The US is like a planet either approaching the event horizon of a BLACK HOLE or one that has already entered that deadly zone. I'm hoping that our country is in the former situation, and not the latter. Because, as the scientists tell us, once you've entered the event horizon of a black hole all you can do is SLOW your descent into the abyss. It's physically impossible to escape once you've trespassed into that point of no return.
I've done a lot of thinking about the current situation in the USA, and I’m certain that I've got the best solution that NO ONE wants to hear based on my historical and political studies. But first, you have to realize one thing that our Founding Fathers knew well. Every form of government has its weaknesses; republicanism (representative government like the US) is no exception. With republicanism (note small r, not big R), the weakness is that the masses with no stake in the long-term well being of the country will "VOTE THEMSELVES THE TREASURY". Unfortunately, this fiscal madness has already happened in the United States. We're trillions of dollars in debt and instituting yet more free giveaways (so called healthcare reform) and wars than we can ever afford to pay for. Of course, we're already stuck with the abject failures of bankrupting Social Security, Medicare, and a veritable multitude of other FREE-FOR-NOTHING programs!
What to do? No one will like this solution, I promise you. It's extreme, but the alternatives are chaos (TEOTWAWKI & SHTF scenarios) or a long-term dictatorship that I promise you will be much, much worse than my plan.
Firstly, the following executive orders would need to be implemented due to the impending catastrophic collapse of the American economy:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12656 appoints the National Security Council as the principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and granted the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians. The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry.
Please Note: Although I seek to use these Executive Orders above to allow the US Government to act quickly and decisively in this time of economic disaster, I am nonetheless deeply conflicted by their existence. My advocacy of these orders as a means to an end presupposes that the President who activates them will be the type of person who will have wisdom and lack imperial ambitions. Clearly, the possibility for the abuse of power is inherent in the use of any of these orders. I don't believe our Founding Fathers could have ever anticipated the dangerous amount of power that the Executive Branch has consolidated to the detriment of the Legislative and Judicial branches in the last few decades. I doubt seriously they would have approved. Perhaps the noble minds of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln could have been trusted with such unrestricted power for a temporary period, but how would a man like Barack Obama fare in such an extreme situation? The danger inherent in this course of action becomes readily apparent. Let's hope the cure doesn't become worse for the United States than the disease of economic insanity.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
Secondly, only US citizens who own land, a home, and pass a basic voting test, will have the vote. Universal Suffrage, allowing everyone an equal say in how the country is run without regards to intelligence or investment in their community and country, is the central problem. These rootless citizens have no reason not to vote themselves money because THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE, and NO REASON NOT TO! I won't even address the folly of giving idiots with no comprehension of social and political issues the vote. It's like handing the steering wheel of a tractor trailer to someone who can't even passed a basic driving test. It's proven to be nothing more than madness, and a sure path to destruction.
The most pernicious form of social engineering ever conceived, called Progressive Taxation, will be terminated and replaced by consumption taxes. In this way each US citizen and business will decide how much in taxes they are willing to pay to the new Federal Government each year based on the value of their purchases. The taxes will be collected at time of all purchases, eliminating the need for the enormous bureaucracy that is the IRS. Of course, no more confusing and complicated yearly tax filings will be required any longer. In this new and simpler method of collecting taxes, US taxpayers will no longer be penalized for their hard work and business achievements through progressively higher taxation as their wealth increases.
Thirdly, the New Republic must be restored in its renovated form with a currency based on gold and silver. Unbacked and inherently worthless paper fiat currency (paper money) allowed the US to get into this bankrupt mess, and it must perish before we can ever truly regain our fiscal sanity. I'm open to other bases for currency, but gold and silver have worked extraordinarily well for over 6000 years of recorded human history!
Fourthly, the New & Improved US tells the world that we will pay off the Old Republic's debt at 10 cents on the dollar in the new gold/silver backed currency. Our international creditors may take it or leave it. All international holders of dollars will be likewise compensated for their now worthless fiat dollars. Yes, I understand the dire economic & trade implications of this radical move. There will be rage and retaliation directed at the New US by the international banking community. We will undoubtedly suffer from their powerful wrath for a time. Future generations will be forced to live much more modestly than we Baby Boomers have enjoyed. However, the American standard of living that we've known is just not sustainable anymore. We'll have to roll it back to around 1950 or even further.
US citizens will exchange their paper fiat Federal Reserve notes for the new gold and silver currency as well. It is my hope that we can do better than 10% for our people, but that will depend on the extent of the new money supply. At any rate, we'll compensate our citizenry first before dealing with the foreigners.
Lastly, our New Republic will maintain by law a true pay-as-you-go policy. This new US will no longer be a superpower. We will be more like England is nowadays. China will probably run things for quite a while. We'll function as a consultant or perhaps eventually even as an example to the world (the City on a Hill), but we'll function no longer as its master. Being the last of the world's superpowers was certainly glamorous and heady, however, the cost in compromises to our national character and values have been almost as staggering as the debt we've accrued controlling the world's affairs. We just can no longer afford to save the world, at the expense of our own national survival.
It's an extreme plan, isn’t it? Unfortunately, the situation of our country now is like an episode of the FOX TV show HOUSE. The patient is critical and is going to die unless Dr. House thinks up some off-the-wall EXTREME solution! However, I ask you what other realistic alternatives do we really possess at this unhappy juncture? Business as usual has failed our citizenry miserably! I believe only the inevitable descent of the USA into the darkness, and the death of America as a nation state for all time lies in wait for us all, should we jointly fail to ACT NOW!
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Please Note: I consider this blog a realistic intellectual exercise that offers extreme solutions for the extreme problems of the United States of America. I love this country and its people, and I do not offer such radical recommendations lightly. But I FIRMLY believe that to do nothing and allow this great country to perish from the Earth would be the ultimate in treason & treachery!
I do not support, and cannot recommend, that any action contrary to the current laws of the US be taken by anyone who reads this blog.