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Is America Heading for a Systems Collapse?

Is America Heading for a Systems Collapse?

Written by Victor Davis Hanson and Timothy Benton

In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a “systems collapse.” The term describes the sudden inability of once-prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the good life as they knew it.

Abruptly, the population cannot buy or even find, once plentiful necessities. They feel their streets are unsafe. Laws go unenforced or are enforced inequitably. Every day things stop working. The government turns from reliable to capricious, if not hostile.

Consider contemporary Venezuela. By 2010, the once well-off oil-exporting country was mired in a self-created mess. Food became scarce; crime was ubiquitous.

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The culprits were radical socialism, nationalization, corruption, jailing opponents, and the destruction of constitutional norms.

Between 2009 and 2016, a once relatively stable Greece nearly became a Third World country. So did Great Britain in its socialist days of the 1970s.

Joe Biden’s young presidency may already lead the United States into a similar meltdown.

Hard-left “woke” ideology has all but obliterated the idea of a border. Millions of impoverished foreigners enter the United States illegally—and during a pandemic without either COVID-19 tests or vaccinations.

The health bureaucracies have lost credibility as official communique on masks, herd and acquired immunity, vaccinations, and comorbidities change and adjust to perceived political realities.

After decades of improving race relations, America is regressing into a pre-modern tribal society.

Crime soars. Inflation roars. Meritocracy is libeled, so we are governed more by ideology and tribe.

The soaring prices of the stuff of life—fuel, food, housing, health care, transportation—are strangling the middle class.

Millions stay home, content to be paid by the state not to work. Supply shortages and empty shelves are the new norms.

Nineteenth-century-style train robberies are back. So is 1970s urban violence, replete with looting, carjackings, and random murdering of the innocent.

After the Afghanistan debacle, we had returned to the dark days following defeat in Vietnam, when U.S. deterrence abroad was likewise shattered, and global terrorism and instability were the norms abroad.

Who could have believed a year ago that America would now beg Saudi Arabia and Russia to pump more oil—as we pulled our oil leases and canceled pipelines and oil fields?

Our path to systems collapse is not due to an earthquake, climate change, a nuclear war, or even the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, most of our maladies are self-inflicted. They are the direct result of woke ideologies that are cruel and antithetical to traditional American pragmatism.

Hard-left district attorneys in our major cities refuse to charge thousands of arrested criminals—relying instead on bankrupt social justice theories.

Law enforcement has been arbitrarily defunded and libeled. Police deterrence is lost, so looters, vandals, thieves, and murderers prey on the public more freely.

“Modern monetary theory” deludes ideologues that printing trillions of dollars can enrich the public, even as the ensuing inflation makes people poorer.

“Critical race theory” absurdly dictates that current “good” racism can correct the effects of past bad racism. A once tolerant, multiracial nation resembles the factionalism of the former Yugoslavia.

Again, the culprit is a callous woke ideology that posits little value for individuals, prioritizing only the so-called collective agenda.

Woke’s trademark is “equity,” or forced equality of result. Practically, we are becoming a comic-book version of victims and victimizers, with woke opportunists playacting as our superheroes.

Strangest in 2021 was the systematic attack on our ancient institutions as we scapegoated our ancestors for our incompetencies.

The woke have waged a veritable war against the 233-year-old Electoral College and the right of states to set their balloting laws in national elections, the 180-year-old filibuster, the 150-year-old nine-person Supreme Court, and the 60-year-old 50-state union.

UNTIL RECENTLY, the U.S. military, Department of Justice, FBI, CIA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health were revered. Their top echelons were staffed by career professionals mostly immune to the day’s politics.

Not now. These bureaus and agencies are losing public confidence and support. Citizens fear rather than respect Washington grandees who have weaponized politics ahead of public service.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Attorney General Merrick Garland, former FBI heads like James Comey and Andrew McCabe, retired CIA Director John Brennan, and Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have all politicalized and vastly exceeded their professional purviews.

They sounded off in public fora as if they were elected legislators up for reelection. Some lied under oath. Others demonized critics. Most sought to become media darlings.

This governmental freefall is overseen by a tragically bewildered, petulant, and incompetent president. In his confusion, an increasingly unpopular President, Joe Biden, believes his divisive chaos is working, belittling his political opponents as racist Confederate rebels.

As we head into the 2022 midterm elections, who will stop our descent into collective poverty, division, and self-inflicted madness?

Notes from the Editor

If you asked this question to the average American (people to the Far-right, the right, center-right, center-left, or even the left ), they would have called such a statement fearmongering. Some on the far-left claimed the sky was falling (the Squad, Sanders, Warren, and others like them). Yet even during the lockdowns, we knew that things would start to look back up if we got out of them.

Today if you ask the same questions, most people from Center left to the far-Right would say they are worried if this nation can survive three more years of the bumbling man in the White House that thinks he is the president on a good day, the rest he seems to think Harris is, or who knows, maybe his wife.

The left was willing to mortgage the future of this nation by putting someone like Biden in office; now, we are seeing the result of this push. Today, other than Nixon, Biden has the second-lowest approval rates, and a year into office is at a record low number.

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I have had people ask me what I think of Biden/Harris; I have told them that they are better than any commercial you could pay for as to why not to vote for Democrats. This must be true; we have seen a 14 point change in support of Democrats to support of Republicans. This may be why we are seeing an exodus of Democrat lawmakers leaving, claiming retirement is the reason why, when the reality is they have no chance of being reelected is the real reason.

The question at this point is, “What should be the priority for the GOP if they take back control of both houses?” I say they should do what the Democrats did three times, start impeachment proceedings against Biden and then Harris. For you that don’t like this, the Democrats are bullies, but when they are dished back their own medicine, they run off crying like a bunch of babies. The only way to teach them that there are consequences is to show them what happens when you do the same thing back.

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