Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Day After the Election
By Alan Caruba
My mail the day after the election was filled with vituperation from the Left. Words like “kike” and “scumbag” were just some that I encountered. I welcome their disdain.
The Left is triumphant, but they do not see that “sequestration” is coming to further erode the power of our military and the consequences that will flow from that. They do not see the skyrocketing taxes that will be imposed on Americans.
The Left has always lived in a utopia of the leveling of all earnings, the nanny state government that will control everything they do. They want a hand-out, not the hard work of lifting oneself out of poverty and dependency. That will be the fate of a complacent middle class.
Norman Thomas, the former U.S. Socialist Party presidential candidate in the 1940s said, “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialist. But, under the name of ‘liberalism’, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” That day has arrived.
Winston Churchill said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
America is a very different place from the nation in which I was fortunate to be born. The demographics have changed dramatically. Earlier generations, starting especially in the late 1800s were composed of people who fled Europe and Russia for the dream of freedom and opportunity. That generation has died off and been replaced by those whose children have been indoctrinated in school systems that stressed all the worst values of socialism and communism.
It didn’t happen overnight. Our education system has been purposefully degraded to a point where self-esteem has replaced the need to personally strive for excellence. The school books that our children read have been censored to turn our Founding Fathers into just a bunch of slave owners and “white old men.”
The millions who voted for Obama are unaware of the impact that “sequestration” will have on them in the form of the Left’s answer to everything, higher taxes. It will, however, further erode our military power and that bodes ill for America and well for its enemies.
My crystal ball tells me that Israel will likely launch an attack on Iran to avoid a second Holocaust; this time of the Jewish state. Arabs, cowards at heart, are not likely to respond. The Persians will be too dazed to know what hit them.
The Islamic frenzy that has seized the Middle East and Africa’s northwestern tier of Maghreb nations will, however, continue to spread. That will pose a greater threat to Europe. The U.S. dollar is already faring poorly, however, against the Euro, a currency in decline thanks to its embrace of socialism.
Just as with the aftermath of World War I and the treaty of Versailles, we are likely facing some very ugly times as various despots seize or expand power to advance their totalitarian aspirations.
America will be seriously challenged by China in the Pacific sphere. Our military cannot fight a war in two theatres and Americans, as in the past, will resist engagement unless the homeland is attacked as it was in 1941. They will discover we have too few ships and too few aircraft.
At home we are likely to see an expansion of the Homeland Security Agency and surveillance that knows every call you make and every post you put on Facebook and other social sites. The intimidation will be intense and it would not surprise me to learn that secret arrests occur.
There will be rule by executive order as the President seeks to bypass Congress. Americans who have believe that they are protected by the Bill of Rights and rule of law will discover they aren’t.
The national debt, already at $16 trillion now exceeds our Gross Domestic Product by two trillion more than all the money generated by our goods and services. It will increase until nations decide the dollar is no longer the reserve currency of the world. You will be able to wallpaper your bedroom and bath with dollar bills that will be worthless.
An avalanche of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency will cause those companies that can to move their operations overseas, taking much-needed jobs with them. The rest of us will be dictated to regarding every purchase we make. Everything will become expensive.
The nation’s healthcare system will deteriorate with long lines for treatment, if treatment is even permitted if you have a long-term condition of disease or disability. Senior citizens will be "permitted" to die.
Anyone who is a member of the Tea Party or believed to be a “lover of freedom” will be at risk. Even returning veterans will be subject to arrest as a risk to the government. Just being a veteran will become a risk.
Morally, the nation is sliding into the abyss of same-sex marriage, lax laws regarding the use of illegal drugs, and parents will discover they no longer have a say over how they raise their children. Families are at risk in this new America.
The estimated 23 million Americans out of work will be joined by millions more. A college degree, including PhDs, will increasingly become of little value.
There will be riots, often race-based. The African-American population will continue its slide into despondency and dependency. Hispanics will wonder why their parents moved here.
Any nation in the hands of a Democratic Party that jeered the inclusion of God in their platform will rue the day it permitted them to gain control.
Yes, it is a grim, but I believe this is a realistic picture of the future and I don’t see alternative scenarios for the near future short of massive rejection in the next midterm elections.
As a friend of mine put it, "Half the voters choose a form of national suicide. The other half was murdered."
It is a triumph of the stupid, the lazy, the mob.
Older Americans already wonder what happened to the Republic. Younger ones will never know why it was a place for which millions sacrificed their lives to protect and preserve, a far happier place.
© Alan Caruba, 2012