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America's future: No longer worth celebrating
World Net Daily ^ | 7-20-12 | Tom Tancredo

Posted on 07/21/2012 3:48:50 PM PDT by ReformationFan

July 4th used to be my favorite holiday. Now, not so much. What happened?

Independence Day has always been a day to join friends and neighbors in the celebration of America’s greatness, its unparalleled achievements and its unbounded future. It was the one day it was cool to be a “super patriot,” and that was super cool.

We used to celebrate what President Reagan called, “that shining city on a hill.” America was a beacon of hope and bastion of freedom, an example to the world – a beacon and an example not because of special history but because of a special country – and even more important, a special destiny.

But looking around me on July 4th in 2012, thinking about what America has become, I got the sickening feeling that Independence Day has changed because our country has changed.

We still celebrate our past, but we are no longer confident of our future. We are realizing that the America of 2012, the America Obama and 50 years of progressivism have given us, has a very problematic future. Is this new “transformed” America even worth celebrating? •For the first time in history, our sovereign debt has been downgraded.

•Canada, not the United States, is now the most prosperous nation on earth, with average household net worth surpassing ours by $43,000, or about 13 percent. •The number of people on food stamps has grown 50 percent in less than four years. •The racial divide is larger than ever as “progressive” candidates increasingly play the “race card” to silence debate. •Faith in government institutions is at an all-time low as dependence on government grows. •Almost 50 percent of adults now pay no income taxes as Congress prepares to enact the largest tax increase in history on middle-class Americans and small business.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: america; future; pityparty; tancredo; tomtancredo; whiner
Sad but true editorial from former congressman Tom Tancredo.
1 posted on 07/21/2012 3:49:06 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan
We can change that in just a few short days.

Count down to the removal of the worst pResident in our nations history

2 posted on 07/21/2012 3:54:58 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: ReformationFan
Canada, not the United States, is now the most prosperous nation on earth, with average household net worth surpassing ours by $43,000, or about 13 percent. •The number of people on food stamps has grown 50 percent in less than four years.

We have more people on food stamps than the entire population of Canada and then some.

3 posted on 07/21/2012 3:59:51 PM PDT by kabar
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To: ReformationFan

Tom Tancredo ran for President in 2008 . The media purposefully ignored him.

He should be president.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 4:05:05 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: rurgan

Indeed. He was one of the ones I was strongly considering supporting but he dropped out of the race before the GOP primary hit my state.


5 posted on 07/21/2012 4:13:48 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: unixfox

And replace him with one EQUALLY as bad? Riiiight.

Sorry. But no hope whatsoever until 2016.


6 posted on 07/21/2012 4:15:15 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: ReformationFan

Same.


7 posted on 07/21/2012 4:17:31 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: ReformationFan

Sad, but true. I couldn’t bring myself to put up our outdoor decorations this year............


8 posted on 07/21/2012 4:19:08 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: RIghtwardHo

If we hold an election in 2016. I’m afraid the people want what they are getting right now. In fact, I expect they will vote for some more of it. Bread and circuses til the barbarians break down the gates—or, rather, waltz across the border.


9 posted on 07/21/2012 4:48:13 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: ReformationFan
Far too gloomy on Tancredo’s part. By calling July 4th “no longer worth celebrating”, he’s surrendering to the left instead of inspiring a way out of their morass. It is now “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die” and saying that is all that conservatives now represent.

Then again, Tancredo voted against deterring foreign arms transfers to China (cancels out his vote against permanent normalization of trade relations with them), and voted against keeping the travel ban to Cuba, so he must secretly like communism.
10 posted on 07/21/2012 5:10:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ReformationFan

Well Mr. Tancredo, I my memory serves my well, you were part of that degradation having been a member of congress.


11 posted on 07/21/2012 5:18:31 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Randy Larsen

Sorry for the spelling...

fat finger day here.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 5:20:41 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: RIghtwardHo
And replace him with one EQUALLY as bad? Riiiight.

Sorry. But no hope whatsoever until 2016.


Try 2020 at the earliest. All those people who think that we can get Romney in and then we can replace him in 2016 are completely delusional or they are liars, because if he somehow wins, come 2015 and 2016, those same people are going to say we can't change horses mid-stream or we'll lose and we have to keep on supporting Willard Romney no matter what and therefore Romney must win in 2016.

They'll move the goalposts to 2020, and then in 2020, they'll support the next libtard with an (R) next to his name and tell us the same.
13 posted on 07/21/2012 5:23:48 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: ReformationFan

Yes, sad but true. I have to wonder if some of our great American Soldiers still think it’s worth risking their lives for this mess. Big city cops must be harboring some of the same thoughts.


14 posted on 07/21/2012 5:36:51 PM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: ReformationFan

So let ole Uncle Tom sit on the sidelines and grieve. I will join others who want to overcome president downgrade and throw him out office. Poor ole Uncle Tom. Shows his colors when the going gets tough.


15 posted on 07/21/2012 5:37:35 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: ReformationFan

Reagan’s vision-America, the shining city on the hill.

