“God said a fire, not a flood next time…
(from “Well. Well, Well,” Negro spiritual)
I’m not Ann Coulter’s biggest fan. We are separated by 20 years of a kind of snark that doesn’t come easy to me. But she does lay liberalism low at times, and sometimes she can be very serious and sober. In Demonic, How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America, she lays out a notion that is important for us all to understand, for the idea of mob psychology transcends liberalism.
And it’s not liberals I want to discuss here.
You see, Ms Coulter uses as a launching point for her study the French Revolution and Terror, 1793-94. That’s just seven years after we embraced the U S Constitution, and just twelve years after the French monarchy (about to be shaved) helped us set ourselves free from another monarchy.
The Reign of Terror was defined by a guiding influence. It wasn’t just a big riot. The Committee for Public Safety and Citizen Robespierre, “encouraged” the French mob to first track down, then tie up, bring to ‘”trial” and finally, cheer and escort up the steps to meet the National Razor, an estimated 40,000 undeserving rich people…in a era when they really were undeserving.
For Americans it’s always been hard to understand why the Euros fear democracy so much. This grotesque image of “popular will” is why. The mob. It is why they fear it. And by fear it, I mean nightmarish fear. To Euro regulators, the average Italian villager is still just one regulation away from taking every “new aristocrat” and hanging his head on a pike.
The average American can’t even imagine this sort of disdain and distrust for common folk. (Until Barack Obama.)
This is why the Euros created a top-down, managed democracy, which is no democracy at all, but rather a class-driven order, which, as we now know is teetering on total collapse. After all, that’s what top-heavy bureaucracy-driven orders must do, just as lemmings must one day just up and leap over a cliff.
The American Mob
One of our regular contributors here, Bob Montgomery, recently published a piece about George Will’s “fear” of the tea parties, and I realized, Will’s becoming just like the Euros, fearing the tea party “mob” will rush Washington and drag the whole damned lot of them out and push them up a ramp to meet Lady Schick.
I know, “Be still my beating heart…” but consider that while all of us have dreams of rough justice to a few select souls, with torches and pitchforks and barrels of tar and feathers…
…in truth we could never be so indiscriminate as they were in Paris.
But maybe our children and grandchildren might not be so restrained. And that’s what I’m talking about here.
And we need to consider this now, as the debt ceiling debate reaches a climax.
Our Duty to act Now
Ironically, while George Will fears us as the mob, Ann Coulter points out, as if we were adding cut potatoes and onions into a stew pot of hambone, the mob is finally being brought to a boil in America…only it is not us, the hoi polloi, the common masses, but rather a different group altogether….educated (in a sheepskin sort of a way), worldly (in an internet sort of a way), affluent (in an iPhone plan sort of way). and mobile (in a green Volt sort of a way) who contain all the ingredients of depravity that infested the slums of Paris in 1793.
Ms Coulter points out exactly that the mob has nothing to do with class.
It’s that very difference between the low-downdest most pitiful and mean commoners in France and the civilized and upright commoners in America that we need to discuss. The truth is that no national group of “the masses,” in Europe in 1787 ever could have pulled off what the ordinary farmer-and-tradesman masses did pull off in America. Why? There was a reason for it.
Even anthropologists and theoretical historians alike have wondered…is America’s success just blind frigging luck, an accident of nature,…or by Design? True, our ingredients of success are undeniable and no one has ever been able to match them. If the proof is in the pudding, Who built the kitchen…or the laboratory, if you will? It’s Hitchens vs D’Souza all over again.
The obvious question is, as many of us speculate almost weekly, was America the result of Divine Providence or just random chance?
I tend to think yes, God designed it, for no where else on earth could such an incubator for liberty have been contrived other than here. Or given the time and space to gestate.
