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‘A Major Watershed In History’

29 August 2019 @ 16:27

In another installment of Mark Steyn’s Notebook feature, he writes of Boris ‘The Prorouguish Charmer’ Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Red China, and Bernie Sanders.

Please do take the time to click here and read it.

I was struck by something John Shuba wrote in the Comments section [re-paragraphing mine]:

As to Bernie’s boundless love of murderous totalitarian regimes. — His response is pretty much, “Well they make the trains run on time.” I never before realized what a hollow not to say twisted, guy is Bernie. Western freedom and liberty means nothing to him. Like one of those zanier street prophets he preaches that he alone has the answers and will bring about the Promised Land if we will just all prostrate ourselves before government and the next Five-Year Plan.

However he may be on to something with those under 25 in our society. More and more of them seem quite bored with freedom and liberty and seem willing to sell some or all of it in order to get someone else to pay for college (and other “free stuff.”) There is a feel of real decadence and lack of substance within this group which goes so well with their endless lecturing of the rest of us about how “pure” they are. Maybe I’m just a middle-aged crank and perhaps people have been saying that about the “younger generation” for eons but a broken clock is right twice a day and this time around geezers like myself may be right. . .

I think we are, Mr. Shuba.

Their is a Profound Ignorance of The Past among Gen-Xers and Millennials.  So many of them are in this state that they have no clue as to the mistakes made in previous times and, therefore, as they become more and more Influential in our Society, these Unlearned Illiterates will repeat the Grave Mistakes of The Past.  In a Nuclear Age, the thought of this is Frightening.

This phenomenon was getting started during my years as a youngster [1961-1979].  But it really took hold with the children of the Baby Boomers.  At least we got a grounding in American and World History before the PC Crowd of parents and educators changed the face of Learning by making it a Servant of Ideology, so we had, and continue to have, a Sense Of The Past in our Hearts and Minds — it enters our Meditations.

The Gen-Xers and Millennial, for the most part, we deprived of this and, perhaps worst of all: if they were taught any History, it was through the fun-house mirror view of Ideology [EX: The Founders are Evil Incarnate Slave-Holding Supremacists].  They were subjected to an Orwellian form of education, written by ‘Masterminds’, Intelligentsia, and Apparatchiks, spread by True Believers, Fellow Travellers, and Dupes.

As SteynOnline commentator RAC remarks:

Bernie [doesn’t] even try to hide his abiding love of Communism these days. [N]o need really since most of the Democratic party has climbed aboard not to mention the left’s near total control of the national media as well. Decades of hard left indoctrination of your children attending public schools is bearing lots of red fruit these days. Will conservatives ever mount a counter-offensive to reclaim our k-12 educational system? Not a chance. I live in a supposedly red state and even the few charter schools still standing are under relentless assault both from the democrat party and their fellow travelers in the media. Our dog has no fight left in it.

[And you have to beware of the Charter Schools because many of them are run by Ideologues, as are, sadly, many Parochial Schools (Damn you, Vatican II).]

For many reasons, conservatives have, indeed, lost the fight in them.

A New Awakening is needed.

Today it would be retrogressive to hold on to the ossified formulas of the Enlightenment. Such
social dogmatism leaves us helpless before the trials of our times.

Even if we are spared destruction by war, life will have to change in order not to perish on its
own. We cannot avoid reassessing the fundamental definitions of human life and society. Is it true
that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that man’s life
and society’s activities should be ruled by material expansion above all? Is it permissible to
promote such expansion to the detriment of our integral spiritual life?

If the world has not approached its end, it has reached a major watershed in history, equal in
importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will demand from us a spiritual
blaze; we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life, where our physical
nature will not be cursed, as in the Middle Ages, but even more importantly, our spiritual being
will not be trampled upon, as in the Modern Era.

The ascension is similar to climbing onto the next anthropological stage. No one on earth has any other way left but — upward.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, A World Split Apart

If we are to dare call ourselves ‘American’, we must be willing to do those things, make those efforts, take those actions that the First Americans did. We will not be deserving of the label, ‘American’, if we are not willing to pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor to Preserving and Restoring what has been lost: not simply The American [Constitutional] Republic, but that Virtue and Commitment that drove The Founders to risk it all to see that they and their Posterity enjoyed the Right to Life, the Right to Ordered Liberty, and the Right to Pursue Happiness.

The Founders vowed to forsake all if that is what it took to secure our Unalienable Rights. The First Americans swore an Oath to either Live Free Or Die.

—Robert Belvedere, The Present Crisis, Chapter 12: Live Free Or Die

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