I continue to read a lot about the desperate situation in Germany. Without any specific intent, I’ve blundered into adding both Thilo Sarrazin and Peter Helmes to my daily reading. The former makes the very strong case that recent waves of (mostly Turkish) “refugees” are doomed to undermine German culture without profiting from the German educational system. Their own cultural conditioning both denies to women any extended exposure to book-learning and disdains in men any preoccupation with it. The latter, as a columnist, provides a more “on the ground” view of the decline. For instance, I read a Helmes piece this past week that described how a courtroom in Mannheim was mobbed by dozens of young “guest workers” (during prime working hours on a weekday) who shouted down witnesses and threatened the testifying victim. Such scenes are now a fixture in parts of Germany.
Something in me wants to join the chorus of voices insisting that Islam is irredeemable: that the Koran explicitly prescribes violence against infidels, that Muslims have always practiced aggression upon their neighbors, and that the innate human decency in many individual believers is overridden by a cultic conditioning that treats members of rival faiths as sub-human. Perhaps Kipling was right: “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”
At the same time… well, what exactly is the priceless German education system teaching these days? Helmes has chronicled many a time the ascent of the “Green/Red” coalition to strangle-hold control over public-school curricula. An initiative to indoctrinate elementary-school children into the “joys of sex”, with heavy brainwash in favor of the notion that gender is entirely fluid, clearly aims at undermining the nuclear family and paving the way for Big Brother to become everybody’s universal daddy. One has to suppose that Germany’s Muslim community isn’t too happy about this. If Muslim schoolboys are calling their teachers whores and punching on male instructors… can one say they’re utterly, one-hundred-percent unjustified? The “teachers”, after all, are doing the work of pimps. Where is the invertebrate Christian community, in any of its denominational forms, during these troubled times that require people of principle to stand up?
You can draw analogies between Germany’s predicament and ours as you see fit. The parallels are far from precise; Mexico’s Catholic “guest workers”, for instance, are scarcely as alienated from their host nation’s culture as Europe’s “refugee” horde. The moral meltdown of Western civilization, on the other hand, hasn’t been cooled or stalled by the Atlantic’s waters. The behavior of tens of thousands of “pink pussyhats” in public spaces last weekend inspired in me a disgust to which no words are adequate, and would simply not have been believed by our grandparents—by mine or yours, no matter who you are. The epochal moment when human beings consider their genitalia to be the major determinant of their identity has always been a downward-turning indicator for a society’s survival, and no sane adult can suppose that it argues for a strong-willed, independent spirit. The self-governance of a mature will and subjugation to hormones are of two irreconcilable houses.
I honestly don’t know where to turn for truth or support any more, other than within; but as for political parties or religious denominations or educational cohorts… none of it seems to mean anything. I wrote the other day in a different context that the greatest damage wrought upon us by the 9/11 attacks was what did NOT change the next day… or month, or year. Our “culture wars” had come to a head as the millennial calendar turned over, and we were poised to “have it out” in some definitive fashion, I think. Then we were all drawn together as one in defense of “our way of life”… and we failed to notice in time that we no longer shared a way of life.
Now half of us appear passionately to believe that something Donald Trump might have said or might have thought is an imminent threat to Earth’s preserving her orbit and must be punished with fire and sword. The other half rightly identify the maniacal overreach of CNN/Pelosi-style charges—but respond reactively by embracing any proposition that the Oval Office decides to float on a given day. I’m not suggesting that the two sides are equivalent. Lunacy is lunacy, and barbarity is barbarity. You shouldn’t go spitting on your teacher even if she is encouraging your little sister to join “study groups” formed to finger themselves and one another. Common sense exists, truth and right exist, and manners ought to exist.
We can’t orient ourselves to these morally magnetized polarities, however, if our exclusive attention is paid to those who have steered away from them. You don’t necessarily put yourself on the right course just by avoiding the zigzags of the drunken pilot beside you. This “Make America Great Again” stuff… just which America would that be? The one that has given us Hollywood? The one whose citizens never read a book because they’re too busy texting and “sexting”? The one whose book-bred class will not allow Orthodox Jew Ben Shapiro to speak on campus because “he’s a Nazi”?! Or maybe the one, Mr. Trump, that considers confiscation of private property through Eminent Domain a worthy notion if it “creates jobs”?
I don’t know. I just don’t know.