Grassroots Commentary

By Focusing on the Economy, We Are Ignoring Much Bigger Problems

By Joan Fischer · Aug. 30, 2012

Think back on the way the early Americans lived. Consider the quality of life, if you will, of the early pioneers who crossed the country in small covered wagons, who staked a claim to a small piece of land somewhere in the midwest or west, and who spent the next many years living off the land, growing their own food, hunting for meat, caring for sick family members, often without the aid of doctors or other medical practitioners.

These were our forebears. They didn't have the luxury of concerning themselves with those things that today's Americans place at the top of their list of concerns: the job market, affordable medical coverage, the unemployment rate, and the like. Those who came before us were busy doing what they had to do to simply survive from day to day, defending their freedoms, staking out and protecting what was theirs, and defining and facing down enemies.

With the election nearing, we consistently hear both the American electorate, and those running for office, discussing what they perceive as the most pressing issues of the day. Invariably, the issues that tend to top that list are economic ones: the ailing jobs market, high unemployment numbers, the price of a gallon of gasoline, the national debt, the declining net worth of the average American family.

Indeed, all one has to do this week is listen to the speeches at the Republican convention to verify that those domestic economic issues are at the forefront of the nation's consciousness.

I suggest that placing those issues on top of our list of national priorities is representative of short-sightedness at its worst, and we would all be significantly better off if we stepped back and looked at the big picture. If we continue to refuse to do so, we ignore that big picture at great peril.

I will grant you that the American economy is faltering. The jobs picture is bleak. Unemployment is decimating our workforce and harming our families. Prices, especially the price of gasoline, are rising and will continue to do so without the implementation of rational economic policies. Our government spending spree has placed a burden on the shoulders of our children and grandchildren that is beyond shameful. Yet all of these concerns are relatively fleeting, and reversible, under the right leadership.

At the same time, there are three glaring crises facing this country which, if not soon addressed, and if not soon brought into the forefront of the national consciousness, will not be reversed, and may prove fatal to the American experiment itself. Those three crises are embodied in (1) our dramatic loss of personal liberty, (2) the erosion of our national sovereignty, and (3) the threat of radical Islam to our very survival as a people.

Americans' personal liberties have been usurped at an unprecedented rate over the past four years. The oppressive regulations, mandates, penalties and fines contained in Obamacare alone are mind-boggling. Add to that the mountain of regulations that have been placed on the business community through edicts handed down from the administration itself, as well as its agencies (the EPA being among the most flagrant abusers of centralized power) and we find ourselves handcuffed by a government that appears to believe that its relationship to the citizenry is that of master/slave. Such blatant usurpations of individual liberties rarely retrace themselves in the history of mankind.

Likewise, our national sovereignty has been compromised in ways that many Americans seem to not even recognize. This president has sought to cede, and has in many ways succeeded in ceding, much of our sovereign power to global entities, with the United Nations being the primary power beneficiary. Additionally, our southern border remains porous, and there is no accounting for the thousands of people who cross that border every week: Mexicans seeking a new home, and terrorists seeking God only knows what. A nation is no longer sovereign when its government refuses to protect its borders from infiltration by unknown entities.

In these past four years, our president has bypassed the congress and effectively declared war on several countries. The result has been political instability in each case, and the seizure of power by radical Islamist elements. The power of the Muslim Brotherhood alone has risen exponentially, thanks to the president's foreign policy/war interventions. The American president is emboldening radical Islam, a “religion” whose stated destiny includes the destruction of America and her allies.

All three of the relatively unacknowledged crises that face America – our loss of personal liberty, the erosion of our national sovereignty, and the dramatic rise in the power and breadth of radical Islam – will eventually threaten our very lives. The more tyrannical a government becomes, the less it values human life. The loss of a national identity, and national borders, will lead to eventual dissolution of the fabric of society, unrest and violence. And ignoring, even encouraging, the rise of a violent, radical, powerful enemy is nothing less than suicidal.

