One of the wisest men I know, who was once described by a business associate as a man with “impeccable integrity,” my father, wrote this:
We just went through a campaign where one candidate simply made up false stories about what the other believed and a majority bought it. Too much work for the press and public to actually pay attention, but then paying attention would be inconvenient to their world view.
We just went through a campaign where one of the most honorable men in our political history was willing to run the gauntlet of lies and distortions because he wanted to help his country. He didn’t need the job. He doesn’t need any job. He didn’t need it for his resume; he already had one of the most impressive resumes of any man to run for President. He didn’t need it for a cool address, he already owns one of the coolest houses on the planet. He didn’t need it for his ego, so unlike the great vanity of his opponent. He was a man who understood that his many and great accomplishments were not the most important measure of him. He was the best kind of humble, he chose to be that way. He was truly a man prepared and ready for this difficult time.
But the lies had it, the motion carried. We were conned again. The country just made a huge mistake because a majority is willing to accept being lied to by their government and press. They say you can’t fix stupid, maybe they are right.
So do I think the Country is going to hell in a hand basket? No, not yet. We are blessed to live in the greatest country in the history of the world. Our economy is the biggest and provides the best standard of living to the most people of any in the world. It will take a lot to wreck it. It can be wrecked, and if we don’t eventually change course we will ruin it.
I feel most sad now for the people who are already struggling, who can’t find good work…whose homes and businesses are sinking. The country has just chosen to make it much more difficult to fix our problems. There is going to be a lot more pain before things get really better. It didn’t need to be this way but if you are willing to be lied to and still want to believe in Santa Claus, then you get the government you deserve.
What will turn this around? When it becomes more inconvenient to continue believing the lies and in the free lunch that Government Santa is supposed to bring.
The Soviet Union and the former Eastern European Block (not to mention innumerable banana republics) went through this already and died. They sought to redistribute income and only redistributed poverty. Santa really is make believe. Their demise was prolonged and delayed through brute force, but they eventually collapsed. Much of Europe is going through this now; but they are merely socialistic, not communistic so it will take longer to unfold. It is only a question of degree. We are perhaps a generation behind them, so we have more time. But our time will come if we stay on this course. If it does, I trust in the basic goodness and resilience of the people of this great country to get back on track. It won’t be pretty, but I believe we will make it. I believe we will still remain the greatest country in the history of the world and the greatest hope for mankind.
This is a great country, and that is no lie.