Is American beginning again or coming to the end of the road? Stay tuned.Mikehttp://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-once-and-future-republic/The “culture wars” between left and right, traditionalists and post-modernists, individualists and statists, are common to every Western nation, but in America the outcome of these wars will determine the fate not only of the country but of the entire Western world. Like it or not, how it goes with America is how it goes with the rest of us....The fact is that the remnant Lilliputian West has long depended on the Brobdingnagian stature and power of the United States to ensure its solvency, security, and ultimate survival. Absent the United States, what we like to call Western civilization would long ago have become a diorama in the vast Museum of History to pique the interest, perhaps, of Chinese high school excursions. From the reader comments:Mr SolwayYou forgot to mention the demographics. The dominant Western culture represented by older Americans is being swamped by immigrants, legal and illegal, who are incouraged to remain “diverse”, to retain their cultures and loyalties, instead of becoming part of the whole. ” E plurbis unum” is being replaced by “out of many, even more”. The education system teaches “self esteem”, not unity and responsibility- and placing about 27th in terms of real learning. Patriotism is out, world citizenship is in.The WWII generation is about gone, the baby boomers, who remember how it was is retiring, and the schools are indoctrinating young “progessives”.Of all the things you mentioned, reclaiming the educational system is essential, or even the concept of the USA as something important to not only it’s own citizens, but the world, will die in another generation.Is it too late? Even with a seriously course-correcting election this year and in 2012, is it too late? I hope not, but the current effort to re-inflate the real estate bubble, retain the welfare state and deny the sheer, overwhelming size of the problem and the sacrifice necessary to face it, is truly scary. Does this nation have the guts left to, remembering Ben Franklin, keep its republic?
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