What is Really at Stake on November 6th?

The 24 hour news cycle is chock full of the spin on Presidential failures, attacks on the Romney campaign and the latest polling numbers. The national election draws near. But we are making a big mistake if we look at this election as a choice between two people. There is much more going on here, if we will step off the merry-go-round of modern media for just a few minutes.

The people and politics of America seem to me more divided than they have been at any time since the Civil War.  Since many Americans seem convinced that the issues of race and equality continue to plague us, we have, for the first time, an African-American president.  In 2008, many thought such an outcome would do much to heal that which seemed to divide us.  A milestone that would allow us to place contentious issues firmly into our past.  That it did not work in any way as intended should have served as a giant red flag for many that their assumptions about what was happening were flawed.  But they were not ready to see it.  May still not be ready.

What is really happening to America is not well understood, and is only superficially related to issues of race or class.  What we are seeing today is a fundamental clash between two groups holding dramatically incompatible world views.

The first of these world views I will choose to call “Classical Americanism”.  The big idea that has always defined the holders of this view is the desire for individual freedom and personal accountability. In this group are the folks who believe that the ideas that drove the creation of the United States over two centuries ago are every bit as vital and true as they were when they were first articulated.  They are self-made people, proud of their labor and its benefits for themselves and their families. They believe that their right to be free is inalienable – granted to them by God and/or their essential human nature.  Once upon a time in this country, this group would have comprised the vast majority of all Americans.  While this world view prevailed among its citizens, America prospered as no other nation before or since.

Over the last century, a new group has gradually emerged. They are marked most by their rejection of the traditional values of Classical Americanism.  As the nation’s wealth increased like no other, so did we gradually increase our government’s scope, believing in our ability to use it as a perfecting mechanism to ensure that wealth came with fewer social, political and environmental liabilities.  We did not at first have the capacity to perceive the consequent moral peril this has created for us today. With this increase in centralized power came an increase in the ability of the government to extract revenue from the economy. Those rejecting the traditional values of freedom and self-reliance were increasingly drawn to the growing capacity of government to alter the rules and redistribute wealth in our society.  Gradually, this new group coalesced around its shared interest in using the government to achieve their ends. I will call the world view held by this group “American Statism”.

By their very nature, the American Statists believe that their rights flow from government. They believe that government must ensure their safe passage through life, and in return for this security, they freely trade the rewards of liberty. They disavow the principles of classical Americanism, since they believe that everyone is entitled to security and benefits that only the state, not the individual, can furnish.  It is for these reasons that the statist seeks to deny American history, for the story of America is the story of Classical Americanism producing the most successful nation in the history of humanity by any meaningful measure. The idea that a society could permit one exceptional person to succeed beyond their dreams while their less-capable neighbor struggles with the basics in life is anathema to the statist.  In many ways, the emergence of the American Statist is a product of Classical Americanism, for it is the creation of great wealth that sets the stage for the illusion that it is possible to prosper without personal effort.  Indeed, the American statist believes that their ideology must replace that of their forebears if America is to reach their version of its lofty ideal of equality.

The American experiment with liberty has been an unqualified success. The idea that an individual could be completely free, such that they could fail completely, and therefore also succeed greatly, remains the single greatest political construct in the history of mankind. But this freedom is not free. It is won again each day with personal responsibility. Work must be done to ensure that needs are met; that freedoms are preserved.

What is at stake in this country on this election day is nothing less than the choice of direction between these two sets of ideas about the way lives should be lived.  Do we still believe in the power of individual liberty and personal responsibility? Or shall we empower the state to see to our needs, to relentlessly march us toward an ideal of equality of results, to a tyranny of conformity and subjugation as the state grows beyond the power of its subjects to restrain it?  Like never before, the American Statists are equipped to succeed in dismantling the Republic. They are led by a man committed to their ideals, who in four years has done much to tip the balance of the federal scales toward statism. They are aided and abetted by a corporate media alliance that is devoted to the statist agenda.  Four more years of this administration may place a return to first principles permanently out of reach to America.  Importantly, a political victory over the American Statists is only an opportunity to begin the work of restoring America. Much that was done over generations in service to lofty populist ideas must now be undone in service to preservation of the republic and individual freedom. This will be a hard fight, and enemies will come from every direction once livelihoods nurtured by our enormous government begin to be affected.

I would submit to you that while few of us have personal experience with a choice like this, it has been presented to humanity many times in the past. In search of a way to benefit from the efforts of others, societies have chosen to submit themselves to a powerful state, on the basis of the promise of ease and/or security. If there is one thing I would like all Americans to understand, it is that in the history of humanity, the subordination of one’s personal sovereignty to a statist authority, however benign in appearance, has never, not once, ended well.  In our case, it would prove to be the end of the greatest political experiment in the history of civilization, and even worse, it would happen on our watch.  Will Americans really vote to put the one true light of liberty out?

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LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

“The Obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped, but because it was passed.” – Paul Ryan

Foist!!!

