Death of America

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke3/18/16
Why This Presidential Election isn’t as Important as People Think • It’s easy to get wrapped up in men and moments. In the current election season, for instance, we may see a candidate appearing to embody all our hopes and dreams (or at least many) and come to assign him country-savior status. Even the great Thomas Sowell — a man for whom I have tremendous respect — has called the November choice “the last chance for America.” Yet even if we do choose the “right” president, it will only amount to a stay of execution.

Many people lament that “Obama has destroyed America these last eight years” or, alluding to same, will say “I don’t recognize my country anymore.” This is much like viewing a woman who marries a greasy-haired, dope-smoking, heavily tattooed and pierced, unemployable reprobate and saying that her matrimonial decision destroyed her, when the real problem was that she was the kind of person who could make such a choice in the first place. Do you really think Obama isn’t a symptom at least as much as a cause? Do you think the 2000 A.D. America that elected him would have been recognizable to 1950 Americans?

And even if the next president is an anomalous good result, he won’t even be a pause that refreshes, but will at best slow down the runaway train racing toward the precipice. This is because our main problems aren’t illegal migration, trade deals or health care, as significant as those things are. Our problems are more fundamental.

Do you really want to save America? Okay, then completely transform the media, academia and entertainment so they’re not brainwashing citizens 24/7 with anti-American, anti-Christian, multiculturalist, socialist, feminist and a multitude of other lies. End legal immigration, which, via the importation of massive numbers of Third Worlders, is changing our country into a socialistic non-Western culture. Even more significantly, convince the 70-plus percent of Americans who are moral relativists to believe in Truth; these are people who, as the Barna Group research company put it, believe that what we call “truth is always relative to the person and their situation” and whose most common basis for moral decision-making is “doing whatever feels right….”

Why does this matter? Well, if we saw a child who didn’t obey rules and simply made up his own “rules” — changing them as was convenient — would we say that he was governed by anything worthy of being called “rules” (principles)? Or would we conclude that the word had simply become a euphemism for flights of fancy and feelings-based decisions?  Alright, now, is it any different when an adult does it? Furthermore:

Is it any different when large groups of adults do it — even country-size groups?

We can put as much lipstick on this pig of preference-oriented decision-making as we want, but it amounts to this striking reality: we are a people that, to a great extent, now operates by the credo “If it feels good, do it.” Yet there’s another way of putting it, one clarifying matters even more.

Many of us now believe, in essence, there are no rules governing man.

And we often behave that way.

Oh, we know there are things called laws, regulations, social codes and “values,” but too many of us don’t believe they could have a basis in anything objective (God’s law), anything beyond our own collective desires. I know of a seemingly sociopathic man who once said to someone close to me, “Murder’s not wrong; it’s just that society says it is.” How could the relativistic majority among us answer him? “Well, yeah, I guess. But most of us really, really, really don’t like it”?

To understand the effects of this no-rules mentality, a little analogy is instructive. Imagine that baseball players came to believe there were no rules governing the sport, that it was “whatever works for you.” A pitcher might decide there should be only one strike, while a batter might reckon there should be five. A first baseman might insist that the hitter shouldn’t be able to run past first base, while the hitter might say he should be able to run past all of them. And things would continue degenerating, with everyone writing his own ticket and battling over standards, until, perhaps, players began tackling one another and sometimes wielding the bats as weapons. Games can’t work without agreed-upon rules.

Civilizations can’t work without them, either. And there won’t be agreement when people believe everything is “relative.” This is our lot, and we see the effects all around us. Far from Middle Age Europe, where, as G.K. Chesterton put it, everyone agreed “on what really mattered,” today we agree on nothing that matters. We’re not just balkanized racially and ethnically, but ideologically, philosophically and spiritually. There are conservatives, liberals, libertarians, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, existentialists, Wiccans, atheists, just to name a handful, and a multitude of variations within most of the categories; reflecting this disagreement on “First Things,” other things are equally fractured. There are nationalists and internationalists, feminists and male-rights activists, multiculturalists and cultural Americanists, patriots and perfidious scoundrels, activists and the apathetic, Marxists and free-market defenders, etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum. Heck, many of us don’t even know what marriage or sexual propriety is anymore, the difference between a tissue mass and a baby, or even what boys and girls are, as we dial back our maturity level to the infantile stage during which a child can’t distinguish between male and female.

With our agreeing on almost nothing, it’s not surprising most everything ends up in court, as we enrich lawyers and empower judges to become the Ultimate Arbiters of All. Meanwhile, not-so-huddled masses, Muslim jihadists and perhaps weapons of mass destruction pour across a border that’s still not porous enough for the miles-wide fifth column in our midst. And the same people tell us voter-ID is oppressive, as our government prints official documents in dozens of languages and we press one for English and hope the customer service representative we get to help us with our crummy Chinese-made product will have a decipherable accent.

