What a mess we're headed for.
The problem is the schizophrenic state of mind we Americans now find ourselves in. 2009. 233 years ago our freedom was won. America's Federal Election 2008 marks the end of the Rugged Individual as exemplified by Ayn Rand’s John Galt, and the beginning of the Universal Citizen, living in the United Nanny States of America. Election ‘08 marks the end of the American Revolution and the end of the American Ideal. Election ‘08 marks the beginning of a not so new system, but new to the American scene. The experiment in America of, what… I fear to say it… Socialism ... or is it Fascism?
Yet the desire to be the rugged individualists our forefathers were continues in some of our imaginations; the men and women attracted by the freedom and opportunity afforded in this then new country, without the stultifying social caste system that limited one's potential. We admire the mythical Marshal Will Kane of High Noon. A straight shooting cop whose sense of duty and honor prevailed over the easier route… to run. At the same time we want to be the social do-gooder, the "rights" advocate, to be the rich fixer of wrongs, Batman. Or we strive to be the stand-up middle-class white collar guy, Mr. Deeds, the societal fixer. We each want to be all of these characters. Bruce Wayne was good, but took the law into his own hands, a regular one man vigilante team. The way to create the change for this “good” society, within the frame-work of our Constitution and within the spirit of the American way remains blurry. Fictional characters and settings are easy. Real life is very tough, change is of necessity very risky. Our founding fathers literally “found” themselves in a changed position and had but little choice but to accept the risk presented. And they did a wonderful job. Nothing like it had ever existed, it was all like a dream, a utopia in comparison with governments the world over.
Today it‘s different. Change with desired outcome, as in a dream, may seem possible and rational. Right now we are in a sort of dream, a surreal world. In this world everyone has or should have, a nice house. Everyone is well and has the best health care. Everyone is well-fed, no one ever misses a meal. Everyone is educated. Home-life and upbringing are wonderful and the playing field of daily-life defies human behavior; at the end of the day each and everyone gets a golden trophy. In our dream there is plenty of cheap clean energy. In that dream we can even control the weather! But now we are awakening and in the cold hard light of day, the impossible in our dream is truly impossible. Our dreams, as amazing and laudable as they were, were only completely rational while we stayed asleep… and remained in the dream.
Becomes a Nightmare...
Is it possible to create a political system that allows all individuals, from the John J. Astors to the Martin Luther Kings of the world to succeed side by side? The answer is, Yes. Is it possible to build a society of 3 or 4 hundred million souls, make them all fat, rich and happy? Sorry, No.
Our forefathers had a dream. They dreamt of a country where opportunity and freedom reigned supreme - a place where one might try for the brass ring, to succeed at any human endeavor …or to fail, but then free to try again, without the hand of government on their shoulder or in their pocket. Today modern politicians seek to use political power in an attempt to achieve their dream, a different dream, as a reality. This is the most dangerous use of political power; to conjure-up an impossible world, not a chance for success…. That path crushes all in its zeal to achieve social justice through “equality.” Not equality of freedom and opportunity, but equal in the way animals in a herd or fish in a school are. To the outsider they all look alike. To use political power to create Nirvana, is not possible; the equality promised under that system leaves out the very essence of what is uniquely human: the desire to achieve happiness via individual effort and the expression of individual talent. To even attempt to create this dream world is not even reasonable. It's been tried. It does not work. Being a human being means being lots of different things, it is our individual lust for life, it is also our burden as we try to be "fair" to others, but the bottom line will always be: life is not for sissies. We are people, the most difficult animal, but as Americans, at least we are free to fail or to succeed individually. We can live the dream of our founding fathers; can we live the dream embodied in that fateful Election of ‘08?
Too Big To..... Succeed!
I think that the country has grown, not too big to fail... but too big to succeed. Local commonalities that once defined local communities, towns, cities and even our states, and ultimately America have vanished. The result? The American that made America “America” is nearly lost. The idea of an American, as envisioned by the likes of Jefferson and Franklin, is an endangered species. Federalism, Socialism, Fascism can't work here without the destruction of those basic American ideals; those ideals that allow us to identify ourselves, individually and to further identify ourselves as a group. We are stripped of each of our "American" ideals and handed in their place a script written in gobbledygook.
Where's the VALUE?
Years ago I read a book titled Something of Value by Robert Ruark. Ruark depicted a world torn apart by conflicting ideals; those of the Mau Maus' clashed with those of the British. The Western ideal could not supplant the Mau Mau one... for it lacked value recognizable to the Mau Mau, but was clearly recognizable to the colonists. Federalism attempts to replace those original old American values with those of the “International Citizen” but these ideals may not be recognizable to the individual citizen as "something of value." Not when he’s asked to give up what has thus far been the most successful human experience!
One of the cornerstones of our founding father's government was representation. Today, as many as 640,000 citizen/residents have only a single US Representative. Only two US Senators represent over 30,000,000 folks (California). Think about that for a minute.... how many "ideals" do you think two-thirds of a million people, for the most part unrelated, of every: culture, race, religion and nationality, and sexual orientation on earth, share? What kind of representation is that? 545 men and women, Congress, President, and Supreme Court, are too few to rule so many people, when fascism is the rule of the land and if fair representation is the goal. What this thin representation allows is essentially a free-hand to the elected Federal politician who has finally become a kind of Feudal Master, rich, above the laws he has made himself exempt from. This new master and his special interest cronies, have finally brought us to the brink. Thin representation at the Federal level can work; only when the power of that government is limited to original Constitutional Power. That power extended to international trade and national defense. 545 people, whose sole job was the defense of the Constitution. 545 Rulers of… our daily lives…..
The Federal government is broken in so many ways. Morally, Financially. The tax base shrunken. The Federal Government has set aside the Constitution and now seeks to rule, as opposed to protect. The “new dream,” that not of our fathers’ but of our rulers can not work… that dream is doomed to be a nightmare. There is not enough wealth to accomplish the dreamer’s goal. America’s rich but weak class is in the dreamers’ sights. Watch the dreamers attempt to steal the accumulated wealth of the "Greatest Generation" and their offspring.... today’s Senior Citizen. First by grabbing the half trillion dollars in the Medicare Trust Fund. Then by shrinking paid-for benefits, next by squeezing that population of its hard earned wealth. Watch the dreamers seize more of Corporate America… not possible? The dreamers have our banks, our largest manufacturer, GM, our largest Insurance Co., AIG and now the Federal Reserve. Cap and Trade… and The Entire Energy Industry is on the agenda…. And right now, 20% of the entire economy... The Health Care Industry.
Watch the Chavez model as it speeds toward America.
Inherit.... The Wind!
We are a country all about inheritance. We have inherited our freedom. We have inherited our land. We have inherited our values. Inheritance…. Dreamt of and Invented by the risk and hard work of the founder, enjoyed by the son, squandered by the grandson…. Is this where America is?