The debate for America’s future is as loud today as it has ever been. Small government or big government? Capitalism or a refined socialistic style of Capitalism or even a flat out conversion to socialism? It does not matter what you think or how you vote because America’s decline is happening and is inevitable no matter who is voted into office. How can I say this?
The Second Law of Thermodynamics.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics states in its simplest terms that those things that use energy will eventually run out of that energy which is called entropy. Both terms are often attributed in scientific circles but strictly assigning the terms to such studies is not necessary. OuruUniverse is running out of energy, the human body is running out of energy, even a car runs out of energy. Governments too, which have political energy, run out of energy. All things that use energy eventually run out of available energy and come to an end. The same can be said for the United States.
The function of government, in this case the United States, can be looked at much the same way as a car. Back in 1776, the United States was essentially a brand new, top of the line vehicle with all new parts. Over time, parts wear out and maintenance is required. Oil changes, brake pads and tune ups, etc. The maintenance of the United States is done by holding elections. Out with the old and in with the new. Sometimes it’s easier and cheaper to find refurbished parts and often incumbents are re-elected.
As the Second Law of Thermodynamics dictates, big ticket items tend to break or malfunction, like an engine or a transmission, and need replacing. In the United States this happens every four to eight years when a president is elected. Despite the maintenance and the elections, a government tends to also deteriorate much like a car in that when parts wear down, parts wear down together and for the most part can function and keep going.
Anyone who has worked on cars or who has owned a car knows when a car gets older and things break down a snowball effect occurs. For example, even a part as simple as a brand new battery can change the dynamics of the entire engine. Overtime, the battery has lost power but while it still works the parts influenced by the battery have also suffered from entropy and the mutual lack of power allows individual parts to more or less synchronize with one another. Once a part dies and is replaced by a brand new part the older parts cannot cope with the sudden surge of energy produced by the new part. Eventually, the older parts begin to break down and need replacing.
At some point, you are constantly replacing parts because new parts make the older parts break. Sometimes it is cheaper and easier to look for refurbished parts, other times you get a brand new part in the hopes that it will make a difference. The bottom line is in order to have a brand new car again you need to replace everything in the engine compartment with brand new parts. This is where the United States is today.
Unfortunately, each part in the engine represents a political ideal – Conservative, Liberal, Republican, Democrat, a voting bloc and even the media. In November, it will not matter if we change the engine or simply replace the gaskets or buy a refurbished engine. Many of the other parts will not be changed. Even if the engine and say, transmission is changed, the starter, battery and radiator are the same. The new parts clash with the old parts and the Second Law of Thermodynamics is accelerated.
The difference between a car and a government is you can actually change all the parts in a car. Overtime, you will again see the effects of entropy and the whole process will start over. As a government breaks down you cannot replace all the parts because no one wants to be replaced. Therefore, you are at the mercy of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and its eventual effects.
Now, the United States is not going to cease to exist. Even Uganda continues to exist today and every now and then you see a Ford Pinto on the road. It’s not an attractive car but for the owner it suffices. Replacing the parts piece meal works in the short-term but for the long-term it will eventually cost the owner more.
Whether it is cars or government – all things that have energy succumb to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. When a car finally wears out and the money and energy spent in keeping it running is no longer efficient most intelligent people buy a new car. So, what happens when a government is no longer efficient?