As the sole administrator of a conservative web site, I read far more than the average tea party member and ingest a steady intake of the many seemingly insurmountable problems that we face as a nation and a people.
Ask around in tea party circles and it will not take very long to find those who refer to me as a naysayer, one who tends to dwell on the negative. When you take a hard look at where America stands, it's easy to develop this mind set.
I firmly believe we get the government we deserve and but for the apathy of the American people, we would see a more responsive and morally just government. At times, in more intimate circles, I've stated that it may very well take an absolute collapse in this country to shake people from their indifference.
I do understand that ever the optimist, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope, as Patrick Henry so eloquently stated in his 'Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death' speech. He follows that by asking;
"Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?"
The latter having become my personal motto.
I came across a column titled Government of The Elites, By The Elites and For The Elites written by 'Monty Pelerin'. The author's name is a pseudonym derived from The Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization composed of economists, philosophers, historians, intellectuals, business leaders, and others who favour classical liberalism.
I share a portion of it with you because it so accurately captures the pessimism that resides within my heart and that we seldom hear outside of Glenn Beck. A message that has validity in these times that try men's souls;
This country, founded on personal liberty, freedom and limited government, has morphed into a massive Social Welfare State rivaling the paragons of Socialism in Europe. The concept of government serving the people no longer applies. The people now serve their government and its cronies.
The Founding Fathers would not recognize what has transpired in this country. Their creation and ideals have been savagely distorted if not destroyed forever. In its place stands the detested evil that results from increasingly unbridled power. The image of Leviathan ruthlessly ruling over its citizens is faintly visible. Each violation of The Constitution and The Rule of Law only strengthens the growing monster.
From a short-term perspective, the deterioration in government is barely noticeable. It proceeds slowly, in the same manner and to the same effect as rust or erosion. Looked at from a wider time perspective it is easy to see...
Attacks on the Rule of Law and the Constitution, coupled with the general decline in ethical norms, enabled the inmates to take control of the asylum. Now we face a situation described rather bluntly by D. Sherman Okst:
Plutocracy allows them to do what you and I would be jailed for doing. Being a legislator today is a get out of jail and get rich card. Congress isn't a place to serve the public, it isn't where you go to honor your country - it is where you go to earn wealth 150% faster than the American that serves you while you screw them.
There is no viable political solution. Choosing between Corruption Faster (Democrats) and Corruption Slower (Republicans) does not change the destination, merely the rate at which the public is plundered. Government is too large and too powerful to allow itself to be dismantled via the ballot box. Yet it is also too large, too inefficient and too insolvent to survive.
A mercy killing, administered by an economic collapse, will provide a meaningful opportunity to address the political problem and return to limited government. Such an event, unfortunately, also opens the possibility of a totalitarian state.
Great pain lies ahead. The only issue is whether it will be short-term (say ten years) or long-term as in the old Soviet Union. Be aware of what lies ahead and prepare as best you can.