On the End of America

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been scared to death recently by the prospect of a Great Depression Two. I’ve found myself waking up an hour early, staring at the ceiling, wondering if all of this could be true. It is more selfish than anything. I don’t want to give up my comfort.

I am not going to pretend like I know. I am not going to assign blame. I am not going to interject politics, because this is possibly a moment in America equal to, or bigger, than 9-11. I am comforted by one thought, and I am wondering if you feel the same:

Thousands of generations of men and women have fought, struggled, and bled to achieve the freedom and greatness of this country. Our nation was a nation born out of hardship. We have endured hardship, and have survived. If we are to face another hardship, the greatness of the American people will see it through as they always have.

We have to be vigilant. We can’t make the mistakes of other countries, and put our faith in politicians, businessmen, or those who promise to release the pain. Cycles in life, economies, and societies cannot be tamed, and we cannot fix what cannot be corrected by man. We have to hang together, or hang separately.

We have to honor what societies have worked towards for thousands of years: the freedom to pursue our own life, liberty, and hapiness. It’s written into our social contracts, the Declaration and the Constitution. It says that our freedom and liberty comes something bigger than ourselves. It is a right that we cannot create for ourselves, but also reminds us that it is only US who can take it away.

If we aren’t about to suffer a great depression, or total collapse, let’s be thankful for the brush that reminds us that this country isn’t perfect; that we CAN fail as a nation. If we do collapse or suffer hard times, lets keep a watch on those who say they’ll protect us. Those are usually the one’s who take it all from us. Our leader is the Constitution, the Declaration, and the spirit of freedom that is written within.

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Chris Spangle is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. Spangle previously worked in marketing for the Englehart Group on behalf of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also served as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and producer of the Abdul in the Morning Show. He now works as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.

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