Perspectives: What’s the worst thing that could happen to America?

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OPINION – It could just be a raging case of election year fever, but it appears that doom and gloom are back in fashion.

It’s no longer just tinfoil-hat wearers and wide-eyed conspiracy theorists who are obsessing over worst-case scenarios for the country. From the elitists to the masses, the fear is becoming palpable.

What’s the worst thing that could happen to America?

Ask a member of the media, the political establishment or their unelected, deep state cronies and the answer to that question will likely be: Donald Trump as president.

Others would answer the question with a trembling finger pointed toward a potential Hillary Clinton presidency.

In truth, both presumptive candidates have enough of a sociopathic personal agenda to do some serious damage. Then again, the same could be said of virtually every politician who seeks office.

Fear over what might happen as a result of November’s election is blinding us to the reality that the worst thing that could happen to America has already happened.

We have forgotten who we are and what we once stood for.

As a result, the character of America has shifted and changed into something that bears little resemblance to the nation whose birth we pretend to celebrate today.

We’re not the first people to squander a magnificent heritage. It has always been the natural result of failing to understand what came before.

The great Roman orator Cicero warned more than 2,000 years ago, “Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child.”

Government schooling has served to widen the gap between us and the founding generations to the point that few Americans understand what our ancestors knew.

Joseph Sobran, in his essay “How Tyranny Came to America” wrote:

Our ancestral voices have come to sound alien to us, and therefore our own moral and political language is impoverished. It’s as if the people of England could no longer understand Shakespeare, or Germans couldn’t comprehend Mozart and Beethoven.

Whether this omission is deliberate or not, our lack of familiarity has taken a serious toll on our national character.

Sometimes, in the thralls of chronological snobbery, we’re tempted to assume we are a better people than the founding generation by virtue of our possession of superior knowledge.

While it’s true that we know things they could not have known, it would be a huge mistake to think that simple knowledge equals sound character.

Whatever blind spots our imperfect founders had, their personal character was light years ahead of the vast majority of public leaders we have today. To fully appreciate who they were, you must read their words for yourself.

Most of them were prolific writers and left behind volumes of journals and personal correspondence. Don’t settle for reading what someone else has written about the founders; read their own words.

Going to original sources will quickly dispel many of the politically-correct falsehoods normally taught regarding the founders.

Since today is Independence Day, consider starting with the Declaration of Independence.

In this simple declaration, you’ll find a concise explanation of what good government is and why it is called into existence in the first place. The Declaration of Independence outlines the proper flow of political power, starting with where our natural rights originate and how just government requires consent rather than coercion.

It demonstrates that there is a clear line that proper government cannot cross without becoming abusive and despotic. More importantly, it proclaims that citizens may have to alter or abolish such governments in order to secure their rights.

The Declaration of Independence was an act of defiance.

It was an act of treason to the despot from whom the American colonies were seceding.

It was an act of faith before the Supreme Judge of the world that their desire for self-government was based upon the moral truths of the laws of nature and Nature’s God.

One can almost envision a black-robed member of today’s federal judiciary clutching his chest and groaning at the mere mention of God-given rights.

This is how far we have departed from the founders’ principles and character. We have progressively become enslaved over the course of many generations.

Our government rules, spies on and abuses us with greater ruthlessness than King George ever could have.

Yet we tell ourselves that we’re free and take a day off to go through the motions.

We have largely forgotten who we are and what we once stood for. We no longer possess the character of a free people.

The worst thing that could happen to America happened a long time ago.

What are we, as individuals, willing to do about it?

Bryan Hyde is a news commentator, radio host and opinion columnist in Southern Utah. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @youcancallmebry

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  • .... July 4, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Well I do know that if dumbob left we would be better off !

  • .... July 4, 2016 at 10:49 am

    The worst thing that has ever happened two this country is dumbob !

  • .... July 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Well there ya go folks ! I decided two just post the same thing dumbob would of posted about me !

