We the PIGs ask the hard question. Does America's sorry state reflect changes in, a degradation of, the American character?
One of the most memorable lines from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech is, ironically, more venerated by 'whitey' than it is by the Melanin-Enriched. I refer, as if you haven't guessed, to this memorable prose:
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Normally, whenever a scribbler builds a rant around that quote the topic under discussion is race. If you think we are going down that road, get over it. We've been there, done that, and we'll do it again, but not today. Instead, I am going to take a look at "the content of their character".
By and large, whenever this subject - 'character' - crops up, it involves a public official, or some other person in a position of authority, whose flawed character has created a newsworthy scandal. It also arises, whenever an election cycle reaches critical mass, and we're forced to punch a chad for the lesser of two evils.
All of that is still in play, but it isn't the primary focus of this rant. Given the sorry condition of this once great nation...given the precarious status of our inalienable individual liberty, I think it's time for some self evaluation. It's time to assess the American Character of that grinning fool in our mirror, We the People Sparky. It's time to confront our own character flaws, then evaluate the role they play in America's sorry condition.
Not that long ago, our nation's reputation was something to shout about. We were the staunch, steadfast, reliable ally our friends needed. We were the worst nightmare that our enemies deserved. That's yesterday's news, due to some disastrous choices We the People made at the ballot box.
It's Spring of 2015 and our nation is on the fast track to unrelenting tyranny with our Constitution on life support, and our liberty under unrelenting assault. A nation of, by, and for the people? Maybe, but that begs the question: have we changed that much? What has happened to us that makes us tolerate a tyrannical POTUS who rules by imperial decree?
If, as some afternoon drive boom box babblers proclaim, our government - local, state, and federal - is infested with 'liars, thieves, and whores', I wonder what that says about us. These liars, thieves and whores didn't find their job in government at the bottom of a Cracker Jacks box. If they're an Elected Tormentor, We the People put them in that position. If they're a bureaucrat, We the People punched a chad for the scumbag(s) who created their job for life position at the public trough.
'Liars, thieves, and whores' makes us wonder, "What are the descriptors that apply to rank and file Americans."
In this Obamunist Error, the American Character isn't a pretty sight. Self-reliance, voluntary cooperation between sovereign individuals, individual accountability, the work ethic, and pulling yourself up by the bootstraps are on the wane, as rugged American individuals become the USA's newest endangered species. In too many cases, the American Character is tainted, by gullibility, envy, sloth, lies, thievery, dependency, self deception, and thuggish intimidation.
To illustrate what I view as a degradation of the American Character, I will discuss some of these character flaws in greater detail.
Gullibility: The healthy skepticism which was a vital part of the American Character has fallen into disfavor. When our Elected Tormentors, accompanied by a suitable fanfare, proclaim their devotion to fiscal discipline, this character flaw makes too many otherwise intelligent individuals believe them. Willfully myopic, gullible Americans ignore the tsunami of red ink poised to sweep over this land conceived in liberty. Instead, we swallow the budgetary bull crap, which, magically, transforms a slight decrease in the GROWTH of Nanny State spending into a Draconian budget cut.
When we're told that America has every scrap of energy producing fossil fuels in full production, too many of us believe it.
When we're assured that our porous borders are fully protected to an unprecedented degree, too many of us believe it.
When lab coated hooligans spout factually challenged Junk Science drivel about Global Warming, Secondhand Smoke, plus that Twilight Zone stinker Thirdhand Smoke, too many of us are willing to believe them.
Dependency: The inherent need to be self-sufficient has been government-schooled out of a depressingly large percentage of Americans. Why? Self-sufficiency means each individual is responsible for the conduct of his, her, hisher or its own life. For the properly-indoctrinated, government-schooled idiot with self esteem, making all your own decisions is much too hard. Why bother, when the Nanny State is willing to seize control of your life and micromanage it from the cradle to the grave.
Big Nanny State Daddy will 'protect' you from games you shouldn't play on the school playground. Big Nanny State Daddy will 'protect' you, by dictating what you should, and shouldn't, eat. Big Nanny State Daddy will take care of your loser ass, by providing food, shelter, free health care, and pay you for not working. Big Nanny State Daddy will, in short, attempt to remove 'failure' from a 'cooperative' person's life, but the price is high, since the process also removes 'success'.
Coercion/Intimidation: As envisioned by the Founding Fathers, America's national government's actions were strictly limited, by the U.S. Constitution. That fostered an environment where success often required cooperation - sovereign individuals teaming up, voluntarily, to achieve a mutually-beneficial purpose. It also made for the kind of friendly rivalry between competitors that leads to innovation and efficiency, both of which provide a customer with a better product at a lower cost.
