In July of 2008, after her husband received the Democrat Party nomination for President, Michelle Obama infamously made the statement that, “For the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of my country.”
Today I’m going to paraphrase her. For the first time in my adult life, I’m ashamed of my country.
In fact, I don’t feel it’s my country any more. It’s not the country I grew up in. It’s not the country our Founding Fathers created, and pledged “. . our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor” to.
It’s not the country that several generations of U.S. soldiers and sailors fought and died to defend. It’s not the country in which, after Islamic terrorists brought down the World Trade Center in September of 2001 and killed several thousand of our fellow citizens, young people by the thousands lined up outside military recruiting offices, volunteering to fight for our freedom. My son was one of them.
I predicted in several previous Commentaries that this election would see a record number of votes cast. It turns out I was correct. According to the official numbers, there were about 150 million votes cast in November.
Where I was wrong was that I sincerely believed the final tally would be a landslide for President Trump, like 100 million votes for him and 50 million votes for Biden.
It turns out I was wrong. If the official numbers are to be believed, a majority of the popular vote went to Biden, like 78 million votes versus 72 million for Trump.
Even if several million of the votes are eventually found to be fraudulent, it still means that about half the people who voted (give or take a percentage point) favored the liberal agenda.
They favor opening our borders to illegals, terrorists, MS-13 gangbangers, rapists, robbers, murderers, and other criminals.
They favor giving U.S. citizenship to anyone who can make it across the border without getting caught. Being citizens, those people will now be eligible for welfare, Medicaid, Section 8 public housing, food stamps, disability insurance, unemployment insurance, free public education, and other forms of public assistance—plus Social Security and Medicare—even though they never paid a penny into the systems.
They favor rewarding companies that send jobs overseas, thereby putting American workers out of work, perhaps permanently, and further stressing our unemployment insurance system.
They favor shutting down our domestic energy industry. Just three years after achieving energy independence and in fact becoming a net exporter of oil and gas, they want to again make us dependent on nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, and Venezuela for our energy. They want to return us to a situation in which our military couldn’t even defend our own borders if a few of our suppliers were to embargo us.
They favor getting us back into the Paris Climate Change Accords, which impose severe economic penalties on U.S. companies while allowing the world’s worst polluters—China and India—to keep polluting without restriction or penalty.
They favor implementing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” despite the fact that even the most liberal economists say it would wreck our economy, cause widespread poverty, and create massive unemployment.
They favor allowing immigration from countries that are hotbeds of terrorism, even though our own State Department has estimated that as many as twenty percent of those immigrants may be trained terrorists, capable of things like making bombs out of easily-acquired goods and hardware.
They favor reinstating the regulations that the Trump Administration has cancelled—regulations that added nine billion dollars a year to the cost of goods and services—costs that were ultimately paid by U.S. consumers.
They favor allowing other nations to dump their low-quality merchandise into our markets, while those same nations forbid the importation of U.S. goods, or put exorbitant import duties on them.
They want to continue spending American blood and treasure playing a combination of rich uncle and policeman to the world. They want to send our young people to fight and die in places where we have neither economic nor strategic interests. The liberals can’t even use the old LBJ/Vietnam excuse that they’re “defending democracy,” because the governments in most of those countries are openly totalitarian.
They want to sign on again to Obama’s signature piece of foreign policy, the Iranian Nuclear Treaty—the treaty that virtually guarantees that Iran will have nuclear weapons within another ten years. Liberals argue that the other signatories to the treaty will assure that Iran gets nuclear weapons with or without U.S. participation, which makes about as much sense to me as saying that it’s okay to drive drunk because if you don’t do it, someone else will.
They voted for Biden despite the fact that he was very open about the fact that one of his first actions will be to ask the Congress to rescind the Trump tax cuts. Liberals think they have a right to decide how our money should be spent, even though we worked for it.
The people who voted for Biden want to destroy the strongest economy in the history of the nation. Even the boom years of the Nineteen Fifties weren’t as strong, because the industrial bases of Europe and Asia had been destroyed by World War Two. People who wanted cars, washing machines, or TV sets had no option but to buy them from the U.S.
For the past three years the industries of Europe and Asia have been humming, yet here in the U.S. we’ve seen lower unemployment, higher growth, and more prosperity than ever before in history.
