The structural flaws ruining America

posted at 7:21 pm on March 17, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

When I hear the phrase “structural problems” coming out of the mouths of elected officials, candidates or political pundits, I immediately assume that I’m about to get another lecture on America’s crumbling infrastructure. (And make no mistake, there are more than a few bridges and roadways that need some work. Pennsylvanians don’t say that their state bird is the traffic cone for nothing.) But this weekend, our colleague John Hawkins has knocked together one of his big five lists on a similar sounding topic with, The 5 Structural Problems That Are Destroying America.

We’re not talking about interstates in need of new guard rails here. Following is a thumbnail view of the big five so you can see where he’s going with this. (Obviously, the full dose is available at the link.)

1) Insufficient Turnover In Congress: Because of gerrymandering, political polarization, and a lack of term limits, Congress has turned into a stagnant pond.

2) A Broken Education System: The primary goal of our education is not to educate our students; it’s to sustain the teachers’ unions and fatten the bank accounts of the college professors and administrators at our universities.

3) Unsustainable Spending: It is quite literally impossible to pay off the debt our nation owes along with the commitment we’ve made to our own citizens via Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security unless inflation dramatically reduces the value of our currency which would erode savings, drive cost-of-living expenses into the stratosphere and generally decimate the economy.

4) Our Immigration Policies: An ideal immigration policy would be based on merit, would focus on adding highly skilled immigrants, would be easily adjustable, wouldn’t change the demographics of our country and would be simple and inexpensive for law-abiding immigrants. Our current system meets none of these requirements.

5) An Overly-Progressive Tax System: America doesn’t have the highest taxes in the Western world, but it does have the most progressive tax system in the Western world. As a practical matter, what this means is that we have large numbers of Americans voting on whether others should pay more taxes in order to give them things.

It’s not that I really disagree with any of those five items. (Honestly, what rational person would deny any of them?) But when I think of the word structural what comes to mind is something deeper… something at the foundation of the building. I try to summon up what those things are which form the foundation on which all of our marvelous achievements rest, and it’s something deeper than tax policy, crumbling schools or term limits. What all of America is built upon is the family and the social fabric which is supposed to hold the people together and generally urge the vast majority in the boat to keep rowing in the same direction.

Family and community are, in my never very humble opinion, where the real structural deficiencies in the country are found. There is no number of stunning buildings, hopeful businesses or opulent mansions which can last for long without people who honestly care and are invested in their joint need to grow and prosper. When families fail, communities weaken and everything around them begins to unravel. The divorce rate is surging back up, and far too many children are growing up in single parent homes.

General cultural decline is not hard to find either, with examples too numerous to list here. In a strong community, neighbors can rely on each other. They watch out for each others homes when they are away, and when the bad guys come, they should be banding together to notify the authorities and fight to keep the barbarians away from the gates. But when the family and the neighborhoods break down, everything built on top of this foundation rots away on top of it. And that’s the real structural problem that’s messing us up.


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The problem is ………………………….

Obama. Period.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

The problem is ………………………….

Obama. Period.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Thread winner!

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I didn’t get this to the thread on children before it went dormant, so I’ll post it here because it’s certainly related to both threads:


The Wealth of Nations Depends on the Health of Families
Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, and it is no wonder that they produce the best results—including economic and political ones—when they cooperate.

…A productive household does not simply happen when parents beget a child. The foundation for a productive household begins with marriage. Other arrangements cannot measure up, not for the child, not for the couple, not for society, and certainly not for the economy.

Cohabitation does not take the place of marriage, and there are very strong indications that cohabitation may rival single parenthood as the largest generator of child poverty, while divorce is the cause of most women and children entering poverty in any given year. If marriage makes the world and economy go ’round, these newer family structures truncate productivity, and society begins to limp along….

…the conclusion (visible in the federal data) is that married families with children are the main source of the higher income, education, and productivity that grows the economy and its capital.

Interestingly, and today controversially, chastity—sexual abstinence until marriage and lifelong monogamy thereafter—significantly strengthens marriages and therefore the economy. Research on the pathways to divorce shows this.

