There is no more dreaded disease than cancer. Cancer causes millions of deaths each year in America, and it is painful, debilitating, and causes horrible pain. Cancer is rarely discovered in time to cure it. Like termites in a home, cancer gnaws at the body, and until the pain begins, it is almost never discovered until it approaches its final stages. My Dad started smoking at age 15, and lung cancer killed him at age 63. Until almost the end, he never knew he had it. (A cough was the only indication of any problem.)
America has a cancer which has been eating at it for 77 years. Literally. The cancer America has, is the same cancer that killed the Roman Empire, and others as well. The cancer is government growth, and all that goes with it. When FDR started his Social Security system, many warned against it, but no heed was paid. After all, it would only cost 1% of rich people’s paychecks, and the old would be secure. We were a rich nation, we should care for our elderly, and make their old age free from worry. When the first public housing was built in 1937, the minimum wage installed in 1938, or various forms of welfare instituted, a few shouted “fire,” but were ignored. Republicans and Democrats both voted for all of FDR’s schemes. As years passed, wars fought, and more and more ‘programs’ approved, voted upon, and signed into law, they were just like an un-detected cancer or a home being eaten from within by termites.
The pressure on gold backed dollars became so strong that Nixon removed the backing, thereby allowing virtually unlimited printing. Politicians then could spend as much as they pleased because the bucks could be printed without any regard of re-paying the debts that were incurred as a result of irresponsible spending. After all, as the saying used to be, “We owe it to ourselves.” Not to worry, we’re going to raise everyone’s standard of living, take care of the poor, and eliminate poverty. We’re going to build an interstate highway system, and even though it will kill the passenger train and tens of thousands of businesses, when the highways by-pass their towns, everyone will be able to drive anywhere at high speed. We’ll sponsor a government passenger train, which will only cost a hundred million a year. “Not to worry, we are a rich nation and so rich that we can do anything we want,” was the usual explanation given by politicians.
Everyone got so happy that they didn’t need to do much hard work any longer, that Mexicans were imported to do what we white folk wouldn’t do. More and more welfare and public housing was handed out and built. The cities were going down pretty quickly, forcing “white flight,” but we were a rich nation, so not to worry. The cancer hadn’t really been noticed as yet. We’d start HUD and fix the cities.
In 1965, Medicare was passed, and the cancer caused a little pain, but we were caring for the sick, and we “Owed most of it to ourselves,” so not to worry. The cancer was at the point where it was at about a 25% cure rate, but few noticed. In 1972, the brains in D.C. brought on food stamps. Truman, LBJ, and Bush got us into wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, but after all, our soldiers were going into battle, “To protect us,” even though that was a blatant lie. The costs were usually not part of the budget, or were hidden, so even though the cancer was advancing, few bothered to worry. George Bush passed the prescription drug bailout program, and it’s only cost a trillion so far, and Republicans and Democrats voted for it. We need to ‘help’ the aged, of course. Government had robbed them of the dollar value, and incentives to save and plan ahead, but we furnished Social Security, Medicare, and Prescriptions. We were a rich nation.
Obama got nominated and elected, and as he was running for office he told everyone that he wanted to nationalize medicine and health, and actually turn America into a socialized state, but most were so sick of George Bush, and the Republicans picked a highly unelectable Senator as a candidate, that Obama got elected, and promptly kept his word. Now the cancer was so obvious that even the Republicans recognized it, and the majority of Americans recognized it also. The Democrats knew all along, but they thought that the cancerous handouts, welfare, programs, and other effluvia, were benign, and after all “We owe some of it to ourselves.” Now, America owes China a trillion unbacked dollars, Illegals are everywhere, and the deficit is hundreds of billions every month. Welfare recipients, Social Security recipients, Medicare recipients, public housing dwellers, and millions and millions of businesses, groups and citizens which have been addicted to government handouts, contracts, and checks, are totally incapable of going it alone, because it would be impossible to go it alone…thanks to the cancer which now is at the 95% fatality stage.
Suddenly, when it is probably too late, Republicans, who have been feeding the cancer for 77 years, say that they are opposed to Obama care. In strong speeches, and threats of lawsuits, Republicans now are covering up all the misdeeds they have committed, which fed the cancer. They, like the Democrats, have acted irresponsibly for 77 years, and now they are supposed to be able to cure the cancer? A vote in November will save America? Like it did when Republicans took over both houses before? When they controlled both houses, they quickly reverted to feeding the cancer.
