The American Dream. IS it Lost Forever?
Photo: Tea Party, Vero Beach, FL. By Freedom, by the way.
Each day, dozens of issues affecting the freedom and liberties of Americans are worthy of a blog post:
- The federal budget and deficit.
- State budgets and deficits.
- Over-bearing legislation and regulation.
- Sell-out politicians.
- Political correctness.
- The federal government’s war on the free market system and capitalism.
- The public school system.
- Government control over our health/bodies/personal property, etc.
- The misuse of tax dollars.
- Concern for “the world” before concern for America.
- Government’s blatant ignoring and sometimes outright disdain for our constitution and personal freedom.
- The list goes on and on and on.
If you’re not depressed enough already, I direct you to a post on Quantum Pranx: A Middle East warning: American-style democracy isn’t the answer, which is a repost of a column by Ron Holland.
In his piece, Holland quotes from an interview by Russia Today of Anthony Wile, chief editor of The Daily Bell. I encourage you to read the entire piece. I am including portions here:
- “US-style regulatory democracy is a government-intensive approach that seeks to regulate almost every facet of human behavior and uses concerns for people’s “safety” as a justification for tremendous authoritarianism at home…”
- “The representative features of democracy also have major flaws because this model allows powerful domestic special interests at home or foreign power elites to easily buy off a majority of parliament members and control the government and monetary policies of the nation state. … it is a very simple matter to buy majority control of representatives who should be representing the citizens but instead sell their souls to outside interests.”
- “The worst problem with US-style democracy is the illusion that individuals or voters have power or control over the government. Yes, you get to vote and protest which on the surface might appear an improvement over a government structure controlled by a few at the top but this brings up the fatal weakness of regulatory and representative democracy as is practiced in Europe and the West today.”
- “In order to create the illusion of benefits to voters, these democracies have to borrow massive amounts of money to buy votes and benefits today and most of the burdensome costs are placed on future generations. Therefore sovereign-debt-financed democracy can only exist as long as investors are willing to purchase the treasury debt obligations to finance this kind of welfare/warfare state. Heavily indebted Europe and America are now rapidly reaching the end of this fatal debt Ponzi scheme cycle as the current and future tax revenues cannot service the debt.”
- “The end of the debt spiral is here for the western democracies and this is why the world economy is crashing and inflation is now destroying the ability of the working poor around the world to feed themselves.”
The article goes on to espouse the virtues of Swiss Confederation Democracy where voters have more direct control of legislation through referendum, and thus the Swiss people are able to self-govern to a much higher degree than Americans.
I am not familiar with the Swiss form of government but I plan to educate myself. I do believe if every President and elected representative following George Washington had strictly adhered to the Constitution, the US would still be the standard-bearer system of government for the world.
While I have to grudgingly agree with most of what Holland writes. (And It so hurts my optimistic spirit to do so!) I do not buy into the notion that it’s all over.
If we have learned anything from the Tea Party movement and the last election, it is that there are good citizens and even a few good politicians who are striving to make our Constitution a centerpiece of American government once more.
As long as we still have freedom of speech and a free press, I believe the American Dream still has a chance.