Skip to comments.THE END OF AMERICA?
Posted on 11/28/2005 5:39:36 AM PST by beaureguard
The Drudge Report is reporting this morning that several broadcast television networks are considering a series loosely based on the concept of the end of America. Details on the various programs aren't yet available, but my bet is that the fictional end will come through either terrorism or some sort of a natural disaster.
The networks have part of this right. The end of America as we know it could well be on the horizon. The networks just wouldn't dare present the end as it very well may happen. The death of America will more likely come from the advancement of the American welfare state.
Empires have life expectancies. The history of civilization would tell us that a country based on freedom and economic liberty generally last just a bit over 200 years. If you know of such a society that has lasted well beyond the 200-year mark, let me know. I haven't been able to find one. Our Constitution was ratified on December 15th, 1791. In just a few weeks the United States of America will be 214 years old. That, for those of you who went to government schools, is just a bit over 200 years.
You can trace the decline of American to several different and varied beginning point. Among them:
1. The adoption of a graduated and progressive income tax, as envisioned by Karl Marx.
2. The adoption of a system of government education of our children, again as envisioned by Karl Marx.
3. The movement away from a rule of law to a rule of the majority (Democracy) which really took hold during the days of Franklin Roosevelt.
America, the welfare state, is growing steadily. In the last few weeks we started George Bush's Medicare prescription drug program. The original estimates for this welfare boondoggle ran at about $300 billion for the next ten years. Those estimates doubled before the program even began. The actual tab will probably be closer to one trillion dollars for the first ten years .. and growing after that. Baby boomers will be retiring over the next decade. As they retire they will start drawing down Social Security and Medicare dollars by the bucketful. The cost will be enormous. As presently structured, these income transfer programs can't handle it, but all attempts at reform, at least insofar as Social Security is concerned, have failed.
Back to the main point. Americans are no longer in love with freedom. In fact, the case can be made that Americans are afraid of freedom. Oh, they want to be free to go on vacation and to chose where to live, who to marry and what to wear each day, but that just about covers it. Americans want the government to educate their children, guarantee their jobs, determine their wages, provide them with medical care, pay for their prescriptions, insure their comfort in retirement, regulate their business competitors, and control the actions of their neighbors. If you suggest that the responsibility for any of these factors be placed back into the hands of the individual the screams and howls of outrage and indignation will be heard across the country.
If the networks want to do a series on the end of America, their script has already been written ... .by some Russian named Ayn Rand.
What about the country of England? Isn't it still around?
4. The trash infecting the American public via airwave violence and drugs, newsrags printing editoral-laced "news", hollyweird producing violent/leftest/US-bashing movies and TV shows...
Boy. The networks are really gearing up for the elections. Depress the American people by a constant bombardment of doom and gloom and create an atmosphere of hopelessness.
Who rides to the rescue for another "Morning in America" speech? Why, Russ Feingold, Hillary (blech...), Fat Albert, or any one of the real disasters..
Who teaches the course in propaganda?
You forgot that some citizens, based on their race, already are not accorded equal treatment under the law. Someone from South America or Africa can cross the border and be given rights that my son, due to him being white, does not have.
Agreed. This is the most important one.
Well, sort of.
The end of America began with the influence of the NYT and Oprah, who now run our politics, culture and education, with impunity.
The end is very near if SCOTUS keeps using international laws as precedents.
Still around, but it ain't free. Boortz is right about this. Britain was once the world's super power (though they didn't call it that) and was so for about 200 years.
If we don't turn back the tide of socialism in our country, then our run is pretty much up. Look at the Roman Empire - half the reason it fell was because of all the loose morals.
Last week our Asian allies were saying that they are restructuring their defense plans with the belief in mind that the U.S. could not win a war against China.
The leftists are achieving victory without winning at the ballot box. Victory for them is the destruction of America through the destruction of her freedoms.
It is a mere shadow of it's 19th century self. They no longer even have the right to protect their property from those who would steal or destroy it.
I wonder if this is just wishful thinking on the part of the networks? They using John Murtha as a technical advisor?
It's been going on in the visual arts for years now. The juried art shows favor the most depressing, numbing garbage they can find, and I'm convinced their purpose is to keep the crowds depressed, hopeless, and edgy enough to want things to change.
And so goes it. The general public of Americans WANT our Government to intervene with our rights. Just as I figured.
Walter Reuther's vision of the welfare state probably has more to do with where we are than anything Marx came up with...
... When American society went from the spirit of independence of the individual to that of the dependence on the government.
I wonder if this is just wishful thinking on the part of the networks? They using John Murtha as a technical advisor?
In case you hadn't noticed, many do.
But I think Boortz is right. The TV shows will focus on disaster as bringing about the end, when the reality of it is that the welfare state combined with the enivronmental/communist whacko leftists combined with our increasingly lax morals are all contributing to weaken our nation. It may take decades or even a couple of generations, but the tide must be turned or the United States will be remembered in history books as a once-great nation.
We'll be the Europe of the 21st Century.
