Monday, July 11

The country and system you grew up under is hanging by a thread

Some serious questions for my students:

Have you enjoyed your lives so far?  If you eventually have kids, would you like them to grow up under the same system you've enjoyed, or would you rather the system you grew up under be junked in favor of socialism and sharia law?

You probably think those are absurd questions, that there's no way Americans would junk our way of life for the deadly curse of socialism and sharia.

Think again:  In a poll, a majority of eastern American college students said they thought socialism was better than capitalism.  From our conversations I'm convinced y'all think that's ridiculous, but I'm telling you what they think.

And of course the angry adherents of Black Lives Matter loudly claim they want to destroy the existing structure of the U.S. and substitute free college, a guaranteed income, reparations and the like.  Which they plan to get by taxing the rich.

Either of these things would result in the destruction of America as you've known it.

If that's okay with you, you can stop reading.  If it's not, read on.

One huge problem is that our politicians aren't moral or ethical enough to stop either of these trends.  The guys who wrote the Constitution worried that a too-powerful government would be a huge danger, so they carefully developed a "system of checks and balances" that they thought would be enough to keep government under control.  (If you can't explain what "checks and balances" means, stop reading.)

But the key to this carefully-devised plan working was that members of congress would be both honest and devoted to obeying the Constitution.  They wouldn't go into politics as a lifetime career but would literally "serve" for a few years and then go back to being ordinary citizens.

The Founders never anticipated that being in congress would become a huge power-trip, such that people would spend tens of millions of dollars to win a seat.  They never anticipated that a candidate for president would spend two BILLION dollars to win that office.

Holding national office has become like winning the lottery.  Studies show that the average net worth of the...congresspeople...increases by over half a million dollars for each year they stay in office--on a salary of $174,000 per year.  Which gives 'em a huge incentive to win re-election.  Which in turn means virtually all of 'em will forsake every principle of long-term good of the country--including defending the Constitution that has been the envy of the world--if they think that will win more votes than it costs 'em.

And what every single pol has discovered is that you can get elected by promising people "free" stuff.

Not surprisingly, a HUGE number of people have decided they'd rather not work and still get, say, $1,500 a month from the government--which is to say, from your parents--than to have to get up and work 40 hours a week at a serious job.

The federal government has made this problem far, far worse by creating a system of regulations that make it more attractive for companies to export manufacturing overseas, thus drastically cutting the number of high-paying, skilled jobs for Americans.   Finally, the Democrat party has made it their goal to import millions of immigrants to the U.S., further increasing competition for jobs.

And we haven't even gotten to the shredding of the Constitution yet.  Much of that is due to a syndrome called "virtue-signalling," in which Elites dictate (and implement) policies that most rational Americans recognize as stupid or even suicidal.  The Elites don't care, because all their friends and fellow Elites think these policies are faaabulous, and beloved by all virtuous people.

It helps immensely that the same Elites who rammed through these policies aren't adversely affected by them (as far as they can tell, anyway).  Thus it makes no difference to a network president if a factory closes and a thousand people lose their jobs.  After all, the government will provide.

So you're probably wondering what any of this has to do with you.

Simple:  The fate of the country is up to you.  Literally.  So, like, no pressure or anything.

I'm really, really sorry it's come to this, but it is what it is.  So if you want your (hypothetical) kids to grow up with anything like the relatively fabulous childhood you've had, it's up to you.

Now, I know this won't be easy.  In fact there are 5 common reasons why people who would *like* to preserve the country do nothing:

  1.  The problems are too big--one person can't make a bit of difference;
  2.  Between working and raising my kids I just don't have time to spend taking on the Left.
  3.  Politics has always been like this--always corrupt--which shows it can't be changed.
  4.  Both parties are equally bad, so what's the point in voting for one over the other?
  5.  "I work in [government / a university / a public school system / a liberal company / the mainstream media] and if people ever discovered that I was defending the Constitution I'd lose all my friends at work."

Gosh, given all those reasons I guess we're just doomed then.

More later.

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