Orlando, FL, July 4, 2015—This is the transcript of Mr. Cartwright’s speech delivered at the Thinking Outside the Boxe Independence Day Champagne Summit.
The constitutional republic in America is nearly dead, though many in America refuse to accept this particularly as they celebrate their nation’s 239th declaration of independence from Great Britain. America has long been reviled on the international stage for its perceived arrogance. The hatred towards America is probably attributable more to jealousy and resentment than to a hatred of the constitutional republic itself. Those in socialist, communist, and even many democratic countries envy the brilliant constitutional republic developed by America’s Founding Fathers. For the first time in the history of the world, the people told the government what its rights and powers are as opposed to the other way around. To this day, our system has largely stood the test of time.
But America is no longer the place it once was, and the constitutional republic is weakened and in disarray. The American people were blessed with a tremendous gift given them by the Founding Fathers and the sacrifices of those patriots who risked everything that this nation might live. The American people have taken this for granted and have slowly allowed their rights to be infringed and eroded. The Constitution has been trampled by the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and federal courts throughout the land. All the while, the American people have stood by helplessly; some have even applauded the efforts to undermine the constitutional republic.
So, what do I hate in America?
- I hate the lazy and ignorant masses that are breeding more lazy and more ignorant masses. Schools are forced to teach to the lowest common denominator as opposed to separating advanced students from mediocre students from those who learn at a slower pace. Schools are failing the kids, but so are the parents who need to take a more proactive approach in their kids’ lives. Kids need to learn a thing or two about hard work and the benefits of a good education.
Jobs aren’t being stolen by immigrants. A lot of Americans are too lazy to work and too stupid to do the work because they don’t apply themselves and don’t work to get the benefits of free K-12 educations. Kids today would rather have stuff handed to them on a silver platter than to work for it, and the parents have contributed to this laziness. Applying oneself in school and hard work pay off. This isn’t an opinion. This is fact. Lazy, ignorant kids grow up to be lazy, ignorant adults. There’s no excuse for being lazy or ignorant in America, but the epidemic of people being ate up with stupid is growing in this country. Let’s promote hard work and education. I’ve preached for a long time to return to the Jamestown colony principle: If you don’t work, you don’t eat (with exceptions for those who are too old or too infirm, not including too lazy or too fat to work or those who have been put on “disability”).
- I hate the media. Our Founding Fathers recognized that the press plays a vital role in our constitutional republic. They are supposed to keep the public informed about the events that matter, the events that impact our lives. They are supposed to be impartial and objective. In the last several decades, however, the rise of the 24-hour news outlets has resulted in increased media bias and partisanship. The media no longer reports the news; they “make” the news. If they’re not pushing a political agenda, they’re “spinning” a story for political or other agendas. They’re always seeking sensationalism and controversy. In this, they do not help the general public; they hurt the general public. They manipulate the facts for their own agendas. They lie to the American people who don’t take the time to fact check what’s reported. They tell the public what they want the public to hear. They lie and manipulate while waving the flag and hiding behind the Bill of Rights when it is convenient for them to do so. They tear down good people and gain sadistic pleasure from it. They are not friends of the constitutional republic anymore, and they are not friends of the American people. There is evil in what they do. The press is, in this day and age, the enemy. They need to report the facts and only the facts. They do not need to spin the stories or sensationalize them. They need to be objective and unbiased in their reporting and leave out their editorial comments. Let the American people come to their own conclusions on what you report.
- I hate the entitlement system which today represents the financial rape of the American taxpayers and provides a disincentive to work and succeed. Welfare is the modern day plantation. Recipients are slaves to the plantation owner—in this case, the politicians and the federal government. Welfare recipients are wholly dependent on the ruling political class for food, clothing, housing, and so on. In return, they are expected to vote a certain way…and they do. More and more people are becoming slaves on the plantation of Uncle Sam, and many of these people are not even US citizens. There’s something fundamentally wrong with this. More importantly, we are near the point where almost 50% of the population is not contributing financially to the system. This doesn’t mean they’re receiving welfare or benefits; they may simply not be paying into the system. America cannot survive where half the population is living off the other half of the population. Everyone in America needs to contribute to the system in some way, no matter how great or how small, to make America work. Again, I return to the principle of the Jamestown colony: if you don’t work, you don’t eat.
- I hate the politicians in America who are largely corrupt, gutless, cowards looking for personal profit and enrichment. Congressmen and Senators enter office as men of modest means but quickly become millionaires. They are wined and dined by lobbyists and special interest groups. They are enriched by selling their votes and their influence in the Congress. They are like fat plantation overseers who benefit from the toil of others while enslaving others with handouts for political purposes. They say one thing to get votes then do another when they are in office. They become part of the establishment, and the establishment has become the enemy of the people and the enemy of our constitutional republic.
Our Founding Fathers served for the good of the country, and when their terms were done they went back to being planters, merchants, professionals, and so on. They didn’t make a career out of public service only to enrich themselves.
