We had gone grocery shopping and decided to walk over to the newly renovated Wal-Mart, bustling with shoppers of any nationality possible, most speaking their native tongues in a cacophony of foreign sounds. The first encounter was the two large posters on the front door, telling customers the shopping days for SNAP.
We felt out of place, alien, and dirty, as if this was not our country anymore. The few black and white people who spoke English were “rara avis.”
A lady was walking around with her belly hanging out, proudly announcing to the world that she was very pregnant. Grotesquely fat people with overladen carts with food were moseying around the isles. I never understood how Americans claim they are so poor and exploited yet they eat the most, as exemplified by their girth. Other nations spend a large percentage of their incomes to buy food, yet we shout that we are poor. Maybe this is an expression of what we now do in this country, accepting the lowest denominator as the norm – no more American exceptionalism.
Liberals told us that things are going to be great now that they rule the new country. We are going to have expensive “free healthcare,” higher taxes, more spending, less military, leaving us more vulnerable and less respected in the world, but, we are going to be just like everyone else, mediocre and dependent on government.
The future is not about “bringing people up;” it is about lowering the bar because the bar was unfairly set too high. We are the American Union, soon to catch up with the European Union. We are all Europeans now, excited at the prospect of total socialism. Why should someone who worked hard their entire lives, made right decisions, and saved, should have more than someone who self-indulged on drugs all the time, did not show up for work, but kept having babies out of wedlock? We have to spread the wealth, willingly or by executive fiat.
On a busy Saturday afternoon, brand new banks of cash registers were empty while the available ones had long lines of impatient people. Could it be incompetence or the fact that Wal-Mart is cutting down employees in order to avoid the expensive compliance with Obamacare?
One lady, frustrated by the long wait in the fast checkout lane, was shouting to the ceiling, I presume to the cameras, “It’s idiots like us who have to pay.” In a disjointed speech, she continued, “Six men own 40 percent of the wealth, we should all storm and take it. Management, come to the cash register! My time is valuable too.” She explained to the entire line that she could not shop at the union-owned grocery stores because prices were too high. She did not need the bulk of Costco either. Following her logic, she should have been happy with Wal-Mart – their low prices have allowed many American families to buy their food and necessities while leaving disposable income for other expenses. It is not Wal-Mart’s fault that both Republican and Democrat Congressmen de-industrialized America by approving NAFTA, GATT, WTO, allowing free trade with China, and resulting in multinational corporations moving their factories overseas, firing workers, and destroying millions of manufacturing jobs in the process. The spectacle I was witnessing was a sad expression of the dumbed down electorate who are changing the face of America for the worst.
The opportunity cost of standing in this line at Wal-Mart was higher than what I was shopping for but I was learning a valuable lesson. I am not sure most people would understand or care what opportunity cost is. We live in one of the most educated areas in the country yet this is the result of our dumbed down educational system. Nobody wants to work $12 an hour jobs so they hire foreigners who do not speak English.
Our paper currency claims proudly, “In God We Trust.” Is this still the case? Are we still running the new country on Christian principles or are we now running it on secularism and statism, the new SS? Are atheism and mother Earth our new gods? If we held a referendum today and there was no voter fraud, would God and Christianity win? Are we still a Judeo-Christian nation?
Did we peak as a nation before 9/11? Did Osama bin Laden succeed in taking us down? Do we now worship the god of “self,” whatever is best for me and makes me feel good is my new god?
If Democrats get enough rope, they will hang themselves with it and I think, we should let it happen. It will be painful for us and the rest of the world.
Do the “evil rich” need to be taught a lesson in sharing by the Democrat largesse? History will tell. To mirror the recent special, “The Men Who Built America,” our children and grandchildren may watch a special years from now on the history channel, “2030 – The Men Who Destroyed America” – Woodrow Wilson, FDR, bankers, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Richard Nixon, Treasury Secretaries, some recent Presidents, the Supreme Court, and the Federal Reserve may feature prominently.