What Happened to US?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 1 CAV, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. 1 CAV

    1 CAV New Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    What happened? What has happened to my country? I’m sure that I am not the first man to wonder that in the course of history. I’m certain that back in 455 AD that question must have been on the minds of men who looked on in horror as the Vandals sacked Rome and laid waste to all that their forefathers had toiled so hard to achieve. Surely it is a question that must have crossed the minds of at least some Germans as the tide of Nazi Socialism swept across their nation and ultimately devastated most of the European continent. I cannot be the first man to recognize that something has indeed “changed” in America. That America is changing, rapidly, and dramatically; and not for the better I suspect. How did we arrive at this point?

    I fear that I must count myself as part of a generation who are lesser sons of better fathers. What I see today unfolding in my country is a steady and concerted effort to undo and negate and destroy all that was achieved by the generation of my father, and my father’s father, and their fathers before them. A generation of Americans who have perhaps lived far too easy and soft a lifestyle, and therefore have no idea the years of hard work and struggle our forefathers had to endure. Our standard of living did not simply materialize on its own and freedom is not granted or kept by men who are not willing to sacrifice and fight for it. I know that most of us have all heard such words before, and yet I think that words are all that some Americans hear. There is a real lack of understanding as to what those words actually mean, and what is required of us as free men; as free people.

    America is a country with the potential to be a beacon of light and hope to the entire human race. Our nation has not been without its own struggles. We have wrestled with the blight of slavery and genocide and we have made great strides to overcome them. Great nations, like great men, are not without their failures. It is only through falling down that we truly learn how to stand up. It is perhaps Theodore Roosevelt who said it best when he said . .

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    These words are true of men and nations alike, for what is a nation if not a collection of people? That which we achieve as a nation is carried out by its individuals. Similarly, our failures as a nation are also the work of its citizens.

    We have achieved so much as a nation, and yet as I look around in this modern era I see a country full of people who seemingly could not care less about all that our Grandfathers, regardless of color or religion, have struggled to achieve. Their efforts have made for us a great banquet in a fine home. Like spoiled, gluttonous children we devour all that is placed before us, seemingly unaware and uncaring that our own children and grand children will one day seat themselves at this banquet table. What will they find? What efforts are we making to leave a fine banquet and a fine home for them? None. We are too short sighted, unmotivated and lack the understanding that is necessary. For most Americans it is more important to watch television for hours on end, like some mindless drone. Life is easy, everything is convenient, there is no struggle and therefore we have become complacent and weak.

    That is not to say that all Americans have lost sight of what is important, what is happening and what can happen. As in every society there are those that desire power and wealth above all else, even above liberty and freedom. So little by little, inch by inch, our freedoms have slowly but surely been sacrificed at the hands of our elected leaders over the last several decades. It has been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would submit that sometimes the declaration of having our best interests at their heart has been the mantra of leaders who have subsequently taken liberty and freedom from us. They have paved that road and they have done so in many cases knowing that the cause of liberty was weakened by their efforts and that freedoms were taken by those who were entrusted to guard them. But we as American citizens are not blameless in those efforts, for we have allowed this to happen, and at times even cheer it on. Even when offenses against our freedom have come to light for all to see and the offenders are run out of office the legacy of those offenders is that their efforts are not reversed. Instead their policies are often left in place and continue to deny us certain freedoms and liberties that once we had. No effort is made by the remaining leaders to remove these offenses and no outcry is heard from the populace demanding it. It is of little wonder that the ruling class in Washington is so smug and arrogant and condescending in their dealings with the general population of this country. They surely regard us as mindless sheep who will believe whatever the television tells us, . . . and obey.

    There was a time in this country when the elected leaders understood their role. They understood that they were entrusted as guardians of our freedoms and custodians of our liberty. Somewhere along the way, however, those leaders have been supplanted by men and women who regard the halls of power as a means to a personal end. Protecting the rights and freedoms of Americans is, at best, a secondary concern and when those freedoms stand in the way of their personal agendas they are dispatched with under the guise of “doing it for the common good” or some other obfuscated cliché that sounds good and yet means nothing. In recent years I have come to realize that there is little difference among the elitist ruling class in Washington, regardless of party affiliation, aside from a few core issues. For the most part, they act in concert to carry out their personal agendas.

    Where in the Constitution does it say that the Government has the right to dictate to the citizens the manner in which we are allowed to defend our own lives? Our lives are gifts, granted to us by our eternal creator. This is what I believe at the core of my being and I do not believe the government has the right to determine the manner in which I protect that gift from those that might mean to take it away. Despite this, there is an ongoing and powerful effort in this country to deny the citizens their right to keep and bear arms. Citizens of this nation have been killed at the hands of criminals because they lived in an area of the country where strict, draconian gun laws had denied them the ability to adequately defend themselves. This is the work of our elected leaders who, rather that protect our rights, sought instead to pursue their personal agendas. People paid for that with their very lives and yet there is still a concerted effort to impose ever more restrictions on our rights to keep and bear arms. Some of those who pursue that effort make it clear that their ultimate goal is to remove the Second Amendment and ban firearms altogether.

    This, of course, is but one of many issues in which the government has either overstepped its bounds, forgotten its role completely or granted unto themselves entirely new powers to which they are not entitled and do so without the will and consent of the people. Where does it say in the Constitution that it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to provide health care to each and every American? This is a concept so outside of the bounds of the Constitution that I am absolutely baffled as to how those in power have managed to justify it into law. In order to do so the only logical conclusion is that they have ignored the Constitution entirely and simply acted on their own accord. Following that logic, thirty guys from Cleveland could pass a law that declares April 10th as National Cleveland Day and give all federal employees the day off and it would be every bit as binding.

