I have seen our future, and it [could be] France
By Ronald Glenn
Since the votes last Friday, and undoubtedly in the next few days, the Democratic Party and the establishment American press have spent and will spend a lot of time patting themselves on the back for the passage of the so-called “stimulus” bill. America has a new day, they’ll say. President Obama is already greater that any president who has ever served, they’ll argue. Why not make Nancy Pelosi the first woman in our federal government to have a monument as large as the Lincoln or Jefferson memorials built in her honor? Our new leaders, after all, are so smart, they’re so forward looking, they’re so courageous.
But what have they really done? They have spearheaded the beginning of America’s final conversion to a European state, which is precisely what the intellectual left has wanted for decades. In fact, the current issue of Newsweek magazine says outright that America is more French now than ever before. One question: If America does become totally French, who will save the French nation in the next world war?
Beginning in June of last year, I began having long, private conversations with my associates in real estate and law about the obvious banking and economic problems facing our nation. In rather hushed and deliberate tones they told me that, in the long term, America would have one of the following two fates:
First, complete collapse. America would simultaneously be facing 25 percent unemployment, hyper-inflation and the possibility that 50 percent of real estate would be seized by the banks through foreclosure. Some investment brokers even predicted the destruction of the American currency to the point where it might have to be ended. That’s right — ended. Furthermore, they said a recovery similar to the one that ended the depression of the 1930′s would be unlikely since America had lost most if its industrial base. We don’t make much of anything anymore. In the end, this collapse has the potential to destroy the world banking system.
Alternatively, the second possibility is that America would be forced to be far more European. The middle class would survive because the federal government would assume the responsibility for the social welfare state, radically increasing the percentage of government spending in relation to the Gross National Product. In return, the majority of Americans would have to accept a lower standard of living. A two car family may become a one car family. The beach house would have to go. America would avoid bread lines and tent cities, but to do so would mean the official death of endless affluence. It would be as predicted as far back as the 1960′s, when many Republicans who were opposed to Lyndon Johnson’s spending programs argued that they foresaw a merging of the capitalist and communist states. America would become more socialist; conversely, Russia and China would become more capitalist.
Heck, we already see it happening. Russia cleaned up when the price of oil skyrocketed and has new naval vessels at nearly every friendly port in every ocean across the globe, while America is talking about salary caps for executives.
Yes, it’s happening, but has it happened out of necessity? Russia and China obviously wanted capitalism, but who in America wanted socialism? As strange an answer as this may seem, no one really did, save for the American socialist and communist parties. The Democratic Party does not really want socialism — true socialism would make everybody too poor. What the left wants is aristocratic power. They want to have the nation run by an educated, rich elite — just like the Europeans. This is not just about money. This is about control, about influence, about involvement. They want you to stop smoking. Have plenty of condoms. Access to abortions. No improper fats in you food. They want to protect certain animals. They want you to know whatever they do for you is out of love and concern, certainly not out of the evil malicious standards created by unforgiving capitalist markets.
The relatively recent–and ongoing–banking crisis has made the transformation to being French quicker, but it has been on the political left’s wish list for some time. The federal bench has increasingly been concerned about international law standards, all the healthcare models are European, what the Europeans think about American foreign policy is of the utmost concern. The greatest crime a Secretary of State can commit, after all, is to make the French angry.
Most of this love for the European model of government is based on the belief that capitalism does not consider social justice to be its main concern. Capitalism moves wealth around under its owns laws. For example, just as Detroit owned America in 1965, America now intends to own Detroit. For those on the left, social justice cannot be accomplished without controlling federal spending. Therefore, in order to make life good for everyone in America, social justice has to begin at the federal level.
If the first scenario had happened and America had indeed gone through complete collapse, the forces of capitalism would have been put to work. However, these forces have been undermined for the sake of saving us from the capitalist system gone haywire. Newsweek pronounced this week that after George W. Bush, both Republicans and Democrats are now socialists. Do you need to be reminded that England is also socialist and Queen Elizabeth has long been touted as the richest woman in the world? Seeing that “we are all socialists now,” according to the magazine, it makes you wonder why George Washignton bothered with the Revolutionary War at all.
Ronald Glenn has worked in real estate and law for more than twenty years. He now works in Philadelphia, and lives outside the city with his wife. Ron has been writing for America’s Right since January 2009.