Decline in America – Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo

Here is a brief explanation for the decline in America, transcribed from Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo of October 25, 2011. Well worth reading and right on the money, so I am republishing it here:

Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo, 25-Oct-11: America in Decline

According to a new poll from  the Hill newspaper, 69% of Americans believe the nation is in decline, and an astounding 83% are now worried about the country’s future. The decline number includes 47% of Democrats, especially bad news for Barack Obama.

Talking Points believes the folks are right again: we are in decline. But why?

The answer is the decline in self-reliance. If you understand history you know, that America was founded on the independent principals of honor and hard work.

After we achieved independence from England, the Federal and State governments basically stepped aside allowing businesses and communities to grow without much interference. If you failed there was no safety net. You were on your own. And so the folks became strong out of self-preservation.

The foundation of America’s growing power was a code of conduct based on honest labor and neighborly charity. We looked out for each other, but did not tolerate cowardice or narcissism. Judaeo-Christian philosophy dominated the public square.

The Germans and Japanese tested America in the 1940s and found out exactly what our fathers and grandfathers were made of. That war united the country and brought us a common purpose.

But in the late 1960s the winds of change swept in. The Vietnam War divided us and led to a suspicion of authority and purpose. No longer was America seen as a noble nation by many of its own citizens. The War brought enormous change. Out went the baby with the bathwater; in came in drugs, free love, and doing your own thing no matter what the social consequences.

Since then, America has evolved into a country of two minds.

Self-reliance remains a key to economic success. But, for those who don’t want to compete in the marketplace or simply can’t, the federal government has become their life blood.

The collapse of the family has led to massive entitlement spending on children and single mothers.

In addition, the liberal belief that the feds have a moral obligation to provide for the have-nots has led to massive debt. That in turn has weakened our economy and robbed America of power, thus the decline, that we all see.

President Obama, and to a lesser extent Presidents Bush and Clinton before him, believes in imposing social and worldwide justice using the U.S. Treasury. But the American worker can’t keep up the with tax burden that imposes. So now we are in trouble.

The USA needs a philosophy overhaul. We have to get back to self-reliance and away from the nanny state. We can’t remain dominant in the world unless we do that.

Imposing discipline on the federal government will be difficult and many liberal Americans will scream all day long.

But if it is not done our decline will become permanent.

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