I am a patriot. I love my country.

Or more accurately, I love the people and the ideas behind it.

And so, on this Independence Day, the birthday of my native country, I need to be blunt: the United States will die.

Edit 12 May 2023: After confusion on Hacker News, I want to clarify something that I am not wishing for the United States to die; I do not want to go through that upheaval. I am wishing no ill will against the United States, just like Isaiah wished no ill will against the Kingdom of Judah when he prophesied that Assyria would invade and almost conquer Jerusalem or that the Babylonians would destroy Jerusalem.

Instead, I wish the United States could slowly evolve into something better.

What I mean by this post is that the United States is not evolving the right direction, and as a result, it will not evolve into something better, but it will get worse until disaster strikes.

Every nation throughout history has had a rise and fall. The United States is, and will be, no different.

In the Constitutional Convention, Colonel George Mason said,

As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.

Colonel George Mason

The United States has a lot of sins, but I want to point to one: 10 times as many babies aborted as the Nazis killed Jews in the Holocaust.

And that’s to say nothing of the endemic corruption in both political parties at the very top.

And that’s why I say I love the people and the ideas; I do not love the government.

So the United States must die.

Edit 11 May 2023: After confusion on Hacker News, I want to clarify the previous statement.

I believe that the United States must die, but I believe that God alone must do it by natural disaster, as with what happened with Sodom and Gomorrha. It is not for any individual or group to do, especially not the Latter-day Saints.

We believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments; and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly;

D&C 134:5

But what will rise in its place will be even greater: Zion.

So this Independence Day, I invite you to look forward to the next free nation. But be aware that we have to go through difficult times.