What Might History Say Of Us?

by Colonel Dan


The Cowboy Chronicle

October 2007


What will history say about our stewardship of this great American experiment? It’s been said that events require a hundred years before their impact on history can accurately be evaluated and conclusions drawn.  Although I understand that view, it doesn’t stop me, a rank amateur from speculating.

Here are some snippets of what I believe Americans could be reading in the 22nd century about 20th/21st Century America —if recorded by historians, not revisionists.

* First and foremost, I’m convinced that future historians will write that grassroots Americans were the most industrious, generous and self-sacrificing people on Earth.  They gave of themselves in every way—their fortunes in helping the down trodden and their lives in freeing the oppressed around the world and it was they that made America the greatest country in the history of mankind.

* Unfortunately, they’ll also write that America's leaders completely lost control of the borders, diluting their culture and resources out of existence. Although the danger signs were clearly present throughout the 20th century and well into the 21st, they couldn’t separate themselves from the concept of politically correct multiculturalism, the corporate desire for “cheap labor” and the fear of offending one group or another—even to the point of jeopardizing their own cultural existence.  They allowed far too many foreigners unrestricted access to what they thought was unlimited wealth, resources and resiliency of their way of life, never considering the price that must eventually be paid when the bills came due.  Their attempts to accommodate all actually evolved into unprecedented levels of political pandering.  This ultimately proved disastrous to the long-term health and well being of the country’s future and their most precious gift of freedom was ultimately turned against them.  They allowed foreigners extreme, almost unlimited freedom of movement and action, turning a blind eye to the actions of those that had no real allegiance to or interest in the country—even to the extent of creating the perfect opportunity for terrorists to use the country’s own liberty and resources against her, inflicting tremendous death and destruction in multiple ways.

*America was too globally oriented, spreading themselves far too thin around the world in an attempt to have their hands in the business of practically every country on earth—well intentioned or otherwise. This at the same time they were cutting the resources necessary to enforce such a policy of globalism—their military.  Many countries around the world resented America’s attempts to influence events and cultures even when accompanied by huge sums of foreign aid. The world bit and resented the hand that helped free and feed them but American politicians just didn’t learn. They ignored their founder’s advice to avoid entangling foreign alliances and they eventually paid the price for that ignorance.

* Their Presidents and Congress inexplicably lost concern for their own country and ignored their solemn oath of office to preserve, protect and defend. They were far more concerned with power, pandering, self-enrichment and globalism than they were about America. In the end they undermined their own country, its sovereignty and the constitution more than any group or single event in that nation’s history.

* Modern liberal philosophy as practiced by both political parties in the 20th and 21st century irreparably converted the original American dream of 1776 to a socialistic nightmare. “Progressive” politicians were thinly veiled socialists and communists who were intent on transforming America at every opportunity through legislative incrementalism and seeding the courts at all levels with judges that actively legislated from the bench. As Americans grew richer, lazier and less concerned with individual participation in the political process, the left was tacitly and sometimes eagerly given greater influence in determining America’s course. They eventually took over as people looked increasingly toward government for solutions to everyday problems. Americans were given a grand republic but couldn’t keep it.

* There was never a proper accounting by government for the funds collected and expended or how any piece of legislation adhered to the established constitution. The people seemed to be willing to overlook violations of their own constitution if it was accompanied by promises of additional handouts from the public treasury. 

* As Jefferson feared, the dream of ’76 mutated into the nightmare of the 21st century as they allowed government to grow unchecked in an ill-advised search for a paternalistic government that would provide more and more of what was once considered personal responsibilities. Once people discovered they could successfully vote funds into their own pockets, the dream was doomed.

* Americans ate their own and seemed to relish in self-flagellation—particularly with those in the press. There was a period in American history when it seemed to be a sign of “journalistic enlightenment” that every problem, conflict or political struggle in the world was reported as America’s fault.  Even the terrorism of 9-11 and its aftermath was written about in many circles as the fault of America herself—many Americans, unable to see the very real importance of unity in fighting an external threat, sided with the terrorist organization responsible for the attack against their own country! This was an unbelievable phenomenon in the political history of mankind.

* Somehow the concept of freedom of religion morphed into freedom from religion and God was run out of America in the twisted name of preserving the right of people to worship Him freely. Prayer was actually prohibited in many public events and places in the name of preserving religious freedom! This phenomenon will require many more years of study to adequately understand this “illogical logic.”

* Numerous deceitful acts of government back then were sold to the average American using the ruse that it was for the good of the children. In one tragic example, countless Americans were duped into surrendering their right to keep and bear arms on the pretext that a gun-free society was safer for the children.  Unfortunately, they paid a heavy price for this shortsightedness. Defenseless and unable to resist criminals and unscrupulous government agencies, many perished. A once strong spirited and independent people went down without a struggle—unarmed, intimidated and defenseless. Had it not been for a small but staunchly loyal group of Traditional Constitutionalists who refused to surrender their arms and who upheld the original values of the constitution, America would have been lost.

I know there are other significant extracts from America’s future history books but these are just a few from my saddle.

Contact Colonel Dan: coloneldan@bellsouth.net







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