All those interested in current affairs will remember how the US Democratic Party refused to accept President’s Trump electoral victory in 2016, constantly, for four years, accusing him of cheating with fictitious Russian help and trying to impeach him. Torn by jealousy, they proved themselves bad losers. Now President Trump, threatened with losing, appears to be doing the same – another bad loser, if he has in fact lost, which is by no means certain.
However, these childish disputes between old men about who won, are petty questions. The big questions are elsewhere.
Firstly, whoever wins the US election, he will have to deal with the economic wreckage caused by the atheistic attitudes of the governing elite towards covid. He who has no faith fears death. His attitude towards life, as explained by Darwin nearly two centuries ago, is that of wild animals: survival is all they want because death is final and survival is only for the fittest, the strongest, the richest. Nothing else matters. Civilisations that fear death always die. They sentence themselves to death.
Secondly, in order to become and remain Number One, the only Global Superpower, the USA has bankrupted itself. Beginning with Reagan in the 1980s and going through Clinton, spending especially on the military-industrial complex has rocketed. Indeed, some would say that if the USA triumphed against the USSR, it was only because the world financial capital is in New York and the USA had the ability run up trillions of dollars of debt there, an ability which the USSR did not have. US debt has more or less quintupled since the year 2000 under Bush, Obama and Trump, rising from about $5.6 trillion in 2000 to over $27 trillion today. Now it is increasing by about $3 million every minute (https://usdebtclock.org/).
Thirdly, the USA has lost much of its manufacturing capacity. Thanks to greedy outsourcers, this has gone to Asia, above all to China, which has more or less overtaken the USA economically. The twentieth century of 1917-2017 was the American one. The twenty-first century is not.
Like the Roman Empire of old, on which the USA has always modelled itself and as the architecture of the White House in Washington, completed in 1800, proclaims, the US Empire is collapsing. Having compromised itself in 150 years of aggressive wars, starting with its own Civil War, bankrupting genocidal invasions and political and financial injustices and meddling all around the world, the USA has lost its moral compass. It has made itself hated. In other words, it has betrayed its own founding ideals and values: and when you do that, you have no future, because you have no foundation. Your house is built on sand. Prepare for the storm.
Technologically, because of its ability to attract the greatest brains from any country in the world, the USA is still Number One. But China has overtaken it as the world’s manufacturing centre and, in many respects, as the controller of US debt. The dollar is unlikely to survive as the world’s main currency.
Given the clearly visible bankruptcy of the secularist ideology of the USA, the question is: Which nation in the world will provide the new set of ideals and values by which the future USA, if it will still exist as a single nation, will need to survive. In a nation of chronically bad economic, ecological, national and personal health, reflected by bankruptcy, climate change, disease and obesity, what values will any future successor to the USA hold?
This question should interest not just the USA, but all of Western Europe, which is after all the source of the USA’s secularist ideology, and from there the whole Westernised world. We are living not just on borrowed money, but also on borrowed time. If there is to be a twenty-second century, all must change. That change is called repentance.
Now, bad losers never repent because they always blame others for their woes; only good losers repent because only they accept that they were at fault and so change accordingly. Let him who has ears, hear.