by Gunnery Sergeant John McClain, USMC, Retired
As I look at the facts coming out of the republican party primaries, it is apparent, as a fact, we, as A Nation, have chosen to follow the well trodden path, the one we are accustomed to, and we are not going to try any “Hail Mary’s”, in an attempt to get our Nation straightened out.
I have little doubt most Americans know our country is in horrible straits, we all know that a loaf of bread has doubled in price in three years. Every one of us looks at the fuel prices every time we pass a gas station, knowing it is not unlikely to see a different base price advertised each day, or even a difference between what was seen in the morning, going to work, and in the evening, coming home.
We have all watched three years of no budget but simply the statement “partisan politics and refusal to compromise has prevented us from producing a budget”. No one has said what has been proffered up for compromise, and refused, because what has been proffered is total capitulation to the progressive plan. Compromise implies willingness for both sides to make concessions, and find middle ground. We have not been told what won’t be agreed to, because it is the total capitulation of all the underlying principles upon which this Nation was established.
We are not “slightly in debt”, as we were at the end of our war of Independence, when we owed ten times or more than the Gross National Product. That was “slightly” because as a brand new Nation, just founded, we hadn’t begun to be productive, so we were like a teenager, just entering high school, and had only begun to do the kind of work, in the way Heads of Households do, and had barely started.
We are now a nation which should rightly be in its middle age, and at its most productive, and most secure state as to principles, our means and manners of productivity, coupled with our principles regarding our moral responsibilities about what we do, and how it affects the world we are a part of , and full of a people, both willing and able to sit together in conference and discuss with equanimity, real problems, and real solutions, without letting our petty differences in opinion, lead us off track of logic, reason, and rational use of ideas for solutions.
Instead, as conservatives, we have allowed our principles be tossed in the same pot as personal desires, personal goals and the natural drive for power. Any principles supported by history or experience, held by roughly half The People believing in, and standing on such founding principles, have the other half literally laughing off the very idea such principles exist, far less are fixed, eternal, and necessary. The progressive way is not equal to this, but substantially more rational, because of the passage of time, and no other reason.
Anyone with the ability to learn and know history knows that man today is the same as he was a century ago, ten centuries ago, or fifty centuries ago. Man has not grown new organs changing his means or his manner, no new parts of the brain have come into being, because man has taken the wisdom of old, added his own insight, and improved his work by an increment. The entire notion “our principles are obsolete” for any reason is ridiculous, if one looks at the basic manner of people, what people did a hundred years ago, in the face of something, or a thousand, or all the way back to man’s first writings. We know man remains of the same general manner, fighting wars for the same causes, killing neighbor for the same old reasons, and the fact we now use guns far more often than swords only speaks to the obsolescence of swords, confirming exactly that man remains the same, and in that, principles must also remain fixed and unchanging, to be rational.
When I see this, and I look at the numbers which represent what Americans all over the Nation are choosing to do in the coming election, I am left to ask, since it won’t be now, when will it be? If we are to go forward, those who consider themselves conservatives, the exact same way we went “forward” in 2008, and the previous elections of the past few decades, what are we going to do different, to have a different outcome?
We go into this election with an unprecedented level of debt, with vast numbers of illegal actions by a president who by all the facts presented, is an illegal alien. He has shown himself to be the antithesis of a law abiding, executor of the law, and a self-anointed ruler of the Nation, easily ignoring his duties, and doing according to his own will.
The entire actions of this government since this man was made president have been of the same means, defying the law, because he wants what he wants, and using an offset, just any old one which has a grain of logic in it, and then suggested this not just ameliorates the crime, but eliminates it, because the “offset” eliminates the clash of principle.
The fact is, nothing eliminates the “clash of principle versus personal desire”, because principle is right because it is from above Man’s power to control, and exists before and without man, and for man to follow the Truth, he must concede to principle, and everything otherwise is denying principle, and thus denying the truth.
In choosing to go forward without taking drastic measures, we have assured ourselves, we can’t make drastic changes, and we can at best, make only such incremental changes as are allowed by the “compromise principle” long established as our current means of congress. Without restoring our goal to “principle”, we have accepted our Nation continuing absent such, and we have chosen to let the Progressive plan be fulfilled, by our absence of determination to stop it. In doing so, we have said without words, we accept the terms you dictate to us.
Were it possible to do so, to actually restore our principles without changing what has been done to both our belief system and to our means of governing, we would never have faced this singular choice, nor would have faced it continuously, since before my birth, in 1957. Again, “not to decide is to decide” is the principle which we choose as our means of confronting that which we despise.