability to survive intact for extended periods; the achievement of approximate prosperity in a largely impoverished world; and the fostering of a relatively free, confident and vigorous citizenry. (Jeremy Bentham’s utilitarian calculus developed in his A Fragment on Government, based on “the greatest happiness of the greatest number,” plainly does not consort with these observations, since happiness is both an ambiguous concept and a non-measurable “quantity.”)

Naturally, political and social conditions will differ markedly owing to the contingencies and realities of the epoch in question, but these three criteria appear essentially stable. I should also specify that the term “winner” in this context does not designate mere brute power leading to longevity but comes with a moral valence as well, ideally, a quality of mercy, respect for one’s fellow citizens and the sane administration of reasonable laws. President Kennedy was no paragon of virtue and some of his pronouncements are distinctly troubling; yet he clearly recognized the moral component of national success when he wrote, in his Cuban Missile Cris address of October 22, 1962, in refutation of  Thrasymachus’ “might is right” doctrine in Plato’s Republic: “Our goal is not the victory of might, but the vindication of right.” It should be noted, too, that the three basic factors I have outlined do not necessarily apply as an indivisible unit; sometimes one, sometimes another, will predominate, but no single one is sufficient in itself.

What I regard as failure reverses the elements involved: an abbreviated sojourn on the historical calendar; the curse of subsistence living or economic destitution; and a repressive sociopolitical system in which individuals are merged into a featureless collective or, for one or another reason, despoiled of the opportunity to realize their innate potentials.

Of the losers, the most prominent contemporary instance is the Soviet Union, whose overhyped “Communist utopia” collapsed after 70 years. Founded on unworkable principles, meretricious theory, false premises and a complete misunderstanding of human nature, the surprise was that it lasted even that long. Another undoubted loser is the Islamic imperium. Of course, Islam as a composite civilization embracing many diverse nations has endured for over 1400 years. It satisfies the criterion of longevity, but its current differential prosperity relies on external sources and is concentrated, for the most part, in the hands of a dynastic or theocratic minority. Nor can its citizens generally be described as vigorous, inventive, well-educated and emancipated. Aside from a brief efflorescence in the medieval era, Islam has given the world little in the way of human thriving, maintaining itself through violence, dogma, slavery and conquest. In his indispensable and encyclopedic Sharia versus Freedom, Andrew Bostom quotes the scholar of religion James Freeman Clarke to the effect that Islam “makes life barren and empty…It makes men tyrants or slaves, women puppets, religion the submission to infinite despotism.” Any nation or institution that makes common cause with Islam or allows its incursion into the body politic or into social and cultural life will eventually go the same route.

Arguably, the greatest winner in history was Rome spanning the period from Republic to Empire, before disintegration set in. The United States of America is not far behind in the winning category, probably the most dynamic nation ever to have appeared on the historical proscenium and the bulwark of Western civilization in the modern world, although its tenure, unlike Rome’s, was comparatively truncated, and many indicators suggest that exhaustion and decrepitude are nigh. The great experiment in republican governance, individual liberty, free market economics, industrial potency and energetic entrepreneurship was doomed by the inexorable forces of human corruption, naked greed, endemic stupidity and the onset of relaxed indifference to the kinetics of continued prosperity, the desideratum of internal unity and the harsh demands of survival in an unforgiving world. Its early decline may be understood as a function of its precipitous success and, in this sense, the current woes afflicting the nation may be considered as entirely predictable and strictly unavoidable. Debt, dependency, unproductivity, preoccupation with untenable theories and fads, internecine conflict, racial politics, affirmative (or infirmative) action, the multicultural salad bowl, intellectual debasement of the general public, a decadent clerisy, incompetent and sybaritic leaders and a climate in which, to cite Victor Davis Hanson, “profits create suspicion; failures earn subsidies” — all were scripted in history’s Domesday Book.

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We are, on a daily basis, running up a debt that we will not be able to pay back. Our government's primary function right now is the resdistribution of money between citizens. Our economy is stagnant at best with real unemployment north of 10% now being accepted as normal. We have a political class with absolutely no respect for basic civil rights and contempt for even the basic rule of law, a press that cheerleads for the thugs in power and an electorate that doesn't seem to care. That's not "Reaganism" in decline, that's America.

