And that is really the crux of the problem isn't it? Common sense dictates that redistributing wealth from future generations to the present is pure folly. Now there can really be only two explanations for such patently irresponsible behavior by our leaders in Washington. These politicians are either completely ignorant of basic economic principles or are pursuing these destructive policies deliberately in an attempt to bring down the country. Personally I think both of these groups are well represented in Washington D.C. these days. According to author Mark Steyn irresponsible spending is but one of a cornucopia of problems our country is facing in the months and years ahead. In his new book "After America: Get Ready for Armageddon" Steyn lays bare the consequences of a badly weakened America for not just our own citizens but for nations around the world as well. I must say that much of what Mark Steyn has to say in this book is quite frightening and I found a great many of the potential scenarios that he describes in the book are altogether plausible. Mr. Steyn believes that America as we know it is now on life support and unless we quickly reverse course the country is doomed.
As you might expect Mark Steyn blames most of our current problems on an ever-expanding and overbearing government. He notes that the problem has been decades in the making but that the Obama administration has taken it to a whole new level. These days Mr. Obama pleads for "compromise" but there was no compromise as his administration and the leaders in Congress rammed TARP, stimulus, Obamacare and the takeover of the car companies down our collective throats. Obama's modus operandi has been to reward his friends and punish his political enemies. The reality is that his policies have been an abject failure. There are no jobs for tens of millions of people. Meanwhile, private sector workers are being squeezed to pay for lavish pensions and benefits for unionized government workers and for ever more generous benefits for those on welfare. And as Steyn points out in "After America" these problems are being exacerbated by the fruits of "multiculturalism", an approach that is largely responsible for a pronounced lack of unifying principles in the country. What we are left with is a nation evenly divided between those who oppose big government and the people who depend on it.
In "After America: Get Ready for Armageddon" Mark Steyn devotes a significant amount of time to the issue of illegal immigration. Steyn points out that by a margin of roughly 70/30 Americans are demanding that our borders be secured and existing immigrations laws be enforced while the administration and their accomplices in the mainstream media continue to pursue policies that would result in amnesty for these people....a total disconnect. Then there is the whole issue of education. How much time do you have? Did you know that in 1940 a majority of the American population had no more than an 8th grade education? These days around 40% of 18 to 24 year olds are enrolled in college. Steyn argues passionately that "the massive expansion of American education is evidence not of progress but of the exact opposite--its decay into ideological factory farms. It's a progressive 4-H: Hogwash, Hypersensitivity, Habituation, Homogeneity--for the price of which you end up in Hock." I completely concur. Steyn also believes that the class and racial divisions that have been fostered by the American Left could very well result in much of urban and suburban America looking like Detroit. It will be the predators (the permanent underclass created by these inane policies) vs. the prey (the ever-shrinking working class folk). I grew up and still live not too far from the inner city and as I indicated earlier this scenario is not as far-fetched as you might think.
So it seems to me that it all boils down to this: "what kind of America do you want to live in?" Do you want to live in a nation where the government decides that it is illegal for an 88 year old woman in Pennsylvania to sell a homemade pie baked in her kitchen at a church fish fry? Or do you prefer an America where you are free to pursue happiness and prosperity? If you are someone who has been sitting on the sidelines watching the passing parade the time has come for you to take a stand. Reading "After America: Get Ready for Armageddon" would be an excellent way to get up to speed on these monumentally important issues. Highly recommended!
An insightful book where American policies are mentioned throughout the book for anyone interested. Although I've only began to read the book midway, it's really disconcerting to read the writer's disapproval of President Obama so publicly. America may be a land of free speech but it has always bothered me when its people could speak and ridicule the President with so much disrespect. So, while I may agree with the author with some of the events, I do not agree with his tone … more
America, we weep for you. Our culture is taken over by anime cartoons in pink panties. Our people loll on the soft bosoms of government employees. Our weak, effete liberal establishment is applying the feather pillow to every strong, true American. All that is left is Armageddon. Waiter, another espresso, please. And send my bill to Mr. Steyn.
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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In his giant New York Times bestseller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction.
It’s not just our looming financial collapse; it’s not just a culture that seems on a fast track to perdition, full of hapless, indulgent, childish people who think government has the answer for every problem; it’s not just America’s potential eclipse as a world power because of the drunken sailor policymaking in Washington—no, it’s all this and more that spells one word for America: Armageddon.
What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction (and the odd Greek or Islamist riot). No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.
With his trademark wit, Steyn delivers the depressing news with raw and unblinking honesty—but also with the touch of vaudeville stand-up and soft shoe that makes him the most entertaining, yet profound, columnist on the planet. And as an immigrant with nowhere else to go, he offers his own prescription for winning America back from the feckless and arrogant liberal ...