Game Over, America
by Abu Daoud
It was an interesting experiment, but all things come to
an end. The American experiment is over now. The country is destined to
decline and stagnate and there is no hope in the near or medium-term
future for any sort of real recovery. Why do I say this? A few points:
1) A state is only as healthy as its families. American families
have deteriorated very seriously. Unprecedented numbers of children are
begotten out of wedlock and/or do not live in two-parent households.
Want to know why American kids are doing so poorly in school? It's all
about the family situation. Read more HERE.
2) A nation of takers. The stats are terrible. Read them all HERE.
More and more Americans are consuming and not contributing to the
government or common life of the country. There has been a huge rise in
entitlement outlays and no one will talk about how to fix it.
3) Huge retirement costs. You know all about this already. (If not, check out this or this.)
4) An inferior generation of workers.
People who are working now (my generation, I'm not a Boomer) are
increasingly from the broken families of point 1. These people have
lower educational skills and higher rates of drug abuse, imprisonment,
and on and on. Yet this generation is supposed to foster a growing
economy that will pay generous retirement benefits and (practically)
free healthcare for old folks (Medicare)?
5) The transformation of marriage. Yes, gay marriage. It is here
and is here to stay and will be enforced eventually by the Supreme
Court. The value of marriage as an institution is already on the
decline, with the proliferation of gay marriage, marriage will continue
its slide into obscurity and away from the common good. Marriage will be
increasingly seen as a contract between two people (or more,
eventually) whose purpose is not the creation of and fostering of a
family, but personal happiness. No fault divorce in the 70's was a big
step toward this, and gay marriage (to be followed by polygamy--it's not
a slippery slope, it's a matter of human rights) removes the last
vestiges of Natural Law from the picture.
6) Immigration. Romney lost because he was forced to take such a
hard position on immigration in the primaries (which are governed by
old, white men). Republicans will soon realize that anything other than a
liberal immigration policy, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and
voluntarily not enforcing the laws on the books (like Obama), will mean
no Latino vote (like Romney), and thus losing. The problem is the USA
doesn't get skilled immigrants mostly, the USA gets 'family reunification'
immigrants, including lots of people with few useful skills. The
problem is not so much immigration, but the wrong kind of immigration.
The wrong kind of immigration, and more of it, will continue, because it
will get people votes.
7) The rise of childlessness: TFR must be at 2.1 for a steady
population. After the economic wreck of the last few years TFR is now
below that level, at 2.01.
Nonetheless the USA population will continue to grow due to immigration
(of the wrong kind, mostly, see point 6). With an economic recovery the
TFR could recover as well, it is not disastrously low, like Spain or
Japan, say. Still, given that the economic picture will not improve, and
that each new US citizen is born with something like $43,000 in debt. And plus, when the price of raising children has gone up so much in a urbanized world, and there is no tangible benefit to having children, why bother?
Religious conservatives are now talking not about changing the culture. I think this election makes that impossible. Rather, they are forming strategies for
surviving as the state deteriorates and becomes increasingly
antagonistic towards Christian virtues and practices and freedom of
religion. The home schooling movement is part of that, but just the
beginning of it. Look for Christians do withdraw from society more,
forming protective clusters of families, like monastics or the old
Mormons. This is a reasonable strategy in my view. When Americans
re-elected Obama they elected someone who is working hard at forcing
Catholics to violate their conscience under the rubric of 'women's
healthcare'. This is something new and insidious, yet many Catholics
voted for him.
In the end the experiment is over. It will take a few decades for
the city to decay into the wilderness. But when the wilderness is
there, the Church will be there too, ready to forge a new nation and a
new civilization, not based on the myths of the Enlightenment or the
American strategy of taxing the unborn while simultaneously killing some
It was an interesting experiment! Good run, America. But now it's Game Over for you.