Well, who knew that social conservatives also might hold the key, not only to the soundness, but to the wealth of a nation?

Besides marriage, the other foundational institution that fosters human flourishing is religion. The effects of religious worship are dramatically visible in U.S. national survey correlational studies and increasingly in causational studies in areas like education, crime reduction, and health.
Religious practice and prayer are good for marriage, but when marriage and worship are combined in family life, children thrive even more, and a decade or two later the economy experiences the benefits when those children are more productive earners.

Oh, my…Look at that!

When marriage and worship are united with a school that upholds the same fundamental ideals, a small community is formed, eminently capable of raising children to their optimum capacities. Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, and it is no wonder that they produce the best results when they cooperate.

Unsurprisingly, we see these results in the national data. Home-schooled children thrive the most (and they come, overwhelmingly, from intact, married, religious families); children in private religious schools come next, and children in public schools after them.

Is it any wonder that utopians, progressives, and Leftists of all stripes have worked to destroy the family, marginalize the influence of Christianity and church, and to takeover education?

INC on March 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Don’t forget jfederal udges like Benedict Roberts who see the Constitution as an inconvenience.

viking01 on March 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Thread winner!

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.
Obama was elected by over 60 million voters.
60 million Americans thought he was the best person to represent them as president.
He is not the problem any more than the stain on your sheets is the problem. The problem is what put it there…

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The problem is liberalism. Reading those idiotic HuffPuff ‘superusers’ tells me all I need to know concerning the average intelligence. They’ll lose everything from their money to their ‘healthcare’ and blame Republicans. Every time. Like the blue stater that brings his moronic politics and infects the red state he moves to.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The problem is ………………………….

Obama. Period.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Thread winner!

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

+1

bigbeachbird on March 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The problem is ………………………….

Obama. Period.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

This kind of “check your brain in at the door” attitude is why the problem will not be fixed.

All 5 are huge problems, and it goes even deeper than that. We have the results of a series of policy misadventures and terrible amendments to thank for the current state of things.

Unless we are willing to level the rest of the world to restore American hegemony, we will not see the wealth, real or imagined, of the 50s again.

antisense on March 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Although I dislike Obama and virtually anything he does – he is simply symptomatic of the lack of critical thinking in the general populace.

EA_MAN on March 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

5) An Overly-Progressive Tax System: America doesn’t have the highest taxes in the Western world, but it does have the most progressive tax system in the Western world. As a practical matter, what this means is that we have large numbers of Americans voting on whether others should pay more taxes in order to give them things.

This is the part that I hate the most…

jimver on March 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

6) Pop up Videos Are Slowing HotAir down to a Crawl. And they’re as annoying as hell, too. Just some feedback from the masses.

turfmann on March 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

“Family and community” isn’t quite right, unless by “community” you mean the whole of the civil society, which includes eeeeevil for-profit businesses. (Except for those who pay appropriate penance to the right NGOs and tell icky conservatives not to invest in them.)

The rise of big government is bad enough, but the Left has also been systematically destroying the institutions of the civil society to eliminate competition. Anything that might provide any support to people other than Party organs must be eradicated. That’s a big part of the Left’s war on religion (other than the Religion of Pieces, that is). They can’t stand the idea that the Salvation Army, a Catholic charity, or a busload of Baptists brought in to help to rebuild after a tornado or flood, could do a better job than FEMA and the other officially-approved bodies.

The Monster on March 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Obama is the representation of all that progressivism/liberalism has been pushing on this country for decades. He is the head on the boil.

bigbeachbird on March 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

The problem is ………………………….

Obama. Period.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Thread winner!

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I would spread it farther than that. The problem has been building for some time (even before the Sixites and the Sexual Revolution). It has its base in the concept of our society not recognizing any sort of a higher authority to help govern its actions. And I don’t mean the state–I mean religious authority. Liberal theology destroyed many mainline churches in the last century, and opened up the door to statism.