Quite frankly, and history bears this out, were it not for what happened here, even the facade of democracy would never have been attempted anywhere else in the world. The entire world’s pretense at democracy and free markets today is still an hypocrisy that vice must pay to virtue.(La Rochefoucauld). Had we never showed up the world would have remained pretty much as it was in France in 1781 (not 1793), only more to Karl Marx’s liking than Napoleon’s.
All the pretenses at democracy we see today have been sewn from a spindle first spun in America.
But this begs the harder question: did God make the same sort of covenant with His creation in America as He did with Israel?
That’s the rub, isn’t it, for I doubt that He did.
God established several covenants with Israel, both territorially and as to a People.
But while I see God’s face in the Ideal of Liberty, which first appeared here, sorry, I don’t see the “sea-to-shining-sea” contract, or the blue US passport as the price of admission. God told Israel and Judah that no matter how often they turned their back on Him, He’d keep His covenant.
He has made no such pledge to our territory or us as a people. This land was but a garden, and we its tenders. Our garden has grown, and while not to my liking, as I think we could have done a better job dispersing our seed abroad, the seed of America the Ideal, has been sufficiently planted all around the world.
Its up to us to tend the Garden here.
If we want God’s favor as a nation, we have to continually earn it. It will pay God no nevermind to leave us, like a lanced boil, to ooze away into a puddle of pus if we continue as we have done. The Ideal of Liberty will simply pack up and go somewhere else.
Of course you know I want to prevent this. It’s my commission.
The Coming Storms, Our Duty to our children
This next year, starting with this first (of more than one) confrontation, the debt ceiling crisis, will decide it all. By November 2012 we will know if America the Ideal will be allowed to remain here any longer. To be sure, most of us will stay on and fight if we lose. After all, where would we go? But we will be fighting for righteousness and an uncertain future, 30-40 years hence. We will no longer be fighting for the next election and a big turnaround.
I say this with all truth and certitude; if we cannot win in this next year, we will “allow” a thirty or forty year dynasty of tyranny over our lives, our children’s lives, and their children’s. And yes, I said “allow,” for it will not be theirs for the taking but ours for the giving.
Always know this; the Enemy will lose in the end. The failure of organized, bureaucracy-driven statism is written on the stars.
But who will reemerge in 4o years to reclaim America will not be us, at least the “us” we recognize now. This is what you must understand.
It will be our children, many yet unborn, who will have lived through two-three generations of having no anchors of faith or civilization, who will reemerge from the catacombs of tyranny. I have seen this, and am still seeing this now in the old Soviet bloc, twenty years after its fall.
You can put your children on your knee, tell them all the stories, and even hide and save for them the books…but they will not understand what Madison and Hamilton are saying in The Federalists thirty years from now after you’re gone. They will wonder to themselves, “what are such men as these” for while you read their words today as civilized men, they will read them as angry slaves. Madison will not sound the same.
You can hide away the crosses and the Bibles, for your children will be punished if caught wearing one or reading one, and in forty years they will have lost all understanding of their teachings. I have watched great grandmothers teach young children to genuflect and cross themselves in church for neither their children nor grandchildren knew how.
While one of the most poignant and uplifting sights I ever saw, it is also a grim reminder of the long, and uncertain, road back.
It is said our children make us immortal, but arising out of tyranny, these your children will enter the world virtually alone. They will be your blood, but not your souls.
It’s now or never.
Do the math. Everyone of you has a kid who is a socialist by training and expectations, thanks to public schools. Faith in God is slipping toward Euro levels, and without Faith all is lost. We already know this. You can’t win twenty years from now. Not even ten.
What will emerge in forty years, when the Obama vision finally kills itself, just as every other Marxist vision has, will be your children…unrecognizable, emerging to take over an uncertain land and future. They will be angry, lacking every fixed star in the heavens to guide their judgment….the same fixed stars you use every day in the most ordinary ways.
Today you are the Tea Parties. But forty years hence, your children will be the mob.
Consider this as you consider the next 15 months. Put this on your front burner and keep it there.
There will be no tomorrow unless you keep the faith.
Wachen und beten