Yep, the indictment of Trump is wrong and stupid, mostly because I would just like to see him go away and stop causing whacked progressives to be elected. But people talking about this is the end of our democracy and society haven’t been paying attention. It ended a long time ago.
It ended when we let the academics who govern and teach in our universities become unmitigated lunatic ideologues and crush any attempt to have any viewpoint other than the most radical wokeism heard. We allowed them to poison and infect every part of our life–every institution–the universities, elementary, middle and high schools; the media, medicine, business, and of course, law and the courts. We let this happen; we did nothing to stop it. China and Russia helped fund it and push it along and still do so.
Now we are seeing the fruition of decades of intellectual and spiritual corruption. Now we are paying the price. Now it is too late. It is over for our society and country. We have a generation of idiot young adults, with another generation coming, who are incapable of telling when they are being brainwashed, incapable of gathering the simplest facts, incapable of even the most basic reasoning or logic. They are a hopeless, purposeless, soul-less mob, and being driven mad, engage in nihilistic violence toward themselves and the broader society. Our finances are in a ruin, there is no escape from massive fiscal pain. We don’t hire, promote or retain people on the basis of knowledge, experience or skill; so our government, especially, businesses and other institutions are inefficient and incompetent. Even our military is in the process of being irrevocably weakened and incapable of protecting us.
Get it through your heads, there is no return, there is no avoidance of the immense decline of our society, our economy, our quality of life. One election won’t make a bit of difference. The destroyers are embedded in every facet of our civic life. We are living the decline and eventual fall of the United States, which has been the single greatest creator of improved lives all around the globe, the defender of individual freedom and rights. Our fall will mean the further rise of authoritarian dictators backed by immense technological power capable of real-time detection and annihilation of any dissent, any independent thought.
I truly believe we are past the point of reasonable return. I have been writing and warning about what was happening in the Universities for decades, and about its inevitable corruption of every facet of our lives. And here we are. The Trump indictment is irrelevant. There is no rule of law for anyone. Everything is political. Right skin color, ethnic background, sex, sexual orientation, ideology–you can do no wrong; the government will protect even your most outrageous behavior. Wrong ones, you will be punished. We in my generation are fortunate that for most of our lives, it was a better country, but it doesn’t lessen the pain of seeing what it has become.
The best thing that may happen is that the country does split and that one part is still devoted to those original ideals so movingly set forth in the declaration of independence and that new nation has the wealth and fortitude to defend itself and those ideals. This current country, this current United States, is dead on its feet.
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I’m glad you can finally see this. Took you awhile. Do you now see how this is the goal of the WEF? Including the planned covid virus to scare & control mass amounts of sheep. Now if you could only see how corrupt Ukraine is….
I wish people would actually take this seriously and not stoop to idiotic conspiracy theories like this. Are you completely insane
Have you always been this happy? Just kidding of course. I agree with much of what you say except for the “its over part.” I truly believe that “we” have a breaking point – and that there will come a point where people just say “no more.” Look at the backlash brewing against ESG, Wokery, and Transgender ideology.
For many years the US has been experiencing the incremental and accelerating dismantling of our civilization. So far I do not see a viable mechanism to reverse course.
I certainly agree with a lot of what you said. There’s no question that our country’s financial situation is very bad and will fully implode at some point. The only thing that gives me pause in that is I’ve thought that we were close to an implosion for a long time and it hasn’t imploded yet.
I completely agree that our education system is broken. While I realize that the transgender English teacher in Bemidji isn’t your everyday teacher, there are a lot more of them like that than you’d hope. And of the public school teachers who aren’t sick and mentally ill that like individual, 90% of them are left wing ideologues. And the fact that Minneapolis Public Schools will openly hold a grooming event at an elementary schools is downright scary. If the parents don’t put up a huge stink and shut it down, this will be at suburban schools by next year and throughout Minnesota in 2 years. Unless one lives in a district in rural Minnesota where parents know and trust the teachers and administrators, it’s long past time to pull your kids from public school if one can at all afford it.
The best path forward is move to a red area and make it more red. Get on your local school board, county board, etc and reinforce traditional conservative values. Make sure there aren’t drag shows at your public schools. Make sure that your county and city governments don’t make incoming employees go through all of the this DEI training. That place might be Florida for some people. I personally cannot stand hot weather for long periods of time, so that’s not the solution for me. I figure Northern Minnesota (and specifically my community) is safe for a couple more years. If things keep getting worse though, we’ll consider our options.
