FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, President, NARLO, ©2017
From President Wilson’s Sixteenth Amendment, to FDR’s unconscionable perversion of the U. S. Constitution and his giant leap into socialism, to President Johnson’s Great Society failed welfare experiment and to President Obama’s delusion of hope, change and foreign policy through appeasement, America, on the flawed ideology of Progressivism, has slid so far from its roots of individual liberty and international influence and power, as to be unrecognizable. America is flat broke, deep in debt and has embarrassed itself to the rest of the world.
But for decades and to this day, much of America was and is in silent foment over Progressive rule. Taxes mounted to the point of wealth confiscation to pay for Progressive vote-buying policies. Regulations at the federal, state and local levels were growing exponentially. By the late 1960’s radical environmentalism had taken control over every human activity and added strangling regulations and huge costs to everything Americans buy, including their homes, energy and food.
From 1950 to 2016 the national debt, driven by Progressive policies, grew 20 fold from less than $1 Trillion in 1950 to almost $20 Trillion in 2016. During Obama’s 8-year term in office, the national debt doubled from $10 Trillion to almost $20 Trillion. (20,000,000,000,000 one-dollar bills laid end to end would reach almost 2 billion miles into deep space, or 247,000,000 miles past the orbit of the Planet Uranus.)
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), by 2026 the national debt is estimated to increase to $33 Trillion because of unfunded Progressive legislation. The cost burden to taxpayers for regulations, welfare, benefits to illegal aliens and government give-away programs keep increasing. (See: “The Masses Need A Course in Economics, Capital and Freedom“)
Government intrusion into our private lives has risen to the point from which revolutions are born.
Federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and U. S. Fish and Wildlife were and are attacking ranchers and farmers across the American West like never before, in the name of radical environmentalism. Those unwarranted attacks on private land ownership have led to seething anger and armed standoffs between ranchers and armed bureaucrats. (If you are a rural landowner, you need the information, products and services offered by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS (NARLO) to defend against these attacks.)
Businesses were and still are being overwhelmed with regulations, taxes, time-consuming paperwork, and many businesses have had to endure unwarranted raids by drunk-with-power federal agencies on trumped-up charges. To escape the taxes and regulations, large businesses that could were taking their manufacturing operations offshore. Cities, run mostly by Democrats, were being decimated and headed for bankruptcy and ruin as the manufacturing jobs dried up and the cost of welfare for the victims rose. As a result, these dying cities have become a greater drain on the federal budget.
Our foreign policy based on Obama’s weakness and appeasement, encouraged the rise of radical Islamic terrorism and Americans were dying in significant numbers, as America joined the rest of the world in frequent terror attacks.
Russia and China have taken advantage of America’s weakness and are engaging in armed incursions into other sovereign nations, or claiming possession of whole oceans and international shipping lanes.
Illegal immigration into our country from central and South America and enemy nations has become a mass illegal invasion of America from cultures that are not compatible with a free society. They have brought with them drugs, sex slaves, disease, crime, terrorism, a socialist mindset and in some cases a religion that is diametrically opposed to America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. These illegal aliens protest in the streets of “Sanctuary Cities” for “their” rights, while waving the Mexican, or some other non-American flag. The cost to taxpaying Americans is in the multi-billions of dollars every year. The federal government’s criminal mismanagement of this human invasion, borders on treason.
The seeds of dissent and discontent were and are boiling in undercurrents across the land. Utterances of resistance were silent no more. Talk of armed revolution danced more frequently in the minds of some reactionaries. The size of militia groups has grown larger. Open violations of law by normally law-abiding citizens were becoming more frequent. Rising regulations were making more Americans lawbreakers. America, as a free nation, appeared to be doomed.
But then a strange thing happened on the way to the 2016 presidential election. A very imperfect, unconventional, almost guttural, outspoken, married-three-times, non-politician, billionaire businessman decided to throw his hat into the presidential ring. His chances at the start of the campaign to win the Republican nomination were slim to none. The pundits predicted his demise was just a matter of a few days, weeks, or months away at best. They were wrong.
