Mitt Romney's statement of fact that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax has finally brought that piece of datum to the attention of the mainstream (although some estimates have the number at 49.5 percent). Whether that 47- or 49-percent number decreases or increases will determine ultimately whether the United States of America will sustain or collapse. It is the most important discussion for America to have right now.
The media hoped that by releasing the surreptitiously recorded video in which Romney is heard explaining this tax situation to a roomful of donors, Romney's campaign would be harmed. The unintended consequence of their ill will is that everybody now knows that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So, now that this has been summoned to the forefront of the campaign, we will see if Americans are still a serious people who believe independence is a value of utmost importance, or if, led astray by that mischievous imp Misjudgment, Americans want the collapsing welfare state to continue to grow.
I don't believe we are serious. A Pew Research poll released in February 2011 and a Harris Interactive poll released in March 2012 showed that Americans by and large wish the federal government to cut spending---good---but when specific cuts are proposed, the polls showed that Americans are reluctant, especially when it comes to our most draining programs, like Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlements. No, we are not serious at all.
I became somewhat emotional this morning in preparing to write this column because I finally accepted this apparent fact. I believe that most Americans do not want to hear the truth; they do not want to accept that once that 47 percent becomes 50.1 percent, there will be no way to turn around this ship. We will sink. We---will---sink. What has made America great was not just its unique Constitution and system of government, but its people. They---we---valued liberty and individualism. These Americans, traditional Americans, are a dying breed. We are America no more.
I believe President Obama will win re-election because of our aversion to the truth spoken so candidly by Mitt Romney.
Why else do I say Americans are not serious?
"With the collapse of Communism, we recognized that markets are going to happen. But having said all that, I insist---and this I think I'm inheriting what was probably the best part of the dream of both my father---my African father, my white American mother---I think that the best legacy of theirs, my inheritance, is the notion that we collectively can decide on our fate." These are the words spoken by Barack Obama on August 11, 1995, pointing to what he views as a silver lining in the collapse of Communism, because the collapse of Communism was a bad occurrence in his eyes.
"I actually believe in redistribution." These are the words spoken by Barack Obama on October 19, 1998, at Loyola University.
"Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned"---and now breaking from the TelePrompTer---"I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." These are the words spoken by Barack Obama, then President, on April 28, 2010, in a speech at Quincy, Illinois.
This is who Obama is, and yet he is liked by most of America. This is the man Americans will choose to represent them for another four years.
I used to think there would be a silver lining in Obama's winning a second term: that Americans would finally see his true colors. But he has already displayed his true colors in full? The above quotes are all captured on video. But we are not a serious people. We are witnessing America's collapse and we do nothing. We still sleep.