If you're old enough to remember, imagine if you fell asleep in 1992 and woke up today having missed the past two decades. You would probably be outraged, amazed, disappointed and totally alienated from the America that you knew. If you're not old enough, trust us on this one; America is an idea and a memory that doesn't exist right now. Restoring it will take a Herculean effort on the part of those who know what it should look like and those who would like to see what it was really like.
Quite frankly, America is a hostile place for freedom loving people. There is no other country on Earth that we can go to have what generations preceding us have had for over 200 years. If there was, we'd probably all be fleeing to get there just like those who fled to get here less than a century ago did. We live in a country where our government mandates what type of health insurance we have to buy - and that health insurance is one size fits all (ie: contraceptives for religious groups that don't believe in it). We live in a country where justice is decided more by bureaucrats than it is by judges.
We live in a country where the government forces banks to make shaky mortgages and then allows those same banks to take bailout money to stay afloat so they can kick people out of their homes because a few salesmen wanted to make a fast buck and a bunch of politicians wanted to pay back their political donors.
We live in a country that continues to heap trillions of dollars of debt upon its citizens and future generations.
We live in a country where as soon as you open a business, your financial future is always in jeopardy and the wolf is always at the door not because of the risks you took with your capital, but because at any moment a ground sloth bottom feeder attorney can take suit against you. The Federal Trade Commission could find something worthy of an action that can destroy you financially or some regulatory agency can eat away at your profits because of the high costs of compliance and still come in and bite you in the ass with fines and penalties for violating some stupid provision in a law written by lawyers who are helping their compadres make a lot of money in legal fees by allowing them to take frivolous action against your business.
We live in a country where traffic law enforcement is simply done for revenue raising purposes. We live in a country where one in three Americans at some time in their life will be arrested or detained. Our country sneers at strict child rearing and displays of religious faith and morality, but lets our culture degrade the imagery and information our youth get and then they lock them up for acting on it? We are not the permissive society liberals envisioned. We're a friggin police state because of them. We aren't free to raise our children or promote two parent households. So much for sophistication when it comes to sex, drugs and violence.
We live in a country where politicians enrich themselves through the information they receive as insiders and who lay the groundwork for themselves or their particular industries through the legislative process. We live in a country where judges protect the legal profession by making rulings or enforcing laws that they know are not in the best interest of the individual case.
We live in a country where the type of job you have is no longer decided by your college degree or lack of one,. Your potential, merit and your experience mean nothing anymore. It's all decided by the luck of the draw, who you know or in more rare instances because you, like Facebook, found one of those disappearing industries that is not highly regulated or pioneered yet. Go ask people who once made six figures a year who are now working at Home Depot or Walmart if all that hard work and education paid off for them. We live in a country where entrepreneurship is punished and where personal success through busting your ass is looked down upon.
Our system is so screwed up that is almost beyond repair. We have one last shot to take America back and restore it to what it was. If we miss this opportunity, we are headed for what Ronald Reagan described as "the thousand years of darkness."
Taking America back requires talking to your friends, your family and your co-workers. Even if they are on the other side politically, you must educate them and let them know that it's no longer cool to be a kool aid drinking liberal. Agree to disagree, but plead with them and explain to them what is at stake. This is no longer about winning a political argument in a bar, a smoking area, at the water cooler or at the dinner table. Print this blog post out and have everyone you know read it.
This is life and death. This is about whether or not you and your descendants want to be victims of a sick and heartless system or if you want to stand up and shout and tell those who are screwing us at every turn that they are the ones who will ultimately feel our pain. We need to flip a lot of tables. We need to be loud. We need to be unrelenting. We must stand up and even make spectacles of ourselves if that's what it takes. Don't be violent or stupid. Just be provocative.
If you're being foreclosed on, document it, keep a written diary of the experience. Put it on YouTube or write a blog. If you're being forced to purchase an insurance policy you don't want or which violates your conscience, get on a soap box or draw attention to yourself somehow. If you are trying to run a business, get a good PR company that will not only promote you but which will smear the forces that go against you. We're playing an ugly game. Under normal circumstances I would never recommend this. But if you're being figuratively punched in the face, you need to figuratively punch back. Two wrongs don't make a right. But sitting there and taking it is even worse.
