Skip to comments.EVERYTHING'S CHANGED!
Posted on 12/16/2001 8:12:10 AM PST by Colt .45
EVERYTHING'S CHANGED: Following Nine-Eleven, media punditry was awash with the hopeful observation that "everything's changed". Instead of yellow ribbons, symbolizing hand-wringing woe-is-us victimology, out came American flags, symbolizing patriotism, unity, anger, defiance, and a cold determination to defend freedom and exact a terrible vengeance. The new symbols of America became the steel-beam cross miraculously surviving in the World Trade Center rubble and the grim-faced eagle sharpening his talons.
Suddenly the divisive bickering of our solons in Congress, arguing over Social Security lockboxes and tax cuts for the rich and gun show loopholes, and of our media chasing Gary Condit and analyzing the latest Florida vote recount, were seen to be the exercises in small-minded foolishness that they truly were. Suddenly serious people had a serious and deadly business to attend to. The Deification of shallow Hollywood types, determined to prove themselves deep thinkers and cunning political strategists, when in reality their pea-brains had trouble developing a single original thought, suddenly gave way to the recognition that the real heroes of our society were those who never got face-time on Arsenio or Leno or Letterman. The realization came that the real heroes were the ordinary Americans who stormed into blazing buildings about to collapse, in order to save other ordinary Americans; that the real heroes were the ordinary Americans who, with a cry of "Let's roll!", sacrificed their lives and the lives of their wives and children by diving a hijacked airliner into the ground in Pennsylvania so as to save the lives of other ordinary Americans. The realization came that the real heroes were the men wearing the uniforms of our nation's armed forces, the men who, year in and year out, risked -- and sometimes lost -- their lives in distant lands and skies and on distant oceans while our fat, dumb, and happy nation basked in navel-gazing peace and dot-com millions. Now those armed forces had a job to do, and we were very grateful that they were there.
We are at war with a fanatic who vowed our destruction. Patriotism enjoys a rebirth, the nation is united in a just cause in a way that we haven't seen in at least a generation, and the vast majority of the people are relieved that our national policy apparatus is once again in the hands of cool and competent professionals instead of over age America-hating adolescents and aging retread hippies. Doubly relieved when the recently retired former president who headed that band of over age adolescents once again displayed his venality by publicly insulting the memory of the dead thousands, by blaming them for their own massacre.
And yet The federal government continues to grow and absorb expanding facets of national life. The nation's economy continues its two-year slide into recession and deflation. Unemployment and bankruptcies continue to rise, new technologies to fuel economic growth are starved by litigation abuse, punitive tax rates, and a regulatory morass; and the evaporation of trillions of dollars of private wealth in equities continues to turn nest-eggs into goose-eggs. No, September 11 did not cause our economic woes. A decade of Washington officialdom promoting class envy, hatred of wealth creation, hatred of entrepreneurial risk-taking, welfare-state dependency, nanny-state persecution, and the irrationality of wealth redistribution from the productive to the nonproductive, did that. A decade of democrats and leftists promoting socialist ideology, while republicans sucked their thumbs because they were too afraid of their own shadows to object, did that. It has become routine to despise entrepreneurial risk-taking and virtually every corporate endeavor, and to ignore the rights of private property and the rule of law essential for private enterprise to succeed. There is a general hatred of business and profits, even by the people who owe their livelihoods to profitable business. Far too many people would prefer, as most democrats would prefer for them, to receive an unemployment check as a dependent of government, rather than a paycheck from a profitable private enterprise. The willingness of the entrepreneur to venture his capital and his effort is what made this country the world's economic powerhouse. Yet a class envy has taken hold, people have learned to disdain the entrepreneur and the businessman, and anyone who has more than they do. There is a reflexive opposition to tax cuts for business, and the fact that such tax cuts would allow higher employment simply doesn't register with the economic illiterate. Any tax cut is automatically doomed when it is branded as a tax cut for the rich. How much mileage did Bill Clinton get from his promise to make the rich pay their "fair share", and how many people cheered because they thought that they would not be hurt by the punishment of economic success? Corporate greed has become such a widely used caricature that it is accepted as a truism. Thus is justified massive government regulation of business, the more the better, and that, too, is seen as a positive good. The economic illiterate should have second thoughts about punishing tax rates and stifling regulations on business when they lose their jobs as a result, but they are told, and so they believe, that layoffs are simply the result of corporate meanness. And so the engine of wealth creation is stifled, and people wonder why the economy stagnates.
