Americaís Major Malfunction
Written by JB Williams
is a big country in a complex world with its fair share of daily challenges and
more than its fair share of global responsibility. If youíre looking for
something to fix, the most advanced nation on earth always has something for
you to do. Running America
is a job thatís never quite finished, itís a work in progress.
Finding something that needs work is easy. Fixing it is usually easier than
expected. Agreeing on what fix is in order is all but impossibleÖ
The good news is, America
has all the talent and resources needed to fix just about any problem, once we
get in the mood to fix something. The bad news is, too many spend their time
worrying about the little stuff, the daily minutia of politically motivated
wrangling that aims to call attention to our flaws, but seldom offers any real solutions
for fear of running out of things to vote about. Focused on the vote trolling
issues, they completely overlook Americaís
We have but one real problem. This one problem is the root of almost
every other problem gracing our headlines today. Itís the one problem
that isnít so easily solved and the one problem that truly threatens Americaís
future like no other. Itís the problem few seem aware of and even fewer
care to address.
foundation is crumbling beneath our feetÖ
The greatest nation in earthís history is fast becoming something
much less. The shining city on the hill is corroded, because its foundation has
been systematically eroded, its principles and ideals discarded and its people
flooded in a sea of disinformation, dragged to the bottom of a sewer of immoral
and unethical politically motivated divisions that now takes precedent over
everything that once united every American, no matter their individual
The difference between today and two hundred or even sixty years ago is
not George Bush. Itís Americaís
collective soul. Our run away federal government is only a symptom of a much
bigger problem Ė us!!
Republic is in fact a mirror image
of the people it is supposed to represent. Just like us, itís
self-serving, self-centered, cowardly, greedy, immoral, unethical, fat, lazy,
ignorant, disengaged, disinterested and unapologetic. As a result, itís
completely divided to the point of paralysis. It is exactly like usÖ
Two hundred years ago, every American agreed on certain fundamental
principles for a successful free society. Today, we no longer agree on those
principles. Two hundred years ago, men who came from economic, religious and
governmental tyranny agreed that any central government wealthier and therefore
more powerful than its people threatened the freedom and prosperity of every
individual. Today, we no longer agree on this. Today, many see the federal
government as their savior as opposed to the nine trillion pound demon kicking
our door down, the one our founders were right to warn us about.
Two hundred years ago, it didnít matter what life you left behind
to become an American. You left that life behind in pursuit of a better life
and that better life was promised on the basis of a common love for freedom,
personal economic and religious liberty, the right to design and determine our
own future, as individuals with a common goal of protecting the individual,
regardless of race, creed, color or point of origin.
Today, we are told to celebrate collectivism, the greater common good, and
our differences, our diversity, rather than that which all once sought,
individual rights, not based on color or creed or political affiliations. Based
on being AmericanÖ
Two hundred years ago, any nation who threatened these things was an
enemy and every American knew it. Every American was prepared to take up arms
and fight to the death in defense of these ideals and principles. Today, we
spend more time fighting over our place at the federal trough. We canít
even decide who is an enemy of our state, even when they openly threaten or
attack our state and everything it stands for. Bush is more hated in America
than Bin Laden today. More effort goes into derailing Bush than preventing the
next 9/11. Two hundred years ago, this was called treason and such people swung
in a public noose for all to see.
Much is said about our divide and many make beautiful speeches about
But those same people work around the clock to identify and exploit
opportunities to divide us even further. They do so because their power depends
upon our divide. Itís possible because we owe it to ourselves.
Thereís not a single American unaware of just what an awful
brutal murderous regime reigned in Iraq.
Not one American is unaware of the many crimes against humanity, the utter
disregard for international diplomatic demands for reform and compliance. No
American doubts the fact that the Hussein regime was a threat to innocent Iraqi
neighbors, the western world and our allies. Yet half of America
lacks the moral clarity and courage to stand firmly behind the young men and
women who have so selflessly offered their own lives to confront this evil.
Two hundred years ago, sixty years ago, this would never have been the
case because then, we held the same principles in common and had no problem
identifying or confronting our enemies. We all know that the Hussein regime
murdered millions of innocent Iraqi men, women and children, tortured millions
of others, invaded, raped, murdered and plundered our allies in the region, defied
every UN resolution ever written, paid the families of suicide bombers for their
international terror, sought bio, chemical and nuclear weapons to extend their
reach to other parts of the world and openly threatened the west on too many
occasions to count. Yet nearly half of America
asks, ďBut what did they do to us?Ē They foolishly ask, ďWhat
did Saddam have to do with 9/11?Ē as if the war against world wide terror
operations is only about 9/11.
What did Germany
or the Hitler regime do to us? What did Korea
do to us? The men who died to end those threats never asked this question and
neither did the people back home who dropped their lives to work in factories
to support those missions as hundreds of thousands of American soldiers died to
bring an end to the brutality of those regimes. Itís why we call them our
greatest generation, those selfless, brave, determined patriotic heroes of days
gone by. They still exist and they are in Iraq,
and many other parts of the world confronting international terrorism on too
many fronts to number now. But what about the rest of us?
is well on its way to losing its collective soul. We no longer protect,
preserve or defend our foundational principles, we attack them. We drive
religious speech from our schools and our public square. We demand socialism
and the end to capitalism. We defend our enemies and attack ourselves. We have
replaced our trust in God and our faith in ourselves with an unfounded trust
and faith in a run away federal government that our founders had no faith in at
all, entrusting the people with all the power.
Our problem is, we have too few Americans
living in America
today. We have all shapes, sizes, colors, creeds, nationalities and the most
diverse nation on earth. But we have somehow failed to teach our own the
principles that made America
possible. New immigrants are often the best Americans because they know
vividly, why they are here and why American is the best thing on earth to be.
Too many Americans are not American at all anymore. They believe in and
support ideals and principles that are entirely at odds with everything America
is supposed to be and they call their ideas progressive. Yet there is
absolutely nothing progressive about socialism, atheism, anti-Americanism or
endless internal political division that keeps our nation in constant turmoil.
This is our greatest challenge. This is the one problem that we can not
allow to go unresolved. This is the one problem that should drive every vote in
every election until this is no longer a nation of divisive inner hostility
towards foundational American principles and those who fight to defend them.
All other challenges can be met with relative ease once this problem no
longer exists. But until then, the greatest nation in the world will continue
its slide into a bastion of anti-American rhetoric and eventually crumble under
the weight of irreconcilable political divisions.
We face another test of our strength and resolve today as Iran
chooses the path chosen by Hussein in Iraq,
one of defiance and determination to threaten the west and its allies until
someone steps forward to end it. As the UN proves impotent once again, in its
inability to successfully manage psychotically despotic regimes in the most
dangerous parts of the world, America
must once again choose its own course.
Is this another opportunity to divide or another reason to
Itís bothÖ †and the choice is ours to makeÖ