And It Comes On A Nearly Missed But Extremely Significant Anniversary...
Literally thousands of items have shown up in recent days regarding American foreign policy, and specifically Russo-American relations, the just completed Helsinki Summit, and the narrative that continues unabated like the Energizer Bunny. Even after President Trump’s latest press statement of yesterday, the far Left crazies are doubling down on their completely insane accusations: Trump committed treason (quoth former CIA director John Brennan), he is worse than the Nazis (maybe he IS one?), his actions are worse than the Holocaust, etc. etc.
My earnest wish for them? May they all receive their just reward and eventually dwell in Dante’s lowest circle of Inferno, where treachery, betrayal, and pure evil are punished for all eternity. They richly merit it.
And the Neocons are now breathing a breath of relief, because, it seems, some of president’s advisors twisted his arm, persuaded him, as it were, to “clarify” his statement about our national intelligence agencies and to affirm that he believes their assessment about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
I am not going back and reconsider that question, as I have written about it previously and at length in earlier installments in this series. I will say that: (1) I understand why the president, under such severe pressure from his own Neocon advisors, would have been compelled to make that “correction,” but (2) I also believe that, given what he said and how he said it, fundamentally he still, rightly, harbors some doubts, and even in his clarification he continued to suggest that “others” might also have been involved.
While I strongly disagree with his apparent about-face as it represents a kind of retreat in the face of the unrelenting, anti-Trump opposition from the Deep State-controlled Intel community, and while I am disappointed, given the nature of the political and cultural war we find ourselves in, I also believe that the president’s underlying sentiments and his strategy of rapprochement with Russia will continue. Of course, the frenzied lunatic Russophobia of the far Left will continue apace, and the Neocons will continue to worry and sweat about the next time that President Trump will venture off the assigned reservation that they have attempted to map out for him. And that, as I see it, is still a reason for hope…and not a reason to excommunicate him. Criticize intelligently, encourage what we believe to be his more profound views (as he expressed them in the 2016) campaign, continue to illustrate in a convincing manner the basic incompatibility between the essential vision of Donald Trump as we understood it and the poisonous efforts by the Neocons to alter and pervert it for their own ideological purposes –this is where I come down.
At the end of this installment of My CORNER I will give a list of links to some excellent articles on this topics. Rather than trying to re-invent the wheel or repeat what I’ve written, I urge you, at your leisure, to check out these essays and their research, which, I believe, support the points I have been attempting to make.
But today, I wish to make a 180 degree change in emphasis (although perhaps it is not that extreme a change in emphasis?).
Let me ask: how many of you know what happened 100 years ago yesterday…July 17, 1918? And how fundamentally it affected the subsequent history of the world?
On that date Communist partisans in the city of Ekaterinburg, Russia, led by former Talmud student Yakov Yurovsky, brutally murdered and mutilated Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his children, and his household, in one of the most outrageous acts of regicide ever committed in human history. But it was not just that act, per se, that is so significant, but what it represented. For its actuality and symbolism unleashed over seventy years of direct Communist revolution, and even after the demise of Soviet Russia finally with the failed KGB coup of August 1991 (which, it must be pointed out again, Vladimir Putin, then vice-mayor of Leningrad, suppressed), the bastardized Marxist children of Lenin and Leon Trotsky still seem on the verge of accomplishing what their Soviet half-brothers were unable to achieve after the murder of the tsar.
Yet, in Russia today the citizens have turned a momentous corner—Tsar Nicholas and his family have been canonized as martyrs to the faith by the Orthodox Church and Vladimir Putin, that former KGB agent stationed in Dresden (and let me emphasize the word “former” for he has returned to the Orthodox Christian faith), now pays his respects to and honors not only the tsars and pre-revolutionary Russia, but charts a course for the Russian future which is decided nationalist, pro-Christian, and anti-Communist. No wonder that the American Left and our cultural Marxists despise him and post-1991 Russia…and no wonder the Neoconservatives whose genealogy is largely Russo-Jewish (from the Pale of Settlement) fear him and what they imagine might well be the recrudescence of anti-semitism (after all, for them ANY Russian nationalism is equated with anti-semitism and the bad old days of pogroms under the tsars).
But for those not completely inundated in such ideological infections, the fact that Russia is now formally and officially commemorating its older and non-Communist history and past, and making reparations spiritually for that incredibly and indelibly criminal act committed 100 years ago—an act that cries to Heaven, “clamor ad caelum”— that so signaled the tenor and theme of the 20th century, is indeed remarkable and a sign both of contradiction and of hope.
Thus it is that while here in the United States the leaders of the Democratic Party and GOP leaders rush to condemn the anti-democratic and anti-liberal course of Russia and its “violations” of “human rights” (you know, no same sex marriage, increasing restrictions of abortion, forbidding gay proselytization in Russian schools, support for traditional Orthodoxy and the opening of over 28,000 new Christian churches, etc.), the former Communist state and its people, having seen what the Communist “future” held and was all about, and having suffered under it for over seventy years, attempt to chart a new course. And all the while, the John McCains (good-bye, John—Dante has a place for you), Lindsey Grahams, The Weekly Standards, National Reviews, practically all the Democrats, most of the Fox punditry—in fact, just about all establishment opinion in the USA, far left or “(Neo)conservative movement incorporated,” seem bound and determined to eagerly accept the failed template.
Recall the words of I Peter 5:8: (Vulgate text) “Sobrii estote vigilate quia adversarius vester diabolus tamquam leo rugiens circuit quaerens quem devoret -- Be sober and vigilant, because your adversary the devil, like a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”
It is always easier, it seems, to see the devil far from us and not recognize the one within, closer to home, whether named paganism, “the Revolution,” liberalism, Socialism, Communism, or cultural Marxism. Malevolence is like the Greek Hydra, many headed and fatal—but the final results are always the same.
This piece originally appeared in Boyd Cathey's blog on July 18th, 2018.
Boyd D. Cathey holds a doctorate in European history from the Catholic University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, where he was a Richard Weaver Fellow, and an MA in intellectual history from the University of Virginia (as a Jefferson Fellow). He was assistant to conservative author and philosopher the late Russell Kirk. In more recent years he served as State Registrar of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History. He has published in French, Spanish, and English, on historical subjects as well as classical music and opera. He is active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and various historical, archival, and genealogical organizations.