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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is There Any Hope For America?

Signing of the Declaration of Independence
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security...

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The chronicling of the fall of Western civilization is all around us.  From the economic implosion of the European Union to the decline of the United States dollar, from the rise of legalized abortion to the fall of traditional marriage; every aspect of our traditional Christian society is crumbling.  The recent decision in the state of New York, to legalize "marriage" for sodomite relationships between members of the same gender, is yet one more paragraph in the chronicle of Western collapse and perhaps the conclusion of another chapter in the history of America's demise.  The fall of New York to the government blessing of legalized sodomy is a great loss in the history of Christian civilization, and in spite of what it's supporters say, it will ultimately result in the social destruction of the State of New York.

No, this destruction will not happen overnight, these things never do, and yes it is going to take time.  Give it about ten to twenty years and we will begin to see the results.  What will those results be?  To summarize, what we will all witness first and foremost is the loss of religious liberty in New York, just as we have seen in Massachusetts, and will likely soon follow in the rest of the New England states.  This of course will result in the exodus of conservative Christian families from the region.  Since these families tend to produce the most children, they will take the region's youthful demographics with them, leaving New York, and the rest of New England with a graying population.  This of course will negatively affect the economy of those regions, and that coming on the heels of the Great Recession/Depression we are already in.  Social institutions in the region will collapse as well.  Catholic Charities will likely be the first casualty, and we can probably expect them to close their doors within a couple years from the date of this writing.  Other institutions will soon follow, and Catholic schools will find it increasingly difficult to educate children according to our religious beliefs.  If you're a young Christian family, living anywhere in New England right now, probably the best thing you can do is GET OUT!  The time has come to relocate to a Southern or South-Midwestern state  (anything in, or south from, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas).  That's because the future of New England, the West Coast and the Rust Belt states is starting to look rather bleak for raising children, both for economic and social reasons.  We must remember that both economic and social politics are simply two different branches of the same moral principles.  America doesn't have a social problem nor an economic problem.  America has a MORAL problem, and this moral problem is being played out in both economic and social politics, because both come from the same moral foundation.  Young families need to get their kids to a place that is relatively "safer" to raise their children, so as to protect them from the corrupting influence of Western decadence.  Getting these families near, or south from, the old Mason-Dixon line will be a short-term refuge that may buy us enough time to salvage what is left of this nation.

Now comes the cold harsh reality.  My fellow citizens of the United States, I hope you're sitting down, because what I'm going to tell you may not surprise you, but it will trouble you.  It has become increasingly more obvious now, without any doubt whatsoever, that the current United States federal republic WILL collapse.

It's a bit worse than that actually, because not only will the United States federal government collapse, but so will the state governments of nearly all the New England states, most of the Rust Belt, and probably the West Coast as well.  I cannot put a time table on this collapse, because I cannot predict the future.  I can only tell you what the coming trends are, based on the obvious signs.  In other words, the writing is on the wall.  If I were simply going to guess however, I think it would be safe to say that this American collapse will come within one Biblical generation at the latest (or within about 40 years). Believe me, the nations of the world are already preparing for that eventuality.

Now when people start predicting governmental collapse, of course, the worst case scenario often pops into mind.  We think of such things as anarchy, riots in the street, chaos everywhere, civil war, etc.  While all of these things are indeed possible, that doesn't mean it's going to happen that way.  Government collapse can often happen in a quiet whimper rather than a loud noise, resulting in little more than a call to dissolve the old institutions and simply create new ones.  For the United States, I imagine it will likely be something in between.  Civil unrest will likely take place in those states that are the weakest, primarily those that have succumbed to the morality of abortion-on-demand and gay-marriage (the "culture of death"), thus driving out young families and reducing their economic growth and tax base.  Other states, that will likely soon be receiving a large number of young families from the New England and West Coast exodus, will likely experience at least some small economic growth, with a relatively stable tax base.  These factors will produce an American collapse that will likely see more civil unrest in the North and West, with less civil unrest (perhaps little to none) in the Southern Midwest to Southeast regions.  Again, this is yet one more reason to relocate your young family if you have one.  (Did I mention the largest growth for conservative and traditional Catholicism in America is located in the Southern Midwest and Southeast states?)

Now when the collapse comes, and it will come, there is going to be a lot of powers pulling in different directions.  Some will push for secession and breakup of the American Union.  However, when the time comes that will no longer be feasible.  Namely because the Southern Midwestern states will likely have their act together, while the Northern and Western states most certainly will not.  Breaking the Union up at that time will result in the West falling into anarchy and ultimately being plundered by Mexico and China.  While the Northeastern states will simply stagnate in poverty until they are gobbled up by Canada or Europe.  None of them will be able to support themselves.  There will be a huge push from the international community to keep the United States intact as is, with only extreme outer regions breaking away for independence (Hawaii, Alaska and non-continental U.S. territories).  The burden of national reconstruction and recovery will fall directly on those states that have their economic and social house in order, namely the South Midwest and Southeastern states, or the "Old South" as they call it.  In other words, the post Civil-War mantra will likely become a prophecy -- "The South will rise again!"   This time not in rebellion from the Union, but in salvation for the Union.

