America 2020… Which Will It Be?
America now finds itself at a historic crossroads.
The direction we choose to take over the coming months will forever determine our future as a nation.
You see, we now face an enemy far more insidious and far more dangerous than we faced as a nation in two world wars.
Because today, we face an enemy from within.
An enemy that’s opened our borders, trampled the Constitution and ignored the rule of law…
While openly announcing its plans to censor our speech, take our guns and redistribute our wealth…
All necessary acts in order to achieve their long desired “complete transformation of America,” as promised by former President Barack Obama.
A transformation designed to destroy our borders, language and culture, while pushing America away from nationalism and capitalism, and towards globalism and socialism.
A transformation that was well underway…
Only to be interrupted by Donald J. Trump, whose victory in the 2016 Presidential election drove a stake through the heart of the globalist and socialist agenda not just in America, but worldwide.
Fast forward to today…
And the survival of America as we now know it is clearly at stake, as the social and political divide in our country is wider than at any time since the Civil War.
A divide that could soon be pushed beyond the point of no return…
As the extremist wing of the progressive Democrats, in concert with a lawless deep state and the weaponized fake-news, are engaging in an open coup of a standing U.S. President…
Can America as We Know It Survive?
History often provides unpleasant answers to questions we are afraid to ask…
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
Those are the words of Marcus Tillius Cicero as written by Taylor Caldwell in her book Iron Pillar, the story of the fall of the Roman Empire and the statesman Cicero who tried in vain to save the republic he loved from the forces of tyranny.
So where is America today, are we destined to retrace the steps of Rome and other fallen empires?
Again, we can look to history for clues, if not the answer…
Alexander Tytler was a Scottish judge, writer and historian who served as a professor of History, Greek and Roman Antiquities at the University of Edinburgh during the late 1700’s and early 1800s.
Tytler discovered the average lifespan of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200-250 years, while always progressing through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From great courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”
- Assyria (859-612 B.C.): a 247-year reign.
- Persia (538-330 B.C.): a 208-year reign.
- Greece (331-100 B.C.): a 231-year reign.
- The Roman Republic (260-27 B.C.): a 233-year reign.
- The Roman Empire (27 B.C.-180 A.D.): a 207-year reign.
- The Arab Empire (634-880 A.D.): a 246-year reign.
- The Mameluke Empire (1250-1517 A.D.): a 267-year reign.
- The Ottoman Empire (1320-1570 A.D.): a 250-year reign.
- Spain (1500-1750 A.D.): a 250-year reign.
- Romanov Russia (1682-1916 A.D.): a 234-year reign.
- Great Britain (1700-1950 A.D.): a 250-year reign.
- The United States of America (1776-?): 243 years and counting.
Today this is referred to as “The Tytler Cycle,” or “The Fatal Sequence.”
Tytler believed democracy is always temporary in nature and simply could not exist as a permanent form of government, saying…
“A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
Is this not where America is heading today?
According to the Aspen Institute, the Democrats proposed “Green New Deal” will cost between $52-$93 trillion over ten years—an estimated $600,000 per American household.1
Their proposed “Medicare for All” program would cost approximately $32-$38 trillion over the first ten years, according to studies by the American Action Forum, the Mercatus Center and the Urban Institute.2
And we recently witnessed an entire stage full of Democratic candidates for president raise their hands in unison promising their government healthcare plans would also cover undocumented immigrants…
And it won’t end there…
Because with socialism, it never ends until they run out of our money to redistribute.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) has just proposed her new “Just Society.” It’s a platform of five bills and one resolution that will “build a just society to protect our communities and uplift our neighbors.” 3
Her program will impose rent control nationwide, raise the national poverty baseline to $38,000 per year, place paroles on all welfare programs and provide the entirety of American health and welfare services to all illegal aliens whether they want them or not.
But it doesn’t end there, because as always, this is about moving America away from nationalism and self-rule, into global governance, where we’ll be ruled by unelected international bureaucrats as in the failed European Union…
As AOC’s pact would also require the United States to sign an “international agreement” that stipulates all people have the right to fair and just conditions of work, social security, and an adequate standard of living, including the guarantee of adequate food, clothing, housing and healthcare.
And before you give AOC any credit for these being new and original ideas…
Let me introduce you to the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
Before You Can Bring in a New System…
First You Must Collapse the Current System
Richard Cloward and Francis Fox-Piven were Columbia University professors who created what is now referred to as the “Cloward-Piven Strategy.”
First published as an article in “The Nation” magazine in 1966, it was a strategy to overwhelm the public welfare system in order to create a crisis so large, that it would lead to the replacement of capitalism with socialism.
And their strategy nearly worked…
U.S. welfare recipients increased from 4.3 to 10.8 million from 1965 to 1974, including one million welfare recipients alone in New York City, which led to the city filing bankruptcy in 1975, nearly pulling the entire state down with it.4
And today, over 50 years since Cloward & Piven initially proposed their plan, the strategy is alive and well…
You saw it with the flood of organized caravans of illegal immigrants overwhelming our southern border in an ongoing attempt to collapse our welfare system, while tipping the scales of the 2020 election in the Democrats’ favor… by creating a permanent voting class dependent on their promise of free social programs.
And it’s not just about overwhelming the welfare system and creating a permanent voting class for Democrats…
President Barack Obama used it with “Fast & Furious,” an attempt to undermine the 2nd Amendment by flooding Mexico with illegal U.S. firearms…. unleashing a barrage of gun violence among Mexican drug cartels to be blamed on America’s 2nd Amendment.
And you can see the tentacles of Cloward-Piven in the Green New Deal as well…
As the new “greens” are really nothing more than the old “reds.”
Writer Jeannie DeAngelis may have said it best in a recent article in American Thinker…
“While the lyrics to the socialist song may have changed, the Marxist melody remains the same.”
So, which will it be America?
Will we rise to the occasion as our forefathers have done time and time again… answering the call to become one of America’s greatest generations?
Or are we destined by Tytler’s “Fatal Sequence” to become its last?
Thanks for reading,
For Whiskey & Gunpowder
P.S. We want to hear what YOU think and how YOU feel about the current political and social environment in America today.
(Remember, the Tytler Cycle describes how the world’s greatest civilizations always span about 200-250 years while progressing through the same unfortunate sequence, as outlined in the graphic above.)
Please leave your response and we’ll share the results along with reader comments in a future issue.
1 How Much Will the Green New Deal Cost? The Aspen Institute
2 Justin Haskins: How much would ‘Medicare-for-all’ REALLY cost the middle class? The answer is shocking, Fox News
3 Is AOC’s New “Just Society” Platform Worse Than Green New Deal? ZeroHedge
4 Cloward, Piven and the Fundamental Transformation of America, Fox News