Who is responsible for the slow death of America? Is it Donald J. Trump and the Republican party? Are they the Party of powerful, white, racist politicians determined to kill this country? First, I take issue with the claim that Republicans are a party of “white supremacists.” Looking back on the antebellum era of America, southern Democrats (led by Andrew Jackson) forged an alliance with northern Democrats for the protection of slavery. Following abolition, it was southern Democrats, not Republicans, who introduced the concept of white supremacy while terrorizing blacks with lynchings and burnings carried out by domestic terrorist groups. The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865. Originally established as a social club for former Confederate soldiers, the Klan evolved into a terrorist organization responsible for thousands of deaths and weakening of political power of the Southern blacks and Republicans.
At the time of Ulysses S. Grant’s election to the White House, white supremacists were conducting a reign of terror throughout the South. In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power. They had the full support of northern Democrats, who turned a blind eye to countless atrocities from Wilson to FDR. Today, progressive pundits attempt to conceal Democratic complicity in slavery by blaming slavery solely on the “South.” These people have spun an entire history portraying the battle as one between the anti-slavery North and the pro-slavery South. This benefits modern-day Democrats, because today their main strength is in the north and the Republicans’ main strength is in the South.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin, conservative activist and TV host Candace Owens predicted a “major shift” of black voters away from the Democratic Party ahead of the 2020 elections. Owens—communications director of Turning Point USA—predicted that black men and women (not white middle-class women) will become the most relevant vote in the United States by 2020. “There is going to be a major black exit from the Democratic Party…” Owens said.
Melvin asked Owens, “Are you asserting that all of a sudden there are millions of new black Donald Trump supporters that we didn’t know anything about before?” Owens replied, “They weren’t Trump supporters to begin with, but we’re seeing a major shift happen… black supporters are leaving the left and going over to the right. You need to pay attention to the underground movement. And look, you’re correct to say that just because a poll says something, it isn’t right. The polls told us that Hillary Clinton was going to win and she didn’t. I wasn’t fooled by the polls. I thought that Hillary Clinton was going to lose, in the same way that I am also saying that I believe black voters are going to exit the left completely by 2020.”
It is likely the Democratic Party will fracture into multiple parties over the next 20 to 25 years, and the Republican Party will continue to solidify. Recently, the Democrats have redoubled their efforts regarding “identity” politics. Whether it be Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Muslim-Americans, Chinese-Americans, or any of the two-dozen hyphenated American groups out there, these ethno-religious-cultural groups have used the Democratic Party to further their group interests. What most people fail to notice is Democrats have abandoned their traditional base of working-class white voters and are instead embracing immigrant groups. The Democratic Party went from a platform of being slightly center-of-left socioeconomically and culturally (closer to conservatism) to a platform that is far left. Today, the Democratic Party supports open borders, multiculturalism, secularism, and environmentalism. Their political philosophy and social programs are rooted in pluralism. Everything is true, everyone is right, and morality is based on relativism.
ARE PROGRESSIVES THE ANSWER?
American history is a story about malefactors from the Democratic Party versus heroes from the Republican Party. Of course, progressives work hard at hiding this truth, especially in history and social studies classes in our public schools and liberal universities. Today’s progressives are well-positioned to take full advantage of the socioeconomic and moral crises in America. Ideological warfare and political paralysis can be seen running up and down the isles of Congress. Liberals typically complain about declining economic well-being among the masses, adding that too much wealth has been accumulating at the top for far too long.
Liberalism is not as deeply connected to the black experience today. Still, progressives—using the Democratic Party as their apparatus for social change—have portrayed themselves as allies of African-Americans in the midst of alleged rejection by the Republican Party. This leaves African-Americans with the unfortunate choice of voting for the left despite liberal values being disparate from their own. Black Americans have not benefited from their loyalty to the Democratic Party. In fact, the recent impact has been negative. When in power, liberals are in the position to put any number of issues first, yet the interests of the black community are currently being put last (over the interest of immigrants). Yet African-Americans continue to pledge support to Democrats.
Perhaps the problem lies with definition. A conservative is “a person who is adverse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, usually in relation to politics,” and a progressive is “a person advocating or implementing social reform, or new, liberal ideas.” If we rely exclusively on the above textbook definitions, we’re left with the impression that Republicans are stuck in the past, whereas Democrats have fresh, new ideas for the betterment of America. President Obama delivered a speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2012, following the just-concluded Republican National Convention, wherein he essentially bashed the Republicans. Obama said Mitt Romney and his Party offered a platform that was “better suited to the last century… it was a rerun [and] it could have been on Nick At Night.”
I am among the first to admit that progressives truly believe in the possibility of a “better world,” and they feel a moral responsibility to work toward achieving it. To them, it means looking at situations as neither black nor white, but to instead determine what can be changed and ought to be changed. They see the mechanisms for this change to include advocacy, social reform, and the political process. I’m being kind here. I’ve left out the progressives’ favorite tool for promoting social change—revisionist history. Progressives certainly believe we’d be a better nation if we “accept” everyone for who they are. I concur. I don’t necessarily agree with much of what has transpired in America over the past decade relative to morals and lifestyle choices—but I do believe everyone, straight or gay, male or female, Christian or non-Christian, natural-born citizen or naturalized citizen, deserve respect and unconditional love. It is important to note, however, that respecting someone does not mean agreeing with their lifestyle.
WHAT ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY?
Blacks shifted en masse to the Democratic Party after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 despite the Democrats’ heavy support of segregation and Jim Crow. It is worth mentioning that the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were achievements of the Republican Party; not a single Democrat voted for these critical amendments. When Democrats champion the “rights” of illegal aliens, and encourage the importation of cheap labor through massive immigration, who suffers most? “Free” labor led to creating such immense wealth, expansion, and material gain that it was rather easy to “disregard” the humanity of slaves. Frankly, no one should be reduced to the status of being “just a tool for making money.” Despite the total annihilation of their peace, freedom, security, families, and prospects for the future, slaves gave in to their owners in the hopes of maintaining their families and culture.
It is undeniable that the desire to garner more Democratic votes through mass immigration and free healthcare for foreign nationals has made the black constituency (12.7 percent of the nation’s population) less significant to the Democrats. Has this been noticed by the black community? You bet! A Harvard-Harris poll earlier this year found 85 percent of black Americans wanted a reduction in immigration levels to 1 million or fewer. Sooner or later blacks will leave the Democrats. Whether they join with the GOP or form a party based on racial identity is an open question.
HOW NATIONS DIE
We’ve seen countless nations come and go over the last millennium. Accordingly, it is worth discussing how nations die. Nations are sometimes wiped out through foreign conquest, as the Carthaginians were in the Punic Wars. The Roman Empire decimated one nation after another during its attempt to dominate the known world. Genghis Kahn and his merry band of Mongols stormed across the plains of Central Asia, reducing kingdoms and communities to rubble. Hitler and Stalin conspired together to obliterate Poland and share the spoils. This is a depressingly familiar pattern in history.
Sometimes nations are obliterated by domestic implosion. The Romans were not destroyed merely by barbarian invasions from the North; what made Rome vulnerable was its internal rot, caused by despotism, decadence, and debauchery. The Ottomans too became the “sick man of Europe,” weakened by internal economic collapse and a decayed ruling class, long before the Empire itself was decapitated during World War I. In Europe, the fascists and the communists sought to forcibly uproot their ancestral cultures in order to create new societies and, in their view, new types of human beings.
Abraham Lincoln predicted in his Lyceum Address that if America ever perished it would be through internal ruin. “Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” So who in America could possibly want to kill America? Why would a country that has drawn immigrants for most of its history, and that continues to be a magnet for the world, want to take itself off the map? And what would the death of America look like? Exactly what would replace her? Frankly, it would involve the destruction and dissolution of all the things that make America distinctive. The death of America is essentially the death of American exceptionalism.
Is America dying? Can we learn from the decline of the Roman Empire? Are there any credible comparisons? Yes, there are. The Romans were often needlessly at war with neighboring countries. Their political system became a vast money pit. Foreign investors began to take root in the Empire, ostensibly in the interest of protecting their investments. Wealthy citizens began to send their money to banks outside of the Empire. There was a great polarization between the classes, and annihilation of the middle class. In addition, Roman entertainment was chock full of violence. This led to decline in spiritual values and a breakdown of the family unit. Pleasure-seeking began to take priority over nation-building. Disputes were increasingly settled by lawsuits or revenge. Rome was a place of inflated self-importance. Additionally, religion was predominantly polytheistic and often involved outrageous ritual practices.
A nation is so much more that its laws, its political system, even its founding documents. It is first about its citizens. A nation is an “imagined community” of people who have never met each other but are linked through their common mores and mutual acceptance of each other as fellow citizens. This loyalty can run very deep in that nations, like religions, are one of the very few things that people are willing to die for. People will die for America, but they will not lay down their lives for the Philadelphia Eagles, or the United Way, or the Democratic Party.
What makes this crisis especially acute is who is perpetrating the killing of America. Unfortunately, the crime is being committed by some our fellow citizens. We could say there is a faction within our “family” of citizens that seeks to destroy the family and replace it with something else entirely different—a new family in which many of its members will feel like strangers. Some of them may have to be driven out or locked up because they no longer fit in and are perceived as a threat to the new ideology. Thomas Jefferson said, “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”