Written By An Author And Professor To The Point Regarding The Condition Of America Followed By My Comment.

Writing through understanding of a man who is a professor and author with his freshly written facts on the condition of America followed by my comment.

The government shutdown is in the news, but I doubt very much that it will look extremely significant thirty years from now. Yes, the Democrats may successfully save funding for Planned Parenthood, but they have already agreed to cuts big enough to do a great deal of harm to important parts of the federal government without making any significant impact upon the deficit. We all remember that Bill Clinton prevailed politically the last time we had a shutdown, but I also remember that he had reacted to the Republican victory in 1994 by announcing that the era of big government was over. Now it looks to me as if an era of American civilization--though not, perhaps, western civilization--that has lasted about a century is coming to an end.

Quite simply, that was the era in which Americans believed that they could, through their government, apply reason and science to improve their lives and insure a certain degree of justice within the framework of a modern, capitalist economy. Capitalism's extraordinary capacity to generate inequality had become apparent before the First World War, and two younger generations--the Progressives (born about 1842-62) and the Missionaries (about 1863-1884) had reacted with various reform movements. The accidental accession of Theodore Roosevelt in 1901 brought these ideas into the White House, and Roosevelt talked specifically about using the power of the executive branch and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to curb monopoly power and give the American people a "square deal." He did not get far, but the new generation got its chance in 1932 as a result of the Depression--and as the British say, they took it. The New Deal aimed specifically at regulating the excesses of the financial system, regulating agricultural and industrial markets, insuring the rights of labor, increasing the tax burden on the wealthy even in the midst of the depression, putting the unemployed to work, and providing social security in old age. While far from a complete success, it won the support of well over half the American people and enshrined a new way of thinking. The Nomadic Lost generation (b. about 1885-1904) was not won over to the New Deal, but some of its more liberal members played key roles in it nonetheless. The sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of the GI generation in the Second World War created a new sense of government responsibility to the people, and even the Lost collaborated in the construction of a new postwar society. By the time the Republicans regained the White House in 1953 they had no real desire to undo the achievements of the last twenty years.

"When I was a young man," the great Missionary W. E. B. Dubois (1868-1963) wrote in the late 1930s, "the foundations of present culture were laid, the way was charted, the progress toward certain great goals was undoubted and inevitable. There was room for argument concerning details and methods and possible detours in the onsweep of civilization, but the fundamental facts were clear, unquestioned and unquestionable." So it was too in my youth, and especially in the first half the 1960s, when JFK and LBJ tried to extend the New Deal tradition still further. Yet as so happens, the apotheosis of that particular civilization also marked the beginning of the end. The Vietnam War, that awful product of GI hubris, accelerated the process, but perhaps it was inevitable in any case. In 2000, at the end of my book American Tragedy, I drew on Strauss and Howe and predicted some kind of crisis and civic rebirth. I was right about the former; it seems now I was wrong about the latter, and I can see why.

The United States has in many ways been on a downward path since the age of Reagan. Reagan introduced two critical new trends: the gradual erosion of our progressive tax code (Reagan did not, in fact cut taxes--he shifted them to the middle and lower classes), and the decline of union rights and the de-industrialization of America. But Reagan was a GI, as were the leaders of the Congress in the 1980s, and the process was not allowed to go that far. The deregulation of the S & L industry in the late 1980s was catastrophic, but then, at least, the perpetrators faced punishment. 5000 industry insiders drew jail time for S & L fraud; not one major player has been convicted of anything for the crash of 2007. That is because in the interim new generations have come to the fore, with completely new principles.

The Silent generation (born 1925-42) got the deregulatory ball rolling. Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, and many of the other key players in the process were Silents. But a Boomer President and an increasingly Boomer Republican Congress repealed the Glass-Steagall Act. The process accelerated under George W. Bush. By cutting taxes and embarking upon two very long wars at the same time, Bush created a new permanent federal deficit even in good times. That has turned out to be a critical achievement for him and those on his side of the aisle, because it has made it absolutely impossible for the federal government to respond adequately to the economic crisis that deregulation brought about.

To Prophet generations like the Boomers, Strauss and Howe argued, falls the duty of giving society a new direction when the old order collapsed. We have failed that test, and our day in power is just about over, even though the youngest Boomers have only just turned 50. Why? Conservative Boomers, like conservatives of every generation except perhaps the GIs, have been devotees of the free market, which is really another form of social Darwinism. The most transformational Boomer President was George W. Bush, who crippled the finances of the federal government and started an endless involvement in the Middle East. But what about liberal Boomers?

Forty years ago our parents viewed liberal Boomers protesting the Vietnam War as spoiled children. It turns out that they were right, although not perhaps in exactly the way we believed. Liberal Boomers--including the few liberal politicians of any importance like Bill Clinton--have pretty much abandoned the New Deal tradition. They have stood by or collaborated in the de-industrialization of America and the deregulation of the financial system. Instead, they have focused on the rights of minorities, women, and gays. Those were important issues, but they stood out in the 1960s and 1970s largely because other at least equally important economic issues had been solved by our parents. We took those achievements for granted and assumed they would go on forever. They would not. We have secured minorities' equal right to participate--but in what?