But an ailing economy is not the most serious malady afflicting America. In many elite opinion makers, media patricians, and the academic aristocracy, there has evolved a loathing of this country that parades as sophistication, and a hostility to both economic freedom and individual liberty. Because of a generation educated into Constitutional and historical ignorance and the drivel of multicultural moral relativism, blinded by the media's constant fearmongering, censoring of opposing voices, and the fostering of ignorance, hatred, and division through lies and distortion, the nation that brought the world the unalienable Rights of Man has lost sight of the intertwined pole stars of individual liberty and national duty that made our national greatness possible. Individual liberty without a sense of national duty creates only anarchy, and national duty without the protected sphere of individual liberty creates only tyranny.
The troubles that beset the twin beacons of individual liberty and national duty (or, if you prefer, national unity) go far deeper than the current economic malaise. Despite the recent burst of patriotism and national pride, we know that there is still something deadly wrong in the heart and soul of America. What bedevils our national soul is not the invisible hand that drives our economy. What bedevils our national soul is the malevolent hand of hatred. Not the hatred of foreign fanatics bent on our destruction, but the virulent hatred of those born and raised here, who despite the freedom that this nation represents, despise what this nation is. That malignant hatred is far more dangerous than the hatred of foreign fanatics, because foreign fanatics are the enemies we can see, the enemies who openly declare their hatred. But the home-grown animosity comes in the guise of friendship, it smiles and pretends that it just wants to make America better, while hiding the dagger waiting to be plunged into the nation's heart. Like the foreign fanatic, the domestic haters use our own institutions to undermine us, and use the compassion of the American heart to promote our destruction. Under the grinning mask of reasonableness, in the halls of power in Washington the leering face of political opportunism obstructs legitimate governance for partisan political gain. Outside the political sphere, the lies, the distortions, and the constant vilification of this country spewed by the domestic America haters give aid and comfort to our foreign enemies, providing the "evidence" used by those foreign enemies to justify their hatred of this nation, providing the propaganda that stirs up international hatred against us. Just as we wait to hear the voices of moderate Islam rise up and denounce the radical fringe that has perverted their religion, we wait for the moderate and traditional voices of open-minded political liberalism to rise up and denounce the extremists in their ranks who falsely portray America as a plundering, oppressive, terrorist nation of unalloyed evil. We wait in vain.
And so our individual liberty continues to decay. Because of our inherent sympathy with the underdog, a culture has developed that declares victimhood a virtue and demands special dispensation in every walk of life, usually at the expense of those who had nothing at all to do with the "victim's" plight but are cast in the role of victimizer nonetheless. Victimology is now used to excuse any sort of anti-social, aberrant, even criminal behavior. Because of our sensitivity to the rights of minorities -- James Madison took seriously the need to protect against the tyranny of the majority -- we have become so sensitive to the rights of minorities that minorities now tyrannize majorities. Thus any manifestation of religious devotion must be rooted out, because such acts or displays are claimed to offend one out of a thousand in a given community. The sensitivity -- the rights -- of the other nine hundred ninety-nine must fall by the wayside in order to appease the one. We see the American flag taken down and the Pledge of Allegiance banned in some schools because they might offend a foreign student, a guest in this country who demands that his hosts accommodate his sensitivities. What about the sensitivities -- the rights -- of the citizens of the nation whose generosity he is taking full advantage of? Because of our sense of fair play, we see agonized debates about whether foreign fanatics bent on our destruction should be accorded the full panoply of American judicial protections, so that we are seen as being fair to foreign killers who would, if they could, abuse those judicial protections to further our destruction. Yet the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of the citizens of this country are, one by one, eviscerated or ignored. Media and congressional elites see no inconsistency with demanding civil rights for foreign terrorists at the same time they plan to stifle the free speech and other Constitutional rights of Americans. Out of sympathy to those who, through no fault of ours, live in less fortunate circumstances around the world, we open our borders to virtually all who would come here and take advantage of our freedom. But even when we find that very openness allowing terrorists and sociopaths to enter our country, we are still forbidden to close our borders or to limit immigration in any way, because that is claimed to be unfair to the unfortunate around the world. And underlying everything is the venomous hatred of the left for conservative philosophy in general and for this president in particular. Democrats and left-wing pressure groups will simply not allow "little" things like national tragedy, the slaughter of thousands of Americans, or war interfere with their ongoing crusade to do everything they can to obstruct, undermine, and ultimately destroy this president.
As we wage a war to protect our homeland from attack, we cannot lose sight of the fact that our individual liberty is still under assault here at home -- not by the temporary measures instituted by men of character to root out foreign terrorists still hiding here, but more ominously by the permanent measures debated in the halls of Congress under cover of the war. Hypocrites on the left in government and in the national media drape themselves in the Bill of Rights and declare that we will have lost the war if we allow our freedoms to be even temporarily diminished by the exigencies of battle. They are irate because diminishing our individual liberty is a task that they have arrogated to themselves.