And to answer your specific question about Obamacare and why we're freaking out about it: it's terrible in principle because it's an expansion of government power to extremely dangerous levels. And it's terrible in reality because it does...not....work. Higher premiums for worse coverage is a bad deal any way you look at it. And don't just take my word for it that it doesn't work... ask Obama!

I'd find your daily dimestore analysis of us and what's "really bothering us" a lot less annoying if you at least had some minimal command of the facts at hand.
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We have absolutely tipped. The 2012 election results prove it. Obama (as well as most of his Sens and Reps) was, and is, an abject failure by any objective measure, yet he was re-elected with ease. It's an indication of an immoral, decadent and degenerate electorate. Every day brings news of federal government tyranny worse than anything King George III did, yet the public willingly accepts it (or stays willfully ignorant of it - with plenty of sugarcoating from the media) so long as the bennies keep coming.
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One has to give the lefties credit for intuitively understanding the one aspect of the human condition that is universal and using it to fashion the first rung on the ladder of decline, sexuality. The sexual revolution of the '60s and '70s replaced all of our traditional freedoms - political, religious, philosophical - with the freedom to engage in unrestricted sexual activity. From this new "freedom" other "freedoms" emerged. Drug abuse, family breakdown, abortion rights and a plethora of other pathologies were the result of unbridled sexuality, all of which created vast new bureaucracies of left wing helpers to tend to the needs of the millions injured by the new "freedom". Today young people who indulge in these truly unwholesome activities believe they are actually "free" and they are made to believe that conservatives are evil because they want to put some limits on self-destructive behavior. They are not free. They are tools of the state.
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"But what is even more damning and far less resistible is the spirit of envy and resentment that emanates from within the republic as it turns against itself — envy directed toward the productive classes; resentment for accomplishment and earned stature."

Mr. "you didn't build that" has certainly aided and abetted that mentality.
After all, a people who must be torn down, fundamentally transformed, cannot be spoken about in a good light.

Obama, an individual who has personally built jack and who has almost no personal relationship to accomplishment and productivity, embodies envy and petty resentment.

(when Obama opines about "our values, our strengths" the hypocrisy is palpable)

These disgusting idiots whose goal is overarching all-inclusive government are increasingly seen to have feet of clay. I'm slightly more optimistic about America's future than you are.
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Imagine how much of this would have been stopped if the media had just asked the right questions. One I would ask the president, "Why is it so damn important to you to have so many dependent on the government for their daily bread?"
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Regarding secession, the author states, "Secession of a vital part from a sickly and imploding whole may go some way to restoration, but only for the part...."

I would choose to see it somewhat more favorably. Using the possibility of Texas and some other states to "secede", true secession probably would be of benefit only to the seceding states. But, if the so-called "secession" was in the form of a rebellion against the Fed government while remaining within the Union and refusing to meekly go along with the Fed's unconstitutional overreach, the following is possible. The states, hereafter Texas, could reform their government and, to a degree their society, to conform with the Constitution. That would entail deciding what works, i.e. is good for the people, and noting that which is wrong, bad or unworkable. Mostly, this would be a refusal to go along with the Feds with their alphabet departments and agencies and govern the state as the citizens want, not Washington, D. C.

If Texas would do this and be seen as the place to relocate to because of its prosperity, happy citizens and general lack of turmoil, other states might well decide that Texas is on the right path and worth emulating. A possible domino effect could change America back to what is was and was supposed to be as other states compared their lot with that of Texas.

Rather than "secession" as indicating "so-long, you're on your own" to the other states, if the attitude was "we are going to do something we feel is good and necessary and we want you to join us" the result could be very positive.

Frankly, I see no other reasonable alternative in taking America back to when she was good and great. A Texas with a population of people with a solid work ethic and welfare for only those in need as compared to those who merely want, would attract good citizens and shed those who want a free ride. A Texas with a school system that truly educates and does not indoctrinate students into the wonders of Utopia and big government, would raise up good citizens who want to continue on the path of liberty, freedom, and prosperity.

Not only individuals would seek to relocate, businesses who want the yoke of oppressive Fed government regulation eased would choose to relocate. The synergism of people who want to work, together with businesses who seek those who want to work without the deadwood now prevailing, could cause a regeneration of pride in Texas/America that would warm the hearts of true patriots.

