America is nearing the end of its rope, with the collapse of its representative democracy but one step away. Such spoke the results of an informal survey among several Californians.
“My liberal friends are cheering the Obama presidency and the direction of America,” said Martin Fricke of San Diego. Suspecting the existence of alternative views in California and elsewhere in America, Fricke conducted a survey to learn what folks besides progressives believe about our nation’s future.
The survey used the elements of Alexander Tyler’s “fatal sequence,” which postulates that great democracies naturally evolve from initial virtue toward eventual corruption and final failure, as follows:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency back again to bondage.
The survey was sent to a group of respected individuals with whom Fricke regularly corresponds and whose expertise and experience include law, science, engineering, business management, military, journalism, and government. Most hold advanced degrees, and all pay attention to state, national, and geopolitical politics. Participants were asked where in Tyler’s sequence America now stands.
“I would pit this group’s analytical strength against any others when it comes to evaluating political issues,” said Fricke. That being said, the results of Fricke’s survey were sobering when the group returned responses encompassing only the last three categories of Tyler’s sequence. Simply put, they put our democracy at the dependency stage, with a single step remaining before returning to the bondage from which our nation emerged more than two centuries ago.
In other words, America is at the end of its rope, according to an august group of Americans who cannot be much different than other educated, mature, straight thinking Americans across this country.
Then there are the liberals, who see no problem with any of the scandals, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS harassing conservative groups, AP reporters snooping, any of it. They claim that this is what it takes to transform America to a fair country while others see it as the nation’s demise. How is it that we look at the same things but see them so differently?
Liberals say that 50 years since the Civil Rights Act is too long for the pitiful progress we’ve made. Universal healthcare should have been in place decades ago. Others see Obamacare as disaster for the economy, the biggest tax hike in our nation’s history, and the destruction of the best medical system in the world. Who’s correct? Maybe the death rate will reveal who’s right.
Liberals insist that many more people should be receiving government support, not less. Others see government dependency as the destruction of individualism and personal initiative, nevermind our liberty. ‘Be all you can be’ yields to ‘get all you can get.’ Government will take care of everyone better than anyone can take care of themselves. For anyone who believes the latter, I have a snowball to sell you in this hell that precedes unattainable Utopia.
Liberals see conservatism as a great evil that must be silenced, if not totally eradicated. They see the government doing just that. Others see the eradication of conservatives as just the tip of the iceberg. What is to prevent government from eradicating anyone who disagrees?
Where liberals see some kind of Utopia approaching, others — including Fricke’s survey respondents — see it as personal bondage and the collapse of the nation. The 47% that pays no tax but has the loudest voice has no say in the silence of others who speak of redirecting America from the point of no return.
A small but not insignificant survey indicated a push for radical change in an America entering the emergency of its final stages as a nation. It’s time to push the emergency button right now.