We are no longer a nation with elected leaders who are our peers. We are a nation ruled by an oligarchy and an elite political class who believe they know more than the rest of us and who feel they are entitled to be sent to Washington. We are like the French in the years before their revolution. The politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for the American taxpayer; they’re looking out for themselves.
- I hate the push for political correctness in America. This media concoction is trampling over the 1st We can’t call someone fat or short for fear it may hurt their feelings. We can’t say anything bad about anyone. I certainly don’t favor racism or bullying, but simply saying someone is fat doesn’t constitute a hate crime. Calling a midget a midget shouldn’t be offensive. Calling illegal immigrants criminals shouldn’t cause people to gasp. If they have come to America illegally, they are criminals; they’ve broken the law. If that hurts their feelings, too bad. People need to get thicker skin. We have the right to call Islamic extremists terrorists. The rebels in Syria aren’t freedom fighters; they’re terrorists. I have the right to call someone fat and lazy as much as they have the right to call me Ichabod Crane or Slim Jim. Let’s get back to calling a spade a spade. We have more important things in America to worry about than if someone gets offended by lack of political correctness. The media’s bullying of the American people for saying something they in the media deem politically incorrect has scared people into silence. This is abjectly wrong. Americans need to fight back against the media’s bullying tactics and political correctness bullshit.
- I hate the redistribution of wealth from those who contribute to the success of America to those who are bringing America down. Half of the American people are paying taxes to support half of the American people who are just takers from the system. Half are paying in to provide benefits and services for all 100%. This is unsustainable in the long-term, as it creates a disincentive for work and success. The efforts of the media and politicians to demonize those who are successful, whether individuals or corporations, are appalling. Success should be applauded not denigrated or penalized.
- I hate that America is weak; we don’t strand for strength, or for that matter anything anymore. Our priorities have become mis-aligned. Islamic extremism is on the rise throughout the world and even here at home. ISIS and ISIL are getting better organized, better equipped, and more influential in Iraq and Syria. They are terrorizing the people of these nations and plotting attacks against America and our allies. Here at home, radical Islam is on the rise. The atrocities—the mass executions, the murders, and so on—that the terrorists are committing in Iraq can just as easily happen here. While the Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies work hard to protect the American people, our military is becoming weaker.
Our leaders are more concerned with protecting the rights of Muslims to wear burkas than they are with protecting the safety and rights of Americans. Our leaders bow down to those who do not acknowledge our Christian values and who want to destroy those values.
We used to be a nation of law and order, but in the last few months we have seen rioting and lawlessness take over places like Ferguson and Baltimore; all the while, law enforcement stood idly by while private property was looted, burned, and destroyed. Some feel this is acceptable behavior, but this shows an unwillingness of leaders to maintain order and punish those who break the law. We used to stand for military might, strength, strong foundational values, peace and freedom. Wrongdoers were brought to justice and punished.
Now, our own leaders have engaged in efforts to denigrate America throughout the world and here at home with apologies, inaction, and unresponsiveness. We are no longer respected in the world; we are seen as weak. Worse, our focus on inconsequential matters in the entertainment world and an investigation into FIFA, which is of no relevance to the American taxpayers, are orchestrated to divert our attention from the failings of Washington and from the true problems plaguing our nation. Our nation has over $18 trillion in national debt and over $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities, yet the big news of late has been allowing gays to get married. What’s more important: an issue for a group of people who represent less than 2.5% of the total population or an issue that equates to nearly $500,000 for every single person in America or the possibility of terrorist attacks here in America?
- I hate that the federal government is becoming a “nanny” state. The government wants to take care of you from cradle to grave and in return you’re expected to vote a certain way. More importantly, to accomplish this, you’re expected to willing subrogate many of your rights to Washington. An all powerful and dominant federal government is the furthest thing from what the Founding Fathers envisioned in America. The American people, though complacency, ignorance, laziness and greed, have allowed Washington to embark on a massive power grab that has resulted in a trampling of the Constitution and an increasingly dangerous concentration of power and dominance over nearly every aspect of citizens’ lives. Government funded and run healthcare gives the federal government virtual control over life and death. Those who think this isn’t the case have their heads buried in the sand or are either too stupid or blind to accept the truth. Our constitutional republic is slowly being replaced with a socialist oligarchy. All the while the American people are more concerned with who’s wearing panties this week and who isn’t. This concentration of power in Washington is dangerously destabilizing for America. Social and economic programmes are being developed to fundamentally transform America and the lives of ordinary Americans. The burden for the ever expanding federal government is being placed upon half of the American people who actually pay taxes. Unfunded federal liabilities amount to nearly $500,000 per person in America. The responsibility for this financial burden will ultimately be increasingly borne by a smaller and smaller portion of the population. Beyond the financial cost, there are other consequences of a growing nanny state: as the federal government increases, the rights of the people decrease.
