Is This Election a Last Hurrah?

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“the debate on the two fringes is not about how to fix the system, but rather if we should fix it at all.”

Many are attempting to make sense out of the present election cycle and especially the appearance of unconventional political outsiders that are dominating the headlines and in some cases the polls.

Everyone seems to agree that the system doesn’t work anymore. It’s broken and no one knows how to fix it. However, this election season is different because the debate on the two fringes is not about how to fix the system, but rather if we should fix it at all.

It is a perplexing problem. After all, the system has worked quite well over the decades. It has given us prosperity and freedom; abundance and entertainment. Even considering the present state of affairs, things could be much worse from a political and economic perspective. And yet there is discontent.

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The discontent comes from the fact that the cooperative structures of our union are breaking down. People sense this and it is becoming unsustainable.

From the beginning, our republic developed a system that has functioned much the same way as a farm co-op, in which membership conferred many legitimate benefits, with distributed risks, voting privileges, few liabilities, and plenty of fun and recreational opportunities. There are certain internal contradictions within the system that are hard to balance but the idea is that everyone must get along if we are to prosper.




To deal with these internal tensions, the founders of our national co-op started out with a few general rules that keep it going. They insisted upon a vague moral code that keeps everyone honest. They imposed upon themselves a certain amount of self-discipline and hard work to keep things running.

The system worked fine until many people started breaking the co-op rules, denying the moral code and resenting the call for discipline. To deal with mounting chaos and disorder, those in our co-op system enacted more rules to keep order — many more rules — so many, in fact, that it made it almost impossible for anyone to get things done. At the same time, they watered down the moral code and discipline with a stifling system of political correctness that accommodates the prevailing moral laxity and suffocates any dissent. Unsurprisingly, people aren’t getting along anymore.

As a result, people are frustrated and angry. The co-op that used to be a kind of materialistic paradise has now become a straightjacket. The co-op is, so to speak, not paying out dividends but causing anxiety, depression, and stress.

Voters are now looking for simple anti-establishment solutions saying: “Down with the system! Get us out of here! We don’t care how! Just get us out of here!”

It is a strange paradox because frustrated voters are not rejecting the prosperous society they once enjoyed under the co-op system. They may disagree a bit on the version they want. Some will tend more toward the moralistic fifties while others will favor the socialism dreamed of in the promiscuous sixties. However, they all want the old co-op back — but without the system of rules, codes, and discipline needed to sustain it.

Added to this surreal scenario is the fact that voters feel that society is falling apart around them — many crises loom on the horizon. This gives the moment a sense of urgency and desperation which makes voters willing to grasp on to those who promise to do away with the old system while bringing back all its benefits. In fact, the more fantastic the claim, the more alluring it is to them. They cheer on all who seek to break down the few remaining structures that keep a semblance of order in society.

The discontent is such that many are thinking: Why not take a gamble and just go for broke? Let’s shout out one last hurrah before the whole system breaks down! Let’s engage in a bit of wishful thinking, and maybe, just maybe, if we wish hard enough, someone can give us back our co-op dividends without any of the co-op’s hateful rules!

But is this really what the nation needs? We need to see that it is not only the system, but we ourselves who are broken — morally, politically and economically. We blame the overburdened system and not our disorders that created it. If we are to return to order, we must address these causes not just their effects. We should not risk everything on the desperation of one last hurrah.Subscription4.1

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  • Edward Koestner

    People are so desperate, they’ll cling to anything that seems to offer a solution to the American decline. The timeless principles of an organic Christian are the real solution. But since they don’t produce the illusions or sensations of success that people wish to see in casino-capitalism or socialism, they will remain untried…until we suffer as a nation, and start looking back to God for real success.

  • Observant OsWald OosterHosen

    INNER MEANING, True Meaning of GOVERNMENT: “GOD OVER MEN”….It does not matter what system you have, no matter how good it looks on paper, if the leaders, politicians, judges, bureaucrats, journalists & most of its citizens are walking with God, humbly seeking His Counsel & yearning to do His Holy Will, it will never work….This is what has happened in the USA!

    Actually, the system has been severely broken since Lincoln CRUSHED the Constitution & the rule of law & state’s rights to FORCE some states to remain in the Union!!…This was the seminal moment the huge FEDERAL GOVT. BEAST was born & the profound lawlessness of our leadership was entrenched in the following decades….Thus, the Founder’s Vision that each state be a considerably autonomous entity, even with their own currencies has been seemingly lost forever!….We have lost a lot of Liberty & Freedom since then!

    Wash, DC is NOT fixable, as it is too bloated, unmanageable, corrupt, lawless & greedy & evil……The only possible way to True Freedom, Liberty, Peace & Prosperity is via secession…see below from Pastor Chuck Baldwin & Dr. Ron Paul …But, even then, leaders on the state level must be God fearing & noble men & women!!

    http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/2291/Needed-The-Third-Continental-Congress.aspx

  • Nancy Harris

    The more some in our society have turned away from God to do only what makes them feel good, the more we, as a country, have hit the slippery slope. I am, however, encouraged by looking around to still see so many good people trying to help others. Unfortunately, it is the evil things that are broadcast most. Good will, eventually, win out over evil, as I have no doubt that God will triumph over the devil. But what are we willing to endure in the here and now? Good people out there – SPEAK UP! Be silent no more, and pray, pray, pray, that out country will survive the forces of evil that has crept into our government!

  • Ana

    Sure there is a moral decline in the US but it is also true that there are a lot of good people with morals still living here. Unfortunately, this voting bloc insists that someone be a ‘purist’ to be elected failing to see that you can’t change morals if you are not in charge.

  • salesgirl

    we are reaping the bitter harvest of failing to evangelize our children and our relatives and our neighbors. for too many generations we farmed out our responsbilities to care for the poor and the sick to Social Security, to instruct the ignorant to public schools and Catholic (in name only) schools, bought into the lie that more stuff and a “higher standard of living” is what we needed for happiness…and we woke up too late. All we can do is repent and start doing the things we should have been doing ourselves and paying more attention to. Lord have mercy.

  • CommonSenseAlGuy

    We are so far gone it will probably take something of “biblical proportions” to get wake people up and get us back on track.