Monday, March 30, 2009

Hope For The Best…

There is a well known professor in Russia who thinks that the United States is going to fracture into several countries. Sadly, he may be right.

History is full of stories of great empires that achieved dominance, crumbled from within, and then declined; achieved dominance, crumbled from within, and decline. The United States is not immune from these same forces of history.

Our military continues to be overextended in the Middle East. The U.S. government spends money it doesn’t have to bail out reckless banks and lethargic automakers and plans to spend more on universal health care and renewable energy. The Federal Reserve prints money out of thin air to buy government bonds as our No. 1 debt customer China worries aloud about the value of their investments.

At the same time, Mexico continues to collapse on our Southern border while politicians on both political parties favor amnesty for illegal immigrants that have flooded the country by the millions over the past decade. The overwhelming majority of Americans oppose amnesty. That doesn’t matter to our enlightened leaders, who are in the pocket of their corporate donors that favor open-border policies that leave wages suppressed and workers divided.

Americans are gradually migrating to areas where they will be among their own ethnically and culturally. Right and left ideologies both favor small, local organization of like-minded groups.

New York exhibits all of these traits. The post-September 11 unity in the city, like in the rest of the U.S., was short-lived. New York is as divided as the rest of the country. I wish it were not so, but it is and it may be too late to turn back the clock to a more unified time.

I hope for the best, but I find myself preparing for the worst.

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