Those people want to defund the police. They want to send unarmed social workers out to talk to rapists, murderers, and child molesters. The result, as anyone with an IQ higher than their body temperature knows, is going to be that law-abiding citizens will be forced to lock themselves into their houses from sundown to sunrise. The criminals will rule the streets. In that same vein. . .
The liberals want to abolish the Second Amendment and confiscate all guns owned by private citizens. They want to make it illegal for anyone except the government to own guns, which means that only the government and criminals will own guns. Law-abiding citizens will be limited to rocks and sticks for self-defense.
Many of those seventy-some-odd million voters are among the three generations that have grown up in an educational system devised and controlled by the liberals. They believe the government exists to take care of them. The liberals have promised them free healthcare, forgiveness of student loans, a free college education, a guaranteed job, and a guaranteed minimum income. They want those things. They’ve been raised to believe they have a right to those things.
Those people want to turn the lights off in Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on a hill.” They want to kill the last great hope for democracy. When they succeed—and it appears they’re going to—we will be living in Orwell’s world of Nineteen Eighty-four.
I predicted all this, of course, in my never-to-be-published manuscript titled A Future History of the United States. It was inevitable. It’s been inevitable since we allowed the liberals to take over the education of our children in the Nineteen Sixties.
I just didn’t think it would happen this quickly. I figured by 2028, probably. By 2024, maybe. But 2020? Not a chance. Not with the nation enjoying the greatest prosperity in history.
But here we are.
I shudder to think what might happen it a terrorist group initiated a nine-eleven-style attack today. Something like an Oklahoma City-type explosion in a mall crowded with Christmas shoppers. Maybe several explosions, timed to go off within seconds of each other. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people dead.
Such an attack probably wouldn’t be planned and executed by a foreign terrorist organization like al Qaeda. We have an abundance of domestic anarchist groups (such as Antifa) that are well-financed and capable of mounting that kind of attack.
By that night there would be riots in every liberal-controlled city in the nation. People carrying signs supporting the attackers. Stores would be looted and burned. People unfortunate enough to be caught in the riot zones would be drug from their cars and beaten. Their cars would be burned.
If the cities still had police forces, the police would be ordered by city officials to stand down. Let the rioters do whatever they wanted.
Would young people be lined up outside military recruiting offices the next morning? Probably, but they wouldn’t be there to volunteer. They would be there to trash the offices and beat the recruiters.
The mobs would also trash any police stations they could find. Policemen would be beaten, and some killed. Police cars would be burned.
The day after the attack politicians, movie stars, rock stars, and professional athletes would be asking their admirers to contribute to funds to pay bail bonds for the few attackers and rioters who had been arrested.
This may be the last entry in this blog. When I started it in January of 2009 Barak Obama had been elected to the office of President but not yet inaugurated. I knew that Obama was a socialist, and I was confident that his plan to “. . .fundamentally change the United States of America. . .” involved introducing a wide variety of socialist practices and laws into our society.
But I wasn’t worried. I knew that several previous Presidents had tried the same thing, and the nation had survived. I was confident that my country, the country I had grown up in, would survive this new attack.
Now, for the reasons I just iterated, I no longer feel that confidence. This isn’t my country. This isn’t the country I grew up in.
This is a country populated by a supposed majority of socialists and communists. If so, this is a country headed for the trash heap of history. In centuries to come, students in. . .where? Probably some country that doesn’t exist today. . .
Anyway, those students will study about the nation that was once called the United States of America. They will learn how it came into existence, grew in freedom and power and prosperity for more than two hundred years, then destroyed itself in just a few decades.
In my study of history, I have often wondered how a Roman citizen of the Fifth Century felt as he looked back on a thousand years of Roman power and glory, then looked at the empire crumbling about him.
Today I know how he felt.
As I write this, I’m in my late seventies. At my age, there is very little I can do to affect the course of history. But history tells us that between 1776 and 1783, only three percent of the colonists actively opposed the British troops.
Our nation’s population is about 325 million people. Three percent of that number is fewer than ten million. Maybe among those seventy-million-plus people who voted for Trump, there are ten million who will fight for this nation as it was created.
I will do whatever I can to help.
To be continued? Maybe. Hopefully.