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NAT’L – OPINION – Reflections on an American Counterrevolution

“It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” — Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790

The burning streets, the rioters, the divisions stoked by fear, and a deep, underlying force of destruction points to anarchists and Marxists fomenting violence modeled after a Maoist-style revolution. But America had its Revolution. We are teetering on the very precipice of a Counterrevolution of 1790s France. Sparked by an uprising of an underclass against an oppressive monarchy and demands for a new form of government, a utopian, egalitarian dream was overtaken by political turmoil and social unrest. And we, like the French almost 230 years earlier, are headed straight to the Reign of Terror. There are people foolish enough to cheer the comparison between the violent, civil uprisings in major cities across America to the French Revolution. “They were overthrowing a monarchy!” “The people demanded rights!” “It was inspired by the American fight for Independence!” But what is left out is the reality of a revolution based on the destruction of tradition and history, contempt for accumulated wisdom, and a disregard for the value of prudence in a civil society. For the Revolutionaries in France, a new political theory was the ideal; a new structure based on the deism of Man was the foundation; and a willful ignorance of man’s corruptible nature was its end. The idea that there is a point in society where there is no longer use for debate is a dangerous place to be. It might be the most dangerous. (Skip) Like the Revolutionaries of France, America’s counterrevolutionaries see America’s history as so deeply flawed that it cannot coexist with a just society. They want to construct a new society from scratch, in a construct as a mirror image of their own ideas, their own woke faith, their own self-serving caste. So we see the toppling of monuments, the burning of buildings, and the defacement of public art and statues. People who see America as inherently evil and a nation so deeply, irredeemably flawed, every symbol of its past and present must be destroyed. This is a great tragedy of our time- not just as an obtuse display of a raging mob, but because those monuments are a symbol of the beauty of which man is capable of creating. When the statue of Frederick Douglass was torn down in Rochester, New York last month, it wasn’t just a gross display of a mob of wreckers, it was a blatant contempt for the enduring nature of the American people to correct injustice where it is found. But the American left, like the Jacobins before them, see nothing beyond the absolutist philosophy of their own creation. There is no reverence for history, nor tradition, nor any utility in the institutions that bind communities together.  [full article]

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