I have questions. No, actually, I have lots of questions. Think about these questions in the context of history and the history of nations throughout the millennia.
What kind of society allows its enemies to strengthen, even making excuses for that enemy, while claiming to oppose that enemy? While ISIS commits unspeakable, sometimes nearly indescribable acts, how can some people minimize their impact or act as though they are some sort of anomaly?
What kind of political system prevents national leaders from being able to name or identify that enemy?
What country has ever survived a complete disregard for its own sovereignty? What country ever survived while allowing its culture to be debased at institutions of higher learning, let alone by political leadership? What country has ever maintained economic, political, and cultural success while allowing certain areas of that country to disobey laws regarding citizenship and who has a right to be there? How is that country supposed to maintain integrity at the ballot box today and the rule of law tomorrow?
What civilization can prosper when its children, in this case before they are born, are not even safe with their own mothers? How many would-be scientists have we killed? Would-be doctors? Would-be medical researchers? Just these three fields could account for people who could cure present-day diseases that kill millions of people. So how many people of the next few generations have we condemned to early deaths by killing infants today who may have been destined to be the ones to find cures for diseases or to solve societal ills?
What kind of command structure sends its soldiers into battle with convoluted or impossible Rules of Engagement? They cannot fly there; they cannot fly without this sort of escort; they cannot begin a firefight in some circumstances without permission; they cannot fire if civilians are present (they’re all civilians, damn it!); they cannot kill someone who is unarmed even if that person is about to inform many enemy fighters of our presence; they cannot carry loaded weapons in certain areas- on and on it goes. Who thinks of these rules? Who implements these rules? Who permits these rules? Who accepts these rules, as a civilized nation?
What society focuses on a flag that was in a picture with an evil monster while not focusing on the immorality and depravity of the murderer? What society wants to talk about anything and everything other than the godlessness and immorality of the sick creep? Further, what society ignores the source of forgiveness of the survivors and families of the victims? There is a great and wonderful reason why the churchgoers in Charleston publicly forgave the murderer, and that reason has nothing to do with politics, race, guns, flags, education, or the presence of television cameras. They were magnanimous because they were obedient to God’s Word.
What country can survive when it has empirical evidence that personal self defense is a rather good idea for the nation (as if data is needed), yet leaders of that country look for every opportunity to take away that God-given right?
What country puts up with such leadership?
What nation has ever remained powerful when its leadership has regularly and repeatedly alienated and insulted friendly nations while granting favor to enemies? What nation negotiates with a country whose leadership chants, in plain view, for its death? And then expects to trust that chanting, psychotic leadership to faithfully execute important weapons-based treaties? For clarity, let us put it this way: If Iran’s parliament chants, “Death to America,” is that not a good indication that all that negotiating may be for naught? Is that a crazy question? It seems like a rational question.
What country teaches generations of its youth that its founding- its moral founding- was filled with people who (gasp!) had flaws and thus they are irrelevant today and should in fact be despised? Then, these same people take advantage of the ensuing legal decay. What country can tear itself apart from the inside and expect to survive?
What nation in the history of mankind has ever devalued its own currency, defied the laws of economics, and rolled up debts that cannot possibly be paid off, then expected everyone to believe that economic collapse is a fantasy? Look at history. Has that ever happened, successfully? Have those behaviors ever led to long-term prosperity?
If anyone has yet to figure out the answer to the questions, most either have the same answer or point in the direction of that answer: a post-Christian, decaying, morally decadent society - in case you were wondering.
We live in the greatest nation in the history of mankind: that is not hyperbole, but an obvious fact that can be demonstrated in dozens of ways. That said, every living entity goes through a life cycle, including nations. We have a great system (Constitutional democratic-republic) founded by great people (Godly people; the ones who were not Godly usually respected the ways of the Godly). Nevertheless, the life cycle is simple: you are born, you grow up, you grow old, you die. That is another factor in the answer to every question.
Brian W. Peterson has been a columnist for a mid-size California newspaper, is a veteran of political campaigns, and was a member of the publicly elected Republican Central Committee of Los Angeles County. His psychological thriller Dead Dreams and sci-fi adventure Children of the Sun are currently available through Amazon.com. You can follow Brian on Twitter @cybrpete.
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