The cancer has metastasized into the whole body of America. The few of us who have been warning of upcoming death have not been heeded. The cancer has given us a virtually worthless currency, unpayable debts, upcoming runaway inflation, and a huge, worthless, underclass. We are now bogged down in two pointless, expensive wars, which seem to be un-winnable, and we are about to lose our credit rating. America needs huge infusions of cancer hiding loans to keep alive, and the purveyors of those loans have about decided we are a bad risk.
Now what? Reform the Republicans with Tea Party threats? Throw the bums out in November, and take over the Congress? Even if that happened, and I hope it does, the debts are unpayable, and welfare recipients cannot be denied, because if they were, America would be in ruins pretty quickly from the riots and arson…which may happen anyway. Best thing, to me, is to get out of big cities and protect yourself with historic, beautiful, real, money, not government issued scrip.
Don Stott, ColoradoGold.com
for Whiskey & Gunpowder
April 2, 2010
Don Stott is the founder of Coloroda Gold and has been selling precious metals since 1977. Don has been writing about Constitutionally-limited government, sound money and personal freedom for years. He has written "Common Sense II", a modern-day update to Thomas Paine seminal work. His articles have also appeared on Gold Eagle.
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Thank you for speaking the truth in love. Wake up America. Anoint your eyes with “eye salve” so you can see the ditch you have fallen into. Cancer is treatable…think of the treatments…radiation…laser…surgery…vitamins to turn around deficiencies. We don’t just had someone a placebo in form of entitlement, we cut out the cancerous cell or provide viable healing methods.
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Dear Don: Bravo, as always, and hurrah for Lynn for carrying forward the analogy.
Wow! What a great summary of the tragic condition our country, (that’s us folks), has devolved into. My only quibble is with the 95% fatal estimate. I think the U.S. is clinically dead and more resembles “Mrs. Bates”, being carried around by her son “Norman Bankster Bates”
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Do you expect folks to be concerned with anything as abstract and is irrelevant as history?
I’ve always been amazed at the Greeks at creating “atomic theory” and they where mostly right. It’s easy to see now in electron microscopes, but to create it as a “thought experiment” absolutely astounding.
Now we have popular “pseudo-science” If the Arctic melt it will raise sea levels. We have never seen global warming on the scale as we see now. If we throw out the medieval warming or the warming during the “Pax Romana”.
I suppose I should not set my hopes to high. My niece is in an “Honors Program” and had no idea that China has not been and is not now an enemy of the USA. What’s frightening is she is intelligent, just ignorant. I mentioned a few of China’s trade policies. My Mom and I stood there mouths agape,from her ignorance, and her Mom went on talking about American Idol.
It’s bit difficult to fight through 12 years of propaganda in the 20-30 minutes we are given. I’ hope she went home and Goggled it then she got the NY times and MSM. My difference is I expect the student to challenge me, as my Mom did to me. We aren’t always right, but we must posit an idea and defend it, if we are wrong or right we have learned something.
I was so damn lucky with my Mom. She let me form my own opinions but she made me defend them as well.
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lynne, your comment confused me a bit at the part where you stated: “My niece is in an “Honors Program” and had no idea that China has not been and is not now an enemy of the USA.” The U.S. troops who faced the onslaught of Chinese infantry using human wave attacks on the Korean peninsula from 1950 to 1952 would beg to differ. One could only hope that your niece’s “honors program” eventually exposes her to Sun Tzu’s 3000 year old book, “The Art of War”, a useful tool in understanding the survival of nations and even individuals.
Walt, are you sniffing the Easter Egg dye? Lynne’s complaint was that her niece, who, presumably, is getting the “best” education America can offer, is so ignorant. The USA is full of HS juniors who haven’t grasped the multiplication table. Worse, the kids think they ARE well-educated and that their spoon fed opinions are as good as those we formed after years of study and thought. One of the things that horrifies me is how very, very few have any hope of ever knowing all that we oldtimers do. That’s why I favor home-schooling AND insist we must teach our children at home even if we expose them to public schools. Depressing, isn’t it? Hug, Linda
Great post, Lynne, and we’re with you. So young, so ignorant, and so arrogant…just wait until they manage to take Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, and other bits of American history away…
Yes we have “educated idiots”. I don’t blame the kids as much as I blame the system. If I had kids I’d home school them. You can get an education in public schools but you have to work the system to get one.
