AMERICA'S LIKE AFTER DEATH
By: Selwyn Duke
I have never been so unhappy
to be right. Ive long said that Barack Obama would win re-election, and two weeks
ago I stated
as much in print. In making this prediction, I was almost alone among traditionalist
pundits, with some, such as Dick Morris (Mr. Batting Zero), actually forecasting a Mitt
Romney landslide. And, no, Im not pointing this out to numb despair with some
perverse kind of gloating, like a man consumed in flames looking to suck on an ice cube.
Its because of why I knew that Romney would lose: America is lost. And there is
something to be found, but not unless good people understand what truly lies ahead.
is heading toward a dark winter. Of course, I cant give you a Mayan-like prediction
of a precise time of reckoning; details are always sketchy, which is why I wasnt
entirely right on the micro of the election. But this is much like how its difficult
to predict the weather for two Wednesdays from now, but easy to forecast cold in February.
And of our civilizations overall weather pattern, there is no doubt. Now lets
discuss what prevents conservatives from seeing the clouds on the horizon.
conservatives probably knew better in their hearts than to predict a Romney win, but just
couldnt come to terms with the depressing reality of a second Obama term.
Rationalization is common among man; its how we avoid unwelcome truths. But it also
blinds us to danger. Just think, for instance, of Jews who saw their coming winter in
1930s Germany and emigrated; then think of those who didnt because they
couldnt face reality. This is how dangerous rationalization can be.
for years I and a few others have been warning that fighting in the political arena while
losing the culture is like trying to grow beautiful leaves on a tree whose roots are beset
by steady rot. Sure, we may win some battles, but theyre merely a rightward movement
of deck chairs on a ship steadily drifting left. Yet even when this phenomenons
specifics are explained to simplicity, theyre often rationalized away by
conservatives. Most would rather talk about Obama this and Romney that, about how we just,
by gum, need a real conservative. But this is
for naught without a real conservative electorate. We cant elect a better government
when weve bred a worse people.
just as I knew Obama would win, Im quite sure of something else.
truly conservative Republican will ever win nationally again.
click that mouse and grab the hemlock, because there is hope. Ill get to that
understand a major reason why, read my piece, Does
the GOPs Demographic Death Spiral End in a Texas Graveyard? And to
understand why I put conservative in quotation marks, click Conservatism
is Dead; Long Live Conservatism. Ill give many such recommendations in
this piece, as theyre necessary background for a proper understanding of our coming
But lets start with a
simple fact: Mitt Romney is a photogenic, articulate, moderate Republican who was up
against a scandal-ridden leftist radical presiding over a listing economy and foundering
foreign policy. Still he couldnt win.
I should say, voters chose to lose.
what the American people were before, they are no more.
know, I know. The media deceived the citizenry. Romney started playing not to lose instead
of to win. There was vote fraud. There was that storm and Chris Christie playing Misty for
Mr. Limp Wristy.
its not that the above isnt true. But no candidate is tactically perfect;
Obama certainly made his share of mistakes. There also will inevitably be unforeseen
events during any campaign, and they dont matter when enough people can distinguish
good from evil. And the left does steal hearts and minds through the media and votes
through electoral sleight-of-hand, but this merely reflects our cultural decay. And
its only getting worse.
You Cant Get Elected, Appoint a New People
variation on a Bertolt Brecht line gets at our problem. And our new people has been forged
via both importation and domestic production.
conservatives complain about illegal migration ever more tepidly Ive
been warning that it was merely an exacerbation of a larger problem: legal immigration, through which statists have been
importing reliably socialist voters. This I have explained thoroughly over
again, yet most conservatives wont touch the issue. This is partially due to
immigrationism, dogma stating that immigration must be a permanent and
unquestioned fixture of American life (death?); partially due to pundit cowardice; and
partially due to rationalization. After all, immigration is here to stay, we think, so
better to shunt its scary implications to the minds recesses, where the rest of the
wild things are.
Ill make this simple: remember the pre-election stories about how Obama was wildly
popular overseas? The English are enchanted, the French are all aflutter, Indonesia is
infatuated, and Kenya is kvelling. Obama isnt foreign to foreigners, and do you
think this will change because the foreigners come here? Just as with religion, people
bring their ideology with them. And unless you think you could talk a Muslim jihadist out
of Islam, why suppose you could talk a socialist out of socialism?
worlds consensus political orientation is no surprise, mind you. Note that nascent,
adolescent, and young adult America was the rarest of anomalies, as mans historical
default is tyranny. And as geriatric America has proven, its difficult enough
instilling the mindset that birthed her into the native born, never mind those who come
here in the hardened clay of adulthood. Having said this, there is a reason why we are
being, as Alan Keyes put it, colonized
hath cast off the thing that is good; the enemy shall pursue him. They have reigned, but not by
me: they have been princes, and I knew not
. Hosea 8:3-4
a peoples morality goes, so go its fortunes. You simply cannot be one kind of people
but have another kind of government (see Written in
the Eternal Constitution). And what has happened to our sense of virtue in
America? So lost it is that even the word has been replaced with values, that
fixture of the atheistic literary style. For decades we have instilled children with
leftism, nihilism, hedonism, relativism, and atheism through academia, the media, and
popular culture; we have seduced them into sin and made them, as Ben Franklin wrote,
more corrupt and vicious, [so] they have more need of masters. For sure,
masters will be ones lot if he has not mastered himself.
this inner anarchy has outward manifestations: the imagery of pagan barbarism. Like
primitive tribesmen, the young today deface themselves with tattoos and body piercings;
the tramp stamp has become a stamp of youth-generation membership, while even large
earlobe rings, something the West previously reserved to Discovery Channel documentaries,
are now worn. And this physiognomy correlates with a certain voting pattern. Do you know
what it is?
of voting patterns, for my atheist friends
It is when a
people forget God that tyrants forge their chains Patrick Henry
many reading this, I once was that rare breed: a conservative agnostic. And, like so many
who bristle when I now promote faith, I probably didnt realize how rare I was
and always would be.
News alluded to this when trying to explain Obamas win, pointing out that
religiously unaffiliated people are 20 percent of the U.S. for the first time ever. And
does a poll
showing that this burgeoning group of Americans favors Obama surprise you? It
shouldnt. There is a strong atheism-statism correlation the world over, which is why
its no coincidence that conservatives in heavily secular Western Europe
are simpatico with our liberals. Take note of this before you cheer the diminution of
faith and fancy it can be replaced with Ayn Randism. Without the Christian right, there is
no right at all.
where do we go from here? First, we must stop rationalizing and look truth in the eye.
There are no national ballot-box solutions, and Americas winter is nigh. And will
we, as all civilizations eventually do, soon go the way of ancient Rome? Its
possible. Remember, however, that when Rome fell there were still people living in her
lost lands. They still had to forge societies. And some did a better job than others.
what of the immediate future? Well, Ill write more about that in the coming months.
For now Ill leave it at this: what would you do if you were part of an organization
whose leadership became ever more tyrannical and intransigent?
must focus on our states and localities, on uncompromisingly doing the right thing within
them. Are you with me? Because all I can say is that if I were a governor, I would
certainly make news. What else can you do when caught in the course of human events?
Duke is a writer, columnist and public speaker whose work has been published widely online
and in print, on both the local and national levels. He has been featured on the Rush
Limbaugh Show and has been a regular guest on the award-winning Michael Savage Show. His
work has appeared in Pat Buchanan's magazine The American Conservative and he writes
regularly for The New American and Christian Music Perspective. He is a regular
contributor to Ether Zone.
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Selwyn Duke can be reached at: SelwynDuke@optonline.net
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