Someone once said, "We learn from history that we don't learn from history." That is certainly evident today. History is basically an account of the events in the rise and fall of man. Someone once said the history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom, which is the right of self determination and spiritual fulfillment. Conscience is an awareness of something within oneself; that inner sense that tells us right from wrong. Instilled within each of us at birth is the desire for more and better things for ourselves. Our conscience is what keeps that desire within due bounds. When conscience fails, we lose human dignity to greed. I see strong evidence that as a nation our conscience is severely diminished.
Throughout history, the rise and fall of every great nation has progressed through the same sequence without exception. One writer has described it this way. From bondage to spiritual faith, to great courage, to liberty, to abundance, to selfishness, to complacency, to apathy, to dependence, and back to bondage. In my research, I find no evidence this cycle has ever been reversed.
Where is the USA with respect to this cycle of progression? We are at least in the stage of dependency, if not bondage, at the hands of government, even though the founders went to great lengths to ensure that could not happen. The reasons for dissolving political allegiance to the British crown and socialism are clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence. The Bill of Rights declares the restrictions of government over the people. Yet over time we the people have allowed erosion of these restrictions. The big event was adoption of the Sixteenth Amendment "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration." Then came Roosevelt and the "New Deal" scheme. Government has our credit cards. The Congress can spend money on things that will get them votes or kickbacks and have the people repay it on April 15. The recent bailout is one example of Socialism, defined as "A political and economic theory of social organization based on collective or governmental ownership and democratic management of the essential means for the production and distribution of goods," i.e., control of business through taxation and regulation. The identical circumstances described in the Declaration of Independence.
Freedom, as the founders intended, has/is subtly but surely being legislated into non-existence. And where is the media the founders intended in the First Amendment would keep the people truthfully informed? Can this trend be reversed? Can the water in the river be returned to the hills from whence it came? Are we in the last stage of the cycle, or are we already there?