AMERICA IS BURNING...
With no one left to douse the fires.
By Stephen Flanagan, Founder
Conservative Society for Action
Norman Thomas was right after all. He said "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened". Thomas was the Socialist candidate for President of the United States in 1940.
The political reality in America today is that the odds of any Republican winning the presidency is now remote. We are on the verge of single-party rule at the national level. Like Rome once did, America is now burning.
America's place as the economic leader of world is gone. America's hold on the highest standard of living in the world is gone. For the first time, America's next generation will be worse off than the preceding generation. And, most dangerous is that a majority of Americans now believe the best way to save America is to promote more government, more spending, more regulation and more entitlements. That majority also expects this to be done with a smaller private sector, fewer taxpayers, fewer small businesses and more and more government employees.
Do the math. Our current path guarantees the rapid decline of history's most powerful civilization and last great hope for individual freedom. Benjamin Franklin got it right: "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." That day has come.
There is no way to minimize what is happening. And there is no way to stop it now that a majority of the Americans want this future.
For those of us that still believe in individual freedom and free enterprise, what can be done?
This question has been asked by oppressed people all over the world and all through history. There was a time when oppressed people that wanted a better future for their children could come to America and become educated and pass on a brighter future to their kids. That's the story of my ancestors. Now where do they go?
There is no great continent left to tame in the name of freedom.
We have seen a great separation in this country between those who want to work for themselves and those that want government to provide for them.
The so-called lower class now has a standard of living exceeded that of the middle class in many places on earth. Free housing, free food, free clothing and free phones are just a sign that some people just don't want to work and don't want to contribute to our society.
Many members of the so-called "middle class" are now part of the government. Teachers, police, city workers and government bureaucrats now make salaries and benefits far exceeding their peers in the private sector. Take teachers, for instance: 180 days of work a year, two months off in the summer, four full weeks off during the year, and Cadillac benefits. Here in my home county, the police union just signed an 8-year contract which effectively doubles the salaries of the world's already highest paid police force. Why would teachers or police object to big government?
If you combine people receiving government paychecks with people dependent on government for welfare and other benefits we can see why a majority of Americans want bigger government and Obama's vision for America. Their view even makes sense because no one bites the hand that feeds them.
But can this system of fewer taxpayers and bigger spending be sustained? That is the question. I believe it cannot. There are many people that don't believe an economic collapse is possible in America. They've been told that there are so many rich people that increasing their taxes will do the trick. Good luck with that one because even a 100% tax will not help. Socialist and Communist states in the past have not only taxed their rich, but have even confiscated everything they owned. In Cuba, the government took everything. It did not help their economy or their people.
So what do we do? First off, it is now clear that we HAVE to do something. We must find a place on earth where individualism is the prime directive. But is there such a place? If we can't find it, can we create it? Right now there are only questions. Clear answers will take some time.
Stay tuned as we start the search for "America."
Conservative Society for Action
"We Will Not Comply"
CSA is Guided by Some Simple but Profound Principles:
"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size."
"I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom."
"My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them."
"It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden."
"I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible."
-- Barry Goldwater
As Obama and his Czars attack the small business community and belittle success & free enterprise, we think back to the founding principals that turned America into the envy of the World and the last stop for those seeking freedom everywhere. Consider the following:
By Thomas Paine
"I do not choose to be a common man,
It is my right to be uncommon … if I can,
I seek opportunity … not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen.
Humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk;
To dream and to build.
To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;
I prefer the challenges of life
To the guaranteed existence;
The thrill of fulfillment
To the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a handout
I will never cower before any master
Nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect.
Proud and unafraid;
To think and act for myself,
To enjoy the benefit of my creations
And to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God’s help, I have done
All this is what it means
To be an Entrepreneur.”
Written 236 years ago by the author of Common Sense