Universities were a big part of the New Deal coalition, and provided a lot of the ideas that went into social and economic reform from the 1930s through the 1960s. The economists who taught me as a freshman were focused above all on keeping employment high, the legacy of their youth. They gave way to free-marketeers who almost totally dominate the economics profession now--and who, as the film Inside Job showed, are rewarded with six-figure consulting contracts. Many historians also focused upon the role of the state in society and the economy. Now those topics are virtually ignored by the faculty of our leading colleges and universities.

And that is why, it seems to me, today, in the midst of an economic, budgetary and political crisis, there is really no counterpoint to Republicans' continuing efforts to destroy the government. Roosevelt seized on the Great Depression as an opportunity to build up the federal government. They have seized upon the Great Recession as an opportunity to destroy government at every level. The punditocracy, with virtually no exceptions, has cooperated now in promoting the idea that cutting the deficit is our most important task--and no one takes the idea of tax increases seriously any more. There will be no Boomer President to restore a stronger role of government in the economy.

Generation X has gained enormously in power during the last three years. It occupies the White House and makes up most of the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives. And Generation X has no memory either of the New Deal or the postwar High. It spent its childhood amidst collapsing institutions, particularly the institution of the family, and it emerged with a lifelong distrust. The vast majority of Gen Xers view our crisis as a purely individual matter and are not interested in uniting for the common good. A Gen X Congressman, Paul Ryan, has just introduced a plan to destroy Medicare just in time for his own generation to retire. One cannot understand how that could happen without generational theory.

The attack on government has also become an attack on reason in public life. It is no accident that the darlings of the new right have included people like Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann, who actually thought that the Revolutionary War had begun in Concord, New Hampshire. Intelligence is now seen as an attribute of an out-of-touch elite. It is clear that the Republican plans for health care, the economy and the budget are catastrophic--cutting government at all levels will impede recovery, not help it, and the free market is what has gotten us where we are today. But they do not care. The rationalist impulse is only one human impulse, and not by any means the strongest one. For the time being it seems that it has had its day. We live in a world of sound bites and images, with little time for reflection and understanding, and that is making it harder and harder to deal with our problems.

The Millennial generation (born about 1982-2002) might have been the new GIs, had the older generations enlisted them, too, in a great crusade. Now it seems that will not happen. Some of them are engaged in small-scale crusades of their own, using their own brains and their cooperative spirit to solve problems. That holds out a little hope for the present and more for the future. But for the next decade or two there seems little hope for any escape from our new Gilded Age. Boomers lived through a great era of American politics. Unfortunately for them and their children and grandchildren, it came to an end as they reached adulthood. Yet we can remain faithful to the best of our past, just as Europeans like Stendhal kept alive the ideals of the French Revolution in the 1820s, secure in their faith that such times would come again--as indeed, eventually, they did.

P.S. Last night, after an agreement was reached to avert a shutdown, President Obama said that Americans of different beliefs had come together and hailed "the biggest annual spending cut in history." Yes: the Republicans won on the principle of dismantling the federal government at home, the Democrats won on funding for planned parenthood and powers for the EPA that will never be effectively applied. (As of 8:20 this morning EDT, no one seems to know whether funding for PBS survived or not.) That is a fitting commentary on the power of the two parties today, and on how President Obama increasingly sees himself: a Democrat on social issues and a moderate Republican on economic ones.
posted by David Kaiser at 9:02 PM on Apr 8, 2011


Mr. Kaiser,

Your writing {http://historyunfolding.blogspot.com/} on the realities of the US government are very true, short and to the point just as few others who can see the massive storms approaching because of mans ignorance; however, all on this planet are missing the point of why things are and just how much lower they are going with what the results will be for this entire human race.

We the people cannot ask governments of the world anything and expect truth for an answer; and that is because all those in positions to lead the people are but controlled puppets on the strings of those very high and completely hidden in world government that a master deceiver controls which makes them the controllers of the world by however they pull the strings of their puppets like Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan and back along with world governments in every nation which has been a process through the centuries; and in your writings on people high in government including what presidents had their hands in were of the past build-ups for the great falling down that has finally arrived as planed long ago.

We the people of the United States and the world cannot learn anything through over 33,000 religions of man who are for the most part just major financial organizations that bring in billions along with the tiny franchises that bring in much less, and of all the religions in the world that mean well, they know not God simply because they all in the world reject His Pure Words of Truth by trusting in man, and this entire world today which is a disaster getting ready to happen shows well what trusting in man will bring.
We the people cannot turn to the education of man, news articles, authors, or the great Oprah Winfrey’s because there are but only three types of people who are the good, the bad, and the ugly; and because majority {good} does not rule, the ugly who are worshipers of darkness who are big political leaders and world entertainers also http://ttimesoftroubles.webs.com/spiritualweather.htm which have led the bad {wrong} into bringing down the good {right in their own minds} so all that remains is a world of bad {deceived} because of the blindness that can see not what’s right. There is but only one right way that comes from a source that man knows not; and that is because the only god known to man is the god of this world who even leads the children of God in disobedience, but the last to believe God are the billions of believers. God says to prove all things, but how can anything be proved to believers who don’t believe the words of God? They don’t even know how hard the devil laughs in front of God each time a building of man falsely called a church is built with a steeple that actually represents an erect penis of the Egyptian goddess of fertility which also has to do with rabbits and eggs.

