By Ron Munden — 6 June 2019
“America will never be
destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be
because we destroyed ourselves.”
— President Abraham Lincoln
For the last 30 years I have said that the United States is a country in decline. I thought that within 100 years that the U.S. would drop to a second-tier nation status like France and Italy. I predicted the decline would happen because of our failing education system, the country always focusing on the short term rather than addressing long term problems. Also, the decline in the moral fiber and the courage of our people. I think my generation did not match up to “the greatest generation” and those generations that followed my generation have done no better. Finally, the United States has become a nation driven by greed.
Let me carve out one group of Americans – our military personnel are the exception to the characteristics that I described above. Unfortunately, the military is only about 10% of our population. Not enough to carry the rest of us free loaders.
In the past couple of years, I have revised my outlook. I think Abraham Lincoln’s prediction is correct and I think the country is on a 25-year fight plan to losing the freedoms we know today. We might touch down sooner.
Several factors have accelerated the nations race to the bottom. First the rapid increase in income inequality is increasing discontent and government leaders actively work to divide our citizens, not unite them. The nation’s lack of interest in climate change will introduce major stressors and instability throughout the world.
Recently in an interview one historical writer said the United States is in a war and the war is a civil war. That comment is validated every time I take a look at social media or read anything that echoes how people feel. Increasingly I find myself being drawn on the battlefield even though I know that it is a battle that no one will win.
We are quickly becoming a nation of hate and discontent.
At some point those in charge will have to make a decision:
- Let the nation disintegrate and break into parts or
- Institute a totalitarian form of government — taking away many of the freedoms we know today in order to preserve order.
What will Happen?
In my opinion, the direction is clear. The “money people” will not want to lose what they have and they will welcome a totalitarian form of government that preserves order.
It has been a good run for the country but things are about to change. In the future the United States will move from a true democracy to a totalitarian body dressed in democratic outerwear. The United States we know today will be gone.
This will happen weather you believe in global warming or not. Not addressing climate change will just accelerate the rate of decline.
Footnote 1: While I do believe that Mr. T has wet dreams at night about becoming that totalitarian leader. It will not happen. He was born 15 or 20 years to early.
Footnote 2: My son and I are the only remaining living members of my family. He is in bad health and most likely I will outlive him. The Munden clan will not be here in 20 years. I’m glad.
Footnote 3: Even though some other nations are beginning to spend money and other resources on addressing the world’s most pressing problem, the United States is not. Since the United States is not being proactive, its failures will impact all nations so in 25 years every nation may find itself in decline.
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