Americans myopically elect a president, while overseas, fretful free-loaders expect this country to continue saving their strategic bacon and salivating predators covet its financial carcass.
Those ominous forebodings are enough to give every American serious pause about how to cast a ballot Nov. 4.
Against that background is one candidate who daily grows more brazen in allowing his cloak of political anonymity to slip, revealing what many have all along suspected, and feared: This is his historic chance to set in train a deliberate, open effort to usher in a socialist America.
The other candidate is no full answer to a conservative purist’s prayer, but he is emerging as America’s fragile hope of thwarting Karl Marx’s manifesto: “From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need.”
Or, as Barack Obama let it escape his tongue during his impromptu conversation with “Joe the plumber” in Ohio: “Spread the wealth around.”
Everyone, including the plumber, knew the wealth Obama wants to spread around was the hard-earned assets of all the Joes. Everyone knew Obama had himself in mind as to who would administer the sharing of that wealth.
The more Obama talks, the more he makes it clear to whom he would redistribute the taxes he intends to collect on the earnings of all those Joes. It is to those whose political serfdom can be bought with a check from the government.
This is no time for America to allow itself to be gulled down a Marxist garden path, not with those parasites and jackals abroad watching this presidential election with such avid self-interest.
Now and then it does no harm to turn off the television and pick up a good book. Here’s today’s recommendation: “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” by the renowned British historian Paul Kennedy.
He recites how the ebbs and flows of economics, over a span of more than 500 years, have raised up great nation states, and how, largely by their own addled mismanagement of that stewardship, they have been succeeded by once-lesser powers that made better use of what came their way.
It is no comfort that Kennedy was able to perceive as long ago as 1986 that the greatest ever of the great powers, the United States, was ripe for slipping down that slope. Nothing that has transpired since then has changed that perception, except for the worse.
When that book was written, the Sept. 11, 2001, strategic attack from the radical Muslim world had not erupted, although Kennedy traces the current conflict between Islam and Christendom as far back as the early 15th century.
Implosion of the American capital markets reverberates around the globe. In articles in the International Herald Tribune on Jan. 30 and Oct. 7 of this year, Kennedy brings home in vivid relief how this is surely to be perceived abroad.
Countries such as the Persian Gulf oil states and the European Union constituent states that relied on American taxpayers to be their big customers and providers of their military security now suddenly have to face a future in which Uncle Sugar may no longer be able to shelter them from every storm.
Countries such as North Korea, Iran, and Russia that would dearly love for America to go to the poor house are gloating with gleaming, green eyes.
Is this any time for America to bring up from the minor leagues a media-idol relief pitcher with no recorded earned-run average?
Far more is at stake here than Democratic or Republican glory or political egos.
If the next president is the candidate who can do a grown man’s job, then America has a chance to avert becoming a small-point footnote in somebody’s history book later in this century. If not, we are all history.
Consequences of this presidential election are, literally, earth-shaking.
John L. Perry, a prize-winning newspaper editor and writer who served on White House staffs of two presidents, is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com. Read John Perry's columns here.
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