A constitutional convention will likely be called, in which these South Midwestern and Southeastern states will likely hold the most dominant role, calling the shots, while delegates from the North and West will be in little position to dictate anything since their states are gradually falling into anarchy.  This constitutional convention will likely dictate only a few social mandates, such as the definition of traditional marriage, and the right of the states to regulate abortion.  Beyond that, in accordance with the Old South tradition, states-rights will be the primary focus, decentralizing the whole federal government entirely, putting all social programs in the hands of the states, as well as the majority of taxation.  It is likely the federal government will be forbidden from taxing the people directly ever again, and a strong barrier will be erected between the people and federal regulation.  The federal government will inherit a new Constitution from this convention, which will be much more "confederate" in nature, leaving most of the power to the states, and restricting the federal government to national defense and interstate commerce.  (I wouldn't even be surprised if a new tradition develops where state flags fly over the union flag as a symbolic gesture of the new order of things.)  Yes, we will still have the "Bill of Rights," as it is simply a list of articles that can easily be transferred from one document to another without any difficulty, but I imagine it will be strengthened with more articles further defining the rights of the people and the states, while restricting the powers of the federal government.  The United States of America that emerges from the coming collapse will be significantly different from what we know today.  It will be smaller, leaner, less intrusive, and in many ways "better" than what currently exists.  To get there however, we're going to have to go through the hard times first, and yes, those hard times are coming -- soon.

Make no mistake about it.  History dictates that no government that blesses sodomy survives long.  It is the law of nature, and our God is the God of nature, so it is God's law as well.  Ancient Greece collapsed, as did ancient Rome, and so will the United States of America as well as the European Union.  In many ways, I suspect America's collapse will be much more gentle than Europe's collapse, for this reason and this reason only.  The United States of America still has a sizable remnant of good, decent Christian people, who still subscribe to traditional morality in spite of what our state and federal governments are doing.  There are still some state governments that cater to this population in the South and Southern Midwest states.  In Europe, that remnant is so much smaller.  It is almost non-existent.  What few governments left, that have tried to cater to this population, are falling fast to the increasing pressure of the European Union.  When America falls, it has a recourse to a new beginning.  When Europe falls, it has recourse to nothing.  Only a war of conquest by a new European emperor could save that continent after it's implosion, but that's another story for another time.

There are those who say America's collapse will precede Europe's collapse, and that may be true in spite of what we are currently seeing in the news with the civil unrest in Greece and looming problems for Ireland, Portugal and Spain.  While the Eurozone is definitely in trouble, it doesn't have the same kind of enormous national debt that faces every American taxpayer.  Yes, economically, America is on thinner ice than Europe, so I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens next.  An economic collapse for the United States, sooner rather than later, may be a blessing in disguise, as it would force a constitutional convention before much of the Union has time to fall into social anarchy.  This could pave the way for immediate decentralization and greater protection of states rights in the short term, thus setting the stage for the rise of Southern dominance sooner rather than later.

What of the North American Union?  We must realize that this is a plan that has been in the works for a long time, and there will be a huge push toward continental integration once the economic collapse occurs in the United States.  I've given a lot of thought to this issue, and I do believe there is a strategy we can employ against it.  The truth must come out that the movers and shakers of the North American Union (NAU) are simultaneously the architects of America's economic collapse.  If we can make it known that the people who are proposing the NAU are the exact same people who have been working behind the scenes to destroy America's sovereign economy, than we have some hope.  Of course, this will require demonizing former presidents George W. Bush and George H. Bush, as well as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.  Anyone associated with NAFTA and the New World Order will have to be made into a traitor and international criminal.  If the TEA Party movement, and America's Christian priests and pastors, can accomplish this than we can send the plans for the NAU into the scrap heap of world history, but not until then. 

Finally, as a personal strategy for every American family we must pursue a new lifestyle of "cultural succession" from the current entertainment and social culture dominating the United States.  What does this mean?  Well, first and foremost, we have to remember who we are.  We are Christians first, and our real government is the King of hearts -- Jesus Christ.  He is America's king, and so long as we remember that, we can keep our local neighborhoods and towns from falling into chaos.  Second, we are Americans, and believe it or not, the Constitution of the United States IS NOT our founding document.  Our founding document is the Declaration of Independence, and that is why I've quoted it at the top of this article.  Two-hundred and thirty-five years ago (this year) our Founding Fathers politically seceded from the British Empire.  However, we should remember that a culture secession had already taken place some time before.  American colonists had gotten used to a life relatively free of imperial politics, so when the French-Indian War happened in 1754 to 1763, this conflict infuriated the colonists who had been living in relative peace with their Indian neighbors up to that time.  As stated in the Declaration of Independence, this imperial interference into colonial life was a major catalyst leading to the secession of the colonies in 1776.  Some comparisons could be drawn between this and the Arab-American wars between 1990 to present.  Again, imperial politics are at play here.  This time instead of King George III, it's the military-industrial complex as embodied in the office of the President of the United States in recent decades.  This is coupled with the entertainment industry which is designed to keep us passive and docile while the military-industrial complex robs us blind and puts us into eternal debt.  So our only defense is to turn to our churches and employ the gospel in our families, living lives of independence from the popular media and cultural trends.

Is there any hope for America?  Yes, there is, believe it or not.  But if you were hoping for a strong America that remains an economic and military superpower and world politics, you were hoping for the wrong thing.  That's not the kind of America that awaits our future.  The America that awaits us will be smaller, leaner and more free, but to get there we must first suffer the collapse of this current America, and that isn't going to be pretty.  When the collapse comes, we must be prepared to culturally resist the forces that will drive us toward greater continental integration with Mexico and Canada, and then we must push for a new constitutional convention giving way to the Old Southern traditions of small government and states rights.

There is more strategy to come, of a spiritual nature, but it applies mainly to Catholic Americans.  That article will be released on July 4th of this year -- just six days from now.  Please be watching for it.  In the mean time, please forward and share this article with as many people as you can, particularly conservative Christians, especially if they live in the Northeast and West Coast.