I'll be the first to admit that the America we know today is not the America that I was born and raised in and it is not the America that I want for my children (all grown up now) and my grandchildren.
The Liberalization and Socialization of this country is destroying her from the inside out. American exceptionalism is a dirty word. It doesn't fit with the standards of Political Correctness that have slowly taken over our society. PC is a smokescreen for creating a Socialist society here. It has made us afraid to call out the people who do things that are not in the best interests of our country. It affects everything we do. It determines how local governments and businesses work. It determines how we interact with every person that we come into contact with. It is an artificial set of rules designed to prevent anyone from having hurt feelings. I can't see it having any other purpose. Well, it does prevent us from speaking up or acting when we know that we should. It allows those who are willing to use it against us to control the outcome of the game.
I can remember taking my bat and glove and walking the mile or so to my school yard one summer day to "try out" for the local Optimist baseball league. I was probably 10 years old. I can remember walking home after tryouts with tears in my eyes because I failed to make the team. I was devastated. I thought the world was going to end. When I told my Dad what had happened he told me that I'd have to try harder next year. The 1960s were a tough time to be a kid :)
He was right, of course. No one owed me a spot on the team. I had to earn that on my own or I had to find something else to occupy my time. I could complain and cry that it wasn't fair but what would that change? The best ball players made the team. I wasn't one of them. I learned something from that.
It isn't unusual today for a parent to get up off the couch and call a coach or a team organizer to complain that their child should be allowed to do this or that. That their child is being treated unfairly. That their child is the best player on the team and should be treated as such. Most often the coach will comply with the complaining parents wishes simply to avoid further confrontation. How wrong is that? Why doesn't that coach just say "Mr. Smith, Bobby isn't a good player. He doesn't come to practice regularly and he doesn't listen to me nor does he put in a good effort when he does come to practice. Therefore, Mr. Smith, Bobby will not be a starter. He may not even dress for the game. His future is in his own hands, Mr. Smith. Whether he plays or not is up to him."
Parents run every aspect of their children's lives without putting much thought into what they are doing. When those kids get older the same parents question why their kids can't make decisions on their own. Especially good decisions.
It carries over into adult life, too. When you apply for a job as a firefighter you must pass a written test and a physical agility test in order to be considered. Unless you are a minority or female. The tests are modified for them in order to allow more of these desired classes to pass and to be accepted. Think of it what you will. It's wrong and we've allowed it to happen.
There was a time in this country when her citizens took an active role in governing her. People understood that they had to take that role or the politicians that they elected would take advantage of them. When a mayor or congressmen did something that the people disapproved of, the people let him know, in no uncertain terms, that it was unacceptable. Leaders listened. They tried to do what was best for their constituents and the people as a whole. If they didn't, they were fired at the next election.
We don't go to city council meetings or county board of supervisors meetings anymore. That would interfere with our TV time. We don't read the paper or keep up with current events anymore. We don't go to the polls and vote anymore. When we do vote, we are either uninformed or misinformed and we don't know who or what we are voting for.
Our public education system is a shambles. We are a joke when compared to the rest of the modern world. We have stopped teaching our kids the things that they need to know in order to be productive members of our society. The basics. Instead, we teach them multi-culturalism, multi-sexualism, entitlement, feel good measures. If the coursework is too hard we simply lower the standards.
As parents, we don't teach responsibility. We don't teach accountability. As educators, we no longer teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. We teach entitlement, whether it's government money or a place on the basketball team. And we're ok with that because our stupid fat kids feel good about themselves.
We have aborted 50 million unborn babies since Roe v. Wade. There's a statistic to be proud of.
The nation's debt has finally surpassed the total income of all of the citizens of this country. We owe more than we earn. Wow.
47% of the people in this country who were required to file a Federal 1040 in 2009 owed no taxes for the year. A large number of those people received refunds greater than what they paid in. That is a form of government welfare, plain and simple. I have an employee who made $42,000.00 last year. He has 5 kids and a wife. Zero witholding during the year. After filing taxes he received a check from the Fed for over $6000.00. Remember that he didn't pay any Federal taxes during the year at all. None.
What does all of this have to do with anything? Everything.
We have allowed this to happen. We were too busy with our boats and 4 wheelers and camping and fishing and hunting and screwing our neighbor's wife to be bothered with paying attention to what our government was doing. We were watching the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NASCAR rather than paying attention to what was going on in our schools and our government. We certainly couldn't find the time to go to a school board meeting to say "No! I don't want 'Homesexuality as an Alternative Lifestyle' taught to my kids". We didn't do anything to stop the birth control clinics from being placed in our schools. Condoms and birth control pills along with free and reduced price lunches. Rather than us teaching our kids responsibility and accountability, we allowed someone else to put clinics in the schools so the kids could "do what comes natural" and we held our breath and hoped for the best. We turned the responsibility of teaching responsibility to our kids over to someone else and they failed miserably.