Just give some thought to this world of toxic and radioactive waste along with every form of trash, slime and junk from the depths of the oceans to our man made junk yard in orbit; and give more thoughts to this world of crimes, murders, tortures, rapes, child abuse in all ways, wars, starvation, diseases and massive stock piles of chemical and biological weapons along with nuclear and computer smart weapons of every kind worldwide; and also include just every way of evil darkness that exists from a to z and you will have this world today as massive mountains of nitroglycerin scattered all over this planet that are all getting ready to shake, rattle and roll while bringing down billions with their very high powered massive destruction that also brings waste with desolation that will leave nations such as the United States without inhabitant. So says God who all the religions of man worldwide have no knowledge of, and I can prove it by God’s own words they know nothing of through His Spirit of truth.

The only way that any confusion can be completely removed is through seeing what no one else can see, and that is who God truly is less all of the religions of man worldwide that don’t even know God in His Spirit of truth, but only through the false and counterfeit spirits supplied by the god of this world who has deceived this whole world exactly as God Almighty said he would do in Revelation 12:9. But of the 3.5 billion who say that they believe in God, none believe what He says to them all.

When we become truly different as in not of this world, we have been left completely alone on this earth because we are only here in flesh and blood with our hearts intent and mind only centered on the true God that only His little flock {Luke 12:32} really knows; {and those are words from God that believers don’t believe or understand} Therefore all that we can see is the foolishness of man who places every thought that they think on their intelligence which comes from the spirit of man who knows not the Spirit of who created all things for a purpose. {1 Corinthians chapter 2 is very educational regarding spirits.}

When one individual understands what the world does not, the reasons are written within the Holy Bible that man looks to himself for understanding of when only God can be the supplier through following His instruction {Proverbs 2:4-6} that the greatest world preachers don’t even know let alone follow or teach, therefore I am not out to change the worlds thought pattern, but only to plant what they need to know within subconscious worldwide because when we really care about others that care not for us or our words, that is all that we can do. My most recent posts out of about 300 can be seen here. EP Link

God placed me in the Philippines over 4 years ago with no money and no life only to train me in faith for being fully dependant on only Him; and while living only day to day with ten dollar loans at 20% interest, overdue power bills at twenty one dollars, breads, fish and rice in word of mouth credit along with many hardships that over a 100,000 religious people who have read my writings have absolutely no care about whatsoever which has been only God showing me the way that He sees this world of mans religions as hypocrites that have no love, therefore are as murders to their own brethren. 1 John 3:15-18 speaks those words well with 1 John 4:7-8 showing that to have no love means that they can’t know God. John 13:34 is a commandment to love; and Revelation 22:14 shows no blessings for the tree of life to anyone who believes but has no love. But believers in God don’t believe what He tells them all, and I am living proof that there is no genuine love within the followers of man that use the name of God.

For the past four years I have been mostly in the same square mile as I work twenty four hours each day in thoughts, words, the Bible and the ways of man in this world, and my income is only faith with not one friend true friend on earth; and Christ told me why in John 15:18-21, so I just accept and never question because when another way of life comes for my wife and I, it will be God’s calling for another direction that allows me to plant many seeds deep within many minds to prepare them for what’s coming which is the end of the human race with man ruling man.
Read Deuteronomy chapter 28 to see America fall. Next read all of Lamentations. Now read Ezekiel chapters 2-6 just to get a feel of religious unbelievers and what is coming upon them who cannot see and are totally unprepared. Below is an index for some of my many writings with some having very many photos of the world today.

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm

Mr. Kaiser, it was in no way my attempt to stray from the approaching horrors coming upon man through government corruption, but only to give the reasons why as only a scratch on the surface of the depths of the Higher Power that man has no understanding of.

My Intelligence

So far my education began twenty years ago, but Moses has eighty years of life's education prior to his 40 years of leading Israel in the wilderness, so just to reach his level of knowledge will take me another 60 years; and then I need another 40 of hands on experience with a rebellious people just as this world today. So says God, but who believes our creator for His every word? Most certainly not the religions of man that believe what man falsely teaches as the blind leading the blind with no love in their hearts for others that God looks for; and He weighs us all by our actions. 1 Samuel 2:3

We all have faults and we all have needs, therefore I just do the best that I can do in faith by God’s lead with a great sadness that only few will hear truth prior to the great tribulation. Because the words of our Lord are pure and refined, look to only them and never man with Proverbs 1:22-32 being the many with verse 33 as the few.
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