One Nation Under
One Nation Under
2012, the year of the Mayan prognostications, the year of the most important election in several generations and the year we find out if we are to be launched into Daniel Webster’s abyss, yet again. The individual is fighting a silent war against far superior numbers. “What will the light reveal when our veneer cracks?” Will a smoothly honed calico grey and white alabaster surface gleam through, maybe a roughly oxidized bronze, or perhaps a warm, dark, solid walnut? Probably not, in most cases when the veneer of American ego cracks, tender flesh is exposed to the elements. People with whom you are associated get a rare glimpse behind our Teflon; they see the very thing that connects us all to one another…humanity.
As we in America head toward another election cycle of drudgery, partisanship and lies, our individualism is up for wholesale. We wave good bye to another year of unfinished business. Citizens stumble upon the latest legislative works, designed to grease shackles of restriction, thereby limiting instant chafing and their true bite. The slick hucksters are in force, poaching one freedom at a time, replacing each with an empty promise. This is no Pandora’s Box I speak of, no; it is far starker; it is the absence of valid hope. The human condition wasn’t designed for a Borg like existence. Nevertheless, simpletons continually allow the biased to place regulations on our progress.
Who says the only way to unity is through creating the absence of choice? Intelligent debate is backsliding, the bullhorns are blaring but the words are incoherent. Political honesty is going the way of the Dodo. Wisdom is a luxury seldom exercised in our modern public sphere. I am mediocre in intelligence, I lack a prophetic tongue, and I cannot solve centuries old struggles. What I do know well enough is this, creating equality through subtraction is not a road to abundance; it is a 21st Century “trail of tears.” The powers that be are making sure they remain the king makers, furthermore ensuring the game remains the same, to the victor go the spoils. To the proletariat, go the votes.
Both sides labeled average, must begin to see the writing on the wall. The disparity between rich and poor grows while the rich can always afford a little bit more. The very definition of middle class has changed in the past couple of decades. The poor no longer have to work at being poor, that is easy and it comes with a paycheck each month, W2’s needing not apply. But to the average, the true struggle takes shape in clawing for every opportunity, scrapping for every additional dollar, cutting here, trimming there; it is always less, less and less. The battle of financial freedom is raging. The only belt tightening being done is that which is wrapped around the mid-section of the country, the middle class.
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. ” - Alexis de Tocqueville
The demise of the American experiment will be cataclysmic for freedom fighters the world over. Those who harbor indifference for our struggle to remain unique, are naïve to the seismic waves our transformation will cause. Make no mistake, no freedom fighting America = no defender of liberty left in the world. “Pah, that’s a bunch of poppycock.” News flash Europe, what country has shed more blood to liberate the downtrodden than America? Who will keep Russia and China in check if America is gone? Germany? The EU? The Canadians…I hear quacking. Meddling we may be, intrusive, sure enough, but how about the biggest donor of financial aid and emergency supplies on the planet! Your UN peace keepers couldn’t police a bunch of rowdy girl scouts at a Justin Bieber concert. Our president hollowing out (subtracting) our military is good news only to the snakes waiting to strike. Our financial collapse will take down other industrialized nations for decades to come. There will be only greater suffering, more demise and less hope in a world where America has become completely irrelevant.
This isn’t a cattle call for the usual suspects. This isn’t a soap box diatribe pushing for one guy over another. This is my voice reverberating among my American peoples, looking for those who recognize the severity November 2012 holds. This is my shout to the masses of well-intentioned citizens, grab the baton, run and do not stop until we are well beyond danger. Hold fast to your scruples, hang high your old Glory, and never surrender the values that have defined a nation of life. This isn’t about one man in office, this is about America and where she is headed.
“Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension, or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.
Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and [insidious] in method. Unhappily, the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address, 1961.