    The average American yields over roughly half of their annual salary to the government in taxes of one form or another throughout the course of their working lifetime. Politicians love to remind us that we are only paying 28 percent or 30 percent. Only? If only that were true. In point of fact in addition to the 28 or 30 percent of federal withholding Americans also pay state tax, property tax, sales tax, gasoline tax, utilities tax, phone tax and a myriad of other nickel and dimes taxes that add up to an average of 50 percent of our income, in some cases more. Despite this, the elected leaders of this nation are quick to tell us they don’t have enough money and they need more. If half the wealth of this nation is not enough to operate the federal government than there is a serious problem that is not going to be fixed by simply taking more tax money from us.

    Even when politicians are compelled to follow the will of the people often those leaders do so not because it is the right thing to do, but simply to help ensure their own re-election. Self preservation becomes more important than the preservation of liberty and freedom. This was never supposed to be the mindset of those sent to Washington to represent us and yet it is not only the mindset, it is accepted as the status quo.

    There was a time in this country when the people understood their role. They understood their rights and freedoms and they made sure to elect leaders who were like minded and would work to protect those freedoms. Somewhere along the way it became more important to watch football, or baseball, or reality TV. Politics lost its appeal when it was forced to compete with TV, shopping malls, movie theaters and night clubs. We would all rather play video games and check the internet to see what our friends are saying on social networking websites. One third of American children never graduate from high school and even those that do receive such a poor education that many certified high school graduates cannot find their own state on a map.

    Streets in large cities where our grandparents played stick ball and parents didn’t worry over their whereabouts are now strewn with trash and so dangerous with gang warfare that few dare to venture out after dark. Even in the safer parts of urban areas mothers and fathers never let their small children venture more than a few feet from their side out of fear they might fall prey to some sadistic child molester or run down by some drunken fool behind the wheel of a car.

    These things have come to be because we have allowed it as a people. We have forgotten or never even knew about the struggles of colonists who wanted to be free of the oppressive government of the British Crown. We have forgotten that women had to struggle and fight for the right to have a vote and a say in our society and rightly so. We have forgotten that our grandparents worked for pennies a day during the great depression and many sacrificed their lives during World War II to preserve this nation. We have forgotten what Dr. Martin Luther King meant when he said “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last!”

    We have forgotten, . . . and so we have fallen.

    We have to stand up again America.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2009
  2. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    Good post. True and sad.


  3. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    So....can I take it, that the rose colored glasses have come off?
  4. Very well said, covered it.
    And that's why were here.
  5. SARG

    SARG Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    "who are lesser sons of greater fathers"

    *My favorite part*
  6. Rocket J Squirl

    Rocket J Squirl New Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Lone Watie:
  7. 1 CAV

    1 CAV New Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    lol I just call it like I see it is all.
  8. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    That my friend is a great post, I wish I was able to express my thoughts that well.
  9. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    Ha! Troll alert siren is on full blast! LOL! Wow...bitter.
  10. tireman7.62x54r

    tireman7.62x54r Member

    Sep 30, 2006
    Too many Americans spend most of their free time watching the electronic toilet.
  11. 1 CAV

    1 CAV New Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    I am the author LeftWing and if you want health care feel free to get it, but the rest of us should not be forced to pay for your care. If you don't want firearms in your home, feel free not to have any, but you will not tell me that I can't have them.
  12. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    Wow, there are some crabby people in this world. Hmm, very judgmental too.

    Wait...did he just compare himself to old peoples' sh&%?? LOL!!
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2009
  13. sabashimon

    sabashimon New Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    1 CAV, as to the title of your thread, and the gist of your very well-thought out post, you need look no farther than our newest contributor.....LeftWingLoonie, er, Lionel.
    There has always in this country been people of his ilk, such as those on the left who, for example, rallied against joining the fight against Hitler.
    The critical difference now is that they find themselves in positions of power, in control of our mainstream media, and more and more controlling the messages our children receive in their schools.
    However, they have become drunk with their newfound influence, and are stepping over heretofore sacrosanct lines at breakneck speed, and the People are awakening to the nakedness of the emperor.
    Raise your children in the way that you know to be right, and have faith brother, our time is coming.

    Edited to add:
    Although we in Israel, in this, our third rendition of sovereignty, have a much shorter history (61 years), we too have gone through the darkness that comes with becoming soft and forgetful of who we are, allowing the falsehoods of the far left to gain a foothold in our daily lives, in our education system, and in our belief in the righteousness of our cause.
    I am hopeful that there are signs that my People as well are slowly but surely waking from their existentially dangerous slumber
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2009
  14. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    1 CAV,
    Sir as I said earlier your post is JUST OUTSTANDING I would like to repost it on my own site if it is OK with you.
    sabashimon is 100% correct and I agree 100% with all his comments here.
    It is the people like LeftWingLionel ( that I suspect is close friends with BRN380) that has caused us to have most of our problems and not the folks like you & me.
    1 CAV you keep posting and stick to your guns I got your back anytime you need me!
  15. ARB

    ARB New Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Mid Missouri
    You, are not going to change anybody's mind on firearm ownership in this forum. Especially, with the piss poor attitude you have. This Forum is for people that have common interests and like to discuss them. If your objective is to make people hate you online the way they do on the street, you are headed in the right direction. You, don't have to agree, just don't act like a jerko** when you do it.:(
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