June 20th, 2008

Treading Water—America’s Long Term Unsustainability

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The United States government, both in terms of current and future obligations, is insolvent.

A government declaring bankruptcy necessitates a dissolution of the nation and a complete restructuring of leadership and policy, so the powers that be prefer to tread water and keep floating, even if only for a few seconds more. Thus, the futures of our posterity are mortgaged in an effort to delay inevitable consequences for just a little longer.

Sooner or later, the fiscal chickens will come home to roost. America is broke and broken, and only drastic measures will assure her longevity and vitality. Measures that are tantamount to pushing on a string continue to be promoted in Washington, such as the recent “stimulus” program. This inevitably (and perhaps intentionally) diverts the nation’s attention to accepting band-aids when a gangrenous, festering wound is staring us in the face.

Moral integrity demands that only those measures be taken which will remedy the problem and pay off our debts. Continuing to aggressively promote ventures—both foreign and domestic—which bleed us dry is not the mark of the honorable statesman, but of the pandering politician who seeks to retain power. Out of 535 congressmen, only a select few have America’s long term welfare in mind.

The water level is rising, as more entitlements are promised and government spending runs rampant. What are the long term implications of this situation? Is hyperinflation in America’s future? Should we be unable to pay our debts to China and Japan—our two largest creditors—would they declare war on us? Having troops spread around the world in 130 countries and 700 military bases, would we be able to defend ourselves? Is a restructuring of America’s monetary system in order, with the Amero being touted as the best solution?

Whatever happens, one thing is guaranteed: America as we know it cannot survive much longer. Our debt-facilitated prosperity is an illusion, and the promises of our government to take care of us are an absurd gesture of elected leaders angling for your vote in the next election.

Economics is both a compelling driving force and a merciless master, depending on whether you take heed. Its laws have made strong nations crumble, despite their perceived strength and immortality. Should we ignore its guidelines and warnings, America will suffer likewise.

Americans have been treading water for a long time, whether they know it or not. Items portending to be lifesavers float by from time to time, but latching onto the wrong one might lead to our demise. Do we know a true lifesaver when we see it?

You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that same limitation? (Ronald Reagan, via Quoty)

6 Responses to “Treading Water—America’s Long Term Unsustainability”

  1. Sean
    June 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    Very true, Connor. Our government’s financial obligations are staggering in every way imaginable. Trying my best to stay close to the Lord is sometimes the only way I can maintain hope for the future.

    How did it come to this? I think moving away from the Lord and moving away from respect for the rule of law (specifically the Constitution) are the main reasons. Those of us supporting adherence to Constitutional law are often derided for not being compassionate. Is it compassionate to give something you don’t have, or to make a promise you can’t fulfill? This is a key reason why the government welfare state cannot survive. Charity and welfare is best done at the individual and local levels where there is accountability on both sides.

  2. Carl Miller
    June 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    You’ve expressed an opinion that I’ve been mulling over for a while now, but have been too lazy to flesh out.

    The one thing I would add to the post is a comment that the development of the problems we now face are an accumulation of leadership failings that cut across party lines and eras. So many opinions that I hear now simply blame it all on Bush. While he has his share, the other leaders (legislative, executive, and judicial) have all contributed.

    June 22, 2008 at 6:35 am #

    A recent poll asked the question;

    “Do you think America will reach it’s Tri Centennial as a Nation?”

    I don’t remember the exact figure, but a majority of the people said “No”.

    “When all you have in your tool box is a hammer, everything you see begins to look like a nail.”

    I don’t remember who said that, but it sure does fit our government today.

  4. Pat
    June 22, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    Standing armies are both a blessing and a curse, but we are about to find out they are required.

    America is on the verge of being unable to return to former glory, and it is not dominance, but innovation that is needed, which recognizes that America is no longer the only super power by virtue of the numbers, much less her demographics.

    Smart policies not sloppy ones is what she requires now, and will for the near future, until the point where India and China settle into a global strategy they seek.

    Since that could be 20 years from now, the welfare of both elders and the current American workforce depends upon the right decisions now regardless of whether the corrupt politicians who got us into this mess continue to barter for their own survival while the rest of America goes down the tubes.

  5. Kelly W.
    June 23, 2008 at 10:18 am #

    Satan’s plan is to defeat the plan of God by destroying the liberty and agency of man. Satan’s team in this plan is made up of Secret Combinations. These secret combinations currently control our government (the “shadow government”) and governments of many other nations. I believe part of their current plans include, but are not limited to, bankrupting our nation to the point that we will plead for the NAU to introduce the Amero and the SPP.

    Do we recall the words of a prophet telling us to get out of debt and store a little food?

  6. Bil
    September 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm #


    I am both hopeful and helpless. I feel like the elected leaders are out of touch and won’t listen to the voice of the American people. I wrote my congressman and told him I was against a certain bill and told him why. He said he’d take my comments into consideration. He voted for it. I wrote again complaining about it. He basically said that I didn’t really understand what the bill was about and that I should leave such “weighty matters of state” to him.

    The last bastion of any remnants of the Constitution are in the Supreme Court and they only vote along party lines. Forget about reviewing laws or executive orders for Constitutionality. Forget about reminding the American people that there is such a thing.

    But I am still hopeful. I see a fall. I see a restructuring. I can only pray that it will be such that we will still maintain the Constitution. Anything else and the entire world will fall into the dark ages again.

    The Constitution is what has provided the entire world (not just America) with all the blessings of modern society. Every modern invention great and small has come as a direct result of the freedoms the Constitution has provided us. Because America prospered, the entire world prospered.

    If any restructuring occurs it must be one that includes a restoration of the Constitution. This was a gift to We the People, not only from our Founding Fathers, but from the Lord Himself to “secure the BLESSINGS of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. Without it, the entire world is lost into another dark age. But it will be a dark age where the powerful have nuclear weapons. If that prospect doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

    I am not so hopeless to believe that the Lord would abandon us just yet. And I have not yet seen all the signs that signal the end of the world. We may think we have the Church to fall back on. But think again. Why do you think we’ve been taught preparedness for 150 years?

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