There are so many signs of social and cultural upheaval in the United States in the 21st century that I honestly have no idea where to start. Core cultural and societal ideals have been intentionally undermined by irrational people and these people have driven a dramatic cultural shift over the last 20+ years. Before we can understand the current cultural shift we must properly define what the culture has shifted away from. I think a review of where our core ideals came from is the best place to start because we really need some kind of a reference for comparison.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
There is no denying that those words inscribed in the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States of America were where we formally cut our ties with the tyrannical British government and declared the thirteen colonies in North America to be a new nation, new culture and new society. There truly was a shot heard around the world in our hard fought war against tyrannical British rule and we won the right to a new beginning.
After the United States of America won it’s independence from Britain we needed to formalize our government in a way that directly reflected the words inscribed in the Declaration of Independence. So in the hot Philadelphia summer of 1787, the founding fathers of the United States of America set out to draft the basic objectives that reflected the core idealistic intentions of the people of the United States. Those objectives, which are based on the principles set forth in Declaration of Independence, were constructed as a solid footing that set the stage to build a foundation with the new Constitution of the United States, the solid footing is called the Preamble.
The objectives setting the stage for the Constitution in the Preamble were so important to the founding fathers that it took them six weeks to finalize the fifty-two word paragraph, six weeks! The Constitution needed an unwavering solid footing to build the foundation of a new nation upon, the Preamble was that footing. The Preamble was the birth of the Constitution of the United States, nothing that followed would have been the same and maybe not even possible without this solid idealistic foundation of objectives. It was time to follow through with the written promises in the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble was the beginning of that process.
All of the founding documents that followed the Preamble were created to help ensure that the United States achieve and maintain the idealistic goals set forth in the Declaration of Independence. The building of a new nation had begun and the fact that they formally recognized the principles that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and those principles were foremost in their minds and this was signature significant to the morality they wanted the new nation to be built upon and project to the world.
Since the Declaration of Independence in 1776 (the birth of the nation) and the ratification of the Constitution in 1788 (uniting the citizens as members of the whole and vesting the power of the union in the people) and the ratification of the first ten Amendments in 1791, specifically enumerating individual rights, the United States has struggled. There’s been the need for additional amendments to the Constitution to help further define “that all “men” are created equal…”, etc. There have been some tumultuous times including a violent Civil War which, in the end, finally abolished the scourge of slavery and formally proved that “all “men” are created equal” was not just a meaningless moral platitude but it was truly a core belief. There was expansion west that spurred conflict with Native American tribes and Mexico. Before, during and after these tumultuous times there was one thing that we as a nation could always fall back on when ideological barriers arose, that was the solid foundation of ideals, rights, human commonalities defined in our national founding documents. Have we always perfect at holding to our core ideological beliefs with all people we encountered, no; however, these documents gave us the guiding principles, the fortitude and the integrity to grow together in spite of our human differences and imperfections. Our founding documents gave us a place to start rebuilding human commonalities when it seemed that our ideological bridges had crumbled.
Our strength has always been in our shared core principles of individual rights, freedom and liberty based on the solid principle that “all “men” are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and that has allowed us to promote those ideals as a beacon of freedom across the globe. These ideals have attracted millions to immigrate to our shores. For many generations, when people across the globe talked about true freedom and liberty, the United States of America has been the gold standard that all others are judged by. At the very core of our cultural beliefs has been Liberty!
The state of being free within society from
oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on
one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.
Freedom from arbitrary or despotic control.
Freedom from control, interference, obligation,
restriction, hampering conditions, etc.;
power or right of doing, thinking,
speaking, etc., according to choice.
Unfortunately for the United States, it’s become very clear over the last 15 years that not everyone here in the land of the free is in favor of individual rights, liberty and freedom. Logic and critical thinking has been set aside and emotional propaganda has taken hold of the population. It’s beginning to appear as if many of we the people are irretrievably broken with our core principles and no longer have the ability to think critically and logically and the result of that break is that Liberty is dying a slow death. We’ve gone through cultural upheavals before but in all of the previous upheavals we the people were still grounded in what made the USA the beacon of freedom across the globe and that’s our Liberty; however, in this particular cultural upheaval we’re seeing efforts to intentionally undermine Liberty with emotional propaganda and infringe upon the individual rights of others. These irretrievably broken people brainwash and/or indoctrinate the populous with their hive minded anti-Liberty propaganda while intentionally suppressing any opposition to the hive mind and proclaiming any opposition to the hive mind as evil, this tactic is immoral! Logic and critical thinking are not only frowned upon but actively demonized.
Unbiased observation can show us a lot across the spectrum of cultural changes; however, sometimes bias observation is needed to dig deep into a shifting culture to get at the root causes.
