Well just imagine that

The latest republican plan to repeal or repeal/replace Obamacare has failed, at least that is the breaking news. The true story should read; Everything is proceeding according to plan, we never really had any intention of repealing or repealing/replacing Obamacare anyway.

For over 7 long years the republicans have been running for election/re-election on repealing Obamacare. First they said give us the House and we will repeal Obamacare. They got the House and we got nothing. Next they said give us the Senate and we will repeal Obamacare. They got the Senate and again we got nothing. Next they said give us the White House and we will repeal Obamacare. They got the White House and yet again we get nothing.

Well, I just wonder what will be the excuse they will offer for not getting it done now. The republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House. Is there anything else they need? Besides a spine. I would have said that they need to grow a pair, but there are some female politicians. So a spine covers that best, seeing as both sexes have one. Although the lack of a spine can be beneficial to politicians, especially to politicians, a spine makes it hard to slither around, especially if one tries to slither under a door.

Since Obamacare became Law the republicans have been complaining about how it was bad for Americans and thus bad for America. Since the republicans can not/will not repeal Obamacare reveals much about the republicans. It reveals much about the politicians(D,R and I)priorities. Their priorities are:
1. Themselves. Getting re-elected.
2. Their political party. Keeping their party in control or putting their party in control.
3. Themselves. Increasing their personal wealth.
4. Their big money donors, the lobbyists, the special interest groups.

You will notice that the list of priorities does not list Americans or America. That is because in my opinion, Congress does not give a flip about America and therefore can not/will not give a flip about average Americans. Let’s face it average Americans ain’t a special interest group.

The big government Whigs are back, and back with a vengeance. They have aligned themselves so closely with the democrats it is next to impossible to tell the difference.

Obamacare, since it became law has had zero effect, on me personally. I have group health insurance offered through my employer. I had group health insurance before Obamacare came along, my premiums were low then and are now and my co-pays remain the same now as then. Most people I know also fall into this category.

So now you must be asking yourselves why I rant about Obamacare so much and so often. Well my friends, you will notice that I said most people I know fall into the same category as me. I did not say that everybody I know falls into the same category as me. There are many that have had to return to work after retirement simply because they could not afford to by a private health insurance policy, the premiums and co-pays are just to high. It is good to see familiar faces, but it would have been under better circumstances if they returned because they wanted to rather than coming back because they had to. There are still others that are seriously considering giving up their own business(closing their doors)and going to work for larger companies because of the price of obtaining health insurance. Still others have already closed up shop. That is a crying shame, driven out of business not by shoddy workmanship, but driven out by government and health insurance.

Perhaps these are two intended consequences of Obamacare.
First. Keeping or actually forcing people to stay in the work force longer and longer, past the time they wanted to retire. Those that have group health insurance leave the group if they leave the job, forcing them to buy health insurance. Making health insurance so expensive people simply can not leave the work force because they can not afford the premiums and co-pays.
Second. Eliminating competition. The small business man/woman can not afford to comply with the law. He/she closes shop and goes to work for a bigger company or corporation. The politicians are in the pockets of big banking, big business and the unions. Using laws to eliminate competition.

Obamacare never was about making healthcare affordable, it was about forcing people to buy insurance. Insurance they neither wanted or needed. Insurance they can not afford. If the insurance was affordable there would be no need to subsidize health insurance for some. As for the cost of health insurance, the politicians do not care what it costs the average American. Let’s face it the government does not care what anything costs, what ever the cost it is the American tax-payers who pay. As for subsidizing health insurance for some, this is how that works. One pays his/her premiums for the policy, the government then takes taxes out of his/paycheck(income taxes)and then uses that tax money to pay a portion of another persons health insurance policy. Paying twice.

There is another reason why I despise Obamacare so much. Government intrusion and interference. Some how the government thinks that its place and has the right to tell a person they must by healthcare insurance or pay some sot of penalty. Not only that they must buy the insurance policy but what it must cover. As stated above Obamacare has had no direct effect on me there is another reason I speak out against Obamacare. Obamacare has had a direct negative effect on some near and dear to me.

