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Can America Ever Recover From Obama?

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?

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  1. I also think this may be why the Republicans are caving on the budget, caving on Amnesty, and caving on everything. They can read the writing on the wall and see no point in being a party of opposition anymore. They’re like the guy on the Titanic who sees the iceberg about to hit, but know there’s no use telling the captain because he thinks his ship is unsinkable.

    Comment by V the K — December 12, 2013 @ 7:55 am - December 12, 2013

  2. I’ve often wondered if the US will break up due to its size. Remember, Jefferson started Manifest Destiny because he saw it as a way to overextend the infrastructure of slavery and collapse it. Take slavery out of the equation, and I really have to wonder if Jefferson would have ever purchased Louisiana.

    The only way secession and self-rule could work is if 1) The Supreme Court permitted it; doubt it 2) An amendment was somehow passed that allowed contiguous states to secede as a nation and be readmitted as they wished; unlikely 3) The state gave more to than it received from the feds, or a group of states led by such a state; possible.

    I wonder how practical “trial” secessions would be. Under this scheme, if a state received enough petitions for secession, say after a disappointing national election, the state government would hold a referendum to see if people wanted to secede for a certain period of time, say four years. At the end of the four years, the state government would hold another referendum to see if people wanted to be readmitted to the Union or stay independent. Repeat every four years. Contiguous states that seceded could also have the option to form their own mini US. Seceded states would operate by their own state laws and those state would not pay federal taxes.

    This plan could have the effect of giving people “cool down” time, either getting them to call down when they considered the admittedly daunting prospect of national independence. In addition, it would give states a chance to withdraw and calm down (or go crazy) away from the states they normally hate. And for states who have difficulty on their own, it would would show just how much they need the country as a whole.

    Comment by Sean — December 12, 2013 @ 9:26 am - December 12, 2013

  3. Can America Ever Recover From Obama?

    Wrong question.
    The more germane question is this:

    Can America Ever Recover From the Tens of Millions of A**holes Who Voted This Lying, Malignant, Narcissistic, Incompetent Closet Case into the White House…Twice?

    Answer: I’m not sure. But it doesn’t look too good at the moment.

    Comment by Jman1961 — December 12, 2013 @ 10:09 am - December 12, 2013

  4. Obama is the most vocal grievance monger President of our times. When you compile his list of grievances and compare them with the nature of the list compiled in the Declaration of Independence, you can not help but identify a seminal difference: Obama’s grievances are not about independence; they are about dependence.

    Last week, Obama promised (pre-Podesta) to focus on income inequality for the remainder of his term. That is the penultimate grievance in the grievance monger’s handbook. It is the front door of dictatorial state socialism. (See: Fidel Castro.)

    Since the 1960′s states have been fed all manner or federal government control through revenue sharing from the US Treasury. Every school system in the country is dependent on federal dollars. Clinton worked really hard to get federal government controls on police departments. The states and localities are forever looking to Uncle Sugar for some sort of mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money. And in return, the states and localities have had to take on the yoke and burden of federal regulation that creeps all the into our daily lives such as light bulbs and how toilets flush.

    The issue at hand is whether the Gordian knot of federal government control can be broken. If you examine the concentration of Democrat takers, you will find that urban areas are disproportionately represented. And they will continue to blossom as sensible people flee to the “suburbs” across the country.

    Obama and the demonizingrats can only pimp their way along. In the course of doing so, they can also skim off the top for their own profit and satisfaction. But they do not have any interest whatsoever in giving up the grievance dependency games.

    There is a crash coming. It may be massive inflation or massive deflation. But either way, the economy is going to hemorrhage and lots and lots of people are going to lose their rice bowl.

    The good news is that there will be citadels of sound principle across the United States which will attract the responsible and willing and treat charity (read: welfare) as a necessary, temporary evil.

    One enormous factor that would play a seminal role in restoring the economy is to vigorously tap into our humongous energy reservoirs. If we could get a Cruz and a not demonizingrat Congress, we could make an end run around the statists by reinvigorating the localities.

    But rebuilding the spirit of responsibility and the ethic of self-reliance will not come easy.

    I give it less than a 50% chance.

    I suspect, however, that we do have to tread water through the rest of the Obama years as we attempt to turn this monster around. Obama is both determined and a fatalist. He has no demonstrated moral compass or sense of common decency. He will pull the trigger if it means the only other alternative is to back down.

    The man has allowed racial divisions to be ginned up and to fester. That is his big dirty suitcase bomb. Liberals in Hollywood are tripping all over themselves to create a cesspool to stir up and annoy the targeted masses. Obama and the demonizingrats would be nowhere without the threat of civil disorder.

    The useful idiots are the biggest problem to restoring a productive free enterprise system with government as a servant.

    Comment by heliotrope — December 12, 2013 @ 11:17 am - December 12, 2013

  5. @ heliotrope

    Where are these citadels of reason located? And is one of them Texas, by any chance? I intend to move there post-haste when I’m done school and get a job.

    Comment by Sean — December 12, 2013 @ 11:52 am - December 12, 2013

  6. I find that smaller cities in states with a fair amount of agriculture or oil and natural gas production are the most sane and sensible. People need to have a sense of being able to be self reliant. Short answer, but I am about to hit the road.

    Comment by heliotrope — December 12, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - December 12, 2013

  7. Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Jep Robinson entertain the troops in Afghanistan:

    http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2013/12/duck-dynastys-willie-and-jep-entertain.html

    Comment by Steve — December 12, 2013 @ 8:27 pm - December 12, 2013

  8. Some wounds once given can never heal. You just have to live with them.

    Comment by Catseye — December 12, 2013 @ 10:03 pm - December 12, 2013

  9. Or die from ‘em, Catseye.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 13, 2013 @ 7:32 am - December 13, 2013

  10. I agree with those who’ve said American and recover from Obama, but not from a voting population that would vote for him (twice!), and who believes that government CARES about them, and who think its ok to rob your neighbors to make your own life more comfortable (ie income redistribution, which is different than charity)

    To #1 – I don’t care if the R’s think the case is hopeless – they need to never give up, never give up, never give up. (per W Churchill) They need to fight for liberty and freedom (and the constitution) at every turn. And continue to talk about WHY small government is the better way to go for all the people (These big government promises CAN”T be kept and will make us worse off in the long-run).

    Comment by LilyB — December 13, 2013 @ 10:04 am - December 13, 2013

  11. Back in high school history class, my textbooks taught that the Roman Republic/Roman Empire fell but no one could truly explain why. The topic was considered an insolvable academic question with various scholars debating their opinions. But, having lived on planet Earth in the good ol’ USA for a while, I can honestly say I know exactly how the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire and then fell. I know exactly how great societies rise and fall. And I know exactly which kind of people are to blame. America’s fate was sealed in 1913. You mention the actions of Democrats over the last 40 years, but that was the year they placed the country on a path to destruction. That was the point in history to stop the decline. The Founding Fathers had the right idea. If England is broken, don’t try to fix it. Be brave, sever ties and start something new.

    Comment by WZ — December 14, 2013 @ 9:55 pm - December 14, 2013

  12. I give it less than a 50% chance.

    Never tell me the odds.

    Comment by MSimon — December 17, 2013 @ 5:45 pm - December 17, 2013

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