“For the hate that they taught through the State brought the State no defender …”
In June of last year, nominally right-leaning political commentator Peggy Noonan worried that too many Americans were losing their reflexive, instinctive love for their country, a love that all great nations need to survive. She was right, but she did not go far enough when she tried to delve into the reasons why. I propose that many Americans are losing their love for what their country has become, because their beloved nation’s “fundamental change” is almost complete. Leftist barbarians have almost reached their goal.
Barbarians hate civilization. Some barbarians can be barbaric physically and outwardly, with primitive lives spent in day to day subsistence living and few cultural amenities to add beauty to their lives. Other barbarians can have the outward trappings of civilization but yet are bent on destroying what they don’t understand and what they fearfully hate. It is the latter barbarian that is the enemy of civilization today.
Barbarians have always hated civilized people because civilized people make barbarians feel inferior. So barbarians destroy. It’s all they really know how to do – tear down. Tearing things down is easy; building things is hard. By breaking the mirror civilization holds up to them, smashing it to bits, degrading it, barbarians no longer have to see themselves. Barbarians’ hatred of the civilized, and their destruction of civilized societies, is a recurring theme throughout history. It’s the hatred that the Vandals had for Rome. It’s the hatred the ‘60s generation has for the world built by the Greatest Generation.
This hatred that barbarians have for faith, freedom, decency, morals, justice, laws, stability, self-control, right-of-property, secure wealth and the elegant luxuries it brings – all accurately summed up under the word “civilization” – is ongoing today.
It’s the hatred that feminists have for stay-at-home moms.
It’s the extreme hatred that Democrats have for conservative black people like Dr. Ben Carson and conservative women like Governor Sarah Palin.
It’s the hatred that pro-abortion fanatics have for pro-lifers.
It’s the hatred that militant homosexuals have for the Church.
It’s the hatred that fanatical Muslims have for Israel in particular and Western nations in general.
It’s the hatred that dysfunctional leftists have for normal, decent conservatives.
It’s the hatred that communists/statists/fascists have for capitalists and for freedom.
It’s the hatred that too many people in other countries have for the West.
It’s the hatred that militant atheists have for Christians (though the atheists carefully avoid displaying hatred against other religions, especially against Islam).
It’s the hatred that Occupy Wall Streeters have for Tea Partiers.
It’s the hatred that extreme environmentalists have for those happily using Earth’s gift of oil to keep their suburban homes warm and their cars running.
The haters want to tear it all down, every happy, free, decent part of it, so no mirror can be held up to reveal to them what failures they are. What the savages don’t realize is that, in tearing it all down, they will suffer a lot themselves, perhaps suffer even worse than the people they’re doing their best to destroy. The coddled haters here in the West, the Leftists, will find life hard when they achieve their destructive goals, because the civilization they hate so much has been sheltering them in its embrace all along. When this civilization collapses, the barbarians of the Left won’t have anything to sustain them, not even faith. Bland, cold atheism and humanism will not replace squelched-out Judeo-Christian beliefs (even Richard Dawkins realizes this). Instead, the barbarians will find themselves under the thumb of a new, unmerciful and truly tyrannical religious creed … but, knowing Leftists and atheists, most will probably cravenly convert to this other religion when they find themselves under actual threat and oppression instead of the mythical “oppression” the self-important drama queens like to pretend they endure in a Christian-majority country.
You’re losing us, Leftist barbarians. The people you need to sustain your way of life are checking out. We are shedding our trust for the law you are wielding unjustly as a weapon against your ideological opponents, and for a czar-and-executive-action-run system of government that seems, more and more, to be opposed to freedom. We still love the military but you are corrupting and degrading even that bastion of freedom with all your might. With your hatred and destruction you have almost succeeded in “fundamentally transforming” this country into one that makes those of us who are civilized feel as aliens in a strange land. And we are the ones you need to sustain the civilization that protects you.
The imperial gains of the age which their forefathers piled them.
They ran panting in haste to lay waste and embitter for ever
The wellsprings of Wisdom and Strengths which are Faith and Endeavour.
They nosed out and digged up and dragged forth and exposed to derision
All doctrine of purpose and worth and restraint and prevision:
And it ceased, and God granted them all things for which they had striven,
And the heart of a beast in the place of a man’s heart was given. . . .
For the hate they had taught through the State brought the State no defender,
And it passed from the roll of the Nations in headlong surrender!
-Rudyard Kipling, “The City of Brass”
Deborah Elmar is a Christian, wife and mother. She blogs at Collecting Quotes and occasionally posts at Return of Queens. She is a Canadian who lives with her family in America and loves both countries.
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