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Terence Corcoran: Is this the end of America?
National Post/Financial Post ^ | 03/19/2009 | Terence Corcoran

Posted on 03/20/2009 11:59:41 PM PDT by iowamark

U.S. law-making is riddled with slapdash, incompetence and gamesmanship

Helicopter Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve is dropping trillions of fresh paper dollars on the world economy, the President of the United States is cracking jokes on late night comedy shows, his energy minister is threatening a trade war over carbon emissions, his treasury secretary is dithering over a banking reform program amid rising concerns over his competence and a monumentally dysfunctional U.S. Congress is launching another public jihad against corporations and bankers.

As an aghast world — from China to Chicago and Chihuahua — watches, the circus-like U.S. political system seems to be declining into near chaos....

(Excerpt) Read more at network.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: chaos; crisis; democrat; democrats; democratsincrisis; economy; globaleconomy; impeachobama; obama

1 posted on 03/20/2009 11:59:41 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: All
“Is this the end of America?”

OPINION:

It feels like the beginning of the end and the end seems to be coming quickly.

Our country as a whole is not weak, but our leadership is weak.
Right now, the adage “you are as weak as your weakest link” comes to mind.

Am I right?

I pray I am totally wrong.

Only God knows.

2 posted on 03/21/2009 12:06:00 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: iowamark

Mistakes committed by Ignorance in a virtuous Disposition,
would never be of such fatal Consequence to the Publick
Weal, as the Practices of a Man whose Inclinations led
him to be corrupt, and had great Abilities to manage, and
multiply, and defend his Corruptions.

(I:6;7) Gulliver’s Travels
by Jonathan Swift


3 posted on 03/21/2009 12:06:07 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunhem?), change America will die for.)
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To: iowamark

For some reason, this past week I imagined a scenario in which a year from now Obama on live TV says “I don’t know what I’m doing, ok? Are you happy now? I admit it, but you have no clue, either, so stop being so damned nasty to me!” and storming away.


4 posted on 03/21/2009 12:06:18 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Is the Teleprompter a cabinet-level position?)
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To: iowamark
"As an aghast world — from China to Chicago and Chihuahua — watches, the circus-like U.S. political system seems to be declining into near chaos."


5 posted on 03/21/2009 12:12:12 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Cindy
Our country as a whole is not weak, but our leadership is weak.
I would add "just about totally corrupt" to our leadership being weak. This I have no doubts about.
6 posted on 03/21/2009 12:22:01 AM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: iowamark
Perhaps “the end” can be viewed as an opportunity for a do over.

Rome, Byzantine, etc., all governments fail when they tax the populous beyond the capacity to pay.

The government will likely fail but the country and it's countrymen will rise yet again.

7 posted on 03/21/2009 12:32:11 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: iowamark

Find out in the next exciting episode!


8 posted on 03/21/2009 12:34:13 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: iowamark

bookmark


9 posted on 03/21/2009 12:40:16 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: iowamark

This is not the end of America as we know it/sarc/it’s simply the Marxist plan being implemented by Othugo and his co-horts in the disassembling of a capitalistic democracy.

My tears for my country, The United States of America

Never give up the Fight against this marxist fraud
that is being perpetrated upon the American public.


10 posted on 03/21/2009 12:48:32 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Off Hunting--- for the COLB)
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To: iowamark

It seems quite apparent that - projecting current trends in economics, demographics, and politics - the nation in 2012 and beyond will bear little resemblance to the American republic of even a generation past.

What seems to be emerging is the transformation of the United States into a variety of European-style socialist entity with diminished world influence and a crippled economy; a first-rate military increasingly hobbled by mediocre political leadership, crowds of cowardly foreign policy wonks, and an MSM increasingly inclined to bash America and embrace the sort of One-World, United Nations, multi-culti philosophy which has become so intellectually chic.

It will be increasingly run by armies of anonymous, staggeringly incompetent, unelected bureaucrats of a very pronounced PC and Leftist character, far more interested in their turf battles and preserving perks and privileges than in serving the people who pay their salaries.

With the continuing moral decline of the people, broadly speaking, and the “education” union maintaining their grip on the dumbing down of generations coming up - while, at the same time, continuing to indoctrinate them in the Leftist part line - there can be little hope, if any, that new generations of citizens will know of, much less understand, just what is the nature of the precious legacy of enlightenment and freedom, bequeathed them by the Founders and many generations of selfless patriots, that is being stolen from them.

In the end, America, once the richest and most powerful nation in the entire history of the world, protected on two sides by enormous stretches of ocean, and, for the rest, by a virtually indomitable military, will destroy itself from within.