Obama’s vision-America, the rusted truck in a ravine

O has got to GO!!


16 posted on 07/21/2012 5:42:42 PM PDT by beenaround
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To: ReformationFan
But looking around me on July 4th in 2012, thinking about what America has become, I got the sickening feeling that Independence Day has changed because our country has changed.

We are America in name only. We have become a nation of non-Americans. Populated with people that have no historic, emotional, language, ancestral or cultural ties to 4th of July, just a place to get government cheese!!!

17 posted on 07/21/2012 5:51:34 PM PDT by varon
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Indeed. Especially with the decadence being pushed on the military now and the destruction of our religious liberty everywhere.


18 posted on 07/21/2012 5:54:41 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Indeed. Especially with the decadence being pushed on the military now and the destruction of our religious liberty everywhere.


19 posted on 07/21/2012 5:54:56 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

The 4’th of July = Big Government Day, and the celebratory extravagance is inversely proportional to our actual freedoms.


20 posted on 07/21/2012 6:04:18 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: ReformationFan

Tancredo was one of the good guys. Wish there were more like him.


21 posted on 07/21/2012 6:40:54 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: varon
We have become a nation of non-Americans. Populated with people that have no historic, emotional, language, ancestral or cultural ties to 4th of July, just a place to get government cheese!!!

I'm afraid that your post has the ring of truth. The liberals long ago stopped the in-depth teaching of American history in our schools and that turned the tide. Sadly, so many people have no sense of what it means to be an American.

FWIW, I have been conducting a little survey amongst bank tellers and store cashiers. I would say that fewer than five percent recognize the face on the $10 bill, and when told who it is, all I get a blank look. That tells me all I need to know about education levels in the USA.

22 posted on 07/21/2012 7:02:49 PM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: basil
I couldn’t bring myself to put up our outdoor decorations this year............

Sadly, neither could I.

I put them up for Memorial Day and took them down that evening.

23 posted on 07/21/2012 8:20:47 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: madprof98
"I’m afraid the people want what they are getting right now. In fact, I expect they will vote for some more of it."

Well, they can't miss with their vote. Either candidate and Congress will continue to give those "people" big spending and license for their political/regulator class despotism.

We become more self-sufficient, tough and skilled while allowing the bipartisan socialists to run amok in politics. Tomorrow belongs to us.


24 posted on 07/21/2012 8:23:01 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: ReformationFan

Screw that. America is the greatest country ever, and will continue to be so. We just need to fight to get it back.


25 posted on 07/21/2012 8:27:21 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: ReformationFan

We went through the same thing in the 1930’s.

No one remembers FDR putting laundromat owners in jail because they didn’t charge enough for cleaning shirts?


26 posted on 07/21/2012 8:35:07 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: ReformationFan

Someone call the waaaahmbulance! And this guy is looked at as a leader of the conservative movement? Now that IS a discouraging thought.

I guess it never occurred to Rep Tancredo to stop looking at the future of all the American states as being the same and as part of the same political construct. I see a future where some, most, or all of our grandkids celebrate 2 independence days. To sit around and mope about the sorry state of parts of our culture is counterproductive and maudlin. I guess if you live in some socialist utopia like new jersey there isn’t much to be happy about. But it also begs the question of why oh why are you still there?

We already have the shining city on the hill within our grasp. And we need some leaders who get that rather than stand around mourning.


27 posted on 07/21/2012 8:45:48 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat ( We're all Texians now.)
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To: ReformationFan

Attention all wimps, fat-ass losers, surrender monkeys and French white flag wavers, send me your address so we can send a team around to collect your weapons and ammo.


28 posted on 07/21/2012 8:53:42 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: ReformationFan

We had grown fat and lazy in the “old America”. The tough times ahead are going to bring out the best of us - although at the cost of much pain. I say “bring it on” ... I miss the days when Americans had “The Right Stuff”, and that was in very short supply long before Obama.


29 posted on 07/21/2012 9:01:22 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: varon
We are America in name only. We have become a nation of non-Americans. Populated with people that have no historic, emotional, language, ancestral or cultural ties to 4th of July, just a place to get government cheese!!!

The melting pot has become a cesspool

30 posted on 07/21/2012 9:22:54 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: varon
We are America in name only. We have become a nation of non-Americans. Populated with people that have no historic, emotional, language, ancestral or cultural ties to 4th of July, just a place to get government cheese!!!

The melting pot has become a cesspool

31 posted on 07/21/2012 9:24:48 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: paul51

Well people, I for one am NOT CONVINCED that America’s greatness is over. If WE let ourselves believe it is lost then we get what we deserve. We all remember the Clinton’s way was to keep throwing everything at the wall and sooner or later, something would stick. Keep telling yourself that we are “doomed”, and eventually you will believe it. I DO NOT believe or subscribe to it. America didn’t become great without trying and it can/will become great once more PROVIDING we all keep fighting.


32 posted on 07/22/2012 9:05:18 AM PDT by DaveA37
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