I’ve been contemplating writing this for quite some time but honestly hesitated since it’s the country of my birth, where I grew up, this is where I learned to drive a car, and fell in love for the first time. I have many fond memories from my past that I will never forget like visiting almost every National Park in America. It’s a land of immense beauty with wonderful landscapes and hidden gems that can only be seen by traveling from coast to coast. Clam digging on the east coast as a child will never be forgotten nor will watching huge waves crashing on the shore of the Pacific, fearful of being attacked by a great white shark. But today I see blood in the water……….a death that makes my heart ache.
The zenith of America is gone, the country I once remember has changed and become a place that is full of anger, bitterness, defensiveness, pessimism, materialism, and frivolity. It’s become pervasive in the media. When our forefathers where forming this great country at the constitutional convention Benjamin Franklin made a very astute observation.
What He Said: “Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last. But in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention Franklin observed the symbol of the sun at the top of George Washington’s chair and mused: “I have the happiness to know it is a rising sun and not a setting sun”.
I wonder would he say the same thing today. The state of affairs in Washington D.C. tells me that this once bright and shining star is now setting. If an epithet were written what would it read? Here lies the USA born July 4th, 1776, died April 2, 2014. Why? It did not disappear because of an attack from another country. It did not end at the hand of terrorists. It self-destructed in a form of suicide predicted by its founders, and executed by its own government.
A few quotes from our founding fathers, and one of our greatest presidents:
“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
Quoted from Salon Magazine:
America’s rapid descent into impoverished nation status is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. By every measure, we look like a broken banana republic. Not a single U.S. city is included in the world’s top 10 most livable cities. Only one U.S. airport makes the list of the top 100 in the world. Our roads, schools and bridges are falling apart, and our trains — none of them high-speed — are running off their tracks.
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Quote from John Glubb – Author of “The Fate of Empires and Search For Survival.”
All empires begin, writes Glubb, with the age of pioneers, followed by ages of conquest, commerce, affluence, intellect and decadence. America appears to have reached the age of decadence, which Glubb defines as marked by “defensiveness, pessimism, materialism, frivolity, an influx of foreigners, the welfare state, [and] a weakening of religion.”
Decadence, he writes, “is due to: Too long a period of wealth and power, selfishness, love of money [and] the loss of a sense of duty.”
Wealth and Power = Exceptionalism
I read all the time just how great America is and was and I think to myself does this term “exceptionalism” exclude America from the forces mentioned by John Glubb, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many others. What rational person wouldn’t believe that if you began to tear out all the support walls of a house that doing so wouldn’t eventually cause it to collapse?
The Loss of a True Sense of Duty
We all know that ISIS is bent on destroying America, we all recognize that what they are doing is wrong. But what we’ve failed to see is why has it come to this. It amazing how blind Americans can be to the truth. If a country invaded the United States it would do everything in it’s power to repeal it. Everyone who owned a gun would rally to protect their freedoms and right to be a sovereign nation. Do not the countries in the middle east have the same right to this sovereignty as well? Is this not why the colonies stood up to England?
In what country does that media attack it’s own police, the very people who are sworn to protect the liberties of each and every American? This very same media is perpetuating deep divisions between Peoples of different color and religion. Why would they do such a thing? History might answer these questions if we just simply look at what happened between the north and south or look at Germany before WWII. Is anybody paying attention? History also tells us after every recession or depression the American economy move forward on the legs of war. Is this answer to what truly ails the American system and way of life? What has happened to this great country that was founded on religious freedom, free from tyranny and the forces that caused previous nations to fail?
A Weakening of Religion
Given the circumstances I’d say that greed is what’s prevailed, the love of Mammon. If a country or nation is given great wealth, the same destroys it. Currently this same tool is being used against small weaker nations under the guise of democracy. When allowed to do so does it not erode the very foundations that established religious freedoms in the first place. The borrower is then beholden to the lender, thus the borrower becomes enslaved to the very powers that claims to have set it free. Every country that has allowed this to happen no longer serves it people but serves those who feeds them. Who do we trust?
Influx of Illegal Immigrants fueled by Frivolity
Examing the actual reason for the large influx of illegal immigrants into the Untied States will lead to the frivolity of most Americans. If those who are escaping into America are doing so because of the huge gang and drug problems. The true cause doesn’t lie in illegal immigration. It lies in the huge drug use of Americans, yes the finger points back to the basic use of drugs and a lack of seriousness in one’s own actions. Then one must ask why the government spends money so frivolously, I could go on and on so I will just leave you with a link to the nonsense that is taking place here.
We tend to laugh at this one yet it’s a serious problem. Buying more stuff is associated with depression, anxiety, and broken relationships. It’s socially destructive and self destructive as well. Materialism will never fill the void of despair. Envy insights and feeds this monster to proportions unimaginable. The very wealth that is supposed to enrich one’s life becomes a dead albatross hanging around the neck. Yet this smell seems to attract many with the promise of happiness. Like personal excess, community excess permeates as well which insights division. Then there is the have’s and the have not’s with everyone fighting to obtain more to fill this never ending gap. On a national level it has engaged a lack of empathy for other countries or has encouraged them to reach this insane level of excess. Does the rest of the world desire to attain this same level of materialism? Why is American economic hegemony being forced upon the rest of the world? This very hegemony is creating a homogeneity that the rest of the world neither wants or needs.
So what is the answer? Stay tuned! It’s coming.
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