Letter: European chaos could be our fate
Tuesday's election results leave little doubt that a significant and probably growing majority of Americans are following a prescription of "ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you."
After running on a platform of growth and fiscal restraint, the losing Republicans are in disarray. The pundits are already projecting that they will have to repackage themselves as conservative Democrats in order to ever have another chance at controlling the government. If they try to do this, given their Conservative roots, it will likely be judged a lame effort. Whatever the Republicans do, it is now obvious that their efforts to reduce entitlement spending will be severely reduced.
As the lemming-like Europeans chose to follow the failed socialist policies of Russia and Maoist China, we are now following Europe. The Europeans didn't learn from the fact that Russian and Chinese government planning and spending led to bankruptcy. So now, although a few of their leaders, mostly German, are beginning to see the danger, people in EU countries that are now technically bankrupt - Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and soon France - are adamantly refusing to give up the government goodies they can no longer afford. Their frustration is currently limited to rioting and fire-bombing in the streets.
This week Americans may have passed a tipping point and in the future will also no longer have the will to seriously attempt to set their national financial house in order. We will be able to preview our fate by watching the Europeans continue their slide into chaos.
As Cicero said of Rome under Caesar, "Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the 'new, wonderful, good society' which shall now be Rome's, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious."