Combine all of the above with new technologies, new emergent networks, and the decentralization of conflict and you can begin to see the entire picture.
Lately, and even here, some new terms have been bandied about: “decentralized” “4g war” “networks” “emergent” “antifa”.
Over the next 40 years, this Democratic generation fundamentally altered American politics. They restructured “campaign finance, party nominations, government transparency, and congressional organization.” They took on domestic violence, homophobia, discrimination against the disabled, and sexual harassment. They jettisoned many racially and culturally authoritarian traditions. They produced Bill Clinton’s presidency directly, and in many ways, they shaped President Barack Obama’s.
The result today is a paradox. At the same time that the nation has achieved perhaps the most tolerant culture in U.S. history, the destruction of the anti-monopoly and anti-bank tradition in the Democratic Party has also cleared the way for the greatest concentration of economic power in a century. This is not what the Watergate Babies intended when they dethroned Patman as chairman of the Banking Committee.
Racial bean counters automatically attribute statistical differences between blacks and whites to racial discrimination. But they never attribute statistical differences between whites and Asian Americans to discrimination – Thomas Sowell
But it helped lead them down that path. The story of Patman’s ousting is part of the larger story of how the Democratic Party helped to create today’s shockingly disillusioned and sullen public, a large chunk of whom is now marching for Donald Trump.
But that’s just part of the story.
That a leftist mob has taken control of the capital of the global superpower and has been for several weeks. These images being sent around the world with lightning speed, and they make an impression – namely that the US is chaotic, weak, unstable, and seemingly intent on abandoning basic governance. Who benefits from this chaos?
It is the ignorance of the mob which allows its members to smear American heroes and destroy the memory of key personalities in the rise of freedom. As for ignorance, Columbia University in NYC is named after the Captain of the Seas, Christopher Columbus.
The attacks on the statues are meaningless in and of themselves. Petty crime and vandalism. What is significant is the attack on the nation’s story about itself.
George Washington- our country’s father- never told a lie. He raised a legion at his own expense which marched beneath the slogan, “Appeal to Heaven” and led our revolutionaries to glorious independence.
Abraham Lincoln- the great emancipator, brilliant orator, who guided the country through the divine scourge that was the civil war, through which the country paid for its great sin of slavery and realized the meaning of its founding.
Robert E. Lee- a noble man fighting for a cause he knew was doomed because he loved his home. A southern Hector whose skill and nobility in defeat conveys all the more honor upon the victorious Union.
And countless more men and women -of various races, creeds and origins- but each tale adding to the American story, itself a tiny part of the Western canon.
Commander Worf of Star Trek Deep Space 9 sums it up, “WORF: You are both wrong. The only real question is whether you believe in the legend of Davy Crockett or not. If you do, then there should be no doubt in your mind that he died the death of a hero. If you do not believe in the legend, then he was just a man and it does not matter how he died.”
I believe in the legend of Davy Crockett.