Friday, September 11, 2009
The Fraying of the Ties That Bind
We're one day from a big game for UT football, so a large part of me does not want to dwell on the negative today. However, I've been quiet too long on our national trend towards self-destruction.
Pat Buchanan authored a great column that mirrors the analysis that I have been contemplating over the past few months. Buchanan focuses on the divergent opinions of the American public, yes, but he focuses mostly on how the reactions to these differences are dividing this country into different groups and sects.
Buchanan hits the nail on the head, but he could go further. I would say that these differences are causing great changes in our geographic demography. People with similar views are congregating in the same states. The statist media's attempts to make the American public think that there are few "red" and "blue" states but only a bunch of "purple states," but this is not the truth.
That's why, over the past 6 months or so, I have moved towards a startling conclusion (at least from my perspective) - the United States of America, comprised of 50 states in one federal union, is unlikely to survive my lifetime. At this point - given the brazen attempts by the current administration to socialize this country, end capitalism, and torch the freedoms that this country's founders fought and died for - it is not far-fetched to believe that at least one state decides that it's tired of being bullied by a federal government that asks for more but provides less, rewards laziness and excuses but penalizes hard work, and strips citizens of their individual rights and replaces them with more government bureaucracy.
This isn't 1861, folks. Anyone who thinks that states like Texas and Florida couldn't go it alone economically - or that smaller states like South Carolina and Georgia couldn't form confederations with other states of similar values and geography - aren't using their imagination. This isn't a case where the industrialized North has an advantage over the agricultural South. Times have changed. Technology has changed.
I'm not saying that I support secession. My more-recent ancestors fought for this country and its rich history and promise. But to think that what my generation never contemplated - that this country becomes so unrecognizable in its current state when compared to what America has been over its history - could become reality is shocking.
Change has come, for sure. And it seems to be intent on tearing this country apart.