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America's fearful future
Renew America ^ | June 25 2012 | Alan Caruba

Posted on 06/25/2012 1:42:59 PM PDT by scottjewell

It's a cliché that nations and men repeat the same errors, stumbling into various crisises. The locations may change, but the patterns of history remain.

The world is teetering on a new Great Depression. Democracies are at risk. In the 1930s there were an estimated two billion people worldwide. Today there are seven billion people in the world; the pressures to feed them and meet their other needs have increased exponentially. It strains relations between nations and within them.

In the U.S. the Great Depression began in 1929 and lasted until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that brought the U.S. into the conflict. World War Two had begun in Europe when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and then invaded France in 1941. In Asia the Empire of Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931, expanding further into China in 1937.

Over eighty years ago the time was ripe for aggression by those with the will to pursue it. At the time it was lacking in the U.S. that had a long tradition of avoiding "foreign entanglements." The military was hardly prepared. By contrast the U.S. has acted since the end of World War Two as the global policeman protecting the sea lanes and its allies.

What America had, however, was an industrial base that was up to the task of becoming "an arsenal for democracy." Today our manufacturing base has been hollowed out with much of it outsourced to other nations or harmed by unions, excessive regulation, and trade policies that left them at a disadvantage.

China, by contrast, is largely self-sufficient and has built its energy production sector while our manufacturing base, along with the ability to provide the energy it requires, is being destroyed by Environmental Protection Agency regulations and Interior Department restrictions on new mining and drilling.

I cite this because, in my view if not the official one of economists, the U.S. is in a Depression. Across the Atlantic, Europe is facing the collapse of its political and financial union.

There are huge numbers of unemployed in the U.S. even if there are no soup lines as existed in the 1930s. Much of the middle class has seen some forty percent of its wealth disappear, mostly in the depreciation of the value of their homes. Many are on some form of government dole whether it is food stamps or unemployment compensation The U.S. debt is historic — $15 trillion and climbing — and could prove catastrophic.

The present times mirror earlier ones in which empires trembled and fell. Neither Russia nor China would be unhappy to see the greatest capitalist democracy in the world fall into ruin.

Syria's internal conflict bears an eerie resemblance to the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939 when that nation fell under fascist control, preceding World War Two. In Syria, the United States, Europe, and their Arab allies are aligned against the dictatorship of Bashar Assad while, on the other side there is Russia, China, Iran and Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy that controls Lebanon.

Just as the League of Nations proved incapable of ensuring peace in the run-up to World War Two, so too the United Nations has no such capability today. It is utterly corrupt and has its own agenda to impose itself on the world as a global government.

America has been weakened since the financial crisis of 2008, almost entirely the result of federal government housing programs, the pressure on banks to make bad mortgage loans, and the resulting "bundling" and sale of "toxic assets" that undermined our largest financial institutions.

For the first time in our history, our credit rating has been downgraded. Several large banks have suffered a similar ranking. The Obama administration has exacerbated the banks' ability to recover by imposing excessive and likely unconstitutional regulation.

National security is at risk as well. These days the U.S. Air Force is flying a fleet of geriatric planes, some of which were manufactured in the 1950s. Our Navy has the fewest number of ships since the end of World War Two. Our Army and Marines are worn out from a decade of non-stop fighting. The President has been determined to reduce our nuclear arsenal.

America entered a new era with a sneak attack on 9/11, the result of the frenzy of Islamists who may well sense that they must either conquer the West or see Islam wither away as a failed system. As various Middle Eastern nations overthrew their dictators, the more moderate, secular factions within them are at risk of being ruled by the most ruthless mullahs who fear the loss of their power over the people.

Financial crisis. Military conflicts. Enemies of democracy. It has the look and feel of the 1930s and 1940s.

America needs to make some essential and rapid changes — making the federal government smaller, revitalizing our military, protecting our borders against massive illegal immigration, reforming "entitlement" programs, eliminating wasteful spending — or we could be living in the last years of its influence and power.

© Alan Caruba


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: depression; globalwar; obama
"The present times mirror earlier ones in which empires trembled and fell. Neither Russia nor China would be unhappy to see the greatest capitalist democracy in the world fall into ruin."

All too true....

1 posted on 06/25/2012 1:43:07 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

EBT cards are today’s soup kitchens - and they’re probably far more abundant.