The republicans will most likely fail to do anything about Obamacare. They at some point will act of desperation to pass something good or bad. The other option is that they will seek help from their mirror image, the democrats to come up with a plan. No matter which way this goes the government has gotten its big fat nose in an area they had no business meddling in. They have gotten control of another part of American lives and they will not give that back. Obamacare or something like it will be with us for a good long time, until the next scheme comes along. Obamacare was a welfare scheme, two schemes in one. An entitlement program for some and corporate welfare for the insurance companies. This republic is on the path towards single payer insurance, government insurance. That will be a truly sad day for this Republic and its citizens.

Everything is as planned and moving right along on schedule. There is nothing and no reason to delay the August recess now.

This government intrusion and many like it only go to prove that men Like Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson were right in 1786 and 1787. It also proves the South was right in 1861.

God Bless Dixie. DEO VINDICE

Imagine This

A War is being waged, not just any War but a Civil War, bot just any Civil War but a Political Civil War. A Civil War between political factions, within the same country. A country that is divided along political lines. Two opposing “armies” readying for battle. Two countries within a single country, like parasites, so I shall call them parasites. Each trying to remake(reconstruct)the host nation in the image of the parasite. For simplicity I will call one parasite RNC and the other parasite DNC. Each parasite has its own president or dictator. Each parasite has its own mascot. The mascot for the parasite RNC is an elephant(pachyderm). The mascot for the parasite DNC is a donkey(jack ass). Each parasite has a notional color. RNC is Red. DNC is Blue. Each parasite has a National Flag which also serves as its Battle Flag. RNC has a Red Flag. DNC has a Blue Flag. For simplicity for the Remainder of this post, unless special circumstances arise, I will refer to them as Red Forces and Blue Forces.

For many years the Red and Blue Forces have been locked in a struggle, political struggle, for total and absolute control for the Republic known as the United States of America. In years past the Red and Blue Forces took to the field in July preceding the November elections. That was then this is now. These days the political “season” never ends. The elected members of Congress spend more time campaigning and fund-raising than they do in governing this Republic. They simply have found it easier and more beneficial for and to them to Govern less and Rule more. The map of this republic during the election season represents the political parties. It does not represent the Freedoms and Liberties that the Continental Army fought so hard for. The political battles of the past and those of the present have caused this Republic to become a nation of “Untied” States. Sadly, this Republic is no longer United in Cause or Vision. The common bonds that held this Republic together are becoming strained, and in some cases non-existent. Much like a rubber band stretched to the point of breaking, at some point it will snap if the tension remains high.

History does repeat itself and each time it does it becomes increasingly expensive. Take a look back in history and see the root cause of almost all “Civil Wars”. You will find Politics and political factions have caused almost all civil wars. The rest was caused by Despotic Tyrannical Governments.

Now, back to the Political Civil War. Picture this in your mind. The Red and Blue Forces are preparing to meet each other again.
The president/dictator(Chair) of RNC has placed the Red Forces on full alert. The Generals are putting on their uniforms and alerting all subordinate units. Big Business is activated. The Special Interest Groups are activated. Donors are contacted as funding for the battle will be needed.
The president/dictator(Chair)of DNC has placed the Blue Forces on full alert. The Generals are putting on their uniforms and alerting all subordinate units. The main stream media outlets are activated. The colleges and universities are activated. They may have a hard time activating the ones who are in their safe-spaces. Special Interest groups are activated. Rioters disguised as protesters are activated. Donors are contacted as funding for the battle will be needed.

Now you are really going to work hard to even visualize this part, a true stretch of the imagination. Picture this.
General Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, standing there in his uniform. Rallying the Red Forces in the House. He is the one chosen to lead them into battle.
General Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, standing there in his uniform. Rallying the Red Forces in the Senate. He is the one chosen to lead them into battle.
General Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader, standing there in her uniform. Rallying the Blue Forces in the House. She is the one chosen to lead them into battle.
General Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, standing there in his uniform. Rallying the Blue Forces in the Senate. He is the one chosen to lead them into battle.
(Almost fell out of my chair typing that part, what with laughing so hard.)
Each of their Lieutenants doing their part to rally all of the subordinate and supporting units.

