So here we are, the last day of 2014. This also happens to be the 3,000th post on this blog. Rather than try to write something pseudo-profound for the occasion, I think I’ll take a cue from other writers and do a sort of year in review:
* January saw the most-viewed post in the history of this site, as I anticipated the State of the Union address.
* In February, Ken Ham and Bill Nye squared off for two and a half hours on the subject of creationism. Regardless the impact of this exchange on those who viewed it, the evidence continued to mount all year that faith in America’s governing institutions is sorely misplaced.
* A Spring checkup in March showed America’s health is far from where it should be. Which is probably why, despite the express wishes of the people, our
leaders rulers seem so determined to get us involved in places like the Ukraine. From their perspective, the more Two Minute Hates we spend on Putin, the less attention and resolve is directed their way at home. Here’s a thought: how about we divide up the labor by worrying about our domestic oligarchs, and let everybody else do the same in their countries?
* April saw more than our paychecks overtaxed. Our patience with government overreach began to boil over. Thankfully, it manifested nonviolently. This time. I’m not certain how much longer that will be the case.
* About the time of the annual May Day celebrations of labor and socialism, I took a look at the quirky capitalist tendencies of today’s commies, as well as how everyone seems to forget that the great uber-villains of Nazi Germany were, at their heart, merely a rival brand of socialism. Sadly, we also saw one of the latest faces of the perpetual ‘war on
civil liberties drugs.’
* Halfway through the year we got a glimpse of the White House mindset behind all the unconstitutional executive end-runs around Congressional legislation. And for those who still want to think such a photo is just a harmless joke, remember that this president also “joked” as early as 2009 about ‘auditing his enemies.’
* In July the residents of Murietta, California demonstrated the spirit of independence by blocking busloads of invaders aided and abetted by their own government. Naturally, they were tarred as extremists. Elsewhere, Americans generally went on with the normal Independence Day rituals, never looking too closely at how their current government would compare with that of the historically detested George III. That might be a little too uncomfortable.
* By August the pollsters and pundits were beginning to pick up on the loss of legitimacy of government and other overbearing institutions in the eyes of the public. Left unexamined (by them, not me): what, exactly, to do about it. The government’s solution, of course, is always to throw money at a problem.
* As Fall rolled around, I discovered a word that may best describe our current system of ‘governance.’ Because whatever else it may be, the U.S. is not a functioning Constitutional Republic anymore. And as the results of centralized governance become more and more apparent, it shouldn’t be surprising that many people are starting to question why it should continue as is.
* In the run-up to Halloween this year, America dealt with some real fright after successfully importing Ebola (along with lots of other interesting illnesses that we’re constantly assured has NOTHING to do with the hundreds of thousands of people flowing illegally over our borders). We also saw a great summary of what passes for ‘transparency’ in government today.
* The day after the election in November, I returned to the theme of my ‘State of the Union’ post, reminding everyone to focus on the real enemy: centralized power. In the not-quite two months since then, nothing the GOP has done or said should give any solace to anyone who foolishly believed that handing the baton back to Team Elephant would make any difference. Indeed, even as Obama upped the ante on flaunting Constitutional limits, the GOP seemed to shrug collectively and say “what can you do?” The cognitive dissonance only abates when you realize both parties are part of the same problem set.
Unlike the pundits, I don’t profess any powers of prognostication. As a student of history, I do sense trends and cycles, and it should be no surprise to regular readers that I am gravely concerned by these. I will offer this piece of advice, heading into 2015: this is a time for vital personal reflection. In what–or Whom–do you believe? In what–or Whom–do you trust? Is there anything, or anyone, for which you are willing to suffer inconvenience or worse? Is there anything more important than your personal safety?
Far better to consider your answers to those questions now, while the crumbling facade of peace and ‘prosperity’ is somewhat in place, than to try to figure out your principles when faced with the hard choices that History has shown are offered to many generations. Time is precious. Use it wisely.
No matter what foolishness abounds in 2015, may it be a year of joy for you and yours!