That’s it. I’ve had enough. It’s time for me to contribute. This country has gone backwards because of policies, laziness and corruption. It’s always good intentions that get people into trouble, so let’s avoid the blame game and just get things on track.
Each week or so I am going to write about the things we need to do as a country to get back to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Let’s not forget both of those. The founding fathers created this country a little over 200 years ago, 300 years after non-natives started exploring. In that 200 years, America became the most successful, wealthiest, kindest (yes kindest) and strongest country in the world. We contribute far more goodness to the world than any single country ever. We are about to lose that and that is not a good thing. This country is a gift that millions have died for, and we are squandering it.
History can be studied and learned. Hegel said “What experience and history teach us is this: that people and government never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it.” Historians worldwide have identified the stages of a country’s rise and fall.
- From bondage to spiritual faith
- From spiritual faith to great courage
- From great courage to liberty
- From liberty to abundance
- From abundance to selfishness
- From selfishness to complacency
- From complacency to apathy
- From apathy to moral decay
- From moral decay to dependence
- From dependence to bondage
It is fairly easy to track these stages throughout our country’s short history. I believe that stage 6, “from abundance to selfishness” was reversed several times in our history by courageous American’s responding to unexpected world events.
After World War I, and into the 1920’s, American’s were experiencing new social liberties and relatively generously higher living standards for those in urban areas. This could have been the stage towards selfishness but it was interrupted by the Great Depression. Today still, we enjoy the benefits of those who suffered through those times. Read that last part again.
Just as recovery was possible (I say possible because people mistakenly think that the New Deal spurred the recovery) we entered as a nation another world event: World War II. This again created a wealth of benefits for our nation based on the suffering of those who were a part of that event.
But I welcome anyone to deny that we have passed that stage at this point. We have clearly moved into complacency, apathy and I would assert moral decay. Perhaps that step isn’t as worthy to define as is dependency.
“1 in 5 Americans hold a government job or a job reliant on federal spending. A similar number receive Social Security or a government pension. About 19 million others get food stamps, 2 million get subsidized housing, and 5 million get education grants”
This is not only unsustainable long term, but it is only getting worse as the population ages, federal government expands and the unemployment rises. In fact this study by top economists was done in 2007.
In addition to that, More than 50% of American’s don’t pay taxes
Are you beginning to see the problem?
This series will finally layout the solution to our nation’s problems. It won’t be easy, but it is possible as you will see.