As it stands today, the risk of great violence cannot be discounted when the forces of tyranny and oppression drive the freedom loving people into a corner. A "Texas" style rebellion could well prevent any such bloodshed.

Yes, Texas is hot. I lived in Brownsville for a few years but I would relocate there in a heartbeat if I could help reclaim the America I have known, loved ad fought for.


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Very well said! Bravo!
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Tipped. Is it coming back? It will take a thorough and/or sudden decline that would produce a counteractive political movement. In this scenario, a true leader with Reagan's abilities and more knowledge than Reagan would lead. And which party would he represent? The Republicans are more and more the party of 'us too' - beneficiaries of big gov't, raking in the salaries and benefits, being fine, mostly, with the overreaching. Sitting fairly quietly for Obama.

So the next thing is multiple states seceding, nearly simultaneously. Can't see it, unless precipitated by some disastrous internal events, inherently internal. Even then, I see no path from violent urban uprisings or accelerated economic decline to that. Even if Texas, for instance, were to leave, it would only take out a healthy state, relatively. The decline would accelerate.

So it will take one or more heroic figures to emerge, an astounding man or woman. Otherwise, just sliding away until things get truly ugly.
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When people talk of "America in decline," just what are they referring to?

In an absolute sense, America continues to lead the world. The whole world uses Microsoft/Adobe software, Apple computers, Boeing aircraft.

But in a relative sense, the rest of the world is catching up. China and Japan are manufacturing powerhouses. India is starting to be a software development powerhouse. But we know how to fix that. We need to do more to improve our own economy, infrastructure, and education of the young, just as they are doing.

So why are folks on PJ Media so upset?

In the 1970s, President Richard Nixon (who ran as a conservative Republican) had proposed universal catastrophic health insurance based on guess what? An employer mandate, and Medicaid cost sharing with the states! What Nixon was proposing wasn't all that different from ObamaCare today.

So why are some conservatives freaking out over ObamaCare? They didn't freak out over Nixon's similar proposal.

What I think is upsetting folks around here is not that America is in decline. It's that *Reaganism* is in decline. The voters re-elected Obama who is trying his best to end the Reagan free-market approach. Even in the GOP there is growing disenchantment with globalization.

But for those of us who lived under previous doctrinaire liberal regimes (e.g. LBJ in 1965-67 with an overwhelmingly liberal Congress), that doesn't come as so much of a shock.
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The erosion of freedom (and paradoxically also order) under proliferating regulations, the increasing sexual anarchy, the lack of privacy, the pointless wars, the government's inability to secure the border or tell the difference between criminals and victims (see George Zimmerman), or seemingly to do anything intelligent at all. That's the sort of thing people have in mind.
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Btw, America was already declining under Nixon. (Remember Vietnam?) The peak was roughly the period 1900-1960, with a small bump during the great depression.
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To you the late 1950s were the peak???

I was doing "duck and cover" shelter drills then!!!

In 1957, Russia had launched Sputnik, got a foothold in space. We all feared that the next step was Soviet orbiting nuclear warhead platforms that could wipe out America in just 90 seconds.

We were facing a real possibility of *nuclear annihilation*.

I don't remember anybody saying "Wow, this is a wonderful time we're living in!
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President Nixon was conservative only in comparison to Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern. About the only thing he had incommon with conservatives as we know that term today was his fervent anti-communism, but back then he shared that anti-communism with most prominent Democrats.
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First, I wasn't alive during Nixon, so your criticism doesn't apply. I can't freak out over something I wasn't alive to freak out over, and if I was alive, I wasn't old enough to be aware I should freak out.

However, I do know that economically, my husband I work darn hard (or I would work darn hard if I could land full-time work; I'm one of those slim majority of adults who's stuck in part-time limbo - at least I have a job and am thankful for that). However, we work harder and harder just to watch more and more of those hard won gains circle the drain to the government.

