Beyond dissidence, cont.
My comment at The Thinking Housewife that it’s too late in America for us to be Solzhenitsyn-type dissidents set off quite a discussion there which continues with a significant essay by Henry McCulloch.
I myself have not participated in the discussion, as the arguments were more complex than I was prepared to get a handle on and reply to at the moment (the same applies to replying to comments that I have received on the subject—I apologize to those readers I have not yet answered). A lot of the TTH discussion had to do with the idea, dear to many traditional and paleo conservatives, that the United States (the state or polity) is distinct from America (the nation or people). Just speaking in a preliminary way, it is my sense that this distinction, which applies to the nations of Europe, does not apply very well to America. This is because America (the nation or people) came into existence at precisely the same moment as the United States (the state or polity). This event was effected in the first and last paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people [LA replies: note that it speaks of “one people,” not thirteen peoples] to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation….Before 1775-1776, the separate colonies had never acted as a political unit or federation, and the people of the thirteen colonies had not thought of themselves as one people. It was in the act of forming an independent political federation which encompassed thirteen states, that they also first articulated themselves as “one people.” The American people, and the United States of America, came into existence together. There has never been an American nation or people separate from their political organization, whether in the form of the Continental Congress (1776-1781), or the Articles of Confederation (1781-1788), or the Constitution (April 30, 1789 to November 6, 2012). The American people are uniquely tied to and defined by the United States, which in turn is defined by the Constitution.
But the United States is now a lawless leftist state hostile to the very existence of the American people and it cannot be fixed, because we are outnumbered by those who seek our dispossession and destruction. At the same time, notwithstanding the ruin of the United States, it is an existential fact that we are Americans, and will remain Americans. This may seem to contradict what I said before about there being no difference between America and the United States, but it is nevertheless true, because we are now in a new and unprecedented reality. Our job is to make sense of that reality and seek to create a new order, a new political and cultural expression for ourselves as a people. In the new polity or polities that may come into existence in the future, we and those who come after us will surely draw on some of the principles of the Constitution as well as our historic common culture and identity as Americans, and in that sense those new polities will be heirs of the United States (the polity) and of America (the people and nation). But they won’t be the United States of America, which is now a leftist, anti-white, anti-Christian juggernaut.
Terry Morris writes:
You set the date of the expiration of the Constitutional United States at November 6, 2012. Whether this date is precisely correct or not, it is nevertheless a solid point of reference, and should be recorded in the annals of history as the Great Awakening Day. Let it be remembered that this discussion could not possibly have taken place on November 5, 2012, or on any prior date. Let it also be remembered that had the “missing” white vote not gone missing, through no concerted effort on the parts of conservatives, we would not be having this discussion. The hand of Providence is evident all over this from my perspective.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 15, 2012 11:42 PM | Send