Our crew went to Pizza Place (name changed to protect the guilty) and had a rather decent pizza.  They messed up the order, but caught the error and remade the pizza before it arrived at the table.  So, good news, they caught the problem, bad news, we had to wait an additional cook time for supper.  Anyways, time for the bill came and I took up the charges and our envelope labeled “eat out.”  The charge was $31.12.  We had no $20 bill.  There were plenty of $1’s as I like to keep them to make a tip.  I placed a $50 bill, a $1 bill and a dime and two pennies on the counter.  The perplexed cashier asked if I really wanted to do that, and picked up the $50.  I said yes, and advised I wanted $20 back.  This checker then started to make change out of the $50 bill and I advised again that all I needed was a $20.  The waitress arrived and asked what the problem was and the checker stated that he had a $50 bill and the charge was $31.12.  I pointed out that I had placed the additional $1.12 on the counter and wanted a $20.  The waitress told the checker, “give him his $20.”

After getting back in the vehicle and venting several expressions on the situation, it occurred to me that this teenager was probably within 2 years of being able to vote.  Consider that possibility and then ask what level of consideration would this individual be able to bring to the ballot box.  Would there be any ability to weigh candidates’ fiscal policy vs domestic policy and judge importance of what is more pressing at a particular time, or would this individual vote for who had the best sound bite or what party the family had supported for the last forty years?

It again has me assured that this battle for the country is not mostly at the governmental level, but rather at the cultural level.  Consider this.

What is the difference between Rome and America?  A vast geographical area, influxes of alien migrants, an economy that is faltering, a military less than at its best, immorality, vice, and corruption at every turn, societal degradation and a welfare state, and foreign nations ready to pounce characterize both empires.

Because in order to restore the United States, there is one thing Trump will have to do that Aetius could not do for Rome: change the mindset of society and propel the people into a consciousness of individual control…over themselves…and the reversal of the moral and community decline of their own accord.  What do the odds makers in Vegas place on this being able to be accomplished, your guess is as good as mine.  I’m betting against, because as long as money and power back the throne, the throne can never be fully effective.  As long as the populace can be bought off with their own money and welfare exists, the public will stagnate and never reach their full potential to rejuvenate the failing society.

I had an army APC (armored personnel carrier) labeled with our local town name and police swat.  The only thing missing was the machine gun turret.  It was a stark reminder that we don’t live in Mayberry.  It is here because the culture has problems such that it is allowed/needed.  Force won’t solve the problem.  That is the only characteristic government has at its disposal.  What will really solve the problem is a cultural shift back to a moral and religious society.  It would require a shift back to personal responsibility, removal of governmental regulation and welfare and increase of the religious life of the population.  Media, education and entertainment would need to be reversed from their present stances.  Trump won’t do this in 4 years.  He couldn’t do it in 12 years.  This is a shift needing to occur in the population.  The government would have to be forced follow.