An HIstorical Perspective

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Submitted by Blanche Shows (Copy of original writing penned by an unknown author) 
June 27, 2022

Men, like nations, think they’re eternal. What man in his 20’s or 30’s doesn’t believe, at least subconsciously, that his lifespan is nearly indefinite? In the springtime of youth, an endless summer beckons. As you pass 70, it’s harder to hide from reality.

Nations also have seasons: Imagine a Roman of the 2nd century contemplating an empire that stretched from Britain to the Near East, thinking: ‘This will endure forever.’ Why not? Opponents of the time were irrelevant. But as it happened, forever turned out to be 400 years give or take.

France was a pivotal culture in Western Europe for over 1000 years. But now the land of Charles Martel is on its way to becoming part of the Muslim ummah. Worse, a majority of French indicate that they could care less.

In the 18th, 19th, and early 20th Centuries, the sun never set on the British empire. Unfortunately, Albion now exists in a perpetual twilight. Its 95-year-old sovereign is a fitting symbol for a nation in terminal decline.

In the 1980’s, Japan seemed poised to buy the world. Business schools taught Japanese management techniques. Today, its birth rate is so low and its population aging so rapidly that an industry has sprung up to remove the remains of elderly Japanese who die alone. Japan has literally willed itself to become nonexistent.

America’s prestige and influence were never greater than in 1946. Thanks to the ‘Greatest Generation’, we won a World War fought throughout most of Europe, Asia and the Pacific. We reduced Nazi Germany to rubble and put the rising sun to bed. It set the stage for almost half a century of unprecedented prosperity. We stopped the spread of communism in Europe and Asia, and fought international terrorism. We rebuilt our enemies and lavished foreign aid on much of the world. We built skyscrapers and rockets to the moon. We conquered polio. We explored the mysteries of the Universe and the wonders of DNA, the blueprint of life. But where is the glory that once was Rome?

America has moved from a free economy to a mad race to socialism – which has worked so well NOWHERE in the history of the world.

We’ve gone from a republican government guided by a constitution to a regime of revolving elites. We have less freedom with each passing year. Like a signpost to the coming reign of terror, the cancel culture is everywhere. We’ve traded the American Revolution for a replica of the “Cultural Revolution.”

The shambling creature in the White House is nothing but an empty vessel filled by his handlers. At the G-7 Summit, his wife ‘Dr. Jill’ had to lead him around like a child. In 1961, when we were young and vigorous, our leader was too. Now a feeble nation is technically led by the oldest and most enfeebled man to ever serve in the presidency.

We refuse to defend our borders, our history or past greatness. We’ve even given up defending our streets; our cities have become anarchist playgrounds. We are a nation of dependents, mendicants, and misplaced charity. Thousands of homeless camp in the streets while illegal-alien criminals are put up in expensive hotels.

The president of the United States can’t even quote the beginning of the Declaration of Independence (‘You know — The Thing’)

Ivy League graduates routinely fail history tests that 5th graders could pass a generation ago. Crime rates soar and we blame the 2nd Amendment, while slashing police budgets, and electing prosecutors who campaign on letting criminals go. Our culture is certifiably insane. Men demand that they are women. People fight racism by seeking to convince members of one race that they are inherently evil, while telling others that they are inherently good and perpetual victims. A psychiatrist lecturing at Yale told listeners that she fantasizes about ‘unloading a revolver into the head of any white person.’ We slaughter the unborn in ever-growing numbers, while our birth rate dips lower year by year.

Our national debt is so high that we can no longer pretend that we will be even remotely able to repay any of it one day. It’s a $28-trillion monument to our improvidence and refusal to confront reality. Patriotism is called insurrection, treason celebrated, and perversion sanctified. A man in blue gets less respect than a man in a dress. Yet we ask soldiers to fight and die for a nation our leaders no longer believe in.

How meekly most of us submitted to Fauci-ism (the regime of face masks, lock-downs and hand sanitizers). It shows nothing but the impending death of the American spirit.

How do nations slip from greatness to obscurity?
• Fighting endless wars they’ve decided not to win
• Accumulating massive debt far beyond their ability to repay
• Refusing to guard their borders and allowing the nation to be invaded by a massive uneducated, unskilled alien horde
• Surrendering control of their cities to mob rule
• Allowing communist indoctrination of their youth
• Moving from a republican form of government to an oligarchy
• Trading a national identity for a tribal identity based on race and ethnic origin
• Indulging indolence
• Abandoning, if not becoming hostile to, faith and family – the bulwarks of social order

In America, every one of these symptoms is pronounced, indicating an advanced stage of the disease.

Even if the cause seems hopeless, do we not have an obligation to those who sacrificed so much to give us what we had? I’m surrounded by ghosts urging me on: the Union soldiers who held Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg, the battered bastards of Bastogne, those who served in the cold hell of Korea, the guys who went to the jungles of Southeast Asia and came home to be spit upon, reviled, and neglected.

This is the nation whose uniform my father and most of my uncles wore in the Second World War. I don’t want to imagine a world without America, even though it becomes increasingly likely.

During Britain’s darkest hour, when its professional army was trapped at Dunkirk and a German invasion seemed imminent, Churchill reminded his countrymen, ‘Nations that go down fighting rise again, and those that surrender tamely are finished.’

The same might be said of causes.

If we let America slip through our fingers, if we lose without a fight, what will posterity say of us?

“While the prognosis is far from good, only God knows if America’s day in the sun is over.”

– Author Unknown

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