‘America Is Doomed’, Says @MarkSteynOnline – And He’s Right [Updated]
How can you not draw that conclusion from the events unfolding before our weary and disgusted eyes, especially over the last several months.
Mr. Steyn from his latest column:
The thesis of my recent book After America is stated on page six thereof — “that the prevailing political realities of the United States do not allow for any meaningful course correction.” That’s what the political class confirmed yet again this week. Which brings me to the sentence immediately following: “And, without meaningful course correction, America is doomed.”
Washington’s governing systems are in a bad way. Government by “continuing resolution,” a term foreign to most foreigners, ought to be embarrassing to any self-governing, not to say self-respecting, people. Instead, in the course of the “shutdown,” this repugnant phrase advanced to acronymic status — “CR,” as cable news had it, the pundit class lovingly caressing this latest insider jargon with their customary onanistic shiver. Presented as a resolution of the Obamacare/debt-ceiling standoff, the “CR” came, as the car dealers say, fully loaded — including a $174,000 payment to the widow of New Jersey’s multimillionaire senator Frank Lautenberg. Because, even when you’re saddling the next generation of Americans with another trillion bucks of debt, six-figure payouts to the relicts of the most exclusive rich man’s club in America is just the way it is.
How can you “control” spending under such a system? Congress has degenerated into a Potemkin parliament [BOB: I'm going to steal that phrase], its ersatz nature embodied by those magnificent speeches senators give to themselves, orating for the benefit of TV sound bites into the cavernous silence of an empty room, an upper chamber turned isolation chamber. The “law of the land” means machinations and procedural legerdemain culminating in a show vote on unread omnibus fill-in-the-blanks pseudo-legislation to be decided after the fact by the regulatory bureaucracy.
The Congress have become like the Dukes and Earls of old — supporters all of the current Monarch, with the only dissidents being those who would rather see a ‘more Enlightened’ King ruling, but are not willing to risk their precious necks and launch a rebellion. How feudal.
The ‘prevailing political realities’ that Mark Steyn writes of encompass more than simply elected officials and the bureaucrats who serve/control them, but also, sadly, a majority of the American people.
How many times have you been discussing politics with someone who agrees with you, but who instinctively retreats to a statist way of thinking when confronted directly with an uncomfortable fact or something that touches them personally?
Case in point: at the weekly manager’s meeting I attend, when it was reported that we would shortly be receiving a pay increase, I voiced that opinion that, considering how those not employed as we were by the government were suffering loss of their jobs or reductions in their work hours, it was wrong for us to be getting another pay increase. In fact, I said, we should be having our salaries reduced as long as the Economy was in distress.
The four other managers and two executives turned on me with indignation, saying that the Economy was getting better and, therefore, we deserved our second pay increase in as many years. My counter-arguments were derided as (1) unbelievable and (2) crazy.
Now, except for one of the executives, this group is not a bunch of Radicals.
But these normally sensible [in other areas] people have been, for lack of a better term, brainwashed since they were children and have no damn clue how enslaving the state has become and, in fact, have come to believe that the Statist Mentality is normal.
It is not.
It is a perversion, a rejection of Right Reason.
And a few of these people voted for Romney.
To bring this back to encompass all of America: too many of us believe that the prevailing political reality involves a rigorous embrace of dependency on a — hopefully, fingers-crossed — benevolent government.
Too many Americans have willingly joined with The Hive Mind.
Could This Be One Explanation?
Well, it certainly explains why we find ourselves fully enveloped in The Present Crisis.
UPDATE at 2041…
Over at Protein Wisdom, GeoffB, commenting on the Debt Limit debate, explains how people like my fellow managers have ended-up as members of The Sheeple Society:
What I see is a result of the “long march through the institutions.” Starting with the one that effectively made all the others easier or even possible, the institution of “higher” education.
Indoctrination, enculturation, over a period of years for an individual, and a couple of generations for a nation, will create a separate polity which is wholly different from those who were not so transformed….
This is the war. What set of emotional reactions to ideas, symbols, actions, will be passed down to the coming generations as the “way” of the world? They, the left, as they are labeled, are building the “new soviet person” in the schools and colleges. That is the necessary first step to building the Utopia. All must have their hearts right first, the mind and the body will then follow, in lockstep.
By controlling everything around a student the left “encultures” the young into their own world view. Remakes them so that they see all through the emotional lens of the left. This is why there is such a profound chasm between them and us. They experience the world differently from us. Each side, in truth, views the other as insane and is not wrong to do so by their own lights.
Dead solid perfect.