Recent graduates have much to be proud of – their achievement and ambitions; their character and community service; and their willingness to dream big and work hard toward their goals.
What these “best and brightest” and their future children and grandchildren may not realize is that, if the Lord tarries and our nation continues its downward slide, by about the year 2050, the America of their parents and grandparents – “land of the free and home of the brave” – may only be visible by looking back about a century toward the 1950s and the values that characterized “one nation under God ... with liberty and justice for all.”
IF WE CONTINUE down the slippery slope we now are on, anyone searching for any semblance of that republic would have to comb through archives of old, unsanitized history books to find out the actual wattage of that earlier beacon of safety and security that millions of immigrants came running toward, and which President Reagan called a “shining city on a hill.”
Major indicators of our impending demise include:
• uncontrolled deficits. They are a national security threat, an insult to honest taxpayers and a joke for other nations’ emulation.
• a decline of morality. Abortions number in the millions, and the government is mandating free birth control to religiously-affiliated organizations. No wonder illegals have found ready jobs for what could have been good, honest, legal American workers. And think of how the Social Security trust fund would have been supported by these millions paying into it, instead of its future train wreck.
• a reliance on other countries for our energy.
K.T. McFarland, a former national security official in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, and current Fox News national
security analyst and host of FoxNews.com program DEFCON-3, recently responded to an interview by The Officer magazine and gave some somber warnings:
• After the unpopular Vietnam War, the military was cut and veterans suffered, and her concern is that “we’re heading in that direction again.”
• If the Department of Defense budget is cut $1 trillion in 10 years, “the tragedy will be: You can’t do more with less. In fact, you do less with less.”
• Since World War II, our policy has been for the United States to be able to fight on two fronts. The administration now says we don’t need to do that anymore. If we give up a mission or stretch ourselves not to focus on it, “that’s exactly where the threat comes.”
• “I think it’s unrealistic to take the kind of cuts the president’s proposing without being up front with the American people about what missions we’re willing to give up.”
• In Afghanistan, “We should have declared victory in 2001, left Afghanistan, pursued al-Qaida into Pakistan and destroyed them.” But we stuck around to “build a new nation. What a mistake that was.”
• The greatest threat to America’s national security is our economy. If we don’t get our budget under control, our military will all be “collateral damage” if we have a U.S. economy that goes on to ruin. Perhaps our greatest threat to our nation is a cyber-threat to our civilian infrastructure in which our electric grid and our entire banking system would be paralyzed. Not enough attention has been paid to protecting our private sector.
• Every former president would have dreamed of having the abundant energy sources we now have discovered under the oceans and deep underground, but “this president has the opportunity but won’t exploit it and won’t let us get it out of the ground.” Once we are energy-independent, all the conflicts of the world wouldn’t be that important to us: Middle East, other trade routes, Russia’s dominance, etc. None of these would happen if America had cheap, abounding, secure energy sources.
IN ADDITION TO her prognosis, I will summarize with a few observations from others on our national direction.
Robert H. Bork said in 1996:
• Modern liberalism has corrupted our culture across the board.
• It would be difficult to contend that American culture today is as healthy as the culture of the 1950s.
• If the trends of modern liberalism continue, the dead of night still lies ahead.
• “As we approach its desolate and sordid precincts, the pessimism of the intellect tells us that Gomorrah is our probable destination. What is left to us is a determination not to accept that fate and the courage to resist it – the optimism of the will.”
Phil Kent, in The Dark Side of Liberalism: Unchaining the Truth, continues the concern and advises us in his last chapter:
• Build, or rebuild, a culture of character (and I say stop what Michelle Malkin has termed a “culture of corruption.”)
• Honor true heroes – and educate future generations about them.
• Work to ensure the rule of law, while curbing judicial activism.
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint says in his book Saving Freedom that, in seeing the growth of government way beyond constitutional limits, we should be very aggressive in reducing government spending and individual dependency on such government.
If ever there were a time in our history that we take drastic corrective action, surely it is now! Otherwise, I fear, the dark side will grow darker, and we, as well as future generations, will, as Judge Bork said, go Slouching Towards Gomorrah.
(The writer, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, is a retired quality engineer from Bechtel Savannah River.)