Sunday, February 1, 2009

“The land of the free? Whoever told you that are your enemy”

In light of the change of leadership in the most powerful country in the world there is reasons to take a more closely look in what America have become and were the United States are going. The only country in the history of men that started with the notion of freedom and liberty as guidelines are headed where all others have gone before them, towards etatism and ever bigger government. Americans seem to take pride in the constitution, I cannot see why anymore. Very few (in truth none) of the amendments are uphold today. The paper it’s written on is not anything else but that, a paper.

It pretty much started straight away with the very first presidents and governments of this very young country, but the real damage didn’t start until the beginning of the 20th century. Protectionism increased, the First World War happened in the wake of protectionism and nationalism. During this time the increasing antagonism against the gold standard created a situation where governments and socialists everywhere won one of the greatest victories of all political history, the abandonment of the gold standard. During several decades politicians realized that the gold standard is incompatible with chronic deficit spending which became more and more necessary to be reelected in all democracies. All this together with the American Federal Reserve’s manic spending to help Great Britain created the great depression, and as suddenly politicians had the perfect excuse to end the last traces of the gold standard and start with the real spending that is the very definition of the welfare state. US were no different. Roosevelt’s new deal lounged the biggest government spending since the last days of the Roman Empire and when World War II ended and people started to rebuild the world again, Keynes and his ideas of economics was the true ruler of the world. People got wealthier again and the more golden decades of the 50’s and 60’s seemed to make him right, which further increased the politicians lust for even more and more spending (more power).

But these first decades of the 20th century also saw several other decisions that would put some big nails in the American coffin. The anti drug acts was such a nail. The constitution states people’s right to their own life, body and liberty, so to go around the constitution the government put taxes and other restrictions on drugs which later lead to total criminalization. The government also tried this with alcohol which of course led to the biggest alcohol intake in American history and created the big criminal groups. Later on mafia and other criminal groups would instead go over to drugs, which are still illegal, to make their big profits that’s keeps them going. During the rest of the century the US governments take turn in overspending each others, culminating in the resent Georg Bush administration. George Bush did some positive things going during his reign, but economically speaking he was a disaster. And now Americans have an even bigger spender at the helm. Barack Obama has issued several spending sprees that will make him a socialist hero (spending people’s money on programs designed for the same people), but will put the final nail in the freedom coffin. All that is needed now is that someone takes the shovel and put the dirt on top and the socialist finalization of this once great country will be done.

And the rest of the world, eagerly applauding Obama’s socialist views, will surely follow the example. This we already have seen were almost every country in the world are spending billions of billions of dollars to “rescue” car manufactures, fired workers and different state projects (all spending is paid by the same people that are meant to be “saved”). The different is that most other countries already have such high taxes and big governments that America has a lot of catching up to do. This is a prelude to what’s to come, believe me. A very similar situation to the late 20’s and early 30’s, where socialism and nationalism was put forward to solve the problems that socialism and nationalism have created.

In the wake of the financial crisis, all we need now is that little spark. A duke being shot, a couple of warmongering tyrants being elected (see South America) or some large terrorist acts, and we have the recipe for another world war. And this time, America will not come to the rescue! Someone mentioned something about the apocalypse?