When a Great Nation Begins to Die

Above Photo: Former FBI Director James Comey.

Professor Victor David Hanson wrote an essay in 2002 entitled, War Will Be War.  He wrote: Themistocles’ Athens beat back hundreds of thousands of Persians; yet little more than a century later Demosthenes addressed an Athens that had become far wealthier—and could not marshal a far larger population to repulse a few thousand Macedonians.”

The allied armies of less than thirty Greek city-states defeated the Persian Empire, repelling an army ten times their size in 479 BC. Yet one hundred forty years later, after losing only one battle to Philip II of Macedon at Chaeronea, in 338 BC, the same Greek city-states ceded their magnificently innovative culture and its associated freedoms to their new Macedonian overlords. In so doing, the Greeks remained a subjugated people for the next 2,400 years.

America was the first country to be founded on a set of shared values rather on common language and or common ethnicity. These American values were first articulated in Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, with his immortal phrases— “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration and the Constitution were the codification of our unprecedented freedoms, won by the founders and those who fought in the revolution, and bestowed on the newly “Americanized’ citizenry. These guarantees of freedom have drawn millions to this country for over 230 years.

Conversely, if any American renounces his citizenship, he ceases to be American.  Moreover, if we, collectively as a nation, were to stop believing in our founding principles, we would no longer be living in America. This brings us to what the American government are now doing to the fabric of this country generally and to what the Comey firing means specifically. The rule of law which guarantees our core freedoms is under siege…by the un-American statists and their agents, men like Comey. This erosion of our individual freedoms has been a constant feature of our governance for several decades. But it dramatically accelerated eight years ago when the country elected an unabashed radical statist to be its president.

Virtually all other departments of the Federal Government grew dramatically while its legions of bureaucrats enacted vast numbers of new regulations aimed at further constricting and regulating every aspect of Americans’ lives. Under Obama, the cost of government grew by 40% while the total fiscal operating debt doubled from $9 to $18 trillion, encumbering new and future workers with a cost of government that they cannot possibly pay. Responsible economists now concede that this new generation young face an effective 70% tax rate throughout the working lives.  But it will not be enough.

Obama’s signature legislation, dubbed Obamacare, for the first time in US history, forced American citizens to buy a product that most did not want or could not afford, simply on the condition of being an American. This was a repudiation of our core values which protect the individual citizen’s freedoms from the burden of an oppressive government.  While the confiscation of larger and larger portion of citizens’ capital was doing damage to American love of country, so too was the Obama Administration’s assault on the constitutional rule of law.

In the aftermath of the Benghazi attack where four Americans were killed on the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, then Secretary of State and other Obama officials lied about its origin, blamed the attack on an obscure anti-Islamic video and shockingly ordered the maker of the video jailed without any due process of law. Additionally, Americans learned that the IRS was weaponized by the Obama administration which targeted conservative groups for thuggish harassment by the agency.

But perhaps the crime of the new century was Bill and Hillary Clintons’ years of trafficking in national security secrets for tens of millions in personal profit. Just one of their crimes was their “Uranium One deal” detailed by Peter Schweizer in his book, Clinton Cash,

“…shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

While his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors…donations from Uranium One shareholders to the Clinton Foundation exceeded $145 million, in the run-up to Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving the Rosatom (a Russian company) deal, which gave Russia control over about 20 percent of U.S. uranium.”

If this were not bad enough, we know that Obama knew that Hillary was not only trafficking in national security secrets and selling special access to the highest levels of our corrupt government, and that she was doing all her business on a private unsecure server. We now know this because he communicated with her by email using a pseudonym, itself an impeachable crime.  Therefore each of perhaps hundreds of classified and top-secret memos Hillary transferred to her server is a separate felony.  And Obama, her boss, was her accomplice.

Comey, in his now infamous press conference of last July 5, 2016, outlined a long list of Hillary’s felonies but then stated that no reasonable prosecutor would pursue her.  It was both absurd and terribly damaging to the Republic.  The question arises, how large will the class of Americans who are above the law have to be before there is no rule of law?

In my first book, Lessons from Fallen Civilizations, Vol I, in describing how five great civilizations, Greece, Carthage, Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire fell, I developed ten immutable laws which contributed to their demises.  My Immutable Law #1 reads:

No nation has ever survived once its citizenry
ceased to believe its culture worth saving.

I personally worry that if America’s disillusionment with its government continues to grow, given its repudiation of American core values and constitutional guarantees, when the next great military crisis arises, there will not be enough young men and women willing to risk their lives to save it.

By | 2023-07-31T13:53:39-07:00 May 19th, 2017|blogroll, Civilization History, News From the Front, United States of America|Comments Off on When a Great Nation Begins to Die

About the Author:

Larry Kelley’s life was utterly changed by 9/11. On the day after the attacks, on his way to work, he was struck by the sudden realization that World War III had commenced. Like most Americans he desperately wanted to find out who were these people who attacked us, what could ordinary citizens do to join the battle and how can those plotting to kill us in future attacks be defeated. Mr. Kelley has written scores of columns on the dangers of western complacency.