An ailing economy is repairable. The process may require some temporary quality of life sacrifices, but the reward will be worth the sacrifice. The loss of freedom, the loss of national identity, and the refusal to face a deadly enemy threatens irreversible destruction, with the result being an America that we no longer recognize, and an America that our Founders would have sought to flee in search of a better place, a place where liberty is valued, where national identity and borders are respected, and where leaders face down enemies rather than emboldening them.

I suggest that it is time we Americans stop looking at the quality-of-life problems that we face each day and begin looking at the threat-to-life problems that are looming just over the horizon as a result of a government that seeks to enslave us, refuses to protect us from invaders, and emboldens our enemies.


Barry up the road in Stevens said:


I've been reading your writings for a number of years now and you seem able to always make me think in a different way about things or expand or contract the parameters of an idea or supposition I may have. You've done it again!

This is so insightful and relevant! It is an outstanding statement of what we should be concerned about as opposed to what the media and the political elites have us thinking about.

I have enjoyed the convention very much so far. They have presented some outstanding speakers with absolutely riveting life stories to tell and I am really looking forward to Mitt Romney's speech tonight.

However, you are spot on when you point out that no one has talked about defeating radical Islam. You also pointed out that we are fighting several undeclared wars at the President's whim and I have yet to hear anyone speak seriously about the crushing debt being imposed on us. This debt is, in my opinion the single most important issue facing us today. If we are bankrupted we will be entirely vulnerable.

I'll close by saying that I look forward to your next piece.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

Ms. Fischer: It is not "radical Islam" that threatens us. It is Islam that threatens us; normal, everyday friends and neighbors, businessmen and even politicians who are Muslims, threaten us. If push comes to shove, all Muslims will have allegiance to Islam as their first priority, not allegiance to the Declaration of Independence and to the Constitution. Islam is only a religion on the outside; inside Islam is a totalitarian system of government that seeks to destroy us. It does not matter if one says that he/she "knows many Muslims" and that "they are not that way." Their loyalty will be to Islam on the pain of death if they refuse to fight against us. The point is, Islam demands total surrender of anyone and anything that is not of Islam. It is pay a tax, or die for non-Muslims. This anti-American system of Government which cloaks itself in religious garments must be defeated and banned from the United States. Many places in the United States are already adopting portions of Islamic Sharia Law. Americans must wake up to the facts; Islam brings only one thing to every country it invades: death!

Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Capt. Call, you make a very good point and one with which I agree. Most Muslims is America appear to be good neighbors, participating members of the community, etc. But their allegiance, by definition, cannot be to the Constitution, or to the American people, or to the liberties that are inherent in our foundations. When it comes time to make life and death decisions their allegiance will, and must, be to Islam. And Islam most certainly is not the 'religion of peace' that the media and leftist politicians would have us believe. I stand corrected in my wording. :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

joanie-f in PA said:

Thank you, Barry, for the very kind words. I am proud to call you my friend.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

demsarerats in Oregon said:

Joan, yes, exactly right, we must not rely upon the poor state of the economy to win this, we must also utilize the raw emotion of fear, particularly in the case of female voters. You no doubt understand the impact Obama and the Drats have had upon the economy, yet what moves you to act much more than the generalized “quality-of-life problems” are the direct and immediate “threat-to-life problems.”

Repubs do well with men, men in general are more amenable to arguments outlining indirect and long term threats than women. Dems understand women much better, and are regularly rewarded with a much larger share of their votes,

Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

A good essay but the debt is very serious and, yes, a symptom of the ceding of liberty to the government. But turning that boat around will do much to untie the hands of those imprisoned by government largesse. A good leader can certainly stop the second problem. The third problem is overstated. Islam is at war firstly with itself, unable to embrace modernity while holding onto its tribal ideals. The West is mainly hit in the crossfire or hit as a status point for this or that group.

The proof of this is that the Islamic Republic of Iran based its government on the Great Satan, America. It's a perverse and backward version but indicative of the lack of imagination by an embarrassed people who will blow themselves up to feel proud, or kill their nearest and dearest to recover it.

A bigger problem is their rate of reproduction. At 7 live births per woman, Yemen is producing young restless men at the same rate the British did a few generations before the British Empire became such a roaring success. Will the sun set on the Islamic Empire? I think so.

