If the last Presidential Election did anything, it reinforced my growing apathy toward political involvement, my distrust of “delivery systems” for news, and my fatalistic views about the state of America and its people. It appears we are heading toward Western Europe’s secularized welfare state model at a rapid clip, and there’s no way, nor will, to stop it.
The culprits are many, and probably typical, as rants like mine go. It’s easy enough to blame the mainstream media. With 96.7 percent of American households owning a TV set, the average American home owning 3 of them, and handheld devices providing additional media hook-ups, the MSM shapes American opinion like never before. Which gets more to the root of the issue: US. Television caters to the worst in us, our short attention spans and utter narcissism, our preoccupation with pop cultural inanities (see: TMZ, the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, etc., etc., etc.), and sound-bite reportage that swaps thinking for feeling, and substance for style. In the end, the average American comes out woefully ignorant of their own history and Constitution, and doesn’t seem to give a damn about anything except what immediately impacts them or titillates their current fancy.
So I’m here watching the fiscal cliff talks — will it get done, what if it doesn’t, whose fault will it be if it doesn’t — and I just don’t care. I really don’t care. It’s hard enough getting the real facts on the issue, cutting through the party spin and the media bias. But it’s all misdirection anyway. Finger-pointing and photo ops. Meanwhile, our constitutional rights are being whittled away, our children are getting stupider, the nuclear black market is alive and well, civil rights are being deified, the national debt is in the trillions and growing at a rate of $10 million a minute, there is absolutely NO significant political effort to curb government spending and entitlements, and the media’s nose is so deep up this President’s rear end, all I can do is shrug. This is what the American people want. Well, they can have it.
My conservative friends, we are fighting a tide that has turned. That’s my conclusion on the last day of 2012. We’ve reached the tipping point. The liberal intelligentsia’s control of academic institutions, state-run education, the courts, the entertainment industry, and the mainstream media has become insurmountable. We may nurture a strong remnant, but be advised, we will never, ever, control the national conversation. Again. We are the minority. We are the dissidents. We are on the downside of the slippery slope — morally, politically, ideologically, civilly — and picking up speed. All in crash position for when we hit.
No, I’m not building a bunker in my back yard. Not yet, at least. I’m not predicting the return of Jesus Christ anytime soon. I’m not rooting for our country’s demise. I’m not stockpiling guns and ammo. I’m not joining a militia. I’m not claiming that Obama is the Antichrist or that television is the tool of Satan. But this coming year, I will be doing some things differently.
- I will be looking for alternative news and info outlets.
- I will consider whether it’s worthwhile to ever vote again.
- I will give more to charity, believing that WE, not the state, are our brother’s keepers.
- I will be entertaining more fringe, conspiracy theorists.
- I will lean more into friends and family.
- I will listen more deeply to other political points of view.
- I will seek to accumulate more liquid assets.
- I will prepare, in earnest, for societal collapse.
- I will work hard to make myself less dependent upon other people, programs, and/or institutions.
- I will seek to be more educated than entertained.
- I will become a more informed citizen of the United States.
But in the end, there’s only one thing I can do. Maybe it’s the only thing I could ever really do: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.