Bankrupting America: Or, Gorbachev’s revenge

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It is a well-known fact that Ronald Reagan’s military buildup in the 1980s was largely intended to force the Soviet Union to spend money it didn’t have on weapons it didn’t need. The goal? Bankrupting the Soviet Union and freeing millions of people from the confines of communist totalitarianism.

There were other components of that strategy, including the lesser-known plan to flood the market with Mideast oil in order to bring the price down so that the Soviet Union could not depend on profits from its huge oil and gas reserves to keep up with the cost of military expansion.

As a result, the Soviet empire crumbled. Gorbachev had to cut loose Poland and then the rest of Eastern Europe and finally presided over the death of the Soviet Union.

Unfortunately, communism did not die with it. Nor did the determination of millions of people to see the collapse of the United States under the mistaken belief that poverty in a free society is somehow more oppressive than poverty in a slave state.

Thus, for the past 30 years, forces have been at work to undermine America in just the way that Reagan undermined the Soviet Union. Not in an arms race, because America has no stomach for war any longer — not after one failed venture after another — but by using a cunning strategy that cannot fail to bring us to our knees if the American people continue to think with their hearts and feel with their brains. 

In essence, the enemies of America have challenged us to a “conscience race” — just how much do we care about our fellow man? Is the United States really just a heartless oligarchy that exploits the multitudinous poor for the benefit of the greedy 1 percent? Or will we reach into our purse and use our legendary wealth for the advantage of the downtrodden — the homeless, the hungry, the handicapped, the unemployed, the unsung, and the undocumented?

The answer, of course, is obvious. Starting in the 1930s with Social Security and unemployment insurance and continuing right through the introduction of the subsidized health-care insurance program known as Obamacare on Oct. 1, the U.S. Congress has provided a helping hand to any and every cause that can put together a street demonstration, a petition or (these days) a website. 

And the enemies of America know this. They are not stupid.

So they are using our compassion as a weapon against us, just as we used the Russians’ urge for world dominance as a weapon against them. Call it Gorbachev’s revenge. Our enemies know that we truly care about people as individuals and want to assist everyone in achieving a better life, so we have been challenged to do more than we possibly can. This is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” where Rule No. 4 is “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” 

This is serious business because the rule in America is that every person counts — and so by challenging the government to provide for the well-being of every individual, our enemies are using our own generosity and compassion to bankrupt us. 

The point isn’t whether or not Americans want to help the homeless, the hungry, etc., but rather what can we realistically do as a government to assist those people? I have heard it described as the lifeboat dilemma. A certain number of people are safe on board the lifeboat, but many more are still in the water — plaintive desperate, and deserving — but if those who are safe give in to their emotions and try to save everyone in the water, then the boat will sink and all will be drowned. Only rational thought can save anyone in such a circumstance, even if our hearts are breaking. But too often, people think with their hearts and surrender to emotions which put them and their loved ones in danger.

That is where we are at as a nation today. It’s why we have been bamboozled into accepting the inevitability of Obamacare, which is not really a health-care program so much as a massive redistribution of wealth. It’s why this week we are going to start hearing demands from the left that the federal government must restore food-stamp benefits to prior unrealistic levels even though we have no money to pay for those benefits. It’s also why Americans are being challenged to commit the capital crime of rewarding illegal aliens with immunity, paid benefits and a path to citizenship.

The goal is to get the United States government to commit as much money as possible toward as many humanitarian causes as possible to the point where eventually the system will collapse. 

Of course, it is reasonable for you to be skeptical of such a claim. You should properly ask me for substantiation before you believe it. But it is also appropriate for doubtful readers to be swayed by such evidence when it is presented, and not blindly deny and denounce as ridiculous any suggestion that our way of life is under attack by the enemies of capitalism and democracy. 

Those who ridicule ideas they are afraid of are following another one of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky’s rules: “Rule No. 5: ‘Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.’ There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating.”

The one-two punch of Alinsky’s Rules 4 and 5 is what has turned the United States into a basket case. First our enemies have challenged us to live up to our nation’s compassionate ideals; then they have ridiculed anyone who has questioned whether we really have the ability to do so. Tea Party conservatives are painted as monsters because they have the audacity to point out that a 10-person lifeboat cannot save 30 people. This is the obligatory result of a nation thinking with its heart and feeling with its brain.

The only possible way to fight back is with facts, and the fact is that leftists and communists have been straightforward and honest about their goals and their tactics as they seek to topple our government and our way of life.

In 1966, an article entitled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” was published in the Nation, a left-leaning magazine. Written by the husband and wife team of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, the article provided a blueprint for how to bankrupt the federal government by appealing to the compassionate nature of all Americans.

Cloward and Piven proposed that American society’s urge to take care of our poorest members could be used by an “organized” welfare class to leverage a “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” 

The method of this revolution (or transformation) would be through enrolling more and more people onto the rolls of the welfare state, thus redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor and eventually collapsing the system so that something “better” could take its place. The more people who were getting financial assistance from the government, the more power those people would have as a group, in order to force even larger benefits.

Almost all social policy innovations since the 1960s have been incremental steps in the Cloward and Piven plan to bankrupt America by creating “entitlements” that a fair and just tax system could never support. Eventually when the government could no longer meet its payments, the poor would rise up and demand change, whether through violence or the vote, in what Cloward and Piven described “a profound financial and political crisis.”

Welcome to the crisis, ladies and gentlemen. 

We’ve managed to borrow $8 trillion in five years in order to assuage our conscience and to assure the world that we really are a compassionate nation. And at the same time, we’ve invited so many people into the lifeboat that our chance of ever reaching the shores of fiscal sanity is almost non-existent.

At least when the end comes it will probably happen quickly, and we will have the benefit of feeling good about ourselves as we sink what was once the greatest nation in the world.

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