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Toeing the starting line of domestic war

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America’s voters stand at a crossroads. You, me, and everyone else in this country faces a crisis moment of truth, a future-defining juncture.

There is no need to exaggerate to lay out my case: voting decisions loom that may be the most important decisions you will make for the rest of your life. We are fighting a vicious political war and our decisions collectively will determine the path your government will trod…and you will be swept along the government’s pathway, like it or not.

We stand at a dangerous place in our history. Perhaps even at the starting line of domestic battles. We need to put into high gear the campaign to say no to the “no” people, the ones who destroy and loot and firebomb, but who claim they are merely protesters; the phonies who embrace cancel-culture and foist “woke” virtue–signaling. We need to give the boot to local politicians, turn them into has-beens, when they won’t enforce local laws or take action against immature delinquents who barricade public streets.  We face mammoth challenges and destructive people who must be told they will no longer be tolerated. 

There is a time for the “silent majority” to be silent, but that time is now over. We’ve moved to “enough is enough”. Silence doesn’t hold back the destroyers and the screamers. Failure to stand your ground means losing your advantage, failing to protect those you love and what is yours.

American streets are in flames in dozens of cities which are being rocked by violence, innocent people are being killed and maimed, and small-business people are losing their life’s work, amid shattered glass and marauding looters. Portland has seen 52 straight nights of violent mobs laying waste to peaceful people and property, and attacking police. There is chaos in Chicago, hellishly ripped apart by new murder records set every weekend — 390 killed in 2020; last weekend, 1,000 Chicago protesters rioted and 18 police officers injured. Homicides in New York City soared 22% in the first six months of this year, shootings up 45%, as hard-core criminals are released with no bail. St. Louis is the homicide capital of America, sporting triple-digit murders in all of the last four years. 

Labor unions are protesting in the streets, fueled by a “more, more, more” attitude, due to the out-of-control growth of entitlement mentalities. Meanwhile, 48% of U.S. households pay no income tax! Spending on Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare, over time, is on the way to consuming every cent of U.S. tax revenue. That’s because all your lifetime contributions into the Social Security Fund have already been spent by the government!

Millions of people remain out of work while state and local governments’ refusal to open up local economies is pervasive and their addiction to spending goes untamed. 

What will happen if we can’t stop this madness? The answer is that our children and grandchildren will inherit a diminished America, as the anarchists and socialists/communists undermine our institutions and values. We tolerate chaos, as we eat our children’s seed corn and push our borrowed debts into the future for them to pay.

So now we approach another political crossroads. Which way to go?  We can turn left into more savage violence in inner cities, defunding the police, no border controls, jobs eliminated by the “green new deal”, increased entitlements, fatter governments, and cradle-to-grave “nanny” safety nets. Or we can turn right and stand up against the anarchists, re-charge our economy, break out weapons for protection when we need to. We’ll also need to swallow the distasteful medicine that puts us on the road to personal and fiscal responsibility. And self-reliance.

In a political war, the aggressor usually wins. So, what will it be for you? Allowing a meek descent into what won’t work, or a return to conservative values? Pick one or the other– the dysfunctional road to violence and socialism, or the road to a stable republic– because you can’t choose both. Are you ready to fight for your children’s future, and for your own self-respect?

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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