Well, to the total surprise of just about no one, it seems that the Biden/Harris coup d’etat engineered by the Democratic Party and their familiars is going to be successful. It seems clear to the meanest intelligence that the election was stolen outright. The Democrats planned ahead this time (unlike 2016), and with the media completely unwilling to smell a rat–with pencils intentionally shoved up their noses to make sure they couldn’t smell anything at all–and unwilling even to consider trying to find out the truth, the actual winner of the election (Donald Trump) will be sent packing in a couple weeks.
This is a disaster of great consequence. If Biden/Harris actually won the election fairly, it would still be a disaster, because these are two of the least principled people the U.S. has ever put in high office–and the competition for that honor is very fierce. But of course it is much more of a disaster if elections mean nothing and from now on the Deep State simply appoints the winner ahead of time. Which, admittedly, might be simpler and easier.
So, whoever actually won, we have a disaster. We have a worse disaster if the election has been stolen, as it seems obvious that it was. Here is one summary, by Paul Craig Roberts, which shows how stolen the election was:
But the point I want to make in this space is that the U.S. and A. (to use L’il Abner’s name for us) has had lots of disasters in our history. Disaster is nothing new. Disaster is commonplace, routine, and by now should be expected–although we are usually surprised, and moreover we have a knack for calling disaster a wonderful success. Which does not keep disaster from really being disaster.
So what I would like to do in this space is list seventeen disasters in U.S. history, in the order in which they happened. These are just the major disasters. No doubt we could name dozens of other disasters which we might call minor. And I would not be shocked to discover that I have failed to note one or several major disasters, just because I have not been paying attention enough.
At the end I will give the moral of the story. Oh, what the heck! I’m feeling generous; I’ll give several morals at the end.
Some of these disasters you may have been used to considering as triumphs rather than disasters. And perhaps our unwillingness to see disaster as disaster is the biggest disaster of all, and why we keep on having more disasters. But feel free to disagree with me on what is a disaster and what is a triumph. Think for yourself.
Statistics given are rounded off and open for argument, if argument is something you enjoy. I don’t particularly enjoy arguing, myself. I am trying to give the big picture here. Exact accuracy on numbers is going to be incredibly difficult to come by. I admire exact accuracy, but I likely won’t have it. Please be patient.
So anyway, here are seventeen disasters in U.S. history, in historical order. (It’s one d— thing after another, as Bertie Wooster would say–censored slightly for a family blog.)
1/The American Revolutionary War. This cost us 8,000 combat deaths, 17,000 other deaths, for a total of 25,000 deaths, and many additional wounded. (One might also mourn for the British dead and wounded, if one had a tender heart–most of the British were just ordinary saps like the rest of us.) We won our “freedom”–which means we won increased taxation far above what we were paying under British rule.
Canada and Australia managed to become their own separate countries (still in the British Commonwealth, of course) with violent revolutions costing 36,000 and 42,000 death respectively . . . oh wait, I guess that didn’t happen. They became their own separate countries with no violent revolutions at all. It seems certain that the U.S. also could have become its own country without violent revolution, if we had simply waited for circumstances to lift us to “freedom.” No doubt we would have proven just as able to be ridiculous as Canada and Australia are proving themselves to be–but all without warfare.
25,000 dead is a pittance, of course. Except it wasn’t really, at the time. One website said that the American Revolutionary War cost us 1% of our population at the time. Picture that in 2021 terms. If we are a nation of 320,000,000 (approximately), 1% of our population lost to warfare would be 3,200,000. That is a lot of dead people. It’s actually about eight times as many dead as we lost during the entire time of World War II. Then picture perhaps another 6,400,000 wounded, sometimes crippled. (Not to mention the unlamented British dead and wounded and crippled. Oops, I guess I just mentioned them. Sorry.)
The American Revolution was a disaster–our first, but far from our last. We were just warming up.
2/The American Constitution. The Articles of Confederation were ratified by the thirteen states in March of 1781, late in the American Revolution. The Articles arranged for a very limited central government, with most authority remaining with the individual states. That was one of the smartest things we’ve ever done. So immediately, within about six years, we threw out the Articles, and replaced them with the Constitution.
The Biden/Harris coup d’etat was not the first coup in U.S. history. The first took place when the founding fathers pretended they were going to revise the Articles of Confederation, and instead threw them out and whacked out the Constitution (as Huck Finn might say). Lots and lots of people at the time knew it was a mistake, a disaster, something that was going to cause endless misery down the road. Such people were and are called anti-federalists. They said what they suspected would happen, loud and clear and voluminously. Surprise, surprise–they were right. But hey, it’s only 240 or so years. We’ll figure this out eventually. Just give us a little time.
The Constitution meant that we are much, more more of a centrally organized nation than the Articles had permitted us. Given human nature in regard to holding power, what could possibly go wrong? Only everything. With the Constitution, the days of the republic were numbered.
3/The Civil War. Otherwise known by many names, including The War to End the Republic of the United States and Replace it With an Empire. (Okay, I made that up just now, but it fits.) The South had a perfect right to secede. Hate them if you want to, because they held slaves, but don’t insult your own intelligence by claiming that they had no right to secede.
Secession runs in our blood. (And it should; it should run in everybody’s blood.) Go back to 1776. We seceded. It was foolish in that case, and it led to a war which should not have been fought, but we wanted to secede–and if we could not do it peacefully we insisted on doing it violently. No state would have signed on for the Constitution if they thought they were giving up their right to be a state all by themselves. Organizing as one country seemed to offer advantages to the individual states, but no honest person would claim that signing up to join the United States under the Constitution was the end of all history with secession never ever again permitted.
The South had a right to secede. The North had a right to secede. The North should have been glad to get rid of the crackers. But led by the most disastrous man in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. refused to allow the South their right to go their own way. The South in turn was too eager to go to war.
This cost a total of about 655,000 dead. Again we ignore the wounded, the crippled, and the blinded. (Quit bringing your whining around here, wounded and crippled and blinded.) We ignore the physical destruction of property. We ignore the rapes. Just count the dead. One website said this was 2.1 percent of the population at the time. That translates to 6,720,000 dead if we lost that many dead in 2021 terms.
All for what? To end the republic once and for all, to make the U.S. an empire without humility or self-restraint.
Could slavery not have been phased out gradually, without violence? Of course it could. That happened in countless places around the globe. It is only the U.S. where the Powers That Be insisted on a violent war to end slavery. They got the end of slavery, all right–or at least the end of one form of slavery. But they got it at an exorbitant cost which they need not have paid.
If God had wanted to devastate the South because their form of slavery was unbiblical, He could have been trusted to do that in His own timing. Being smarter than God, the North took vengeance on the South–and slaughtered their own people in the process, along with ending the republic once and for all. Maybe it might have been smarter to wait for God, meanwhile seeking non-violent means of ending slavery. It’s just a thought.
We will stop there for today, and plan on picking this up again next week. So far we have discussed only three of the seventeen major disasters the U.S. has inflicted on itself. So we have a bunch to go.