An Unserious Nation

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via,

How stands John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” this Thanksgiving?

How stands the country that was to be “a light unto the nations”?

To those who look to cable TV for news, the answer must at the least be ambiguous. For consider the issues that have lately convulsed the public discourse of the American republic.

Today’s great question seems to be whether our 45th president is as serious a sexual predator as our 42nd was proven to be, and whether the confessed sins of Sen. Al Franken are as great as the alleged sins of Judge Roy Moore.

On both questions, the divide is, as ever, along partisan lines.

And every day for weeks, beginning with Hollywood king Harvey Weinstein, whose accusers nearly number in three digits, actors, media personalities and politicians have been falling like nine pins over allegations and admissions of sexual predation.

What is our civil rights issue, and who are today’s successors to the Freedom Riders of the ‘60s? Millionaire NFL players “taking a knee” during the national anthem to dishonor the flag of their country to protest racist cops.

And what was the great cultural issue of summer and fall?

An ideological clamor to tear down memorials and monuments to the European discoverers of America, any Founding Father who owned slaves and any and all Confederate soldiers and statesmen.

Stained-glass windows of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson have been removed from the National Cathedral. Plaques to Lee and George Washington have been taken down from the walls of the Episcopal church in Alexandria where both men worshipped.

But the city that bears Washington’s name is erecting a new statue on Pennsylvania Avenue — to honor the four-term mayor who served time on a cocaine charge: Marion Shepilov Barry.

Whatever side one may take on these questions, can a country so preoccupied and polarized on such pursuits be taken seriously as a claimant to be the “exceptional nation,” a model to which the world should look and aspire?

Contrast the social, cultural and moral morass in which America is steeped with the disciplined proceedings and clarity of purpose, direction and goals of our 21st century rival: Xi Jinping’s China.

Our elites assure us that America today is a far better place than we have ever known, surely better than the old America that existed before the liberating cultural revolution of the 1960s.

Yet President Trump ran on a pledge to “Make America Great Again,” implying that while the America he grew up in was great, in the time of Barack Obama it no longer was. And he won.

Certainly, the issues America dealt with half a century ago seem more momentous than what consumes us today.

Consider the matters that riveted America in the summer and fall of 1962, when this columnist began to write editorials for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. What was the civil rights issue of that day?

In September of ‘62, Gov. Ross Barnett decided not to allow Air Force vet James Meredith to become the first black student at Ole Miss. Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent U.S. Marshals to escort Meredith in.


Hundreds of demonstrators arrived on campus to join student protests. A riot ensued. Dozens of marshals were injured. A French journalist was shot to death. The Mississippi Guard was federalized. U.S. troops were sent in, just as Ike had sent them into Little Rock when Gov. Orville Faubus refused to desegregate Central High.


U.S. power was being used to enforce a federal court order on a recalcitrant state government, as it would in 1963 at the University of Alabama, where Gov. George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door.


As civil rights clashes go, this was the real deal.


That fall, in a surprise attack, Chinese troops poured through the passes in the Himalayas, invading India. China declared a truce in November but kept the territories it had occupied in Jammu and Kashmir.


Then there was the Cuban missile crisis, the most dangerous crisis of the Cold War.


Since August, the Globe-Democrat had been calling for a blockade of Cuba, where Soviet ships were regularly unloading weapons. When President Kennedy declared a “quarantine” after revealing that missiles with nuclear warheads that could reach Washington were being installed, the Globe urged unity behind him, as it had in Oxford, Mississippi.

We seemed a more serious and united nation and people then than we are today, where so much that roils our society and consumes our attention seems unserious and even trivial.

“And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?” wrote the British poet Thomas Macaulay.

Since 1962, this nation has dethroned its God and begun debates about which of the flawed but great men who created the nation should be publicly dishonored. Are we really a better country today than we were then, when all the world looked to America as the land of the future?


Future Jim God Emperor Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:22 Permalink

How goes the nation? I'm glad he asked. State of America—Trump, Year One  One year ago, the players were above the law, and they continue to be above the law today. One year ago, less people knew that the media are on the same side, and that the alternative media are controlled opposition. Two years ago, the players launched a campaign to intensify conflict between the so-called left and the so-called right, and that campaign is ongoing. Attempts to generate zealotry on the right however, have begun to peter out. Likewise, attempts to sell Trump as anti-establishment have also largely petered out. An increasing number on all sides are figuring out that Trump is controlled opposition. Two years ago, the players also launched a related and more successful campaign to incite the right by using the controlled alternative media to inform them about the atrocities perpetrated against them and their country. Such atrocities are being sold by the controlled alternative media as the work of the left because they ostensibly benefit those on the left, but the average person on the left was almost as ignorant of these atrocities as were those on the right. These atrocities have been ongoing for decades, but they continue to be sold by the controlled alternative media as something new so that the right will not ask why they are just now hearing about it when it is too late to do anything about it. Likewise, the right has not yet noticed that the controlled alternative media have given them mostly ineffective and demoralizing counter-arguments and solutions. Over two centuries ago the players launched a campaign to bypass the Constitution, and that campaign is ongoing, and for all practical purposes, complete. Two millennia ago, the players launched a campaign to neutralize any grass roots resistance, and that campaign is more effective than ever. The eternal war of makers vs. takers … also ongoing. If you are on the left, the government and the media continue to have your back and bully those who do not conform. The followers on all sides continue to be fundamentally the same as each other in most ways. The leadership of all sides continue to be on the same side themselves; whereas, the followers on different sides continue to be different from each other in some fundamental ways because different strategies work on different kinds of people. For example, if you were the kind of person whose fears compelled him to conform, and who insisted that others conform, then you would naturally find yourself on the side where the government and the media have your back and bully your opponents, and thus you would find yourself on the left. Whereas, if you were not afraid of peer pressure, not interested in virtue signaling, and not so quick to write off friends and family who fail to conform, then you would instead be played with false flags and exaggerated news about common-sense types of fears, such as criminals, freeloaders, drug addicts, foreign enemies, and terrorists. In other words, America continues to circle the drain, and like every year in recent decades, is a little further down the drain than the year before.

