Face it: It's over, America

February 11, 2013

Let´s revisit a different time in America.  As Dickens said,” It was the best of times; it was the worst of times."  It was 1964.  Congress authorized war on North Vietnam and Americans were dying. Three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi and more Americans were dying.  The  1960s brought us riots that broke out across the land.  Free love and flag burning were the campus clarion calls that culminated in the Kent State massacre. How many more were going to die? If we only knew.

In retrospect those years ushered in the beginning of the end of America’s Golden Age.  It was over, we just didn’t know it.  Almost 50 years have flown by since then.  It is hard to believe that a culture can collapse in so few years, but then I remember someone saying that it only takes one generation to lose our liberty.

During the presidential election in 59 Philadelphia voting districts President Obama got every single vote (a mathematical and statistical impossibility).  In Woods County, Ohio President Obama received every vote in 21 districts: a total of 106,258 votes. It seems kind of strange that there were only 98,213 registered voters in those districts - perhaps like loaves and fishes they just multiplied.  St. Lucie County, Fla. was swamped with 247 thousand votes... great turnout for the 175,000 registered voters. In Ohio County, Fla. President Obama won with 108 percent of the votes.  I guess the voters got bonus points for spelling their names correctly.

An odd pattern emerged from the final vote count. President Obama lost in every state that required photo ID and he won in every state that didn’t.

Each state submits a signed document from the Secretary of State that certifies authenticity of the vote count; this is a legal obligation. Do I believe that the end of America is near because we have voter fraud? No. We have always had some fraud and as long as humans are in charge, fraud will remain.  However when brazen, flagrant, fraud is easily recognized and the secretaries of three states choose to ignore it and sign a legal document, corruption of public office has reached insidious levels for a free republic.

The U.S. Treasury is bankrupt. The largest holder of treasury debt is the U.S. Federal Reserve. They own over a trillion dollars of U.S. treasuries. Why do they own US treasuries? Because no one in their right mind would accept one percent interest on a bond from a country with over $16 trillion in on-the -books debt and over $100 trillion in off-the-books debt.  If the Fed didn’t purchase the bonds, interest rates would immediately jump to three or four percent and we wouldn’t be able to pay the interest on our debt.

Hollywood and the media have debased our culture.   The media glorifies extra-marital affairs, pornography and children born out of wedlock.  Twelve-year-olds now discuss deviant lifestyles and use language we didn't  know until our mid-twenties.  They are obsessed with their bodies and the brand name on their too tight jeans.  How to undo this damage?

Will Durant, a Nobel Laureate historian, commented on the fall of Rome. “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential cause of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her falling trade, her beauracratic despotism, stifling taxes, her consuming wars."  Does any of that sound familiar?   Let me give you another quote from a guy named Roy Orbison:  "It’s over."   It´s only a song title - but it may be our swan song.

Charles Griffiths
Ocean View

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