As American exceptionalism, which gave birth to the greatest civilization in human history, continues rotting from the core, I am often asked this question:
“Why do you keep writing and saying many of the same things over and over again?”
Believe me, nobody is as sick of “same as it ever was” as I am. Unfortunately, though, the message must be repeated until it is received.
On one CRTV show alone this week, we documented how attacks on the First Amendment by both government and private interests have skyrocketed in the last five years. How the suicide rate of American military veterans is spinning out of control. And how the latest GOP Hail Mary to “repeal and replace Obamacare” does neither, but really is choice between “terrible and bad,” according to our congressional correspondent, Nate Madden. The show before that, we discussed how little political will there is in Washington, D.C., to actually protect America’s borders or to put the “dreams” of America’s middle class first on the agenda before focusing on the propaganda of the “Dreamers.”
And we’re only halfway through the week.
As G.K. Chesterton famously observed, the United States of America “is the only country ever founded on a creed.” Obviously, though, that creed seems as lifeless now as Apollo Creed did after facing Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.
We didn’t dig ourselves this deep a hole overnight, and we were never going to claw our way out of it overnight, either. However, the first crucial step to getting out of the hole you’ve dug yourself is to put down the shovel. And as President Donald Trump keeps almost none of his promises from his campaign, it is now clear what a glorious opportunity we missed to right the ship of state in 2016.
While Trump spent the weekend spamming out pictures of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball — even though Hillary is once again self-immolating all by herself and requires no help — the so-called anti-establishment Swamp drainer also clobbered our kids with more crushing debt. All thanks to Trump’s dark embrace of his new BFFs “Chuck and Nancy.”
As I wrote in my book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again,” if our national debt were laid out in single-file dollar bills, the line would stretch all the way to the planet Uranus. That doesn’t even count more than $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities and mandates we’re still on the hook for. Every household in America would need to pay $540,000 to cover that shortfall, and only one percent of American households make that kind of money in the first place. If the interest alone on our debt were its own economy, it would be one of the 30 biggest in the world.
There are currently 148 million Americans collecting entitlement checks of some sort from the U.S. government, but there are only 86 million taxpayers working in the private sector paying into the system. That means there are 70 percent more tax takers than taxpayers. Ten states have government as their biggest industry. And middle-class wages have stagnated for more than 15 years.
This is the economic price we’ve paid for allowing progressives to have squatting rights in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for decades. Which, despite last year’s election, Trump’s own actions here have perpetuated. Meet the new boss, kids, same as the old boss.
Because when you boil it down, there is only one substantive difference between the progressives in both parties when it comes to your money. Who gets it — government bureaucrats or corporatist sugar daddies? And despite his campaign promises to the contrary, so far Trump has done little to show us he is interested in or capable of destroying that paradigm.
Day after day, we continue to swallow the hard truth that our elected officials are obsessed with little more than managing factions and pandering to demographics. And as too many of the daily emails or social media posts I receive can verify, too many so-called “conservatives” seem satisfied with nothing but platitudes. “CNN is ISIS” memes are to the Right what Obamaphones were to the Left — metaphoric symbols of how idolatrous and cultic much of our partisan politics has become. We no longer hate each other because of existential differences, but over personalities.
So pathetic you leave me with no choice but to continue saying and writing many of the same things repeatedly, until those with ears to hear actually do.
Steve Deace is broadcast nationally every day on BlazeTV. He is the author of the book “Truth Bombs: Confronting the Lies Conservatives Believe (To Our Own Demise).”