The country is losing momentum. Economic failures have increased. The United States, the world’s biggest producer of steel, raw materials, fuel and energy, has shortfalls in them. We have the largest number of doctors and hospital beds per thousand but there are glaring shortcomings in our health services. Our rockets can send men to the moon and fly to far away planets but we no longer do so. Our growth rate has dropped sharply and improvement in living standards has declined. Costs for food, housing, consumer goods and services have dramatically increased.
We are bombarded by propaganda of success but the needs and opinions of ordinary working people, of the public at large, are ignored. There is a breach between word and deed which has created disbelief in the proclaimed slogans. It is only natural that our situation has created a credibility gap. The need for change is growing in the public’s consciousness.
The ideas in the two paragraphs above are actually from a 1987 speech entitled, “New Thinking for Our Country and the World,” given by Mikhail Gorbachev after he became the head of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party . It is an abbreviated version with the key ideas left in tack. I substituted the United States for the Soviet Union because I was astonished how what he described fits the present state of American affairs under the leadership of Obama and the Democrats. They are leading us toward socialism and this is what we can expect. It was economics which caused the decline and fall of the Soviet Union.
Like Greece, Italy and Spain, we are deeply in debt with entitlements that we cannot sustain according to the Congressional Budget Office. Yet Obama and the Democrats create slogans that make it sound like there are no problems the government cannot solved by more spending and more debt. It is a disaster brewing. But the American people are oblivious to the danger. We are becoming the Soviet Union of 1989 when it disintegrated.
Don’t think so? There are already secession movements in California, Colorado and Maryland. The Associated Press, using government statistics, has reported that the American middle class has shrunk, the US poverty level has increased and our national debt exceeds the income of many world nations. Our nation like the Soviet Union of the 1980’s is falling economically. Yet there are those who follow the Democratic Piped Pipers’ slogans without looking at history or using their common sense to see the consequences of their policies. When disaster strikes many Americans will wonder what happened.