This quote really hit me today:
“I have thought for a long time now that if, some day, the increasing efficiency for the technique of destruction finally causes our species to disappear from the earth, it will not be cruelty that will be responsible for our extinction and still less, of course, the indignation that cruelty awakens and the reprisals and vengeance that it brings upon itself…but the docility, the lack of responsibility of the modern man, his base subservient acceptance of every common decree. The horrors that we have seen, the still greater horrors we shall presently see, are not signs that rebels, insubordinate, untamable men are increasing in number throughout the world, but rather that there is a constant increase in the number of obedient, docile men.”
It so perfectly encapsulates the decline of Western civilization and its acceleration under the stewardship of Barack Obama, as he systematically destroys the pillars of American heritage.
America was founded on the principle of decentralization of power and a concordant surplus of personal responsibility among its citizens. These two things joined together and served as the great antidote to the despotism of the past 3,000 years of human history and became the great fuel for the United States to become the richest and most powerful country on earth.
As the twentieth century progressed, the centralization of power surged in response to the legitimate crises of World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II, although never enough to snuff out the still-surging undercurrent of individualism and local solutions to local problems.
Then came the sustained Liberal assault on most of the underpinnings of American life, beginning in the 1960s and continuing virtually without interruption right up to our modern era, in which Leviathan has metastasized far beyond anyone’s ability to control it.
And so this “docility” and “lack of responsibility” among huge segments of the electorate enabled a great destroyer to return to the White House.
We may yet be saved, but it becomes harder and harder to imagine how and by whom.