BY MICHAEL REISIG –
We have watched numerous changes take place in this country in the last 30 years – probably some of the most significant cultural, economic, and constitutional transformations this nation has ever seen. In the process we have witnessed the world respect for America diminish enormously, and our respect for the laws and the standards created by our forefathers simply disappear in smoke.
Our president no longer concerns himself with trivial things like constitutions, and Congress is no longer two influential political elements working together for a better America, but a rather two diametrically opposed groups constantly at each other’s throats, with decisions not being based on the well being of this country but with a bitter, converse tenacity that reflects the balance of power – a well-dressed catfight rooted in vicious vendettas and disgusting brownnosing. Dignity and honor have long been shoved aside in the headlong race for ascendency.
Incredibly, 50 percent of our population doesn’t care about any of this, as long as the check’s still in the mail. Even more incredible is the fact that this is exactly the plan of our present administration – to create a constituency so dependent on government that they will never vote out of the box they have built for themselves, and our president’s buddies in the Senate have given up concern about damage to the nation and The Constitution, as long as they get to stay in power.
We have gone from a rural society to an urban society, and like any other type of creature that you crowd together, we have become easily angered, more inclined to violence, and less sympathetic to our fellow man. From the outside we may appear to offer more concern for human rights and individual dignity – but it’s a façade narrowly devised and designed to assist specific groups, not to enhance the general dignity of man. If you’re transgendered, or a racial or religious minority (or a combination thereof) you’re often given priority, from jobs and education, to government subsidies, but the rest of us have to pay for tuitions, scratch for jobs, and live carefully between the confines of this new political correctness. It’s not for us to reason why…
We’re so mired in the dogma of equality we’ve forgotten what it actually means. In America we have to get past the concept that, in order to treat some people equally, we must treat them differently – equal is just what it means, anything beyond that takes us right back to someone being more special than someone else. Real equality is much like utopia – it sounds great, and looks good on paper, but given human nature, it’s an immensely difficult proposition. Ultimately, one group eventually gets tired of giving what they have to others, or the others get tired of not getting as much as they think they should have, and Democracy takes a nose dive. That’s why no true democracy has lasted more than a few hundred years, and I’m terrified we are reaching the end of its reign in America.
Even more frightening is this new generation to whom we are leaving this country – buried in ipods, cell phones, and MP3s, and gathering all their decision-making information from Facebook and Twitter, they’ve practically forgotten what it’s like to actually read a book or a newspaper. Fanatically fascinated by flesh-eating zombies and blood-sucking vampires, and immersed in the worship of witless sports stars, half of them couldn’t tell you who the current vice president is. Lost to the “everyone gets a trophy” concept of competition, and the “no one is really bad, they just had unpleasant childhoods and are misunderstood” intellection of crime and punishment, these Pollyanna idiots are continually filling our streets with people unprepared for the real world, and packing our prisons with people who should have been strapped to a table, given a shot in the arm and allowed to count backwards from ten – and these are the folks who will be making the decisions for the next generation. God help us…
Now, some of you will read this and say the rhetoric is way too harsh, that every generation has had its shortcomings. But this is a harsh world now, and it’s becoming more so all the time, whether you like it or not. While “survival of the fittest” may now have new intellectual connotations, it is no less true. America had better soon decide which is more important, political correctness or survival, because the wolves are at the gates.
The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the ownership and staff of The Polk County Pulse. Michael Reisig is a freelance writer and published author whose works are reproduced throughout the globe.