GUEST ARTICLE: A Doomsday Letter…
Editors Note: Today we’ll be featuring an article by one of the patriots in our Under 30, Brianna Dashnea.
Brianna is a fantastic writer and we’re happy to share this piece she wrote. Enjoy.
A Doomsday Letter to My Conservative Friends Abroad About the Current Political Attitude in the U.S.
Surely, if you are a proponent of the Free World and an active player in right-wing politics, you may follow what is happening in the U.S. just as you do your own country. This includes the fight on culture, information, and religion that is essential to our nation’s survival. As an American who has lived in the United States for the majority of my life, I must first admit my ignorance to the countries and cultures of others who do not share our national struggle. But, for those who can relate to our continuous fight for freedom, I must tell you the sentiments that are erupting here, seeing that the rest of the world is likely to follow.
We were once the model for many countries around the world. To some, we might still be, but even our own inhabitants frequently look to countries more homogenous and fiscally stringent as unscaled examples for what America could be. Since we have diminished our quality control for citizens, politicians, and those in between, we have also diminished the high expectations that kept our country above others. Our law and order is broken. Our resource independence has been mitigated. We’re becoming unhealthier in our lifestyles. Our academic standards have gotten worse. Trust in our leaders and media are unprecedently low, and although we are one among the wealthiest nations, many of our cities are comparable to those in the lesser-developed world.
In similar aspects as an individual, we can feel from a nationwide level when our friends no longer respect us and when we are being replaced by someone greater. It is a strange phenomenon- one that requires the collective, nationalistic mindset that not all Americans have. However, it is the fear that the collective will take priority over the individual that is exactly what our forefathers were wary of when they founded our country less than three centuries ago. It is frightening to think that we could be a potentially failed experiment and that, perhaps, America is not exceptional from the rest of the world. Many self-hating Americans actively want us to fail and are helping to ruin us from the inside-out. Of course, what we may deem a projectile for failure is what our left-wing counterparts call progressivism. This internal desire for America to fail has risen largely from the hatred people have regarding our nation’s history. However, this is without the context of vile histories that have occurred throughout the rest of the world, even in countries newer than our own.
For lovers of history, it is intriguing to think about elements of the past that have made existing empires so distinct. America has not had a caliphate or a medieval period, just as other countries did not get to experience cowboy culture or the height of Hollywood. These are historical moments we take pride in as a country, even though they were often exemplified by their own internal, cultural problems. Our nation’s timeline may not be as long, but it is certainly of as much depth, as its history is connected to the rest of the world along with the people who existed here before our time.
I must declare that I only recently learned what it means to love my country and still be humbled by its past and existing failures. Lots of people, including myself, have marveled at how countries could have pride after such violent pasts and frequently brutal events had taken place there. Many Americans cannot understand why other countries do not want to emulate our own or why they would proceed in making legislation that takes them in the opposite direction. It has recently become more apparent that our country is not, in fact, appealing to many foreigners, despite the millions of people who seek to enter here every year. They come not because they love the U.S. or the freedoms that come with it, but to take advantage of our hospitality after being speciously invited and having fallen for dishonest promises. We are being treated as though our aid is unlimited, causing migrants to feel entitled upon their arrival. We do not take such pride in our country so as to belittle outsiders, but so that they might contribute and follow in our footsteps to a free and prosperous society.
There seems to be new political factions being established in the U.S. constantly. It is both fascinating and chilling to see. Groups on both the left and the right are splitting into various coalitions concerned with populism, nationalism, isolationism, collectivism, Marxism, religious affiliation and more. This has obviously existed throughout many countries at different scales but to see them exposed and in debate is truly exemplary in the battle of ideas. What was previously a fight over predominantly progressive and traditional ideas has now evolved into different areas of conflict within single political parties. The notion of operating outside the realm of two major parties feels foreign to many of us and has the potential to throw off the entire discussion of how we go about modern American politics. Conservatives and Libertarians have been at each other’s throats over whether private businesses should be allowed to assist in this new medical world order. Liberals, too, are fighting over the role parents have on their child’s education and the immediate vitality of climate change. Perhaps, it feels extraordinarily refreshing when the political opposition internally disagrees because we have been conditioned to view them as routinely wrong, inconsistent, and hyperbolic as they act as the contrarians on our political spectrum.
