A country based on individual rights and responsibilities; is officially dead. Killed by both political parties over the last 100 years. By the end of the next four years takers will outnumber givers; as they vote themselves more, the economic engine that fed the grand experiment will fail. An unsustainable cycle has begun; eventually it will spiral out of control. America has put itself on a course last steered by Greece and Spain. In contrast there will be no Germany to bail out America.
America’s economic engine has been fueled by a strong middle class that is now under attack from the takers at both ends of the economic scale. The super rich of Wall Street who have their own 15% tax bracket, corporations that make billions a year and pay no tax. And the takers; those that are nothing but a leach on society and the economy from the day they are born to the day they die. Each is represented well in Congress, and the middle class? They get the bill and as a bonus they get the retirements they earned embezzled; whether a gutted 401K or a defined benefit plan literally stolen.
American Exceptionalism will be replaced by American Avarice. Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you. As a young man I took an oath to the Constitution of the United States. I recently re-read it: noting that the past administration violated 6 of 10 sections of the Bill of Rights; the present 8 of 10. Where was the Supreme Court? The political hacks were mum. A court once appointed for legal achievement is now appointed based on their lack of it; this group actually thinks the Constitution is interpretable even though specific procedures are in place for its change.
Congress, also sworn to protect the Constitution, is a den of thieves that violates it daily for personal gain. How is it, that these men and women go to Washington broke and then retire to their districts a few years later millionaires? Many in the Continental Congress gave up everything to write and adopt the Constitution for this country. The present carpet-baggers only take; they can’t even pass a simple budget.
Once led by intellectuals, Congress is now filled with idiots who couldn’t pass a GED. People who think islands float, who think we must pass a Bill before we read it. Education once revered, is now reviled in our cities. Ignorance is celebrated; crassness and vulgarity embraced.
A once great nation stands on a precipice. A nation based on the concept that the individual, not the government, holds inalienable rights and responsibilities. Rights that no man or government could put asunder; rights that could only be given away.
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Alexis de Tocqueville.