"At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the question is not whether we will preside over the creation of a New World Order, but whether America's decline is irreversible." - Patrick J. Buchanan
"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." - Ronald Reagan
As we reflect on the first decade of the new millennium, we are struck by all the bad things that have happened to our nation since the ball dropped that fateful New Years Eve ten years ago. From the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center, it's conceivable to reflect back and consider that everything has gone to hell in a hand basket since then. The only question now is: what can we do we to stop the decline and put our nation back on the track that our Founders intended for it?
Our nation has been in a steady free fall ever since we lost our way when our nation divided along ideological lines over how we should conduct the War on Terror. Our political leaders were amiss in explaining to us why we were conducting the war the way we were, and the people themselves were amiss in their unwillingness to cross party lines and support our president in the general concept that national defense is first priority.
Instead, liberals used the opportunity to return to power by ginning up the notion that George W. Bush was some kind of an evil warmonger or a bumbling fool. Yet, during his years in office following the 9/11 attacks, we were not attacked again. Mistakes were made both on the security front and on the domestic front. Politicians deserve full blame for those. But, the American people need to look themselves in the mirror and stop their whining, complaining and criticizing and realize that if they would have supported the war effort more and cheer led our president to success, maybe they themselves and our nation would be better off for the self improvement effort.
If the government of our nation was failing us, then we the people should have stepped up and fixed it. Instead, we bought into a myth called hope and change. We punished the Republican party for doing a bad job by replacing them with an even more incompetent and ideologically off based Democrat party. We fell for the media lies during the Obama presidential campaign. We were lazy. We didn't do our research and we didn't do our homework. We said kick the bums out and let the new bums fix it.
But, we are beginning to see the end of this type of thinking. We are actually seeing the American people waking up and finally taking matters into their own hands. America, for some reason, has always had a knack for allowing itself to be brought to the precipice of destruction and then suddenly becoming shocked into the action necessary to recover. That is happening now.
The sheep have allowed themselves to be herded into the shearing pen and are now clamoring to get out. The liberals thought it would be an easy fleecing, but they are finding the sheep are not as docile as originally thought. Imagine the surprise when over a million of them showed up in Washington on 9/12/09 with signs and Gadsden flags.
This time around, we are not waiting for the messiah to come and save us. We are taking matters into our own hands. We are recruiting candidates at the local levels that share our governing philosophy, our values and our vision for what America should look like. We know what the shining city on a hill should look like and we're not waiting for anyone to build it for us this time. Grab a shovel and a hammer and lets go.
We have proven that we can take back Virginia and New Jersey. We have stood firm as the media and the remnants of the Obama campaign did everything they possibly could do to try to destroy the one person who understood where we were coming from, how we felt and where we want to go. From the ashes of a destroyed governorship, Sarah Palin rose like a phoenix, from the wreckage arriving to cast the ashes back in their eyes. "She is," as noted on Conservatives4Palin.com, "perfectly positioned as the right candidate at the right moment in history to lead America's return to the honest, common sense conservative policies of Ronald Reagan."
As the American people realize they need to exchange "federal government run top down micromanagement" of our lives for a return to self reliance and local support systems, they are going to need a leader that understands that. This is not the time for a strong federal government, except in the area of national defense. Our domestic problems will not be solved by complex bureaucracies, public sector economies, industries that are regulated into submission and promoting immoral and unethical behavior in the name of sophistication or tolerance.
It is time to call a spade a spade.
No stack of court cases will ever stop us from being a Christian nation. If something is wrong with our culture, we should step up and speak out. We are not the morality police, but rather defenders of our own morality. The real "morality police" are the ones who tell us we can't put up the ten commandments in our buildings and who are fighting now to keep God out of the public square.
No stack of statutes defining government regulations can stop unethical behavior better than having a poorly or corruptly run business fail. There are millions of honest, ethical and competent people who are ready to allow the free market to reward them for the work necessary to really fix our financial and housing situation. But as long as government continues to regulate, stimulate and bail out these industries, the only ones who will be trying to solve the problems are the same ones who got us into the problems.
Let these businesses fail. Americans are big boys and girls. We can sustain a couple of years of harshness needed to allow new investment groups led by innovative thinkers to buy up the assets and allow the marketplace to dictate how these industries really need to be run. The days of the "curruptocrats" greasing the legislature so they can game the regulatory system must end. Those who need to grease the system are not friends of the capitalist system. They should either fail or be rooted out.
Stimulus and bailouts are methadone. Constructive destruction and controlled bankruptcy is detoxification. If we don't detox, we will never come clean.
The time is right for small government, socially Darwinist free enterprise principles and the proper use of the energy industry (drill, dig and develop alternatives simultaneously) to be the strategy that we can use to reawaken this industrial giant one more time.
Is America's decline reversible? Let's just say that our steps into a thousand years of darkness can stop right now. Yes, we are waking up and we are ready to build this thing from the bottom up. But we can't do it until the top comes down first. Before August 2008, this blogger thought there was no one out there that could help us do that.
What a lucky break for America that John McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate.