Max Morton asked that question on Memorial Day. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
America today is run by someone, we’re not really sure who, and every part of its culture and history is being deconstructed.
The Constitution is not even a speed bump to a new class of oligarchs and tyrants who are in the process of “reimagining” America as a giant Eveready battery to power their globalist business interests. Clearly half the country no longer believes in ideals like individual liberty, freedom, free speech, live-and-let-live, the Golden Rule, or tolerance.
What happened? If I could go back in time and talk to my dead friends and comrades who fell in service to America, what would they say? Would they still have volunteered? Would they still have put their lives on the line for this? Because this is pretty much nothing like the way of life I know they signed up to defend. This is an abomination. This is something I expect they would fight against.
To paraphrase my colleague Angelo Codevilla, what’s happening now in America is not a perversion or aberration, it’s an assertion of power. What we are seeing is the transformation of America from a free and sovereign nation accountable to the citizens, to a vassal state coalition of oligarchs and rogue national security bureaucrats sympathetic to, if not outright supportive of, China’s global hegemony. Who is really on top in this relationship has yet to be determined. Is it the bureaucrats in service to the oligarchs, or is it the oligarchs backing a rogue bureaucracy? Either way, in the words of the late, great George Carlin, “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.”
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This is truly frightening and raises the question of who is staffing and running our national security apparatus? In fact, who is running our country? Has America become a zombie nation? One without principles, morals, a guiding philosophy, or cultural identity? Present-day America seems to be mindlessly destroying everything in its path, whether through horrid foreign policy decisions, antagonistic and divisive domestic policies, or tyrannical governance. Like a Hollywood movie zombie, it is rapidly becoming unrecognizable from its former living self.
Clear and Present Danger
The current regime likes to talk about the domestic extremist danger to “our democracy.” What they really mean is that traditional Americans are a threat to their transformation of America away from a sovereign nation-state to some form of authoritarian oligarchy.
Too many Americans fail to understand the very real threat to their lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness posed by a regime that holds this belief. Unfortunately, Americans seem to be waiting for a white knight or some divine miracle to roll back the regime’s ongoing transformation of America. The truth is, that old America, the one you grew up in, the one you think of as normal, doesn’t exist anymore. It’s gone, and it isn’t coming back.
Whether the current regime is backed by an oligarchy-supported deep state bureaucracy, or a deep state bureaucracy supported by China-sympathetic oligarchs, the clear and present danger to every traditional American is centered in Washington, D.C.
We cannot be free if our elected leaders are under the influence of China. And we cannot be free if we must live by the leave of a rogue national security establishment. If Americans want their liberty, they will have to rid themselves of the ruling elite’s swamp—as Donald Trump sadly discovered too late, there is no coexisting with it.
There is still a large part of America that wants to live in a republic and that wants the return of their natural God-given rights enshrined in the Constitution. But there is also a large part of America that no longer believes in the ideals of the republic and are intolerant of anyone who thinks differently.
One faction must bend the other to their will by force, or separate and each go their own way. We are at the point in this great experiment of liberty and self-governance that was America where we must begin the separation between those two factions. They cannot coexist in peace and it is folly to think one side will be able to impose its will on the other.
On this Memorial Day, I will be thinking of my friends and comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice, and I’m not afraid to say that some of those memories will be difficult. But I know that their beliefs and the way of life that motivated them to serve as warriors still exists. It exists in every defiant American who refuses to bend the knee to the tyrant. It exists in every American who still believes in liberty, freedom, and equal justice under law. It exists in those who yearn for the self-determination of a republic. I think that’s worth fighting for, and I think there are others out there across America who believe the same.
It is time to stop trying to debate our country back into unity. Instead, it’s time to look forward, to make a place where we can again live free, speak freely, worship freely, and live out our lives in the manner we choose. It is time to acknowledge the truth and learn to live with it, as difficult as that may be, and to move on. It is time to understand, and say out loud, the republic is dead; Long live the republic!
There's more at the link.
My perspective is a little different, and perhaps a little clearer, than most Americans'. You see, I came here in the mid-1990's, and my first contact with America was at that stage of its development. After 9/11, I saw the wholesale destruction of civil liberties as the "security state" took over many aspects of government, and I was deeply troubled by it. I was "fresh enough" to constitutional rights and civil liberties that I was very aware of how quickly and easily they were overruled. Since President Obama's administration, I've watched unelected bureaucrats and political cronies systematically dismantle many of the things I found most attractive and valuable in America, replacing them with partisan political structures that George Washington and the Founding Fathers would probably have gone to war all over again to prevent.
I therefore agree with Mr. Morton that the American Republic I knew in the mid-90's is effectively dead. Those who've been here much longer than I may not have been fully aware of its dying. The "boiling frog" syndrome has doubtless had its effect.
I hope and pray that our constitutional republic can be saved . . . but I have to admit, I doubt it. The divisions between Left and Right have become so strong, so overwhelming, that there's virtually no possibility of compromise any longer. Also, it's ridiculous to talk about fighting to resolve the issue. With tens of millions on each side, we can't kill or threaten our way out of this. I pointed that out in connection with the Paris terror attacks of 2015, and the argument is equally valid here. I said then, and I still say now, "We cannot kill our way out of the dilemma of being human, with all the tragedy that entails."
Perhaps the only way forward is to divide our present nation into two (or even more) parts. That may be the only way to avoid another bloody civil war. Unfortunately, that won't be acceptable to the oligarchy currently running things in Washington, because it would dilute and diminish their power. Therefore, I expect bloodshed, no matter what happens.