Pretty stupid, but there it is.


11 posted on 03/21/2009 12:54:36 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: Cindy
No, it is not the end of the USA.

It is the end of politicians who sell us down the river.

This will ultimately be a good thing for our nation, please have patience and be brave. Regards, caddie.

12 posted on 03/21/2009 12:54:44 AM PDT by caddie ("Every cat is a masterpiece." -- Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: caddie

“...please have patience and be brave.”

Obviously, I am brave, or I wouldn’t stated my opinion.


13 posted on 03/21/2009 1:04:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: iowamark

14 posted on 03/21/2009 1:07:29 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Jack Hammer
"It will be increasingly run by armies of anonymous, staggeringly incompetent, unelected bureaucrats of a very pronounced PC and Leftist character"

We'll find out today as The Obammunist has called out his army of communist organizers to canvas the country and take down names of people who do not support his plans.

yitbos

15 posted on 03/21/2009 1:08:27 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: The Cajun
I would add "just about totally corrupt" to our leadership being weak.

The whole system has grown rotten to the core. What the American political system really needs is our equivalent of the Italian Tangenti Scandals of the early 1990s. About 1/3rd of the Italian parliament and over 2500 other nationally prominent citizens found themselves under indictment for corruption. Most of the major political parties in the country were swept away and replaced with newly organized or formerly minor parties.

16 posted on 03/21/2009 1:26:56 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Be There >>> http://www.secondamendmentmarch.com)
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To: Darkwolf377

LOL. We’ve already been given the heads up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0yQunhOaU0


17 posted on 03/21/2009 1:38:57 AM PDT by MurrietaMadman ("...You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) shouted)
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To: iowamark

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18 posted on 03/21/2009 2:27:03 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: iowamark

While food for thought, I can’t abide the article. Inflation, our treatment of bankers and our business models won’t have very much affect on if America continues or “ends”. These are just symptoms.

Embracing cradle-to-grave socialism, usurping previously Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, destroying the family, rejecting God, flooding the nation with immigrants who won’t assimilate, and draining the treasury with unsustainable entitlements are the real signs that since the 1960s, we have begun our end.

The nation can ONLY survive with a moral, informed electorate. It remains to be seen if this describes the silent majority or not. If the moral informed portion of our populace is soundly outnumbered by immoral, apathetic, and uninformed voters, than we are doomed.

We’ll see. It won’t be one episode of hyper-inflation that ends us. If there is a moral silent majority, the more pain we have now economically, the more informed they will demand to be now that the wool is being pulled from their eyes, and the more they will reject secular communism.

I’m not optimistic, but I pray this describes most folks. I think we are crossing the threshold with the majority caring about nothing but their lifestyle, their garages filled with materialistic crap and a free ride, and they will surrender any freedom to secure it. JMHO.


19 posted on 03/21/2009 2:44:00 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Depression Countdown: 58... 57... 56...)
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To: Diogenesis

Re: Obama’s book, “The Post American World”

Amazon.com Review

Book Description

“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the “rise of the rest”—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others—as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.”

In other words, “we will cease being a beacon of freedom and enlightenment for the rest of the world and will look like just any other third-world ghetto: starving to death and ruled by despots. Seems Obama wants to take us there, sooner rather than later.


20 posted on 03/21/2009 2:46:34 AM PDT by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: Jack Hammer
Mr. Lincoln said it well in his Hall of Presidents speech:

President Lincoln

I keep a link to this on my desktop, and listen to it at odd intervals, usually after reading something that alarms me.
21 posted on 03/21/2009 4:09:04 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

“I think we are crossing the threshold with the majority caring about nothing but their lifestyle, their garages filled with materialistic crap and a free ride, and they will surrender any freedom to secure it.”

You know, its arguable that our present state is the inevitable result of a people which inculcated the “Greed is Good” mentality of the 1980s. All the talk of America as a Christian nation, etc. was and is garbage. America’s god became money and “materialistic crap” and we went along with the Ivan Boeskys of this country and created a government, whether headed by Ds or Rs, designed to advance that godless materialism. And now we get to reap the whirlwind.


22 posted on 03/21/2009 4:19:00 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: iowamark
None of us is as dumb as all of us.
23 posted on 03/21/2009 4:58:10 AM PDT by Vet_6780 ("I see debt people")
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To: Jack Hammer

I have, for some decades, believed that a Second American Revolution was the only possible salvation for us. The problem: it would probably resemble the French more than the American. Both these things are even more obvious today than even a few years ago. But I admit that a sort of nihilism has crept into my thinking. An American French Revolution would not be productive of much of lasting value, but it might at least be cathartic!