Our tax burden is such that my husband and I don't actually start making any money to support our family until sometime into Wednesday. Then, thanks to student loan debt, we have to tack on some more hours that also go to government. That's about half of our working week that goes to the government rather than to us - our family for food, clothing and shelter. And, it's not like we live high on the hog. I skip meals to keep us within our grocery budget and we only have cells because his company pays for about 75% of the bill. We're getting ready to drop cable to save money, and we have two cars over 10 years old, but they're well-maintained and paid for. We're currently trying to decide if we replace the motor in one or buy a newer one this coming spring or try to do both and trade in the lower mileage of the two we have - again to save money.

If we get dropped out of my husband's health insurance, we're praying that I can finally get a full-time job. This will be just so we can break even on the new insurance premiums because any salary I get will push us over the subsidy threshold while being just enough to more or less cover or new, "lower" health insurance premium with maybe enough left over to cover the higher energy bills that are coming thanks to Obama's push to "save" us from a non-existant environmental catastrophe.

And we're supposed to be middle class!
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When I think of America in decline, I think first of the loss of moral fibre. This IS the substance of prosperity. This is not "freaking out". You seem to enjoy provocative trolling, and rarely include any cogent argument. We have the benefit of years of history, and the patterns of decline are well established as fact. Simply because the world uses the technological infrastructure of American design, that doesn't mean America will continue to prosper. If America abandons the true principles which made her great, then her power will fade like all the other empires of history. Would you agree that Great Britain's decline is irrefutable? Witness the muslim stabbing incident, and the trillion dollar deficit, with millions on the dole. America voted to follow this model in 2012 - a model of self-destructive ignorance denial.
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Let me address each of your points in turn.

The higher your expectations, the more disappointed you are likely to be. Some conservatives like you are starting to sound just like the far Left: You've got your idealistic vision of what a "pure" America should look like, and you're damning America because it falls short.

The Communists needed to re-examine your ideals.
And so should you.

If your vision of America is some unstable amalgam of Atlas Shrugged's laissez-faire capitalism and the Holy Bible, then you're going to be highly disappointed because you never took the time to (as Rand would say) check your premises. Galt's speech and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount are epistemologically incompatible. And an impossible ideal against which to measure America or any other country.

Americans were always a lusty people. Always. We never lived up to the ideals in the Bible, ever. Those "shotgun marriages" were real. A check of birth and marriage records in the Colonial Era before the American Revolution showed that over one-third of wives gave birth to their first child less than 5 months after their first marriage. Benjamin Franklin fathered an illegitimate child. So did Grover Cleveland.

Singapore's economy is rated freer and less corrupt than America's. And yet Singapore has GOVERNMENT-mandated health insurance for all its citizens.

When I first became a conservative, conservatism had made its peace with the social safety net. William F. Buckley had kicked Ayn Rand's Objectivists out of the conservative movement.

The British Empire went into decline because it was an EMPIRE. Obviously when an empire loses its overseas colonial possessions, it goes into decline. Contrary to the Left's claims, the United States has not been a colonialist nation since it gave up the Philippines.

As I said, United States is not in decline--in an absolute sense. It's certainly better off than it was in the 1960s, when there were riots across the country, a crime wave, assassinations, and the Vietnam War. It's better off than during the Cold War, when we had the Russians threatening to destroy us with their vast nuclear arsenal.

What is happening is that we now have COMPETITION. The rest of the world has thrown off the last vestiges of World War II and the Cold War, and is now industrializing and modernizing and giving us COMPETITION.

Competition can be painful. Old ways of doing things have to be replaced by more modern things. That's true for a corporation that is now facing real competition (like the Detroit auto industry after the Japanese cars invaded America). It's also true for a nation.
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You keep repeating that we have competition, completely ignoring that the factors we list showing us in decline have -nothing- whatsoever to do with measuring ourselves against other nations. It's about measuring our own fidelity to our founding ideals and Constitution, and it is on those measurements that we're getting worse and worse every day.
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We are, on a daily basis, running up a debt that we will not be able to pay back. Our government's primary function right now is the resdistribution of money between citizens. Our economy is stagnant at best with real unemployment north of 10% now being accepted as normal. We have a political class with absolutely no respect for basic civil rights and contempt for even the basic rule of law, a press that cheerleads for the thugs in power and an electorate that doesn't seem to care. That's not "Reaganism" in decline, that's America.

