- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2011

Is there any future for America or have the vital instincts of the masses been too deeply afflicted by the social malignancy of entitlement and uncontrolled wealth redistribution?

Only about 50 percent of wage earners presently pay income taxes. Before the liberals start calling Medicare and Social Security “entitlements,” they should remember that most of us invested our hard-earned wages in the future by paying for these benefits during our working lives.

One of the well-recognized facts in history is the rapidity with which major powers decline. The fall can be fast, a matter of a short string of decades, or even a mere generation. In America’s case, this decline is advancing as the great work ethic that distinguished our nation during its formative years is being replaced by Wall Street protests, and the importance of wealth creation is being replaced by outstretched hands.

In his work “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville observed the following: “The citizen of the United States is taught from his earliest infancy to rely on his own exertions in order to resist the evils and difficulties of life; he looks upon social authority with an eye of mistrust and anxiety and he only claims its assistance when he is quite unable to shift without it.”

The leftist ideals that have been enlarged to engulf America must be eviscerated. If they are not, America will pay the ultimate price. The wealth creators will leave and only poverty will remain. At that point, America becomes a banana republic, ruled by mindless socialists. But millions would claim that this has already happened.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas