Today, December 21, 2013, marks the changing of the seasons. It is a good day to reflect on another safe journey around the sun and anticipate the beauty we may behold as spring bursts forth with life renewed. It is a good day to listen to the message of hope in the Jim Bennett and Mike Lotus book, America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come. It is even better because you can. Tonight, John B. Wells will be interviewing the authors on Coast to Coast AM.
Some decades ago, the U.S. marked a sea change of ideas. I write about the legacy of the Cold War because I lived it and, right or wrong, contributed to its propagation. The Cold War was the implementation of the ideas perpetrated during the time that Bennett and Lotus call America 2.0. The ideas and their implementation have led the American people down a garden path of debt, socialism, massive central government, a standing military, loss of individual rights, and entitlement. They have achieved what Frédéric Bastiat described as a Complete Perversion of The Law in the late 1840s:
The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.
There is a restlessness, an uneasiness among the population that is palpable. The federal government’s response has been one of fear. The government gets more abusive as it becomes increasingly fearful. The tide will change. The people will rebel at the ballot box and in the picket line but then what? What is the plan? Voices decry the current situation but few offer solutions. America 3.0 is the right idea presented at the right time. The John Wells interview is a long format so the ideas can be explored.