November 6, 2012
Looks like game over...
My philosophy is that it's not the making of mistakes that's important. That always happens.
It's whether you can bounce back that's the real metric. Make corrections and get back on course. Re-think. I think we've failed our test, unlike in 1980.
It looks like America is not re-thinking after the catastrophic folly of Obama. So, my prediction is long slow decline, a la Europe. Regulatory sclerosis. Ever-growing nihilism and Lefty atheism. Declining birthrates. More war on men. Abortion as the national sacrament.
I will hope and search to be part of the Remnant. As God said to Elijah, "There are yet 7,000 men in Israel who have not bowed the knee to Ba'al."
Posted by John Weidner at November 6, 2012 8:31 PM
We're going to repeat the 1930s and people are happy about it.
That might be a best case scenario.
Are you saying you were wrong about the 70 year cycle? Which, with all due respect, was a little silly to begin with. Whether you're an 'inevitable progress' pundit or a 'history goes in cycles' person, God's providence is a pundit's worst nightmare.
If what I fear comes to pass--America decaying as Europe has--the two parties will still be there, and still be contending. But they will both drift leftward, and towards nihilism and weakness. Think David Cameron, the "conservative.". Ugh!
With two parties, political cycles always happen. One party gets into power on a wave of energy and ideas. Then the program gets enacted, and at some point they are out of ideas. Out of steam. Not needed. Then the other party comes on strong.
With the 70-year cycle, I may be shoe-horning the facts to fit my theory. But the theory isn't silly, just possibly wrong.
One bit of evidence that seems meaningful to me is that the problem of slavery and black Americans is perhaps the most intractable for our country. And you can fit the problem into phases of roughly 70 years. 1890 to 1860, the problem is ignored because we need unity to get our country started. 1860 to 1930, rise of the Republicans, solving slavery problem but leading to stalemate in the rise of Jim Crow. 1930 the Democrats begging to work on this problem, leading to the Civil rights Era. 2000, the Dems are morally stagnant, using race to cling to power while new racial problems are ignored. Will the Republicans step up? We will see.