The deterioration of America is startling.
Values that we took for granted have eroded or disappeared, like the slicing of a salami. You know: After one slice and then another, it appears to be the same as when you began — but then after a few more slices suddenly you look and the salami is almost gone.
That is what is happening to the United States of America, right before our eyes.
The idea that the Treasury secretary of the United States asks for the power to fire and hire the heads of companies is something none of us ever would have thought we would see in our country. Ever!
The idea that we need to restructure the federal government and expand the budget and create new programs to fix an ailing economy is a hijacking of the recession to mask the imposition of 1970s-style Western European-style Big Government Socialism.
The idea that stimulating the economy requires ladling out projects to every congressional district, most of which are goodies to extol the local Democratic congressman, is a joke and a shame.
And that the national news media would look at all this with nary a questioning eye?
Indeed, we have seen the triumph of the 1960s liberals during the past two decades. That drugged-out, selfish, self-indulgent culture has come of age — and has swept our nation:
Our leaders, in every field from business to law to politics to religion to medicine to education, do not practice honor and honesty.
“Me first-ness” is the way to get ahead now.
Personal debt has soared. No longer do people save like their parents did. Spending like there is no tomorrow is seen as the way to go. People see living beyond the means they have earned as good.
Lying is so common that you can’t tell the truth anymore.
American education, from elementary school through graduate school, has become even more rife with teachers with agendas. Instead of teaching the basics, these politically correct “agendas” dominate education.
Sacrifice, suffering to get what you want, patience, waiting your time, earning your chance — all these time-honored American values are gone! Pffft!
With these basic values gone — or disappearing — the political underpinnings of our system are challenged.
Politically, we Republicans and conservatives became “stupid” years ago, after the Reagan Era, when we fell into Big Government Republicanism under both President Bushes. And the result is we have no credibility to challenge President Obama’s massive lurch to the left.
The Democrats have been lying in the weeds just waiting for the Bush-led GOP to implode. And as soon as it did, they moved with alacrity to take the country in an entirely different direction — even though that is not — what was promised last year during the election.
The idea of the federal government’s doling out bailouts worth trillions is/was unfathomable. Thirty years ago, we had a wrenching national debate over a single bailout: to Chrysler.
Now a new bank bailout happens almost every weekend.
The Geithner/Obama thinking allows them to fire the head of GM, and now they want to have the power to fire the heads of banks receiving bailout money.
This expansion of federal power is not a good thing. And there will be a backlash.
Jimmy Carter and the Tip O’Neill-led Congress almost destroyed our nation in the late 1970s, and that led us to Ronald Reagan.
This new Obama-led Lurch to the far left also will lead us to someone new — perhaps as soon as 2012.
But that person — and we do not yet know who it may be - might not be a Republican.
He/she instead might be an Independent libertarian conservative who runs against both major parties claiming that “the mess we are in has been created and compounded by both the Republican and Democrat parties — and until we dismantle both we can never get this country back going in the right direction.”
This nation will not stand for long as a Big Government, cradle-to-grave Nanny State.
There is certain to be a reaction against it.
The only question is when — and who will lead it?
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