With biased observation (observation in favor of Liberty) we can watch the slow undermining of our Liberty and therefore our core culture as it’s being eaten away by people that have fully embraced anti-Liberty, anti-American, anti-logic, anti-ethics and anti-morals ideals. People have been indoctrinated into hating the United States, yes they literally hate (feel intense or passionate dislike for) the United States and everything it stands for. They hate that the 1st Amendment applies to everyone and they’ll go out of their way to socially silence the free speech of those they disagree with, they hate ethical journalism that presents all the facts and lets the people decide and instead promote activist journalism that only supports one ideological viewpoint, they hate the concept of innocent until proven guilty and actively argue against it – it’s guilt by accusation and guilty until proven innocent for them, they hate the justice system and anyone or anything that supports it because it doesn’t support their belief of guilt by accusation, they hate civility and are clearly in favor of social chaos, they hate the police and want to smear them and defund them, they hate anyone that opposes their ideological hive mind and try to socially cancel all opposition, they hate a Constitution that dares to allow others to oppose their hive mind, they hate that our basic freedoms allow some people to make more money than others – they want to take money from the rich and give to the poor, they hate equality in favor of equity, they hate that their opposition has any rights whatsoever – they believe in rights for me but not for thee, they hate the fact that equal opportunity doesn’t equate to equal outcomes, they hate our system of education and are actively doing everything they can to bastardize it into ideological indoctrination training, they hate that all our history (both good and bad) make us what we are today, they hate, Hate, HATE and they want you to hate right along with them and if you don’t then you’re considered evil. The goal of these chaotic hate filled anti-America extremists is to fundamentally change this nation into a hive minded totalitarian nation where the immoral totalitarians control nearly every aspect of your life and thoughts. These immoral totalitarians are no longer hiding in the dark sub-culture outcast corners of our nation, they’re out in the main stream of society controlling everything from our teachers and school boards to local, state and national politics. These totalitarians, aka self proclaimed “progressives”, and their supporters are a driving force that took Presidential Candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 call to action very serious, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” It’s time for those that want our Liberty, freedoms and individual rights to remain intact to heed Obama’s words and take action against the irrational totalitarian horde of stupid people. Take action in your local school board, local politics, state politics and national politics and let your voice be heard and vote out the irrational totalitarians.
Since the government directly and indirectly reflects the core ideology of the loudest participating voices from we the people it appears that we as a nation are in serious trouble! The vast majority of the loudest participating voices from we the people have been slowly conditioned over the last 20 years to be anti-liberty & anti-individual rights and pro-Orwellian totalitarianism. What’s happening in the USA is absurd!
Is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It denotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, disinformation, denial of truth (doublethink), and manipulation of the past, including the “unperson”—a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practiced by modern repressive governments.
It’s been said that the only way to destroy the United States is from within, and in my opinion the only way to do that is to destroy the supporting culture of Liberty that the nation is built upon. Destroying the supporting culture, destroying the supporting individual rights, destroying the supporting of true justice under the law, destroying the supporting freedom to think do and say what you want, proclaim all things evil that make our culture what it is and you will destroy Liberty. What follows the destruction of the culture of Liberty is the collapse of the United States culture into the abyss of totalitarianism.
The “bigger picture” of the United States of America in the 21st century is something entirely different than what the framers envisioned. If you want to see the “bigger picture”, this is what it is. The mindset of the nation has shifted away from the Constitution, liberty and individual rights to pure Orwellian totalitarianism, that’s the best way I can describe what the 21st century’s “bigger picture” has become.
There is an old saying that “if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck”. Well folks the United States is looking more and more like a totalitarian nation than it ever used to, from the top of the nations leadership to the board rooms of corporate America to state and local leadership to school boards to small local business owners to the common “man” the nation seems to be obliviously swimming along with the totalitarian flow. The loudest voices squawking on their soap boxes are Orwellian totalitarians gaslighting everyone by telling them that up is down, left is right and actively trying to squash individualism of any kind in favor of hive mindedness. If you cross these Orwellian totalitarians you’re socially canceled. “It looks like a totalitarian nation, it swims like a totalitarian nation, and it quacks like a totalitarian nation“, yup, it’s a totalitarian nation but it hasn’t replaced the government yet.
There is real fear of business and individuals being publicly smeared by social justice warriors and their business and their lives being destroyed simply because they happen to disagree with the totalitarian hive mind, this is a real fear, it’s a controlling fear, and it’s psychologically affecting everything that happens. Businesses and individuals are choosing to preemptively virtue signal at the totalitarian social justice horde in an attempt to fend them off. If you oppose the totalitarian hive mind in any way you are no longer considered to be “created equal” or to have “unalienable Rights” or that you have a right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, instead you are undeserving deplorables and falsely smeared as a Nazis, racists, white supremist, science deniers, anti-LGBT… bigots, misogynists, xenophobic, guilt by association, guilty until proven innocent, all of that and more regardless of the fact that they cannot support their cancellations with actual logical facts. Correlation equals causation is front and center in their guilt by accusation attacks, they seem to have lost all morals and think that the ends justifies the means. Overall, it appears to me that the United States “big picture” has already shifted to hive minded totalitarianism and the majority of indifferent “We the Sheeple” seem to be following the crowd over the totalitarian cliff instead of standing up for our core principles and beliefs. We as a people have become way too comfortable in our tunnel visioned lives.