- I hate that our federal elections are rigged. The last two presidential elections have been rife with voter fraud which has been widely documented. Yet, nothing has happened. No one has been imprisoned for the fraud perpetuated against the American people. Illegals have been allowed to vote. Legitimate voters have been allowed to vote multiple times. Ballot boxes have been stuffed. The American people have sat back and allowed it to happen. Efforts to curb this with voter ID laws have been stymied. If we don’t have open, free, and fair elections, what is our nation? I have long held that we are simply given the illusion of free and fair elections. Going to the polls on election day is just a dog and pony show to keep the masses happy. Yet, the outcome of each election is largely predetermined. The establishment, in both parties, ensures that only the candidates they want and hand select are put up for public office. Mitt Romney was the heir apparent for the Republican nomination after John McCain’s loss in the presidential election in 2008. Yes, there were other candidates for the Republican nomination, but the establishment ensured that Mitt Romney was the ultimate nominee though a systematic dismantling of the competition through vile character assassinations and muckraking. In the current election cycle, Hillary Clinton is the heir apparent for the Democratic party, having seemingly been anointed by the establishment. Constitutional republic or oligarchy?
Equally as disappointing is the fact that the American people basically have to choose between two candidates from the main parties. Third party candidates are kept out of debates and have no media exposure for fear they will poach votes from the two main parties and compromise their holds on power. The politically aligned media ensures third party candidates remain in the political wilderness. We have free and fair elections…but you really only have two viable options to vote for since the third party candidates have no chance of getting elected.
- I hate that the federal government is more concerned about the rights of immigrants and minorities than the rights of taxpaying citizens. Anyone who denounces illegal immigrants is a racist bigot. Anyone who opposes the views, wants, and demands of certain minorities is a racist bigot. If you feel we should deport illegal immigrants from Mexico, Russia, South America, Africa, the Middle East or Europe because they have broken the laws of our nation, you are a racist bigot. If you don’t feel that they have a right to stay here and work and get government benefits and vote and all the while not pay taxes, you are a racist bigot. If you don’t agree that illegal immigrants here have the same rights as true American citizens and taxpayers, you are a racist bigot. If you believe that Muslims should not be given the right to wear burkas in the workplace, even if it intimidates you or your family, you are a racist bigot. If you object to homosexuality on religious grounds, you are a racist bigot. If you don’t believe that the rights of illegal immigrants and the views of those in the minority are more important than your own rights and views, you are a racist bigot. If you don’t believe we should allow illegal immigrants to come here and stay, you are a racist bigot. If you believe we should protect our borders and enforce our immigration policy, you are a racist bigot. If you don’t believe we should bow down to immigrants and those from other religions and cultures and their desires to fundamentally change America to their way of life and their belief systems, you’re a racist bigot. Well, then, I guess I’m just a racist, bigot, bastard!
I still believe in the promise of America. I believe in our constitutional republic, and I believe in the Constitution. Despite all our problems, America, the institution, remains the greatest country and institution of government in the world. That’s why millions of peoples throughout the world seek desperately to come here for the opportunity of a better way of life for them and their families. No one is flocking to China or Mexico, and no one is flocking to get Euros or Yen. Yet, Americans born free in our country and bred here take this for granted. It is altogether too easy to do this. Likewise, it is altogether too easy to sit idly while rights are trampled and while the federal government seeks more and more control over our lives. And, it is very easy to criticize America and fault the institution for the problems plaguing the nation.
Rather, the blame for the decline in America should be blamed not on the constitutional republic but a number of other factors. I love America and what she represents. I want America to be the greatest place on Earth and in the history of the world, but we’re falling short of that. I certainly don’t hate America, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I hate what’s happening in America and what’s happening with our society to weaken this great nation from within.
I hope that we have not gone too far down the path of self-destruction. However naive, I still want to believe in the goodness of the American people and that collectively we will make decisions to ensure that America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave. It will take courage and effort. It will take education about the issues and the problems facing our great nation. But collectively, I hope that we will come together to right the American ship which has been adrift the last few years.
About Mr. Cartwright—Digger Cartwright is the award-winning author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s, The House of Dark Shadows, a psychological thriller, The Maynwarings: A Game of Chance, a mystery set in the Old West, and Conversations on the Bench, an inspirational/motivational novel. His books are available in hardback, paperback, and e-book format through his website, www.DiggerCartwright.com, on-line booksellers and bookstores. The House of Dark Shadows, The Maynwarings, and Conversations on the Bench all won first place in various categories in the 2015 Regional Excellence Book Awards. They were also finalists in the Beverly Hills Book Awards competition in 2015.
Mr. Cartwright has contributed to a number of articles on a wide range of financial, strategic planning, and policy topics. He frequently contributes articles, commentaries, and editorials focusing on current economic and political topics for the private think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe.
Mr. Cartwright is an enthusiastic supporter of local no-kill animal shelters, the Wounded Warrior Project, and local Meals on Wheels programs.
He enjoys golf, participating in charity golf tournaments, and attending WWE events. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.
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