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    Will America Break Up?
    March 25, 2010

    By Jeffrey T. Kuhner

    President Obama is splintering America. The passage of Obamacare was a historic victory for liberal governance. Yet, its true cost may be that it triggers the eventual breakup of the country.

    Mr. Obama has achieved what his liberal predecessors - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Bill Clinton - could only dream of: nationalized health care. Obamacare signifies the government take-over of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. It has dealt a mortal blow to traditional America. We are now a European-style socialist welfare state. The inevitable permanent tax hikes, massive public bureaucracy and liberal ruling elites will stifle competition and initiative.

    Republicans vow to repeal Obamacare. Their past record, however, leaves many conservatives rightly skeptical. Since FDR's New Deal, Big-Government liberalism has been on the march - Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Education. The Republican Party has been unable to roll back the tide of statism. In fact, under Richard Nixon and both George Bushes, Great Society Republicans have been complicit in erecting a nanny state.

    Socialism is the road to economic ruin and fiscal bankruptcy. It subverts democracy, threatening the very future of our constitutional republic. Socialist states degenerate into some form of autocracy or technocratic neo-feudalism, whereby the productive class is taxed and exploited to sustain a growing dependent class. Factions are pitted against each other; groups vie for handouts at the expense of their fellow citizens. The bonds of economic union and national solidarity slowly dissolve.

    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not," warned Thomas Jefferson.

    Jefferson was right: Redistributionist welfare policies are undermining our democracy. The resentments in America are growing. Tea Partiers believe that their government no longer represents their interests or values. The heartland is becoming dangerously alienated from the political class, whom it feels has betrayed them.

    Obamacare may be the last straw. It strips away fundamental economic liberties, empowering the federal government to de facto nationalize everyone's body by controlling our health. Americans are compelled - upon pain of penalty and eventual imprisonment - to purchase insurance.

    Moreover, the law codifies the federal funding of abortion. Taxpayer dollars will be used to subsidize the murder of innocent life. Hence, Mr. Obama has violated the social compact: He has abrogated the conscience of pro-lifers, making them tacitly complicit in the slaughter of the unborn. Obamacare is a radical assault upon fundamental religious freedoms.

    The Obama revolution threatens to tear America apart. This has happened before. Slavery eventually triggered the Civil War between the industrial North and the agrarian South. Abortion is the slavery of our time - the denying of basic human rights to an entire category of people.

    The bitter debate over Obamacare has exposed the country's profound divisions. We are no longer one nation or one people. Rather, there are now two Americas: one conservative, the other liberal. Increasingly, we no longer just disagree but we despise each other.

    Our disagreements encompass everything - politics, morality, culture and history. We no longer share a unifying essence or common values. One half of America believes abortion is an abomination; the other half considers any attempt to repeal it as oppressive and sexist. One half opposes homosexual unions because it elevates immoral and unnatural behavior to the sacred status of marriage; the other half supports it as an extension of civil rights. One half reviles Mr. Obama's socialist agenda, viewing it as the destruction of capitalism and our constitutional government; the other half embraces it as the culmination of social justice and economic equality. One half reveres America's heroes - Christopher Columbus, George Washington, James Madison, Davy Crockett - and its glorious history; the other half is ashamed of its past, seeing it as characterized by racism, imperialism and chauvinism.

    Ultimately, a country is not simply its geographical borders with the people inside of it. It is something more - and deeper. A nation must share a common heritage, language, culture, faith and myths. Once upon a time, Americans celebrated the same heroes, sang the same patriotic songs, read the same history and literature, and gloried in its exceptional nature: a city upon a hill, with liberty and freedom for all. It was understood that, for all of our different ethnic and religious backgrounds, America is a product of English and Christian civilization. Those days are long gone.

    Instead, we are going the way our Founding Fathers warned us against: increasing balkanization and sectionalism. A constitutional republic - unlike an empire - is only as strong as its national cohesion. It is based not on imperial coercion but civic consent. Mr. Obama is recklessly pulling at the strings of unity, further polarizing us.

