"Remember when America was called 'the land of opportunity?'"
So we're in an America in decline, with economic disaster looming over us all, in an economy far worse than the federal government or press cares to admit, watching our culture, heritage, and future collapse. What can we do? Can it be saved, and how?
The short answer is: no. I know that sounds awfully defeatist and depressing. The Tea Party Oregon facebook page keeps putting out stuff like "will you fight or surrender" as if that's what we're faced with. They won, and there is no question of surrender, its over.
Consider the history of the United States. America was discovered and settled by Europeans who were self sufficient adventurers, men and women of courage, virtue, and strength who were willing to leave the comforts and ease of civilization to start completely over in a land with nothing but raw materials and hostile locals. Imagine today leaving your home, your computer, your car, your lights, food, television, cell phone, everything behind, to go essentially camping... for the rest of your life. In an unknown place, filled with unknown threats, even hostile locals.
That's what the pioneers and settlers of America did. They deliberately gave up what they had so they could have more. They abandoned the old comforts of home to build a new, better home for themselves. Only the strong, the self-determined, the responsible, the hardy, and the bold could even consider such an act. You want a house? Build it. You want food? Grow it. You want protection? That's you. You want roads? Clear them out. You want fuel? Gather it yourself. From the land, and back then, you had to do it without machinery or technology we recognize today.
The people who did this did it because they wanted to face life themselves, to carve out a new life in a land so open and rich that they could be anything they were strong and determined enough to be. They left behind a world that was safer and more comfortable, more regulated and predictable, for a life that was freer and had more opportunity.
The new world represented a place without kings, without lords, without oppression and taxation. The people who came to the new world wanted a world where they didn't have to bow and tug a forelock to every lord, where they could own land and hunt, where no man could kill and abuse them without consequence or their ability to fight back. The new world meant a world where a man could stand up and build his future, rather than kneel as others did instead.
And the people who were left behind? The followers, the people who lived off others, the pampered and the people without vision, boldness, ambition, or drive. So America was based and built on people who took chances, stood on their own, and valued freedom. And the heritage, the tradition, the history of America was forged in the crucible of facing terrific hardship and conquering it all. The sacrifice and hard work of our ancestors built the mightiest nation the world has ever seen.
THE LONG MARCH
While that was the core of America, the majority, we kept building and growing and doing. But for about 100 years, the left has been working to corrupt and undermine all that, to build a world where nobody has to take risks, where nobody can fail, where nobody gets more than others, to create a concept of justice that is not just and fairness that is not fair. They've worked through the education system, the judicial system, the entertainment community, the political system, even labor and religion. And as a result, the people who take risks and stand on their own have become fewer and fewer.
Now, the people who built America, the traditions of America, the culture of America are all outnumbered and eclipsed. The country has gone from the land of opportunity to the land of people with their hand out, expecting big brother government will take care of us all, and those rats who have more than us will pay for it all.
So that's a quick rundown of how we built the nation and how we got where we are now, and it helps explain the basic problem with where we are now. We can't leave the takers and the leeches behind. There is no new world to flee to where there's liberty and opportunity. There is no America left to run to. Canada right now is moving more toward freedom than America, but it is very limited in its nature and won't last. Their movement is an elastic reaction to the excesses of the left, but in time people will tire of the tilt and run to the other side again.
And that's why I say there is no stopping this. Because the entire system, the entire culture is filled with the people who oppose everything we stand for, believe in, and want to see. Our dreams of liberty and opportunity are considered unjust and horrible to them. Their ideas of justice and fairness are repulsive and tyrannical to us. The twain will never meet, and now we're buried in their power.
It isn't just that they have the positions of power, its that they've convinced people not only that taking and depending is superior to making and personal responsibility, but that its evil and awful to think otherwise. It isn't just that they are the mainstream establishment, its that they've convinced everyone that they are hip rebels and outsiders in the process, so its cool. Its like how Apple, putting out a phone in several ways inferior to Nokia and other devices, became a huge seller based on how cool it seemed. Logic doesn't even enter into this, they appeal to a gut level emotional reaction and have convinced people that logic and reason are like, boring and lame, bro.
However, all that does not mean there's nothing at all we can do. It just means that we can't do anything to stop the disaster. The two trains full of nitroglycerine are full steam on the same track toward each other. The only thing to do now is to get to cover. So that's the first thing to do.
By "get cover" I don't mean run away. I mean you need to be ready for when things start to fall apart. We take many things for granted that may not necessarily be there for us in the near future. Things like regular, reliable energy and internet, things like safe streets and cops, fire departments who show up swiftly and for free, things like the freedom to say what you want and go where you want.
THINGS BREAK, DON'T THEY?
To survive the coming times you need to learn how to fix and care for what you have, be more self sufficient, form networks to get what you need, and how to stay out of the attention of people in charge. I don't expect to see a massive dictatorship arise, but I do expect to see a system of rewards and Chicago-style dealing become standard. If you work with them, you'll do okay. If you buck the system, well paperwork gets lost and regulations we usually ignore get noticed. If you make too much money, or you pay cash too often for purchases, if you don't hire the right people or shop the wrong places, well things might get a bit tough for you.
In 3 years, the Obama administration added 106 new major regulations and over 10,000 new rules. Cops say you can't drive across town without breaking a traffic law, you can't live without violating at least one of these rules. There are laws that are only enforced to give cops a handle by which to grab bad guys: if your wheels touch the center line, that's illegal and they can ticket you. If you don't go 100 yards before changing lanes, that's illegal and they can ticket you. On and on it goes. These laws are ignored most of the time because police view their job as keeping the peace, not mindlessly enforcing every rule and people make mistakes. But when they want to, they have those laws around to use.
Now think about the federal government, which is intrinsically hostile toward you and further is driven by a system of favors and deals. A government which helps people that help them and punishes those who fight against them. A government which investigates and sends the IRS against major donors to their political opponents, which tells businesses to violate the law because they'll pay for fines, that ignores electoral law about foreign donations and election places. The kind of government built around the concept of scratching backs in return.
Now, you're unlikely to get noticed if you are just an individual. If you don't blog, don't have a major business, don't rock the boat, and don't have a high profile, you're basically invisible in a sea of 300 million faces. But ask Microsoft what it was like to just run your business and not need to lobby. Ask them how it turned out under the Clinton administration when they were targeted by Republicans in congress for daring to not give out their tribute to congressmen. Now they lobby and donate to politicians like good boys.
Another thing to do is to maintain your culture in the midst of an increasingly alien one. The truth is, crosses and all Christian references and images in the nation are going to go away. In time, any religious symbolism in even graveyards will be sued and torn away. The establishment clause! they will cry; it makes me feel bad, you're oppressing me! they will claim. Keep the things you hold dear to yourself, for yourself and your family.
Think of how Jews lived in hostile cultures - and still do - for over a thousand years. They kept their traditions, quietly, to themselves. No more merry Christmas in stores? That's okay, say it to each other. No more crosses displayed in public? You can wear one under your shirt. No more praying? You can pray in private. That gun an offense to have visible? Keep it under cover. Cut out the bumper stickers and the facebook posts, keep quiet when people attack and slander you, you know what is right and true inside. Survive and wait for the future, when you will prosper rather than survive.
And work, work hard. Produce, do the best you can. Be good at what you do, quietly and humbly. If you make shoes, make the best shoes you can and sell them for a fair price. Eventually some people will hate you for it - just ask Jews about that. But in the meantime you're building a future, setting things aside, and preparing for when Israel returns. That's what the Jews planned for: some day they would have their home. And that's what we have to do, work toward our own Israel.
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