Earlier this month Dennis Prager tweeted the following:
“The news media in the West pose a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does.”
The reaction from the left was typical, and bad. F-bombs, s-bombs, and “move to Russia” replies generated the most likes. On the other side, criticism from people like Bret Stephens, who joined David Brooks at the New York Times as a “conservative”, was bizarre. So I want to take a stab at making a larger point about what’s happening to us, something Prager alluded to in his response at National Review:
“My tweet was about the Western Left undoing Western civilization.
First, please understand what little effect social media should have. If Prager had posted a photo of himself in drag while throwing clown gang signs, it would have influenced our lives the same – which is to say not at all. Even if you disagree with someone, what good does full-throat attacking do for you, the person you disagree with, or your argument? I cringe every time Dennis Prager calls President Donald Trump a conservative dream, better than Ronald Reagan. I don’t, however, feel the need to lower him, myself, or the conversation by suggesting he change his diaper (that happened).
Step out from this clump of weeds, and take a look at something Abraham Lincoln said in his Lyceum Address (emphasis mine):
Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
I hope I am over wary; but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen, amongst us. I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgment of Courts; and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice.
The shortened version:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
A major attack from anyone outside the United States will be met with such furious unity, our enemies would have to cripple our entire infrastructure to head off our military’s immediate and overwhelming response (this is why EMPs concern me). Or don’t you remember after September 11, 2001, George W. Bush and then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle hugging on the Capitol floor, and the subsequent beatdown we delivered to Afghanistan? But the slow bleed of cultural destruction at the hands of a media and academia who hate America, and a substantial percentage of the American people who don’t know what values are worth defending, this hands our enemies a victory where all they have to do is make popcorn, sit back, and watch.
As much as we try to ignore it, isn’t Western media an increasingly large component of our daily lives? Does a large section of our population not check social and other media multiple times a day? Is there not an increasing and insidious creep of politically-correct and destructive politics and social justice into our most cherished diversions (TV/movies, NFL, ESPN, etc.)? Are we not seeing our children, down to the pre-school level, undergoing leftist indoctrination that assaults traditional, American values?
Western media is more pervasive by the day, and shows no sign of slowing. Academia continues to set new standards in tearing down Americanism. They are fighting and winning the war against Western civilization. Russia, Iran, North Korea, and the like don’t hold a candle to them.
Image: Excerpted from: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47476372