My sixth grader recently learned in his social studies (we don’t call it history anymore) classes how democracies rise and fall, and that most fall from within. He gets it. I get it. Many of you get it. But leaders in the western world don’t seem to get it, and neither do most of the politically correct, dumbed-down voters who keep electing them. In the mean time, we’re being destroyed from within on all fronts. Will those that voted for all of this take any comfort in knowing they did it to themselves? I doubt it.
On the cultural front, just look at the case of Kaitlyn Hunt. She’s the 18 year old who engaged in a sexual relationship with a fourteen year old girl. The term “jail bait” has been around since before I was around, but for some reason many people in our society believe the laws against sex with minors doesn’t or shouldn’t apply to lesbians. Kaitlyn has rejected a plea deal that would have kept her out of jail. I suppose she believes that looking wholesome and cute is a ticket out of any responsibility for her actions. Sadly, she has an army of supporters who would like us all to believe that she is the victim, rather than the perpetrator of a crime against a child.
On the economic front, our elected representatives are spending us into oblivion. Those who want to do something about it are called “whacko birds” by their alleged allies. These people who are supposed to be looking out for us keep saying that the more they spend, the better the economy will be. But the proof is in the pudding. Just look at this alarming chart showing debt vs. GDP since 1971. What does that tell you?
Did all of that debt bring us economic growth, or did it stifle it? You make your own conclusion, but I know what mine is. We have generations of voters voting to rob the next generation of their wealth, but soon the Ponzi scheme is going to have to come to an end. It probably already has. If you’re a Boomer, well, count yourself lucky. The rest of us, not so much.
Yet this terrible math leaves the question of what’s next? Can this unequal state of affairs remain a permanent feature of American life? Can the work of one group– the very hours of their life–be morally claimed and transferred to another by dictate? That is to say, does one generation have the right to enslave another, whether physically with chains they never earned, or financially with debts they never accrued? And if this transfer was voted into power by a generation and enforced by government dictate, why can’t Generation X and Y vote to transfer all the Boomers’ wealth back to themselves? We don’t know at this time, but with the Dow at all-time highs it would seem that, one way or another, incomes and prices can only revert to the mean. And brother, speaking from the bottom, it’s a long way down to here.
Be sure to read the whole thing for the complete analysis of the generational theft that’s been going on for decades. Even if you didn’t vote for it, you’re still on the receiving end of the wealth transfer. Heck, you probably didn’t have much choice but to vote for it, seeing that both parties have contributed.
Then we have the latest immigration bill working its way through the halls of power. Ronald Reagan made the mistake of going along with this nonsense back in the 1980s, but so many didn’t learn the lessons, and others did and are now capitalizing. As if we don’t have enough people already here in the US willing to play a role in the Cloward and Piven strategy of economic destruction. Food stamp usage is at an all time high, so are the number of Americans on SSDI, while our government actively tries to recruit even more recipients. We allow all of these illegals to cross our borders, and the powers that be want to offer them amnesty, but they don’t demand that they assimilate into our society.
This is especially concerning when it comes to Muslims. Why aren’t our leaders calling on the peaceful Muslims to denounce the Islamist jihadists? Why isn’t that a requirement of citizenship? Shouldn’t a denunciation of the desire to kill Americans, and all innocents, be a requirement to become an American citizen? Apparently not, considering that Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was granted citizenship even though his older brother and fellow bomber Tamerlan was flagged by Russian authorities as an Islamist extremist.
Things are no different across the pond, where one journalist actually apologized to Muslims for reporting that one of their own beheaded a British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, in broad daylight while shouting “Allahu akbar!”
As grotesque as this act of savagery was, the aftermath was even more unsettling. The perpetrators did not, as the Tsarnaev brothers did in Boston, attempt to escape. Instead, they held court in the street gloating over their trophy, and flagged down a London bus to demand the passengers record their triumph on film. As the crowd of bystanders swelled, the remarkably urbane savages posed for photographs with the remains of their victim while discoursing on the iniquities of Britain toward the Muslim world. Having killed Drummer Rigby, they were killing time: It took 20 minutes for the somnolent British constabulary to show up. And so television viewers were treated to the spectacle of a young man, speaking in the vowels of south London, chatting calmly with his “fellow Britons” about his geopolitical grievances and apologizing to the ladies present for any discomfort his beheading of Drummer Rigby might have caused them, all while drenched in blood and still wielding his cleaver. If you’re thinking of getting steamed over all that, don’t. Simon Jenkins, the former editor of the Times of London, cautioned against “mass hysteria” over “mundane acts of violence.” (Read more)
So now beheading honorable men in the streets has become a mundane act of violence. Just like “snipping” the spines of newborns who happened to survive abortion attempts has been reduced to “a local crime story.”
Is it any wonder that there is now a suicide epidemic in the United States? All of these things, we’re told, are just normal. We can’t condemn jihadists. We can condemn baby killers after they get caught, but not before they get caught. There’s a hook-up culture on college campuses where casual sex has taken the place of romance. Rape of minors is accepted as long as the rapes are perpetrated by lesbians. Crossing our borders illegally is to be rewarded with citizenship and the welfare benefits that come along with it. Americans are blown up by terrorists, whether on the streets of our cities or in far-off lands, but we aren’t supposed to label those acts terrorism without full investigations and the blessing of bureaucrats. They tell our children to saddle themselves with student loan debt, while our leaders are saddling them with a soaring national debt.
The west has become empty. Empty of morals. Empty of common sense. Empty of economic sense. Empty of self preservation.
So, what could possibly go wrong? Are we so arrogant to believe that this republic will stand no matter what we allow our leaders to do to it? When Benjamin Franklin was asked a long time ago what the people were given he replied “A republic, if you can keep it.” He wasn’t so arrogant as to believe we couldn’t lose it. Why are we? Oh, and if you’re wondering how all of this happened, see an earlier post I did on how the progressives captured our culture decades ago. They were very patient, and content to incrementally take steps, until the moment they had all be waiting for.
Update: The Camp of the Saints linked back and added:
I think our arrogance is born of our self-willed ignorance, our refusal to confront Reality. We are spoiled. Our Culture is rotten. And we are brats. We refuse to be adults, so very easy has it become to remain an adolescent and refuse to shoulder the responsibilities a people must if they are to retain their freedoms and liberties.
I’d like to think that today’s generation of parents would see the writing on the wall and educate their children accordingly. But I don’t think that’s going to happen, at least not today. Who was it that said the capitalists had just enough rope to hang themselves?