Taking the black pill? No one knows what the future will bring. As Mel Brooks put it “hope for the best . . . expect the worst”
Also been saying this for years but it has been presaged by folks like the late Francis Schaeffer. The decline is here, and the only hope is a spiritual revival of real biblical Christianity. Our system only works for a generally virtuous people who hold to the Judeo-Christian worldview.
that is a pretty narrow and exclusionary approach. I think people of any religion and even people with no religion can hold and live by values that are consistent with a well-functioning society
The current movie, Jesus Revolution, illustrates one era where people turning to God helped calm our stormy society. Kevin, it’s not meant to be exclusionary, it’s just that wholesome ideals for forming our country – a call to be a better, respectful human were taken from the Judeo-Christian Bible; like an instruction manual. I fully agree that some of us don’t follow the manual and there may be those who have seen examples of goodness and choose that road separate from the Book’s teaching, but I think it’s easier to get off track apart from it.
I’m an atheist. My parents were both atheists, as were both my grandfathers (both WWI vets). My dad was a WWII vet. I was drafted in 1967 and sent to Vietnam, so I’m also a vet. As a teenager I didn’t appreciate being drafted (thanks LBJ) before I was even old enough to vote, but I’m now glad I served.
In any event, I’ve never been hostile to Christianity … live and let live. My entire extended family is mostly either atheist or agnostic, and we have always celebrated Xmas and Easter since it’s fun for the kids. While I don’t BELIEVE in a supreme being, I still enjoy our traditions. Atheists are NOT the bogeyman! Purple-haired kindergarten teachers with nose rings and pronouns, I’m not too sure about them, but they are definitely not in my camp! I would categorize them as “secularists” and not atheists or agnostics. Some may even be theists with ‘WOKE” leanings? Of course, I say this knowing that it’s potentially wrong to categorize people since that creates divisions that can be exploited.
I agree 100% with Kevin’s response to your posting.
I agree with much of the commentary. As a Christian, I’m not indifferent to world events, but I know that God is sovereignly controlling all things.
Man’s sin cannot frustrate the plan of God, but neither is God responsible for sin. There is peace to be found in this knowledge, no matter what.
I’ve been thinking this for years and what is referred to as the National Divorce may be the only way to save anything resembling the United States. An example of this is the Greater Idaho Movement. The author is correct that, in essence, we’ve done this to ourselves. If a resulting civil war occurs it will make 1861-1865 look like a minor exercise, in comparison.
Agree completely. Secession is the least violent way forward. Not necessarily the best, but without a doubt the least violent. There are far too many utterly irredeemable, , totalitarian-inclined, and manifestly ignorant people in undeserved (and unearned) positions of control and/or influence.
Fasten your seat belts, my friends. The next 10 years are going to make the last century look like a cakewalk.
I appreciate the article but question the conclusions.
Why did conservatives end in a place with no institutional power, little money, limited social influence, and minimal organization? Americans long abandoned principles that sustained their strength. Rampant drug and pornography use, broken families, empty pews, dwindling local organizations, etc. are the result an abandonment of norms and mores that underpinned cultural strength. Without those norms and mores, what makes you think in a spilt those on the right would have strength to get things right?
Even if there was an attempted split between blue and red, what makes you think team blue would let team red go? The left does everything it claims to hate…including colonial abuse. Wasn’t team blue just acting like a colonial power when it prioritized gay rights in a place like Afghanistan over pacifying the Taliban? Despite team blue’s hatred of flyover country, don’t they want to enjoy the raw material, labor, and markets in the red states?
The solution is a return by individuals, families, and communities to living decently. Get rid of cabel, Netflix or whatever streaming service is spewing filth into the home. Connect with neighbors and serve. Get back to church with the kids in tow. Stay involved in local politics, which is more meaningful than we acknowledge (see the changes wrought at local school boards). Work to make marriage work (and it is work!).
I’m not convinced it’s over because I think that enough people will recognize the emptiness and rot of team blue’s focus on power and wealth as their lives get harder.
