October 30, 2019
Author: Chilton Williamson
It has been many years since I last saw bedraggled men on street corners wearing sandwich boards or holding up signs prophesying the imminent end of the world. Perhaps this is yet another symptom of the further decline of the Christian faith in America. It is Christianity that introduced into the world the concept of the end of time, replacing previous beliefs in its endless continuation or its cyclical nature, that would follow upon the Second Coming. Or perhaps it is simply to do with the fact that it has been decades since I moved away from the urban world that typically produces such people. What does seem clear is that the end of the political world Americans have inhabited since the colonization of the North American Continent by the British cannot be far off. “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming;’ and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat;’ and it happens.” Christ’s words are His warning to us to observe and read the signs of the times, and draw the plain conclusions from them.
The signs of our political times are ominous. In fact, they are dire. The United States in the 21st century is in the grip of cold hatred in an era when the Marxist insistence that “Everything is political” poisons every aspect of American life. Although hatred exists on both sides of the political divide, it is a matter of historical fact that it arose on the left and that it is more virulent and widespread there by far than it is on the right. In the United States, as in other Western countries, the left is the party of burning resentment and of anger, of furious discontent with its own country and with the world; the party that demands radical, immediate, and uncompromising change. Bernie Sanders explicitly advocates the “transformation” of American society, and Elizabeth Warren is only slightly less direct in propounding her intended agenda to reconstruct the nation. Transformation is a revolutionary program, and every revolution in history has proceeded by undemocratic means and with an element at least of violence, physical as well as legal, and of bloodshed. Senators Sanders and Warren hold high office in the federal government, where they are significant representatives of the Resistance. The Squad has the Speaker of the House under its collective thumb (a feat her husband has never succeeded in accomplishing). Two radical Democrats, the chairman of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees respectively, are getting away with legislative murder in the proceedings of the impeachment that isn’t. The attitude of the Congressional Resisters toward their Republican colleagues and the Republican officials who come before them recalls the Capulets in Bellini’s I Capuletti e I Montecchi facing Romeo: “Guerra! Guerra! Guerra!” For the Resistance, Republicans are an alien army. “Écrasez l’Infâme!” The relatively sane Democrats—the “moderates”—are, like the Speaker, cowed into submission. The Resistance is lodged solidly in Congress, while outside it the media are its own private army. It has a powerful hold on the most senior judges in the land, those in the District and Appellate Courts, though not yet the Supreme Court, which it intends to pack if it can do so. It exercises real power outside as well as inside the federal government. The Resistance exists for one and only one purpose: to reverse the results of a democratic election, win the next one, and turn a democratic country into a totalitarian one. The left never takes no for an answer, and it never forgets—nor forgives. Its motivating principle is hate, as Christianity’s is love. It never gives up. It never goes away.
Politicians who speaking piously of “bringing us together” and voters who expect them to do so are sentimentalists, naïfs, hypocrites, or people who either cannot recognize reality or choose not to face it. The United States is fatally, and finally, divided against itself. It cannot be reunited or “healed,” and the present anger and the raw hatred will persist and deepen until the country comes apart. We have gone too far for it to end otherwise. How, and under what conditions, it will do so are, for now, unforeseeable. Like the thief in the night, collapse will come when least expected. We cannot make plans against it. The most we can do is prepare ourselves inwardly for catastrophe, while attentively watching the weather for the readable signs.