Seems like Rome lasted a while...despite its turn towards the imperial.
Liberal defeatists that can't get their stupid political agenda to take...will destroy America in Hollywood as sour grapes.
Similar to West Wing and all the other stupid liberal shows.
And the decline has been so steady you can easily surmise someone has been orchestrating it for 50 years, one step at a time.
Thomas Sewell isn't very optimistic about America's future, btw.
Last night, Fred Barnes interviewed him; though I didn't see the entire interview, he mentioned some of his concerns for this country: 1) honesty and 2) values and 3) entitlement mentality. He was asked what a Sowell's America would look like, he said that the liberals shipped out....he also mentioned enviromental groups, which are causing great harm to our economy. Personally, I am seeing the end of America also occurring with the invasion of illegal aliens, their drain on our economy, through "free" benefits through schooling, housing, jails, increased law enforcement needs in communities, medical care, college programs, loss of tax revenues, etc. (not free of course, but paid for by tax paying citizens of the U.S.).
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, of course (ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN).
U shur bout dat?........;^)
If you know of such a society that has lasted well beyond the 200-year mark, let me know.
"Press #4 to get the show in English"
People also like not having to make decisions or work for themselves. It's easier to let the government take care of you.
I'd seen a commercial for that last week and was looking forward to watching it, but then I forgot about it until I read your post. I wonder if they'll air it again?
The supposition is not the "end" of a country's esistance, but rather the end of it's dominance in the economic, social, cultural and influential sense on the world stage. It does not surprise me. The less informed American's are, the less history they know, the more likely we are to repeat it. I would like to argue against the probability of our fading into world order but cannot fathom change without a national uprising. Since most American's don't care, I don't see most American's grasping obvious solutions. We have corrupted a constitution that was as perfect as it could be. Even today, we reinterpret the words to fit agendas we expect out forefathers coud not have foreseen. Sadly, the founders of this country would not approve of where we are today regardless of past and present success and status in the world.
Would anyone dissagree?
The letter "A".
It's worse than that. We're all gonna have to watch Oprah.
Therein lies the rub---what constitutes "free"? Is England more free than Ethiopia? Is she less free than Camaroon? Is she about as free as Canada?
Methinks Boortz is stretching to make a point . . .
I bet it won't be Muslim terrorists.
None of them has the guts to tell the truth!
Since the United States is the first and only example, it's a bit disingenuous to point to history as a precedent. Now it's true that empires usually only last about 200 years, so if the currently evident transition of the US into the world's preeminent military empire with plenty of bread and circuses to keep the slackers quiescent continues, we probably won't have more than 200 years left - or 130, if you start counting from the advent of New Deal economics.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. (The Federal Reserve Bank, 1913- -the system of privately-owned Federal Reserve banks which maintain a monopoly on the valueless debt "money" in circulation.)
6. Abolition of all rights of inheritance. (Partially accomplished by enactment of various state and federal "estate tax" laws taxing the "privilege" of transfering property after death and gift before death.)
Having said that, there are several other historical events that truly defined this nation as a modern, socialist state. I would include the following: 1) the Civil War (after which the United States became a single nation defined by a Federal government, rather than a confederation of quasi-independent states); 2) the Spanish-American War (the first time the U.S. engaged in an imperial war overseas for reasons that had nothing to do with the protection of our sovereignty); and 3) the admission of New Mexico and Arizona to the Union in 1912 as the 47th and 48th states, which effectively marked the end of our nation's expansion and the beginning of the modern era in which some nebulous idea of "national interests" replaced "national defense" as the driving force behind every U.S. military engagement.
Sort of. In 1707 Scotland and England agreed to join together as Great Britain. Some 220 years later, Great Britain and Northern Ireland formed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ;)
The history of civilization would tell us that a country based on freedom and economic liberty generally last just a bit over 200 years
You can't effectively argue that England remains a "free" country based on economic liberty. Individual rights in the UK have eroded tremendously since WWII. Look at the national healthcare system where hospitals go to court (successfully) seeking to end care of a child who is improving and on her way to a normal life. Who did the hospitals go to court to fight? Her parents.
You can't fox hunt in England for crying out loud. You can't protect your property. You are very limited in gun ownership.
As far as economic liberty or freedom in any European country, just look at the EU's constitution. They may have rejected it initially, but that is the future of Europe. Freedom is dead there.
It isnt the rule of the majority that is destroying America, it is the rule of the minority.
When one Shiitebird can take away the words Under God from the pledge, When the ACLU can make war on Christians,when the government bends over backwards to every minority in the country,when jobs are given to those in the minority because they make the quota and not the grade. When homosexuals can demand to have their sickness taught in schools and have homosexual clubs in high school.When the media can make war on the President of the United States, it isnt the rule of the majority which will destroy America, but the sniping of the minorities.
You are correct.Walter and his brother Victor were leaders of the welfare state who went to Russia for their training in the early 1930's.
I don't know; I hope so. It was the first time I'd ever listened to him; I'm quite impressed with this man.
Have a nice one...heading out.
Just lovely :(