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Well, we can’t say we were not warned. It would certainly be helpful if candidates for the presidency and other elective offices in the U.S. in 2012 read this book and were asked in the debates about how to stave off the ongoing suicide. Buchanan does not assert that the country will not survive, but rather argues that it will no longer be the country that the Founders envisioned. If, as is likely, the United States does not alter its current trajectory, I can only hope that the book will survive to be read centuries from now by some future Gibbon as a prophetic cri de coeur unhappily ignored in its time.
Perhaps that writer will ask how a republic blessed with a continent of great natural resources, a Constitution unique in human history, and a populace blessed with the Christian faith could have committed suicide. However, Buchanan reminds us: “Demography is Destiny.” In the United States since 1973 more than 50 million future citizens have been aborted, the contraceptive mentality has brought the middle-class population below replacement level for the first time in our history, the top money-making entertainment industry is Internet pornography, and the easing of divorce laws has en-couraged adultery and split up families with devastating impact on millions of children. Now, in perhaps the final step, traditional marriage between one man and one woman is gradually becoming merely one more option. The number one health problem in our country in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Depression is not hunger, but obesity. The real question is whether America is worth saving. One thing for sure, it is no longer “Exceptional.” Consider what is left of Europe for a sobering view of our future. The only hope for our country is a moral and spiritual revival. Are we up for the challenge? The next decade should give us the answer.
That’s why ultimately we should look in the mirror for the cause of our decline. In the immortal words of Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?