April 15, 2011
The Writing On The (Great) WallBy John Droz, Jr.
It should be no surprise that there are other large countries who don't like the fact that the U.S. is the world's dominant power -- and they would like to take over our position.
Since we are aware of this friction, we tend to think that our biggest threat is from some other country's military. But clearly a direct war would be foolhardy, as there would be no winner from such a conflict.
Our opponents are well aware of this, and have embarked on another scheme. The reality is that we are already under a full assault, but very few are paying attention. Think about it: what would be their best strategy to dethrone us?
A very powerful game plan would consist of a two-part strategy:
1) bankrupting the US; and
2) getting the US to voluntarily slow down its rate of industrialization, giving an opponent the time to overtake us.
Is the (CFL) light bulb going on?
By any financial measure we are in extremely dire circumstances. Unfunded liabilities are in the trillions of dollars. Additionally our society has evolved away from being producers of hard products to providers of soft services. Essentially all levels of public sector employment (government) are at record highs.
Periodically someone gets arrested for promoting a Ponzi scheme, but a critical look would conclude that a lot of how our government works seems disturbingly similar to such charades. For instance, how long can we continue to just print colored water-marked paper to cover our debts? How long can one branch of the government keep writing IOUs to another branch?
A direct consequence of our past success is that we are evolving into a more pampered entitlement society, focused on short term thinking. Delayed gratification is as common a concept as is darning socks. We want it, and want it now!
A corollary to this is that few people really work for rewards anymore. Just showing up and going through the motions for a piddling 20 years now entitles many government employees to lifelong pensions at 80% pay (with medical benefits, of course).
Where did all these materialistic ideas and values come from? Read our history. The US was founded by people with strong religious beliefs. Our competitors are promoting communism and socialism. Which direction are we going now?
"Wait!" some might object. "I don't see any advertisements (on TV, billboards, etc.) for communism and socialism, so how is this being promoted?"
If you really want the answer, look no further than our education system. There are experts who believe that our system is deliberately dumbing us down. The details of that are too long for this overview article, but the answer is there. Amazingly, the undermining of our education system has only taken some 40± years, partly due to a UNESCO-inspired curriculum and reform measures that are replacing excellence with functionality.
"All right," you might say, "it's undeniable that we're in a financial mess, but how can our opponents actually get us, the world leader in developing innovative solutions to numerous issues, to go backwards?"
Hard as it may be to believe, our education system is doing exactly that. Let's look at a prime example: energy -- because plentiful, reliable, affordable energy is the cornerstone for the U.S.'s success as an industrialized society. Put another way, a fundamental difference between developed and third world countries is the latter's lack of reliable and affordable energy (especially electricity).
Today our education system is aggressively promoting all things "renewable." Most citizens will probably say: "So, what's the matter with that?"
Exactly. The fact that this appears to be a reasonable path to take, is indisputable evidence as to how far this regressive propaganda has become embedded into our thinking. The invasion has already taken place and our defenses have been breached!
The reality is that this focus on "renewable" energy is completely devoid of a scientific basis. We have been so successfully indoctrinated that many of us now believe that a wide scale adapting of a fifteenth century technology (wind energy) is a necessary and progressive way forward!
Even the promoters acknowledge wind's limitations (cost, reliability, transmission, etc., etc.), but their answer is always the same: spend more money, as the solution is just over the horizon. (In this light, please reconsider point #1.)
Getting the Big Picture here is critically important, so I'm not going to get into the details, as too many readers' eyes will probably just glaze over.
In simplified terms, every billion dollars the U.S. spends on wind energy development: increases our national debt; is money borrowed from China (our main competitor); and is squandering time, dollars, and effort, the effect of which is putting the brakes on our national progress forward.
So, back to the beginning. The forces that want world domination, have now:
1) led the U.S. to put itself on the brink of bankruptcy; and
2) gotten the US to voluntarily slow down on its industrialization.
So, are we going to fight this insidious and persistent assault on our country, or will we dispute the obvious, throw in the towel, and accept internment (with a promised posh pension, of course)?