This recent column from Victor Davis Hanson nicely sets out the major indicators of impending national collapse. He’s also candid about the absence of an evenhanded rule of law when political questions or prominent politicians are involved in a controversy. He leaves no question about the international consequences of such a collapse. I read it thinking throughout that “this is all ‘previous work.’” I hoped Dr. Hanson, an intelligent and insightful commentator, would have an original set of recommendations for Us the People. However, he concluded this way:
Will we meet these challenges or ensure the ongoing decline?
If what we saw after October 7, or the wild and out-of-control reign of weaponized local and state prosecutors, or what we watch nightly on television at the border, or the paralyses we witness abroad of our military, or the breezy way in which our officials promise groups here and abroad billions of dollars in easy money, continues into 2024, then the country as we knew it will become unrecognizable.
Well, ah, yes…but what are “we” to do about it? When several recent, high-profile elections, including one for the presidency, have been blatantly stolen, is it sane to look to the next set of elections as a corrective? Leaving that to the side, what have the Republicans elected to Congress actually done to halt or reverse the flood of damage? Have we any objective reason to believe that replacing all the Democrats in Congress, plus the president and vice-president, with Republicans would bring about the swift and radical changes required to avert the disaster Dr. Hanson foresees?
Dr. Hanson might understand that the policies and initiatives of the Usurper Regime are deliberate moves to weaken the country. However, he never says so. To do so would lay bare the true challenge before us: the removal of an illegitimate government intent on the destruction of American sovereignty. That regime will not reverse course on its own initiative. Neither will it surrender power peacefully, regardless of the outcome of the November elections.
As it has been to date, our true challenge is to find a method that doesn’t throw the United States into bloody convulsions. So far, no one has proposed any such. Given decent persons’ aversion to confrontation and violence, the search is likely to continue long beyond the point where our slide into domestic chaos and international impotence becomes irreversible.