Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Death and Birth of the U.S.A.

What causes the death of a nation? One would suppose that there are likely as many reasons for a country's demise as there are and have been countries over the many millennia of humankind's existence. Yet, except for the rare and occasional calamitous natural disaster that can wipe out a civilization, nearly every nation has crumbled, ever so slowly, over decades of time because of two infallible truths - the majority of those who inhabit a country have either stopped believing in themselves, and secondly, also no longer find the ideas or ideals on which their nation was founded worthy of their alliegience, time and lives.

The results of the gradual falling away from those principals, those outward manifestations of the decline, become the new all-consuming drive of the nation. These tend to be factions from class warfare, greed, selfishness, self-centeredness with growing feelings of helplessness, individual powerlessness and a sense of being completely overwhelmed.

The founding principals of the United States of America were laid down in writing over 236 years ago (a short span of time compared to past empires) in such revered documents as The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights and The United States Constitution. The most profound of these principals were seen as not coming from the will of man but from a higher order of life. Those included "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The nation's founders and its citizens of the time saw that these were rights not granted by man and therefore were not man's to take away.

The United States Constitution conferred other rights which were man-made but could and should be implied from the three non-human granted rights. These include, but are not limited to rights such as: freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and religious expression, the right to bears arms, a separation of powers, etc.

After instituting these ideas and ideals about individual and national rights the founders spent many decades after the formation of the American nation to warn future generations what they could expect if any of these rights and "sacred" liberties were to be compromised. George Washington, upon his retirement from public service, declared that one of the greatest future dangers facing this nation would be a time when the people would seek change for the sake of change. And, while he - like Thomas Jefferson - believed it to be the right and even duty for people to sometimes alter their government, it should always be done through the means of a constitutional amendment and not wholesale militarism, violent revolution, or by any leader, or President governing solely on his own authority apart from the Congress - a matter today we call Government by Executive Order.

Thomas Jefferson already saw the dangers of what he labeled sectionalism, which is the formation of public political parties. He saw this as harmful to the Republic because it put one American against another. While Jefferson saw these kinds of divisions as necessary and important in the private confines within the walls of those governing in order to foster debate, he viewed them as nothing more than a weakening and devisive means outside in the public non-cloistered walls of Congress. When I see the state of deterioration that our modern day political party system has helped to create I'm left to wonder why we haven't heeded Jefferson's trumpet call to ban all public political parties.

One of the biggest and most frequent warnings issued by America's founders dealt with the nation's economy. By looking at the other great nations of the past that came and went the founders soon realized that as a nation's economy ebbed and flowed so did the strength of that nation. Washington was a staunch supporter for a mandatory balanced federal budget. On more than one occasion he warned that a nation that couldn't control its spending, balance its budget and keep a strong hand on its desire to borrow against its debt was doomed to failure and setting itself up for inevitable collapse. Washington, Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin all agreed that the ruination of any nation's economy were things like participation in prolonged wars, federal entitlement spending on borrowed funds and exorbitant taxation of its private citizens and their private enterprises. Listening to our current day leaders on both sides of the aisle one is left to ponder if any of these men and women are even the least bit familiar with the foreboding forcasts of our nation's founding fathers.

These great leaders of the past had many things to say and warnings to their progeny. Matters that relate to our current place in the historical scheme of world order and I encourage my readers to absorb as much of their words as possible as it relates to such timely topics as immigration, the defense of the national borders, foreign affairs, taxation, trade and much more.

In the mid 1960's I was a teenager and to this day I vividly remember watching the Premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev sitting at the United Nations pounding his shoe on the podium, shaking his finger at the United States delegation and shouting. Later he told an American delegation in Yugoslavia, "We will bury you without firing a shot." That line got him into some hot water with the Proletariate.

Khruschev remarked this would be possible one day because to quote him fully, "You Americans are gullible! We don't have to invade you!..." "The day will come when your grandchildren will live under communism." Another revelatory from Khruschev was this insightful gem, "The press is our chief ideological weapon."

Khruschev is dead, but his words ring more true today than they did in my ears over 50 years ago. What I believed then to be the ravings of a crazy man and something I thought could never happen in my beloved democratic Republic with its love of individual liberty, capitalism and free enterprise has actually happened in my own lifetime and the Premier was right, our grandchildren are alive to witness its fact.

Time to wake up America, that day has fully arrived and come to fruition under the auspices of our very own President Barack Obama, a true Socialist. We watch dumbfounded at an impotent Congress willing to give its power to this one man, pass his socialistic legislation and agenda without even reading the laws they vote "YAY" on. We give witness to a Supreme Court making law instead of interpreting the constitutionality of a piece of legislation. We have seen the rise of the loss of separation of powers with a President ready, willing and able to govern by Executive Order, ruling 350 million people of which more than half (125 million) are now totally dependent on an economically beggered government for its daily subsistence. We live in a country in which the United States government is now the owner of several large corporations and banking systems, favoring some companies over others by giving them vast billions of overly taxed citizen's hard earned monies to give these favored companies assistence instead of letting the free market work. The prophetic words of the Russian prophet Khruschev have become a reality. Who knew?

All mourn the death of the USA - The United States of America.

Give witness to the birth of the USA - The United Socialist America.

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