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The Middle Class Grows Up
Today, many debate the merits of nationalism. The United Kingdom took a significant step toward liberty and independence by leaving the European Union in a referendum vote in late June. Texas has threatened to leave the United States. And some even view themselves as separate from the federal government they live under.
Societies rise and fall. At present, America is on top, but all good things come to an end, and do so over a long period of time. There has been ample evidence over the years to suggest that a vibrant and healthy society directly correlates to the size and prosperity of the middle class in a country.
In the U.S., the middle class is losing ground in many ways, but in others, it is improving immensely. The general consensus appears to be that a majority of income growth has gone to the most wealthy 1% of individuals during the fragile recovery following 2009. And, most unfortunately, the poor remain poor, unable to work their way up the economic ladder.
In a December 2015 Pew Research report, the American middle class was found to be, for the first time in 44 years, “matched in number by those in the economic tiers above and below it.” The report further revealed that there were 120.8 million adults in the U.S. middle class, compared with 121.3 million in the lower and upper income groups combined, as of early 2015.
This shift is not all bad though because more people are moving into the upper income sector of society year after year. Since 1971, each decade has ended with a smaller share of adults living in middle-income households across America than at the beginning. The share of American adults in the middle class has edged down from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015. Meanwhile, the share of adults in the upper class increased from 14% to 21% and the lower income tier declined from 25% to 29%.
Stephen Rose, economist at the Urban Institute, found that the upper middle class is actually larger and richer than ever. According to his calculations, this crucial sector of society expanded to a record 29.4% of the population as of 2014, up from 12.9% in 1979. Talk of income growth going to just the very top 1% is therefore not crystal clear. Rose thinks “it ignores the large inequality between the growing upper middle class and the middle and lower middle classes.” The middle class in America is somewhat splintering, as the upper middle class is setting itself apart from the lower middle class.
The American Dream Can Still Be Within Reach
A small middle class would not be beneficial for a society overall. A middle class needs to keep the rich, elites, and others who game the system in check, while maintaining a procedure that allows poor and lower middle class individuals to work their way up.
A strong middle class in the U.S. can be achieved by supporting a legal immigration system that properly supports workforce demands and upholds the rule of law. Following this comes a feeling of pride for one’s country as it basks in its successes. President Barack Obama has unfortunately not done any of this. Instead, our country is as divided as ever, our debt is higher than ever before, cops are being gunned down in the street, and deadly terrorist attacks are occurring on a weekly basis.
Citizens will lose trust in their country when they lose faith in its institutions, as a large percentage of the African American community distrusts the police and authority in general. When Americans believe the government they live under is not acting on their behalf, they will feel alienated, disconnected, and unattached to anything. People tend to follow the law when they respect the government they live under, believe in the greatness of their country, or feel like they are a part of something worth maintaining.
Globalists, those who wouldn’t mind seeing all of Earth’s countries united under one single state, along with leftists, who believe in the effectiveness of governmental institutions and worldwide organizations like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, both ignore this hard truth: diversity is not always a good thing. Culturally homogeneous and racially non-diverse countries, such as Japan and Australia, have little political and social strife. A country like the United States, a literal melting pot of different races and cultures, is a country constantly juggling multiple and conflicting cultures.
Diversity is not our greatest strength. It is what sets us apart, but it should not be pursued for its own sake.
Do you think America is as divided as ever (on race, religion, politics, and the like)?
The Globalist Agenda
The globalists have pitted people against each other for years, using the left-leaning mainstream media to do it's brainwashing. Encouraging conformity, media elites and government globalists are slowly but surely whittling away freedom of thought in this country. Many talking heads in the media have denounced the recent Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom as proof that these selfish “populists” are behind the fight against globalization. These same populists, the globalists claim, are dead set on ruining the global economy and world order.
Those who desire a free and decentralized society are not populists, they are lovers of liberty. The term populist denotes a certain selfishness that is just not present in most who defend freedom and liberty. Nationalism becomes the obvious result of believing in laws and men. Unfortunately, the media perpetuates this lie that those who want borders and nations are selfish, the current day Nazi party, led by its dear leader, Donald J. Trump.
The elite in this country continue to feed this false narrative to the middle and lower classes that this rise in populism will lead to an eventual economic collapse in order to distract from the fact that these same elites are the ones who caused the most recent financial crisis in the first place. These same elites are the ones spearheading the big government movement in Washington DC, which has a stranglehold on both major parties. Nevertheless, the rhetoric from the left continues to convince Americans of globalism’s strengths, crushing the liberty movement under its boot, dismissing a desire to have a country as a “populist” movement.
Pitting party against party, white against black, cop against criminal, the elites in this country have helped us reap the deadly rewards of Obama’s divided America. After each tragedy resulting in a major loss of life, liberal leaders across the country call for greater centralization or control of something or other. Along with this invasive regulatory state directed from DC, movements are now evolving into violent uprisings.
Today, elites such as George Soros fund hate-filled groups like Black Lives Matter (BLM). Though this group likely had good intentions initially, it has devolved into an organization that supports the ambushing and assassination of police officers across this nation. Anyone who feels the police are against them now feels justified in picking up arms and taking matters into their own hands. All the while, President Obama is hamstrung by his political party, unable to tell the truth about BLM and other anarchy-supporting groups, such as By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), who helped beat down Trump supporters throughout the state of California earlier this year.
Hope and Change Rears Its Ugly Head
In many ways, America in 2016 shows little signs of hope after almost eight years under President Obama. The world seems to be unraveling before our very eyes. The latest cop killings in Dallas and Baton Rouge reveal a horrific trend that results in even more moronic solutions. Obama and liberals continue to call for a federalization of the police force to quell police brutality. On the right, Republicans mostly argue for a more militarized police presence, to crush groups like BLM and others from causing trouble. Either way, liberty is stomped upon.
Globalism desires the erosion of the individual. One’s own needs must be sacrificed for “the greater good.” This promotion of collectivism fails to take into account the fact that the individual’s success is the only thing that matters for one’s survival. Elites push the myth that individualism is dangerous and collectivism is the only way to prevent tragedies from coming about in our perfect utopia. Therefore, globalists believe borders should be erased and we should have one giant government for the entire world.
Good luck with that.
Human beings do not want to be a part of groups they do not identify with. They inherently reject force and pressure to conform. As Brandon Smith concluded on Alt-Market.com, “Globalist collectivism is simply unnatural. People know it unconsciously, they know it is an act of force and oppression, and will invariably move to sabotage its false tribalism as they begin to see its true colors.” This is why the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. They were sick of being told what they could and could not do from Brussels. This is why Donald Trump is gaining so much traction in the United States. Americans are sick of being told what they can and cannot say. America was founded in 1776 to instill the importance of freedom and liberty into the founding document of a country, so that all may live without the intrusion of an oppressive outside force.
Yet, this requires a president who follows and executes the laws on the books.
America cannot continue to be a country that devalues the rule of law. We are a nation of laws and men and the laws that are passed must be enforced, otherwise, our people will lose faith in its country and our societal decline will continue. Yet, our leaders must also defend liberty, for without that, we have nothing.
Someone needs to unite us. Something needs to change. There is at least hope in that there will be a new president, one way or another, come January, but can our country hold on until then?