WHAT CAN I DO?
As the national debt skyrockets beyond $16 trillion and the nation we know and love devolves into one alien to our recollection, crippled by regulation, where individual liberty becomes further endangered, Americans are left with feelings of exasperation and despair. What can we do?
Within the next decade if the government is not substantially downsized, it will succeed in destroying most productive elements of society, leading to greater economic downturns, a lower gross domestic product, and greater unemployment. As that happens, as the economic pie shrinks further, the national debt will grow at an even faster rate. Sooner or later, jittery creditor nations will demand a higher return on investment by imposing higher rates of interest on the money loaned to the United States. Sooner or later, the federal government will print even more money, adding enormously to the pressure for a resurgence of inflation. Sooner or later as the government’s economic host, the private sector, dies, the government parasite too will die. The process will become most apparent when the value of social security payments becomes little more than a token of little purchasing power. The process will become manifest when those who provide government services, such as Medicare providers, refuse to do so because the economic value of government payment for the services cannot sustain the providers. The process will become obvious when the most productive in our society leave the country rather than accept the tax burdens a rapacious government imposes on them.
In short, unless dramatic reductions in government spending occur, the whole monstrous government mess will come crashing down upon itself atop an economy in shambles. That is clearly where we are headed, and no serious observer doubts the direction even if he or she doubts the time within which it will happen or the extent of the calamitous results that will follow. If the President and Congress will not cut the government down to an affordable size, the typical American will suffer greatly. Indeed, the nation will be imperiled and will invite other powers in the world, jealous of the history of American success, to exploit the opportunity to replace American firms in international markets and challenge America militarily.
In this situation, those who are dedicated to saving the nation have a few options. We can align ourselves with other like-minded individuals and support political reforms to roll back government. We can vote and urge others to vote for candidates who are more likely to cut government than to expand it. We can rely on social media and other fora to express our opinions and persuade others of the dire circumstances and the need for substantial reduction in the size and scope of government.
Some view taking any of the foregoing steps as an exercise in futility. So convinced are they that America’s future is hopeless that they choose to complain but, beyond complaints, will not vote or act. True, few candidates for federal office are as sincere, consistent, and protective of America’s founding principles as Ron and Rand Paul but are we then not to vote or to vote in ways that will ensure those dedicated to expanding the state will remain in control of this government?
We are experiencing a critical test of the willingness of the American people to save this nation as it drops from the heights of economic and political greatness, epitomized by the commitment to individual liberty, embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, to the abyss of economic and political ruin, characteristic of those countries of the world where state sovereignty has been maximized at the expense of individual sovereignty. We are, in effect, being propelled by government into a new dark age of enforced mediocrity where the lowest common denominator becomes the legally compelled reality, where wealth creation is so punitively taxed that it disappears, and where federal bureaucrats dictate the decisions made by so-called private enterprise that are increasingly state surrogates.
If we do not respond to this by doing the best we can to avert it, we will invite it. The force propelling us in the direction of ruin is so powerful that the end will come rapidly if we do not put as many road blocks in front of it as possible. To that end, I think the argument for not voting by those who say that the cause is hopeless or for not voting because the choice of candidates is unappealing the best way to ensure that Barack Obama and a complicit Congress continue to preside over the destruction of everything we hold dear as Americans.
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I therefore urge every American to vote against the current administration and those in Congress who are its patsies. Voting the rascals out is critical but making sure that we vote for those most likely to ensure their departure is equally critical. This is not the solution to our problems, but it is the best we can do. All else is surrender, it seems to me. If you truly love this country, do not forsake it. There is still time to prevent the catastrophe that looms, but if we do not exercise our right to vote the rascals out this November 6 (even if it means voting new rascals in), we will be contributors to our own ruination (and that of future generations).
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