Rip Snorter posted a rather intelligent blog entry about things going on here in the states and what the future holds for those of us in the younger generation. I made a reply that I did not feel that things could continue on the way that they are currently and that we are on the brink of collapse. To which LottoMike asked me what I thought would happen. Because I don't want to take over Jack's blog, I figured it best that I write my thoughts here.
The first thing that is going to bring about this collapse is we are going to lose the war on terror. We are not going to lose because our military is unprepared or are prosecuting the war in an ill manner. But we are going to lose this war the same way we lost Vietnam. Not to get into the justice or injustice of the war, the fact of the matter is, we got involved in the war and we should have won it. But the reason we lost the war, by the admission of the North Vietnamese general who was in charge of prosecuting the war on the opposite side, was the media in this country turned public opinion against the war, against winning the war and even against exiting the war with some symbolance of honor. The media in this country and the leftists on college campuses were against the Vietnamization of the war and giving the South Vietnamese the tools necessary to at least try to win. They would accept nothing less than a communist victory in Vietnam.
A prime example of this is the Tet offensive of 1969. The Tet offensive was a smashing victory for the US military. The NVA and the Viet Cong started the offensive to destroy key military bases. The end result was the total decimation of the Viet Cong. They simply ceased to be an effective fighting force. It took two years for the NVA to fully recover from the loss. But yet Walter Cronkite (sp?) and his ilk continued to pound the notion into Americans' heads that we had been resoundly defeated. This began to show up in the morale of the troops who were already at a low point. Alot of them decided what was the point of trying to win a battle only to die in that battle for what they believed was no reason. My husband was in the Army at a time when there were still a few Vietnam Veterans left. And these men stated that they wouldn't even fight to save a buddy. They were more interested in fighting to save their own lives. (These admissions would only come about during some of their drinking binges.) That is a totally demoralized Army and it is completely the fault of the media, politicians, and know it all college students who only sought to gain power for themselves (ie the Clintons and Kerry) at the expense of the American Miltary and its people.
Compare the coverage of the War on Terror today and the war coverage of Vietnam. Every car bomb is covered in intimate detail. Every slight misstep or embarrassing moment is relentlessly printed on the front page of the New York Times. Abu Graib has been on the New York Times front page a total of 144 times THIS YEAR. Guantanamo is depicted by socialist democrats and the liberal media as being 5 degrees harsher than Auschwitz. Nothing could be further from the truth. Gitmo is a freaking health club compared to the basic training my husband recieved. The hate America crowd actually wants these murderers to be treated better than a raw marine recruit. How sick is that? And when was the last time you heard any of the good things which have happened in Iraq? Like the election "that would never take place" according to Ted (how long does it take a woman to drown) Kennedy. But the election took place and the voter turnout was better than here in our own country and we don't have to dodge bullets to get to the polls (yet). When was the last time you heard about the schools which have been opened or the hospitals which have been restored or the fact that the electricity in Bagdad has been on for quite some time and is more reliable now than when Sadam Husein was in power. But according to Robert (KKK) Byrde, none of these things would ever take place. But ask the soldiers who return. The liberal media, the socialist democrats, and the left wing collectivists in this country have only one thing on their mind. Destroy Bush like they destroyed Nixon and reduce the power and prestige of the US to enhance the position of their beloved Europeand UN. Hoping to increase their own power, prestige and priveledge in this country even if it means putting us and our children in peril.
Now on to the rest of the collapse. After our capitulation in the War on Terror, the rest of the world will see us in the same way that Osama Bin Laden saw us after Mogadishu. He said, and I quote, "The Americans have no resolve to win a fight. As soon as they see the casualty lists, they will cut and run. America has become a paper tiger." Because of Mogadishu and Kosovo and the trial of the terrorists of the first World Trade Center attack under Clinton, Osama Bin Laden decided to attack the US with a more devastating blow. China will see us as a non threat just as much if not more than Osama see us. They will move in and take Taiwain. The South Koreans will trust no help will come from the US facing a nuclear North Korea and they will negotiate with North Korea to reunify as a communist nation. Japan will have no choice but to join into the geopolitical and economic power block of Greater China and Korea. I have no small suspicion of the likelyhood of India joining this block as well. This will create an industrial behemoth which America will not be able to compete with due to extremely cheap slave labor and Lord forbid, the US signing the Koyoto accord.
On the second front, within the borders of the US, we are already in the beginnings of the most dire economic times of our entire history. The huge debt created by insane spending of the Federal Government, by both Republican and Democrat politicians will hang a yoke of financial oppression on our necks and our childrens necks which will create a cascade effect, trickle down if you will, that will result in the total economic collapse of the US within what my husband and I figure will be about 50 years. Add to that, the Chinese hegenomy. It will bring about the economic collapse within 20 years. Either way we are going broke. We are spending our way into the ash heap of history. Lenin once said, "Capitalism will sell us the rope that we will use to hang it."
We just witnessed the demise of the right to property. Any developer who's thrown thirty pieces of silver to some local potentate can now take your property at will and use that property for whatever scheme he sees fit all under the auspices of increasing the tax revenue or business development. The right to your property, be it real or chattel, is a right that we are born with. We have always been born with it. Every person on this planet is born with certain inalienable rights. What made us different from every other country on the planet is those rights were written down and our government told by us, "you can't have this!" But 5 collectivist liberal judges who claim to be the champions of the little guy not only tore up the 5th amendment, but they also burned the Magna Carta and wiped their hindends with the Mayflower compact. It took us well over 500 years of fighting and clawing to finally get a government of the people, for the people, by the people not the other way around. You just can't comprehend what we lost last week by what was taken away by 5 unelected, self absorbed, wannabe land barons. I suggest, if you do win some lottery jackpot sometime, don't invest in property. Try gold, silver, dehydrated foods and a good book on canning.
One last thing, the state of the education system in this country does not deserve even the word dismal. Collectivists in this country have sought to do nothing less than to completely do away with the individual and create a mentality of dependence. There is nothing more potent in killing a vampire than to drive a stake through its heart. Collectivists (read that: Socialist Democrats), fear independant, self reliant individuals as much as the Count fears the stake and sunlight. Since the creation of the federal department of education, the intelligence, self reliance and mental stamina of our children has diminshed every year. Colleges are having to create more and more catch up programs to prepare the validictorians of our public high schools for their college careers. Some colleges have made these double "0" courses manditory for graduates of certain public school systems. Not all of the glory for this can be heaped onto the school system. Parents, in their attempt to give their children material wealth have sacrifised the spiritual wealth which they had inherited from their parents. How long do you think we can compete in technology, engineering and science when high school graduates can't plot a simple xy equasion but can tell you six different ways to put on a condom and who was the runnerup in last years American Idol?
Once America goes, and it will go, the smug Europeans have maybe two years before they are gone. And once the Chinese have noone to sell to, they will go. The world will be thrust into a time which will make the dark ages appear to be a 12 million candle beacon compared to what we are facing.
Now you guys may wonder why I bother playing the lottery in the hope that I will win some jackpot. Well there are two reasons. First, I hope I'm wrong. Second, if I'm not wrong, I want to enjoy my good fortune for as long as I can. I plan to use that money to get me as far away from any major populace as I possibly can. Oh, and I do have my eye on a good book on canning. I hear that dried bean futures are the way to go.