by PseudoLiberty | March 15th, 2011
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." -Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address (1863)
Back in the later 1800’s, America was wrought with Civil War. However, as famous as the war was, it didn’t come about until the last straw broke the camel’s back. The tension had been building up for decades, in the era we now refer to as the Antebellum. What were those tensions? Slavery, mostly. Other issues were mingled in as well, such as disputes over economic policy and other social policies, but they’re seldom heard of today. The war was fought between North and South.
Today, in 2011, we are in what I would call the Second Antebellum. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the tension between the Left and the Right. Politicians, companies, and citizens alike are engaged in politics much more than ever before. (Sadly, this isn’t reflected at the voting booths, but I digress.) What exactly is driving the wedge once again between Brothers and Countrymen? Let’s take a look at a few main points of heat.
Republican and Democrat are fairly old terms, yet the modern meanings are pretty new. America has mostly been a two party country (despite the Founding Fathers’ warnings) but those two parties have evolved. In the beginning were the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Today we have Republicans and Democrats. Like back then, there are a myriad of smaller parties, as today include the Independent Party, the Green Party, the Socialist Party, etc., and back then there were Quakers and Jeffersonians. All parties had differing views on social, economic, and military policies. But they still were more similar than different.
Fast forward to the later 1900’s. Democrats were the party for "the little guy" and Republicans were for "big business." Socially, while there were still differences, they were pretty similar. They differed mostly on economic terms. That changed, however, mostly around the turn of the century. Today, Democrats and Republicans are completely polarized. They truly are the Left and the Right; as far as is the East from the West. The Left praises Woodrow Wilson and Fraklin Delano Roosevelt, while the Right praises Ronald Reagan and Andrew Jackson. I say Left and Right, because even though the dichotomy is there, many of the Right are leaving the Republican Party, and even some of the Left is leaving the Democratic Party. This is largely due to the recent officials of the parties, Like Bush and Obama, who have deviated from the parties’ beliefs and become elitists. The true polarization is between Liberal Progressives, and Conservative Traditionalists.
Liberal Progressives believe that the Founding Fathers, while good men, were only good for their time, and that since the times have changed, that their antiquated guidelines need to be changed. They believe that they were just mere Theists. Woodrow Wilson was the first to radically change the role of government. In 1913 (the same year the Federal Reserve was formed… more on that in a later post) he centralized the government, using religious analogies such as tithing the government, etc. Later, FDR brought in the entitlement doctrine, with the New Deal. Basically, (and this belief persists today, but in a larger, more grotesque form) we came to believe that we, as Americans, are the best (Nationalism, warnings from the Founding Fathers, examples from Hitler?) and that we deserver a happy life, and that the government should be the one to provide a safety net for us all. Sounds great at first; who doesn’t want to be happy? Aye, but that’s the problem. We traded freedom for free stuff. And we did it at the expense of our countrymen. A near-foolproof way to test the Constitutionality of the things the government "does for us" is the "Ayn Rand test." Ayn Rand was the mentor of Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve. Ayn Rand’s famous test was to simply ask one question: "At whose expense?" Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, government officials’ office redecoration, pretty much anything. At whose expense? I certainly don’t like having my wages garnished so children can learn at the level of the lowest common denominator, or so illegal immigrants can get free social services, or even for social services themselves! The government has assumed the role of the Church, and of charities. Instead of people giving out of the kindness of their hearts, the government plays Robin Hood and STEALS. Keyword=steals. Regardless of one’s position, one does not deserve free stuff at the expense of those who have earned it. Key point coming up, ready? "For we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Notice how we’re not entitled to happiness? We’re entitled to the freedom to pursue it, ourselves. Freedom means inequality. Not like many of you are thinking, but rather its equality and inequality at the same time. We are all born equal, but the choices we make and the talents we are given make is, by nature, unequal. If one man is a hard worker, and is skilled in auto mechanics, and works up to the near-dead American Dream, he is unequal to the lazy man works at McDonald’s because he has no skill nor desire to learn one. See my point? They both had the same opportunity from birth; this isn’t a caste system.
The problem lies therein. Entitlement. Americans have come to think everybody owes them something. All we are owed by our government is for it to protect us from enemies, and uphold our rights. I could go into how entitlement manifests itself into modern day issues, such as taxes, social services, abortion, immigration, etc. but it’s a broad, deep topic that I intend to cover at a later time.
The dichotomy, therefore (after a rather lengthy prologue,) is very large. It permeates into every aspect of our daily life. Today, as I write, our Dollar is being diluted even further (.03 cents on the original Dollar as of 1913,) prices of everything, in consequence, are going up dramatically, our nation is over $14 trillion in debt (over $64 trillion in obligatory spending,) and the rate of disapproval and suspicion of our government is at a near-alltime high. Utah is starting to move back to the Gold standard, and Wisconsin is saying "enough is enough, we just don’t have the money" and we all know what happened in Wisconsin.
America, we are broke. We have been borrowing and abusing our credit rating for decades, and the Ponzi scheme is coming undone. Information about central banking fraud (JpMorgan-Chase, Banf of America Merrill Lynch, etc) is coming into light, our money is fake (and just as in Monopoly, the rules state that if you run out of bills that you may simply write the added amount on a piece of paper… Bernanke must have loved that game as a child,) hyperinflation is appearing increasingly imminent, and the officials in government, who are supposed to represent us, are whining about a few billion dollars. This country, as it stands, is going to Hell in a handbasket.
But the Founding Fathers were smart, and foresaw this archetypal event. They’ve given us the means to change it all: the voting booth. We don’t need vigilantism (Anonymous….) because the tools were given to us! All that is missing is the unity. The like-mindedness. With the populace in such political disarray, nothing’s going to get changed. We will go through hyperinflation, China will take our place as the host of the reserve currency, and our level of power will be taken away. The time to act is now, America. The Tea Party aims to get the job done. We exist to bring together the voice of the people, instead of in an ignored cacophony, as one booming voice. Smaller government, fiscal responsibility, taking care of our own country before others (as is the duty of any sovereign country,) and an honest economy. I’m sure that regardless of where you lie in the political spectrum, you want all of those things. It’s time to go back to what made us great to begin with: the Constitution.