I recognize that it is difficult for those outside of the U.S. to understand what it means to live in a country that is largely characterized by our binary system of politics, as well as the ability to defend ourselves with arms, and our version of freedom of expression. Since much of the internet operates somewhere between a private and public entity, our first amendment guarantees have been in danger due to online censorship and “fact-checks” under the guise of public health and combatting misinformation campaigns. The only thing protecting our first amendment is the second (the right to bear arms in self-defense), which has already been compromised throughout several states. The remaining twenty-five amendments are treated more like fine print. Still, they are important to know since the powers at play tend to overstep their constitutional boundaries. For example, the third and fourth amendments, which protect us in our homes, have more historical significance. However, they become of use to us again in the event that police try to enter our houses without a proper warrant or if Jen Psaki decides to go door-to-door to jab the unvaccinated. Our elected officials, as well as our police, were meant to be different from other countries’ in that they do more than pledge to serve a specific leader, or enforce a set of laws, or even protect the public. Additionally, they are instructed to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States- a principle that for the first time in history, our current President has explicitly rejected when he stated that no amendment is absolute. Our Constitution is not meant to act as rules for citizens to follow, but to protect citizens from our government. This is America’s entire foundation and without it, our police are just gestapo and our government is simply tyrannical.
That being said and with freedoms on hold worldwide, it feels as though our national morale and culture are collapsing. Our enemies, both foreign and domestic, have gained political traction. Many Americans, for several years, have been predicting another Civil War. Some even deeming it necessary in order to accelerate the tensions that have intensified this past decade. The political pendulum in the United States has swung so far, that violence and robbery is common enough to be overlooked and excused. Americans are so thirsty for disturbing rhetoric and shocking information that it has become the biggest concern for our elected officials. When a wave of homicides is perpetrated in a metropolitan city, it is instead overshadowed by their representative’s most recent statement on COVID-19. People everywhere are needlessly dying when early treatment could have saved them or had they paid mind to their often preventable comorbidities. But for those who died even after a vaccine was given, it was under the impression that it was at the fault of others, making each death more bitter all the while vaccine companies fill their pockets.
It is unsettling to live in such a way that people view others as walking germs. Our elderly cannot walk out of their house or answer their doors without the fear that they are in danger. Furthermore, there is global discussion on overpopulation that is enabling people to rule out those with whom they believe cannot peacefully coexist. It has divided us in a way that even religion could not. For Texans, we often think to ourselves, “This is Texas, not New York. This is not our way of life.” We once had a culture of welcoming strangers and sharing our uniquely Texan pride. We are one of the most diverse states in the U.S. and still, we are deemed the ignorant bigots of the nation and then called inconsiderate for not wanting to follow other states that are worse off. If we continue to be corrupted by progressives who are coming in at a mass scale, then we will have essentially lost Texas; and once it is lost, unlike California or New York, we will have lost the morale of the entire United States. Florida will effectively be the new Texas, and many of us are not ready for that.
For some, the fight is not over. The return to normalcy from the new world order can still be achieved. If it is possible to reattain power through our democratic systems or otherwise, and we believe that God and good will always win, then we will win. For others, “The Great Reset” is well-underway. China and other major world players including much of the elite, media, and government bodies have successfully altered the ways that people view the world around them. Neighbors are no longer neighborly. Skepticism of the new information is now a necessity. Our guards are up like never before and yet, our people are looking to a government that has corrupted our minds and made us reliable on them for information, for medicine, and for money. These have, in place, breached the government’s ability to protect our constitutionally protected liberties, our culture, and our general welfare. I do not know what will get us back on track. I do not know if this will be my sentiments for years to come, if they will become better or worse with new leadership, or if this is the new American way of life. Many of us are faring our civic responsibilities in practically every way that we can. We have grassroots operations that will help us in upcoming elections. We spout our concerns for the world to see even after being censored. We take to the streets to inform our neighbors. We create our own media to give other’s options for news. What more can civilly be done once our leaders are called out and the people who want the truth can seek out the truth?
Please know that I write this merely to demonstrate where I feel we currently are as a country. Understand that although I know I sound more radical than many of our peers, I would never spew action to violence or believe that it were justified. It pains me to say that in order to truly defend and demonstrate our love for our country, we must equally hate the forces that seek to destroy it. It is worth it to be dedicated to a cause greater than oneself, but I have become the very person that I once despised. I can no longer call myself a moderate given what is now normal. I can no longer believe that a unitary culture can exist without the elimination of ideas that disrupt it. It is impossible to compromise with worldviews that define themselves by their opposition to our own without giving up some of what we stand for. We have slowly and painfully been attempting to take back the reigns that were seized from us and I fear that democratic means may not be enough. Even from where we sit, we can see our brethren throughout the world defying this new world order, especially in Canada, Brazil, Australia, the U.K., and France. I remain ignorant to other countries whose fights do not make it to our media but concede that their own struggles go far beyond what we may be able to comprehend. I apologize if you were looking to America with hope, but with notable exceptions, we are very much in the same boat. We are drastically losing this cultural, spiritual, and political tug-of war, but I wish you well in your fight for freedom as we continue the fight for ours.