When you don’t recognize any authority higher than yourself, you open yourself up to putting the State over you, because of a natural need for *something* to be the governing force. The Founders had it right…we were given our freedoms and rights by a Higher Power. They are not granted to us by the state.

I’m wording it all wrong, I know, but basically, it’s a movement away from recognizing a Higher Power (God, etc.) over us and towards placing man (i.e., the State) over us. We always lose when that happens because man is fallible and prone to error.

theotherone on March 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Is it any wonder that utopians, progressives, and Leftists of all stripes have worked to destroy the family, marginalize the influence of Christianity and church, and to takeover education?

INC on March 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

That is an “illegal” thought. You left out mosques.

rlwo2008 on March 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

All five within that list individually constitute deliberate “sabotage” by themselves, so I’m not going to concede the premise of “flaws”.

Flaws can be fixed without replacing most of the current politicians.
.
Sabotage can NOT.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

obama is a symptom. He’s not the problem.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Obama: “Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America” Long Version
********

“we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrefKCaV8m4

canopfor on March 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Family and community are, in my never very humble opinion, where the real structural deficiencies in the country are found.

Social Security was created while families were very strong.
So too was the progressive tax system.

About the only thing that happened after the family lost its strength on his list is the broken education system.

My position is that Social Security was the first cut to the family which led to many more cuts that keep building up destroying the family.

Social Security undermined the value of children to their parents. Now people with no children have access to the labor of other peoples’ children.

This led to temporary marriage. Led to Heavy use of birth control. Led to even easier divorce. Led to abortion. Led to the decline of the schools…

Family is building blocks, but culture is the basis on which the family unit is built upon. By destroying the base on which families were created, social security led directly to the destruction of the family unit.

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

INC on March 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

THANK YOU!!! Your quotations summed it up much better than I did. :-)

theotherone on March 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

6) Pop up Videos Are Slowing HotAir down to a Crawl. And they’re as annoying as hell, too. Just some feedback from the masses.

turfmann on March 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

.
Are you using Mozilla FireFox, or NOT ?

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Great read. Now Mr. Hawkins, explain to me why and how we can depend on politicians to fix these five “structural problems.”

/crickets

gryphon202 on March 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

the only thing that happened after the family lost its strength on his list is the broken education system.

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

It’s not broken. It’s by design. I forgot who it was that said they weren’t seeking to make ‘men of letters’. John Dewey, maybe? Teach them just enough not to question democrats.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Numbers two and three can be argued as violations of the constitution. Nowhere are those things authorized.

Number one came from our founders not fully understanding the implications of political parties.

Number five we brought on ourselves and it is up to us to get ourselves out of it.

Number four is number four. There is no political will to do anything about it on either side of the aisle. They both like it the way it is.

Grammar Nazi on March 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

The structural flaws ruining America

…JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

…JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Yet more than 60 million people voted for him. Twice.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

wouldn’t change the demographics of our country

Alright. A lot of this looks fine. But I have no problem the demographics of our country changing. That is in the American tradition and it has served us well.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM

60 million Americans thought he was the best person to represent them as president.
He is not the problem any more than the stain on your sheets is the problem. The problem is what put it there…

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The Consitution offers no tools to rid ourselves of the morons who voted Obama into office. It does however offer a means of ridding us of the tyrant dictator.

Impeach him.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

The Consitution offers no tools to rid ourselves of the morons who voted Obama into office. It does however offer a means of ridding us of the tyrant dictator.

Impeach him.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Quite to the contrary, there is no Constitutional right to vote in a federal election. The states need to curtail their voting ‘rights’.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I immediately assume that I’m about to get another lecture on America’s crumbling infrastructure. (And make no mistake, there are more than a few bridges and roadways that need some work.

I think it comes down to how we Americans address infrastructure vs other Western industrial nations address it. Priorities most.

The tradeoff is that Europe, Japan, etc. spend big money on high quality infrastructure and preventative maintenance. They never have pot holes, but they become high tax states because of that.

Americans seek other end of the tradeoff. We look to minimize costs to the taxpayer, but at the cost of having pot holes and regularly scheduled replacement. What do you prefer? High tax state with amazing infrastructure, or low tax state with crappy infrastructure?

