The Crisis of American Civilization | Opinion

During such crises as the Civil War and World War II, if America had lost, it would have ceased to be America—and the cause of freedom around the world would have been dramatically weakened.

Today, we face combined internal and external threats which are as great or greater.

Internationally, China's economic, scientific and technological power is now fully competitive with that of the United States. Recent Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and against Taiwan, in addition to domestic repression (including concentration camps and genocide against the Uighurs, crushing Tibetan Buddhist culture, and repressing the freedom movement in Hong Kong) are all signs of the Chinese Communist Party's self-confidence.

The announcement of a joint China-Russia moon base project represented a collective authoritarian challenge to the American-led freedom coalition. Russia's movement of military forces near the border of Ukraine is another signal of the potential aggressiveness of authoritarian states.

However dangerous the foreign challenges are, however, they pale in comparison with the domestic threats to American civilization.

Consider these indicators that our civilization is beginning to fall apart.

Minnesota has seen several days of looting and rioting during the trial of a former policeman. Mayor Mike Elliott of Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb, said in the middle of the rioting: "I don't believe that officers need to necessarily have weapons, you know, every time they're making traffic stop or engaged in situations that don't necessarily call for weapons."

Meanwhile, another policeman was killed during a car stop in New Mexico, and our elites ignored the murder.

There is a war on police underway with 264 killed in 2020, a jump of 96 percent over the previous year. In New York City, hostile forces use Molotov cocktails to set police cars on fire. Murder rates are skyrocketing around the country; 2020 saw the biggest one-year jump in homicides in American history—36.7 percent.

Faced with aggressive criminal behavior and violence against innocent people—including young children being killed—Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib called for "no more policing, incarceration and militarization." Rep. Tlaib represents Detroit. According to the City of Detroit's 2020 Crime Report, there were 327 homicides in 2020, up from 275 the previous year—a 19 percent increase. There were also 1,173 non-fatal shootings. This is up from 767 the previous year, a 53 percent increase.

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A Portland police officers officer tackles demonstrators after a riot was declared during a protest against the killing of Daunte Wright on April 12, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Portland continues to be attacked nightly by anarchists. Despite pious statements by public officials, no effective action is underway to restore law and order.

In San Francisco, the district attorney declared that theft under $900 will not be prosecuted. The announcement has led to so much shoplifting that Walgreens is closing 10 of its drugstores in the city.

The threat to American civilization goes far beyond violence in the streets.

Woke CEOs who refuse to condemn genocide and police state tyranny in China are quick to attack Georgia—even though President Joe Biden was just plain wrong (perhaps lying) about the state's new election law. Moving the MLB All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado hurts Black-owned small businesses. Furthermore, Colorado's current voting laws are stricter than Georgia's new ones. For the woke, it is virtue signaling—not fact—that matters.

The media establishment systematically lied to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. CNN's Charlie Chester recently asserted, "I came to CNN to be a part of that. Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100 percent going to say it, and I 100 percent believe that if it wasn't for CNN, I don't know that Trump would have got voted out."

Of course, The New York Times and The Washington Post—not to mention MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC—would dispute any claim that CNN alone defeated Trump. The two papers won Pulitzer Prizes despite lying about Trump.

The traditional media's hostility and dishonesty are rivaled only by the internet giants, who are increasingly acting like Russian oligarchs. They are trying to erase a leader who was supported by more than 75 million Americans with a ruthlessness worthy of Soviet tyranny and the Chinese Communist Party.

Crony capitalism is becoming bolder as big government and big business reinforce each other at the country's expense.

Race-based reparations, school quotas and anti-white and anti-male curricula signal a a return to government-fueled discrimination and segregation.

Finally, when the state of California is considering requiring students to chant the name of an Aztec god at the center of a human sacrifice cult, there are sound reasons to believe American Civilization is in crisis.

If we are going to remain America, we must oppose the forces trying to destroy us.

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