American Decline – Unchecked (For Now)

For the most part, I have been avoiding reading the gloom & doom from conservative bloggers since the election.  And of course I have no stomach for reading the liberal bloggers that are spiking the ball.  I’m trying to decompress.

But despite my self-quarantine, today I ran across a very well-written article which provides a lengthy rundown of the apparent perceptions of the average 2012 voter, and the average 2012 non-voter.  The author doesn’t paint a pretty picture.  Before I give the link,  here are a couple excerpts:

“Imagine two restaurants side by side. One sells its customers fine cuisine at a reasonable price, and the other offers a free buffet, all-you-can-eat as long as supplies last. Few – including me – could resist the attraction of the free food. Now imagine that the second restaurant stays in business because the first restaurant is forced to provide it with the food for the free buffet, and we have the current economy, until, at least, the first restaurant decides to go out of business. (Then, the government takes over the provision of free food to its patrons.)”

“During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!’ Stevenson called back: ‘That’s not enough, madam, we need a majority!’  Truer words were never spoken.”

The article is called The Decline and Fall of the American Empire by former New York lawyer and current (since 1994) New Jersey Rabbi Steven Pruzansky.  I recommend that you take a few minutes and give it a read.  The comments he has received are quite interesting too.


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Jeff believes in the Individual's ability to excel when liberty and freedom of choice are protected. Also believes in the Community's ability to take care of the vast majority of its own issues and needs when the federal government leaves the Community's resources and sphere of control alone. State and local choice produce better results than centralized federal control.
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6 Responses to American Decline – Unchecked (For Now)

  1. “To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. . .I place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” – Thomas Jefferson

    I genuinely don’t believe that Mitt Romney would have actually been able to lessen our national debt by a significant amount, if at all, but the fact that he wasn’t given that chance is astounding to me. Looking at the rhetoric that won the election, I think we’re in for a rough road ahead.


  2. Matt says:

    I’ve mostly been hiding my face since the election, as well. Here’s another article you might appreciate, though:

    “Once upon a time, when civic society flourished in Britain, it was uncontroversial to observe that to demur at government involvement in the achievement of an end was not necessarily to consider that end undesirable. Under Leviathan, such distinctions draw blank stares. In 2010, on the BBC’s Question Time — a British current-affairs show on which the guests trip over one other to display the appropriate degree of fealty to whichever orthodoxy is in the news that week whilst the audience tries to be as clever as one can be without doing any reading — the question of impending government spending cuts was raised. One audience member stood up and, waving her hands around, asked who would mow her elderly mother’s lawn if the government no longer did it. The audience clapped. The host looked serious. Not a single person on the panel said, “You!” Neither of the putatively Conservative guests even raised an eyebrow. A particularly oleaginous MP proceeded to tell her that it was a “good question.” I threw a coffee cup at my television.”


    • Thanks, Matt. Your offering is another interesting, but not very encouraging, article. Besides your quoted paragraph, I liked the closing paragraph too:

      “On Tuesday, America took another giant leap away both from its revolutionary mission and from the classical liberalism that it has successfully incubated for so long. This is a rotten thing for America, and also — though it might not realize it — for the world; for, like Anthony Blanche, Evelyn Waugh’s “aesthete par excellence,” should the United States descend into the mire, it will “take something away with it.” If America ceases to be America, it will “[lock] a door and hang the key on a chain.” And then? “All [its] friends, among whom [it] had always been a stranger,” will realize they need it. I know I do.”

      As I replenish my motivation, I’m thinking of writing a few articles about the phrasing of the election season’s rhetoric and the politicians’ promises and claims…and most importantly: how that phrasing is HEARD far differently by liberal vs. conservative listeners. It’s almost as if conservatives’ ears are equipped with one brand of hearing aid, and liberals’ ears are equipped with a totally different brand. I’m going to try to use some examples to show how, even in our listening to the ads and debates, Americans are divided into two distinct camps.

      – Jeff


  3. Chris says:

    I can’t, I’m too depressed. I have to do work now so I have a safe place to hide.


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