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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Public Attitude May Be The Achilles Heel That Keeps Us From Saving America

Here’s the Nonsense:  America has had problems before and we’ve always been able to rally ourselves to meet the task and save the day.  We’ll do it again.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  There is a dangerous despair in America that may very well keep us from rising to this occasion.  This will take more than just positive thinking and motivational speeches.  This will take a concerted commitment and effort if we are to save this republic.

Hopelessness, gloom, discouragement, desperation, despondency, misery, anguish.  Those are all words that describe the attitude of a large portion of the American public these days.  Certainly America has a history of pulling itself out of tough places, but this time it’s different.  Never before has America been in the trouble we’re in.  Never before have we faced the challenges we face today.  And, unlike the ridiculous rah-rah speeches we see in movies to rally people to victory, this time there is no good-feeling speech that could be enough to save us.  This time our despair may cost us our republic.

A lot of friends of mine are cringing as they read these words.  These are solid American patriots who believe we can overcome anything.  But I beg to disagree.  There comes a point when too many have lost hope and no matter how hard you fight to win a battle you cannot win.  When discouragement overcomes too many, it becomes impossible to win.  

What adds to the peoples' discouragement is when others refuse to face the real problems and just say they "know" that good will win.  They are the types who think sheer willpower and positive thinking is all it will take to win.  They aren't being realistic by facing the problems and finding solutions.  They want to fight, but they offer no proven solutions.  They are like the military leader who would go to battle without a plan to win.  

Many people might say that people who are feeling so hopeless should focus on positive things.  But positive thinking never was the sole solution to fix anything.  No human can will their way to success, contrary to the claims made by the charlatans and snake oil salesmen who’ve polluted the minds of too many throughout history.  The fact is that there really are quite a few good reasons for people to be depressed.  Let me share a small list here:

  • According to the U. S. Census, median household income has dropped for 5 years in a row.  
  • Enrollment in the food stamp program has risen from 32 million when Obama took office to 47 million.  
  • Pew Research has reported that 53% of Americans in 2008 considered themselves to be part of the "middle class".  Only 44% of Americans in 2014 consider themselves to be part of the “middle class".  
  • 25% of all Americans between 18 amd 29 years of age in 2008 considered themselves to be part of the "lower class".  But 49% of that same age group in 2014 consider themselves part of the “lower class.”  
  • As the New York Times reported, “In 2012, the top 5 percent of earners were responsible for 38 percent of domestic consumption, up from 28 percent in 1995, the researchers found.”  This article shows the decline in the middle class as our economy drives more people down economically.  
  • According to Rasmussen Reports, only 19% of Americans believe that the job market is better than it was a year ago.  
  • According to the Social Security Administration, 53% of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year in wages.  
  • According to, total personal debt in the U.S. is now over $16.4 trillion.  The national debt, as reported to us by the government, is over $17.5 trillion.  When you add unfunded liabilities, the reported numbers add over $128.3 trillion, but as I addressed in a previous post, the “other” numbers that the government doesn’t make as public show us with even higher debt.  It has risen to a level where the chances of ever paying it off are almost impossible.  

Those are just a small number of the things happening in our country that certainly would depress any thinking person.  Hope for the future keeps dwindling, and for good reason.  I believe that as more and more people feel the hopelessness that our situation has brought us to, they are seeing that the chances of being able to pull ourselves out of this mess are slim.  As a result I think they are voting more and more for increased government thinking that government is the only thing big enough to save us.  And those who realize that government can’t save us, but are also feeling despondent, vote for more government as a way to delay the ultimate failure of our economic system.
The hopelessness felt by so many Americans may very well be the Achilles heel that keeps us from saving America.  This is why it is important for us to educate those around us.  It is why people need to understand that returning to the constitutional republic that our country was founded to be is the only way that this economic mess can be turned around.  But most Americans, including politicians, think we’re a democracy instead of a republic and that only puts us on a path to destruction.  
When the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended a lady identified as Mrs. Powel asked Ben Franklin a question.  She said, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"  Franklin responded by saying, "A republic, if you can keep it."
It’s about time we realize that those were words of warning that predicted how difficult it would be to retain our freedoms.  While technically we are still a constitutional republic, in reality we've already lost our republic.  Now the question is whether we have the courage to do what it will take to get it back.