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One of the hardest things to endure when watching the GOP and Democratic debates is the tendency of politicians to fabricate an unrealistically negative prognosis for the United States as a whole. In both cases, talking points like the following are typical: “America is on its knees, screaming for help.” – “The American Middle Class is being decimated.” – “The American dream is dying.” – “Americans are losing hope.” – “If we don’t act now, our country will not survive” – And on, and on…
This kind of scaremongering is both irresponsible and starkly inaccurate. America is not going down the tubes. Indeed, relative to the faltering civilisation across the pond, America is booming, setting sail into a new century with strength, opportunity and stability. While there are certainly challenges America must deal with, such as the Latinisation of the Pacific South-West, mass retirement of baby boomers and a rising, potentially hostile China, none of these challenges – unlike the infusion of Islam into Europe – poses an existential threat to the historic entity itself.
So why do people say otherwise? Political expediency is an obvious answer. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a man I quite liked a few months ago, has since completely repelled my affection with an unceasing binge of melodramatic doom-mongering. There is no question as to why he indulges in this. Cruz is like the mechanic who subtly wrecks a fine-working part of the car in order to make his services more necessary than they are. He is putting greed before truth, manipulation before reality.
Among the GOP field, only two candidates are striking a positive and proactive tone – Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. The former, though born in the USA, still has the optimistic fervour of an immigrant. Coming from a family of Cuban exiles, Rubio still recognises the innate advantages of the American model, and he has yet to be corrupted by the Machiavellian orthodoxies of Washington. Going back and scribbling out many things I’ve said in the past, I would subsequently much prefer Rubio over Cruz were this the choice to be made.
Thankfully, it isn’t. Or at least not yet. Despite the unceasing onslaught from a corrupt mainstream media, Donald Trump remains the man to beat. In every major poll (barring the highly suspicious numbers manufactured by MSNBC), Trump is the clear front-runner to receive the final nomination. Nothing the billionaire has said or done in his campaign has been deceptive. His claims of American failings are all sourced from reliable data. America really is being taken for a ride by China and other low-wage worker colonies like Mexico and India. No exaggeration is required of the dangers in that.
This is very different from what other candidates are recklessly maintaining. Unlike them, Trump has never claimed that America itself is falling to pieces. Rather, he decries the stupidity of its leaders. He proposes to ‘make America great again’ because he knows greatness is still inherent within it.
Europe, by contrast, is a mess; a rickety, skeletal tribute to what it once was. If we had half the reasons for hope America has, we would be among the happiest people in the world.
Modus Pownens said:
Yes, there is nothing as overtly pernicious as radical Islam directly threatening us. However, given what’s happening on our college campuses, as this last week has made abundantly clear, we have an insidious cultural and intellectual rot that could destroy us from the inside out.
Defend the Modern World said:
True, but I believe Americans have the will to resist any poison. I can’t say the same for Europeans.
Wise words. There is still a tremendous energy and vitality about the USA that has largely disappeared from demoralised and dispirited Europe. Much as I sympathise with the French nation their tendency to cynicism and their hopeless naive assumption that millions of North African Muslims could be turned into Frenchmen has played no small part in creating their present nightmare.
Defend the Modern World said:
Indeed. Radical Leftism has always found an audience there. It’s a shame. France is a beautiful country.
I could be frank, but knowing the internet and how people whom want to engage in “conversations” would not like my conversation, I’ll just say that we must hold down the fort if it comes down to it.
I can understand seeing what some politicians are saying now (and many before) as alarmist. It’s hard to prepare the American public to brace itself and defend itself, if it’s not the official decree… but using fear doesn’t seem too helpful. I don’t know what other means there could be, just to infuse citizens to a more uplifted morale about itself as a nation. The populace driving the insanity doesn’t seem to believe in the nation-state, with the exception of demanding from it its benefits that come by way of its freedoms… also, if abused, would come to an end.
Such things are not explained in school, I’m assuming.
Defend the Modern World said:
Patriotism is the traditional means by which American leaders have lifted public morale. It’s much more effective than fear.
Then again, some say that the breaking of the American financial system is what the aim is… there are all numbers of fears about turmoil going around, anymore. Perhaps the ease of communications is not only the dream-come-true for propagandists, but the natural tendency of human behavior to be narcissistic in groups, as well as individually… and it led to this.
Meantime, people are getting their medical degrees and engineering degrees, etc, etc. The best of humanity won’t stop if it has something to look forward to.
This is the “magic” that socialists feel they can capture in a bottle of legalities and regulations. To make humans who have no will to excel become superb masters of whatever they choose. They feel that the generational diligence and pride of family-life needed was robbed of them (while they deny that “family” is a necessary part of functioning, otherwise) and so the express elevator is going to fix all that…
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James Nesbit said:
When your country is circling the drain, just point the finger at how much worse off other countries are. That will convince the ignoramuses that nothing is wrong.