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America Has Lost Her Reason

John Trumbull, the Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Before you click off this article, I must assure you that this is not another diatribe about how either of the candidates is the genesis of a new American Dark Age, but rather, this article shall serve as an introduction to the readers of my own political thought as well as be an initial Credo of the particular moment we find ourselves placed in.

I believe that America has lost her reason. The two current evils we are considering for the Presidency are merely symptoms of a greater ailment that plagues our country. In America today, liars tell the truth, murder is lauded as a choice, and lawlessness is becoming our new master: is this who we want to be?

Some may counter saying, “this is just politics, it’s always messy and men are not the angels you want them to be,” yet, one does not don the description of angelic simply because he recognizes basic moral truths. For far too long, relativism, in all its forms, has been chipping away at the edifice of truth, goodness, and beauty. Common sense morality is now being challenged in a way that it has never been through the annals of human history.

Modernity would again retort, saying, “this is simply the argument of a moral elitist, wishing to restrict society to his outdated view of morality.” This could not be further from the truth. It was those entirely practical men, the Founders, who believed that great republics were kept alive through the moral bonds which connect us all.

It is worth noting Benjamin Franklin’s famous remark after the Constitutional Convention, where a woman came up to him and asked, “So Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?” to which he replied, “A Republic Madame, if you can keep it.”

Those “elitist” men believed that virtuous citizens and good government were the keys to securing justice for all, the end of politics. The fallen republics of old showed them that when men ceased being moral, either designing men would conspire against the liberty of the people, or society would devolve into mob rule.

One may ask, “Well why has this not happened yet; your fears seem to be overblown.” I would say the only things preventing us from falling into either of these two frightful positions are the structures of good government designed by the Founders. The Constitution is the last line of defense from becoming a modern liberal democracy. It is much like standing on one leg however; one can only do it for so long before falling over.

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About Nicholas Bartulovic (4 Articles)
Nicholas is a senior at Ashland University, studying Political Science & History, with minors in Philosophy and Music.

5 Comments on America Has Lost Her Reason

  1. grantmartin850 // August 2, 2016 at 11:49 am // Reply

    Nicholas I couldn’t agree with you more. In the words of our John Adams, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

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  2. What, in your opinion, is a “modern liberal democracy?” I find the terms “liberalism” and “socialism” thrown around this blog–not necessarily from you in particular, but just generally–as over-generalizations. Specific segments of liberal thought are focused in on as though they represent all of liberalism, which they don’t. Conservatism is rooted in classical liberalism, for example, but I do concede that this is not a useful distinction to make. To take one example though, some liberals advocate for safe-spaces on university campuses while other liberals are staunchly against the idea. It seems that the former cases are focused on as being representative of “liberalism” when they are, in fact, not. So, it brings me to the question I ask you, which is what your definition of “modern liberal democracy” is. To go further, what ailments are most concerning to you?

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    • Clyde thank you for the comment. Yeah, so by modern liberal democracy I mean European-style democratic government where most of the power is vested in a centrally planned government. This is contrary to our system of republican (not the party) self government where power is balanced and remains nearer to localities. To answer your other question, I would say that my fundamental concern is the decline of our culture and our constitutional tradition that began with the Progressives of the early 20th century.

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      • No worries at all. I appreciate your forthright responses. So, as a matter of constructive criticism, I think you’d be far better off by clarifying what you mean by those terms in your essays, for the terms themselves are ambiguous. Modern liberal thought begins with the works of John Locke, John Stewart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, and others. The application of this modern liberalism has been exercised in different ways in different nation-states, such as the separation of powers as it is in the United States or the union of powers as it is in Canada and Western Europe. Both of these fall under “modern liberalism.” As such, we’re left with a kind of ambiguity that I think, for the sake of both new and recurring readers, you’d be best off to clarify. Now, you’re free to do as you please–this is merely constructive criticism.

        My other bit of feedback would be that it would be useful for your concerns to be clarified within essays such as this. They’re alluded to but never explicitly articulated, and so readers (such as myself) are left without a clear idea of what you’re arguing against. You speak of the degradation of American culture and yet fail to point to specific examples of this degradation. You state that common sense morality is now being challenged in ways that it never has before, yet you do not define what you mean by “common sense morality,” nor do you illustrate how it is being challenged (except perhaps by citing relativism as being part of it, which does give the reader an indication of what you’re concerned with, but there’s a recurring lack of examples and delineation throughout the essay). Perhaps this falls outside of the scope of the essay, but if so, it seems then to be an essay written for an audience that already accepts the position you intend to assert. I’m of the belief that, as an argumentative essay, that misses the scope of argumentation to begin with.

        Now, I hope you do not mistake my commentary as being negative or in any way personal. I actually enjoy your essays and, if I may speak freely, find them to be of greater quality than what I’ve found on this blog thus far. This is merely constructive feedback, if you’ll permit it. Thanks for the response and for humoring my commentary.

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