America, with its illustrious history – its prosperity, freedom, stability – hinges on a few factors, notes Victor Davis Hanson in American Greatness:
- Constitutional and Political stability
- Secure currency and financial order
- Strong Military
- A first-rate inductive educational system
- General social calm often dependent on a reverence for the past
- Secure borders
- An ability to acquire food fuel and key natural resources to ensure a nation’s independence and autonomy
In the last few months, centuries-old reasons to be confident in the strength of America have been put into doubt.
Today, we are witnessing a concentrated effort to alter our constitutional order. The Left is hell-bent on destroying centuries of custom and tradition in order to retain its transient power given the unpopularity of most of its current agenda, VDH warns.
Under assault are the 233-year-old Electoral College and the Constitution’s emphasis on individual states establishing voting laws.
The bedrock of a nation is its institutions. Yet, the 233-year old Electoral College and the Constitution’s emphasis on individual states establishing voting laws are under assault.
Already gone is a pivotal 176-year-old tradition of a pivotal November Election Day.
The 152-year-old, nine-member Supreme Court, the 170-year old Senate filibuster, and the 62-year-old idea of a 50-state union are all targeted by the New Democratic Party.
We are running up vast annual multitrillion-dollar deficits as we race to a $30 trillion national debt. More worrisome, our elites justify the spending by sophistries that debt is either irrelevant, or that inflation and stagflation are relics of the past—even as prices are now soaring.
The military—after costly strategic stagnation in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya—is now turning on its own. Some of the politicized top brass seem more worried about the politics of their own soldiers than the dangers of foreign militaries.
Our public schools and colleges are systematically downplaying meritocraticcurricula and substituting in their places ideological, racial, and cultural litmus tests.
Admissions now often hinge as much on race, gender, and ethnicity than quantifiable achievement. The First and Fifth Amendments—free speech and due process—have vanished from most college campuses.
2020 saw the most destructive riots in American history. Yet very few of the looters, arsonists, and rioters were ever indicted. Most were never arrested.
Record natural gas and oil production had formerly given the public affordable heating, cooling, and transportation. Self-sufficiency in energy made the United States exempt from worries over Mideast wars or foreign oil embargos. The more we produced our own natural gas, the cleaner became our air and the smaller our collective carbon footprint.
Yet in just 100 days, energy prices have soared. The Left has canceled pipelines and limited energy leasing on federal lands—with promises to all but end our own gas and oil independence in just a few years.
No longer is the challenge from Russia, China, N. Korea, Iran. It is now from within. Modern Jacobins seek to erase America’s 1776 founding.
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