November 9, 2012

As I write this article, it has been 48 hours since Conservatives, Republicans, Evangelical Christians and a host of white-males went off to lick their wounds and curse the ground Mitt Romney walks on. Pundits have been eviscerating him, and many commentators, columnists and political scientists are lamenting what could be the death toll of the GOP.

To ask how Romney lost the election when it appeared things had swung in his direction since the first debate, seems to be the wrong question to pose. The better question would be how did this moderate, who found it distasteful to speak conservative, ever get nominated?

Forced to wear a hat that he didn't think made him look good (i.e. the Conservative hat), many on the right either saw him as a hypocrite or just paying lip service. But even this explanation is beside the point.

Frankly, I haven't been listening or watching the news the last two days as I don't want to hear all the possible explanations and the spin many conservatives are putting forth. So, let me cut to the chase.

The real reason Romney, and more particularly Republicans, lost is because America is coming apart. When Bill O'Reilly said during the election coverage Tuesday that 50 percent of the voting public want "stuff" he was referring to those who believe they are entitled and believe the government has to take care of them. Then he made the profound statement that would have gotten him fired at CNN, MSNBC or any of the other news organizations: "The white establishment is now the minority."

Let's look at that in the light of our culture today.

The force that tore the Soviet Union apart was not America's military superiority. That was a part. But Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the old Soviet Empire said "ethnonationalism" broke up the country. To quote Gorbachev, it was "the relentless drive of peoples to separate which translated into tribalism with the country."

What broke up the Soviet Union is tearing at the seams of American union. The ideals that once defined us as a people - freedom, equality, democracy - have been corrupted into concepts more reminiscent of Marxist revolutions than of the American Revolution.

Abraham Lincoln defined a nation as a people of common ancestry, culture and language who worship the same God, revere the same heroes, cherish the same history, celebrate the same holidays, share the same music, poetry, art, literature, held together by "bonds of affection....mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field and patriot grace, to every living heart and hearth-stone."

If that is what a nation is, can we truly say America is still a nation?

The European and Christian core of our country is shrinking. The birthrate of our native born has been below replacement level for over forty years. By 2020, deaths among white Americans will exceed births, while mass immigration is altering forever the face of America. I will not forget the Easter, 2009 cover of Newsweek touting "The Decline And Fall of Christian America." The statistics bore this story out.

Throughout all of history, the facts reveal that for the United States, as for any nation, the death of its cradle faith brings social disintegration, and end to moral community, and culture war. Meanwhile, globalization dissolves the bonds of economic dependency that held us together as a people, as the cacophony of multiculturalism drowns out the old culture.

Our nation is coming apart. We are disintegrating, ethically, culturally, morally, politically. Not only do we not love one another, as Christ's teaching commands, we seem to detest each other. President Obama's successful class warfare is a result of our decline.

Consider this: half of America views abortion as the killing of the unborn meriting the wrath of God. The other half regards right-to-life as a reactionary movement and a repressive ideology.

Christmas and Easter the holy days of Christendom, once united us in joy. Now we fight over whether they may be mentioned in public schools.

Half of American regards her history as glorious; the other half reviles it as racist. Old heroes like Columbus and Robert E. Lee may be replaced on calendars by Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez.

We are seceding from one another not only on matters of morality, politics and culture, but race. When President Obama was inaugurated, there was talk and hope of a new "post racial America." But three weeks into Obama's administration, Attorney General Eric Holder began Black History Month by calling us a "nation of cowards" for not discussing the subject of race more openly.

Conservatives who opposed Justice Sonia Sotomayor and stood with Sergeant James Crowley in his confrontation with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., were denounced as racists. They threw the same ugly word back in the face of their accusers and Barack Obama.

In August, 2009, when crowds turned out for town hall meetings to oppose health care reform, i.e. Obamacare, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called them "evil-mongers" and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called their conduct "Un-American."

Race consciousness is rising higher than in the days leading up to and immediately after the Civil War.

Speaking of civil war, this may be the precise phrase to describe our times. Consider but a few of the issues over which we have fought, often for decades: prayer and the Ten Commandments in public school, crosses in public parks, evolution, the death penalty, abortion, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, affirmative action, quotas, busing, the Confederate battle flag, the Duke rape case.

Now our fight is over "death panels," global warming, gay marriage, socialism (i.e. Progressivism), history books, and whether Barack Obama is really a citizen of the United States.

The crudeness of our public debate is matched by its incivility. In politics it is insufficient to defeat an opponent. One must demonize, disgrace and destroy him.

Something is different today. The America we grew up in is gone. The unity and common purpose we had when we could together pledge allegiance to a flag that stood for "one nation, under God, indivisible" is gone. In America today, the secession that is taking place is a secession from one another, a secession of the heart.

The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What once united us is dissolving. And this is true of Western Civilization.

Theodore Roosevelt warned the Knights of Columbus back in 1915: "There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The only absolutely certain way of bringing a nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."

What Roosevelt warned us against, we have become. And it is sad to say but the one entity which fosters this destructive power is found in the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party is the party that has harnessed the power of hate, immorality, atheism, narcissism, and those who want stuff for little or nothing. These have now become the voting majority. This spells the death of the Republican Party, first on a national level, then trickling down through the states. The death of the GOP is small in comparison with the death of a culture. And that means the death of society, which, in turn, means the death of the nation as a whole.

One the news of Burgoyne's defeat at Saratoga in 1777. which portended the loss of the North American colonies, John Sinclair wrote to Adam Smith in despair that Britain was headed for ruin.

Smith replied: "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation."

I believe we are severely testing Smith's proposition.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.