Detroit, America, the Love of Romans and the Deceit of Wormtongue

Written by Luke Hamilton on August 8, 2013

This is why America as we know it is crumbling. Not because Americans hate this country but because too many of them love another America. A major component of what made this nation great was the pride citizens took in representing the values embodied by the United States of America and the love they shared of the liberty which these values protected. Just as Detroit crumbled because the object of her citizens’ adoration shifted from those values which made her great to those which made her ill, this nation is fundamentally transforming to a new and different definition of “great”.

Multiculturalism furthers this transformation by encouraging cultural relativism and a community of cultural silos whose inhabitants nurse grudges against inhabitants of neighboring silos. The attack on American exceptionalism is becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy by guaranteeing that America will no longer be exceptional for much longer.

If we are to avoid becoming a nation of Detroits, we need to evict self-hating, progressive politicians and bureaucrats from their positions of power. To get back to the equation which Chesterton identifies, we need to get a wide swath of Americans to love this country again in order to begin her restoration to greatness.

This is nearly impossible in today’s political climate, for the simple reason that we have a legion of Wormtongues filling the empty heads of their supporters with self-hate and grievance, which fuels their desire to fundamentally transform this nation into something which turns the stomach of conservatives. It is a brilliant turn of play which ensures no group will retain their love of country intact. Cauterize the wound by evicting progressive politicians and regulators and we just might start to open our eyes like King Theoden and realize how lovely this nation can be without the trappings of totalitarianism with which she is draped today.

Image: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.

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Luke Hamilton is classically-trained, Shakespearean actor from Eugene, Oregon who happens to be a liberty-loving, right-wing, Christian constitutionalist. When not penning columns for, Hamilton spends his time astride the Illinois-Wisconsin border, leading bands of liberty-starved citizens from the progressive gulags of Illinois to [relative] freedom. Hamilton is the creative mind/voice behind Pillar & Cloud Productions, a budding production company which resides at He owes all to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose strength is perfected in his weakness.