ZachV on March 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

The Consitution offers no tools to rid ourselves of the morons who voted Obama into office. It does however offer a means of ridding us of the tyrant dictator.

Impeach him.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

The problem is ………………………….

Obama. Period.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Interesting.

Those 60 million people will just replace him with someone as bad if not worse, and if you think Obama is the worst they can hand us, imagine Obama with Putin’s skill

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Yet more than 60 million people voted for him. Twice.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

…F L A W S !…plural!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

rlwo2008 on March 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Well, I was quoting what makes a sound nation.

theotherone on March 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

You’re welcome. It’s a great article. Public Discourse has some really good stuff.

INC on March 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Those 60 million people will just replace him with someone as bad if not worse, and if you think Obama is the worst they can hand us, imagine Obama with Putin’s skill

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

With our ‘education’ system, it’s only a matter of time.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Quite to the contrary, there is no Constitutional right to vote in a federal election. The states need to curtail their voting ‘rights’.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Again, the problem is Obama (and Holder). Lawlessness.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

–An entitled upper class indistinguishable from government, in which sequential generations occupied office.
–Floods of immigrants who do all of the ‘dirty work’ but have no interest in the structure of the society beyond ‘where’s mine?’
–A public dole, increasingly balanced upon insufficient government resources.
–A crumbling adherence to organized religion, combined with upper class ‘fad’ worship of arcane, outsider faiths.
–Decay within the upper ranks of military governance.
–Corruption, and more corruption.

Q: Rome? Byzantium? Or the United States?

A: All of the above.

orangemtl on March 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Again, the problem is Obama (and Holder). Lawlessness.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

W. got re-elected in 2004 with the most votes ever. obama beat him by over 10 million votes. Twice.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

No-fault divorce.

The welfare state.

Bureaucratic over-regulation.

Socialized education.

Giving women the vote?

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Those 60 million people will just replace him with someone as bad if not worse, and if you think Obama is the worst they can hand us, imagine Obama with Putin’s skill

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I think you just agreed with me. Can’t do a damn thing about the morons.

Give us another Obama, hello impeachment.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

W. got re-elected in 2004 with the most votes ever. obama beat him by over 10 million votes. Twice.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

What does that have to do with state’s voting rights? We need voter ID. The states have attempted to pass voter ID laws, only to have them squashed by our corrupt DOJ.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

That sounds like Dewey. I’m unfamiliar it, but I do have this from Dewey.

You can’t make Socialists out of individualists — children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.

INC on March 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

The problem is ………………………….

Obama. Period.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Obama is the symptom.

I’ll throw in my own 2 cents.

Too many churches in the past 20 years or more have been preaching America needs to return to the 10 commandments. We’ve been trying to use Jesus to take back our country the same way Israelites wanted to use the Messiah to deliver them from Rome.

We always had an agenda with Jesus. Instead of preaching Jesus for the sake of salvation.. we preached Jesus for the sake of our own better living.

JellyToast on March 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

What does that have to do with state’s voting rights? We need voter ID. The states have attempted to pass voter ID laws, only to have them squashed by our corrupt DOJ.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Doesn’t matter. Too many parasites having a say is the problem. DeToqueville.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM

We’ve gotten spoiled, lazy and arrogant.

Insufficient Turnover In Congress-Because people tend vote on party lines, name recognition and whomever they feel will give them the most freebies.

A Broken Education System-Because Americans no longer value real learning and haven’t for quite some time…it’s all about rites of passage and getting a job that earns them the most $…and it better not take up too much of their free time or mental effort on their part. Same goes for private schools.

Unsustainable Spending-Very true…but that started long before most of us were born. As long as Joe American was fat and happy, we were content to kick the can down the road.

Our Immigration Policies-That problem didn’t start with the Mexicans.

An Overly-Progressive Tax System-Maybe, but the very wealthy have tax dodges, tax lawyers and tax shelters. It’s the middle class that gets screwed.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Giving women the vote?

