Balancing realism and hope

I’m beginning to wonder if the left’s cynical attitude towards ourselves as a people and nation is infecting the rest of us, particularly the young. I see discussions on ‘alt-right’ blogs in which some other nation is being held up as the hope for the future, while our country and people are disparaged and written off.

I’ve  criticized the rather naive Russophilia that pervades the right, but it seems just about any country that shows some backbone automatically becomes idealized as the potential Light of the West. On one blog, Iceland is the hope for the future, while on another it’s Poland.

I can understand, as I said about Russia, the need to have some hope for the future of some Western (or in the case of Russia, quasi-Western) people and country. It’s not altogether a bad thing; it’s good to maintain hope despite dire outward circumstances. Hope is good. Seeing virtue or inspiration in another Western country is healthy. We should morally support those countries and feel encouraged at any success they have. We should show solidarity with them; they are cousins. They are in the same boat as we are.

However it should be possible to cheer these other peoples and their efforts without having to condemn our own country, our history, our Founding Fathers (they were human, after all), and our ways. But it seems that too often, praising other countries is paired with contempt or disdain for our own, and for our forefathers, ultimately. And I don’t see how there can be hope or progress in the struggle without our having some kind of healthy respect for our forebears, who, to be fair, could hardly have foreseen our current crisis. The prevailing attitude about the Founding Fathers seems to be that ‘‘they should have known our system was no good, and would fail.” Well, they did warn us that the system was ‘fit only for a moral and religious people’, and that it would be ‘inadequate for the governing of any other’ kind of people. And then we wonder why it isn’t working so well for us now? We rejected our religious roots, at least as a country and a people, yet we wonder why our Republic is foundering.

They warned that we had to be vigilant to protect against encroachments on our liberties. Time and time again, various of our early statesmen cautioned us that we must not be lax in protecting our freedoms; we must be on guard. Instead, complacency grew, and party politics did its damage, while we allowed personality cults to grow up. The objects of the political personality cults tended to be demagogues and manipulators rather than public servants. We elected bad leadership too often.

So we can’t blame our Founding Fathers or our forebears only; if they failed, so did we.

As for which country is to be the last redoubt of the West, or the great hope for the future? I don’t see any such shining light, though I will say it is encouraging that some of the Eastern Europeans have been resistant to this dread disease called ‘political correctness’ and cultural Marxism. Perhaps they were inoculated against leftism and Marxism in its varied forms and have some immunity to it. For whatever reason they seem able to see things clearly and speak more plainly, and I admire that.

As to Poland being the hope, it seems odd that while Poles are very nationalistic they also send so many of their young people abroad to work and send money home, just as Latin Americans send people here to send billions of dollars in remittances back to their countries. Poland must find a way to keep their young people at home; if they are true ethnopatriots they will want to do that. Sending their sons and daughters to Britain or Ireland is not a healthy thing, especially as they seem susceptible to the drug-and-promiscuity youth culture of Western Europe. And remember that promiscuity includes miscegeny, which by anecdotal accounts is not uncommon among Polish ‘migrants’. Nationalism does not fit with that. I’d say there is therefore some doubt about how ethnonationalistic Poland is.

Many Americans with Polish roots idealize the Poland of their ancestors, just as do the Irish, but what was true of Poles in an earlier day may not be so now.

As to Iceland, most of us have thought that because of its isolation (yet who is isolated in this postmodern ”small world”?) they would survive while the rest of the West goes up in flames, or is consumed in the multicult DNA blender. Yet immigration is growing, and 8 percent of the population is foreign-born now.
With Iceland’s small population, this is troubling, and considering their lack of experience with ”diversity”, it’s not encouraging. They don’t have time to learn ‘the hard way’, and chances are their openness will mean their destruction as a people.

Our situation, of course, is more complex. Our problems are more deep-rooted in some ways, and yet that’s no reason to write us off or to proclaim that we are doomed, our best days are past. Doomsaying and cynicism are counterproductive, and anyone who is of that habit of mind is helping our enemies, if they only realized it.

On the other hand, I’m not selling pollyanna-ism or foolish optimism — but if we give up and say all is lost, then that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We should avoid selling ourselve short. This country, contrary to the negative sentiments so popular now, was once and for some time a great country — and that is because of the people. The system is not on our side; we’ve let tyranny grow while we were asleep, but that does not mean that we as a people are worthless. We have to regain some sense of self-confidence and hope against hope. Over-idealizing others while disparaging our neighbors and kinsmen at home is something to shun.

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