Goodbye, America?

By | 2018-01-01T16:49:09+00:00 January 1st, 2018|
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On Sunday, my wife and I went for a walk in a park located in an affluent area near where we live. We were struck by the fact that no one else there was speaking English. We heard only Chinese and Russian. It felt eerie, as if the park had somehow been taken over by, lost to, people who represented America’s two most populous strategic adversaries.

Sunday evening was New Year’s Eve, so we tuned into the countdown to midnight at Times Square. This year, again, given pride of place just before midnight was John Lennon’s anthem to a world without America.

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace…

No countries, of course, means no America.

And the world Lennon invites us to imagine is clearly a Marxist utopia.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man.

America now more or less officially starts the year with an observance that features a radical rejection of America and everything it is supposed to stand for.

The refusal of American athletes to stand for the national anthem needs to be understood in the broader context of the push by the American Left for a post-American world. It will be, as John Kerry has enthusiastically explained, a borderless world. And we have a preview of that world in today’s Europe.

The EU has brought about a borderless Europe. Consider the astonishing change that has made. Again and again throughout its history, since the Persians attempted to conquer Greece, Europe rose to the challenge of defending itself from invaders. Today, borderless Europe can barely rouse itself to recognize that it is being invaded as millions of Muslim men of fighting age pour into Europe unopposed. Remarkably, this time the invaders don’t even need to use weapons. This current collapse of will represents a huge advance even on France’s feeble efforts to fend off Hitler’s invading horde.

The problem, of course, is that these invaders, like the Axis powers of World War II, have not bought into Marxism-Lennonism. They simply see it as an opportunity for them, and quite rightly, too. No doubt the final chapter of this invasion, when the invaders decide to make it clear to the Europeans that they are in now charge and what that means, will be as bloody as any of Hitler’s plans for his defeated foes.

The European countries rescued from Hitler by American fighting forces, put back on their feet economically by American generosity, and protected thereafter from the Soviets seem to have reached the conclusion from their experience of World War II and its aftermath that “resistance is futile.” The people of Israel seem to have drawn the opposite conclusion—that being able and willing to fight for your people and your country is a matter of life and death. Neither the Marxist-Lennonists themselves nor those who are keen to take advantage of the insidious progress of Marxism-Lennonism in the West approve of Israel’s determination to survive. Perhaps that helps explain the United Nations’ dedication to condemning Israel.

My high school gym teacher told us that if we left our locker unlocked and our belongings got stolen, we were as much at fault as the thief. In those days I thought he was a jerk. Today, of course, I appreciate the wisdom in his words. The principle of not tempting your neighbor to wrong you goes a long way.

History’s clearest lesson is the plain common sense truth that peace is maintained by deterrence. Deterrence prevents what weakness invites—and deterrence is evidently impossible in a borderless world.

I look forward to New Year’s Eve celebrations that feature “America the Beautiful” instead of “Imagine,” an America where athletes stand for the national anthem with hearts bursting with gratitude, where America’s adversaries say among themselves, “Whatever we do, we must be careful not to provoke the Americans.” I reckon many Americans who voted for Donald Trump feel much the same way.

About the Author:

Robert Curry
Robert Curry serves on the board of directors of the Claremont Institute and is the author of Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea (Encounter Books).