Opinion / Politics

Mob Rule Imperils Western Civilization. Now’s the Time for Courage and Leadership.

westernThe war on history has spread across our country and has even spilled over to other parts of the Western world.

Now, on a daily basis, we see scenes of lawless mobs attacking and tearing down statues, and defacing monuments of every type—often as authorities stand idly by.

But this violence has hardly been reserved just for statues.

After toppling a statue of an abolitionist who gave his life to the cause as a member of the Union Army, a mob in Madison, Wisconsin, mercilessly beat a Wisconsin Democrat state senator who supported the protests.

Mob rule is indeed coming to America. It must be stopped.

Authorities have numerous tools to stop the destruction if they would just show the willingness to use them. Failure to act will only encourage more acts of vandalism and destruction.

As I explained in my book, “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past,” the attacks on our shared history go beyond any individual or statue.

What’s in peril now is not just the reputation of Christopher Columbus, the merits of the Founding Fathers, or the legacy of the Civil War. It’s something much broader and deeper.

What’s being threatened is the long history of ideas and institutions created and developed in the West.

The United States, of course, has been the prime target of radicals, because—whether we chose this role or not—it is the pinnacle of Western prosperity and strength.

Unfortunately, we have reached a point—due to the radical transformation of our schools and the rise of the new Left—where our elite institutions are no longer willing or able to defend the very ideas and people that made possible their existence.

In fact, those institutions are leading the charge to bring about this cultural revolution.

Those who do stand up to the statue topplers and radicals—even those who could be broadly defined as “liberal” or on the left—will be drowned out and castigated, will be accused of being racist, and purged by the inquisitors of social justice.

Just look at how the historians who stood up against the inaccurate, flawed, and ultimately destructive “1619 Project” developed by The New York Times have been treated.

The project’s creator, Nikole Hannah-Jones, dismissed her critics as “old white males,” and called others “anti-black.”

The purge and erasure of history require dissent to be silenced. No one may question the narrative. No one may be allowed to freely pursue the truth.

That’s what the war on history is leading to. It’s a war on 1776.

The attacks on history have moved international as well. Statues of Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln have been vandalized and defaced by mobs in London.

It’s telling that those were among the primary symbols being targeted.

After all, Churchill and Lincoln in their own ways were leaders who unabashedly stood by the essence of what their countries were in a time of almost overwhelming crisis.

Instead of tearing down Lincoln and Churchill, we must now look to them for inspiration in an uncertain age.

In an address at Bristol University in 1938, the British prime minister-to-be warned that civilization itself was under attack, that it would be tested, and that it would survive only if free people drew on their strength and courage to defend it.

In words striking in the face of our challenges today, Churchill said: “Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.”

Will we, like generations before us, answer the call to defend our way of life? Will it be the generation that grew up at the “end of history”—after the Nazi menace was crushed by the arsenal of democracy, the USSR’s evil empire collapsed, and free people stood triumphant—that will cast our hard-won victories aside in an effort to purge our imperfect past?

In an era of mob rule—where the very basis of American and Western civilization is being questioned and attacked from within, and when rising superpowers like communist China that stand in opposition to everything we represent are on the march—it is essential that free people resist the impulses leading to our self-immolation.

The hour is late, and our hot summer days are becoming dark.

Still, imagine what things were like for Lincoln sitting in the White House in 1861 as government of the people, by the people, and for the people appeared to be on the precipice of perishing from the earth.

Imagine how things must have looked for Churchill in the summer of 1940, when darkness was closing in on the last free country on the Continent, the British elite were eyeing capitulation to the Nazi juggernaut, and across the Atlantic the American behemoth was still sleeping.

The times were grim, but leadership and statesmanship in the face of nearly insurmountable challenges held civilization together, allowed free people to rally, gather their strength, and stem the tide of ruin, bringing forth what Churchill called the “bright sunlit uplands” in the era that followed.

Now we are again being called upon to mount a defense of our way of life. We have a great deal to lose and much at stake, because what’s at stake are not just statues and stone, but the freedom of millions alive today and the many more yet unborn.

Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Signal by - Jarrett Stepman

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2 years ago

About those mobs that are defacing public property and tearing down statues of the icons of freedom, I’d like to know what they would put in their place. We will never all agree on who’s “great”, but if they shaped history, they have significance. Or would the mobs leave the canvas blank, and rewrite history as they choose. But they’re too stupid—or brainwashed—to understand that because of those people represented in town squares across America, the protesters have been given the right to protest, but not to vandalize. Because they don’t understand history, they sound like a bunch of whining idiots defending a dubious cause.
A few things need to happen to stop this madness:

  • Law enforcement should be able to do their job—to ensure public safety, protecting people and property.
  • Gather the miscreants, put them on trial, and lock them up. Take their assets to repair the damage. They must be held accountable!
  • City council members, mayors, governors, and the courts need to stop preventing law enforcement from doing their job. That means voting them out of office if they don’t respect rule of law. They must be held accountable!!
  • Schools need to teach history, and all subjects, really, better than they do. Students should be encouraged to offer alternate opinions. In honest debate, those opinions that lack merit will be shown for what they are. How awful for us that the performance of our public school system has fallen so far behind those of other countries. Unions have too much power.
  • Fix the media. (Ha!)
  • We law-abiding citizens must gather to confront…peacefully…those mobs. That’s what the Tea Party movement accomplished more than a decade ago–peaceful protest against a government that was taking power away from the people. Have poster, will travel!


2 years ago

Today’s youth are extremely void of independent thought! … But what frustrates me most today is that I just don’t understand how today’s Republican politicians don’t just hammer their opponents with logic and facts. If I was a candidate, I would point out how today’s so-called Democratic Party is NOW EMBRACING COMMUNISM!!! … it’s so easy to prove and to point out! Google Josef Stalin’s 1957 economic plan and you will see today’s Democratic Party economic plan! Government run health care, “Free” college education but of course the “Government” would decide who, what and where one gets further “educated”. I would point out that there IS AN AMERICAN COMMUNIST PARTY and that they HAVE NEVER IN THEIR HISTORY EVER ENDORSED ANY REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT UNTIL BARACK OBAMA (2X) & HILLARY CLINTON! Why is that? Maybe it’s because today’s Democratic Party has embraced Communist ideology! And I just don’t understand how people in general can’t see it. But then again, young people have been brain washed their entire lives and their parents don’t seem to be involved in their educational upbringing. I would also point out how the Democratic Party has used and abused Black people and I don’t understand why Republicans NEVER SEEM TO POINT IT OUT! Everything is easy to prove and point out and Republicans ignore history. It’s beyond belief!

2 years ago
Reply to  Rik

I agree with most of what you say, Rik. But I think we have recently seen more dissent among the minority populations than I’ve ever noticed before. They’re expressing their dissatisfaction with the liberals for not producing results from the promises they’ve (dems) been delivering for half a century. Check out the YouTube videos of Candace Owens, Brandon Straka, and other reformed democrats. Their messages are powerful, and gaining attention. And it took someone as bold and as non-PC as President Trump to point this out.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Both you and Rik have valid points as far as they go. However, both of you have to realize that both BLM and ANTIFA are doing the exact same activities in cities all around the world. Toronto, London, Paris, Lucerne, etc., just to name a few. I watch and read the news from several outlets around the world and the same pattern, actions and words are being repeated. The United States is simply one of the many targets of both these Marxist groups. The so-called founders of these groups, the figureheads fronting for the money people funding these organizations, all readily admit they are Marxists and their goal is the complete transformation of western civilization into a socialist / communist Utopia by any means necessary. Statues being toppled and defaced. Organized riots and looting. Everything is being carried out in the EXACT same manner. It’s about collapsing the system and creating such chaos and despair, that the masses will agree to whatever they want in exchange for so-called peace/ That peace being of course a global communist government that owns and controls all people and things.
The police in Democrat run cities will NOT be allowed to pushback and contain the ongoing violence here. Same thing is happening to all the other countries around the world where so-called liberals have power. The police in all these countries have ALL been ordered to essentially stand down or retreat. So please don’t expect the police in such cities to put their lives on the line when the higher ups don’t have their backs and in many cases will either fire or discipline the police for doing their job properly. At the end of the day, it is coming down to the average citizen either being willing to defend themselves from the likes of BLM and ANTIFA, by whatever means necessary to protect their lives and personal property, or allowing these groups to achieve their goals. They are NOT interested in a peaceful discussion or any sort of compromise. They want the entirety of western civilization gone and will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal
Now lets see how fast this post gets censored.!

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