The Sun Sets On America
a veteran of the American culture war for many years, I
have watched many election returns that left me
disappointed. Paradoxically, the 2012 presidential
election was one in which the challenger – a Mormon
neo-conservative – was someone for whom I had serious
misgivings. That said, the reelection of Barack Obama –
and the many other defeats for the pro-life and
pro-marriage movements – hit me like a punch to the gut.
It is not as if I expected the American populace to
become virtuous overnight, but all the same I was shell
Three things in particular made this election different
in kind from our gradual cultural and religious downward
slide: (1) the war for the soul of our nation has been
lost; (2) faithful Christians will now become an object
of public scorn among the elite, the Hollywood types,
and the media; and (3) the de facto schism of the
Am-Church has come out into the open.
When our history is written, 2012 will be seen as the
beginning of the end of Christian society in America. It
will be seen as the beginning of the new totalitarian
age. I am reminded of one of the first scenes of the
original Star Wars movie in which Peter Cushing's
character, Governor Tarkin, triumphantly pronounces
that, "[t]he last vestiges of the old republic have been
There were other dates: 1865 (which saw the centralizing
powers of the Federal Government under the guise of the
Civil War Amendments); 1932 (the beginning of American
socialism in the New Deal and end of the American gold
standard); 1973 (when the Supreme Court allowed the
unfettered destruction of American babies in utero).
There things were more or less foreordained by the
founding documents themselves, which of course, were
creatures of Enlightenment.
While Traditional Catholics are generally no fans of the
American political system – standing in stark contrast
to the Vatican II apologists who laud the American
system as divinely ordained – we should be able to
acknowledge that what made it generally better than
virtually any contemporary alternative was its spiritual
and practical impotence. Stated differently, while the
American Constitutional model did not posit the Truth –
it nonetheless left those privy to the Truth alone.
But that day is now passing.
With the sound defeat of pro-life and pro-marriage
efforts across the board, even the very basic elements
that make a civilized society possible (life, family and
marriage) have been defeated. And these losses cannot
be overcome in future elections for two reasons: First,
what Governor Romney said about the culture of
dependency of 47% of the American people and therefore
their collectively hostility to the message of limited
government and personal responsibility was politically
toxic but nonetheless accurate. Plato's critique of
democracy was prophetic: a larger and larger proportion
of people feed at the trough of government largess and
use their expanding numbers to enhance their lifestyles
at the expense of others. Their values and self-respect
diminish accordingly. We have reached a tipping point,
and the party in power will, in demagogic fashion,
continue to nurture their dependency in decadent
Second, the Republican Party is a "white" party and the
demographics do not favor a majority "white" party
attaining a majority status ever again. It is
unfortunate indeed that Hispanic Catholics or Black
Baptists will not vote for the politicians who advocate
life and marriage, but identity politics have trumped
all other considerations.
What amazes me is that it was only a dozen years ago
when sodomy was criminally punishable; now
"relationships" based in sodomy are deemed to be on par
with a woman and a man—a mother and father—joined
together in holy matrimony.
It was only forty years ago when back-alley abortionists
were imprisoned for killing babies in the womb. But now
these murderers are celebrated as heroes of civil
rights, freedom riders. What Larry Flynt was imprisoned
for thirty years ago is now available on cable
television in millions of homes – with stuff
one-thousand times more debauched, on demand, at
virtually in every hotel in this country.
This conflict between the forces of good and forces of
evil has been going on for years but what distinguishes
2012 from the past is that the forces of evil – at least
in a secular and political sense – have triumphed. This
country will never outlaw abortion again and will raise
homosexual liaisons to the status of "marriage" in the
whole of American society.
We have seen the last obscenity prosecution. Most
children will be born out of wedlock. Fewer and fewer
heterosexuals will bother with marriage and simply shack
up. The few children left to be adopted will be
apportioned among homosexuals and childless heterosexual
married couples. God forgive us.
The loss of culture war means that the victors will – in
true totalitarian fashion – refuse to tolerate
dissenters. This ideological purification will be
multifaceted but the flashpoint will be homosexuality.