Do this only provided that you are operating honestly, fairly and with dignity. You will know how well you are operating as a business if you are constantly taking shit from the government, the media and the legal profession. You will know how poorly you are doing as a business if you're getting beaten in the market. In the America I knew before we all hypothetically fell asleep in 1992, that's what it was all about. What we have now is a shit hole cesspool of a country because people fell asleep at the switch. They thought showing up at a polling place every year was enough.
They thought listening to the media was enough to keep themselves educated. The media? The media are a bunch of lying communist pigs who want to participate in the destruction of America. They're the primary reason we're in the shit hole we are in now. They not only didn't do their jobs and look into what was going on in the last 20 years, they intentionally participated in it!
We need to send citizen politicians to Washington who will completely destroy the power supply so that they can rebuild it in such a way that it is limited and restrained by Constitutional guidelines so that it respects the will of the people by allowing the people to operate freely and responsibly rather than because they are required to because of some stupid law or regulation.
We need to send citizen politicians to every legislature from the county right on up to the federal level. Take over Congress and control the power, the law and the power of the purse. That will at least get us halfway there. We have to fire Obama. Should he win reelection, everything I've written here will be just another useless rant against a machine that we will no longer be able to fix. This is our last chance.
We need to put someone in the White House that will just rip the plug out and stop the nonsense. Restoring America to greatness will require that we shut down all these federal bureaucracies that make us miserable. We need to focus on the laws that protect us from each other and the government. We must repeal those laws that give the government too much power. We need to hand off the issues of fraud to the attorney generals and the civil court system, not to dictatorial agencies who get paid by our very own tax dollars to screw us.
Unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in America and let the chips fall where they may. With all the customer service issues that we may have had to deal with in the 1980's, nothing compares to the disaster we deal with today. So a few things go wrong in capitalism. What has all of the legislation and the regulation done to fix the problems people complained out years ago? It's made it worse. It's made it a freakin hell of a lot worse.
Give me the days when the bullshit was confined to an individual transaction. A few people default on their mortgages because they're irresponsible, that's on them. When millions of people are losing their homes, something's wrong. It can't all be them. We have a shit hole of a banking system and a shit hole of a corrupt government that is bed with that banking system.
And jobs? Where are all the jobs? Think about what was just written about our regulatory environment and the way entrepreneurs in America are treated today. That's why there a fewer jobs today. All of these six figure bureaucrats who are f#&*king up all of our lives need to understand what it's like to lose it all the same way many business owners have. Let's see them out on their asses and lets take back America.
Open up America for business again. Get people producing for themselves, not for the government. Then drill. Drill like there is an unlimited supply of oil, gas and coal. Open up nuclear power plants. Open refineries. Let's reawaken this industrial giant.
Jeffrey Folks at American Thinker wrote it best:
One immediate effect of increasing U.S. oil and gas production would be increased employment. If the goal of energy independence were met, millions of new jobs would be produced -- an additional 9.2 million jobs, to be precise, the same number who now work in the energy sector. Not only that, but energy costs would be reduced for all Americans. And with a trade surplus rather than a deficit, America's currency would strengthen, thus lowering the cost of imports and reducing the prospect of inflation. Finally, government revenues from taxes and royalties would double along with production.Therein lies our answer. We're over 16 trillion dollars in the hole and only going in faster. Our money is in the ground. Our freedom is in our throats. We need to speak up, speak out and get to work. Restoring America will require ruffling a lot of feathers. The establishment on both sides of the aisle must feel our pain. They must lose their jobs and their homes just like we have. This is not about revenge. This is about allowing the system to correct itself.
Out of the ashes we must emerge as the phoenix that once again rises to the heights we once considered "normal" as a nation. We took those heights for granted. Now that we have lost that, we must learn that we must never take it for granted again. Should we restore America, it will be a grander, more glorious place then it ever was before. Near death experiences always make people more faithful, more responsible and more protective of what they have. Let's make that happen.
If we don't, then be prepared to spend the rest of your lives saying "thank you, sir, may I have another."