I was at 3 gun stores yesterday. One of the clerks made a comment that sales are up 300%. Went to pick up more canning supplies, the canning supplies looked like the social security fund after congress has been in session. In surfing around the Net I saw a very disturbing picture of a private citizen what looked like being… Read more »

sleeper
sleeper

Nicely written. {captain bring-down} The people who read it here are already aware of the perilous state of our liberty. This needs a wider audience, as do Bill Whittle’s videos. Unfortunately, even if this post was on the front page of USA Today, and Bill’s videos were on the nightly news broadcasts, too many people would not even understand what… Read more »

Cougar1978
Cougar1978

I can also try and surmize what is at stake. Boss, you do good as usual! Lemme add about my First Amendment Rights. They do not stop, when some thin-skinned c#nt-drip gets their thong up their crack or goes apleptic when G_O_D is mentioned, as opposed to Allah or spirit of Mother Earth. They should not arrest or detain the… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

What’s really at stake? The question of who is sitting in the pilot’s seat when we slam into the mountain of debt and stupid economic policies. The math is what it is. Zimbabwe Ben’s “QE to infinity and beyond!” shows that NO ONE in Washington is serious about it. Hell, even Ryan the supposed budget hawk talks largely about “growing… Read more »

LC TerribleTroy
LC TerribleTroy

Well done LC SecondMouse.

LC Spare Parts
LC Spare Parts

The horrid fact is, we cannot defeat a polity driven by emotional investment in economic and social fairy tales by Voting. All the legal and cultural institutions are controlled by them. The majority of the current populace will never accept Conservative governance until all the national wealth is consumed or destroyed, and probably not even then. Their model of society… Read more »

The Irish Dragoness
The Irish Dragoness

Very well articulated!

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

JOHN HINCKLEY ‘S RELEASE Nancy Reagan regarding John Hinckley’s release: We could all learn so much from this elegant and gracious lady. You might recall that John Hinckley was a seriously deranged young man who shot President Reagan in the early 1980’s. Hinckley was absolutely obsessed with movie star Jodie Foster, and, in his twisted mind, loved Jodie to the… Read more »

LC Robohobo
LC Robohobo

LC Gladiator @ #:

That is too funny! :em05:

LC_Salgak
LC_Salgak

One way or the other, THIS election is going to be pivotal. I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re headed for a Collapse no matter WHO wins, but voting for Mittens, while hardly optimal, will make it survivable. I don’t want to even THINK about the results if the Sun King actually wins, or more likely cheats, his way into… Read more »

Tallulah
Tallulah

Thank you, SecondMouse. That is brilliant, eloquent, and passionate: it’s so perfectly pitched that I’m going to mail it to my (mostly) Democrat niece, a good kid; also to the other nieces and my nephew. I will ask them to read it and think it over. It’s perfectly pitched because you say everything that is at the core of our… Read more »

LC_Salgak
LC_Salgak

Tallulah. . .

You’re spot-on. This really is the choice between the Ants and the Grasshoppers. And God help us all if the Grasshoppers win. . . .

LC LOBO
LC LOBO
Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R
Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R

I think I’ve got the imperial title for secondmouse: Imperial Purveyor of Good Sense.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

Cougar1978 @ # 4: DAYUM! That was nearly as good as the original article! Not quite, but nearly. SecondMouse, you are indeed a well worthy addition to the Imperial Staff. Damn that one was superb. That was what should be being taught in college, not the crap that currently is. But, as you know, that is exactly WHY the crap… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

LC Gladiator says:

P.S. While you have been incarcerated, Barack Obama has been banging Jodie Foster like a screen door in a tornado. You might want to look into that.

:em01: :em05: :em01: :em05: :em01: :em05:

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

Tallulah @ # 13: And I was about to take a clip and comment on yours, but I couldn’t really pick only one piece. I feel so absolutely proud to be in a group of minds such as The Empire.

1IDVET
1IDVET

Nicely done. :em01:
I hope America wakes the fuck up.

LC Jackboot IC/A
LC Jackboot IC/A

SecondMouse– That’s about as good a piece I’ve read in a long, long time. Simply OUTFUCKINGSTANDING. They are led by a man committed to their ideals, who in four years has done much to tip the balance of the federal scales toward statism True enough, however I would submit that they’ve been working towards this moment for 40+ years. Obama… Read more »

Tallulah
Tallulah

Dear God.

Justice Department Official Refuses to Rule Out Criminalization of Blasphemy Against Islam
—Ace

!!!

!!!

Bonus: Egypt pushes for strengthening of anti-blasphemy clause.

Never forget this is their goal, and they seek this as it is a foundational part of sharia.

–Ace

Holy fucking shit.

Tallulah
Tallulah

LC Jackboot IC/A @ #: One can not help but notice that the statist movement must replace religion as it permits individuals to violate many of the seven deadly sins. Our freedom from religion crowd are useful idiots to the movement in this respect. THIS is another link in the unholy alliance between the Left and Islam. Both creeds preach… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann may no longer be running for the White House, but she’s got a message to send to the current Oval Office occupant. Skip Letterman. Talk to Netanyahu. “And President Obama needs to get his priorities straight. What he needs to do is cancel his planned interview with David Letterman, cancel his meeting with Beyonce, cancel his meeting… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

Tallulah @ #: Amazing how much purer the entertainment was in those years. Sweet, really. Dare I say wholesome? It is that, but that also makes it rather boring. To compare it to popular culture icons, that sort of thing is a lot like Superman (the classic version, at least). Yes, he’s honest, brave-ish (he can’t be hurt so he’s… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
Tallulah
Tallulah

Fa Cube Itches @ #: I know what you mean about complexity, etc., and those are good points. But I hadn’t seen Leave It to Beaver since I was a child, and I was surprised and impressed that it was actually pretty realistic: the show’s writers used incidents from their own kids’ lives as the material. And they did let… Read more »