Speaking of which, why is China often called the “world’s oldest civilization”? It has seen governments come and go, endured tyranny, disease and starvation, but certain things have remained: the Chinese people, language and culture. China truly is a nation, meaning, an extension of the tribe, which itself is an extension of the family (hence, there’s no such thing as a “nation of immigrants” — unless they’re all from the same country). We’re now the opposite, a federation of competing sub-cultures — some imported, some domestically made — not all of which are trying to coexist within the same borders. Many of us simply hate each other’s guts.

Given that all civilizations rise and fall, being able to determine when yours is close to its terminus may be helpful. Imagine you knew a man who was drinking, taking drugs and indulging sexual perversion more and more over time. It was increasingly difficult for him to retain employment, act responsibly, pay his bills and get along with others, as his devolving mindset led to accidents and violent outbursts. You’d recognize that his life was spinning out of control and wouldn’t be surprised to later hear he was in prison or dead. Such is the last stop on the road of inexorable moral decay. Now, would your expectations be any different if it were a group of people exhibiting such self-destructive behavior?

Okay, what about an even larger group — let’s say, a country?

Of course, not all of us are that nigh-to-the-grave reprobate. But America’s collective face does increasingly resemble him.

We can also hark back to the baseball analogy. With people tending to make up their own rules, our “game” is breaking down. Why do you think we have candidates who scoff at enforcing immigration law and a president and judges who wipe their paws and claws on the Constitution? In a land where all is relative, laws are relative to the men; then you become a nation of men, not laws.

This is why none of our “solutions” will solve anything. We can talk about Ted Cruz and constitutionalism. But was John Adams a fool when warning in 1798, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”? We are now the “other.”

We can echo Donald Trump echoing Ronald Reagan and say “Make America great again!” But as an apocryphal quotation oft repeated by Reagan goes, “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”

And we can bellow “Freedom!” Braveheart-style. But as British philosopher Edmund Burke noted, “It is written in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

Intemperate minds abound. Passions we’ve got. Fetters we’re getting. Of course, I’ll choose to, if possible, add a few more pages to the American republic’s story. But I know that, even now, her last chapter is being written.


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17 Responses to Death of America

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Having sung the same song, I, of course, agree with Mr. Duke that one presidential cycle isn’t going to fix anything. This is also why my attitude has veered from trying to fix things to simply carving out a small space of sanity in a nation that is going stark raving PC mad. Living well is, after all, the best revenge.

    And I understand this narrow group of right-thinkers is like some Amazonian tribe on the brink of extinction or irrelevancy as foreigners move in and his rainforest is cut down.

    We on the right are, ironically, like the tribes of Indians who were displaced by the European culture. We can live in our little reservations. But as for “The Great Spirit” ever meaningfully effecting human events and spreading our culture, that’s not going to happen. We’re left to die from smallpox and cheap liquor.

    Faith in god? Well, that has never meant being assured that America, or any other place, would be good. Conservatives, Christians, and those not given to the vulgar inanity of Cultural Marxism, must live with the knowledge that our type is going to be increasingly persecuted.

    And although we may not have the last laugh, we are the only ones in a position to understand what is going on…provided, of course, we are not corrupted ourselves by the Marxist-based culture. We will be the only ones who are any reasonable definition of sane. We will be the only adults in a nation and civilization that has given itself over to children.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Actually, we won’t be able to live in our own reservations (like the savages in Brave New World). The modern left tolerates no deviance from their moral deviance. “You will be made to care.”

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Oh, you betcha. We will be made to “care.” No question about it. No question that the root meaning of “totalitarian” isn’t some stormtrooper visiting you in the dark of night. That’s simply a method any regime can use. Totalitarianism was very artfully defined by Mussolini: “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

        What you’re typical dumb-ass liberal or Progressive doesn’t understand is that totalitarianism is a bad thing. When I talk about we here being sane, I’m not kidding. Remember, the side that is walking us toward “nothing outside of or against the state” are the same ones who believe (or say they believe) in “diversity.”

        But true diversity means people being more or less free to chart their own lives and do what they want. My life will look different from yours. We won’t share all the same values, and for good reason. What the dumb-asses who support the Left never realize is the inherent anti-humanism of this homogenized culture.

        As as the homogenized culture progresses, it will more and more be the case (as we often see now) where people have quite literally lost their minds. They’ve lost the ability to believe their own beliefs or form their own values. Such things are passed down from the state and there shall be no divergence because the state is the final, legitimate, and only arbiter of virtue.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          What makes liberal fascism so peculiar is that they don’t like the police, the military, or even the bureaucracy. They don’t trust the state — but they wish to give it unlimited power. They think the police are racists hunting down blacks — but only they should be armed. Liberalism is indeed a mental illness.

      • ronlsb says:

        Spot on, Timothy. Though I’m no Trump fan, the demonstrations against his campaign are nothing but an extension of the leftists moving from the campus to the political theater. They will never allow dissent and will continue their assault until, as you stated, we are all made to care–no exceptions!

