I've been having a hell of a time putting my thoughts into words the past few months. I think a lot of my troubles stem from the hour at which I've been typing (late). In any case, I'll try one more time:
To those of you who come across this blog (if anyone does), I want to convey my feelings about the future of the country of my birth. While I believe that the United States of America is on the verge of collapse, I do not believe that our society is on the verge of collapse. I'm sure that some visitors may read my doomsday-ish posts and think that I'm a crackpot, but I'm not. I'm simply a man who cherishes the government created by his forefathers. In my opinion, the United States Constitution is the greatest plan of government in the history of the world. Is it perfect? No. Is there a better plan? Not of which I am aware.
With that said, my fears about the future of this country do not revolve around societal collapse, enslavement, communism, or any other horrible fate. Instead, they stem from the reality that the United States Constitution has become nothing more than a symbol. There was a time when the Constitution WAS our country, but that time has long since past.
I have little doubt that the United States of America will continue to exist and be a world power. It is my belief that we will continue to become more European-like in our form of government. That is, we will expand government services while slowly reducing basic freedoms of choice (in the name of public safety/health). While this has proven remarkably popular in Europe, it is quite at odds with the traditional American form of government.
I foresee the European-style of government being immensely popular in the United States. I think that the country will continue to thrive and attract immigrants from around the world. To have these things we need only to sacrifice one thing: those small freedoms that so many of us take for granted.
For me, no number of government services can equal the smallest freedom.