I’m not being facetious here. I am asking this as a serious question. The damage done to the United States by the President and his Party – not just in this term, but over the last 40 years – may be too great for the country to ever recover. I am increasingly doubtful that it is even possible to avoid national collapse.
Our economy has been devastated by 100 years of creeping socialism and is currently functioning at or near Great Depression levels, masked only by massive public borrowing and spending and a sycophantic state media that would embarrass Leni Riefenstahl. Our public debt is unsustainable, or economy is strangled in regulations, yet Obama and the Democrats keep piling on spending, regulation and entitlements.
Left-wing social and economic policy works no better at the national level than at the municipal level; Detroit is the inevitably outcome of prolonged liberal Government.
I can’t help but notice the resemblance between present-day USA and the USSR in the 1980’s:
- A bloated, over-leveraged national government whose expenditures have long exceeded the ability of the underlying economy to finance them. In other words, the USSR had a bloated military that consumed more of its GDP than the Government could afford. The USA has a bloated welfare state that requires massive borrowing because our economy cannot support it.
- An aged decrepit leadership (Reid, Pelosi, Hillary) stuck in old socialist paradigms and making fatefully bad decisions out of rigid ideology. (In the USSR, it was the decision to invade Afghanistan. In the USA, it was passing Obamacare).
- Growing internal self-rule movements. The USSR eventually split into its constituent states. Self-rule movements in Maryland, Colorado, Texas, and Calidornia suggest that similar faultlines are showing up in our own politics.
That’s basically the trap we are in. The only remedy to our situation would be austerity, a severe pruning of the regulatory/welfare state, and restoration of limited Constitutional Government. There is no other path to avoid destruction; but these things, we are told, are politically impossible.
The paradox is that a relatively “weak” central Government that fulfills only a defined set of Constitutionally limited functions results in a more stable unit than a strong central Government that usurps and denies power to the states. Only the restoration of the Federal paradigm can save the USA, but it’s unlikely the power-drunk, imperial leadership in Washington DC would ever permit that.
To paraphrase Princess Leia of Alderaan, “The more Obama tightens his grip, the more states will sip through his fingers.”
But my question, even in the best of all possible worlds… President Rand Paul, Speaker of the House Allen West, Senate Majority Leader Ted Cruz, and a 7-2 Constitutionalist majority on the SCOTUS… could even this dream team turn the ship of state around?