    In confronting Obamacare, state sovereignty, states' rights and state nullification of federal laws are being asserted. This is what happened in the 1830s and 1840s. They are the signs of growing political anarchy and social frustration - people can only be pushed so far. Mr. Obama's drive for a socialist super-state threatens America's very existence. As Jefferson warned about slavery, it is time we start ringing the "fire bell in the night."

    "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold," wrote William Butler Yeats. "Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

    Conservatives will not be passive in this onslaught on all our core values. Mr. Obama's true legacy may be that he divides us deeper than ever before - unless he abandons his revolutionary project.

    Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington think tank. He is the daily host of the "Kuhner Show" on WTNT 570-AM (www.talk570.com) from noon until 3 p.m.

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    Mr. Obama has achieved what his liberal predecessors - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Bill Clinton - could only dream of: nationalized health care. Obamacare signifies the government take-over of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. It has dealt a mortal blow to traditional America. We are now a European-style socialist welfare state. The inevitable permanent tax hikes, massive public bureaucracy and liberal ruling elites will stifle competition and initiative.
    IF protesting doesn't start IN EARNEST here and now, we're doomed.
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      Increasingly, we no longer just disagree but we despise each other.


      That pretty much sums it up.


      "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
      -- Theodore Roosevelt

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        huh? so you are saying Catholics are why America is going to collapse? that makes little to no sense, perhaps you can explain a bit more.

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          ok that makes more sense, thanks!

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            I agree with the breaking of the bubble.
            Libertatem Prius!

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              Soon.
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                At 35 years old will I actually get to retire with Corps of Engineers or is the whole dang thing going to collapse?

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                  I agree with rough times are in the future. I have put alot of work into myself and to see it all get swept away because of half the country doesn't have any ability just pisses me off. On the other hand like others that I have known that were too attached to their company and title have lost all identity and I guess I just need to be ready for anything.

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                    Originally posted by AGEUSAF View Post
                    At 35 years old will I actually get to retire with Corps of Engineers or is the whole dang thing going to collapse?
                    That's the million dollar question...

                    I strongly suspect that with the way things are going we could have as few as 5 years, if that, and as many as 10 years if we are lucky.

                    I really hope both are wrong and we have many prosperous centuries ahead of us.

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                      I've always been prone to believe that the naysayers were jumping through their asses for nothing.

                      In other words, we have this or that conspiracy theory that says "the world will end" or "the US will collapse" or something like this.

                      Over time all of these theories have proven wrong.

                      However... if you step back you will see that the old Soviet Union FELL in the space of weeks. In reality it took from about 1985 through 1991 to completely dissolve, but the impetus for it's fall too the form of non-liquidity in the market, the loss of income from oil and eventual bankruptcy.

                      The United States, no where near the type of empire the Soviets sought to build, is well on the same route to bankruptcy. We're about three years into a recession if I read my numbers right and that's about half as much time as it took the Soviets to dissolve.

                      Do I think the US will collapse?

                      I don't think we're going to completely fall apart. We have too many right thinking (and Right Thinking) people here to allow it. However, bankruptcy is a possibility, and our government might find itself dissolved if some of the leaders taking advantage of the People of America...

                      So... we COULD... will we? That remains the question.
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                        While listening to NRA News this evening, Cam Edwards (the host) was reading from a blog entry brought to his attention on The George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia site by a Mrs. Elena Aguilar. This blog entry perfectly proves Jeff Kuhner's point, especially the large block of text I highlighted.

                        Have some insight into "the other side"...

                        How to Engage Young Students in Historical Thinking
                        By Elena Aguilar
                        4/8/10

                        Last week over breakfast, my six-year-old son declared, "George Washington was a good president."

                        "Why do you say that?" I asked.

                        "Because he freed us from England," he said.

                        "Some people think he was good, others disagree," I said.

                        "My teacher thinks he was good," my kindergartner responded.

                        I then explained to my son that I thought he'd done some things that weren't fair. "George Washington owned slaves and one of the reasons he wanted to be free from England was because he wanted to be even richer than he already was," I told him.

                        My son had no comment and resumed eating his granola. We're pretty anti-slavery in our house, so I imagine he was contemplating that contradiction.

                        I controlled the tirade that threatened to erupt; I am quiet about my many pedagogical disagreements with my son's teacher. I'm making a big effort to embrace the public schools in the district that I've worked in for 15 years as I send my only child into its classrooms.

