I’m deeply grieved by the calls for “a new civil war” that have been published in The Augusta Chronicle recently (Joaquin Godoy and Pamela Leonard). I fear this kind of talk because I view that outcome as practically inevitable now.
I’ve recently been studying “the war of Northern aggression” in observance of the 150th anniversary of those events, and the level of bloodshed and human misery endured in this country are not to be lightly bandied about.
The causes of that war were both economic, as Southern apologists say and social, because the abominable institution of slavery could not have been allowed to stand forever. There is no contradiction in this, because slavery was the economy of the wealthiest 1 percent in the South who led the secessionist movement.
The new slavery is debt. Solomon was correct when he said “the debtor is servant to the lender.” Some privately negotiated debts are reasonable; we make these contracts so we can buy a car to drive to work to pay the debt, and so on. When an all-powerful central government with the power to tax contracts debts that the taxpayers do not choose, that is servitude.
All the economic forecasts indicate a crisis in the making. The U.S. government could not balance its current budget if it confiscated 100 percent of the income of the wealthiest 1 percent. In the near future all of the income of all citizens will be insufficient. That will amount to universal slavery.
I weep when I contemplate the life the Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Godoy cabal are preparing for my son on his fifth birthday.
If I saw the temperature and pressure in a reaction vessel increasing on the sort of curve our national debt is following, I’d run for the bomb shelter. A cataclysm seems inevitable. If that day comes, and the progressive cadre takes up arms and appears at my home to collect what is “owed” them, there will be bloodshed.
I doubt that Leonard’s preferred “fair tax” or any other tax reform can stave off the dissolution of our current government. We all should be mindful of the tragedy of 150 years ago, and work toward a civilized resolution to our difficulties. If we can’t achieve that, then may God protect the weak and strengthen the hand of the just.