That is damned hard to imagine ain’t it? Would you really follow those clowns anywhere or for any reason. Look at the members of Congress. Would you really be foolish enough to let them lead you anywhere? Hell, I would not even follow them down a hallway. I mean really, just look at them.(ROTFLMFAO)

This is the scene that plays out everyday in “The Swamp”(Washington D.C.). The Red Forces fighting for total and absolute control of everything in and about this Republic. The Blue Forces doing the same thing. Both the Red and Blue forces have the same goal in mind, they only argue about which path to take.

When all the seats in Congress are filled, there are a total of 535 combatants. They never suffer, the only time they become a casualty is when they either lose an election or get caught with their hand(s) in the “cookie jar”. By far the greatest number of casualties in this Political Civil War come from the citizens of the Republic, most often those in the middle-class. The political parties may from time to time suffer a minor setback, but they rebound. The Republic however, may not rebound from all the set backs caused by this continuing Political Civil War.

Each passing day proves my ancestors were correct.

DEO VINDICE

There has got to be a reason

I mean really, there has got to be a reason. There must be a reason why the Liberal Socialists keep “shooting” at us down here, you know in Dixie. The War Between the States ended some 152 years ago. Yet today, there are still volleys being fired at Dixie, our Culture and our Heritage. The latest volley fired at our Culture and Heritage came from within Louisiana itself. The sad part is that Louisiana is not the only State firing volleys at itself, Georgia and South Carolina have also willing participated in the Destruction of Our Culture and Heritage. I would imagine that this is an occurrence all across Dixie. Even here in Florida it is happening. At least in this county the Flags went back up, political reasons(pressure).

What happened here in Marion County is a major problem all across Dixie. It was the politicians who had them taken down and it was the politicians who had them put back up. Who knows what the politicians will do next? They did not stand their ground and were pressured to take down the Confederate States of America Flag. Then they were pressured to put It back up. Politicians are like a weak tree they go which ever was the wind blows, not just the limbs but down to the roots.

The major problem with politics in the Southern States is that the political and economic interests of the South are ignored. One of the biggest reasons is that the politicians at the federal level are more concerned with the interests of their political party than the interests of the People or States they are sent to represent. It is no better at the State and only slightly better at the County level. My belief is that the politicians allegedly representing the South and the Southern people are at worst “carpet baggers” and at best “scalawags”. As said in the last post, I consider a Skunk better company than a politician.

Let’s leave politics(though it is the root of the problem, always has been and always will be)and discuss what is really happening down here in Dixie.

What is happening here in Dixie is nothing less than Cultural Genocide, the attempted total elimination of a culture. The destruction Southern Culture and in the process destroy our Heritage. There are only two groups engaged in the Cultural Genocide of the South.
The first group is composed of those who do not care about any Culture or any Heritage. They seek to keep this Republic in a never-ending process of Destruction and Reconstruction. These people are on a mission and there is nothing I or anyone else can say that will cause them to stop. Therefore there is really no need to address them, they can not be reasoned with.
The second group is those who do not know. You do not know for lack of education, you are well-educated. You were taught well, but you were not taught the truth. I will give you the benefit of the doubt. These are the people I address, you can be reasoned with. You must teach yourself, it does take time. When you are exposed to the truth you may just come away with a different view of the South, the Southern People our Culture and our Heritage. You may find the reason, the real reason, we from the South love our Culture and Heritage so much. You may even be opposed to the Cultural Genocide occurring in Dixie today. You may join us in protecting what is dear, you may even become an Honorary Southerner. Dixie is a real catchy tune.

