Jack Curtis wrote a very thought-provoking article at American Thinker last with the title. The Big Picture: Our Curiously Failing Civilization. He starts out
Governments around the world are in various stages of financial failure, all seemingly trying to be Argentina. Curious, no? Look at debt and deficits; you see government spending issues; most of the few exceptions have other problems. Look then at global migration patterns showing people leaving poor places for places going broke, an unhappy trend line. Look anywhere; we can’t seem to govern ourselves worldwide, while people protesting are multiplying everywhere.
Mr. Curtis, in supporting his argument that civilization is in decline, touches on every part of globe. He even relates the impact of technology to this decline. Referring to Western civilization he had this to say:
Western civilization was the Judeo-Christian replacement for failed Classical Europe. Its centrality was the general acceptance of Christian morality, built on widespread religious belief and embedded in governments and law. In what’s being called a post-Christian era, that’s dissolving; Western citizens are struggling with each other over such basics as human rights, obligations, behavior, and the value of human life.
These are so fundamental that it’s hard to see how a social unity can exist for long without general agreement…
The words in bold have really struck a chord with me. I have been in the camp that says “leave the social issues alone for now. We have to focus on the economy and getting Obama out of office.” Now I am wondering if winning the “Culture War” isn’t as important or more important than winning the war to recover our constitutional republic. Maybe better said is “Can we win back and keep our constitutional republic without winning the culture war?”
In this essay on Why The Roman Republic Failed, the author said the following:
The essence of its failure was that it could not sustain unity. In its early stages its citizens, both patrician and plebeian, had a certain tradition of justice and good faith, and of the loyalty of all citizens to the law, and of the goodness of the law for all citizens… The bond of the Roman people had always been a moral rather than a religious…As the idea of citizenship failed and faded before the new occasions, there remained no inner, that is to say no real, unity in the system at all. Every man tended more and more to do what was right in his own eyes.
Read the last two sentences of the above quote again. Isn’t that what we are seeing in Western civilization today? Isn’t that what we are seeing in America today? While the statist with “D” and “R” after their names have attacked our constitutional republic in favor of an ever bigger more powerful central government, the progressives have been busy tearing down the social norms that once bound us together as a people; as a society; as a civilization.
We know that replacing Barack Obama with Mitt Romney is not the end of anything. It is barely a beginning. We may be able to bring a more conservative tenor to Washing for an election cycle or two or even three. But sooner or later the progressives will regain power and undo whatever good we were able to accomplish.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Ryun’s essay on Americanism. Until a few says ago I would have agreed wholeheartedly with his description of Americanism and that we could win it back through political participation. Now, however, I think Mr. Ryun missed the importance of our Christian-Judeo culture which provided the unity that allow America to become the greatest nation ever on this planet. I no lonfer believe we can reclaim Americanism through political activism alone.
The progressives have been hard at work for many decades trying to destroy our Christian.Judeo culture. They are winning. The churches that make up our Christia-Judeo heritage, have, over the last fifty years, lost their relevance to a large part of population, especially the youth. Many of the churches are in fact “houses divided”. They are going to have to clean up their own houses and find the means to make their teachings relevent once more. But, the churches can not and will not win the culture war alone. Conservatives not only must get more involved in the political process. They must also get more involved with their church or synagogue and work with the youth. They must re-engage themselves in civic and charitable organizations. They must talk freely and often about the importance of social norms.
Mr. Curtis in his essay on the decline of civilization ended with these words:
Without shared beliefs to build upon, mounting disorder seems likely to fuel more repressive governments during a lengthy civil interregnum. The last widespread interregnum was called the “Dark Ages”; we can only guess how future historians may characterize what we seem to be preparing…
Surely we would prefer that future historians wrote about the near failure of Western civilization but it was saved when Americans reclaimed their cultural roots and reestablished a unity of purpose. In the opinion of this humble observer, we will not win the political war unless we also win the cultural war.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?