Will Rodgers once said: “I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat.” He would have made the same point if he had said he was a Republican. I am going to extrapolate Will Rodgers’ words and say: “I am not a member of any organized culture, I am an American.” One would be hard pressed today to describe American culture in a few words. That was not always the case. In the eighteenth century, American culture was dominated by the WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). As the nineteenth century progressed and the country grew through immigration, our culture morphed into a Judeo-Christian dominated society. The twentieth century has become known as the socialist or statist era. Now in the twenty-first century, some would say that socialism is on the wane and will be replaced by a form of fascism. I have to wonder if President Obama is purposely dividing us in order to control us, or is he merely taking advantage of the lack of cohesion in American society today?
George Scaggs, in his article Beyond the Ballot Box demonstrates many of the same concerns that I have; but he is able to express himself much more eloquently than I am able. Here are some excerpts:
Rather suddenly, the incremental erosion that has haunted America for decades seems a distant memory. Under the Obama administration, particularly within the last couple of months, America has now accelerated headlong into the wholesale destruction of constitutional limitations and inalienable rights.
“Laws” are now created by simple proclamation, while other laws are rendered irrelevant. Some are even subject to public pronouncements that they will not be enforced by those constitutionally charged to do so.
The concerted level of ignorance, apathy, and selfishness necessary to deliver America to this rather dismal station is becoming ever clearer, and the extent to which a lack of personal responsibility by some subsequently results in a loss of freedom for all has never before been so present.
As I see it, the Judeo-Christians are still the majority in this country. But, we are anything but united. I see the Judeo-Christians divided into three groups: Two are politically engaged as either “conservatives” or “progressives” and the third group are totally disengaged from the political process. That makes us vulnerable to those who want to rule over us. Mr. Scaggs excellent article ends with these thoughts:
Though Mr. Obama and his congressional ilk need to be vanquished in November, America will find many of the solutions to what ails her lie beyond the ballot box. There is an anchor weighing on the nation’s ability to reverse course. It is interwoven throughout our entire culture, and it has been strengthened for decades.
Regardless of what unfolds in November, and long after Mr. Obama is gone (whenever that may be), peril awaits. Dealing with the uncomfortable reality that America is destroying itself is the true measure of the task which lies ahead.
Strangely enough, I started out today to write a positive post about reclaiming the vaunted American spirit. It didn’t work out that way, did it? Frankly, I don’t know what it would take to turn America around. Maybe we need a conservative version of Will Rodgers to remind people what we once were and what we could be again. A culture without a sense of unity is no culture at all. We seem to be a ship without a rudder or even a sail.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?