I want us all to really think hard about this: There will be people voting in the next election who have no personal connection to America prior to George W. Bush. There is a massive voting bloc who were 3 years old when the World Trade Center went down. There are millions of eligible voters who are too young to have experienced a world without Islamic terrorism and gas prices less than $2.
The median age in our country is about 37 years old. About 20% of our population is 15 years old or younger. When politicians are crying “make America great again” or “take our country back”, almost one quarter of our country have never lived during the “great” American years. How can we possibly describe to them how good our nation could be?
I am almost median age myself. I cannot tell you what the Reagan years were like, even though I was born just a few months before he was elected President. I have no perspective of what it would have been like to live under Carter, Nixon, or Johnson. I can intellectually, but not personally, comprehend life in pre-Civil Rights America. No matter how many books I read, films I watch, or stories from my elders I hear, living in a segregated America is foreign to me.
Or is it?
We are facing a national, nay, global identity crisis. Lines are being drawn in the sand from every direction as we faction ourselves. Postmodern deconstruction of categories has caused intense fragmentation and sources of new categorical identification. This is great for the Marxist academics who have been awaiting the socialist revolution as they undermine American tradition from the publicly funded safety of our universities. It is not great for a huge segment of our populous who are farmers, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, roofers, janitors, salespeople, and small business owners.
As a lower-class academic who does not want to be entrenched in the university system, I see the fragmenting of American society, and I think it is a terrible thing.
Sociologists are on the forefront of exposing perceived “inequality” within and between different social groups. The problem is that while sociologists absolutely love to point out that people are different (amazing how such an obvious conclusion has such negative connotations here), they offer no solutions.
“Systemic” is a buzz word that should send chills up your spine if you like American traditions. Systemic racism, systemic sexism, systemic inequality, systemic oppression; all are false concepts created to bring our Constitutional Republic to its knees.
Students sit in college classrooms across the country having their minds filled with nonsense about micro-aggressions, oppression, and inequality. They get all worked up into an activist state. They want to challenge the system, because it is the system that is the root cause of all of our problems.
All churned up, these students—who are only given half knowledge of the world—exist the safe space of a college campus and bring their misinformed activism to the streets. Their only goal is to tear apart the existing. They do not think about any sort of replacement. When heads are on the pikes of revolution, what happens next?
The truth is that these sycophants do not care. They only want “hope and change”; an empty platitude that is open-ended and arbitrary. They just want something different. They want a world without offense. One without oppression. They want a world that has never, does not, and will never exist so long as life exists.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. This is true for pigs, insects, apes, and humans. Even plants compete for resources. There will NEVER be equality on this Earth.
Even as we become more equal through the law, groups simply break apart and form new factions. Rather than an all-encompassing category of “black” Americans, intersectionality cedes new categories of black women, black men, black LGBT, poor blacks, rich blacks, Christian blacks, Muslim blacks, atheist blacks, college educated blacks, bi-racial blacks, multi-racial blacks, etc. Each new group seeks their own identity and protections. The more splintered the category, the more they can claim marginalization.
Moreover, these new intersectional groups seek to segregate themselves from “society”, because society is white, patriarchal, and heteronormative. Society wants assimilation. Society is the system.
There is danger in this ideology. It has permeated the ranks of the elites like never before. As more of us go to college and face this subtle brainwashing, American idealism seems to be more of a fairy tale than history. We are seeing its effects as Frankenstein style mobs with pitchforks and torches frighten college Presidents to resign or Christian bakers to close their shops. Mobs are literally burning down buildings in our cities as “protests” that belong more in 18th century French era Revolution than 21st century America.
Our children will look to this time as the norm. Our “progressive” and “civilized” first world example of disloyalty, violence, and apathy will be our legacy. Mine is the first generation who cannot remember the fight against socialist revolutions of the last century, so we embrace the ideologies of Stalin and Hitler.
Just imagine how much history will be forgotten by the next generation. God help us.