Today is the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the final straw that drew the United States into World War II. I have been reflecting on the differences between the United States of 1941 and the United States of 2010.
Not surprisingly, there are a lot of differences but there are some stark similarities. The main differences that I can think of just off the top of my head are the international alliances we now have as opposed to those of 1941. Today we get along with most of the nations around the world and, with few exceptions, do not have any disagreements that will lead to war with a nation state. Of course this does not include the normal saber-rattling of the North Koreans or Iranians. This was not the case of international relations in 1941. The most of the world was afraid of what Germany or Japan, or both, would do next. By December 1941, both Germany and Japan had ridden roughshod over much of the Northern Hemisphere except for the Americas.
Today, the North Koreans and the Iranians are pretty predictable. The North Koreans are going to try to provoke the South Koreans and the United States and they will blame it all on us. The Chinese will say “tut-tut” and try to play down the whole thing and kind of side with North Korea. However, as an aside, I believe that the Chinese would be perfectly happy if the lunatic North Korean leadership just went away.
The Iranians are looking for the 12th imam to come and want to hurry things along to make him appear a little sooner. From what little I understand about the situation, “his appearance will be preceded by a number of prophetic events during 3 years of horrendous world chaos, tyranny and oppression.” The way the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is kicking up his heels, he thinks that he is going to herald the imam’s coming.
Let’s look at some of the similarities between the United States of 1941 and the United States of 2010. In 1941 our economy was in shambles. The disastrous economic policies of the Roosevelt administration had significantly prolonged the Great Depression. They thought that the only way to get the economy moving was to grow the government and make the government the employer of choice. In other words Americans were becoming more and more dependent on the government. Does that sound familiar? The OWH is currently working to destroy the very fabric of our society and, by extension, the American economy. In only two years he has increased our national debt by trillions of dollars; the exact figure varies depending on who is doing the figuring. Part of this debt has been used to bail out failed businesses because they are “too big to fail.” I’m not sure who the brain-trust was that came up with that one.
The growth of the federal government over the last two years has been explosive. Going along with this growth is the control that is now being exercised and will be exercised with the new health care law. This control of our lives is unprecedented, even in the time of Roosevelt. The OWH even has an accomplice in this effort. It is the combined body of non-state terrorists. With the pretence of protecting us from terrorism Congress and the Bush 43 enacted the Patriot Act which made great inroads in taking our freedoms from us. This was merely the first stepping stone is the current round of freedom-taking by Washington.
In the name of wealth redistribution, which the OWH freely admits to as an advocate, taxes are surely going to go up, especially on those Americans earning over $250,000 (at least that is the latest figure). As of this writing those taxes have been forestalled for the moment, but you may rest assured that the OWH and his cronies will figure out some way to increase taxes on “the wealthy.” Of course, it makes no difference that this income level includes two groups of people who are extremely important to our economy; the small business owner and the people who write pay checks. For additional discussion on this topic I would refer you to my previous posting “New Unemployment Figures.”
The bottom line of this discussion boils down to the disastrous policies of the current administration. I don’t believe that even Roosevelt with his arrogant manhandling of the economy would ever have considered taking the ruinous steps that are currently in work. The only way I can see to solve this problem is for the states to take action and start declaring that they will no longer submit to the heavy-handed abuse of their citizens by the federal government. This is clearly a 10th Amendment issue and it should be dusted off and asserted by all the states.
As usual, I welcome your comments and discussion.