And to answer your specific question about Obamacare and why we're freaking out about it: it's terrible in principle because it's an expansion of government power to extremely dangerous levels. And it's terrible in reality because it does...not....work. Higher premiums for worse coverage is a bad deal any way you look at it. And don't just take my word for it that it doesn't work... ask Obama!

I'd find your daily dimestore analysis of us and what's "really bothering us" a lot less annoying if you at least had some minimal command of the facts at hand.
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We are referring to the decline of American individualism, i.e.: the destruction of the individual's God-given equal rights to life, liberty and fruit of labor in creative pursuit of happiness as codified in the Declaration of Independence. We are referring to the rise of self-serving American collectivism as codified in the Communist Manifesto.

Obamacare is simply government collectivization of healthcare dollars and decision making - the expropriation of individual healthcare dollars and decision making.

Richard Nixon, like all the other RINOs, was not true conservative. Nixon was not a defender of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights; he was not a defender of the Divine Right of Individuals.


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The problem today that didn't before exist in the 70s is the demographic iron-clad lock on the future.
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And all the man hours and expense put into legislation to minimize discrimination; There's more blatant discrimination now than ever.
More government programs that fail to function.
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David, if you will permit me...I would like to ride on the sideboard of your essay with a related, albeit, not on all four squares of your essay.

First, we are not at the tipping point. We have tipped. And the fine wine that once was this great nation...is staining the ground beneath us.

Second, we every bit of pride I can muster...my country and my countrymen have been the greatest gift to mankind in history. There is no second place. We have served the greater good in sacrifice, we have been a beacon of how to be great and good at the same time, our Constitution has been a document drafted by a pen from the heavens, and our decency toward our enemies knows no equal.

Third, the greatness of a nation and a society lies in the balancing of community and individual. In balancing the rule of law with the free will of the individual. In allowing the freedom to err, but not the intent to terrorize. In propping up the timid and shy and throttling the bully and tyrant.

In the mirroring of the gift from heaven of man's free will which allows him to sin and feel the pangs of guilt and repent...yet, not allowing the reckless absence of rules, turning into a free for all...anomie...and chaos.

Alas, David...MY generation...the spoiled, arrogant, and misguided Baby Boomers...destroyed all that was great about the Golden Country that was America.

The "Me" Generation, the "do your thing, without consequence or conscience", the aggressively disloyal, the sneering condescendence, the lack of honor and the slap in the face of God...turned paradise into festival of leftist excesses and has left nothing but destruction in its wake.

We have tipped, David...because the pit of snakes that leftism brings to Eden, tempts with promises it does not intend to keep and does not wish to fulfill.

We are in the throes of a death rattle. We are succumbing to tyranny. We cannot find truth and the rules change on the blackboard as if Orwell was alive and penning a sequel in real time. Orwell's dogs are alive and we witness them daily now. Our government can sic one on us at will.

We have tipped. The execrable Baby Boomers have created hell from heaven. Have snatched greatness and replaced it with shame. There are enough good people left to save us yet...but, we are deep in the drowning. We need a hero. And, as I sit here...I see none in sight.
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I was born in the middle of the first wave of 'Boomers in 1949, so I'm from the maw of the beast. Sorry, cfb, but the communists were already here. Even in The South many of my K-12 teachers were unabashedly liberal. I started college in the fall of '67 and almost all of my professors were very liberal and many were open communists. This was in Georgia, not CA, MA, or NY. When the Berzerkley Free Speech dissent began in '64, the only 'Boomers who could have even been enrolled in college would have maybe been a few prodigies and some 18 yr. old freshmen born in '46. They might have been singing songs and carrying signs in Berkeley, but in '65 "Ballad of the Green Berets" made it to #1 on the Billboard charts. None of the Chicago 7 were Boomers. Few of the SDS and Weathermen leaders were Boomers.

If you want to find the seed of the rot in this Country, you need to look at the "Greatest Generation" and their idol FDR, who willfully or blindly let open communists run the federal government and infiltrate all facets of American life. One of the first things that fool did was recognize the USSR and allow a country whose avowed intent was the revolutionary overthrow of every non-communist government in the World to establish formal, legal operating bases in the form of an embassy and consulates in the US. US miltary and industrial technology was both willingly turned over to the Soviets and brazenly stolen by and on behalf of the Soviets. American communists under Comintern direction embarked on a campaign to infiltrate American institutions. The NKVD/GRU operatives in the San Francisco consulate found willing helpers in the atomic espionage program in the hallowed halls of Berkeley.