Common sense, critical thinking, logic and Liberty are the enemy of immoral hive minded totalitarians so those concepts are now unacceptable, socially canceled and pushed aside as being quaint anecdotes of an archaic history that needs to be scrubbed from existence. To hive minded totalitarians, rights for me but not for thee and the ends justifies the means are the status quo.
Back to the original question posed with this post…
Will The USA Survive The 21st Century Cultural Shift?
No, the United States will not survive if the culture shifts any more towards totalitarianism, at least it won’t survive without a bloody civil war to turn the tides. I think we are at a cultural tipping point where the United States can still “survive” if the totalitarian culture shift doesn’t shift more, even if it’s very contentious to the point of random political violence. If the cultural pendulum swings more towards totalitarianism it could easily dominate the main stream population outside of the actual government.
The government currently has to follow the law and the constitution, but that will be a fleeting thing if the population makes demands of the government which are well outside of the confines of the law and the constitution and the justice system is full of totalitarian activists that refuse to prosecute those that violate the law and the constitution. We are currently only a civil nation respecting the law because of enforcement by our justice system. Something to remember is that the people have the right “to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security” if they so chose, even if that means the ones choosing to throw off the government chose to abolish/suspend the constitution and strip individual rights from the people. The Constitution is only permanent if the people are willing to defend it against those that want to destroy it whether those anti-constitution individuals/groups are foreign or domestic. The destruction of the Constitution and the rule of law is only a generation away and the generation on the political move right now with the loudest voices clearly want the justice system abolished, prisons emptied, totalitarian advocacy journalism to replace all other journalism, indoctrination in our public schools, silence unwelcome free speech, guilt by accusation if your opinion isn’t “woke” and they’ve been making claims of systemic racism across the United States based on irrational emotions and outright lies. It’s as if these people have adopted Paul Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany, gaslighting strategy:
• If you repeat a lie (aka propaganda) often enough, people will believe it.
• If you repeat a lie (aka propaganda) often enough, it becomes the truth.
• If you tell a lie (aka propaganda) big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
• If you repeat a lie (aka propaganda) long enough, it becomes truth.
• If you repeat a lie (aka propaganda) many times, people are bound to start believing it.
Propaganda at some level has always been around in politics; however, as we have seen in the 21st century the vast majority of the main stream media complex (the 4th estate) has become a willing political arm attack dog of the political left delivering pure advocacy journalism (propaganda) that’s blindly in favor of the Democratic Party and they appear to be actively colluding with each other to suppress unfavorable stories about anyone or anything related to the Democratic Party. On top of all that, they libelously and slanderously smear any opposition stories as disinformation or pure conspiracy theories, it’s an ongoing Orwellian propaganda campaign.
“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”
“Propaganda” by Edward Bernays
Remember, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Amendments are primarily set up to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity and give we the people rights to control the government and protect the people from the government, but these founding documents do not protect the government and the constitution from we the people. Irrational, stupid and tyrannical anti-Liberty and anti-American people that can’t currently appreciate the Liberty they have won’t really know or understand Liberty until they’ve completely lost it.
Indifference is a cancer that eats away at individual ethics, morals and integrity and it will eventually eat away at the social, cultural and soul of the United States of America.
Stop the indifference, get off your rear end and stand against the totalitarian horde or there will be no one left to speak for you! Make your choice.
[EDIT: Clarified a few things in the text and switched the position of a couple of pictures.]
6 thoughts on “Will The USA Survive The 21st Century Cultural Shift?”
Malcolm X died in 1965, so his quote preceded that.
Bernays? Propaganda was the follow up to Crystallizing Public Opinion (both on The Gotch’s bookshelves) which was published nearly 100 years ago.
The point? They’ve been at this for a LOOOOOOOONG time; has it gotten better, stayed the same, or gotten worse…..?
Gotch wrote, “They’ve been at this for a LOOOOOOOONG time; has it gotten better, stayed the same, or gotten worse…..?”
Clearly gotten worse, why, because they’ve learned over the years to perfect their skills at mass psychological manipulation. It’s not just politicians who are doing it now, the knowledge has spread to the media, corporate America, social justice warriors, and the common “man” many of which seem to have scrapped their ethics in favor a advocacy propaganda.
Virtue signaling is a form of propaganda.
Liberty is in jeopardy.
[EDIT 4/7/2022 7:00am: Edited comment this morning to be a more complete thought.]