The coiled spring
Back during the Carter Administration, a span of our history that many Americans would love to forget, my cousin, Eli, and I had a very interesting conversation concerning the economy and the future of our beloved country. What was ahead of us was not pretty, but the handwriting was clearly on the wall for anyone who had eyes to see and a mind that could comprehend.
The “American dream” has served as a powerful magnet to draw people from all parts of the world to our shores to become part of this great country. And, unfortunately, it has also served as a powerful force to draw millions of people across our borders illegally, a terrible scourge and threat to the stability of our nation, which most of our leaders have implicitly refused to properly address and deal with.
There is no doubt, and most of the world has understood, that the United States of America has been the land that “flows with milk and honey.” Why have we become so great and fruitful? Most of our own people do not know our true heritage or the real source of our national greatness.
Back in ancient times, when the future destiny of nations was set, those who were promised this great heritage were destined to become “the completeness of the nations.” The richness of this heritage was described as “an offshoot of a fruit-bearing tree, an offshoot of a fruit-bearing tree by a fountain, his branches run over a wall, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty One.” How have we handled the great prosperity given to us by the Most High? There are many things one could say of these matters, but we will focus on our past 40 years of economics and business.
It is hard to determine the actual time frame when America’s basis for business and economics began to change, but the 1960s seem to have been a pivotal time. After the “Great Society” was introduced and the seeds of our welfare system planted, America began to change. Instead of production-based rewards and the expectation of personal responsibility and accountability, our standards and our expectations began to change. Our politicians catered to those demanding more and more from the government. Our educational systems began to reject any absolute values of right and wrong, and self gratification became the rule of the day.
This brings us back to what many thought was an endless upward spiral of ever-increasing wages, higher standards of living along with more leisure time and pleasure. This was the spiral of the “coiled spring” my cousin and I spoke of many years ago. The centrifugal force driving this spiral has been, and still is, pure old human greed! Unfortunately, those caught up in the ways of greed cannot see the end of their ways, and we, as a nation, did not see and understand that there could be an end to this spiral. Fellow citizens of this great land, we have reached the end of the spiral – the coiled spring has run out at the top, and our leaders have no idea what to do.