To Quote Pink Floyd

I’ll try to make this as short and simple as possible. America is on the brink of collapse and it is all our fault. You may look around and see a people who have a standard of living which is higher than that of many other countries, but that doesn’t mean squat.

I remember as a kid I loved reading science fiction novels. One of the more engrossing books I read, actually a trilogy of books, was Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. I won’t bore you too much with the plot but it revolved around a guy named Hari Seldon who was a psyhohistorian, a mathematician who could interpret patterns in humans that could predict the future in probabilistic terms. In one part of his books he warns that just because the empire is fading does not mean it is still not powerful. That is how I see America today. We have seen our glory days and are in our declining years.

How did this come about? Well instead of a lengthy treatise on what I see as the downfall of America I thought I would try a different tactic. I will provide you with some simple bullet statements that show the progression of America from its founding to where it is today. Maybe then you can see the progression of how America got from point A to point B.

-Colonists land at Plymouth Rock seeking religious freedom and a chance for a new life in America.

-New colonies under charter from the King of England are established and population begins to grow dramatically in America.

-Under the protection of England wars are fought to protect British interests in America.

-England imposes taxes upon colonists to offset the cost of wars and for protecting them from hostile nations.

-Animosity between colonists and England grows as new laws, new taxes are imposed while colonists have no representation in legislative body in England to represent them.

-Colonists petition England for redress of grievances and for the most part are ignored by the King.

-Things come to a head when the British try to disarm the colonists at Lexington and Concord.

-Revolutionary War breaks out and a Declaration of Independence is drafted.

-With aid from France the war is won and independence gained.

-Articles of Confederation go into effect and establish a system of government for colonies.

-Some Founders feel Articles of Confederation are too weak to manage affairs of a nation and hold a convention to amend them. Instead an entirely new Constitution is written.

-Opposition to Constitution arises and those who support it wage campaign to convince the people that it is in the best interest of America for it to be adopted.

-Constitution is ratified and creates our system of government with limited powers and amenable to the people.

-Under this Constitution the government has: a) limited powers, b) the people have representation in the House of Representatives, c) the states have representation in the Senate, d) a Bill of Rights is included protecting certain unalienable rights.

-Fast forward 40 years and the South, particularly South Carolina fears that the government is abusing its power at the expense of the South for the benefit of the North. South Carolina attempts to ‘nullify’ federal laws. They fail.

-Two decades later the Civl War breaks out when 11 Southern States secede from the Union claiming it is their right, (as stated in the Declaration of Independence) to form a government which best serves their interests.

-The federal government, not the North, but the government declares that the South has no right to secede and takes the country to war to force the South into adhering to the Union.

-The South loses the Civil War and that is the first nail in the coffin for States Rights.

-The 17th Amendment taking State’s power in the Senate is the final nail in the coffin for State’s Rights.

-The 16th Amendment and The Federal Reserve Act are passed creating a strong central bank and giving the government the power to tax individual income.

-Under programs such as New Deal and Great New Society, social programs are established which create a class of people dependent upon government for their survival.

-As more jobs are outsourced many Americans lose their jobs and are forced to seek lower paying jobs with less job security. The middle class begins to shrink.

-At the same time the middle class is hammered with more and more taxes to provide all the services our government enacts for those in need.

-To better control the people a common enemy is needed so that government can enact laws which restrict our rights. The War on Terror is created to do just that. Whether you believe it was entirely an inside job, or simply that it was allowed to happen, we now allow all sorts of federal intrusions into our rights to keep us safe from the big bad terrorists.

-And here we are today with the government completely disregarding the limitations of power, the checks upon the various branches of government, and we sit back and do nothing. Our government is out of control and we worry about which corrupt piece of shit the Republicans or the Democrats are going to offer us as candidates for the next president. All the while we know more about the current lineup of our favorite football teams than we do our own system of government.

Were any of the Founding Fathers alive today they would be shaking their heads in disbelief at what we have allowed their creation to become. Believe it or not the government does have limits imposed upon what it can and what it cannot do. We the people were supposed to stay educated about our system of government and hold our representatives accountable for their actions. We have failed miserably.

While I despise those who sit in the halls of power in this country, I do not blame them for what is wrong in America today. It is true, the old saying that power corrupts. It was up to us to keep that corruption at bay, or at least minimal. Again, we have failed. The fault lies with us, the people.

A friend of mine at the Post Office reads all my articles. He said I need a national forum to get my ideas out to more people. I don’t think it would matter. I truly think people don’t care. They are more absorbed in their own lives that they cannot see the bigger picture going on if they would just take off the blinders and look. No, America will have to hit rock bottom before anyone will look up and wonder what the hell is going on, and by then it will be too late.

So, in getting to the reason I chose this particular title for this piece, in the double cd The Wall by Pink Floyd there is one lyric which got this whole ball of wax started. It comes towards the end of the second cd where they sing, “The evidence before the court is incontrovertible, there’s no need for the jury to retire.”

The evidence is in, the people don’t know diddly squat about their system of government. Aside from a few people I know I defy anyone to name just a few of the specific powers granted government. I defy anyone to name more than 3 of the rights protected by the Bill of Rights.

Can’t do it? Didn’t think so. The prosecution now rests its case…

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4 Responses to To Quote Pink Floyd

  1. Ed says:

    Neal what the hell can we as individuals do? I’m 68 years old and I guess I won’t live long enough for it to get really bad for me but my kids and grandkids are in for some serious shit. They did vote for these assholes though so we deserve the government we get. Short of a violent civil war I do not know what would work. Even that is probably too late. I read a blog a while ago and the guy said that to right this stinking mess we would have to kill about 100 various politicians, news talking heads and business leaders. Too bad he didn’t publish the list cause god knows we need a drastic housecleaning.

    • Neal says:

      I really don’t know what we can do. Even a civil war might not help. Sure we could beat back the government but what about all those who depend on government for their very survival? They are not gonna like it when we take away their benefits and restore government to its true purpose. It’s taken generations of conditioning, brainwashing if you wanna call it that, to get us dumbed down and ignorant as to what our Founders intended. It would take generations to undo that damage.

      I think that cycle that Tytler spoke of is correct; “Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”

      As sad as it makes me, I don’t think there’s a damned thing we can do to alter it. There are just too many intertwining factors. Ignorant/apathetic people, corrupt politicians, money in politics, corporate greed, and a general immorality of the population. It’s like trying to plug that leaking dyke. You stick a finger in one hole and another leak springs somewhere else. There’s just too much wrong in America today to fix it all.

      • Ed says:

        I agree. Sadly in my mind I knew the answer before I even posed the question. Damn sad.

        • Neal says:

          Not only sad, but infuriating that more people can’t see what is happening because they are too busy finding ways to stay entertained and not educated.

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