How did America get into the fix we’re in as a once, proud, prosperous nation of emigrants who melded together, not easily of course, but assuredly, into a nation of free men each looking out for the other while knowing each had the capacity to rise to the highest level of their abilities without the permission of some Prince, Duke, Earl or King?
America, when solely agricultural, was basically a classless assortment of differing European peoples. They finally sorted themselves into serendipitous groups with occupations that provided for a growing middle class concerned with their own self-interests. Classically, the old rule still applied: follow the money.
People are always in flux and often as groups. Whole groups move in accordance to their best interests, desires or expectations, usually fleeing oppression or being driven away by changing economic situations. The clearances of the Scottish Highland are a good example. Too many war like people on too little arable land in an remote society that could no longer sustain them. Solution: replace the people with sheep. Always follow the money.
Ireland, once a sole Catholic country, soon found itself overcrowded with pushed out Presbyterian Scotsmen, (all Celts of course but not united in Celt-ism). Eventually, they pushed their envelope of survival west to other shores. Opportunities awaited them across the sea, if they were brave enough to face it, on a vast continent filled with indigenous peoples whose own existence depended upon their ability to survive by war, hunting and gathering. Few tribes knew or understood agriculture. Those that did, grew maize and tobacco. By native American standards, they prospered. Follow the money.
The Irish finally moved west, in droves, because they were starving to death due to the potato famine. Post feudal Scotland’s best export was soldiers for the British Army to help maintain Britain’s vast Empire. Soldiers got a salary. Follow the money. Germans came west escaping religious persecution and Italians came because Italy was getting overcrowded as well. Italians loved what they found in America, the ability, without restraint, to achieve and grow and get rich, or not, on their own merits.
In a few generations, these main ethnic groups that left their home cultures behind, accepted what the Revolutionary War gave them and, with some friction, became American’s. An extraordinary document called the US Constitution, encompassing a “Bill of Rights,” guaranteed all Americans equal rights to achieve, etc., and that is what made America ‘exceptional.’
I do not ignore the Africans or native Americans. Today’s social scientists will have us believe how awful it was that Europeans (white people) simply came here, driving the Indians before them, squatting on their home lands. They ignore the earlier migration patterns of Indian culture themselves, of small tribes amalgamating into confederations, aggressively pushing weaker tribes further west, because they too were running out of food sources and habitat. Even in the American Indian cultures, follow the money.
The African race never migrated any farther than their own shores. They had to be dragged out kicking and screaming, herded like cattle and sold by stronger African tribes to buyers needing cheap labor. Early on it was the Portuguese, French, Spaniards then the British and lastly, the Americans. No, not lastly because even today, in the 21st century, Arabs bands are still rounding up black Africans as slaves and selling them to Islamic societies. Follow the money!
Historically, we are not so far away not to know that earlier observers of the human condition saw injustice, exploitation, hardship and simple survival as changeable conditions if those sufferers could only be “organized” to resist their exploitation.
Marx and Engels were probably first to comment on the sad human condition they saw brought on by the Industrial Revolution in such area as the Scottish Highlands, the great industrial mills of middle England and the exploitable condition of coal miners everywhere, and they wrote a treatise about it, called das Kapital, an ignorant, oppressive philosophy that bedevils us today.
Marx was considering the condition of laborers in industrial societies who were basically immobile and whose only asset was to provide cheap manual labor to the industrialists, while gaining little economic prosperity to themselves. Marx determined that this unhappy condition, the vast pools of exploited cheap human labor, was a social injustice that created and divided people into two classes, the very rich and the very poor. Lording over all were the monarchies, the remnants of strong tribal chiefs from long ago who were primordially accepted by the people of the nations they ruled over.
On that point Marx was close but, rapid advances in science and technology was fast changing societies needs for this vast labor pool. Mobility, the ability to board a ship and sail to a new horizon, relieved the pressures on individual or group exploitation and pushed the theories of Marx into the shadows. It didn’t stay there.
This changing condition brought free time from manual labor that allowed a class of idle Intellectuals to developed social theories demanding the seizer of political power through community organizing while exploiting the avenues of leadership, education and finance. The aim was to eliminate class status and introduce a social utopia where everybody was equal and equality was assured by the State.
Today’s Progressive social scientists who still cling to the theories of Karl Marx, face a world that is economically mobile, productive and well satisfied, with an educated and developing middle-class. Well, they can’t have that. Despite the failures of socialist societies like Russia under Stalin, China under Mao, & etc., to develop into happy classless societies, the path of Socialism forced the community organizers who pushed the Marxist theories, into the dark realms of power politics that became power hungry dictatorships. Socialist societies cannot create wealth so they must steal it. They no longer provided for their people but exploited them, but not like the early industrialists that Karl Marx fretted about, did.
Barack Obama, and now even the entire Democrat Party, like the Marxist thinkers of old, are wasted intellectuals trying to reform a society that doesn’t need reforming, doesn’t want reforming and will not accept reforming short of by oppression. Oppression is coming if we don’t take care.
Obama tells us the US Constitution is an old, out of date document that doesn’t accord to modern times; that It should be amenable to modern thinking (his, of course), new ideas and changing situations so that there is no class distinctions between economic groups, ethnic groups, and sexual groups. This will ensure the demise of the middle class and the rise of deviancy as a social norm, for us all.
They miss the lesson of the entire accumulated history of the ever changing human condition. It is ever changing! Political theories that attempt to box all people as subservient class workers for the common good, have continuously failed in every instance they have been tried. There are no successes in socialism, except for the leadership which often attempts to kill each other off. Think North Korea. For the rest, an existence at the level of the lowest common denominator, powerless, weak, poor and dependent on the State for our survival, is all that will remain.
It is the old theories of Karl Marx, reinforced by Lenin, Saul Alinsky, et. al., that are out of date. The American Constitution still remains the only viable political document that ever guaranteed freedom, self-determination and individualism, what the Marxists think they can achieve by compulsion.
America is at the point of a final decision. “Do we stay or do we go?” Obama’s brand of compulsory socialism, enforced by political correctness, is wholly embraced by the Clintons, who have created a vast corrupted self-serving crime network that must inevitably fall.
Americans will stand for only so much nonsense before they take individual action. A Hillary’s American can not survive. American’s should be alarmed at the dim prospects of the future she promises. A government that destroys Christian religion, the basis of our moral standards, and rushes to secretly introduce vast hoards of primitives bringing with them their odious, barbaric, fascist style of existence, can only expect to see blood in the streets.
Maybe that’s what they want because we’re nearly there now. Do we follow the money or the theories? It’s still our choice, isn’t it?
Remember freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go vote!