In case you, in the second group, can not be reasoned with and/or simply refuse to learn and accept the truth, this is for you. The Southern Culture is about much more than Flags, Statues and Monuments, those are only inanimate objects erected in honor of memories and our heroes from the past. Seeing them does cause a certain amount of passion in me, patriotic passion. They are a part of our Heritage, a Heritage we do not want to see torn down. You may one day complete your works of destruction of our Flags, Statues and Monuments. You will however never complete your works of destruction on our Culture, if that were to ever happen it would truly be a terrible day for this Republic. You make get some lily livered politicians to side with you, you may even cause some Southerners who have been brow beaten for so long they too will side with you. But you will still be left with those of in who will never deny their Southern Culture or Heritage. For that to happen we will have to be destroyed. In our ranks there are those who refuse to be Reconstructed and those who are becoming Unreconstructed. To accomplish that task you will need help. During the Revolutionary War the King of Britain needed help as he was unable to subdue the Colonials with his might, he had to seek help to complete his works of destruction(see the Declaration of Independence). You may have been taught how that turned out.

Are you confused by now? In case you did not know I am a veteran of the U.S. Army, served over 20 years. Actually you should not be confused at all. If you look back through the history of this Republic and it’s Military, you will find that with the exception of The War Between the States, Southerners made up the majority of the volunteers in the military. No other region of this Republic has contributed so much in the way of manpower for our fighting forces. Consequently no other people has paid a higher price in fighting for this country. Military service is also a part of our Culture as well as our Heritage. We answer the call.

I need to make a side trip here for just a minute concerning our military and the Warrior Culture. If you do not believe that Cultural Genocide is possible you should check out an article I found the other day. Found it in my reader, a re-blog by none other than Gunny G, which sent me to Free Republic with a link to US Defense Watch. The article can be found at US Defense Watch titled: How Desert Storm Destroyed the US Military. Read it you will find out that Cultural Genocide is entirely possible, the Warrior Culture. If you desire further reading check out sentinelblog, a post from Frontpage Mag entitled; The Bay of Pigs 56 Years Later. Read it to the end, it might open your eyes concerning Southern Culture.

Now back to Southern Culture. A lot of Southern Culture is just plain good manners. Holding a door for a Lady. Standing for Lady so she can sit, offering a seat. Respect for our elders, saying Yes Sir or Yes Ma’am. Not to brag on myself, and I am sure that other Southerners do the same on a daily basis. I have gotten out of line to let Ladies go ahead of me at the check out counter. Just the other day I was almost to the register, my few items were already on the belt. There was an elderly gentleman and his wife behind me, I promptly removed my items and told the gentleman that he and his wife could go ahead. He of course refused, I insisted. His wife then declined so I honored her wishes and placed my few items back on the belt. All just plain good manners.

There is another thing about Southerners, we are a tolerant people. Well to a point. Even when we are forced into intolerance we are nice about it. We say things like; “Well Bless your heart”, even when something more harsh would be needed. Well that is what our Southern Ladies might say. Sometimes the men will say what needs said or do what needs doing.

There is another thing about us down here when it comes to meddlesome people and the like. We just say “Just Leave Us Be”. We also do not believe that Might makes Right. We believe that Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong.

Come on down and meet some real Southerners, you might just take a liking to us. There is one more thing we are a respectful people, we give it freely and we expect it in return. Don’t make us say, I wish “Those People” would just go back where they came from.

April is Confederate History Month, in case you did not know. Come celebrate with us, we just sit around have a good time and go “visiting” not bothering a soul. Going “Visiting” tomorrow, had to work the 26th.

DEO VINDICE
God Bless Dixie and Her People

Oh, one last thing. Please do stop shooting at us. You might just want to keep Us and our Culture around a good while longer, you might just need our men to answer the call once again. I hear war drums in the distance. Some of y’all don’t got a good record of answering the call.

Ain’t gonna take it no more no more

When the 115th Congress gets back to “work” tomorrow it will not be “business as usual”. The status quo is no more and not just because Donald J. Trump is president. The election of President Trump should have been your “wake-up call”. 94% of you in this Congress were in the last Congress. 100% of you are accountable to the tax payers, when the tax payers finally start holding you accountable will be another great event.

I have heard little if anything from you in regards to your plan for America under a new administration, a republican administration. I have heard much from some of you both republican and democrat on your plans to oppose a president Trump administration. You offer nothing better, you apparently will settle for the role of an obstructionist.

At least the President has a vision for America and what he thinks is good for America, sadly it appears that you do not. It appears that you place you and your party before your country. Perhaps the worst insult to the citizenry is the fact that you make excuses.

