This shall be our 240th Fourth of July—240 years since we declared ourselves separate from England and formed our the representative republic we often refer to as a democracy.
I personally don’t believe that our Founding Fathers would be very happy with what we did with this magnificent gift they gave us. Oh, I’m not going to whine, gripe or complain as many of our citizens are doing. I’m not going to gnash my teeth with stories of impending doom and disillusionment. Instead I’m going to ask my fellow citizens that still have two or more brain cells to rub together, to refresh their mental computers.
I can never remember which buttons to push to refresh… I generally just restart the blasted thing, and that works for me. I think that is what we need now, to restart our mental computers. We need to “defrag”—I don’t even know if that term is still relevant today.
You see we have a very special and amazing nation, something we should be expressing great pride in, but we are distracted. We have been distracted, both as a nation and as individuals.
Many times in the last forty years, Alexander Tytler’s observations about the life expectancy of a democracy have been republished and discussed. I know… I know… we are not a pure democracy. We are a republic, specifically a constitutional republic with representative government. Or, at least we used to be.
Someone once said, “Whether it’s a democracy or a republic or some combination of the two is irrelevant. The founders had the right idea. The franchise (right to vote) should be limited to property owners—or even better to taxpayers. This would minimize the effect of people voting themselves “gifts” from the public treasury.”
But, I digress… Tytler had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to lose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.” NOTE: We are at 240 years.
“During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.”
And all of this was before 24-hour, seven day a week news coverage, before Kim Kardashian was found wearing butt pads,… (no, on second thought I’m going to leave that one alone) political polling that talks a lot about the candidates but give little relevant information.
Personally, I am tired of seeing NEWS ALERT flashing across the television screen only to listen to yet another report about Trump’s “bombastic” demeanor, the ongoing/latest “Hillary scandal,” whether or not the latest terrorist attack on my country “might, may be, can’t be tied to radical Islamic terrorist” (really don’t care if they are “home grown” or not… they are killers and they are trying to kill US!). Oh, and what is all of this about the “appearance of a conflict of interest”. Appearance… people come on!! It is time to stop with this PC nonsense and tell Americans the truth.
Remember the start of Superman with George Reeves—”TRUTH, justice and the American way.” We can barely remember what the American way is any longer because of Political Correctness. “Political Correctness” brings to mind a line from Princess Bride when Inigo Montoya, played by Mandy
Patinkin, says “This word you keep using, I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
Did you know that Political Correctness actually started in a Communist think tank in Germany in 1923? The think tank was slated to be called “The Institute of Marxism” but the name was changed to “The Institute of Social Research” to hide its communist roots. Its purpose was to figure out why communism wasn’t spreading.
The answer… Because Western Civilization was in its way. We had a belief in the individual and that an individual could develop valid ideas.
At the root of communism was the theory that all valid ideas come from the effect of the social group of the masses. The individual is nothing. It was determined that the only way for communism to advance was to help Western Civilization to destroy itself by undermining its foundations by chipping away at the rights of those annoying individuals.
How do they do that? Change our speech and thought patterns by spreading the idea that actually verbalizing your beliefs is disrespectful to others and must be avoided to make up for past inequities and injustices. Then use this to stifle any discussion which might show up the lack of common sense in their ideology.
And call it something that sounds positive: “Political Correctness.”
Someone who had enough sense to see what was happening once said, “Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”
So my fellow Americans, I wish you a Happy Birthday. Go ahead and BBQ, go to the lake, spend time with your family, celebrate… but the day after… refresh your mental computer. Defrag and unclutter from useless, irrelevant data overload. Bring it back down to the basics, while there is still time.
God bless America.
PS: The photo is of my wife, Pamela, and me at Mt. Rushmore in May 2016.