We’ve reached the tipping point, folks. This election was the last hope for the American republic. We are now brazenly running toward Greece. How that will manifest in the coming years remains to be seen. We will certainly see our healthcare quality crumble, while costs soar–which has already begun; we will see spending continue to skyrocket; we will see entitlement programs expand, and we will see our country fall.
This reminds me of something Professor Alexander Tyler wrote in 1787. Tyler was a Scottish lawyer and writer. He came up with what I refer to as The Seven Steps of Democracy. Each step follows a sequence that begins with bondage and ultimately ends right back where it started.
1. From Bondage to spiritual faith: The English colonists of the United States felt they were being oppressed, and began to inspire a spiritual and political awakening.
2. From spiritual faith to great courage: The religiously and politically oppressed colonists finally decided to rebel against England and take their independence.
3. From courage to liberty: The courage to start a rebellion led to a revolution against England, and ultimately a victory.
4. From liberty to abundance: After victory, we grew as a nation. We experienced an industrial revolution, and soon our country sat in abundance.
5. From abundance to complacency: As a country, we became complacent in our wealth and comfort.
6. From complacency to apathy: Following that, we began to lose our ability to care about what happened in the country, particularly in politics. We began to accept larger government in our lives, without much thought as to how it would later effect us.
7. From apathy to dependence: As the government grew, we began to rely on the government to take care of us and provide for us. We began to rely on social security, welfare, food-stamps, and other programs.
8. From dependence back into bondage: Out of this growing dependency, we will fall farther and farther down the rabbit hole, and find ourselves in Greece. Financial collapse, riots, social decline, and ultimately bondage. Then we are back where we started.
Up until now, we were at the tipping point; balancing on the edge of dependency versus independence. This was the defining election that would decide whether we stayed on the edge or slipped off the cliff. With the Obama win, we have now slipped of the cliff. But really, what does that mean?
That means, barring any return to sane financial policies in 2016, we are heading from step seven to step eight. That’s the last step, folks.
It was a razor thin election; 49% to 49% in the popular vote. So it’s not as though it was a landslide. However, this is only the tipping point. As time goes by, it will only get worse.
If our country can re-elect Barack Obama with unemployment standing at 7.9% (higher than when he was elected in 2008), the Benghazi debacle, a socialized healthcare system (which has failed in every other country in which it has been implemented), an additional $6 trillion in debt (after promising to cut the deficit in half), food-stamp usage at a record breaking high, and welfare use continuing to rise, we have surely moved from step seven on to step eight.
There is hope in the fact that the Republicans still remain in control of the House of Representatives. But as I see it, our country is headed down the final stretches of a dangerous path. The Republican Party does not need to fundamentally restructure; it needs to better articulate its message; looking to rising, conservative stars in the party, such as Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Mia Love, Mike Pence, Bobby Jindal and others to create a new conservative movement. These people are the last hope to reverse our decline.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Bruce Barton:
“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”