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Smaller, Worse, Slower

February 18th, 2013

America’s New Slogan

Last night I had a remarkable experience. I watched the James Bond movie, Skyfall.

It’s remarkable that I sat through it. Skyfall is a truly terrible movie. They have the best James Bond ever, and they’ve already destroyed and abandoned the character. It also looks like they’re hiring people’s girlfriends to write the scripts. But apart from that, I was amazed by what it showed me about the world.

Part of the movie took place in Shanghai. According to Wikipedia, Shanghai is twice the size of Los Angeles. The population is around 23,000,000.

They showed some night scenes, shot from the air. You could shove New York inside this place and never notice it. It’s gigantic. And the buildings are gorgeous. They’re new. They’re clean. They’re immense. They’re lit up with all sorts of electric displays. Lights. Moving advertisements. It looks like a carnival for giants.

The streets are filled, not with bicycles or pedestrian traffic, but with cars, trucks, and buses. The roads are modern.

It buries anything America has to offer. It’s not even a contest. Our cities look puny and dirty by comparison. They look poor.

Shanghai has three buildings over 400 meters in height, and it will have a fourth in 2014. The entire US has two, and they would rank third and fourth in present-day Shanghai. Take a look at this page to see what has happened in Shanghai: Shanghai: 1990 vs. 2010.

We have lost. That’s what the movie showed me. Our economy is still bigger than theirs, but they’re on the way up, and we’re on the way down, and unlike us, they still believe in “bigger, better, faster.” Their human rights record is dismal, and they have a lot of pollution, but they are still leaving us in the dust, and even if they cleaned up and treated their citizens better, that would not change. Critics love to point to the pollution and oppression, as if these things somehow generated China’s prosperity, but they’re wrong. It came from hard work, and from our disobedience to God. These people are our enemies, and God has stopped restraining them, just as he has stopped restraining the anti-progress leftist nuts who used to lose elections here in the US.

A long time ago, I realized that a man’s sins can breed and feed an giant enemy who sits beneath the horizon. You may think nothing you brings consequences, but somewhere, an angry behemoth may be dining on your wickedness, and one day, he may step over the horizon in the blink of an eye and destroy you. It happened to the ancient Jews more than once, and it can happen to us.

Shanghai is just one city, in one country. What about Mumbai? What about Moscow? Xingdao, Beijing, Hong Kong…go to Ebay and look for tools, and see the place names that come up.

When China goes after Taiwan, we will back down. They’re going to be ready, armed with weapons we paid for, and we’re going to be mumbling “Believe in America” and “You didn’t build that.” The socialists and America-worshipers will have to drop to their knees and say, “Enjoy your new province.”

America isn’t going to be restored unless we repent and pray. It may already be too late for our nation, but you can still save your family.

9 Responses to “Smaller, Worse, Slower”

  1. cliffelam Says:

    I can promise you that Mumbai is not Shanghai.


  2. Steve H. Says:

    Compare it to what it was 20 years ago.

  3. Mike James Says:

    “We have lost.” There’s a moan for you. For good and for ever? It’s not looking too good. The Chinese are rising after centuries of being weak. This has happened more than once, if I have their history at all correct. They don’t seem to have quit. I’m not sure what that’s worth in the sort of system expressly designed to trample all over individual conscience, and make men into two-legged ants. I wouldn’t trade places with one of them. Have to stay here and take my medicine along with everyone else, for one thing.

    Havoc is rolling our way, and we were warned, but for now I’ll just say that at this moment we are losing, but have not yet lost. Doesn’t let us off the hook. Despair is a sin.

  4. Steve H. Says:

    I’m not guilty of despair because as I said, prayer and repentance can change anything, but as it stands, we have definitely lost. There is a difference between acknowledging the obvious truth and despairing.

    I wouldn’t trade places with the Chinese, either, but that’s irrelevant.

  5. Heather P. Says:

    But, but didn’t you think it was cool when James and MoneyPenny got in the classic Astin? I loved that part!

  6. Steve B Says:

    “When China goes after Taiwan, we will back down.”

    I think you are absolutely right on, and we’ve given them the tools of extortion. We owe them so much money, all they have to do is threaten to call in their markers and w’ell have heel and beg. And sit idly by while they “reunify” China. What with our one carrier battle group being all we can afford to field and fuel anyway.

    We are definitely sliding off the backside of our global supremacy as a nation.

  7. Chalkie Says:

    I don’t know that we’ve lost, but we’re overdue for a swift kick in the pants. We’re not going to enjoy it while it happens, but we’re gonna get kicked, and hard.

  8. Aaron's cc: Says:

    Chalkie… 9/11 wasn’t enough defibrillation. Uncle Sam has been on a socialist morphine drip since the 1960’s. November was a last chance. The plugs were pulled. There’s still a pulse and breathing but little likelihood of recovery.

    I don’t think five more 9/11’s would suffice.

    235 years was a nice run in history’s only anti-government experiment in liberty.

    We’re simply going back to the natural order.

    Natural isn’t always better.

  9. Mike Says:

    Iran’s got nukes, Israels surrounded by enemies, homosexual Priests are getting married in the church . . . Prophesies are being fulfilled.