When the Nanny State broke out of its Constitutional cage, and grew into the bloated behemoth it is today, it did what all overgrown asshats do, it started throwing its weight around. That bully boy side of Uncle Sam attracted the attention of certain businessmen, who didn't have the patience to compete in the marketplace. Instead, they 'rented' access to the Nanny State's monopoly on the use of force, then used Nanny State power to give them a competitive advantage. Why bust your ass to beat your competitor, when you can buy a Nanny State minion to 'regulate' your business rival out of the market? This obscenity is called 'crony capitalism' and it's what Ayn Rand meant when she stated that "Government regulation is corrupt and corrupting."
Envy: In a bygone era, America's sovereign individuals greeted an achiever's success with a measure of respect for a the ingenuity and hard work it involved. In many cases, an achiever's success would inspire others to strive for their own personal brass ring. You start with an idea, apply some hard work and long hours. When you do it right, you join the ranks of the achievers.
In this Obamunist Error, achievement, success, and a willingness to reap the rewards for your hard work, are viewed with jealousy, distrust, and hatred. Success is a cardinal sin that must be punished severely. If the achievement is academic, the punishment is denying one of our best and brightest a slot in a top university where he, she, heshe or it can flourish. If the achievement is in the business arena, the punishment is the outright theft of the achiever's rightful property, after which the spoils will be divided between the Nanny State 'collector' and the parasite who isn't bothered by receiving stolen goods.
Prevarication: Our 16th president was often referred to as 'Honest Abe', a name he earned - according to some experts - due to his impartiality and integrity when he served as judge/referee at cock fights. He presents a sharp contrast when compared to our 44th president, Bullshit Barry, a dude who lies about everything.
Unfortunately, low information voters, and other intellectual flatliners, believe everything Bullshit Barry says, even when he contradicts himself, repeatedly. Their willingness to suspend disbelief might explain why the woman who wants to become our 45th president, is paving her path to the Oval Office with easily disproved whoppers about dumb stuff.
Honesty may be 'the best policy' but it has fallen on hard times, especially among the lefty Moonbats.
Finger Pointing: Emboldened by the Dumbo-eared Shiite in the Oval Office, buck-passing is, to co-opt a trite phrase, 'all the rage'. Nothing that happens on his watch is his fault. In fact, he claims that he's so out of the loop that he doesn't even know about the numerous scandals laid at his feet, until he reads it in the newspaper, or sees it on the news. He's shocked, shocked, I tell you, but despite being stunned, he has no problem finding someone else to blame: Bush 43, congressional republicans, the TEA Party, the rich, and those primordial pests, the rugged American individuals.
When last seen, individual accountability had been tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. There's no room in Obamerica for hammerheads who insist on shouldering the blame for their mistakes and accepting accolades for their successes. Accepting responsibility for your own actions? Unthinkable.
Sloth: This nation was made great by individuals who created their own version of the American Dream with hard work, long hours, their intellect and their particular talents. They took the dead ends, the setbacks and other impediments in stride and kept pursuing their goal. They are the backbone of America, the resilient source of strength which kept this nation powerful.
Over the years a new breed of American has arisen. It's a chronically needy caterwauling mob whose demands for the fruit of someone else's labor find a receptive audience among this nation's Elected Tormentors. Why bust their ass when their friends in high places will steal what they need from that hard working fool next door? The moochers are so easily manipulated, that the political class imports them from Central and South America. They come in handy, when it's chad-punching time.
Self Deception: Somewhere along the line, we lost our determination to confront the good, the bad and the ugly which is part and parcel of objective reality. We discovered that it's much too easy to play let's pretend.
We pretend that the MSM isn't the propaganda arm of the extreme left which controls the Jackass Party.
We pretend that our POTUS isn't systematically destroying our nation because he hates America and everything it represents.
We pretend that we don't notice the Nanny State minions who are fitting us for our slave shackles.
We pretend that 'inalienable individual liberty' still has meaning in our lives.
Our self deception is self destructive.
Are America's sovereign individuals destined for history's scrap heap, and a brief footnote in some history book with a readership in the single digits? I hope not, but the possibility is too, too real.
Am I painting ALL Americans with this broad brush? Hardly. I am, however, confronting the reality that more than four decades of government cess-school indoctrination, cultural Marxism, and Political Korrectness have slowly, inexorably, eroded the American character. I'm also warning that the flaws become more widespread, more discernable, with each new generation.
Is this degradation of the American character a serious problem for America and its future? You bet! It played a significant role in putting an America hating, capitalism despising, Marxist in the Oval Office, not once, but twice, so what do you think?
Our character is under attack and we aren't all that we once were. We're to Hell and gone from where we should be, where must be. The battle for the heart and soul of America isn't waged 'out there'. It is fought, and won, inside each and every one of us. It's the hardest battle of all but it's one fight which we can control.
We are, I hope, not so far gone that we can make things right again.
Hambo the Optimist? Holy crap, do I need a drink.
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgement to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."
– Vaclav Klaus (former Premier of the Czech Republic)