Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Is the United States at its end?

There is a lot of talk on the Right especially about the end of the United States as we know it.  Former Reagan official David Stockman correctly points out that the United States cannot maintain its current rate of deficit spending.  The deficit numbers are off the chart.  If we continue at the current rate in deficit spending, the United States will become a banana republic.  Those numbers are what they are.  

Yet, is the tact of others, like another Reagan official, Paul Craig Roberts, that worries VUI.  Roberts argued recently in a published column that revolution was the only way to save the United States of America.  Roberts is not alone.  Revolution, albeit it couched in soothing language, is the clarion call for many on the far right and far left.  The left believes that the United States is evil in its intentions, and is passe.  The far right believes the American people are pretty dimwitted to have elected Obama as President of the United States.  Both sides are eager to toss away constitutional rights to get their way. Big money is involved and it appears to buy off politicians of both parties, leaving the average guy hungry for something to believe in.  So, that average guy clings to the radical, the different, on the right or left.  He hangs his vote and belief on anything other than what is.  
Such has happened before.  During the world economic crisis of the 1930s, otherwise decent folks got behind the evil beasts of fascism and communism. People clung to something to believe in. Politicians sought and gained power around the globe taking advantage of those hopes and fears.   What resulted was the most devastating war in human history.  

Are we headed down that same road now?  Frankly, VUI does not know.  What we do know is that the United States of America, even with President Obama in office, remains the best hope for mankind.  The United States remains a strong economic engine to itself and the world.  More importantly, the United States is a moral compass for the world.  Here, in the United States, we champion human rights, we allow people to worship freely, and we stand for freedom.  Nowhere else in human history has a people been so committed to the ideal of freedom.  In our entire existence, we have often been the good guys, standing for freedom. If our experiment of over 200 years fails, humanity fails.  

We cannot allow that to happen.  We must be vigilante and stand up for the constitution that has enabled the steadiest and freest coexistence of humans in history.  We need leaders, on the right and left, who inspire us to be the great people that we are.  We are the world's beacon of hope and as such we should always strive to achieve and reach beyond.  Indeed, when it comes to problems like the deficit, the only real way out is for us as a people to grow and produce.  Tax increases and spending cuts will not do it.  Only economic growth through the the striving to do better will get that done.  

The United States of America is a strong nation and is filled with strong people.  The only way we fail is if we do not have the belief in ourselves and one another to move forward.  Clever political operatives on both sides, looking for gains, tell us otherwise.  They are wrong.  We are the people who created the automobile.  We are the people who created the airplane.  We are the people who went to the moon and created the internet.  Such a people cannot fail unless its leaders convince them that they will.  It is time for leaders to believe in us and believe in America.  Even if such leaders do not emerge, we as a people must stand tall and lead on our own, being sure that in the words of a poet, that we "not go gentle into that good night."

1 comment:

  1. wow. you must have channeled Reagan on this one. Wow.