“Democracy is increasingly seen as a means to an end, not an end in itself. If democracy doesn’t deliver, dispense with it.”-Patrick Buchanan, “Is Democracy In A Death Spiral?”
Who has the courage to re-think the past decisions of our American Founders? Who is able to think outside of the American box, and challenge old notions? Certainly not Rush Limbaugh, as we discussed yesterday. And many on the Right also suffer from this handicap.
Yet, if a good American Catholic man sees that Western society is unjust, and if he forms a desire for other good Catholic men to gain temporal wealth and power, so as to grab hold of the reins of government and lead the people to a better, more virtuous era, such a man simply must take a look at his country’s history and figure out where it went wrong.
Pat Buchanan has done this very thing. Buchanan, a paleoconservative, is the original man of the Alt-Right. Many of us cite his words and his books for their wisdom in addressing America’s current social and political problems. And yet, a majority of Alt-Right commentators have demonstrated an inability to follow him all of the way to his conclusions. Hardly anyone can follow him this far.
Buchanan argues that American democracy has become divinized, that it has lost its luster, that it has been overtaken by a mob. “Comity and collegiality are vanishing,” he argues, as he discusses the gridlock of our government.
Is it true that, as Turkish president Ergodan says, democracy is a bus you get off of when you reach your stop? Consider the words of late Secretary of State, Dean Acheson:
“You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don’t think it’s worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that’s any better.”
That last sentence is such an echo of Limbaugh, who argued just yesterday that if we are “such a rotten-ass place,” then why does everyone want to come here? Because there is nothing better out there. America is top dog. So why improve? Why try to excel?
“People say, ‘If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be better.’ I say Congress is too damn representative. It’s just as stupid as the people are, just as uneducated, just as dumb, just as selfish.”
Why is it so difficult to understand that the progeny of the tired, poor, huddled masses are now voting for largess for themselves, to the detriment of the republic? Why is it so wrong for Americans to psychoanalyze themselves and conclude that, aside from the bones thrown at them by the oligarchy, the United States is actually an empire held together by force? What makes us immune from becoming like Rome and Athens, and we end up voting ourselves into bankruptcy for the sake of winning an election?
Even Madison is in agreement with Buchanan, as the former argues in Federalist Paper No. 10:
“Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
Perhaps there was some wisdom when Hamilton expressed the idea that the United States have a government similar to Britain’s Parliament, rather than a president. John Adams himself wanted to call George Washington “His Highness, the President of the United States of America, and Protector of the Rights of the Same.” Although, I will always argue that anything short of an absolute Catholic monarch is doomed to fail in the long term, even a Whig-rigged constitutional monarchy.
Honestly, though. What is the point of having “We the People” determine our leaders and society’s direction, when there is no longer a “We.” If there was no government to keep the populace in line, many factions would be at each other’s throats throughout the realm.
We are not, as John Jay says, a band of brethren who are united and share the same ancestors, language, religion, principles, manners, and customs. I do not have hardly anything in common with the Islamic Somalis of Minnesota. I do not share all of the same customs as American blacks, nor they with me. I do not have the same principles and religion as Protestants, and certainly not Jews. We are all foreign to each other, as Buchanan explains:
“How, outside an external attack that unites us, like 9/11, do we find unity among people who dislike each other so much and regard each other’s ideas and ideals as hateful and repellent?
“Democracy requires common ground on which all can stand, but that ground is sinking beneath our feet, and democracy may be going down the sinkhole with it.
“Where liberals see as an ever-more splendid diversity of colors, creeds, ethnicities, ideologies, beliefs and lifestyles, the Right sees the disintegration of a country, a nation, a people, and its replacement with a Tower of Babel.”
It takes real sand to stop and realize that this whole thing is crashing down on itself. The foundations of this building were not strong enough to perpetuate the empire. The republic is being run like a white country club. Perhaps the U.S. resembled this in the past. But no longer.
The first step in healing this land’s people and giving them real strength and security–the first step in grabbing a hold of the empire and keeping it together–is to realize that it was based on a bad model to begin with. John Adams may have envisioned America stretching all the way to the Pacific, but he probably never imagined that it would be filled with an endless surplus of Earth’s third-world expatriates.