“Some days I wake up and read the news and look around me and say, ‘I don’t recognize this country anymore.'”Steven Hayward, resident scholar, UC Berkeley
I don’t know many true Americans who haven’t made the same observation Steven Hayward makes. Lots of us, especially those who were alive and conscious in the 1980s and earlier, recognize that somewhere along the way, something went very, very wrong.
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know where I stand on this. America is collapsing, led by its crumbling urban centers and wretchedly degenerate culture. That decay has been engineered by the ideological Left, and it’s accelerating.
America cannot be saved. It will fall. The only chance for “the last best hope of earth” is to restore it — to rebuild from the inevitable rubble.
A few days ago — not coincidentally, on the eve of the State of The Union address — the Fox Nation streaming service premiered “American Requiem,” a three-part series on this very subject. From the previews it looked promising, and after watching it I can testify that it’s worth your time.
The three episodes — Destruction, Division, Surrender — touch all the relevant bases. The series doesn’t try to be comprehensive, but it’s an effective primer illuminating where we are as a nation and why. Producers wove together sharp observations from historians, authors, academics and think-tankers into a compelling result.
The picture they paint is depressing to anyone who loves this country and remembers what it once was. There’s no optimism evident in the series, either, which adds to its credibility. It begins with “America is dying before our eyes” and ends with “America as we knew it is over.”
So don’t watch “American Requiem” expecting to be cheered, or even mildly encouraged. But definitely do watch it — if we’re to restore America, we need to be shown a stark portrayal of our present reality.
This is it. And it’s a more respectable way to spend a few hours this Sunday than watching an over-hyped football game.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.
There is a moral of all human tales:
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory; when that fails,
Wealth, Vice, Corruption, barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page.
— Lord Byron
(“The Course of Empire” paintings by Thomas Cole)