The reality is that if you went to college in the '60s and later you got a healthy dose of leftist indoctrination. If you went straight from college to work for government, in some professions, especially law, in media, or entertainment, you could and probably would keep the same dumba** ideas you heard and had smoking dope in college dorm rooms in the '60s and '70s. If you left school for the world of private sector business you walked into the whirlwind of wage and price controls then raging inflation driven by the increase in oil prices, then the stagflation and misery index world of the mid - to - late '70s and into the '80s. That reality laid a pretty good mugging on most of us. The first election any significant number of 'Boomers could vote in was '68, which Nixon won. The majority of first wave Boomers could vote by '72 and Nixon crushed the leftist darling McGovern. Carter ran as a conservative Southern governor and was never really accepted by the left, see, e.g., Kennedy's run against him in '80. Then Reagan won twice, the second time overwhelmingly, then GHWB. Clinton was the first Boomer President and he typified that child of the '60s that went from school to government. But then GWB was a 'Boomer too. Obama, b. 1961, is barely a 'Boomer and growing up in Indonesia and Hawaii is hardly the "Endless Summer" or "Acid, Incense, and Balloons" upbringing of more typical American 'Boomers.
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"Alas, David...MY generation...the spoiled, arrogant, and misguided Baby Boomers...destroyed all that was great about the Golden Country that was America."

Your generation created microprocessors, personal computers and iPhones. And in so doing, your generation revolutionized the world economy.

How could you forget that, when you're using such technology to post your lament about American decline?
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Mere technological innovation, however impressive, doesn't mean a culture isn't in decline.

At the risk of invoking Godwin, Hitler's Germany was very advanced technologically for its time but it's soul was rotten to the core and only another Nazi would approve of what they did.
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The creative forces of America produced the computer/internet/technology revolution, but the destructive Marxist forces of the same generation is tearing it down in the name of "social justice."
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We have absolutely tipped. The 2012 election results prove it. Obama (as well as most of his Sens and Reps) was, and is, an abject failure by any objective measure, yet he was re-elected with ease. It's an indication of an immoral, decadent and degenerate electorate. Every day brings news of federal government tyranny worse than anything King George III did, yet the public willingly accepts it (or stays willfully ignorant of it - with plenty of sugarcoating from the media) so long as the bennies keep coming.
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Si, Verboten;
2012 elections display the widespread government corruption and the explicit collusion between the government and private organizations to command votes and constituencies.
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And when our proud city has fully slid into the environing ocean the elites remaining on the remnants of dry land will look down, smile and say "...we've finally succeeded! Look! They're all equal now!"
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Students of the history of warfare have found that in every great battle
there is a tipping point, and at that point, the losing side often had the means
to win by a change in tactics, but seldom had the exceptional ability to do so.

The good news is that the USofA probably has the ability to reform and reinvent
itself; The bad news is that this process must wait until the mistakes of TPTB
are made manifest through an economic collapse, with all the suffering that
entails. I really, really want to be wrong about this, but looking at world news...


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I'm completely in agreement with you. We're going to undergo the equivalent of a national Chapter 11 of the federal Leviathan. Likely piece by piece, likely in an environment of incredible tension and unrest, particularly in the cities, with rising interest rates and prices, but many of the programs that the dependent class has come to know and love will be dismantled and handed back to the states. That will be our revolution.

States that respect freedom, the rule of the law, and the sanctity of contract (let's call those "red states" for shorthand) will continue to prosper relative to those run by redistributionist kleptocracies ("blue states"). Not coincidentally, the blue states will find themselves increasingly dependent upon the red states for food, fuel, and basic manufactured goods, and the terms of trade will tilt to the point where the blue states find the welfare utopia unsustainable. More civil unrest ensues.

Members of Congress from the red states have as their duty the prevention of redistribution from the producers to the parasites, until the parasites come to recognize that smaller government and greater self-reliance lead to prosperity for all. That is a multigenerational correction. However, it is possible. It will be painful getting from here to there, and let us hope that the restructuring is managed by Americans and not by the IMF and foreign creditors. But we will get there.
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