O, Save Us From Ourselves!!!

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Fri Aug 15 10:10:52 MDT 2008


*By: Bob Strodtbeck*

If great empires continued through perpetuity, then we would all be 

We know, though, that powers rise and fall and their civilizations 
eventually fade away. Their existences are only preserved for study by 
historians whose findings are reduced to little more than trivia 
questions for board games or prize shows.

This notion should be a great concern to citizens of the United States. 
There has been no power before or since that has spread its influence 
over a wider part of the globe. On the other hand, no power, before or 
since, has felt the consequences of empire more quickly or disastrously 
than has America's.

Our military is stationed in 130 countries and has issued protection 
guarantees to many of those should they be attacked. It is committed to 
wars in two countries and leaders in America's two political parties 
seem devoted to the idea of making war with a third. The nation's 
precarious international standing is further threatened by what is 
emerging as a new Cold War 
<http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060710/cohen>because of a series of 
<http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/16147.html>against Russia. 
All the while our foreign policy is dependent upon foreign investments 
from such sources as China, among others.

As if this did not drain our public revenues sufficiently, free trade 
policies have permitted manufacturers to move their plants to low wage 
countries, leaving American factory workers scrambling for a shrinking 
number of low-paying service jobs. As the nation shifts from an 
industrial economy to a service economy, higher levels of consumption, 
rather than production, are required to keep the economy afloat. 
However, service jobs are not paid on the same level as manufacturing 
jobs so consumption is decreasing.

Furthermore, the decrease in aggregate income available for taxation by 
the federal government is shrinking, and so to are revenues to fund the 
foreign adventures of the federal government as well as its ever 
expanding involvement in domestic programs. So more foreign investment 
is required.

So, the world's last surviving superpower that proved a free society is 
more resilient than a totalitarian state with a command economy is 
becoming indebted to a totalitarian state for the purpose of funding an 
empire and a socialistic economy managed by a centralized executive 

What is a free man to do?

The first thing we can do is realize that this country can collapse just 
as all the powerful empires have before us. Much of it depends upon the 
quality of decisions of the people who occupy the offices in our 
government. To get an understanding of how those decisions can diminish 
a powerful nation, please read Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary 
by Patrick Buchanan.

Buchanan's book shows, through exhaustive historical documentation, that 
power is served, not through considering the benefits to constituencies, 
but by weaving a webs of myths, inferences, and propaganda that 
convinces whole populations that foolish decisions have been made under 
the pretense of righteous causes. Such is the heritage of the two World 
Wars of the past century. So too is developing of the record of 
America's War Against International Terrorism.

Yet the people leading America's government seem devoted to not only 
continuing that adventure, but expanding it as well. Is it so 
unreasonable to believe that those who are asking us to support them 
into leadership based upon attempts to characterize America's role in 
the world as indispensable or as a guardian of righteousness consider 
we, the general public, to be easily influenced. Worse, based upon 
Benjamin Franklin's definition of insanity---that it, "is doing the same 
thing over and over and expecting different results,"---do those who 
lead our country consider the general public to be insane, or, perhaps, 
are they?

One point is inarguable, however, and that is that there is not a 
foreign or domestic policy decision that over the past 150 plus years 
that has not been enacted or supported by either Republicans or 
Democrats. Consider that congress has the authority to evaluate and 
support or reject all public policy directives through legislative and 
budgeting powers, advise and consent of appointees empowered with 
implementing the policies of government, and ratification of treaties 
with foreign countries. The political system is only proven to be 
implicit in what seems to be a scheme that is bringing the American 
republic to crumble away under the weight of an empire that has neither 
been chosen by or served the interests of the public.

We were told by President Bush in his second inaugural address that, 
"...freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, 
the longing of the soul." We, in America, have enjoyed a measure of 
freedom that is now being threatened by decisions President Bush and 
both the parties in Congress. When we consider what has come of our 
economic stability, our independence as a nation, and our freedoms as 
individuals as we approach the coming election season, is it 
unreasonable to remember Franklin's definition of insanity as we prepare 
to select people who are to guide us past the perils we face?

"Published originally at EtherZone.com <http://www.etherzone.com> : 
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