“It is character that rules in nations as in individuals. Only in loyalty to the old can we serve the new; only in understanding the Past, can we interpret and use the Present; for history is not made but unfolded, and the Old World is ever present in the New.”— Benjamin Ide Wheeler.
I constantly hear it said that ‘America is dead’, and that we should just get over it, not even grieve for what was lost, or what is being lost.
These flippant statements, I suppose, are just more proof that America is, in fact, dead. A country cannot survive if the people of a country no longer care if their homeland survives, or if they greet its demise with no apparent feeling of regret, grief, or sign of bereavement. There are even people who seem glad to hear of the death of their country because they saw only its flaws and none of its strengths. This category of people includes not just embittered, rage-filled malcontents like those we’ve seen in the news of the past couple of weeks, but people who call themselves right-wing.
In the normal state of things, the right represents the patriotic and loyal element, while the left often has no feelings of loyalty to country and citizens, nor do they feel much attachment to the land. And they are not ethnopatriots, which to my mind is the only real patriotism; they are often the kind who hate their land of birth.
I see a lot of the same inverted sentiments among the disaffected right (the alt-right as was). Some of the young right are among those who want to see their homeland fall and be no more. What do they think will replace it? They seem indifferent about what will replace the U.S. The idea that something much worse may fill the vacuum doesn’t seem to trouble them.
The left, however, have plans and their ‘utopia’ will be everyone else’s nightmare.
The situation in Seattle, with the ‘Chaz’ charade, may be a laughable attempt at creating an enclave or even a separate ‘state’ within a state but it is not something we should just shrug off. Never underestimate the left’s ability to create destruction and chaos. I hear people saying we should just let them go on with their plan and ignore them because it will fail anyway. Or people talk about the ‘optics’ of interfering; it will make Trump ”look bad” if he acts (which he has not shown signs of doing anyway) so let them do what they like so nobody can condemn Trump.
As I understand it, both the lefty Mayoress of Seattle, Miss Durkan, and the governor of Washington State, were pointedly nasty and disrespectful in talking to the President about the situation in Seattle. My readers know that I was a Trump skeptic but I abhor the way in which all the enemies of Trump address him or talk about him. They are uncouth, ill-bred, coarse, and ignorant — this kind of openly hostile and crude discourse is something new in our increasingly nasty political scene. Maybe this low behavior went on behind closed doors but not in the public square. It is not good; it further degrades our political discourse and it makes us that much less civil and mature a people.
Politics of course is war by other means, but some degree of collegial civility used to be de rigueur, but now there are no holds barred. Another sign of a moribund America.
I don’t question that the America I loved is gone. I have always said, though, that the people make the place. Bad people, bad country, no matter its wealth or natural beauty; if the reigning spirit is that of hostility, suspicion, anger, vindictiveness, division — which are all increasing in this country — how can such a country continue? And if there is no public will to reverse the dangerous trends, there’s not much hope of salvaging a country. However, it seems a lot of Americans now have a kind of passivist/fatalist attitude, as if no human effort can change things; it’s all ‘Karma’, which many post-Christian Americans think, or Fate. Hence it’s beyond any human effort.
The guilty-minded and mind-conditioned Americans think America is deserving of death because Reasons. (Politically Correct reasons, of course.) Some embittered young rightists think we deserve destruction because we shouldn’t have fought the two world wars. We were the bad guys in all cases. Hence we deserve the death penalty as a nation. The left — well, we know what they “think” and why they want America destroyed. They’ve been slowly killing the nation and destroying the minds of its people for generations — the Gramscian approach.
Still, despite our country being under siege and denounced every day on the ”News”, there seems to be little response from the public other than sporadic grumbling but little will to do anything more practical. It seems the right has us stymied, and people seem resigned. The left finds ways to box us in, or to silence us and we have no counter-response of any significance. It seems the President embodies this stance; he spoke of ending the Seattle situation but after his ‘conversation’ with the spinster Mayoress of Seattle and the governor, nothing was done.
Sometimes I half-wonder if those ‘witches’ who say they are directing curses at the President(and probably the rest of us) are having some success in with their efforts to harm this country as well as those in authority. It seems like we’re all under some kind of spell making us apathetic.
I started out blogging as a patriot, or as one early commenter called me, a ”Hyper-Americanist.’ Maybe that’s what I was. This country was once a great country in which to grow up and to raise a family. Sure, it was never perfect; nothing run by human beings can be. But it was a wonderful country; it’s a shame that all who criticize and jeer at the ‘old America’ didn’t live there and see it as it was. But the sour grapes approach is just wrong. My heart breaks to think that America is gone, and can never be what it once was. But must we sit and passively watch it happen, like some kind of Eastern fatalist? We used to be a can-do people, a people who believed in being more pro-active and willing to give it the old school try. If we hadn’t been that kind, this country would never have existed. My ancestors and many of yours would have never survived the first winter or the first famine or epidemic or Indian attack — but they did, by sheer grit and by faith in God. Do we still possess the genes or the will for that kind of determination and fortitude? Maybe not. I have less and less faith in us.
We are also missing what some philosophers said a nation needs: pietas, what blogger Cambria Will Not Yield often writes of. It seems a lot of us don’t like our fellow Americans. The young — not all, but many — have developed a loathing for their elders. POCs blame Whites for all their difficulties or problems, or just dislike the latter because of their successes. Envy, in other words. Men and women are at odds as never before. And then people blame outside forces for this: ”They want us divided” — so Q and his/their followers say — but nature divides us. Others may stir up more division or exploit existing division, but what’s the answer, Q? More forcible ‘multiculturalism and inclusion” under the guise of ”Unity” ? More of what ails us? Globalism? More concessions? We’re on that road now, where we will be under greater pressure to conform to the multicult and cultural Marxism. More weakening of America.
I don’t know the answers, except that I am certain that going further down the treacherous road we are on is not the answer and will only lead to far worse situations.
And if we can’t bring back ‘dead’ America? Well, let’s not pronounce the patient dead while there’s still a pulse, and let’s not administer euthanasia yet.
This world is not ”home” for Christians; we’re pilgrims and strangers — but we’re called to ‘occupy’ until the final curtain rings down.