(I wrote this on the eve of 2016… holding my breath that we could make it through another year and still be America, land of the free. It is now 2017, I believe we have dodged a bullet, but may yet face baptism by fire.)
In “Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union” David Satter describes the shattered grip of a Communist government on every aspect of the masses. The people stood in shock and apprehension at the loss of the protective state and at their new and uncertain liberation to think and act for themselves.
We in America will have such a moment, when the Demagogue-in-Chief is gone, when collectivism (communism, socialism, progressivism, the left’s “liberalism”) is finally discredited and ceases to be vogue. The left’s leadership class will lose their allure as paragons of equality and fairness, and be seen as leading “taker class,” confiscating the fruits of others’ labor and amassing power both seen and unseen. Soon politically correct will be recognized as self-censorship and resoundingly rejected; and moral and cultural equivalence are recognized as demonstrably absurd. A time will come when our federal government abides its limitations, when state governments exercise their rightful roles, when citizens are respected; when propaganda is rejected and knowledge is craved, when those dead white men are read and appreciated; when personal responsibility is less burden and more liberation and American exceptionalism expresses itself in a myriad of ways. Americans will value their nation, their culture and citizenship and their children.
However, as we recognize our delusion and struggle to free ourselves from the left’s clutches, we will simultaneously identify and formally recognize a second existential threat to life, liberty and the pursuit: Islamic Doctrine.
There is much yet to be done, but that vision is there, just out of reach. Will we claim it?