Monday, September 24, 2007

What is Happening to America?

Last year, around this time, I was in the Dominican Republic working at a hospital that ran off of donations. During the time I was there a few major contributers visited the hospital to check up on things. I ended up spending some time with a few of these people, and got to talk to them about something other than how hot it was all the time.
One of these people, who I'll call John, was a 60-something man from the Northeast. While spending a weekend on the beach John noticed that I was reading America at the Crossroads by Francis Fukuyama, and he asked me what it was about. I told him it was about Neo-Conservatism, and proceeded to tell him why it's so loathsome, and why it's killing America.
John disagreed with me.
John said that what is killing America wasn't the infringement of civil rights, the corrupt officials, the never-ending wars, the over-spending on said wars, the poor foreign policy, or the light-speed progress towards a dictatorship. None of that.
John said that what is killing America was homosexuals.

I laughed. I asked him why he thought that.
"Because that's what happened to Rome," he answered.
Wow. I thought what brought the fall of Rome was political instability and constant agitation from groups like the Gauls. If anal sex can topple one of history's greatest civilizations then humanity deserves extinction.

It was because of this conversation with John that I finally realized what is killing the United States.
It's us.
We can blame our officials and blame our media and blame our education, but we are the root of all of those problems. Because those officials must be elected, that news must be written, and those children must be taught - all of this must be done by Americans.
Something happened a few years ago and there were promises all over the country that "Things would never be the same." America did change - it went to sleep.

I don't even know where to push for change. We live in a nation where this kind of shit makes sense to people. We live in a nation where people want there to be theocratic law. We live in a nation where people willingly have RFID chips implanted in them. We live in a nation where the eye of the government is so omniscient that you could use it to stalk your ex-girlfriend. We live in a nation where this man was elected - twice.

America was founded as nation where man would make the law. Where you weren't bound by your heritage. Where anything could be earned. Where you could be born a pauper but die a prince. And it is that idea that is so fragile in a very certain way. Because that idea can't be killed by a tyrant, terrorist, or invader.
But it can be forgotten; and that is the greatest danger facing America today.

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