by Steve Lancaster 2/5/14
At the end of the 15th century, Europe was a confusion of conflicting fledging nation states, competing cities, and the Papal States. In the Florence of the Medici — the center of art, literature and culture in Italy — 1492 saw the death of Lorenzo “the Magnificent” and the rise of an obscure monk, Savonarola. Coming from nowhere and achieving success by rhetoric and clever preaching, this obscure priest shook the very landscape of Europe.
Savonarola, in the name of “democratic reforms,” sought to cleanse the city of impurities. Savonarola was not interested in reforms but to “fundamentally transform” the city with himself as the sole interpreter of God’s will. He choose to overrule the representatives of the republic, and instead threatened to use his pen and pulpit if they would not act. He convinces people that their vanity is the cause of unhappiness and despair and that only his intercession with God could bring them salvation. And to that end, he commissioned a bonfire of the vanities.
The New Savonarola’s new orthodoxy is called progressivism. He has succeeded in the manner of the historical Savonarola with promises that if we surrender our freedom to his control, then we will be smiled upon by God. Like the good citizens of 15th century Florence, we are witness to a magnificent bonfire. He burns not the art and literature of a great city, but the wealth of a nation and he uses for scrap their greatest achievement, the Constitution.
This time the priest has been more successful. He has control of the largest, most vibrant, economy the world has ever seen and is systematically dismantling it with the world’s largest debt and keeping growth outside of government to a minimum. The pain and suffering he is inflicting is not an accident of bad government, but intent to bring down what he considers an arrogant people. His intent is to punish those who will not do his bidding, who will not march into the fires of his demented hell on earth.
He has the most powerful military force the world has ever encountered and loyal minions to do his bidding. He seeks to subdue his own people but also free people world-wide who choose to live their own lives and not submit. He will make nuclear deals with nations whose only reason to have nuclear weapons is to intimidate their neighbors and destroy freedom. The blood of millions shed for his statist goals will not be too much. Should a nuclear Armageddon come, he will cry crocodile tears but will feel no remorse for his contribution to the slaughter.
However, like Florence of the 15th century, we can hope and pray the New Savonarola will be exposed for the fraud he is, that the façade of goodwill will fall and show the narcissism of our would-be monarch to be the snarling face of loathing for the American people, our institutions, our history, our land, our past, and our future. • (1010 views)