The re-election of President Barack Obama reminds me of the joke my friend tells about me because I have a hard time giving up on things.
“Myers is the kind of guy who goes to the fridge, opens the door, takes out the milk, takes a swig and says: ‘Still sour!’ Then, he dutifully puts the milk back in the fridge.”
My fellow Americans, Obama is “still sour.” The Nation’s future rests upon the hope that his leadership will somehow get better if we can chill over this result of this election.
That is not much consolation except to say maybe we were doomed before this election. Also, what we do now and over the coming months will be a test for American democracy — the longest lived one in the world.
In fact, Founding Father John Adams did not believe it could survive. Adams wrote: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
And few democracies have been on the edge of a precipice and not fallen from it.
The danger lurks with so many factors that no President could overcome, at least not in time to avert an economic disaster and perhaps even a social uprising. Most of it comes down to the change in the moral compass and the destruction of American values.
White Men Can’t Run?
I watched Larry King interview acclaimed writer and reporter Bob Woodward on the day after Obama’s inauguration. King told a mystified Woodward: “My younger son Cannon, he is eight. And he now says that he would like to be black. I’m not kidding. He said there’s a lot of advantages. Black is in. Is this a turning of the tide?”
I don’t know what is more amazing: that the 78-year-old King now has a preteen son or that his son wanted to be a black instead of a white Jew.
Perhaps it’s not so strange at all. Robert Groves, the head of the U.S. Census Bureau, said regarding the 2010 census data: “This is the decade of Tiger Woods and Barack Obama, where we talked about race combinations.”
Race, ethnic and economic issues are certainly becoming a major hurdle for both the United States and Canada. In 2009, columnist Frank Rich wrote in The New York Times:
“…the inexorable transformation of America into a white-minority country in some 30 years — by 2042 in the latest Census Bureau estimate — is causing serious jitters, if not panic, in some white establishments. … we’re just at the start of what may be a 30-year struggle.”
The problem is that the races are not all coming together as they once did in a giant melting pot. Rather, America is turning into a monstrous salad bowl whose mixed cultural heritage differs on morality and government, a mixture that may not be easy for anyone to digest in the not distant future.
It certainly has happened in Canada and my hometown city of Calgary, Alberta. When I left and moved to Spokane, Wash., to raise my family 30 years ago, Calgary was a white, Anglo-American city built around energy. Energy still powers this city, but its population has more than doubled in three decades. Much of the growth has come from immigration of peoples from the developing world. The common Christian values that the people of Calgary once shared no longer exist. The city is a mishmash of cultures, colors and mores. Adding to the societal stress is the infiltration of street drugs as well as Asian gangs that pedal them.
To deal with the problem, Calgary elected Mayor Naheed Kurban Nenshi. He was born in Canada after his parents emigrated from Tanzania. A smart and likable man elected in 2010, he promised to ease the social tensions in Calgary and bring spending under control. So far, he has had limited success.
I saw similar changes in Spokane. I first visited The Lilac City in 1977. After hosting Expo ‘74, Spokane rebuilt its core with a beautiful park.
People didn’t think to lock their doors at night. Then, there was the case of Kevin Coe, better known as the South Hill rapist. In 1981, he was arrested for and convicted of a series of rapes. A decade later hard drug distribution was so rampant that police warned drivers to be extra cautious driving because some dealers were carrying meth labs in the trunks of their vehicles.
I turn 55 next week; and, over 30 years, I have seen a severe decline in the morals that made both Canada and America great nations. If unchecked, things will get worse, so bad that I fear there will be violence.
The forces facing Obama are gigantic compared to that of any one mayor. Obama’s ability or inability to deal with social and economic problems impacts the Nation and the world. To date, he has not shown much capacity to lead, but now more than at any time in the past half-century, America needs strong leadership.
So far, Obama has done nothing but incite alarm for millions of Americans.
The New York Times bestseller Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive To 2025? was written by Patrick J. Buchanan, a strong conservative who was a member of the Richard Nixon Administration. Buchanan opens the second chapter, “The Death Of Christian America,” with these three quotes:
- “America was born a Christian nation.” -Woodrow Wilson
- “This is a Christian nation.” -Harry Truman, 1947
- “… we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation…” -Barack Obama, 2009
The question that stands out to this writer is whether Obama is being a shrewd politician and tapping into that rainbow of voters or does he not think that Christian values and mores are important to the future of the United States? We have four more years to find out. Meanwhile, now is as good a time as any to be taking precautionary steps to secure the future of you and your family.
Yours in good times and bad,
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report