Monday, November 28, 2005

The Death of America... a weblog entry written by Father "Don Jim" Tucker (with information courtesy of The Drudge Report), who notes a subject matter for the coming year of serial TV dramas. In these scenarios, a frieghtening paralell to ancient Rome, the land that was once a republic expands to an empire, whose citizens gradually abdicate their rights for the illusion of prosperity, only to see their entire way of life implode over time.

This is most likely how America will end in the 21st century (unless everybody in America reads this essay by Patrick Buchanan, written within days of 9/11). It makes entirely too much sense to be any other way. Which is why Father's right, and why I agree with him.


Jack said...

I just read Buchanan's essay on US efforts @ becoming an empire.

Admittedly, I was skeptical at in that I'm "not (necessarily) a fan" of his writing. However, after reading his thoughts on the danger of our country acting as policemenn of the world instead of being peacemakers, my feeling on him are best expressed by the name of that Monkees hit of the late 60s-early 70s: I'm a Believer.

Dad29 said...

PJB's commentary, although correct, leaves us with only a few options.

Perhaps the UN, which even JPII castigated for its corruption and selective activity (in peacekeeping.)

We have very few reliable allies, if any--


David L Alexander said...

The assumption here is that the job of being the Big Dog has to fall to anyone. Another one may be, that this can happen overnight. We would never have won the Cold War with this kind of thinking. PJB would know, because he was there, at the Reagan White House when the Berlin Wall came down.

This writer is loathe to comment on whether the war is moral or immoral. All war, without a sense of limitations and just cause, is immoral. There is a cause here, even if it is one that we might well have done without. I have spoken to civil affairs officers who served in Vietnam who were proud of the schools and health facilities that they built for the people there. There are also numerous weblogs written by soldiers in Iraq who are doing their best to bring peace and stability to the region. Whether one can argue over our being there or not, this effort may succeed.

But we charted a role for ourselves in world affairs, dating back to Teddy Roosevelt, where this interventionism is inevitable. Even those who complain about it would be disappointed were we not to play the part. But it is more than one nation can do for very long, and the inability to care for our own here at home, with the growing laziness of Europeans over the future of their own way of life, are reason enough to change course.

Even if that change should take decades. Because the more the pledge to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States" ceases to be the reason to take up arms, the less it is the reason our Founding Fathers intended.

No matter how much of an ass-whoopin' somebody around the world deserves.

2DREZQ said...

Go buy a copy of "The Pentagon's New Map" by Barnett. Then you might understand...