In his masterful speech of September 20, President Bush said that the Islamic radicals who attacked us would "follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies." He didn't mention socialism, the deadliest lie of the 20th century, and the animating philosophy of the American left. Praise of big government is back, and the left glories in the expansion of government necessitated by the conduct of the war and the need to root out terrorists who still reside in our midst. And as government grows, individual liberty continues to shrink. Wouldn't it be ironic if the net result of this first great war of the 21st century, fought in response to an attack against the very concept of freedom, ended up turning the world's greatest defender of freedom into a socialist gulag of oppression, poverty, and deprivation?
HOLIDAY WISHES: This holiday season will be particularly difficult for the families who lost loved ones on September 11, and holiday seasons are always difficult for our military forces deployed overseas. But all of those who experienced personal tragedy on September 11, and all of those who are waging the war so magnificently in defense of freedom, know that this nation stands united with them. The enemies who attacked America on September 11 thought that we had permanently adopted the dove as our national symbol, they thought they were dealing with a soft, decadent, and decaying nation. They discovered to their dismay that it was an eagle they had awakened, and that eagle wields a fist of unconquerable fire and steel. Perhaps, just perhaps, the enemies of our liberty here at home will discover that Nine-Eleven also reawakened the spirit of our Founding Fathers, and the national character that was baptized at Lexington and Concord and tempered at Valley Forge is still alive and vibrant. Be of good cheer.
Every once in a while, an article is written that is an outstanding piece of truth and a beacon of hope. I believe this is just such an article. It is a little long, but well worth the read!
This article is true, every word of it. Our proud country has been plucked bare by the enemies within it.
Pray for America. Pray like you've never prayed before.
Gramsci describes this as "seizing the levers of power." Our schools, our universities, the bureaucracies within our churches and seminaries, media, the entertainment industry, and government, are some of the leading and shaping institutions that are now virtually wholly-owned subsidiaries of leftist revolutionaries. These people have a virtual monopoly over information and control, and they use their power enthusiastically to forward their agenda, one important element of which--as this article points out--is hatred of America and the values it represents.
Everynothing has changed; simply postponed.
Daring to turn one's back on the Liberal & only invites...no, begs for a knife to the back; period.
...& there's an entire generation of test-tube socially engineered people out there, eh?
Stay Safe Colt !~
Yup. Pure Gramsci.
I really don't think the 'America Haters' are all that much of a problem. They are an elite few really that do not have the power to dampen even raw capitalism, let alone patriotism and religious reverence for the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. The America Haters are a symptom not a cause.
The cause is widespread societal decadence. That is why I have been saying all along that this new found patriotism is as wide as an ocean ... and as deep as a puddle. You cannot fix a society with a fifty percent divorce rate (and that does not take into account everybody's multiple marriages), an astronmical illegitimate birth rate, and the wholesale death of real, heartfelt and effective religious worship.
Pointing the finger at the vocal few who preach hatred of America will do nothing to change things. Societal decadence has been seen in this nation before and it only lowers its malevolent head at the blast of World War or economic collapse. Or both.
This small sentence is the most powerful in the article. We wait in vain. The leftist will never admit they are wrong. They will continue to steal elections they cannot win. They will continue to use "diversity" to keep us divided. They will continue to use "tolerance" to silence us. Pray for America.
If you still doubt, take a look at the thread about the New York Times' snitfit over the lack of leaks at the White House. One of the biggest gorillas of the left is frantic because they have lost significant control over the national dialogue!
And what about the Kensington Revolt? The lefties know that we can and will take back our culture, and they are having a conniption!
Buck up, troops. The sun is just dawning on our side of the mountain. Daylight is coming.
This is pretty much true. What they didn't count on is the internet (so far) and its ability to allow people to actually communicate away from the controlled channels. Lets hope it stays free long enough to break the stronghold.
This is truly a great article.
Have you ventured onto a college campus lately? There's more than a few and they are in a good position to influence those still young enough to have their opinions changed easily. I'm not saying that 20 year olds aren't intellegent; only that they are inexperienced and more easily influenced than those who have been around the block a time or two.
I'd say that the American haters are both a symptom and a cause.
Yea; me too.
Kinda like old times, in a way.
Harkens back to a time when this level of quality writing & insight was an every-other-day occurence here at FR.
I did also.
Which has oddly enough, started to concern me, joan.
...twice in agreement with you on one post, implies I've grown soft. ;^)
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