24 posted on 03/21/2009 5:21:42 AM PDT by FlameThrower
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To: Cindy
Our country as a whole is not weak, but our leadership is weak.


I'm not sure "who" you are referring to.... My assessment is that the majority of the country is weak, as witnessed by the support for Obama. The majority will happily stand by and support the destruction of the country.... hh
25 posted on 03/21/2009 5:44:06 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Gotta go, millions of Obama supporters are counting on me to pay their mortgages)
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To: Jack Hammer

Pretty much says it all, I too weep for my nation


26 posted on 03/21/2009 5:44:19 AM PDT by VTenigma
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To: Jack Hammer

Exactely what ol Abe Licoln said. America will destroy its self from with in. No foreign army will ever drink a drop of water from the Ohio river. Not even pres. sh-t head can bring that about. But he may try.


27 posted on 03/21/2009 7:11:12 AM PDT by G-Man 1
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To: Kolokotronis

Indeed. You are correct.

As a side note, do you remember when people used to respect not only that you were successful, but how you became successful. I’m 50 years old. We always respected wealthy, successful people, but never respected those who became wealthy by ill-gotten gains. A great number of people today respect — or should I say, envy and wish to be — anybody wealthy, even those who lied, cheated and stole their fortune. When I was young, that was objectionable. Today it is embraced.

I think political correctness is the most dangerous threat to freedom that has occurred in my lifetime, but moral relativism is right up there.


28 posted on 03/21/2009 11:56:10 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Depression Countdown: 58... 57... 56...)
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To: Darkwolf377
“I don’t know what I’m doing, ok?'

At least if the nation had elected Biden, there would be some sympathy factor. After all, both he and Spector have had the entire tops of their skulls removed, brain surgery performed, and the had their skulls put back, sewed up, etc.

That's always freaked me out a little. How many people do you know who have had the entire tops of their heads removed, their skulls, anyway? I guess it's not so strange a thing any more, but 20 years ago it was. Biden returned to the Senate with this whole mongol look going for him, that has never completely disappeared.

Which brings up another thing. In my experience, the self confidence of the retarded, even their happiness, if you will, is in direct inverse proportion with their appearance to the majority of the world as stereotypically "retarded" on first glance. The most severely retarded seem to be those least perceived, superficially and on first glance that is, as being "retarded." Their condition is late, low-oxygen birth trauma, usually. While the saddest among the retarded are those who are bright enough (brighter perhaps than most so called "normal people" in San Francisco, perhaps) to know they are retarded.

I'd use the politically correct term "mental disability" but that covers too much territory.

Sooner or later, Obama will blunder in a way that cost lives, unfortunately, in a characteristically telegenic manner. His conceit and perception of all men being fools is a terrible error. A gift of Providence to the weak personality turned into a belief system.

29 posted on 03/21/2009 12:55:17 PM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT; bruinbirdman

Regarding Marxist plans and communist organizers, did you see this in the comments following the article at the link?

DOD Directive for Obama’s promised Civilian Militia: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140410p.pdf

Holy Shi....


30 posted on 03/21/2009 1:59:59 PM PDT by fullchroma (I want my country back.)
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To: Beckwith; LucyT; Polarik; george76; wardaddy; Allegra

You gotta read this executive order issued by Obama to the DoD in relation to the new DoD Civilian Expeditionary Work Force, which is to serve in a military support role:

http://www.dtc.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140410p.pdf

Beckwith , if you have not read this, you might want to go over it. It may be of use for the Obama file site.

Allegra, it may affect your employer, hard to say.


31 posted on 03/22/2009 6:29:24 AM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule, and derision. (member NRA)
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To: Candor7

Thanks Candor7.

Been on The Obama File since February 17th.

http://www.theobamafile.com/_BogusPOTUS/20090217.htm


32 posted on 03/22/2009 9:49:14 AM PDT by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: iowamark
Terence Corcoran: Is this the end of America?

Most likely, no. It's stupid monetary policy, however.
33 posted on 03/22/2009 9:53:37 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Beckwith
Kudos to you.

I guess you are not missing a trick these days!!!!

34 posted on 03/22/2009 6:48:44 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule, and derision. (member NRA)
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To: Kolokotronis; Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Agreed.


35 posted on 03/24/2009 1:47:33 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

And, some are finally waking up to what I’ve been saying since 11/4/08 - we aren’t simply “in a cycle” where all will return to “normal.”


36 posted on 03/24/2009 1:49:28 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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