About two years ago, Newt Gingrich said that we are at a crossroad and that there are two distinct paths that our country is destined to take, and the elections in November of 2012 will be the pivot-point determining which way we will go.
Either our country will keep our national identity with freedom and liberty with capitalism as the engine that drives our economy or a place where we are cut down to size in order to fit into a one-world government with Europe and other countries with socialist leanings.
One path is to restore the vitality of capitalism, get people back to work and retain our individuality as the shining star on the hill and the leader of the free world.
The popularity of Americana decor and displays of patriotism are a very visible indicator of how most Americans feel about their country.
The other, lesser known but ominous option, is the progressive liberals and powerful influences around the world, whose idea of strength is socialism, whereby we share what we have with lesser fortunate nations.
One would surmise that we already do that in the form of foreign aid and responding to catastrophes, but some liberals envision fundamental change in how we govern our country and with more and more policies, rules, regulations and world directives that will lead us down the slippery slope to widespread control by a government that is too large to be financially sustainable.
If we check the history books about the rise and fall of civilizations, we can see that socialism has never worked and leads to disaster. Spreading the wealth around the world would be a logistical nightmare if not an impossibility. A one-world government sounds frightening.
Consider the plight of the Native Americans on reservations. They have lost their national identity, but they all get an equal amount in the check they get from the government. There is more apathy, drug and alcohol use, depression and hopelessness in these reservations than anywhere in the USA.
They do not wake up each day thinking about how they can improve their lives but things are fair.
Although some aspects of capitalism are offensive, if it fails, as some want it to, our country would be in dire straits. Our livelihoods, our government and our military strength would have to depend on a bumper crop of the money trees in everyone's back yard and in the national forests all across the nation.
The media is not telling us everything on ABC, CBS and NBC. Globalization is happening as we speak.
This election is about options. You decide.