My friend Brian, at Frankenstein Government, did a post about our First Amendment right of free speech a while back. He said he understood why “free speech” was number one in our Bill of Rights:
… because a group of radicals using free speech are what gave us our freedom. I also realize that at some point in the future, a bunch of radicals using free speech are going to give us back our freedom.
This humble observer, of the asylum we all have to live in, desperately wants to believe that Brian is right. That some day the American people will say enough is enough and we are not going to put up with it any more. Among the group of radicals using “free speech” to give us back our God-given freedoms was Thomas Jefferson who wrote in the Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…
But, what will it take for the American people to realize that their government has become all powerful and every day they are a little less free than they were the day before? Will enough ever be enough for our government?
There is a superb article by Cindy Simpson at American Thinker which I encourage you to read. She ponders the question of when Americans will reach their breaking point. She uses the analogy of the “Final Straw”. She could have just as easily used the “Boiling Frog” analogy, because they are essentially the same thing. More importantly, she ponders whether the “breaking points” means the government will finally completely break our will or will we finally say we not going to take it any more.
Turning up the heat another half degree or adding one more straw to the mountainous burden the people are already supporting is the nature of government. How many more laws, how many more regulations, how many more land grabs, how many more scandals, how many more taxes, how much more electricity price increases, how many more illegal immigrants, how much more crony corporatist corruption, and how many more costly and bloody foreign adventures will the American people endure?
Ironically, it is the well known progressive think tank, Brookings Institute, that recognizes the latest evidence that we “frogs” are being cooked; that the backs of we “camels” are sagging. The Weekly Standard has the story:
A new Brookings Institution report indicates that businesses are shuttering their doors more quickly than new ones are popping up.
From the Washington Post:
The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That’s the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.
Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study — 2009, 2010 and 2011 — businesses were collapsing faster than they were being formed, a first. Overall, new businesses creation (measured as the share of all businesses less than one year old) declined by about half from 1978 to 2011.
This descent has a broad scope; no group is immune. Brookings notes that “the national decline in business dynamism has been a widely shared experience.” It “hasn’t been isolated to particular industrial sectors and firm sizes” and “reach[es] all fifty states and all but a few metropolitan areas.”
…the future does not bode well; according to Brookings, “if [the decline] persists, it implies a continuation of slow growth for the indefinite future.”
Slow growth? No @$*#, Dick Tracy! You will not be surprised to learn that Brookings did not venture a guess as to the cause of this phenomena. Oh, but they do have some recommendations:
Brookings recommends the government “adopt policies that better facilitate entrepreneurship,” increase visas for entrepreneurs, and retain foreign students with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering, math).
Yep! That ought to work. Bring in more cheap foreign labor to drive down America’s labor cost. Just raise the temperature one-half degree more or just add one more straw.
Does the spirit of 1776 still in the souls of enough Americans or …
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?