    • ladybugavenger July 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      HaHa! two……LMBO! ?

  • .... July 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Have a wonderful 4th of July ladybug ! ♡

    • ladybugavenger July 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      You too Dot. ? No drinking and driving people.

  • tcrider July 4, 2016 at 11:17 am

    it will be disastrous either way, if hilarious is the pick, we have another administration
    of left and the balance now is way off, its not good to have either the left or right
    in power for more than eight years. I really wish our political system would operate different,
    like maybe for example, have one party only be president for five or six years and then other
    party the next five or six years. Everybody would still have the option to vote for whoever they
    felt would be the most qualified for the position, I personally think Sanders would of been a
    complete train wreck and has no business running under either left or right, he is a socialist and
    should run under a strictly socialist ticket, his movement was about changing the political process
    while trying to use the political means of doing so.
    trump keeps coming across as a pathological lying fear monger and hilarious plans on carrying on
    obamas administration, times sure seem scary without any light in the future.

  • ladybugavenger July 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Hillary becoming President

  • Bob July 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    for those not aware the ‘deep state’ that Hyde refers to consists of mainly zionist elitists and who run the media, finance, intelligence agencies, etc etc. Many of them are Israeli dual citizens. The Israel lobby is also the most rich and powerful lobbying group in existence. If these zionists lost there power in finance and usury the rest of their power structures would crumble, as most of their power comes from their ability to corrupt and bribe and move vast amounts of fiat currency. Hillary and Trump are both very very close to groups of zionists–they essentially work for the same people, so the faces may change, but the agenda remains the same.

  • Bob July 4, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    So your votes in national elections really make almost no difference. These politicians are all corrupted and owned by the same zionist establishment

  • ladybugavenger July 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve never met a politician that wasn’t corrupt. It’s part of the job. Get hired with the government and when you sign your name on the forms one of those forms is the sell your soul form. and now that you’ve sold your soul to be a part of the corrupt establishment that is looking out for each other and to screw the people you will be taken care of with a nice pension. If you try to expose or stand up to corruption well then you will pay the price of a mud slinging campaign against you and ostrisized. They may even come after your family.

    • ladybugavenger July 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Not may….They will come after your family

  • CHJ July 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for a good editorial – especially on Independence Day. I would also share two comments from very diverse sources:

    A wise quote from Hyrum Smith. Considering where we are today as a nation, it is extremely good advice.
    “We want a President of the United States, not a party President, but a President of the whole people; for a party President disfranchised the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights. …. I despise the principle that divides the nation into party and faction. I want it to grow up like a green bay tree. Damn the system of splitting up the nation into opposite belligerent parties. Whatever are the rights of men guaranteed by the Constitution of these United States, let them have them. Then, if we were all in union, no one dare attempt to put a warlike foot on our soil.”

    And from Doug Fabrizio’s, RadioWest, interview with Sebastian Junger on his book, “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.”
    Junger noted that humans are messy, democracy is messy. Using his example of a platoon, he noted that soldiers might dislike, even hate another soldier “within the wire,” but something he never saw was contempt for one another. He spoke of the toxic atmosphere that now exists within the politics of our nation.
    He noted that “there are very powerful people in this country today, media people, politicians who speak with open contempt about our President, about segments of the population, about the government. They are speaking with contempt about people ‘inside the wire.’ These are people, our community, right? We don’t know that perhaps overnight we are going turn into one huge combat outpost. We do not know what is coming. On September 10th, we did not know what was coming. And we still do not know what is coming. We might all need each other at some point. But even if that doesn’t happen, using that tone – disagree all you want, it is great to have debate like that – but when you speak about people as if they do not deserve to be a part of this country, as if they are somehow an enemy of the state – people literally speak of our President like that – when you do that, what you are communicating is that you really do not think we live in a national entity. . . You are effectively saying we do not have a country.”

  • 42214 July 5, 2016 at 8:03 am


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