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A Call to Duty

by RightHandMan

“To follow Rome, one of the greatest civilizations of all time, as it degenerated and fractured, is especially painful in view of the parallels to what is happening to America in our own times.” Thomas Sowell

Recently Mr. Sowell, my favorite author, was interviewed by the Hoover Institution. In response to the quote above, he made a fascinating observation regarding these parallels with Rome and America. In the comparison he said, “…That we have to accommodate people who move here. You know, the old saying is ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’. The new one is, ‘when in Rome, tell the Romans what to do.’ And we are going along with it.”

What has happened to us as a people? When did we become so self-deprecating? We have lost sight of what America is. Our identity has been stolen under the notion that we are to become something we are not, that is to say, everyone else. We ignore the economic collapses of modern societies such as Greece and Japan and decide to follow their trail blazed paths to ruin. We disregard the damage that the social systems of Europe have offered and implement our own in the same fashion. We pay no heed to the words of St. Augustine’s “City of G-d”, and mockingly celebrate in our amoral fantasy…and like Rome, we burn.

Mr. Sowell is right; it is painful to watch us willingly repeat history so precisely. Why are we so fascinated with countries that have less remarkable systems and philosophies of government? Why is it so offensive to say this is so? When America was born, its principles of liberty changed the world. All of the countries that we seemingly desire to be like have built their systems to be like ours. Their systems were less perfect. It is because of this that they have moved away from the foundations faster than us; yet we follow. To what end?

We have become the confused workers who, in spite of our inability, continue to build a tower to our own idea of heaven. We scorn our foundations and deride our principles in the name of an enlightened progress that is neither concrete nor just. The new politician promises an idealistic utopia that, in an attempt to evade insult, lacks defined ideals. Our laws are living, our morals shifting, and our ground is shaking.

We cannot let liberty fade. It is our moral obligation, as fortunate recipients of such an inheritance, to preserve the abundance that freedom provides and to guard the hope of liberation for those who are bound. We are the protectors of G-d’s endowment against man’s encroachment and we have no greater cause as a nation. It is our duty – we the people.

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” George Washington


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  • Steve Dennis September 29, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    Great post! Somewhere along the way it became selfish to expect people to come to America and assimilate into our culture. Somehow it became unfair to people coming here to be asked to become part of American society. We are dilluting ourselves as a nation, we are losing our identity and once that has happened, America as we know her is gone.

  • Trestin September 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    The entire western world is losing it's identity. It is all part of the long march stratify. The question is how do we fix this?

  • John Carey September 29, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    One of your best posts Right.

  • Infidel de Manahatta September 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Good post. As Europe crumbles from the result of its disastrous socialism our President is trying to make us more like them. What is wrong with this picture? Obama I believe doesn't understand this country or its traditions.

  • Right Hand Man September 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Thanks for the comments. I hope that liberty endures this encroachment.

  • Gorges Smythe September 29, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Another good post, "Mr. Right."

    Incidentally, I don't think Obama understands anything; he just does what he's told.

  • theCL September 29, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    "We cannot let liberty fade …"

    But it already has, long ago. We traded free markets for corporatism in the '30's. Conservatism went from anti-state to anti-democrat in the '70's. over the past 10 years we've gone from a free country to a police state.

    We must take liberty back!

  • theCL September 29, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Hey, there's only 545 of them … and over 300 million of us.

  • Matt September 29, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    That was great, RHM. Very impressive.

  • Right Hand Man September 30, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Thanks for the comments. Matt, that means a lot!

  • OneoldDude September 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Good post.