2 posted on 06/25/2012 1:45:46 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: scottjewell

Forgot one thing. There are 200 million (+) armed American patriots in the equation this time around.


3 posted on 06/25/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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Both good points. Yep.


4 posted on 06/25/2012 1:48:36 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: scottjewell

>Neither Russia nor China would be unhappy to see the greatest capitalist democracy in the world fall into ruin.”<

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With a little help from their friend in the WH, the American Baath Party and the MSM, Russia and China will get their wish soon enough.


5 posted on 06/25/2012 1:52:42 PM PDT by 353FMG
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The author warns that the present time “has the look and feel of the 1930s and ‘40s”.

To me, this is a good thing, and a sign that positive change is in the offing (as per Howe and Strauss, “The Fourth Turning” c. 1997).


6 posted on 06/25/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: scottjewell
From the article"

"The Obama administration has exacerbated the banks' ability to recover by imposing excessive and likely unconstitutional regulation."

should that not be, "the banks INability to recover"?

7 posted on 06/25/2012 1:59:01 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: scottjewell

“What America had, however, was an industrial base that was up to the task of becoming “an arsenal for democracy.” Today our manufacturing base has been hollowed out with much of it outsourced to other nations or harmed by unions, excessive regulation, and trade policies that left them at a disadvantage.”

This is not true.

Our manufacturing sector produced $1.855 Trillion in 2010 with 12.5 million workers. The number of manufacturing workers keeps decreasing while the output keeps increasing. We are able to produce more with less workers.


8 posted on 06/25/2012 2:00:38 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: scottjewell

Rudyard Kipling saw all this a century ago:

...
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!


9 posted on 06/25/2012 2:00:51 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Ron C.

You are correct, Ron. Either he forgot to add the “in”, or he meant PREVENTING the banks’ ability to recover. Either way, it passed editing ...


10 posted on 06/25/2012 2:01:57 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: moonshot925

China produces more steel than the rest of the world COMBINED. You are an idiot and a liar.


11 posted on 06/25/2012 2:02:15 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: scottjewell

“The U.S. debt is historic — $15 trillion and climbing”

When you add the $16 trillion the Federal Reserve gave away to the banks here and in Europe and without Congressional approval then our actual debt is more like $32 trillion!

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-looting-of-america-the-federal-reserve-made-16-trillion-in-secret-loans-to-their-bankster-friends-and-the-media-is-ignoring-the-eye-popping-corruption-that-has-been-uncovered

“The Looting Of America: The Federal Reserve Made $16 Trillion In Secret Loans To Their Bankster Friends And The Media Is Ignoring The Eye-Popping Corruption That Has Been Uncovered”


12 posted on 06/25/2012 2:03:49 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Kipling was a prophet, for sure. thanks for posting his awesome prose.


13 posted on 06/25/2012 2:04:23 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: MeganC

Wow, thanks for that important link. Unbelievable.


14 posted on 06/25/2012 2:08:50 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: scottjewell

I’m in the process of memorizing it ... six verses down, four to go.


15 posted on 06/25/2012 2:09:52 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

ha, good for you. Good words to know and live by....


16 posted on 06/25/2012 2:11:52 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: central_va

Steel is not nearly as important as it used to be.

It has mostly been replaced by other materials like concrete, aluminium, plastics, etc...

We produce aircraft, gas turbines, locomotives, tractors, machine tools, cars, petroleum, natural gas, weapons, etc...


17 posted on 06/25/2012 2:13:08 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: scottjewell

The problem is that the USA has the “feel” of the 1930’s Weimar Republic or the collapsing Roman Republic. We are just one “Man on Horseback” away from a authoritarian government - and I’d probably vote for him if he was an American Nationalist (instead being a multi-culti pansy fascist like most Democrats).
That worries me a bit.


18 posted on 06/25/2012 2:17:08 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: scottjewell

What is it about our dire situation that the mainstream media understands? We need more information on the Sandusky trial, more sports coverage? The country is headed to ruin.

Not to worry, since the economy is so bad illegal immigration is no longer a problem.


19 posted on 06/25/2012 2:24:09 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The First Bystander must be removed!)
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To: scottjewell

What is it about our dire situation that the mainstream media understands? We need more information on the Sandusky trial, more sports coverage? The country is headed to ruin.

Not to worry, since the economy is so bad illegal immigration is no longer a problem.