Firstly, rates of birth drop dramatically when Muslims emigrate. Each generation has fewer children. Secondly, most younger Muslims are eager for a Western lifestyle due to the TV and internet. Thirdly, America's on its way back.

The reason they won't succeed is this: They have nothing to offer. There is not a single original Muslim idea.

Our greatest threat is our love of ease, our licentiousness, our cowardice to speak the truth, our dependency on government. Great nations are destroyed from within.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11:12 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

The following is adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat:

Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.

Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called ‘religious rights.’

When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to ‘the reasonable’ Muslim demands for their ‘religious rights,’ they also get the other components under the table. Here’s how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).

As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. ( United States ).

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris –car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam - Mohammed cartoons).

After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:

From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 3:54 AM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Abu, you seriously underestimate the islamic threat, for example;

“A bigger problem is their rate of reproduction,” is nonsense, declining or not, they reproduce at a far higher rate than europeans,

“Islam is at war firstly with itself,” is merely vague fluff, and the west is likewise at war with itself, what do you think the political and culture war with the leftist scum is, a picnic.

“The reason they won't succeed is this: They have nothing to offer. There is not a single original Muslim idea,” is more vague fluff, Pakistan has nukes, Iran will soon follow, I don’t give a sht if they invented it or not, do you think that might possibly be some sort of threat.

“Our greatest threat is our love of ease, our licentiousness, our cowardice to speak the truth, our dependency on government. Great nations are destroyed from within,” you do hit the mark with that one and here demonstrate your typically good insight in my opinion. I won’t speculate upon your lack of insight when it comes to the islamic threat, undoubtedly others already have, and for what it is worth I consider you to be an excellent contributor here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

B. Johnson in CO said:

The ultimate goal of Constitution-protecting patriots, imo, is to restore the constitutional republic by forcing corrupt Congress back into its Section 8-limited power cage of Article I of the Constitution. And given that the nation has to respect a constitutionally mandated timetable to possibly elect a new president, the next major milestone for patriots is to boot Constitution-ignoring Obama from the Oval Office.

So with all due respect to Joan Fischer, if today's problems related to unconstitutionally big federal government are what it takes to get concerned voters off of their couches and into the voting booths in November, then so be it imo. Then after Obama is given the boot, patriots will hopefully continue working to force Congress back into its Section 8-limited power cage, with or without the help of the next president.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

B. Johnson -- I couldn't agree more. See my response to Jack below.

Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Bill in NC in North Carolina replied:

Term limits must become mandatory to keep our "representatives" honest and representative. At this point, we need to understand that we first need representatives that want to restore the republic - which means - they (and we) must have a "national first", and a "state second" mindset. Thereafter, we need intelligent men and women who can make right decisions uninfluenced by business, unions, etc. That may take a while but term limits can initially help us in that regard.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Jack Curtis in New Mexico said:

While a number of issues are important, the economy seems necessarily paramount to me. The momentum into financial collapse is past the abilities of any leader or policy to assuage, in my view. And the continued refusal of either party to address the reality in public simply exacerbates the coming events. I fear that the other issues will be brushed aside by the impact of what is coming from the economy. I'd love to be wrong...

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11:43 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Jack, I don't see 'the economy' as being the major issue. I see it as being a symptom of a disease -- the disease being the loss of our liberties (what I listed as our number one crisis). If the American government would see fit to rule under the parameters set up under the Constitution, the larger part of our economic problems would be solved. If taxation for reasons disallowed in the Constitution ceased, and if the mountain of unconstitutional regulations piled upon both the citizenry and the business community were rescinded, our economic decline would turn around and head toward recovery in a heartbeat.

How many times did you hear economic buzzwords like 'jobs creation' mentioned during the Republican convention? And what solutions were proposed? Governor Romney made sure we all knew that a 'jobs tour' would be his first line of business upon election. I don't want a 'jobs tour'. I want him to define the inherent causes of joblessness (i.e., over-taxation and over-regulation -- both of which are examples of the usurpation of individual liberties) and work tirelessly to remove them.

Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 3:38 AM