America’s Identity Crisis

America is going through an identity crisis. No doubt about it. From the election of Barack Hussein Obama, to the imminent adoption of the latest “stimulus package,” to the closing of Gitmo and the “re”-funding of foreign abortions, this great country of ours is at a crossroads. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans seem content to shuffle through their i-pods and update their “My-Space” pages while corrupt politicians (from both ends of the political spectrum) continue to chip away at our individual rights, substituting in their place what they label as acts of “governmental compassion.”

Make no mistake about it, folks…America’s prosperity finally has caught up with us, and we are teetering on the brink of total collapse. You see, unlike most of the civilizations which have risen and fallen before us, America began as a collection of INDIVIDUALS who realized the prudence of establishing a LIMITED form of government in order to protect all of us from foreign enemies who would do us harm. The formation of this country truly was the greatest of all governmental experiments in the history of the world. None of the “Founding Fathers” really knew whether it would work. Fortunately, it has worked so well that America has become the most prosperous nation in history. Unfortunately, it has worked so well that America has become the most prosperous nation in history. Such is the paradox of America–our identity crisis, if you will.

I am convinced that the vast majority of Americans have lost touch with the sense of rugged individualism which was inherent in the minds, bodies and souls of the people who created this nation. Gone are the days of families taking care of their own. When grandma lost her mind in the revolutionary era, do you think that mom and dad signed her up on the government dole and carted her off to a nursing home to be taken care of? When dad lost his job in the Pennsylvania steel factory in the 1850s, did he collect his unemployment check and drag the family down to the welfare office to apply for every type of government assistance that was available? Of course not. Families took care of their own. Churches and religious organizations filled in where there were shortfalls. We certainly did not have a massive, over-intrusive federal government whose raison d’etre was to act as comforter and provider for these families and individuals in need. America, though, has become a country of thumb-suckers and whiners. From the time we are born, we are taught that all of us are ENTITLED to live the “American Dream.” That wonderful rhetoric very rarely is accompanied by a lesson about hard work and sacrifice, the two tenets (and very foundation) of that Dream. No, instead we are taught in public schools (another creation of the almighty federal government) that no one person is greater than another; no successes should be celebrated too much (we don’t want to hurt anyone else’s feelings); and no failures should be scoffed at (again, the “feelings” thing).

Is it really any surprise, then, that we grow into adults who espouse that same type of gut-rot, communist garbage? After all, if a child grows up being taught (and believing) that he has a RIGHT to live in a bigger, more expensive home than his parents; that he has a RIGHT to a job that pays him to take a vacation every year; and that he has a RIGHT to medical care without having to pay for it–how can we reasonably expect that he will one day turn into a rugged individualist? You see, it is a whole lot easier for we human beings to become more dependent than it is for us to become more self-reliant. Unfortunately, our nation’s timeline has born witness to this phenomenon.

Our Founding Fathers feared this and, indeed, warned of it. Any student of American revolutionary history must concede that the writings of Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, et. al. were wrought with cautionary rebukes against allowing an intrusive federal government to control too many aspects of the individual citizens’ lives. Fast forward nearly 250 years and, ironically, this concept now seems as foreign as the enemies those revolutionary Americans were attempting to overthrow. I challenge you to live one day of your life without being directly taxed by our federal government. Do you drive a car? Perhaps you could walk or ride a bike for that day. Don’t smoke a cigarette or have an adult beverage. Don’t watch television or talk on the phone. Don’t mail a letter or log on to the internet. In fact, don’t use any electricity or natural gas. Don’t make any investments in the stock market or allow your savings account to gain interest. And while you’re at it, you may as well stay home from work because a significant portion of those wages will be headed to Washington, too.