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various1 nmewn Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:44 Permalink

Nice comment, troll. Yes, attack him personally. These poor peasant shills, working for a dollar a scam, trying to dupe lowest of low who read this nonsense.Article is nonsense. Future Jim has some truth to whom ever still has no clue: Some kids maybe, or idiots, who might get a glimpse. The mentioned "controlled opposition" lowest workers like this dude above, are paid a few pittance to dupe idiots who still repeat the nonsense they are peddled.Most adults have exactly the knowledge of things, but what can they do, and what is their stake?"Political economy" workers as this troll, is a good example to confirm that "right and left" are merely peasant employees of political capital

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Giant Meteor Future Jim Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

Whatever side one may take on these questions, can a country so preoccupied and polarized on such pursuits be taken seriously as a claimant to be the “exceptional nation,” a model to which the world should look and aspire?No .. "My best wishes, in the joys, and festivities, and the solemn services of that day on which will be completed the fiftieth year from its birth, of the independence of the United States: a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind." John Adams - second President of the United States, one month before his passing .. 

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Bigern ThrowAwayYourTV Wed, 11/22/2017 - 22:15 Permalink

TV has taken a fundamental human condition of depravity and focused it like a laser. Lust. From it all others flow. People lust after others. People lust after the things of others. People lust after power. People lust after the means to power. People lust after Mammon.People have forgotten who feeds from this, and what master they become slaved to. TV is a system instituting ritual slavery of the mind. The mind is the gateway to the soul, the real prize for the prince of the air.

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SaintInix Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:23 Permalink

It's simple... The day we lost our honor, and honesty, about and toward the world and ourselves...

That's the day we became whatever it is we live in now.

We have no honor anymore, at least as a society, our government does horrible things everyday.

It's sick, it sucks, and it's not the world I was told we lived in...

However, all dreams must come to an end, and it's about time we all woke up.

Not like 'woke' or some shit, but just actually open our eyes, look at ourselves, each other, and decide, is this who we really want to be? Are these the things we stand for, want to be remembered for?

I certainly don't, I want to be remembered as someone with integrity, respect, and honor.

The day is coming, and I will stand with those who fight for change, for good, and for freedom.

Until then, I'll seek to be the change I wish to see in the world. Because, like the Outlaw I am, I refuse to wait for the world to change, I'll act as if the day is already here. (Paraphrasing Tom Robbins)

Lt. Frank Drebin Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:24 Permalink

The simple answer to the last paragraph is a resounding no. The sad part is, there really is no bright light of a nation anywhere on this Earth anymore, because white people aren't allowed to self associate anymore, which means the creation of any real thing or system of values shall disapear from this planet in the near term future.Best of luck to those that remain in good fashion. Keep fighting the good fight and carrying the light of civilization for the future, should the time come for humans to rise once more.

hoist the bs flag Dindu Nuffins Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:51 Permalink

 why a helicopter ride fucker? because buchanan is NOT the poster boy for neocon empire expansion and debt expansion and endless war?  pull the other one. you corporatist banker loving twat. while you are at it, you faux right leaning hypocrite, get a history lesson on that fucking nutball. he's been shagging the country and the middle class way before Obama made it cool to do so.dolt

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DaBard51 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:28 Permalink

Both major US political parties have failed.  Party platforms mean nothing.Now, politics of personalities.  Blame LBJ and Nixon. When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

besnook Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

shame on you, pat, for not taking vagina hats seriously, you misogynist dirty old man. we have pictures of you masturbating to hustler magazine pictures of obviously abused objectified women.

shankster Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

Turn off the TV, put down the phone and the doobie, put the beer down. Pick up a book and learn to read and spell and learn or re-learn that forgotten art of real mathematics.

haruspicio Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:48 Permalink

The beacon on the hill has gone out. America has lost its moral compass and is driven only by greed and lust for power. I don't know where to look for a new beacon. I think it is Japan which despite an intensive American assault in support of inequality is still prosperous and has the lowest inequality of any developed nation. Sadly, Japan is being driven in the same immoral direction by globaliztion and such forces. I don;t know how long it can hold out.

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