                        The Old Approach

                        My son's class has been learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln for over two weeks -- and the unit is not yet finished. They cut out construction paper faces of Washington and glued on cotton balls for wigs; they memorized lyrics to a song which stated that "Lincoln freed the slaves;" they stapled together paper hats "like the patriots wore" and listened to stories about Revolutionary War battles.

                        The George Washington comment had me boiling for two reasons:

                        First, this is not the way to teach history. This approach -- an uncritical, history-as-true-fact, spoon-fed-hero-worshipping of rich white men and the unquestioned glorification of those who have always had power -- is not acceptable for my kid or any kid.

                        Secondly, I'm shocked by any teacher's lack of cultural competence. I can't imagine what one might think as they look at students' faces, such as those of my son's classmates (some of whom are African American or recent immigrants), and declare, "George Washington freed us from England." He sure didn't free my people who immigrated in the twentieth century, and he sure didn't free my husband's ancestors who were brought to this country in shackles.

                        Necessary Standards for Teaching History

                        In California history classes, along side the content standards, there is a set of standards for teaching historical analysis skills -- starting in kindergarten.

                        If our schools are going to be successful in preparing our young people to actively participate in a democracy then we need to go far beyond just teaching the content standards in history. Going deeper means this:

                        Students understand that history is a construction.

                        This means that students recognize that "there are no truths, only stories," as the Native American poet, Simon Ortiz, says. Students also understand that the history that has been written down is a story told by the victors, the conquerors, those with power who constitute a tiny segment of the population, and that it is a story told often to justify their own power.

                        Students know how to deconstruct history and re-write it. ()

                        This means that children learn how to be historians. They can analyze primary sources and develop their own interpretations. They can identify bias in other people's interpretations and consider how privilege and status impact the way events are recorded. They also look for and listen for stories that have not been told, and they see the value of bringing those stories to light.

                        Students know their own histories.

                        A kindergartner should be learning about his own family history before learning about George Washington. He should first learn about how the past affects the present, about the people he comes from, and about the struggles and accomplishments of his ancestors. Maybe such a sequence of instruction would result in more kids enjoying history -- in fact, that should be another standard.

                        Students enjoy studying history and recognize the value in doing so.

                        This means that students understand that in order for us to better our world, to fix some of the terrible injustices and perhaps even save our planet, they need to understand the past. They need to understand how we got to where we are and they need to recognize their own power to be able to change the situation. History is the ideal curriculum to allow this to happen, but only if students enjoy the material and see how it can be a tool for empowerment.

                        A New Approach

                        I have no problem with kindergartners being taught about George Washington, as long as they are being asked to think critically and consider multiple perspectives, and as long as they are also learning about other people.

                        Here's what I mean: A teacher could introduce the study of American presidents by reading a picture book that presented an alternate perspective on Washington, perhaps told from the point of view of one of Washington's three-hundred slaves. She could have students consider what makes a hero or what makes someone worthy of respect, asking them to evaluate Washington's actions.

                        Even when instructing our youngest students, we communicate beliefs and values about people and power. All teachers should be clear about what beliefs they are communicating and should question their appropriateness.

                        Here are a few resources to think through a framework for teaching history:

                        What is your philosophy for teaching history? What standards do you think should be added?
                        I suspect I would be correct in saying a large majority, if not all, leftists would agree with this piece.

                        How can we exist as a united country with people so completely and diametrically opposed?

                        I don't think we can...

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                          This is a maggot. The man who wrote that crap is sifting through shit and making more shit.

                          People like that are misinformed, unintelligent losers who want to re-write history. Nothing more, nothing less.

                          Let them at our children and we wind up in a country full of fucking idiots.

                          Pardon my language. I've tried very hard to tone it down, but this is the sort of SHIT that causes MY blood to BOIL.

                          Rich White men... hero worship.

                          If that asswipe were in front of me right now, I'd bitch slap him.
                          Libertatem Prius!

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                            Her...

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                              Originally posted by Ryan Ruck View Post
                              Her...
                              Her?

                              Who knew. You can't tell these days with Liberals what gender they are by their names.
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