Skip to comments.American Twilight - The lamps of liberty are going out
Posted on 07/07/2012 8:46:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
..................In recent years, speaking to audiences hither and yon, Im wont to say something on the lines of The lamps are going out on liberty all over the world. Its my update on a famous observation by Edward Grey, British foreign secretary on the eve of the Great War. In August 1914, Sir Edward stood at his window in the summer dusk, and said, The lamps are going out all over Europe. He was speaking metaphorically. After all, his remark was prompted by the sight of Londons lamplighters going about their evening routine lighting the lamps in Whitehall. Metaphorically speaking, the lights of liberty were certainly dimmed by Robertss hideously convoluted Supreme Court decision: I dont see why I should be fined $695 for declining to participate in an overpriced and dysfunctional insurance market.
But thats a philosophical argument, and most folks just want to get on with their lives. And in that sense last weeks power outages are more relevant to where the U.S. is headed than what passes for John Robertss thinking in his Obamacare opinion. It was a reminder, as if you needed one, that in the American twilight the lights will be going out literally. Last week, as the East Coast was fading to black, the West Coast was sinking deeper into the red: Stockton, Calif., became the largest U.S. city to date to file for bankruptcy. America is seizing up before our eyes, and the action necessary to reverse the sclerosis is stymied at every turn by rapacious unions, government micro-regulators, dependency-spreading social engineers, and crony capitalists who know how to weave their way through the bureaucracy...........
Another gem by Mark. Wish I had his command of the English language. The lamp has been going out since the sixties. Watch out Rome and Greece. You are about to be outdone by the once great USA. Those I feel most sorry for? The Founders.
can you post a link?
It’s really not that taxing to look it up......
A second American revolution is coming.
I think his rather varied background, including Canadian, Christian with Jewish lineage, educated at a “public” school in England, resident of the US (not sure if he is US citizen) shines in his work.
Are Americans ready to become slaves? Where is the tipping point? Has any nation ever legislated itself back from the brink of tyranny?
We are down to prayer and the 2nd Amendment.
Regarding the latter, WHO will be our George Washington, John Addams, and Thomas Jefferson, and be the first to put his balls on the line?
It’s not that taxing to include it, as it’s supposed to be, when an article is posted.
It’s taxing to read bitching about it. Manup.
The world is being prepped. As economies crumble, the cry to end national sovereignty and create a new world government is fed to the masses.
No one is ready for this. It is exactly what is happening.
Regarding the history of republics, you should make this inquiry of Sulla’s wife, not Cincinnatus’; Cincinnatus simply went home when the job was done.
Roman history is chock-full of currently relevant careers and events, none of it very hopeful or encouraging, however.
I doubt that a new Revolution is coming.. half the people in this country are good with America`s decline.
I may still be proven right down the road though.
Watched a history show on PBS last night: Ten Crucial Days. (excellent show, highly recommended)It was about the Battles of Trenton and Princeton during the American Revolution, the hardships, Washington’s genius, etc. Made me cry because of all the suffering, struggles and hard-won victories and those ^%$&#&#, Roberts and Obama, flushed them down the crapper in one fell swoop.
I struggle to find graciousness for them.
Not to mention all those where the tyranny fell because it was defeated in war: Italy, Japan, Germany, France (again, several times), etc.
Off-hand I can't think of one that went up and peeped over the edge and then stepped back. But I'll give it some thought.
Off the top of my head, the full quote was The lamps are going out all over Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetimes.
He was right.
The next morning, Germany invaded Belgium on their way to France.
Europe to this day has not recovered.
The vulture are just about outnumbering the people who created the golden goose.
The Soviet Union fell because of external pressure. If the US falls to the marxists, there will be no external pressure on any of the major powers to force them to allow freedom to their citizens. We need to make a stand here.
The lamps of liberty may be going out, but watch for the muzzle flashes.
“The vulture are just about outnumbering the people who created the golden goose.”
In a nutshell.
The problem is not the RaceMarxist and his band of talentless Commie Ivy League lawyers, it is the near 50% of Americans who benefit from big government.
Look not just at the Federal government behemoth folks, but at the satisfied, overpaid parasites infesting your local school district, fire departments, and local and state government.
Marvelous, marvelous Mark Steyn!
They won't be for long when that decline hits them personally, or the Timber Rattler is tread on one too many times.
“Sarah Palin or Allen West.”
Along with Michelle Bachmann (remember her?) and precious few others, yes those two seem most fearless, in the face of the ongoing destruction at the hands of the cool black guy paper cut-out, foisted on us by the Bolsheviks.
However, I doin’t understand West’s needs to be a member of the openly racist CBC.
I think he just wants to keep tabs on them.
The timber rattler being stomped on won`t drive the shiftless to action, but a cessation of their benefits might. Americans aren`t quite as motivated about freedom as we know it anymore. “freedom” has been redefined as the freedom to grab as much pie as possible and run for the nearest corner.
Sorry.. not having much optimism about the future now.
That is why that snake is the on the Gashton flag.
As the saying goes, “when push comes to sholve”.
Oh, and I agree with you regarding not having much optimism for the future. Too many are invested in their “victimhood” and the free ride, the rest are invested in forcing everyone to validate their perversion because they think that will mitigate the guilt they still feel when they can’t avoid the truth on a sleepless night. My only optimism is in that this was foretold in God’s Word, which also tells how the story ends-God and His people win.
“A second American revolution is coming.”
Well, it's time to quit crying about it, and let that golden goose pull her piece and start dropping those damned vultures left and right -- a huge hecatomb of vultures. And let the coyotes and wild pigs and feral dogs eat the vultures, and piss on 'em. Their tough luck. Wrong goose.
Second it. Long, very long overdue.
The Gadsden Militia flag is flying outside my front door right now, topped by a Betsy Ross.
What the legend means is a polite, 18th-century version of "If you step on me, you stupid ************, you will wish you had tried to **** Godzilla instead!"
Or words to that effect. Sorta.
Revolutions are fought by the young. America’s young don’t love America.
But they sure LOVE the American free market system, proof, with all those tech stuff they have.
Or to use the famous New Hampshere saying, “live free or die”.
So what are you going to do about it - go out in the street and shoot into the sky? Some people are doing something...the “Impeach Obama” road sign in Alaska - the guy giving the Obama bus the 2 finger salute - but while fun these things in themselves do nothing.
I think we have to spread the facts to those we know, write our so called representatives, donate, vote, volunteer. However, I’ve tried all of this to no avail - it just keeps getting worse. Of course I live on the left coast but I can only pray that enough of my fellow people do this right thing this election - or we are truly done for and the only remedy will be a second civil war.
Yes they like stuff. They always have their noses in phones now. I doubt they give a thought to free enterprise because they sure don’t think socialism is bad.
Which is nothing more then a “passing phase”.
I'm going to sign up to be a Tea Party poll watcher, like in 2010, is what.
And keep my piece clean.
Can you get me info about becoming a tea party poll watcher, website info, please. Thanks!
Sure, but the fires of war are being lit.
I’d be interested in getting the into on this also.
“However, I doint understand Wests needs to be a member of the openly racist CBC.”
Really? I do. Brava, Sicilia. Bravissima.
Cold blood is an acquired attitude and disposition.