George Friedman wrote in his book, Flashpoints that Civilizations are divided into three phases. The first is Barbarism in which people believe the laws and beliefs of their village are the laws of nature. The second is Civilization where people continue to believe in the justice of their ways but harbor openness to the idea that they might not have everything correct. The third is Decadence. It begins the moment people come to believe there is no truth, or that All Lies are Equally True.
Watching the Obama administration flounder around so many things ranging from whether or not to target ISIS to telling Christians not to get on their high horses generates anger and head shaking. These problems bring me to the conclusion that at the highest levels, Washington, D.C. believes All Lies are Equally True. Two pieces of core evidence take me there. First, the Lord hates those who shed innocent blood. Since the early seventies, our nation has shed innocent blood to the tune of 50 million aborted babies. That number is coming home in the form of lost consumers, lost workers, lost intellect, and lost taxpayers. In our coming future, that equates to lost soldiers, lost Marines, and lost men and women defending our nation. In a land where All Lies are Equally True, dismissing a voiceless, faceless baby to oblivion becomes a medical detail in the ethics of convenience.
A second piece of core evidence arrives with our failure to protect innocent blood. If the Lord hates those who shed innocent blood, then he loves those who protect innocent blood. As I write this column, hard, violent, faith filled men are going in harm’s way to rescue women and children from ISIS. While Washington, D.C. wrestles with their amoral ass-inanity trying to figure out how to even respond, rank and file Americans see the correctness of protecting innocent life.
Our Perfumed Princes walk a tortuous maze where All Lies are Equally True. Their disconnect from the American people grows because they cannot understand people who still believe innocent life is precious. The worst part about the decadence of believing All Lies are Equally True is that they do not have to make any decisions because all decisions are wrong. Or Right. Or not necessary. Or maybe will go away.
Rome did not exactly fall. It sort of crumbled until Attila the Hun and his minions took out the last vestiges of an empire that had more than enough wealth to raise a first class Army. The problem with Rome in the 3rd and 4th Century was that it was in the last decadent throes of a nation where All Lies were Equally True. As a result, in the words of Gibbons, rank and file citizens hated their own government more than the barbarians at the gate. Families fled north to escape confiscatory taxation that otherwise swept them into slavery for failure to pay taxes.
The Last Centurion (a nameless man tired of enduring the death of his nation) married a barbarian bride somewhere in central Europe and started over in a feudal landscape. He had to take it back to Barbarian 101… His people believing the laws and beliefs of their village were the laws of nature.
Our nation is different from Rome but our demons are very similar. Like the Romans, we face a rising Moslem civilization that is wiping people, nations, and entire histories into dust. Our own leaders imitate the Emperors by coming from a morally relative place where All Lies are Equally True. They fail to believe the civilizing strengths and great beliefs the founding fathers used to kick start our Republic.
It is ironic that just as the Enlightenment was a war against church and faith, our similar New Age deceivers actively war against believers. That war straddles the courts, community, public school and the boiling pot of weapons confiscation. The mantel of “Right to Life” seems as far down in the bin of mediocrity as the issue of slavery after the 1856 Dred-Scott decision.
Historically, when an empire or nation hits the point of ultimate decadence in which the beliefs that made it great recede into a background where All Lies are Equally True, the nation falls. Some, like Rome, slid into the night. Others, like Carthage, watch from the crosses, to which they are nailed, as their children and wives are led off to the slave markets. Still others, like Babylon, are so caught up in orgiastic excess that when a Persian Army diverted the Euphrates and marched under the walls of Babylon in knee-deep water, the Babylonians did not know for three to four days that their kingdom was gone.
Watching the Perfumed Princes in Washington, D.C. flail in the face of simple life and death decisions about protecting the innocent, because All Lies are Equally True, many citizens are wondering which fate will be ours to endure. The good news is that out in flyover country, we still see farmers cranking up their tractors at 5:00 AM. The men and women of our armed forces rotate on and off shift as they stand in the gaps. Families flock to churches with hardnosed Bible-based preaching.
Few of us know what the next election cycle will bring and most of us hope for something other than aging liberalism or aging pretend conservatism. Somehow, we need a new cohort of men and women in Washington, D.C. who can push back the decadence and comfort of thinking All Lies are Equally True.
We need eagles – not political vultures picking at the carcass of our nation in amoral indecision.