Trump promised things to his followers that could only be accomplished if he was King, but the followers hung on and they grew in numbers every day. In spite of every negative torpedo the press, Democrats and establishment Republicans could throw at him, including being called a racist and sexual predator, to just about everyone’s surprise, Donald J. Trump won the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, all the soothsayers were betting on the candidacy of “Crooked Hillary,” as Trump loved to call her. They were betting on her all the way up to 11:00 PM Eastern Time on the day of the election.
During the three months from the Republican Convention leading up to the November 6th election, Trump continued his barrage of tweets and indiscreet utterances. He would say outlandish things that couldn’t be supported by the facts. It didn’t matter. His loyalists remained steadfast. Instead of allowing minor irritants to pass, he would tweet a response that would set the media on fire and prolong the irritant. It didn’t matter.
He defied all the naysayers, odds-makers and prognosticators and by 11:00 PM Eastern time on the day of the election, one by one the swing states had fallen to Trump and the Electoral College was his. Trump was now President-Elect and the Democrats were dumb-founded, in disarray…and mad as heck. How could this have happened when Hillary was pre-anointed by the Progressive establishment and the press for her to become the next President? The skids were greased and over a billion dollars in donations were spent, but she lost anyway. It was unfathomable, unthinkable!
Nevertheless, from the day of the election to Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, 2017, the dissenters and detractors never gave up. The Democrats were shocked and bewildered and the press couldn’t figure out how they got it so wrong, not realizing that the 2016 election was a referendum on Progressivism. Negative press against Trump flowed like water over a falls and continues to this day and will continue for the length of his presidency.
The day after the inauguration, millions of women marched in cities across America and across the globe, in open defiance of Trump and the anti-Progressive policies he promised to in-act. Trump was and is to these women and all other liberals the arch-enemy of Progressivism.
Now we know that anyone who has been paying attention knows all of this, but how many know just how bad Progressivism has been for America? Progressivism has weakened the very fabric of America’s strength, her people and made millions of them weak, docile, compliant and hopelessly dependent on government. Progressives have divided America up into constituency groups of race, age and gender (Democrat voting blocs) that constantly berate constitutional principles for and on behalf of the Democrats, while beating the political drums for a free handout or a special benefit without regard to the cost.
Progressivism is a philosophy of government that has broken the back and bankrupted this once-great land and stolen her individual freedom by using vote-buying, indoctrination, brainwashing, propaganda, hype, distortions and outright lies. Progressivism is why America is flat-broke and deep in debt.
Trump even nominated powerful people to his cabinet that would get the “job” done.
With any luck, he, President Donald J. Trump, will bring back the pride of being an American and return America’s exceptionalism economically, financially, culturally, spiritually and militarily.
Hopefully, Trump can also stop this man-caused global warming insanity being foisted upon the American people by environmentally crazed Progressives. (Three years of alleged warming is nothing compared to geologic time. The planet has warmed about every 100,000 years to today’s temperatures and higher in the last 500,000 years, prior to the industrial revolution.)
It’s no wonder that Democrats, liberals and Progressives are scared and shaking in their boots. Good Lord, Roe vs. Wade might be overturned. Women might lose their free contraceptives, freeloaders might lose their government checks and illegal aliens could be deported. It’s no wonder they are marching in the streets in large numbers. Their world of collectivism, multi-culturalism, irrational compassion, sanctuary cities, political correctness, “free stuff,” amnesty for illegal aliens and the one-world-order could be collapsing around them.
Throughout history, all republics eventually evolve into socialism and oppression. After years of socialist oppression the people finally resort to the last alternative to preserve freedom…revolution. But we don’t have to repeat history if the American people will always maintain the mindset that freedom isn’t free and acknowledge that “We are only one generation away from slavery.”
Under Trump, “Progressive rule may be up for grabs for now,” but it has a nasty habit of reappearing as a lesion on the skin of humanity if the people don’t take the difficult task of “cutting out” that lesion every now and then…by any means necessary.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America.” Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” (http://www.stusa.us/) and “Getting Even With Government” (http://www.gewgov.com/). Ron can be reached for comment HERE.