And the rise—and fall—of nations.
American patriots–and by patriots I mean simply those who recognize the principles expressed in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as commendable and workable principles upon which to build a society–must recognize that our nation is in our own hands. While there is no way to convince the leftist and collectivist enemies of this nation that we have the right and obligation to confront them and their ideology on whatever grounds present themselves, the patriot knows this to be true.
The clever assistance lent to the communists by establishment Republicans and “conservatives” by suggesting that patriots need to be civil and orderly about their differences with these political adversaries are aiding and abetting the destruction of the nation and more specifically, the destruction of the patriots. Patriots have no color; they have no religion; they have no gender; they have no age; they simply have a common belief in a set of principles…
Nations are made of these principles (and others not recognized here). Nations are disbanded for violations of these principles. The least we can do to preserve a set of principles that helped to guide our nation for over two hundred years is to follow the lead of Wes Rhinier, who recently published a set of questions that a patriot would be hard pressed to answer in front of a mirror. Ask yourself why these things are allowed in a nation established, built and supported by patriots.
I don’t know what triggering event will bring us together on these issues. The trouble with independent thinkers is that they tend to have a wide and diverse set of conditions upon which they will act, making cooperative action nearly impossible. Some will not act at all. Some will act too soon and simply become a martyr without a discernible cause. But, we have to start somewhere, sometime…don’t we?
The Wes Rhinier questions TL links to above are indeed penetrating, and deeply unsettling:
Why don't people value Freedom?
Why won't you fight?
What will it take for you to fight and protect your Family from the Tyranny that is here and growing?
— Wes Rhinier (@WRhinier) December 14, 2018
Update! CA throws a highly pertinent Solzhenitsyn quote into the mix:
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?…The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.
That “We didn’t love freedom enough” bit especially smarts.
This is NOT the Founders’ America, because WE are not the Americans of the Founding generation. We have long been on a slow road to becoming something less—less independent, less honorable, less admirable, less worthy. In slight mitigation, it’s not America alone but Western civilization entire that has weakened, degenerated, and declined. The Left might well be at least partially correct in their assertion that the arc of history always bends in a certain direction: not towards socialism necessarily, but towards enervation, self-indulgence, narcissism, and decay.
One more question: how bitterly ironic is it that, as confirmed by all chronicled precedent, the roots of a culture’s failure are usually to be found in its success?