Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?

By Pat Buchanan

Protests Riots Protestors
Protests Riots Protestors
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA -( Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic — and the model for mankind's future.

Equality, diversity, democracy — this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular state at whose altars Liberal Man worships.

But the congregation worshiping these gods is shrinking. And even Europe seems to be rejecting what America has on offer.

In a retreat from diversity, Catalonia just voted to separate from Spain. The Basque and Galician peoples of Spain are following the Catalan secession crisis with great interest.

The right-wing People's Party and far-right Freedom Party just swept 60 percent of Austria's vote, delivering the nation to 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, whose anti-immigrant platform was plagiarized from the Freedom Party.

Summarized it is: Austria for the Austrians!

Lombardy, whose capital is Milan, and Veneto will vote Sunday for greater autonomy from Rome.
South Tyrol (Alto Adige), severed from Austria and ceded to Italy at Versailles, written off by Hitler to appease Mussolini after his Anschluss, is astir anew with secessionism. Even the Sicilians are talking about separation.

By Sunday, the Czech Republic may have a new leader, billionaire Andrej Babis. Writes The Washington Post, Babis “makes a sport of attacking the European Union and says NATO's mission is outdated.”

Platform Promise: Keep the Muslim masses out of the motherland.

To ethnonationalists, their countrymen are not equal to all others but superior in rights. Many may nod at Thomas Jefferson's line that “All men are created equal,” but they no more practice that in their own nations than did Jefferson in his.

On Oct. 7, scores of thousands of Poles lined up along the country's entire 2,000-mile border — to pray the rosary.

It was the centennial of the Virgin Mary's last apparition at Fatima in Portugal in 1917, and the day in 1571 the Holy League sank the Muslim fleet at Lepanto to save Europe. G. K. Chesterton's poem, “Lepanto,” was once required reading in Catholic schools.

Each of these traditionalist-nationalist movements is unique, but all have a common cause. In the hearts of Europe's indigenous peoples is embedded an ancient fear: loss of the homeland to Islamic invaders.

Europe is rejecting, resisting, recoiling from “diversity,” the multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual future that, say U.S. elites, is America's preordained mission to bring about for all mankind.

Indeed, increasingly, the indigenous peoples of Europe seem to view as the death of their nations and continent, what U.S. liberal elites see as the Brave New World to come.

To traditionalist Europeans, our heaven looks like their hell.

ISIS Flag Among Refugees in Germany Fighting the Police
ISIS Flag Among Refugees in Germany Fighting the Police

Thus Poles fall on their knees to pray to the Virgin Mary to spare them from threats of an Islamic future, as their ancestors prayed at the time of Lepanto, and of Vienna in 1683, when the Polish King John Sobieski marched to halt the last Muslim drive into the heart of Europe.

European peoples and parties are today using democratic means to achieve “illiberal” ends. And it is hard to see what halts the drift away from liberal democracy toward the restrictive right. For in virtually every nation, there is a major party in opposition, or a party in power, that holds deeply nationalist views.

European elites may denounce these new parties as “illiberal” or fascist, but it is becoming apparent that it may be liberalism itself that belongs to yesterday. An increasing number of Europeans see the invasion of their continent along the routes whence the invaders came centuries ago, not as a manageable problem but an existential crisis.

To many Europeans, it portends an irreversible alteration in the character of the countries their grandchildren will inherit, and possibly an end to their civilization. And they are not going to be deterred from voting their fears by being called names that long ago lost their toxicity from overuse.

And as Europeans decline to celebrate the racial, ethnic, creedal and cultural diversity extolled by American elites, they also seem to reject the idea that foreigners should be treated equally in nations created for their own kind.

Europeans seem to admire more, and model their nations more, along the lines of the less diverse America of the Eisenhower era, than on the polyglot America of 2017.

And Europe seems to be moving toward immigration policies more like the McCarran-Walter Act of 1950 than the open borders bill that Sen. Edward Kennedy shepherded through the Senate in 1965.

Kennedy promised that the racial and ethnic composition of the America of the 1960s would not be overturned, and he questioned the morality and motives of any who implied that it would.

So, why is liberalism dying?

Because it is proving to be what James Burnham called it in his 1964 “Suicide of the West” — the ideology of Western suicide.

What we see in Europe today is people who, belatedly recognizing this, have begun to “rage, rage, against dying of the light.”

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 13 thoughts on “Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?

    1. I did not come up with the sayings to follow but I think they apply.
      1. Democracy is when 2 wolves and a sheep vote on what’s for dinner!
      2. A government powerful enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take everything you have!

      1. the rest of that saying is.
        and the SHEEP IS ARMED.

      2. 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

        2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

        3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

        4. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

        5. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

        -Adrian Rogers

    2. It is good to hear the europeans are getting sick of the worthless progressive, liberals that are destroying every country they happen to get a foot hold in. As Janek said it is a definite mental disorder and could be incurable. With any luck we can hope the pendulum is starting to swing the other way. If Soros would finish his trip to the hot house it might help. He may be rich but he is definitely worthless.

    3. We need to return to the real meaning of the word “liberalism” re: Thomas Jefferson. The progressives have ruined the word.

    4. For 40 years feminists have convinced liberal women that having a baby is a bad idea. Now, in the US, conservatives out number liberals 45% to 26%. Previously, the liberals were able to get their people elected because the controlled the news media(the alphabets) and the could conceal the true liberal identity and deceive voters into voting for them. Now people get their news from the internet, and as long as there is freedom of speech on the internet they are doomed. The liberals tried to rescue themselves with immigration!!

    5. Liberalism was always just a cover story for socialist/communist/Marxist tyranny. Liberals were and remain merely useful idiot tools for those that would divide and then destroy our nation and Constitutional Republic.

      1. the enemies always knew that Americans would NEVER OUTRIGHT ACCEPT SOCIALISM, but they would if it came as LIBERALISM, AS WE SEE TODAY ON MOST COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

    6. Liberalism was a cursed platform from the start. It’s basic ideaologies require it to be forced upon the freewill of non participants. It’s against the biblical teaching of the home of a strong man will not be defiled. We must protect our home, even at the cost of offended hearts and minds. Liberal belief is simply the Trojan horse of the Thug. It opens a door for them to access higher thinking, of which they have no ability, to better destroy it.

    7. When liberals in America speak of equality they generally mean they should have some of what is yours. They think it’s your fault when they don’t succeed. When they think diversity it means we should accept every decadent perverse lifestyle that comes down the pike. And not only accept it, but promote and celebrate it. When the liberal thinks democracy he really thinks socialism. He believes the government should supply all his basic needs. And, as usual, someone else is to blame for his condition. Hitler and Stalin both started with a socialist view to influence the people. Then they both became facist and took total control. If extreme liberals had their way we would be in the same condition. Come on you liberals. Work hard and stick with one job until you can work your way into a better one because you have earned your experience.

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