A Facebook friend and author, Mr. Robert Bidinotto, posted a link earlier today to an excellent column. The column is very good and should be read by all concerned with the GOP and the direction of this nation.
The other column Robert links within the post is even more trenchant and definitely should be read by all Americans who value liberty, freedom, Constitutional government and the Rule of Law. The discussion is the problem we ourselves have created by allowing the development of a permanent Ruling Class which have far more in common with one another than with the vast majority of Americans, yet who have concocted a system in which overturning them is nearly impossible as they have taken away our liberty, freedom and pursuit of happiness; the fruits of OUR labor… and we have let them.
The analysis is long but excellent. It may not be liked by Social Conservatives, however, as the columnist notes (in different words) that simply substituting one set of morals and judgments for those of the totalitarian Left, with similar disregard and disdain for the Constitution, makes those doing the substituting no better than the current ruling class (so who is going to get on the reform bandwagon?), and does NOT initiate a return to liberty and Law. This is an unanswerable truth and goes a long way in explaining the lack of movement for change OF the ruling class, as the Far Right simply demands that Americans trade one set of extra-Constitutional rulers for another, rather than a return to liberty, the Rule of Law and self-government.
Absent the foundational understanding that a successful rebellion – defined as a return to self-government, individual liberty and freedom, and the ABSOLUTE RIGHT to one’s own labor – cannot include a social agenda beyond that, any such rebellion and / or secession simply would substitute one tyranny for another, and would not generate sufficient enthusiasm to be successful; we’d be worse off that we are today.
The document this column most brings to-mind, of course: The Declaration of Independence; the action: secession or rebellion (or both).
Recently I read a set of essays, Rethinking The American Union for the 21st Century, in which is it pointed out that no republic larger than 700,000 or so people EVER has survived; it simply becomes too unwieldy, too subservient to special interests. The “representatives” simply have too many people to represent to be able to represent any effectively, so choose to represent the special interests who can get them re-elected through lucre.
As we move into the 21st Century, technology, free trade and globalization certainly allow for a far smaller nation than America has become for the citizens thereof to be quite successful, and a truly free nation certainly lacks a need for the quantity of bureaucracy that has developed among ALL Western nations.
The sheer size of America has allowed us to throw our weight around for nearly a century, sometimes for good, sometimes not. But we no longer need that size to be a successful country and civilization.
Other than the tyrannical extremes for BOTH major ideologies (liberty and anti-liberty, or Right and Left/FarRight, respectively), wars for territory are no longer imaginable, they simply require armies too big to be raised, organized, trained, tr4ansported and equipped by any nation outside of China or India, both of whom lack the manufacturing capability to produce armaments, food and transport in the quantity necessary to replicate a war anything like WW2 and its masses of men and materiel. And, because the rate of growth of the world population is slowing, wars for land simply are unnecessary and too expensive for today’s leaders to contemplate. (The possible exception to this is China, and the reason is demographics. China, due to gender-selective abortion and its one-child policy, will be down about 40,000,000 women by 2020; a war could both grab more women and reduce China’s ratio of males:females (by getting a good number of unwed males killed off), both of which may be seen as necessary to China’s rulers. The “victims” of this kind of war would, however, not be the West – we simply are about out of women, too, getting to us is too expensive, and the scope of violence necessary too large – the result may not be defeat for China, but it certainly would not be “victory” in any perceivable use of the term. (This, by the way, is one of the major plot drivers in my recent geopolitical thriller, China Rising.)
Wars for ideology, as we see rising across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, unfortunately ARE imaginable; they rise daily as long as the civilized world allows adherents to a pre-modern ideology to kill modern men & women at their whim and are not existentially punished for it. Historians will wonder in amazement that “leaders” of 20th & 21st Century nations allowed their citizens to be killed in fairly large numbers by proponents of a pre-modern ideology, without doing anything serious about it.
But if we have smaller States within what is today America, ideology and State become self-selecting, and much (most?) of the domestic conflict caused by having a “Ruling Class” at odds with its citizenry disappears. The citizens of IA and MA mostly can’t stand one another’s policy prescriptions – but they aren’t going to war over it, nor are TX and MS.
Look at popular movements in CO and CA – multiple counties working to secede from the larger polity; why, then, not expand THAT experiment into secessions of States from America itself? Is the goal individual freedom and liberty under law, and the right to one’s property? Or is continuing to be “America” for the sake of being “American” regardless of the fact that we are losing more and more liberty, freedom and law daily, and will bequeath to OUR children a nation far less free, less-educated and less prosperous than that which we were bequeathed? An un-free America certainly is today imaginable; is keeping American whole worth the loss of liberty it would require / is requiring?
I don’t know the answer for a free future of individual liberty and prosperity other than that it CANNOT be the future designed by the Left or the Far Right as the foundational principle of moving toward it.
America was founded on an ideology of self-government, individual liberty and a limited government. We no longer reflect any of those founding traits, to the detriment of ALL free peoples everywhere.
Either we find a way to take-back our foundations – or not. It is fantasy that we can continue to head down the route we now are traveling – and remain free.