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

You kid, but there’s a guy who did a study on states as women were able to vote. He traced a correlation between that and increasing liberalism. I don’t have the link handy, and I know that correlation is not always equal to causation, but I do believe that stats show married women are more likely to be conservative. IMHO it has to do with too many single women with the mentality of Julia–as the family has fallen apart, they’ve looked to the state for security.

INC on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I think you just agreed with me. Can’t do a damn thing about the morons.

Give us another Obama, hello impeachment.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

You are a perfect example of that second statement. Unteachable…

But it is not true. The morons can be taken care of. They can be educated.

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Doesn’t matter. Too many parasites having a say is the problem. DeToqueville.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM

+10

INC on March 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Doesn’t matter. Too many parasites having a say is the problem. DeToqueville.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM

We’re going in circles here. You can’t put a fix on the parasites. That doesn’t mean congress should sit idly by while the commie elected by the parasites turns our Constitution on it’s head.

Impeach him.

We must take back the Senate and return to a nation of laws.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Impeach him for what purpose? The Senate will not convict him or sanction him.

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

You kid, but there’s a guy who did a study on states as women were able to vote. He traced a correlation between that and increasing liberalism. I don’t have the link handy, and I know that correlation is not always equal to causation, but I do believe that stats show married women are more likely to be conservative. IMHO it has to do with too many single women with the mentality of Julia–as the family has fallen apart, they’ve looked to the state for security.

INC on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I am only halfway kidding. Women do tend to vote Democrat and they also favor government solutions, no-fault divorce, and a host of other big-government solutions. I would also add as someone who doesn’t believe in God, that the loss of religious faith is a biggie.

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

But it is not true. The morons can be taken care of. They can be educated.

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

By who?

Academia?

The media?

Spend more money on education, that will fix the problem. Sure. And Mom and Dad educating their offspring isn’t the answer either. Same problem …….. when Mom and Dad are morons.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Do not underestimate the detrimental effect of TWO Kennedy’s.

As President, John Kennedy signed an executive order allowing the creation of PUBLIC sector labor unions. This action has placed the people firmly against the members of the public sector union. IE: We now have communists working for the federal government who have taken over the electoral process at every opportunity.

As Senator, Ted Kennedy chained immigration laws to FAVOR people of the third world. Ted claimed this would NOT change the demographics of the country and that anyone who claimed it would was simply a RACIST! Now, as of TODAY, the demographics of California, and many other states, have changed.

Freddy on March 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Impeach him.

We must take back the Senate and return to a nation of laws.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I think that ship has sailed. The filibuster is gone, at least as far as the ‘rats will ever be concerned again. How is that trust ever regained again? The precedent has been set. The CIA. The NSA. The TSA. Let’s say some Republican somehow reined all that in. (Even Reagan couldn’t). The next ‘rat will just do away with it and it will be worse than it’s ever been.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

“When the bad guys come notify the authorities”…Numerous polls indicate that the citizens consider the authorities the bad guys. They answer that they’re more afraid of the government than anything else. That proves at least they haven’t lost their common sense.

bluesdoc70 on March 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

I am only halfway kidding. Women do tend to vote Democrat and they also favor government solutions, no-fault divorce, and a host of other big-government solutions. I would also add as someone who doesn’t believe in God, that the loss of religious faith is a biggie.

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I think it might be more of the “women’s Liberation” stuff starting back in the days of the Women’s Suffrage movement, the influence of Margaret Sanger, etc. Seems that American’s women’s values over the last century have been molded largely by Hollywood, the fashion industry, the cosmetics industry, and Madison Avenue as well.

Does anyone know offhand what the Founding Fathers wrote about women’s suffrage?

As for faith, I agree. The need for religious freedom was a big reason for the founding of this country. Also, the Calvinist influence and the Protestant Work Ethic is what drove the Industrial Revolution here and in north-central Europe. Without a belief in God and the Hereafter, I think the impetus for those beliefs, thus the benefits they bring about, evaporate.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

I think you got that right. I don’t see how we can unring this bell. Obama and Reid have acted as though they will always be in control of the WH and the Senate. They never stopped to consider the consequences of their actions beyond their naked lust for power. Our Republic will never be the same again.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

I wish it weren’t so, but we really are screwed aren’t we?