The bottom line is that everything our Founding Fathers feared about a unified federal government has come to fruition. Our way of life in this nation has become a vicious cycle of dependency fueled by corrupt politicians who seek to utilize their positions to redistribute wealth to the most needy among us in an effort to garner these individuals’ votes in order to stay in power. With the passage of Obama’s latest “stimulus package,” over 70% of Americans will no longer be paying any federal income taxes. Well that’s a good thing, right? Weren’t you just saying, Brent, that we pay too much in federal taxes? The problem is that the amount of money going into the federal coffers each year continues to rise, outpacing inflation five-fold. That money is then redistributed to various congressional districts throughout the country in the forms of “earmarks” and “pork-barrell” spending. Folks, we are creating a giant welfare state wherein fairly soon NOBODY will appreciate or understand the concepts of hard work and sacrifice. We are becoming firmly ensconced in the idea that government IS the provider and caretaker–for all things. We are becoming more and more dependent upon government. This has a name–it was once known as socialism; apparently, it is becoming the new Americanism.

Do you realize that Obama’s “stimulus package” will require the government to “borrow” about $850 BILLION (that’s BILLION with a “B”) from us–the citizenry. Astoundingly, that is more money than the federal government borrowed from “the folks” during the ENTIRE period that spans from the Revolutionary War until Jimmy Carter’s presidency. For those of you who aren’t very good with history, that’s a period of 200 years. Are you kidding me? If that statistic is not evidence enough that this system is broken, I’m not sure what is.

Our country is going through an indentity crisis. If we don’t figure out who we really are and what we want this nation to be for our children and grandchildren, it will cease to exist as the world’s lone beacon of hope and prosperity for all of its individual citizens. It will be replaced with a giant “nanny-state” where we are told by the almighty federal government what kind of car we can drive, what type of house we can live in and how many children we are allowed to have. I, for one, do not want to subject my children to that type of existence.

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6 Comments on “America’s Identity Crisis”

  1. Jeff Jones Says:

    Wow…I mean…I don’t even know what to say except: DITTO.

  2. rayegin Says:

    Thank you very much. History revisited would also tell us that Social Security was designed as a supplement ONLY. Too many rely upon it for their entire retirement and then we are to feel sorry for their poverty. The statement, “I am on a fixed income.” is said to envoke pity, but I would like to remind everyone that we are all on a fixed income. We are given a salary(wage) by our employers and that is were it sits until they choose to give us a raise. There have been times in the education field when my salary has been frozen….when was the last time that Social Security dollars were frozen? Also, last year I received a 1.5% raise and I believe the SS raise was at least 3%….Now who has a fixed income?

  3. Kayla Says:

    Amen! Now what do we the people do about this mess? I don’t think we can fix anything until we get rid of our current representation. My first suggestion would be term limits to legally purge Congress of the greed, lust for power, and corruption that has in so many ways put us here. However, when have you ever seen a hog remove itself from the trough? So how do we get rid of them???

  4. Lori Says:

    Brent…I know your momma and she has to be so proud of you! I agree totally with what you are saying but unfortunately our felow americans have spoken and this is what they want…or do they? I know so many people that have been taught just as you said "we are owed this" mentality. I see it everyday! My family, my in-laws are like suckling pigs from the "welfare & SSI system" living on their fixed income, while I trek to work eveyday so they can sit at home complaining. While as a government employee I am luckly to get a 2.7% raise while those sitting on the couch get 3.9%. Does that make any sense? It makes me sick. Now the majority of society that thinks they are owed something, are looking to the "new saviour Obama" to make more of those programs better for them! Well I am with you…we need to make some adjustments and soon. I bet our fore fathers would spit upon the ground of the clowns in Washington that are controlling this country. I agree with your Mom, TERM LIMITS!!
    Now that I am on a rant!!! LOL You mentioned the American Dream??? Its just that now…a dream. I enjoyed your blog! A friend, Lori

  5. napradoc Says:

    Brent, the framers must be rolling in their graves. Now more than ever, ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand looms in the back of my mind. Every year the story becomes more and more true. Who is John Gault?? Every one should read this wonderful book which was so far ahead of its time. Keep up the good work Brent. Dr. Steve Porter

  6. Jenn Says:

    I’ve been thinking the same thing lately about Ayn Rand’s ATLAS SHRUGGED! I agree with you–everyone should read this book. It’s very insightful. Written by someone who lived through the early years of the Soviet Union, and then escaped, it’s an unsettling read. Until recently, one would not think of this book in connection with contemporary America. It seemed so far-fetched the first time that I read it. BUT, today, it makes one think.

    Here is a link to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “’Atlas Shrugged’: From Fact to Fiction in 52 Years.”–

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