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United We Sit on the Couch

February 10, 2012

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United We Sit on the Couch

So the California regency (er, Eighth Circuit Court) has sided with the homosexual lobby against the majority’s express will. This is no surprise. When judicial autocracy clashes with popular opinion, the entrenched power always wins. This is what leads to civil wars.

The United States today is more at odds with itself than any time in its history, including 1861-1865.

Today the country is evenly divided between:

• Those who think abortion should be illegal and those who say it should be allowed, if not encouraged.

• Those who think illegal invasion should be put down by any means necessary and those who think it should be encouraged, to the extent national borders are retained at all.

“Although we are a nation of opposites, in the way which counts we are identical—our lassitude.”

• Those who think the Constitution means what it says and those who think it means what they think it should mean whenever they think it should.

• Those who think workers are entitled to the fruits of their labor and those who think all of it—including their salaries, homes, and educational opportunities—belongs to minorities of every race, economy, and persuasion.

• Those who think the United States should mind no one’s business but its own and those who think everybody’s business is ours.

A friend of mine serving in government has often said things to the effect of, “It is approaching 1860. All the compromises have been made. All the concessions have been given. We are fundamentally and philosophically two peoples, and we have bridged as many gaps as possible between ourselves.”

But there will be no new civil war. Although we are a nation of opposites, in the way which counts we are identical—our lassitude.

Our working hours are occupied with mostly insignificant and redundant tasks. These are compounded by regulations and requirements which constitute “busy work.” Most of what occurs in the United States today is not productive labor; it is service work often done in the service of merely creating jobs which create nothing of consequence.

Whereas the yeoman farmer grew something from nothing, Americans manage things. Whereas the independent businessman figured and calculated and prospered, modern office workers collate automatically generated data. Most know nothing of making anything not pre-patterned or ready to assemble. Lord help you in the checkout lane if the electricity fails during your purchase. No one there will be able to make change mathematically.

At home we are overwhelmingly as lazy. Television, which has been likened to a mass-hypnosis device, provides our morals and our values. These are not static and drift toward greater permissibility with every passing year. Consider what was offensive to America forty years ago, twenty years ago, and today. As we sit in our domiciles, we are being manipulated toward ever more docility.

Our diet is steadily making us the planet’s most morbidly obese creatures. Diseases are scheduled to increase in the coming years and at ever younger ages of onset. This is mostly the result of our own behavior. It is often said that to eat healthily is to eat expensively, yet it is a canard not borne out by either statistics or logic.

As with everything else in the modern mindset, our diet is the consequence of sloth. It is easier to order fast food than to make healthy food. It is easier to buy a bag of potato chips than to cook a bag of potatoes.

In former times, such absolute contrasts in belief led to a parting of the ways. If one truly believes that abortion is “murder” and there is a literal “murder factory” down the road, there is only one course of action an honest man could take. If one is adamant that an armed body is violently invading your homeland with government complicity, why is no one emulating Daniel Shays and his men? If a tyrannical judiciary is actively opposing the people by force or writ, why are the people not on the steps with tar and feathers?

Though they are in no way here encouraged or condoned, why are such extreme acts so rare? If people in the millions are as committed to their sacred principles as they claim, why do almost all of them fail to act?

The sad fact is that even while Americans drift into two separate philosophical nations they coagulate into one mass. Political differences may become louder, but significant action becomes ever less plausible. Doing things of consequence is difficult. Doing anything at all requires effort. Eating donuts on the sofa or mindlessly ensuring compliance with ridiculous regulations at the office is seductively easy.

Even impetuous action requires an impulse, but the American pulse is perilously weakened. In the center—where it counts—is only a void.

Today the popular will is almost always suborned by unaccountable judicial writ. Leaders laugh in citizens’ faces as they ruin them at every turn. Americans are supposedly better armed than ever before at a point when they most vociferously disagree.

Yet nothing will happen. No new “civil war.” No national breakup. Nothing.

Our fortitude is lacking. The autocracy realizes this, and thus there is much worse to come. So sit back and enjoy the donuts.

 

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