We didn't do anything when the law enforcement agencies started putting up cameras to watch our every move. We accept the TSA and it's blatant 4th ammendment violations. A few of us are
Our government, and our society in general, are out of control. We may grouse about it but, in the end, if it doesn't affect us directly, we don't care.
What should we do about it? That's a difficult question. Half of the population are Socialists. They want the handouts that the government gives them. Our public schools were taken over by the Socialists in the early 70s. Today's teachers were taught in that system. It's all they know. It's self perpetuating. We allowed it to happen.
"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." ~~Vladimir Lenin
There is plenty of talk of "revolution" or "civil war". Talk of taking our country back "by any means necessary".
We stock up on guns and ammo, we stockpile food and supplies. For what? It may help get us through (a temporary) governmental and economic collapse and it may help us defend ourselves momentarily if the PoPo come banging on our doors in the middle of the night. (We'll come up on the short end of that altercation, BTW. It's the way it works.) Believe me, the people in power aren't going to be part of the "die off" of those who haven't prepared. They'll still be there to
I read plenty of thoughts on operating within one's personal A.O. and I hear a lot of anger, but what about the "Big Picture"? Who is going to run the show? Where's the strategic planning?
There is a lot of tactical planning but there doesn't appear to be any thought toward "what comes after". Who takes over the governance of the country? Surely not those in government today? They are the ones we have allowed to create the problems we are suffering today.
Do we just devolve into anarchy? That appears to be the course we would take. Perhaps in a hundred years or so a new government would develop. In the meantime we just step back to the pre-industrial era and start over. Perhaps that isn't such a bad idea, though I think the Globalists have different plans for us.
How do we get to where we want to be?
Hmmmmm..... How did the civil rights movement of the 60s succeed? Participation. People getting off their couches and hitting the streets. They didn't stop until they got what they were after. They made the compromises they needed to but they never quit. In fact, they were successful because they had a plan. They had a vision.
How did the hippies of the 60s and early 70s get Nixon to end the
It takes people getting off their asses and hitting the streets. Do you think that 10,000 people demonstrating every weekend in Tucson would get Sheriff Dupnik to rethink the need for SWAT in that city?
Would 100,000 people on the mall in Washington every weekend get the PTB to rethink the current violations of our constitutional rights? Or in Des Moines or Springfield or any other state capitol? Perhaps the focus should be on States Rights?
How have the unions been so successful in getting what they want? They get people off their asses and hit the streets. They get loud and in your face until their demands (or an acceptable compromise) are met.
T.L. Davis had the right idea last year with The Guardians of Liberty. I know Mr. Davis only through his blog and a few personal emails that were sent back and forth between us, but I respect him greatly. He believed in what he was doing and he sacrificed greatly to follow through on his beliefs. Sadly, it didn't work out. That certainly doesn't mean that it can't work out. The question is whether or not it's too late.
The problem, as I see it, is that we're a bunch of Conservatives. We are different than the Liberals who have taken this country over. Liberals want to know about and control every facet of your life. They want to take your money to create an impossible Utopia. They will get in your face, they will belittle you and call you names, they will do whatever is necessary to have the last word. They don't think. They are emotional and everything that they say or do is based on that emotion. The mentality of the herd rules their lives.
Conservatives just want to be left alone to live their lives quietly. They want to be able to elect their leaders and trust that things will be taken care of properly and honestly. They want to keep most of what they earn and they want to decide for themselves who, if anyone, to give the spoils of their labor to. They want to be fair and honest and they expect the same from those they meet. They believe in individual responsibility and individual accountability.
Our government is doing everything in it's power to keep the two sides apart. The Conservatives and the Liberals will not even sit down and talk to each other. Compromise isn't in the vocabulary anymore. Uncontrolled immigration and "multiculturism" are destroying our identity. No one has the balls to demand that coming to America requires becoming an American. Globalism will fail. Socialism has failed everywhere that it's been tried. Multiculturism is failing all over Europe. National identities are falling by the wayside.
So, how do we fix the mess we've allowed ourselves to be drug into? I still believe that it can be done. I still believe that Americans are different than other people. I still believe that Americans are exceptional. America is more than a country on a map. America is a state of mind, an idea. We will have failed when we all believe the Socialists, the Globalists, the Statists.... They are wrong.
I still believe in the goodness of America and Americans. Tell me, is it too late to fix it without widespread violence and upheaval?
My rant is over. Words on a screen.