After all, the founders saw the rot of Europe. The pilgrims did. The Union saw the rot of slavery. And if enough individuals, families, and communities stop looking in the wrong places for happiness, we can see and reject the rot as well.
Good post. Probably true. God does however work miracles. He sent Jonah to delay and diminish a judgement of doom against Assyria. Pray. Assyria’s doom was delayed a hundred years.
It is indeed too late.
I started 30 years ago with two disastrous policies. One was to send big, beefy, pork-eating North American soldiers into the islamic heartland of the world. The second was NAFTA and the destruction of nearly half of the American manufacturing base. We then spent decades focused more on Falluja and Kandahar than on the people here entering the back door of our institutions. Since 2000, we increased the national debt more than six-fold, with another $20 billion coming in the next 10 years (CBO). When we were young, there was no Chinese competition. Now, China has 40,000 km of high-speed rail, we have none, because it costs us 8x more to build it here. Vested interests and an intractable bureaucracy squelch any change. Our political class is fixated on sending billions we don’t have to keep a war going on the Eurasian steppe. As you say, it will not end well for us.
Since my mid-teens, 55 years ago, I’ve had friends predicting an imminent collapse of society. It made a lot of sense to me at 16 but by the time I reached 30 I was rolling my eyes and now it’s just in one ear and out the other. We certainly might be living on borrowed time, but I’m more worried about a single fanatic with a designer virus than I am about the crazies on the extreme left & right. We’re at the stage where one person can essentially wipe out the whole planet and you know there are plenty of people who would do it if given the chance.
It started 30 years ago with two disastrous policies. One was to send big, beefy, pork-eating North American soldiers into the islamic heartland of the world. The second was NAFTA and the destruction of nearly half of the American manufacturing base. We then spent decades focused more on Falluja and Kandahar than on the people here entering the back door of our institutions.
Since 2000, we increased the national debt more than six-fold, with another $20 trillion coming in the next 10 years (CBO). Civil liberties are fading faster than we print money.
When we were young, there was no Chinese competition. Now, China has 40,000 km of high-speed rail, we have none, because it costs us 8x more to build it here. Vested interests and an intractable bureaucracy squelch any change. Our political class is fixated on sending billions we don’t have to keep a war going on the Eurasian steppe. The military-industrial complex has become as rapacious as a Komodo dragon and now only a nuclear war will slake its blood thirst.
As you say, it will not end well for us. I agree with your views completely.
I, too, am an atheist. One does not have to be a believer to recognize and revere the wisdom of the Bible and to appreciate it’s foundational status in western civilization.
Seperation of red from blue is necessary but not sufficient. The first task is the education of our red state brethren, otherwise they’ll be ‘recolonized’ by glib blue rethrotic. Typically, we on the right are confident in our kinetic superiority. This however is a Magineau Line to the left’s mind games.
Rhetoric is the practice of constructing plausible arguments. Even Plato recognized this as manipulative and evil. The coastal elites are well practiced in this art form. It is one of the ancient liberal arts and is taught to and practiced in the legal profession. The only antidote is solid knowledge in history, economics, non-mathmatical statistics and, surprisingly, the English language. These are the areas that the left manipulates and distorts to their ends. It works because most of us only know just enough about these to live. If you control language you can control thought. If you control the others you make critical thought impossible
To assemble our improved knowledge into a functional suit of mental armour we need critical thinking. Integral to this is monomanical honesty. The easiest person in the world to fool is yourself. The internet is a treasure trove of solid gold and unmitigated crap. Critical thinking is the filter that seperates the gold from the crap. Open, honest, and civil discussion is how we help each other with this task. If we apply the rules of recognizing logical fallicies, civil discussions and critical thinking will happen.
you can only be referring to anything that comes out of your puerile brain
I have thought similarly for a long time. But the optimist in me hopes I’m wrong, but the pessimist knows I’m right. One thing does comfort me somewhat, and that is, that we all live in the same world. By that I mean that those who are destroying long held norms are also subject to the same consequences. You might be a liberal tech giant but still be stabbed to death on the streets of SF. This is the world they’ve created and we all live in it, including them. Bad things happen to all people with complete indifference to race, religion, political affiliation, etc etc. I know this is a schadenfreude view of looking at it, but still it gives me comfort to know that those who are destroying societal norms are going to pay the same price as the rest of us.