Russia, which suffered decades of atheist dictatorship, is trying hard to become once more a Christian country. The U.S., once a Christian country, is trying hard to get rid of Christianity.
Since classical times it has been observed that good rulers exhibit four virtues---wisdom, prudence, justice, and courage. How is that working out for our rulers these days? Most of them would not even know what you were talking about if you told them this.
Congresspersons no longer represent their people except in petty ways. They represent their party and the government establishment because that is the best way to preserve their prestige, power, and pelf.
John Taylor of Caroline told us long ago that a rich government is not the same thing as a happy people.
The wonderful martyred Daria Dugin wrote that politics, economics, psychology, and religion must always be considered together---they are inseparable.
Our rulers and press are adept at harping on separate issues. But Joe Biden’s failures are all related to the same diseased psychology. By separating out economics, social questions, foreign affairs etc. politicians and media are able to keep the people diverted. The only real political question is---the health of the commonwealth. Red State Americans understand this instinctively if not consciously. We sense and feel that things are not as they should be---that our rulers lack legitimacy and any real concern for us.
That is beyond specific issues. That is what the young fellow was singing in “Rich Men North of Richmond.” That is why people cheer for Donald Trump: he seems to get it, at least somewhat.
One high (appointed) government muckety-muck recently declared that Americans have a duty to support the Ukraine. I am pretty familiar with the Constitution and I don’t remember that being authorised. Where exactly do these people get the right to tell me what my moral duty is? I had no chance to vote for or against them. It would be a little more convincing if their commands to others cost them personally in blood or treasure.
How are we now? A great many Americans can’t detect Satan gloating over the medical mutilation of children.
What did Nancy Reagan ever do to deserve a commemorative postage stamp?
Isn’t it a bit strange that so many Protestant clergy are slavishly devoted to a foreign country that is neither American nor Christian?
Why does every single European new television series always have a favourably portrayed black person in the first five minutes? And an interracial love affair, often rather implausible, by the second episode?
According to official U.S. policy, Confederates were fighting to preserve slavery. Therefore everything representing memory of the Confederacy has to be exorcised. This is a childish lie. In order to establish that the Confederacy was fighting to preserve slavery you have to postulate that the North was fighting to abolish slavery. Confederates were fighting against a vicious invasion that threatened to abolish the self-government that their forefathers had won just a generation or two before. Northerners were fighting for conquest of people and resources. A couple of phone booths could contain all the Northern soldiers who thought they were risking their lives for the good of black people. In fact, slavery was not the foremost consideration in the mind of either side.
A regime that is expunging many of the noblest parts of its history on the basis of a lie is not a good regime. The assumption that slavery is the explanation for the bloodiest and most destructive war in our history comes from the same impulse that creates the 1619 Project atrocity.
The lie puts black people at the center of American history, and that is not true. The story of America is much bigger and more positive. American history is the story of the conquest of a continental wilderness, establishment of free institutions, and a prosperity that was once (although no longer) the envy of the world. African American history is a sidebar to that great story which could have happened without them.
The rule of Joe Biden is starting to look like a character in a comic farce, although a dangerous one.
I have been trying for years to think what Hillary Clinton reminds me of. It has finally come to me. She is a snobbish sorority sister who likes to boss people around. That is all she has ever been.
Mainstream Republicans have not learned anything. They are incapable of change because so far their phony act has brought them power, perks, and pelf. They have posed as the conservative alternative while giving no thought to doing anything if they win.
They have not grasped why Donald Trump laid low a whole dozen of their groomed empty suit preferences. They are now presenting for President another dozen of the exact same type.
I am getting their slick propaganda regularly now. It has one theme---attacking Donald Trump. The message is Trump will lose the election to Biden. We cannot allow that to happen! There is not the least word about what program or policy is to be followed or what marvelous candidate is to replace him.
This has been the standard play of mainstream Republicans for several decades now. We must rally around and defeat the evil Democrats. What exactly they are to do when they win is never discussed.
This is not politics---it is advertising.
You have to give it to the leftists. Many of them actually believe what they say. This is never true of Republicans. They get talking points from the party headquarters for the campaigns advertising their candidacy. Then they pose and posture for the (hostile) press.
From its very inception almost two centuries ago, the Republican party has been the single greatest obstacle to genuine government of, by, and for the people.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews