We put a face and a name to the wild decay of our American culture and call him Barack Obama which is – I think – a little Pollyannaish, don't you agree? Barack Obama is hardly the problem that America is facing. He's just the personification and fulfillment of the promise that our nation made to itself for ending social disparity through political and bureaucratic means over one hundred years ago. Barack Obama may be the embodiment of bureaucratic domination but the truth is that he was inevitable given the direction we have been travelling.
Now, I'm a little old-fashioned in this way. I believe that the first step in solving a problem is recognizing it, but conservatives and libertarians ebb and flow, to and fro with the nearly delusional hope that we can end societal devolution by voting one liberal man out of office and replacing him with our less liberal guy. Somehow the singular act of electing a member of the Republican Party to the presidency will be enough to restore sanity and constitutional order.
Unfortunately, we know that's not true. In the last one hundred years we have had…is it eleven Republican presidents out of eighteen in total? That's eleven occasions to refashion right out of the ghetto of wrong in a little over one century. But the slide into socialism has been steady and unrelenting all the same. The presidency isn't at the heart of this problem.
Neither is the act of electing a Republican majority to both the House and the Senate. Such a scenario won't solve the problem because Republican congressmen are insufferably pragmatic and refuse to promote any legislation that will interfere with their Stretch Armstrong reach across the aisle to shake hands with the men and women who really only want to shake the Republicans down.
So busy is the GOP with maneuvering through to the best moment to take a stand against despotism that they've allowed government controlled health care, they've allowed the abridgment of our First Amendment and Second Amendment freedoms, they've allowed a plethora of useless debt ceilings and those crippling trillion dollar debts to slip through into law…or at least into executive order (which turns out to be the same thing when an incurious legislature allows it to be so) with nary a query or concern.
Even when the Republicans held the presidency, the House and the Senate simultaneously for that brief moment of time during Bush the Younger's more compassionate administration? Ah, that tiny flicker of hope that we might stop the hemorrhage of wasteful spending and social engineering…do you remember what the Republicans did? That's right. They shared power because that seemed fairer than one party rule. And since fairness to the Democratic Party is what the Republicans swore to uphold when they took their oath of office, it's only right that We the People should have our constitutional rights infringed upon to make that happen.
It's funny. Rev. Jeremiah Wright once proclaimed that America is having its chickens come home to roost for the sins that he perceives this nation has committed, but I think perhaps this is not so because such divine retribution would require no effort on America's part whatsoever for reconciliation to our founding principles and no effort is exactly what got us in this mess in the first place. It seems like Rev. Wright's prescription for redemption is just more of the same placebo which only insists that we take our beating and accept our new role in the world as scapegoat for every problem – real or perceived.
The road to perdition and the road to salvation are one and the same, my friends. It's all in how you look at it, which direction you take and what you plan to do about the Hell that you are trying to escape. A progressive and autocratic presidency of this magnitude would not be possible if America was not ready to receive one. Think about that.
Something in the American psyche wants to go where we are going. Otherwise, we would turn around and move in the opposite direction. It really is that simple. Such a thing as single payer health care would not have and could not have happened in 1901 because the American people would have revolted against it. We are changed in this respect and now appease our way into socialism. Gun control would not and could not have happened in 1801 because the citizens had just survived the very despot that disallowed their right to self-defense in the first place. We now make deals to stave off the perceived inevitability of national registries.
There are currently professors of constitutional law at America's top universities that are arguing that the Constitution of the United States is not relevant for today's daily life and that we should not be held to the traditions and values put forth by wig-toting ancients through some moldy old document that was established way back in 1787.
Based on the premise as it has been constructed by these men and women who are teaching our young adults how to understand our founding documents, they may have a point. The American government as it functions today would be unrecognizable by our Founders – scratch that. They would recognize it…as the very instrument of oppression that they had just fought to overthrow; the configurations that have been put into place to manage our communities and our citizens would not impress them. They would abhor what we are doing. The Founders would not applaud our ingenuity in forming our happy little more perfect tyranny. They would weep for the squandered opportunity.
But I contend that the mighty professors of history and law who teach our young people how to view our founding principles have the focus of their theses wrong when they suggest that the constitution should be scrapped to make way for constitution 2.0. If we allow that the constitution is no longer relevant by today's standards, does that speak to a problem with the document that affirms and supports the absolute truths established by Natural Law or is it possible that this merely underscores the deterioration in standards that brought us to this crisis to begin with?
Do we immortalize the narrow-mindedness of low expectations and embrace this as our mission statement for the whole of history to witness because self-determination isn't as easy as having government do everything for us? Does the electorate prefer to contractualize the current trend of living down to government's standards with no option of reversal if sanity ever returns? Where in the world is the hope and change in that?
We insist that we cannot be held to 230 year old mores from a bunch of outmoded revolutionaries who just don't understand our situation even though those revolutionaries were simply echoing the truly ancient laws of man's physical and social nature. It is vain to think that we have anything new to say on the subjects of freedom or subjugation because humanity's earliest truths are where all hopes and changes receive their guiding principles. It is where wisdom is born and where today's ignorance is exposed for what it truly is.
President Obama will leave office in three years and eleven months (but who is counting) and the degenerative disease that ravages America's ethos will still be with us. The only thing that stands between We the People and that corruption is the constitution. Recognizing this corruption is where we must begin if we are to meet this terrible challenge. It is not that the chickens have come home to roost. It is that America has quietly discovered its "Come to Jesus" moment. The here and now - this is the moment of American Restoration. The presidency of Barack Obama may have been inevitable based on our history's trajectory, but that doesn't mean that the ignorance and laziness of the last one hundred years cannot be overcome. We can and will overcome if that's the direction in which we choose move.