(Published in the State Line Tribune, Farwell TX/Texico NM)
Last week Mike Pomper asked how optimistic he should be, so I'll tell him: Very.
The US government is NOT America. America will survive- and probably thrive- after the US government completes its suicide. Don't bother trying to stop them. They wouldn't listen anyway. Just don't let them take you down with them.
Nothing you can do will change the course the government is on. It doesn't matter who you vote for, the course will not change. You have a better chance of enjoying a bad meal more by flipping your sandwich over than of making a real difference by voting for either of the vetted candidates. That gives you freedom- it is out of your hands. You can stop concerning yourself with trivial matters. Now you are free to focus on the things that actually matter, starting at home.
Furthermore, the "national debt" is not your debt and it is not my debt. It is the debt of the politicians (or as I call them: "puppeticians") who incurred it. They, and they alone, are the ones who borrowed the money they didn't have, counterfeited even more, and spent like there was no reckoning. I can't borrow money, hand it out willy-nilly, and then claim the debt is yours and you are responsible for paying it back. Neither can congress or the president. They dug the hole; let them suffer the consequences, personally.
The more frantically oppressive the government becomes, the more people will withdraw consent. The more domestic spying that is done, the more "laws" that are passed, the tighter the grip becomes, and the more "money" that is created out of thin air, the more people who will see beyond the rhetoric.
When the house of cards falls the US government will not be able to afford to keep meddling around the world, and the supply of committed "terrorists" will dry up. Americans will be safer, once again, like we were in the days before The Empire. There might even be free trade again, boosting the economy beyond what most of us can remember. The future looks bright unless you tie your fortunes to a sinking ship.
Government needs us; we certainly don't need it. Wean yourself of any dependency now, while you still can. Stop looking for answers from those who are incapable of even understanding the questions, and stop wasting your breath trying to reason with those without reason.
The experience might be bumpy, but getting untangled from Leviathan now will limit the danger posed by its death throes. It's coming whether you are ready or not.