Short of a Revolution.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

We now have communists working for the federal government who have taken over the electoral process at every opportunity.

Freddy on March 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Hate to break it to you, but we had Communists in various branches of government at least as early as FDR. But I would certainly agree that it’s gotten worse.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Oy vey. Again with the tree of liberty spiel. Meshuganah!

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

General cultural decline is not hard to find either, with examples too numerous to list here. In a strong community, neighbors can rely on each other. They watch out for each others homes when they are away, and when the bad guys come, they should be banding together to notify the authorities and fight to keep the barbarians away from the gates.

Another term for this is “tribalism”. And we certainly have more than our share of that. “Me and my kind vs everybody else”, style.

Until people accept that America is their neighborhood, and politicians and “social justice crusaders” stop trying to pit one group against another in the hope of seizing power or just watching everything burn, we’ll be stuck with the tribalist version.

In a world increasingly dividing along tribal lines. With the leaders of some tribes exhorting their “blood” (or “faithful”) to kill everybody else.

We have to accept that some people become leaders because of a psychopathic yearning to hurt and kill others at no risk to themselves. And tribalism is their principle weapon.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Changing America’s demographics into something resembling Brazil is what will sink the nation beyond repair. MJBrutus, above, is apparently a fool. Just look at Europe …

Whitey Ford on March 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Oy vey. Again with the tree of liberty spiel. Meshuganah!

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Putz.

Don’t poke your finger in the eye of a patriot.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Things took a really bad turn with LBJ.

claudius on March 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Whitey Ford on March 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

What is wrong if Americans resemble latinos or Portuguese more? Our racial and cultural character has changed over our entire history and we are better for it.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Poke.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Poke.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Wish you were close enough.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Close enough for what?

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Seems more cart before horse to me. The greater society is a reflection of the individual. There just aren’t enough solid individuals. It shows.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

What is wrong if Americans resemble latinos or Portuguese more?

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Latin America is a mess economically, freedom wise, and politically.

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

1. the limited turnover in Congress is intentional. Laws favor incumbents. The MSM is limited to the rich. The main internet search engine is dumbed down

There is a reason McCain is allowed on tv every week

2. Federalizing education replaces family with State

Primitive tribes sacrificed their children to the Sun god. Global Warming etc are the new Sun gods and the youth are being trained to obedience

3. Medicare and Social Security. which currently collect enough to pay the checks. are being scapegoated to hide the raping of the Treasury. QE money is printed to prop the stock market at false highs of devalued dollars. Other theft buys votes in Green loans, free phones, Obamacare.

QE transferred wealth from the middle class, by inflation and unemployment, to the investment class. The middle class has been pushed out of jobs which were to be the main source of funding for the retirement pyramid.

4. The open border steals jobs from the middle class, which both parties want to eliminate because the middle class workers are sovereign owners of the State by voting number, if they have the will to exert that power.

5. Our progressive tax system allows half the population to pay nothing for services and entitlements. Huge business taxes favor established big business, and prevent start ups which are sources of new money via added value.

Effectively we are maintaining the last days of imperial Spain, when gold from the new world sustained an oligarchy that disenfranchised the middle, and finally expired when they ran out of banks to rob

These are not structural flaws. Authentic America is the most successful model in history. They have suppressed the model

entagor on March 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Close enough for what?

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Only a moron couldn’t figure that one out.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Certainly. But not because of race or language, etc.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

So then tell me. I want to hear you say what you mean.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Short of a Revolution.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

We are in a revolution, and have been for quite some time.

Obama and his fellow Communists, and the Capitalists at the highest levels have known for a lot longer than we have that this system is indeed unsustainable. So, they’re currently robbing as much as they can and the ideologues are determining our future social and political direction.

We will have no say in the matter because most of us are still suffering either from normalcy bias or a strong belief that the pendulum will swing back to the “good ol’ days”, and they have it all figured out at every turn many moves in advance.