Let me remind you of this. Obamacare was forced down the throats of America. Total support from the democrats, and total opposition by the republicans. Thing is nobody even bothered to read the damn bill that became law. The former Speaker even said you have to pass it to find what is in it.

The republican leadership, at that time, said they could do nothing as the minority party, an excuse. The next election cycle gave control of the House of Representatives to the republicans and still nothing. The republican leadership, at that time said they could do little if anything without control of the Senate. You gained control of the Senate, retained control of the House and still nothing, another excuse. The republican leadership, at that time said they cold do more if they had the White House. Okay now you have control of the Senate, the House and the White House. It is now time to sh*t or get off the pot. Do not fail us. Now you have no excuse.

You claim to have no power when you are in the minority. The democrats seem to have all the power in the world when they are the minority. Could it be that you are actually one party?

I have a sneaking feeling that the laws you write do not always apply to you. I suspect that if Obamacare applied equally to you, there might have been more opposition. I also suspect if anyone bothered to read it, it would have had even more opposition. The same goes for Social Security and Medicare, you do participate in those mandatory programs, right?

Therefore and just to keep everything on the up and up it is probably time to amend the Constitution. This is only necessary because you apparently have neither morals, scruples, honor or integrity.

The Amendment should be entitled; Amendment 28-Legislation Clarified.
1. No legislation shall be forwarded to the President without first being read in its entirety by each member voting on such Legislation.
2. Each member will attest to having read the legislation in its entirety by placing his or her signature on the signature page.
3. Each member will attach a statement clarifying his or her support or opposition to the legislation.
4. Amendments or additions to the proposed Legislation shall face the same rules as the original Legislation.
5. Congress shall propose no Legislation that exempts any member of the Government, Elected or Appointed.
6. Congress shall not propose any Legislation that rewards or protects any one group or classification of citizens.
7. If the proposed legislation requires federal funds it must be clear in the legislation, amendment or additions exactly where the money came from and how it is to be funded.
8. No legislation will be submitted if is to be funded with borrowed money.
9. No Legislation will be submitted that is funded by future savings.
10. There will be no subsidized private programs or industries.
11. There shall be no further Legislation, Regulations or Rules at the Federal level that encroach on or abridge the Rights entitled to the States and the Citizens.
12. All haste will be made to repeal all Laws, Regulations and Rules at the Federal level currently in force that are Reserved to the States and the Citizens.

Now we come to a serious matter that does require the attention of the congress critters. While the previous administrations have embarked on a path of nation building, with your support America has been neglected. Much national treasure has been wasted in nations that have made little if any progress America has made no progress. Much treasure has been wasted at the U.N. with almost nothing to show for it. Few if any are better off for the wasted effort and this Republic is worse off. Some of America’s finest have been wasted or maimed in the name of politics, only to be injured again by neglect. This last presidential election from the primaries up to the general election was the people speaking out and someone finally was willing to listen.

Some have said this past election was about the forgotten, the forgotten men and women. While I agree with that, it also made a statement. The statement was “We ain’t gonna take it no more no more. We ain’t gonna be forgotten no more. We ain’t gonna take the insults and injuries no more. No more, damn it.

I would like to remind the congress critters that America is made up of 50 States and 1 District. This is especially important when it comes to funding the infrastructure projects. Do not repeat the failures of the past. There is more to America than the North East, the Upper Mid-West and the West Coast. You would do well to remember the South and the Heart Land.

As a matter of fact it would probably be all the better if the federal government stayed out of the infrastructure projects altogether and let the localities and states along with private enterprise handle it. The reason I say that is this; Why should I in Florida be forced to pay for improvements in another state?(more on this in a later post)

God Bless President Donald J. Trump our 45th President, the First Lady and the First Family. God Bless this Republic.

Lastly I would like to say this. God Bless Dixie and God Bless the Heart Land. The South and the Heart Land may be just what saved this Republic.(more on this in a later post, as well)

So how much will President Trump and his administration actually be able to accomplish?