Yes I’m quite aware of both “Korean Wars” that the US has fought, but I’m not the ignorant one. Our kids are. Hell I have a hard enough time just hitting the highlight of history they don’t get, besides delving into Sun-tzu and The Art of War, and relating it. Had the same problem with West Pointers. But that’s what NCO’s are for, to knock the stuffings out that schoolroom crap they get. At least ROTC and the Point give them a good therory to build on.
I bet if you ask any kids you meet they couldn’t give you the names of 3 generals or admirals of WWII little lone WWI or the civil war. Hell they’d probably be lucky to place the wars in the correct decade or perhaps century.
Awwww to have lived and studied so long and learn so little. I’d feel sorry for then if not for thier overweening arrogance.
Goverment IS a cancer, but the question is what can you do to save your wealth as goverment dies, and what happens after its dead? I guess we will have to play it by ear. What a grand future we have ahead of us. So much for the Land of the Free.
Government as cancer? IMO it’s worse, whatever “worse” might be. I had cancer. Beat it. Haven’t really figured out how to beat government.
Great going, guys and gals. I’ve had one of those days that kept me from “work,” and it’s great knowing y’all are here taking care of business. Still…we got cows moved, today, and the new branding iron came in! It’s gorgeous, not that I suppose the cattle will think so. (I am on strike, running away from reality.) Brutus, our georgeous bull, came stalking majestically across the pastures at least 15 minutes behind everyone else, accompanied by his current sweetie. He was bawling constantly, and his message was very clear: “How DARE you take my ladies? I’m coming, and when I get there, I’m going to take my girls back from you kidnappers on horses.” By the time he arrived the hands had cut out a couple of calves that needed a shot and were putting the girls in their new pasture. Brutus sniffed with scathing disdain, went to the fore, and lead them all the way to the farthest corner of the place he could reach. The wildflowers are in blossom, and life would be so beautiful if it weren’t for the government. Well, yeah, sometime tonight I’ll write another article, but right now I’m stamping my foot and pouting. Fourteen months of constant bad news gets a little exhausting, doesn’t it?
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You’re article is the most complete, consice description of the undoing of our nation that I have yet read.
Sorry that circumstances couldn’t have offered you something more upbeat to write about.
Buck up Linda, It’s not all bad. As you say the grass is growing and the flowers are in bloom. Lot’s of folks getting involved in prep and politics maybe for the first time. This is great, remember it takes both stress and heat to temper steel. It will suck for a little while but I find I’m getting more positive rather than less. Yes the idiots on the beltwway are making stuff diffacult. I think tha’s the problem with power is anyone that seeks it already proves they shouldn’t have it. I think we should have a draft for representives and they serve 2 terms and the salary is limited to the US median income.
I miss the cattle those beautiful ,magnificent, dumber than a bag of diapers beasts. I think the 1 thing I could change about my disability is to be able to work cattle again. Of course if I could work cattle I wouldn’t be disabled. well I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with herding bunnies.
Also with your new “Branding Iron” is it electric or a fire type brand?
No pouting is allowed though “pity parties” of 2 days or less are permissible. Fire up the grill, fire off a few shots and celebrate that he is risen. It’s simply a test it’s just pass/ fail in the extreme. We will handle whatever comes along. Cowboy up cause you know ya got to be tough to live in the West.
