Why am I having such a hard time going along with the “Any One but Obama” meme, which really means any Republican over Obama? Would I wish another four years of Obama on America? Of course not. In the end, I might take two Dramamine and vote for the lessor of two evils. I say “might” because I’m still not sure. I’m tired of voting for the lessor of two evils. To me, the Republicans and the Democrats are two sides of the same coin.
I was fired up when the Tea Party movement hit the scene. I was hopeful they might make some real change in the GOP. That hope is all but gone now. Even so-called conservatives are saying that America has changed; that the idea of a small central government bound by enumerated powers is too right-wing. I’m hearing that people like me are not being pragmatic.
Pragmatic? Hmmm… What do they mean that people like me need to be more pragmatic? I thought about this question for much of the day, yesterday. I came to the conclusion that what these people mean, whether they know it or not, is that America is too far down the road followed by Greece; that Americans will not accept the changes that are needed any more than the Greeks have. And, more than that; the people pushing pragmatism are saying that Americans will not or can not accept that America is heading for bankruptcy along with the rest of the Western nations. The sad thing is, after hours of pondering this question, I had no choice but to agree with the pragmatist. We Americans are living in denial.
This brings me to the title of today’s post. If our “any one but Obama” republican wins in November, then what? To be sure, our new heroes in Washington will be able to do many things that should help our economy to grow a little faster and produce more jobs. What they won’t be able to do for reasons of pragmatism is stop the deficit spending or reduce the size and cost of government. Our national debt will continue to grow; all be it at a somewhat slower rate. More importantly, our cost to service that debt will continue to grow. Although Americans will be under the illusion that everything is getting better, the truth is that the debt crisis the world is in is not going to go away. What can’t continue, won’t.
How many Americans know that our government spends on social programs the equivalent of every cent their tax revenue; over two trillion dollars? That means that all the rest of the cost of government, including for our national defense and the interest on our debt, must be paid for by either borrowing money through the sale of bonds or by the Fed creating dollars out of thin air to buy a large percentage of our bonds themselves. So, in meeting our obligations we are adding to our mountain of debt, debasing the dollar, and increasing our cost to service our debt.
The situation is even worse in Europe and Japan. The world’s debt bubble will burst one of these days and plunge us all into an economic depression. I truly believe what I just wrote. I also belive the pragmatist. Americans will not accept the changes that are needed any more than the Greeks are today. If the Republicans gain control of our government and try to implement the needed changes, they will be voted out of office at the first opportunity.
So, what are we, the believers that economic collapse is inevitable, to do? Should we fold up our tents and do what we can to protect our loved ones and wait for the inevitable to happen? Well, I for one will not fold up my tent. I will continue doing what I have been doiing; sounding the alarm that the sky is falling.
I started this blog wanting to add my voice to those who hoped to stop the progressive Democrats and big government Republicans from leading us over the cliff. Now, I have reluctantly accepted that we are going over the cliff and there is no “pragmatic” way to stop it.
As i see it, the battle that we conservatives and libertarians must join in earnest is the battle for what will happen after the economic collapse. You can be sure that the progressives will do everything possible to convince the people that the crash was the fault of free market capitalism and those crazy right-wing conservatives.
The thread of hope that I am hanging on to now is that if we keep sounding the alarm, maybe when the crash comes a bell will go off in the collective heads of Americans. Just maybe they will realize that we who have claimed the sky was falling were right. Maybe they will finally realize that the big government policies of both the Democrats and Republicans is what brought our country to ruin. just maybe they will turn their backs on the progressives and their promises of utopia and let us rebuild America in the vision of our founders.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?