Part if not most of that question will be answered before Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The new Congress will be sworn on January the 3rd at noon. This will be the Congress that the new president has to contend with. The Senate will be the one confirming nominations to cabinet level posts, or not. The Congress as a whole will be sending legislation forth to become law, or not.

So let’s begin this post with the events of January the Third. The new Congress will be sworn in at Noon. Soon thereafter the new Congress members will attend parties, banquets, pose for photo opportunities and begin shaking hands. They will shake the hands of many, including the group known as the “D.C. Powerbrokers”. The MSM will be on the scene interviewing the new members of Congress. They will certainly enjoy the “attention” that will be bestowed on them.

Now let’s talk about January the Fourth. Aside from beginning the process of moving into their new offices and picking staff to “help” them along in performing their new jobs there will be much happening. Telephone calls and other forms of communications will begin pouring in. They will be contacted by donors, lobbyists and party hacks. Donors will be reminding them of the fact that they have only “arrived” because of their generous “donations”. They lobbyists will be calling to arrange “deals”, tit for tat. Party hacks will be reminding them of the party “agenda”. All while this is going on they will recall the “feeling” they experienced the previous day. The “high” they experienced on January the Third will be one they want repeated for eternity.

And so it begins. January the Fourth begins the new “political campaign season” for the Congress. They will put on their suits and take to the field once more, the democrats in blue and the republicans in red. Though they were just sworn one day prior, they will begin their re-election campaign. They will start calling potential donors as well as those who had supported them in the past. Their days from January the Fourth and onward will be filled with thoughts and actions of and towards a successful re-election bid.

Quick question. Why is it that a Congress critter needs such a large staff? The answer is that they spend so little time doing the job they were sent there to do they have others do it in their stead. Sort of like “farming-out” or “out-sourcing” the job they said they would do. You were sent to govern not out-source your job. If you did not want to do the job you never should have asked for it.

So the real questions are these. Will Congress do what is right for this Republic? Or will Congress keep doing what is right for themselves, their donors, the special interest groups or the lobbyists? Is getting re-elected more important than the continued success of the Republic and Her citizens?

Donald J. Trump will be the President Donald J. Trump because of his vision. A vision of “Making America Great Again”. He did not run on a campaign to make the political establishment great again. He stood the political establishment and all its baggage on its head.

Will the Senate place America first at the confirmation hearings? Or will they place party politics first? I think we will see a lot of votes along party lines. But that is nothing new, now is it?

To answer the opening question and the title. Much of what gets accomplished or does not get accomplished will revolve around what Congress does or does not do. And most importantly what or who Congress represents.

Questions and Answers Part 3

The last post in this series left off with; How far are they willing to go to save their precious party? The answer is pretty simple. They will go as far as they need to, and they will do what ever it takes.

It is bad enough that Mr. Trump has the democrats to contend with, he also must contend with the main stream media and their blind allegiance to HRC and the democrat party. He must also contend with you, the ones who claim that supporting or voting for Trump would go against your principles. So let’s look at things that have not gone or do not go against your principles.

Let’s start with the current crop of republicans who pawned themselves off to the voters as Conservatives. I do not recall you claiming that voting or supporting them went against your principles.

The national debt, does being over $19 trillion go along with your principles? It must, the candidates you forced down our throats are the ones who helped put America in that much debt.

No, I will not continue with this, it serves no purpose. You are what you are and I know you for what you are. I figured you out long ago. It will suffice to say that you love your precious party more than this Republic. You would rather give this Republic to HRC than to give it a fighting chance.

If HRC wins the election on the 8th of November this year, the Republic will have you to thank. You have protections from what you do and what you have done. It will be us, the common folk that will have to live with what you have done.

Keep your damned party. I want my Country back.

How on earth did America reach this low point?

Perhaps a better question would be, How low will America sink? I’m not even talking about the presidential primaries or the conventions, though that seems to be the subject of the times. what I am talking about is America in general and the American citizens in particular.

Is it the state(condition) of America dragging down the citizens or is it the state(condition) of the citizens dragging America down? The answer to this question is that one feeds off of the other in what appears to be a never-ending cycle.