Lynne, we went with the classic, although we are looking into using dry ice if we can learn to do it ourselves. $30/head seemed a little pricey, but you’ve got me wondering if I wouldn’t rather part with a little under a thousand dollars than burn cowhide. Our iron is as small as is consistent with being legible, perhaps 4 1/2 inches. I designed it myself, an intertwined T and S (for Traynham and Stewart, of course) using a double leg on the T so that it looks like a dollar sign. A bar over the dollar makes sense of the two-legged T. Question: do you get around on a scooter or wheel chair? We are so crazy about our “mini moo cows,” which are pretty much full-sized cows on very short legs, although they do come as short as 36-40″ at the withers. Ours are about four feet there. They are very sweet, placid cows which calve easily, browse on brush and tree leaves as well as graze, and can be milked, giving moo juice as rich as that of a Jersey. They tend to be so gentle they are favorites at petting zoos, and ours all let Charles walk right up to a newborn calf, handle it, and check its gender, and accept his compliment on what a beautiful baby it is. If you and your mother can find a bit of land, a Dexter could be the ideal solution for giving back something you have missed so. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?! At the very least you could feed yours range cubes over a fence, and feel that enormous tongue wrap gently around the treat. You wouldn’t HAVE to milk her, but how grand it would be to have fresh milk, butter, and the ability to make cheese. You have enough mobility to work in the kitchen, and a great cheese can be made as simply as heating a gallon of fresh milk to 180 (I think; check Dr. Fankhauser’s great site), stirring in half a cup of vinegar, letting the result cool a bit, and straining it through cheesecloth. If you save what runs off you can make mozzerella out of it! A big part of life, dear, gallant friend, is figuring out how we can have what we want despite the restrictions we labor under and the keys are perseverance, research, and stating our problems clearly. See? There was an answer to how you could have cows, you just had to ask! I love the look of the shaggy Highlanders, but I don’t know much about their personalities or Kerry cows, two other small breeds. I think you would get a big bang out of some chickens, too. We’re particularly fond of our Banties, great little mothers whose undersized eggs are delicious. Chickens can actually be “pets” if you handle them when they are young. My darling Charles adds that a lot of people “work” cows off 4-wheelers these days! OH…I can see it, I really can, honey. Around here Dexter runs four to six hundred, but dream with me and see what they cost in your area. If you could get a cow/calf pair for six hundred, there’s meat, milk, cheese, and joy. With luck there would be someone with a Dexter bull somewhere close. We country folks tend to be generous with hard-working neighbors who could use the borry of a stud. Never mind what the stud fee of our glorious Thunder is, I was delighted to have four pretty goat girls visit for six weeks to help a young man just starting his herd. Hey, it’s Thunder’s idea of a good time! I was touched when he offered me my pick of his does (one of their progeny would lead to genetic problems down the line) in return for what Thunder and I were glad to give away. The Lord said to give away gaily what we have lots of, and Thunder has lots of testosterone! Good luck on the land-hunting, and do your research. Hug, Linda
Lynne, we went with the classic, although we are looking into using dry ice if we can learn to do it ourselves. $30/head seemed a little pricey, but you’ve got me wondering if I wouldn’t rather part with a little under a thousand dollars than burn cowhide. Our iron is as small as is consistent with being legible, perhaps 4 1/2 inches. I designed it myself, an intertwined T and S (for Traynham and Stewart, of course) using a double leg on the T so that it looks like a dollar sign. A bar over the dollar makes sense of the two-legged T. Question: do you get around on a scooter or wheel chair? We are so crazy about our “mini moo cows,” which are pretty much full-sized cows on very short legs, although they do come as short as 36-40″ at the withers. Ours are about four feet there. They are very sweet, placid cows which calve easily, browse on brush and tree leaves as well as graze, and can be milked, giving moo juice as rich as that of a Jersey. They tend to be so gentle they are favorites at petting zoos, and ours all let Charles walk right up to a newborn calf, handle it, and check its gender, and accept his compliment on what a beautiful baby it is. If you and your mother can find a bit of land, a Dexter could be the ideal solution for giving back something you have missed so. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?! At the very least you could feed yours range cubes over a fence, and feel that enormous tongue wrap gently around the treat. You wouldn’t HAVE to milk her, but how grand it would be to have fresh milk, butter, and the ability to make cheese. Obviously you have enough mobility to work in the kitchen, and a great cheese can be made as simply as heating a gallon of fresh milk to 180 (I think; check Dr. Fankhauser’s great site), stirring in half a cup of vinegar, letting the result cool a bit, and straining it through cheesecloth. If you save what runs off you can make mozzerella out of it!
Another cancer you seem to overlook was a rapidly growing military industrial complex , empire building and failed wars . I don’t disagree with you just putting all causes of the cancer where it deserves to be.
Too bad the last failure of a administration never read this book , .There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.
I would hope that the current would would pick up a copy as well.
Lynne, I’ve got the solution to the cattle problem, which is in the reply the SPAM filter is still sequestering. You get the land to keep a couple on because you can handle mini moo cows like ours on a scooter, wheelchair or four-wheeler! I’ll write you privately tomorrow if my comment doesn’t appear by then.
Doug, I’ve been watching the Shi’ite-Sunni mess and thinking how nice it would be if someone had a war and we didn’t jump in the middle of it.
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