We would have to reject their authority from the lowest levels on up, and quit cooperating with their system and starve them of the resources they desire. But, we won’t. We believe in the niceties of Civilization too much to upset the apple cart-that is what they use against us to keep us cowed…our own good nature and belief in the fundamental values of this country, our desire for justice, law and order. Those beliefs have become a weapon to enslave us.

Protesting is for “hippies” and “foreigners”. So, we do nothing.

I firmly believe that we Conservatives as a group have let the Leftists have way too much, because what we didn’t see much value or practicality in such things as media, academia, politics and the like, they certainly did, and they ran with it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Certainly. But not because of race or language, etc.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Call it what you want…the people of that region have cultures and governments that are disastrous. Unless they are assimilated…which isn’t happening anymore, they will bring their culture, mores, and governmental inclination with them. California is a contemporary example of that happening.

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

It has gone full on KOSTARD!

Murphy9 on March 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

So then tell me. I want to hear you say what you mean.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Sorry moron, I’m not here to educate you.

P.S. You can’t hear anything posted on a blog.

Fail.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

But when I think of the word structural what comes to mind is something deeper… something at the foundation of the building.

The structural problem is really the popular election of Senators. Structurally, Senators should be voting based on the will of their state governments, in order for there to be a power in DC that has an interest in not subverting the power of states to the central government.

Count to 10 on March 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

The people of that region are human beings who want a better life for their children. That is what America is and has always promised to all who would come here. It is the meaning of the quintessential monument of our nation, The Statue of Liberty. No, they will not bring their government. They will bring their energy, vitality and ingenuity born out of a lack of the kinds of opportunity that this nation offers.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Effectively we are maintaining the last days of imperial Spain, when gold from the new world sustained an oligarchy that disenfranchised the middle, and finally expired when they ran out of banks to rob

These are not structural flaws. Authentic America is the most successful model in history. They have suppressed the model

entagor on March 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Well said.

“Authentic America”-I like that!

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Sorry moron, I’m not here to educate you.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I know. You’re here to talk tough and show us what a high falutin’ rough, tough government overthrowin’ hombre you are.

Color me unimpressed.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

The people of that region are human beings who want a better life for their children. That is what America is and has always promised to all who would come here. It is the meaning of the quintessential monument of our nation, The Statue of Liberty. No, they will not bring their government. They will bring their energy, vitality and ingenuity born out of a lack of the kinds of opportunity that this nation offers.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Blah, blah, blah.

Funny how they never actually make that happen where they live? What…20, 30 different nations in Central and Latin America? I heard this same crap when they started the “nation-building” nonsense in Iraq, and Afghanistan and it didn’t work there either.

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Color me unimpressed.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I see you like to rattle other people’s cages but have great difficulty dealing with having your own cage rattled.

I think I’ll color you pink.

fogw on March 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

This may surprise you, but people don’t often pack up and leave nice countries as soon as they get the chance. All of our waves of immigrants were a result of trouble in those native lands. Starting with the Pilgrims who came here because of tyranny down to the present day.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

The author missed our nation’s the single biggest structural flaw – the regulatory state. Art. I Sec. I of the Constitution provides that sole legislative authority is vested in Congress. Yet Congress today is very far from being the most important source of our legislation. Our nation now most clearly resembles the socialist regulatory bureaucracy of the EU, where mountains of regulations with the full force and effect of law are passed by unelected bureaucrats. In our nation today, individuals, businesses, and private and public organizations can be fined, sanctioned, forced to close, and jailed for violating federal regulations that have never been subject to a vote by our elected representatives, nor signed into law by the President. The genius of our Constitutional system of checks and balances is wholly obliterated in the tyranny of our modern the regulatory bureaucracy.

Does anyone think that the IRS Regs now being pushed to silence the Tea Party could ever pass Congress? Or what about the contraception mandates pushed by HHS? Or about any of the post-2009 EPA regs to end the use of coal and reduce carbon – despite the fact that each of these actions were considered by a Democrat-controlled Congress and failed to pass? Bottom line, step one to restoring our nation to its proper balance is to force Congress to review and vote on regulation before they ever become effective.

