The problem with America is that there isn't one, there are several. Those who seek America for its past promises of liberty and the opportunity to succeed will find themselves burdened and denied by red tape and governmental oversight that feeds another America. Those who seek jobs will be burdened by those who have used the government to survive through different means.
The socialist utopia many would like to make of America is quickly becoming reality. Manufacturing and mining companies derided and vilified for their waste and pollution, regardless how much money and energy is expended to mitigate and even negate these issues, are the victims of another wasteful enterprise: government.
For every industry that creates, produces and supplies there are entities that regulate, restrict, tax, sue and otherwise oppose them. There are industries and counter-industries.
Eventually, what happens is that less and less is done at greater and greater cost until the whole thing collapses. Choose any largely populated European nation to see this playing out before our eyes. Greece, having cannibalized itself is now reaching further and further away from its shores to drain up capital from the healthy nations around it. Socialism is a cancer.
I went through terminal cancer with my father. I watched as every healthy cell was attacked by cancerous ones until a vital organ to the body was beyond repair and ultimately the rest of the body was destroyed. Is that not a fitting analogy?
The only thing for the public to understand is that America has a cancer, socialist cancer and the only remedy to cure it, or to put it in remission (there is no known cure for socialism so long as one brain can envision living off the work of others) is to fight it with radical chemotherapy. The bad parts need to be cut out and the rest need to be treated with intense doses of restriction.
There is a place for the care of the elderly, the sick and the impoverished, but it isn't free, it isn't easy. It should not be easy to reach into another person's pocket and pull out the money to survive. It should come with some humility, not hostility. It should come with some respect and appreciation, not vilification of the work done to produce the funds from which they would draw.
What has been lost in the industry of opposition, is that sense that one is a parasite. I don't mean that in a pejorative way, but one must recognize where one feeds and how much one takes and what will be left. It is the human way to justify getting what one needs. When that can be wrapped up in the cloak of honor and superior morality one might be able to reach deeper and take more with the added benefit of righteousness, but the fiscal body doesn't care.
The fiscal body is one of a simple equation, cost and benefit. It is what has made America great for so many centuries. If one pans for gold there is the recognition that one might starve or strike it rich and so the risk is worth the reward as one believes in one's own ability to recover from the risk even if it goes bust. But, where the miner is defeated by taxes when he buys the pan, by the regulations placed on him on what size of pan he can use, what motion he exerts, how long of a day he can work, the exact place he can mine (usually with an intent to break him and make him go away once the fees and taxes have been paid) the crucial decisions in the endeavor have been made by others and so not worth the risk and so he doesn't mine.
The cancer analogy illustrates one simple and undeniable truth: once the opposition industry (the cancer) succeeds all else fails, including the opposition industry. Unfortunately, America has this terminal cancer, it is what we should have fought hardest against, but it was not addressed when it could have been a mere out-patient procedure. We are in critical condition and not expected to survive, gather the clan.