Fifty years ago this day, an American intelligence ship, the USS Liberty, was treacherously attacked in international waters by planes of our supposed “ally” called Israel in attempt to stop in from intercepting Israeli messages which would expose their aggressive designs against their Arab neighbors. Israel intended that the secret would sink with the ship and all the men on it. The mission failed. 34 American sailors died, 171 were wounded, and the ship was damaged beyond repair, but the heroic men of the USS Liberty managed to send a distress signal to nearby American aircraft, forcing Israel to break off the attack. The survivors lived to tell the story, despite all the attempts made to obscure it. I will not spend time refuting the lies of Israel’s apologists concerning this act. The men on that ship to a man know what happened, and they tell the story far better than I ever will.
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A Thanksgiving Toast to Donald Trump
An earthquake has rattled the very belly of the liberal beast. It is not simply the election of a man to the Presidency; what is important is the massive cultural undertow that put him there. A chance to vote against all the old platitudes and dogmas that the masses of Americans no longer believed in, and that chance was not allowed to pass. A voice has been given to tens of millions who can no longer be ignored – not just in America, but all around the world. Woe to the New World Order! It has lost control of the very hub of its power!
November 9 was the day the sun truly rose on a new America, and on a new century, for the whole world. The real fight for the freedom of the world’s peoples is not over, however. In fact, it is only beginning in earnest, for now it will no longer be a fight with one hand behind the back.
To promising future for America, for the West, and for the world – to Donald Trump!
Brexit – The First Crack In The Edifice
June 23, 2016 will be a day that will go down in history as the day when the downfall of of the post WWII liberal order in the Western world was set in motion. The departure of Britain from the EU will the first domino in the fall of liberal internationalism as the fall of the Berlin Wall began the fall of the Soviet system, even if in this case the process may take longer. Britain may have seemed an unlikely place for it all to begin, but nevertheless that is where it happened, and the damage has occurred in a particularly sensitive spot.
Britain’s history as the country that successfully colonized North America and defeated its rivals gave it a link to the New World that other European countries don’t have. Indeed, it was Britain’s former colonies that would later form the United States. This fact is well known, but it provides some background for position Britain plays in world politics today. After the dissolution of the British Empire, that role was largely as a mediation between the US and Western Europe, and later the between the US and the EU. Britain was in the unique position of sharing a common historical connection to both America and continental Europe. By helping to keep the liberal internationalists on both sides of the Atlantic on roughly the same page, Britain continued to play a role that was disproportionate to her size.
Britain’s withdrawal from the EU significantly damages that link. In effect, it threatens to cut the forces of global liberalism in two. Rather than increasing US influence in Europe, it will actually reduce it. A house divided against itself ultimately will not stand. This is not only good news for people, wherever they may be, who are unhappy about the way the US is influencing world politics, but also Americans who are unhappy with the direction they have seen their county move in recent years. It weakens the powers that be in Washington, and focuses the spotlight on their failures at home. The New World Order, which hasn’t won a major victory since the fall of South Africa, is now receding. The wheels of history grind slow but exceedingly fine. They a turning a different way now.
The Significance of Donald Trump
Donald Trump has this year decided to take it upon himself to do what only a billionare is in a position to do – launch a presidential campiagn with an agenda independent of those who pour so much money into the political process. On the questions of immigration and trade, the GOP’s donors have ensure that it’s candidates take positions that allow them to take advantage of cheap foreign labor, both in the United States and abroad. Trump has enough of his own money that he doesn’t need these donors. Hence, he can play a strategy to play to the GOP base while telling the donors off. Two presidential candidates since World War II have done this before – George Wallace and Pat Buchanan, and Trump has more resources than either of them ever did.
The ultimate significance of this goes well beyond the campaign itself. Whether he gets elected is less important than the fact that he is changing the nature of political discourse in this country. He has proven that you can speak negatively about immigrants and still be a popular canditate. He has shown that the effective way to deal with the attacks of political correctness is to hit back, not to grovel and beg forgiveness. As the campaign progresses, there will be further comments on this page.
As a citizen of the United States, the first specific question I’m going to address in an essay is the impact of my own country in history and current events. There are several reasons for this. First, because Washington acts on my behalf, I first need to address the actions and policies of that that regime and where I stand in regards to them, especially considering that I have served considerable time in uniform for them. Second, because it is fashionable these days to call America a “propositional nation” that is “built upon and idea” which makes the country “exceptional”. The implication here is that being American is an ideological act, and the assumption will tend to be, not unreasonably, that I hold to whatever notions my country was allegedly founded on, unless I specifically indicate otherwise. Finally, the United States, though already past the noon hour of it’s power, is still widely viewed as the “world superpower” and is certainly the main power of the Western world, which this site is dedicated to.
The United States is not “exceptional”. It is not exempt from the natural laws that have governed all other societies throughout history. What applies elsewhere, applies here too.
The United States is part of Magna Europa, or Greater Europe. It is a product of the colonization of the more sparsely populated areas of the world (North America, Australasia and some of the temperate areas of Africa) by the Western European powers, particularly Britain. North America was the first of these lands to be colonized, and these colonies had always had a large degree of self-determination, even while holding a nominal allegiance to the British Crown. Also, many of these colonies, especially the northern ones, were founded by England’s social dissidents, such as the Puritans, who had a significantly different cultural outlook than that which prevailed in the old country. It was for this reason that the American colonies separated from the Britsh Empire as early as they did. America is not then a “universal” nation. It was founded by Englishmen, and not the delegates of the Continental Congress, at that, but the pilgrims who came on the Mayflower.
It is notable that the most quoted part of the Declaration of Indepenence, the premable, is also the least significant historicaly. It is a bit of 18th Century Enlightenment table talk, derived from the writings of John Locke, that serves essentially to serve as filler between the introductory paragraph and the heart of the document, which is its list of complaints against the British Crown. These complaints were regarding alleged violations of the rights that Americans were entitled to as British Subjects. The Declaration was not some universal declaration of human rights like French Revolution’s Declaration of the Rights of Man. It was specifically a case for American succession.
America’s greatness is not separable from that of Western Civilization as whole; her greatness is Europe’s greatness. America’s advantage over Europe was access to the rich resources of the North American continent and the protection of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from the conflicts that ravaged the Old World. The two World Wars, in particular, leaving Europe in ruins, and destroying the European colonial empires, had left the United States and the Soviet Union to fill the vaccum as the world’s superpowers. The United States was left, by default, as leading power of the West against Communism. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States seems to have set out on a course of making the world in its own image, as its reason for being. The “universal nation” is the ideological justification. It is also the justification for those within the governing class who are bent on importing whatever alien people or alien influence possible to America’s shores. The essential political controversy in Washington is between these two forces. As Robert W. Merry put it in Sands of Empire, “The domestic multiculturalists want to make America like the world, while the global monoculturalists want to make the world like America.” These obstensibly oppose each other, especially as they manifest themselves in the two major political parties of the United States. However, they ultimately work to the same end, like two sides of pair of scissors. “The central point is that domestic multiculturalism and global universalism both deny the uniqueness of Western culture. And both threated to destabilize the West as well as the world.” The essence of both is egalitarian, and an egalitarian culture cannot assert its principles above those of other cultures while remaining true to its egalitarianism. It cannot bear the thought of “othering”, notwithstanding the fact that so many are perfectly capable of and willing to “other” themselves.
Ultimately, with the United States as the fulcrum of Western power, this late American Weltaunschung has prevailed across the entire Western world, from Australia to Finland. The West has become its own worst enemy. Welcome to the twilight of Western Civilization. The times ahead are sure to be interesting.