The Death of a Nation

Nations don’t die overnight or with a single event; it happens over time. Death occurs in humans often the same way. We certainly can die suddenly in an accident through no fault of our own, or we could be murdered. But a normal “natural causes” death is typically due to ignoring signs and symptoms until the disease takes control.

Nations die in this manner, as well. Understand also, as one event does not kill a nation, one person does not kill or save a nation either. One person can have an impact either positive or negative, to lead to freedom or destruction. On the morning of May 4, the first headline that was forwarded to my phone was, “At the starting gate: Clinton leads Trump by double-digits.” That got my attention, but what was in the article really hit me. “Clinton is also more trusted than Trump on many issues voters rank as critically important.” One exception was that by a 5% margin, voters say Trump would be better at handling the economy.

I’m not sure I can fathom that statement, Clinton more trusted than Trump.

Letter 76, on the topic of Russia’s new constitutional laws (27 August 1811); published in Lettres et Opuscules. The English translation has several variations, including “Every country has the government it deserves” and “In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve.”  -Joseph de Maistre

 

Our first symptom as a nation was in 1803 when the Supreme Court took a case, Marbury v. Madison, that was not within its jurisdiction. That case ultimately was used as the authority for government to determine its own limits. President Andrew Jackson wanted to run the country as he had run the military while a general. Some of those actions set up the events that led to the Civil War. The result was the death of hundreds of thousands of our citizens, and the death of states’ rights, as well as personal rights – rights that were to be protected by the Constitution and thus by the government. The rise of progressivism at the turn of the century, the Wilson, FDR and Johnson administrations all took terrible tolls on the nation. The Bush administration gave us some terrible blows to personal liberty, and set the stage for the Obama years.

Our nation is as a diabetic who ignores their blood sugar levels, eats whatever they want, ignores all the signs and then wonders why their health is a wreck. Except there seems to be no recognition yet, as to the state of our nation. Essentially, I believe Joseph de Maistre was saying our leaders are a reflection of the people.

I’ve heard, and agree with, the notion that we are as Israel when she cried out for a king, and they ended up with Saul. I’ll not go into the details here, but they begged for a leader, they were warned and yet they persisted. Our leaders are not a symptom of the government’s health, they are a symptom of the people’s health. As an individual, we envision ourselves with the “six-pack” abs or the bikini body, while we stuff our mouths with Twinkies and other sugar filled snacks. What we want and what we get are not even close to the same. Our body reflects our behavior, likewise our government.

People will say that Trump will turn it around; he’ll make America great again. Not only will he not do that, he cannot do that. Our founders placed the nation’s future and health in the hands of the states and the people. When the people seek security over liberty they are telling the leaders they would rather be slaves than free.

America will only be great when we ourselves become great.

As I watched the process, the speeches and rallies of the candidates, something quite telling became very obvious. For one, 2004 and 2008 were not anomalies. We have crossed the tipping point-  the point of no return. That does not mean all hope is lost, but it means we have crossed or passed a point where elected officials will “save the patient.”  When people vote with emotion and not with the Constitution in mind, is it any wonder when once in office they do not follow the document?

The opening statement of the Declaration of Independence begins thus:

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

Am I calling for an armed revolution? Of course not! I am saying that lines have to be drawn in the sand, and in our hearts. We cannot be the definition of insanity by trying to do the same thing over and over, while hoping for a different result. We cannot keep eating junk food and look in the mirror for that “beach body.”  With our physical body, the change comes with a change in behavior, eating properly and physical exercise. Our nation’s health requires a change in our behavior as well.

 

There is hope, albeit slim. $19 trillion in debt, $140 in unfunded liabilities and 150 years of chipping away at the Constitution has had devastating effects. It is our fault, and ours alone, but we are not yet finished. The founders gave us an “In case of emergency” ring to pull short of a revolution. I hope you’ll follow me in the days to come as I discuss our options.

God bless us and our nation and may we also be a blessing in return.

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