Wolf Howling on March 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Perhaps this rings a bell for you.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

If you’re going to do it…do it right!

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Sorry, the link didn’t get me anyplace.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:18 PM

6) Pop up Videos Are Slowing HotAir down to a Crawl. And they’re as annoying as hell, too. Just some feedback from the masses.

turfmann on March 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

You are on to something there.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Seems more cart before horse to me. The greater society is a reflection of the individual. There just aren’t enough solid individuals. It shows.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Family and community are, in my never very humble opinion, where the real structural deficiencies in the country are found. — Jazz Shaw

I’ve walked this life’s path for some 55 years, but I find a different perspective in looking at our society through my wife’s eyes. She’s Japanese, but she’s lived here for only the last thirty, and she still tends to look at our culture through the prism of her former society.

She points to the high divorce rate in our society, comparing it to a “national illness” that tore apart families and separated parents from children as surely as the wars and epidemics that ravaged Japan in the last century. She has a small oriental medicine practice and her clientele consists of middle-aged-and-up women. Hardly one of them has what we would have called a “functional” family in the sense of what it would have meant just two generations ago. Many, or perhaps most, of them are separated or divorced from their long-time spouses. Usually at least one, and sometimes more, of their children have been in and out of jail, hooked on illegal substances, or hurt or destroyed themselves and/or others around them with their behaviors.

It appears that the ‘boomer’ generation is paying for the break up of the family through the next generation, their children — who are now attempting to take up the position of “responsible, productive citizen” to benefit themselves and society as a whole — and finding themselves unprepared and unable to handle the job.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 9:32 PM

You kid, but there’s a guy who did a study on states as women were able to vote. He traced a correlation between that and increasing liberalism. I don’t have the link handy, and I know that correlation is not always equal to causation, but I do believe that stats show married women are more likely to be conservative. IMHO it has to do with too many single women with the mentality of Julia–as the family has fallen apart, they’ve looked to the state for security.

INC on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

In one county in Ohio the change from Democrat to Republican in 1920 was attributed to giving women the vote.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 9:32 PM

The people of that region are human beings who want a better life for their children. That is what America is and has always promised to all who would come here. It is the meaning of the quintessential monument of our nation, The Statue of Liberty. No, they will not bring their government. They will bring their energy, vitality and ingenuity born out of a lack of the kinds of opportunity that this nation offers.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Oops, turns out they brought their government.

Hispanic voters who were not born in the U.S. differ most from the views of all Americans. Hispanic voters not born in this country tilt by 61% to 22% toward the view that government should be more involved in solving problems, with almost one in five not having an opinion either way.

Aaaaand:

When it comes to the size of government, Hispanics are more likely than the general public to say they would rather have a bigger government which provides more services than a smaller government which provides fewer services.

Some 75% of Hispanics hold this view; just 19% say they prefer a smaller government. By contrast, just 41% of the public at large voice support for a bigger government.

Support for a larger government is highest among immigrant Latinos, with 81% holding this view. This share falls to 72% among second-generation Hispanics and 58% among third-generation Hispanics.

So you couldn’t be more wrong if you tried, MJBrutus. Perhaps you should actually read and educate yourself instead of just parroting anti-social-conservative statements that merely expose your ignorance.

northdallasthirty on March 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

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Sorry, the link didn’t get me anyplace.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:18 PM

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Neither are your “arguments”.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

What is wrong if Americans resemble latinos or Portuguese more? Our racial and cultural character has changed over our entire history and we are better for it.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Conversely, what is wrong if Americans resemble Scandinavians, Poles, Germans, Baltics or Russians more?

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Not a thing.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

You don’t do witty very well. Sorry, you just don’t have a talent for it.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Glad we agree. However, I could get banned for my statement.

Perverse political correctness is a structural problem that is now close to Orwellian.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

These are dark times indeed.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

…Bmore!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM

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