Last week we began discussing disasters in U.S. history. This was prompted by the fact that Biden/Harris will take office on January 20, 2021. Many of us believe that the Nov. 3, 2019 election was stolen. But assume for the sake of argument that the election was as pure as the driven snow. In either case, their elevation to office is a disaster. These are thoughtless and irresponsible people, baby-killers. Even before they take office, we can easily see these are bad, bad people, and that their effect on our national life is almost certain to be horrific.
But disasters are commonplace in U.S. history. So far we have looked at only three. We’re ready to examine number 4.
4/The Spanish-American War (1898)/The Philippine-American War (1899-1902). We will lump these two wars together, since the first sort of led to the second, and they happened very quickly, back to back. The U.S. had always shown an unhealthy interest in what other countries were doing. (Example: the Monroe Doctrine, 1823.) But these two wars showed that we were ready to put our great goodness to the task of beginning to run the world. A generation after the so-called Civil War, we had recovered to the point that we were fat, sassy, prosperous–and full of urine and vinegar and righteousness. We would cheerfully take the beam out of our neighbor’s eye. Please, don’t thank us. Just be grateful that we exist and that we know how other countries should be organized. We had moved completely into our empire stage–a stage we have never left, and probably never will leave until we cease to exist as a nation. For which, stay tuned.
5/Federal income tax ratified, 1913. Once you give the national government the ability to tax its citizens at any level to be determined by the ones doing the taxing, in order to fund programs of undetermined nature but almost certain to be bad, you have opened us up for disaster. They confiscate what they want. You don’t approve of a high percentage of the things they do with this confiscated money? Tough toe-nails. They are going to do those things anyway, without your approval–but very much with the money you unwillingly provide.
6/The Federal Reserve created, 1913-14. The elite can be trusted to do what is best for all of us, of course. Well, maybe not. Maybe they do what is best for them, and we take the consequences. For an in-depth discussion of how the Federal Reserve came to exist, and what that means for us, please see The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve, by G. Edward Griffin. Since 1913-14, the dollar has lost approximately 95 to 97% of its value. That value will continue to drop.
7/World War I 1917-18 (U.S. involvement). Europe was involved in a suicidal war. It was our privilege to look on in horror. No, that wasn’t good enough for the second most disastrous man in U.S. history, Woodrow Wilson (edged out only by Abraham Lincoln). He yearned to straighten out Europe and the entire world. Clearly he and his fellow Americans had the wisdom to do this! So, instead of WW I coming to a natural end, with the possibility that the exhausted European participants would take time to think about what they had done and maybe, just maybe, plan never to do it again, Wilson got us into the war. He was killed in battle, dying bravely on the Western Front. Oh no, wait, it wasn’t him, it was 53,000 of his fellow citizens. They died so that World War I could turn into the bigger and better World War II only about 21 years later. Wilson’s involvement in making the Treaty of Versailles was–of course–disastrous. The world has never recovered from World War I. The recovery would have been incredibly difficult even if we had stayed out of the war, because the war was first of all a symptom of Europe having turned its back on biblical Christianity. The millions of dead were only the consequence; the root cause was that our civilization (including the U.S.) had turned its back on biblical ways of thinking. We made everything much worse by our foolish and harmful entry into the war.
8/The New Deal 1933-1938?. This was an horrific lurch leftward, away from freedom and responsibility, and toward fascist/communist bossing other people around. Franklin Roosevelt was the leader, but he had lots of help.
9/World War II 1941-45 (U.S. involvement). Wait, this wasn’t really our fault, right? Japan attacked us, and we had to defend ourselves. Well, only sort of. In fact Franklin Roosevelt (again with lots of help) was eager to get us into war on the side of the Allies. We poked Japan foolishly, with our policies. Once again we would straighten the world out. If that meant we had to go to war to teach other people how they should behave, so be it. We lost about 405,000 killed, about 671,000 wounded and crippled. We helped win the war, but somehow or other we and Europe have managed to lose the peace–even after the Soviet Union disbanded in 1991, which should have made winning the peace a piece of cake.
10/The Korean War 1950-53. About 36,000 more of our people dead, in another chapter in our attempt to run world history. How come it seems like every time the elite people running our country want to do good by running world history, tens of thousands of our ordinary people end up dead, while the elite people never end up dead? Do I detect a pattern here?
Well, we still have a few more disasters to go, but I will pick this up again next week, Lord willing.