The current state(condition)of America.
If America were a person in the Emergency Room what level of care would be needed? America is by no means in a condition of being placed on Life Support, but the Vital Signs are not good and treatment is required to prevent a further deterioration in Vital Signs. Much like a person America could only end up in the Emergency Room for Illness or Injury or both. Triage would reveal the reason and course of treatment. The triage would reveal that there is both an Illness and an Injury that has caused the continued decay and decline in America. But there is a Cure.

The decline of America and the American citizens began with the birth or more aptly the creation of Generation E. The American government created the E Generation, and the created Generation E has given birth to millions who are a part of Generation E. To answer the question, What is Generation E? Generation E is the Entitlement Generation, the Generation that believes that they are Entitled to anything and everything. Not only are the good and decent citizens forced to contend with and support the Entitlement Generation, we are forced to contend with Generation O and Generation D. In case you are wondering, Generation O is the Offended(by any and everything)Generation, and Generation D is the Dependent(on government for any and everything)Generation.

In the not to distant past there was one constant that kept America safe and strong and that was the citizens. When Japan attacked at Pearl Harbor it was done so to deal a death-blow to the U.S Military and especially the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. Japan did not attack or attempt an invasion on America for one simple reason, an outright invasion of America would have come at an extremely high price and the price was unaffordable to Japan. Had Japan mounted an outright invasion of America, Japan would have faced a heavily armed population. Not only were the citizens armed but they were a hardy and hardened lot. It was famously said by one Japanese “There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass”. The Japanese were ambitious not crazy. It is my opinion that no country on earth would attack America for the very same reason.

In 1941 there were many veterans of WW 1 still among the citizenry and still relatively young and able-bodied hardened by war and further hardened by the Great Depression. Many of the population still lived in rural areas on farms and ranches. They too were hardened by the Great Depression. The people in the rural areas had to make do with what they had and make the best of it. These people had skills, farming skills, raising their own food and hunting skills(actually going into the woods and mountains and taking game)to feed their families. If things were needed that they could not afford they made up for the lack of cash by trading and bartering. They made do without government handouts. They endured the hardships and pressed on. That was then.

This is now. Look around the general public today, you will see many(to many)that are lazy and fat. You see many that will not do for themselves, they expect and even demand that the government do and provide for them. These are the same ones that do nothing to better themselves. These are the ones that feel that they are entitled to something, everything and anything even though they have never earned it. They feel Entitled and are Offended if someone insist that they provide for themselves and have become Dependent on government. They have been Conditioned to believe that the government provides Free Services(Welfare), the government does provide Welfare, but it is not Free, for the government to Give to one it must first be Taken from another. Does anyone really believe that these people know what a true hardship is? They will stand in line for hours upon hours or even camp-out in front of a store just to be the first or among the first to buy the latest electronic gadget or game or to see a movie. But they will not stand in line to do their civic duty and vote. If they do vote and have to wait in line they claim that is not fair or places an undue hardship on them and demand that the government do something. They readily show photo ID to by beer and liquor but cry foul if they must show ID to vote. The only hardship these people know is if they can not acquire the latest electronic gadget or if there reality show gets cancelled. This is the Illness.

The preceding paragraph was not written for every citizen, if it does not apply to you then you will recognize that fact. At the same time those that it does apply to will not recognize that it was written for and about them. Would anybody really expect these people to come to the defense of this country? Would they be willing to lay down their gadgets and pick up a rifle and get behind a blade of grass? I submit that they would not. They would rather submit to an enemy than Offend the same enemy.

Sadly there are not any veterans of WW1 among us now they have all since passed. However, we are fortunate to still have among us some veterans of WW 2, Korea and Viet Nam these too are hardy and hardened men and women. But sadly they are growing old and they too will pass from us in the not to distant future. Additionally we still have among us the veterans of Desert Storm, of which I am one and we too are aging and undoubtedly will also pass from existence. As will the ones who follow.

One undeniable fact is that the Entitled, Offended and Dependent Generations exist in every generation from the Depression era to the present.