    • pst4usa says:

      Faith in god? Well, that has never meant being assured that America, or any other place, would be good.
      Right on the money Brad, I cannot tell you how angry Christians get when I say, “God does not care about America, he does however care about Americans and all people of the earth” There is no hope in man, and no one man can fix what we have taken over 100 years to break, and what did we break, our faith in God.

      “It is written in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
      The fetters we are forging are heavy barbed wire wrapped chains at that. But hey, it felt good for a while.

      And yes they will try to make us care Timothy, but they will just have to kill some of us, and if that is what it takes to wake this country up and turn its face to God, them I would sign up to be the first one to fill that roll. That is why I fight, so I don’t have to.

    • David Ray says:

      Only if that reservation is a gulag. (Just ask Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, etc.)

  2. GHG says:

    I don’t believe in fatalism but I do believe cause has inevitable effect and here we are – the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. How many righteous men would God find among us – enough to stay the execution?

    I hate to admit defeat, and defeat is what it is. But I hate to fool myself even more.

    All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing. I’m guilty as charged.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I believe in gravity. And my brain is tired from analyzing the various gravitonical particles that carry the Cultural Marxist pull. Anyone who wants to sit down with me over a glass of beer (or Diet Coke) and talk reality, I’ll be glad to do so. And I’ll surely shock you. Reality is not popular at the moment.

      And this is what you’d expect given the utopian nature of the Left. Reality is not the point. Nor is it just a functioning society they want. They want a “perfect” society as defined in strictly political terms. Thus we’re really talking about a value system that is extremely fungible. It will bend this way or that, depending on the wind. This bending produces much that is bent.

      People have adapted to this via various slogans and beliefs. “It’s all good.” “Whatever’s good for you.” We’re a non-serious culture that hides its hedonism, laziness, and self-absorption under the label of “nice.” And when you are the King or Queen of Nice, that crown weighs heavily. “Nice” people don’t dare point out black racism, the evil of abortion, the demonization of men, our narcissistic debt, or the evil of Islam.

      As we see in Europe, these “nice” people are disintegrating their society. We’re not far behind. The solution? Oh, you don’t want to hear it. It’s not politicly correct. Trump has only touched on one portion of it — illegal immigration. But it’s unlikely he understands even why this is a bad thing. And it’s very unlikely that this “New York Values” guy is acquainted with the other major problematic points.

      As much as many may think Trump is a fighter for our cause, I don’t believe that at all. What I think is going on is a capitulation to the Left whereby we’re trading our values for winning. And that’s understandable. No man is an island. Culture, as Mr. Kung notes, is everything. And if it’s not exactly everything, it is a lot. And to try to live life outside this dominant Progressive culture is a difficult thing. It is much easier to cave and find a way to hide this fact from yourself.

    • ronlsb says:

      We don’t know the answer to “how many righteous men would God need to find to stay our execution”. That didn’t stop Abraham from pleading with God to do exactly that for Sodom, did it? Nor should it stop believers from making the same plea to the Lord on behalf of this once great country each time we pray.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        And note that Yahweh sent some angels in to check out Sodom and Gomorrah — and they were sexually propositioned by people who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Sounds like Bill Clinton would fit in well there — and most liberals with him.

  3. David Ray says:

    This article enticed this observation . . .

    I’m done with Ann’s articles (& too many others with) until this “nothing else matters” primary season is done.)

    Just a frustrating thought . . . Anyone know anything other than endless Primary Season events are going on!?

    • Tom Riehl Tom Riehl says:

      Demographic disintegration is the primary matter. Multitude evils follow unchecked worst-world immigration. And, surely Trump or anybody else is no panacea, but Hillary might be? Crikey.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of the death of America, this is an article well worth a read: Flipping Everyone Off

    This “flair” that Harper none-too-fluently speaks of or what an older generation might call narcissism is on display everywhere in modern America and not just on athletic fields. It is evident in celebrity tweets, and even with John Q. Public who has become addicted to selfies and Facebook pages, which if we are honest are primarily just forums for self-affirmation.

    In no arena is “flair” needed more to get ahead than in the world of presidential politics. The days of politicians allowing their records to speak for themselves, if that day ever existed, is now deader than a door nail. It should come as no surprise to us that after months of campaigning and countless debates, that the most likely presidential nominees from each major party are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both of them has been blowhards for so long, that I doubt a majority of Americans can remember a time when either of them wasn’t in the media spotlight telling us how great he or she is. Judging by the primary results, this type of egotism is what the people want.

    All of which bodes poorly for the present state of conservatism. Out philosophical preference, we conservatives tend to shun demonstrative self-aggrandizing. Our liberal counterparts, however, are more “Aren’t I great, look at me change the world” types, quick to go to protests, sit-ins, or any leftist demonstration hoping to get their image on the evening news. Liberals are, unfortunately, in step with our times in this regard.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I read about that first on Daily Caller. A large number of people made utter fools of themselves here, starting with the prosecutor who called on local schools to report any such incidents to the police. So brownie now joins black hole, picnic, and water buffalo as words that can get you in trouble with the professionally outraged.

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