A day never goes by without something being printed in the newspapers, or shown on the TV news channels, or heard on the radio airways that gives concern for the fiscal and ethical health of this country. Given this, it should be easy to find an issue each day that gives inspiration for a new and fresh blog post. In reality the news, in all it's forms, often fails to provide that spark. Perhaps this is because everything is so predictable with the news media. You get the same old biased storyline, the same old government media complex interpretation of news events, and ever so infrequently a well thought out and accurately presented story minus the usual bias.
So what's a person to do to find that incentive, that spark that drives them to pen and paper? Oops, I mean keyboard and monitor. For me it is often the everyday people that work and go about their business to make a decent life for their family. Often you find words of wisdom, and sometimes words that frighten, coming from the least expected places and people. A simple one sentence statement that at first seems of little consequence, can on further examination become that spark which drives you to thought and eventual comment.
This morning I recalled a conversation I had yesterday with my son Patrick. While discussing issues of the day (usually we disagree) he made a simple statement with respect to the USA. He said, and I paraphrase, nothing good lasts forever, every great power after reaching it's zenith of power and influence has receded into relative obscurity. My son, knowing that I have a deep interest in history, having selected it as my major, knew I couldn't argue his point. He is absolutely correct. From Ancient Egypt to the Persian Empire, Ancient Greece to the Roman Empire, Spain, France, Portugal and the British Empire, the Chinese Dynasties, and many more all rose to their pinnacle of power and influence and then faded away. Perhaps, as most things are cyclical, they will at some point rise again. But that my friends is a discussion for another day.
The burning question to me is why do great civilizations fade? Is it natural and unpreventable, or is it something else? Something that if understood is controllable and thus preventable? Many theory's exist as to why each great civilization fell from preeminence. I concern myself here only with America as she is my country. I see her falling from the preeminent position a truly Great Nation should hold. A nation founded in part on the beliefs that individual liberties and private enterprise are the foundation of a free and prosperous society.
The American fall from preeminence began before the current generation was born. It started around the turn of the 19Th century when American progressives, under Theodore Roosevelt thrust the federal government into the business of becoming progressive with the Anti Trust laws. This is to say active in the private sector in a way that was previously frowned upon. This was the beginning of a socially active government and the birth of socialism in America. Europe at the time was toying with Marxism, the most extreme form of socialism, and the United States had a small number of proponents as well.
The strength of our underlying principals were such that we as a nation continued to grow in stature and power. The next significant change to the structure and direction in our federal government came in the 1930's under Franklin Roosevelt. The country, struggling to survive the impact of the Great Depression set the stage for the next socialist shift. FDR'S New Deal pushed the door open further to the causes of progressive thought and socialism. The federal government was now in place to eventually become "Big Brother" to us all at our collective expense.
The United States reached it's pinnacle of power following World War II. To the everlasting credit of this nation we almost single handed rebuilt Europe and at the expense of the American taxpayer. As a people we knew why we fought this war and as a people we believed it our responsibility to rebuild the countries devastated by Hitler's war of oppression. Students in schools and universities across America were still, to a large degree, being taught the underlying values that made the United States of America the freest and most prosperous nation the world has ever known.
The early sixties ushered in the next wave of progressive and socialist intrusion into American government and society. Following the assassination of President John Kennedy, a conservative democrat by today's standards, Lyndon Johnson took the nation on the next great move towards socialization of government with his Great Society legislation. Not only did he advance the cause of Civil Rights, which was without question the right thing to do and supported by this writer, he also gave us Medicare and Medicaid. These programs where a furtherance of the Social Security Act and the next step in the progression to total and complete socialized universal health care that President Obama has made a cornerstone of his administration's goals for America.
With the creeping government social agenda, and the largess it brought with it, the progressive and socialist's knew they had to change the way Americans thought to totally succeed in their efforts. The way to effectively do this was through the public education system. The progressive educators begin their drive to reinvent American history, and the interpretation of it. This became known as "revisionist history" and it was and continues to be real. This writer was attending college in the early 1970's and had professors who acknowledged this very effort by progressives.
Through the efforts of the progressive is academia, the progressives and socialists in the government, and a complicit government media complex the socialist agenda took a deep hold. As it progressed we began to hear the terminology of diversity followed by multiculturalism, followed by globalization, followed by "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child." Throughout this gradual progression the common thread that makes us American was somehow lost or forgotten.
We no longer teach American history, we teach social studies. We no longer teach the values that made America great, rather we focus on what we did wrong and encourage self immolation as a nation. We no longer teach our children the hard facts of life and the self restraint required to succeed, we teach immediate gratification as the goal. We no longer teach shared and common values we teach that we must celebrate our differences. We teach not that Americas founding values are the strength of our past and the hope for our future, but rather that our differences make us strong and the collective good is more important than the individual.
We have progressed to that fine and noble place in time when our President finds it the American ideal to globally apologise for America. We have come full circle and now stand on the brink of the final stages of the socialization (or Marxist indoctrination) of American society. Yes there remains in America millions who understand. Many are beginning to speak up and stand against the progressive socialist march to declining prosperity and American preeminence in the world. I for one hope it is not to little and to late. Not only for me, but for my grandson and his children as well.
So, as a true American Independent Conservative I will continue to fight the American fight. I will fight it in the true American spirit of liberty, limited government, free market economy, fierce individualism, and free and impassioned dissent and activism. History has shown Socialism, Marxism, Fascism and Government by Divine Right to be abject failures. It has also shown the remarkable ability of the American free market system to create wealth and stability when the government exercises limited control and oversight. If we go the way of previously great nations we have only ourselves to blame. If it happens it will be because of a lack of understanding our common heritage as Americans, our inability to make our government responsible to us, and our cultural and ethical weakness from within. As Michael Savage would say "Borders, Language, and Culture."
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