20 posted on 06/25/2012 2:24:31 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The First Bystander must be removed!)
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To: DuncanWaring

Kipling’s “Et dona ferentes” is also apposite to this thread.
Anglo-Saxon countries will take a certain level of crap, but when a critical level is reached all hell breaks loose.


21 posted on 06/25/2012 2:30:33 PM PDT by expat2
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To: expat2

And, of course, “The Wrath Of The Awakened Saxon”:

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy — willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.


22 posted on 06/25/2012 2:37:37 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: scottjewell

We are not ‘stumbling’ into anything. We are being herded like cattle, prodded and whipped into chaos and confusion. This is deliberate and calculated to end the US as we knew it. The damage is already uncalculable. What’s more, We the People are complicit in our own demise.


23 posted on 06/25/2012 2:38:42 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: DuncanWaring

That last stanza is beautiful, prophetic, and will be fulfilled.


24 posted on 06/25/2012 3:01:31 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: MestaMachine

Yes. No doubt.
But there is something cyclical in this engineered destruction; it always somehow collapses itself and the opposing side takes over.

Howe and Strauss in “The Fourth Turning” were predicting this apex and reversal 15 years ago, with uncanny accuracy as to details and events we have witnessed since 2008.

From a blog which follows this theory:

“Now deeply into the 00-20 winter period, we see that the wealth generated in the 80s and 90s was not so much organic as manufactured — largely on a false foundation of debt. Already twice this “season,” this shaky foundation has collapsed and is now only supported by blatant sham activities of the federal government.

To quote Alexander Hamilton, who designed almost singlehandedly the governmental/financial system the U.S. has used for over 200 years:

“Mark my words. So long as we are a young and virtuous people, this instrument [the Constitution] shall bind us together in mutual interests, mutual welfare, and mutual happiness. But when we become old and corrupt, it will bind us no longer.”

How prophetic Hamilton’s words were, how much they foretold our present era!


25 posted on 06/25/2012 3:06:07 PM PDT by scottjewell (homosexual agenda,)
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To: moonshot925

“Our manufacturing sector produced $1.855 Trillion in 2010 with 12.5 million workers. The number of manufacturing workers keeps decreasing while the output keeps increasing. We are able to produce more with less workers.”

Yes, but...

Some time ago, I read that the US would not be capable of producing enough boots and shoes for a WWII sized army - which is another one of the reasons that the next war will have to be very short and pushbutton high tech.


26 posted on 06/25/2012 3:16:16 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: expat2
Anglo-Saxon countries will take a certain level of crap, but when a critical level is reached all hell breaks loose.

Did you read Kipling's story of the Saxon?

27 posted on 06/25/2012 3:49:41 PM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: expat2

Oh My, one post below, and there it was. LOL


28 posted on 06/25/2012 3:52:51 PM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: scottjewell

It will, and I am Sofa King not looking forward to it.

Looking forward to “it” being done (if I life that long), but not looking forward to “it”.


29 posted on 06/25/2012 5:12:09 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: mosaicwolf
Forgot one thing. There are 200 million (+) armed American patriots in the equation this time around.

They haven't forgot, they know it won't really matter. These stupid stories like, Terminator where a single shotgun hold off an entire mechanized military operated by robots is just stupid.

Besides that what makes you think all those gun owners would be thinking like you or I do?

30 posted on 06/25/2012 5:28:39 PM PDT by itsahoot (About that Coup d'état we had in 08, anyone worried yet?)
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To: Little Ray
(instead being a multi-culti pansy fascist like most Democrats). That worries me a bit.

You have exactly the choice you are supposed to have.Think that one through.

31 posted on 06/25/2012 5:33:06 PM PDT by itsahoot (About that Coup d'état we had in 08, anyone worried yet?)
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To: itsahoot

Been thinking it through. Anybody who thinks we have a “free press” is wrong. You get better news on the US from the BBC than you do from ABCNBCCBSFOX. And their volume drowns out any real news.


32 posted on 06/26/2012 5:49:43 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Little Ray
Anybody who thinks we have a “free press” is wrong. You get better news on the US from the BBC than you do from ABCNBCCBSFOX.

Might add Canada Free Press to your list they are a very good online news source.

33 posted on 06/26/2012 9:14:45 AM PDT by itsahoot (About that Coup d'état we had in 08, anyone worried yet?)
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