An economic persecution will follow for those who
merely speak the truth regarding homosexuality –
facilitated by modern reeducation camps (i.e., mandatory
diversity training for the employed and the student).
The days are coming to an end when an essay such as
this one will be tolerated. There will be a parental
persecution: homeschooling, the last vestige of
defiance of a secular education monopoly, will come
under assault. The rights of parents – the very bonds
between mother and father and child – will be redefined
within a generation. The state will become co-parent
and ‘protector’ of children from their own
parents. Dissemination of religious ideas that
contravene the prevailing ideology will be outlawed.
Gross exaggerations? Please! Forty-five years ago
contraception was illegal in some states and restricted
to married couples in other states. Today, even
Catholic institutions are mandated to pay for it because
it is, according to our leader, a great social good.
In the face of these assaults, the first line of
resistance should be the Church. But herein lies the
problem: the fifth column within the Church agrees with
many of these changes. They see the takeover of
economic activity in a socialist frenzy as the logical
working out of our Lord's social ministry. They see the
acceptance of homosexuality as an outgrowth of Christian
compassion. They dodge criminalizing abortion on the
grounds of religious pluralism. And yet, even still,
the Society of Saint Pius X is harassed around the world
as "schismatic" for clinging tenaciously to what was
taught from time immemorial in the face of modernist
assault. The cowardly modern bishops, on the other
hand, have allowed their flocks to be devoured by
What we need now more than ever is an uncompromising
voice in the Church: we need Bishops who will
proclaim the whole Gospel – not engage in
mind-numbing dialogue with those who persist in error.
We need Bishops who will proclaim the truth that
outside of the Roman Catholic Church there is no hope
and no salvation. We need Bishops who excommunicate
public officials who perpetuate the "legal" murder of
the innocents in the womb.
If there were any clearer proof of the utter failure of
Vatican II's "openness" to the world, it is the complete
collapse of Catholicism in the United States. How can
any serious Catholic celebrate the fiftieth anniversary
of the catalyst of our own demise? It makes as much
sense as the people of Dresden celebrating their
firebombing as a public works project.
The day of reckoning is coming for a Church that
provides its flock with a flaccid liturgy and
watered-down gospel of sentimental claptrap. Two
generations have been lost thus far: the results are
clear – a majority of Catholics voted for a President
who was willing to force Catholic institutions to pay
for birth control. We have come a long way from the
days when Catholics would listen to their bishops. Two
millennia of Catholic authority was destroyed in two
The de facto schism among our cowardly bishops
and many priests will lead to a situation much like that
of the French Revolution when there were two kinds of
priests – one state-approved and one an outlaw; one
apostate, and one Catholic. Already we see signs of
this. Canadian pastors are being prosecuted for hate
crimes merely for paraphrasing the biblical admonition
against homosexuality. History is repeating itself.
All of this happened in Mexico only eighty years ago; it
happened in Eastern Europe sixty years ago, and it is
happening in Western Europe now.
Already in our own "Christian" families division has set
in—moral and religious differences that now make even
shared holidays impossible. The decision to have a lot
of children is seen as irresponsible, even by
grandparents sometimes. The decision to homeschool is
viewed as bizarre, by neighbors, friends and even family
members. Religiosity is seen as sanctimonious.
Conservative social views are troubling and regarded as
But there are precedents for it all. If we must be
outcasts for the Lord, then outcasts we will be. Like
our forefathers in similar periods of history, we will
raise up Christian warriors who will face challenges
that most of us would never have believed possible. We
rally behind those priests and religious who speak the
Truth – and we must resist.
The silver lining in any great persecution is that the
gray areas all disappear. It will be easy to tell the
enemies from the friends of God. We will know them and
we will not be alone.
So we pray, and we vow not to give up the fight for the
unborn, for children, for old people, for the disabled.
We continue doing the best we can every day to build
up Christian relationships that will provide the support
and succor to see us through. We band together in
prayer and faith – to think our Christian friends as
extended family. We will build whole communities of
economically sufficient traditional Catholics. We will
rediscover our connection to the land and take up the
There is much to be done – but hope and faith will see