Where your heart is

Reading the right-wing blogs is getting to be a very depressing exercise. I have just about given up on many of the blogs, whether they are classified as ‘dissident right’ or whatever. Ever since the salad days of the alt-right, there is a heavy undercurrent of anti-American sentiment, what with all the comments favoring departing to Russia or Poland or Hungary, ditching Christianity and our Western culture for Eastern Orthodoxy or heathenism of some variety.

I don’t mean to offend anybody who makes these choices; if you are inclined to see Christianity as a bad thing for Western-European-descended people then perhaps it isn’t for you. “Many are called, but …” etc. etc. My objection is that the presence of so many detractors of Christianity and the West makes for more division and dissension within the dwindling ranks of Christians, at least those who are genetically linked to Western Christianity. All the criticism and the attacks on Christianity which are so common on certain ‘nationalist’ or ‘populist’ or dissident right blogs has a debilitating effect and will, if continued, aid our foes in rendering us passive and helpless against outside critics and enemies.

Some of those who are so vocal in proposing Eastern Orthodoxy as superior to the Christianity of our fathers is that few of the champions of the Eastern faith seem unaware that the Eastern Orthodox Church tends to be pro-immigrant, at least when the immigrants and refugees are from the Middle East (Syrians) or from Eastern Europe. Is this a proper stance for a supposedly ‘nationalist’ church and a nationalist populace?

Nationalism for me but not for thee?

However I realize that for a certain number of Americans, religions can be seen as interchangeable, as a matter of expediency, not as a matter of Truth. I gather this from the many comments I see and hear about how the West “needs a new religion” because our fathers’ faith did not serve us well, and weakens us. It never occurred to me previously that people might choose a religion on something other than faith and Truth or that we should just make up a new religion from the bits and pieces that we are ‘willing’ to put up with in order to have a religion we don’t object to.

It seems that many dissenters are willing to jettison our traditions and our history because they are attracted by other religions that are touted, in many cases, by a lot of otherwise irreligious people. A lot of those who promote other religions seem to be people who are infatuated with what they’ve heard about Eastern Europe’s ethnocentric culture; for example, the favorable reports in dissident news stories about Hungary, for example. So far Hungary seems to have held out against the dubious charms of ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘diversity’. But will it always be thus?

Ireland used to be a country that was ethnocentric — at least when the ‘Other’ was mostly English. Now Ireland is being subjected to the ‘strengths’ of Diversity and global culture.

Hearsay has it that the Polish people, once very ethnocentric and ethno-patriotic have been weakened by their exposure, once they’ve emigrated to, say, Britain or Ireland or France, the allure of dating and mating outside the fold. The propaganda in favor of that is ubiquitous and apparently quite successful. So it can’t safely be assumed that the people of Eastern Europe will always be immune to the seductive mind-conditioning.

In any case, in many right-wing discussions the topics of leaving the West for Russia or Hungary (or Thailand or the Philippines, for those who’ve decided they disdain the lands our forefathers conquered and settled), are always on the table.

I still maintain that anyone contemplating making a move to a country speaking a language that’s unfamiliar, and very different, should must find out firsthand what it’s like in that other country, and attempt to learn the language. P.S.: Eastern European languages are not easy for most Western peoples to master. If you are good at mastering a very different language, both written and spoken, then more power to you.

The culture of those countries is also very different, despite the influence of the West.

However we seem to be, as a nation, in a kind of limbo state; is it even possible for anyone to emigrate, given that we seem not to be a sovereign nation anymore? I think we are in this twilight state, betwixt and between. Do we even have the freedom to leave anymore?

For those Americans who are committed to staying, come what may, in the land of their birth (and their forefathers’ birth, for generations) the prospects are dim if the numbers of patriotic Americans keeps shrinking, and fewer people know or speak English, nor do they maintain our traditions and history, or show any loyalty to or love for this country.

A lot of those who are dissidents are too close to being part of this ‘Culture of Repudiation’: of repudiating anything that’s ours, that’s American — because Americans are so provincial and gauche; most Americans don’t even speak another language fluently. Europeans are so sophisticated and hip, while we’re just a lot of yokels at heart.

I’m not promoting the cheap kind of patriotism or nationalism, but ethnonationalism, which is, for me, the only real kind. It isn’t just a matter of sentiment, or of flags or national anthems, but a deep attachment to the people, to your kinsmen, and to the ‘unbroken chain’ that binds us to our forefathers. I know the cynics look down on that older kind of patriotism too, but it is real and genuine with a lot of us.

At the risk of being out-of-step with the trend-setters, I will maintain my roots here in this country; the cost to my ancestors was not cheap. They risked everything to come here and undertake the building of a new nation. They eventually succeeded and today, sadly, more than a few of the inheritors of this country denigrate the colonists’ efforts as something paltry and insignificant. I can only hope that those who constantly talk of escaping to Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia or Costa Rica will do more than just talk about it. It would be best all around if those few who have loyalties to this country are the ones who stay and help to maintain — or rebuild — this country. The rest may be happier elsewhere.

Best to be in a country where your heart is.

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