Governments role in the decline of America. Where should I start?
Should I start with Tariffs? Tariffs are no more than a tax. A tax placed on goods imported that is paid wholly by the consumer. The tax is not paid by the overseas manufacturer. The tax is not paid by the exporting country. The tax is paid by the consumer in the importing nation to the government of the importing country.
Should I start with Subsidies? Subsidies are no more than corporate welfare. They are used to prop up businesses or industries that the government says provides a benefit. The only one that benefits is the business or industry. Subsidies are paid for with tax dollars. The consumer pays the subsidy(if they pay taxes)and still pays for the product. Buying one thing twice.
Should I start with the other subsidy, Welfare? Yes welfare is a subsidy. The tax payers are forced to subsidize the lifestyles of others that will not or choose not to finance their lifestyles for themselves. There are many welfare cases that are generational. A reward for bad behavior and bad decisions.
Should I start with Income Taxes? Income taxes are at this point a penalty for producing. Welfare is a reward for not producing.
Should I start with the National Debt? Nearing 20 trillion dollars in debt, money spent buying votes and friends. Please explain to me how everything that was taken in was spent or wasted and why you had to borrow an additional 20 trillion dollars to continue spending or wasting.
The list goes on and on. This is the Injury.

Taxes at the outset were intended for the Welfare(Well-Being)of the Nation. They were intended to fund the needful functions of Government, they were not intended to subsidize the less fortunate and especially not the lazy and slothful. There was warning from long-ago that went something like this; The Republic is in danger of failure when the populace discovers they can and then begin voting themselves money from the national treasury. They discovered it, they do it and the Republic is in great peril.

If you need proof that America is in decline you need to look no further that this. Some men that claim to feel like a woman demand to use facilities for women. The state says no, men use men’s rooms and women use women’s rooms. Then some federal government knucklehead says that might be discrimination based on sex. Some men feel Entitled to use women’s rooms based on how they feel and are Offended that they can’t and are Dependent on government to force the women to comply and allow men in the women’s rooms. College students that seek counseling because they were traumatized by someone writing in chalk “Trump” on a sidewalk.

There is another aspect to “Making America Great Again”, other than bringing back jobs and money from overseas, though that would be nice. What is needed to make America great again is for the American citizens to make themselves great again. The citizens need a revival of the American Spirit. American citizens need to become hardy and hardened. American citizens need to return to the practice of Self-Reliance and become Self-Dependent. Rely and Depend on ones own self. Stop being lazy and slothful. Learn to live with-in one’s own means. Learn to make do. Become the one behind the blade of grass. This is the cure so to speak.

America is great, always has been, always will be. The government and some of the citizens are dragging her down. Every time I hear a political clown claiming that he or she will shrink the “size and scope” of government I just bust out laughing. No politician has any intention of shrinking the federal government, I especially get a kick out of one claiming to abolish the IRS. Just how does one abolish a federal government agency? No politician will shrink the federal government in size or scope. If the federal government were to be shrunk, that would in theory return power to either the state or to the people. Do you really think the federal government would empower the states much less the people? Government at all levels is about power and control. What we the people should be concerned with is, when will the government gain absolute power and total control? If and when government gains absolute power and total control over the people it will be because the citizens allowed it to happen.

All of the Kings, Tyrants and Dictators of the world have always feared one thing and one thing only, and that is a nation of Free People. America was founded as a Free Nation(at that time Free and Independent States)inhabited by a Free People Governed by Consent. It is my opinion, If the nation continues down the current path the nation will no longer be a Free Nation inhabited by a Free People governed by Consent, it will become a Nation Ruled by Force with no free inhabitants.

So I now ask what is it that keeps our enemies from our shores? I can assure you that it is not the Entitled, Offended or Dependent Generations. The answer simply put is that there are still enough Hardy and Hardened Americans to make the cost to high to bear. The downside to this is that time and laziness has taken a terrible toll on the Hardy and Hardened.

To answer the Question, How low will America sink? To the very bottom if the people do not wake up and start acting like the Americans and if the government does not start governing as the Founding Fathers envisioned. Both must happen. So which are you ? Part of the Illness? Part of the Injury? Are you willing to be part of the Cure.