THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Michael Voris once again hits the nail on the head with this above video. The problem with America, the problem that will soon be its demise, is that it was founded on religious pluralism. That works up to a point, but once that point is reached, it starts to implode on itself.
That's because the inclination of human beings is to eventually take an argument to its final and most natural conclusion. For most people, this happens subconsciously. Their attitudes simply change over time, and more often than not, they are at a loss to explain why. For those of us who think for a living, contemplate and ponder, the reason is plain to see. When you accept the notion that religion really doesn't matter when it comes to important things in life (like who your leaders shall be for example), then it's just a small leap to the mindset that religion really doesn't matter in your own life either.
Now the problem with America today is that we are waist deep in this relativist sewage, none of us can escape from it, and we are not alone. Other Western nations are dealing with the exact same problem to varying degrees. Pope Benedict XVI, while he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, referred to it as the "tyranny of relativism." It's all around us, it demands our full allegiance, and there is no getting away from it. Our allegiance we can deny it, but we still have to trudge through the soup. We are going to get sullied by it, indeed we already are, and there is no place to shower. Even if there was such a place, we would still be waist deep in this stuff. In elections, we are told to vote for the lesser of two evils, and if we don't, we effectively get evil anyway, through lack of our vote. There is no winning, and for the longest time, I used to wonder why. Now I know.
You cannot build a house on sinking sand. America's foundation is sand. We have build our house fast and we have build it high. We've even reinforced the walls and shuttered the windows. We have made a house that can withstand any storm, if only the foundation were solid. I don't know when the structure will collapse, but I know it will, and it doesn't take an architect or engineer to figure that out. So it is with the United States of America, and since the rest of the world has followed our example of revolution into a secular age, the rest of the world will follow us into our social demise, starting with France probably, since France was the first to follow us. Other nations will follow as well; Italy, Germany, Spain, Britain, all of Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific Rim. For when this great structure finally collapses, it's going to take out a lot of surrounding structures. When will this happen? Don't ask, because I don't know. But I know it will happen eventually.
The issue of election, candidates and political parties is a trivial one really, because we are only debating the furniture within the house before it falls down. On an immediate level, that can be important, especially when it comes to raising your kids. In the long term however, your grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it's not so important. What is important is how we will rebuild when this great American experiment is finally over. Yes, we will rebuild, that is certain, but what will it look like?
For the last couple years I have educated my readers about the cultural distinctiveness of the American South (Dixie) and I have tried to make known that we Southerners (Dixians) are still a people and we still exist. Will the South rise again? Of that I am sure, but what I am not sure about is what incarnation it shall take. I have no illusions that the Dixie of the future will have significant resemblance to the Dixie of the past. It won't. It can't. The political foundations America was build on have failed, and that includes the political foundations of the American South (Dixie). What has kept our people alive and kicking is not our politics. It is our culture, and as I have said many times on this blog in the past, culture is based on "cult" or religion. The religion of the Old South was different than the religion of the New South, and so consequently, the culture is different as well. It is still nevertheless distinguishable from the Northern and Western cultures, but different from what it once was during the time of General Lee and President Davis (1860s).
The problem with religious pluralism (a form of relativism) is that it is the natural outgrowth of something else, and that is simply the multiplicity of religions. Europe was once united in religion, under the Holy Roman Empire, and among all European nations, Britain was the most Catholic. With the divisions of the Protestant Reformation however, came a multiplicity which was kept somewhat separate in Europe, but immigrants all over Europe brought their multiple creeds to America, and in order to live in peace (side by side) pluralism was developed and eventually enshrined into our laws. When the collapse of the United States finally happens, I believe it may take on a form of collapse not seen in over a thousand years. I'm talking not just about an economic crash, or a political crash, though these will certainly be part of it. I'm talking about the complete functional breakdown not only of society but of religion itself. Something so big, that people will be left questioning their very faith.
What could this event be? I don't know for sure. I know what would take down Evangelicalism. The fall of the State of Israel. If the secular State of Israel ever ceased to exist, Evangelicalism (literally tens of millions of American Christians) would be instantly thrown into spiritual chaos. Initially, there would be cries that the "rapture" is near and the second coming is nigh. However, when the much anticipated "rapture" fails to whisk them away, and the second coming is delayed, they will question their faith. Their entire religious belief system will crumble. Many famous pastors will be ruined virtually overnight -- their careers ended in shame. Denominations and affiliations will be forced to completely rewrite their eschatology, and this will ultimately drive more people away from their pews. I'm talking about a complete functional breakdown of religion in America, in addition to economics and politics, and that's a pretty scary place to be when you really think about it.
The Catholic Church, both in her Eastern and Western rites, must ready herself for this. For it is not our doctrine that will need to be rewritten. If anything it will be confirmed. What is necessary now is that Catholics put away their Democrat (progressive) or Republican (conservative) ideologies and start going by what the Church teaches. The day may possibly come, within our lifetimes, when our once proud Evangelical neighbours will ask us, what did your Church teach before the collapse? and we must be ready to tell them it taught the same thing it teaches now. For in the not-too-distant world to come, that will be a novelty.
That all of North America will eventually be converted to Catholicism I do not doubt. I also believe it is not necessary that this happen before new governments are erected on this continent to replace the old, but I believe they will not stand unless Jesus Christ is recognised as their cornerstone. The new governments of America's future will have some resemblance to Europe's past. For that will be the way of the future. As for my beloved homeland of the South (Dixie). I have no doubt some government of this type will become our standard. I do however, believe that the South is in for another cultural upheaval, which will change its character once more as the religion of millions of Southerners (Dixians) will soon suffer a catastrophic event. In the future, people will no longer have tolerance of pluralism, but what remains to be seen is what form of religion Southerners shall adopt en mass. I have my feelings about this, as I'm the type who believes most things run full circle eventually. Southerners (Dixians) are descended mostly from English, Irish and Scotch. All of these were at one time staunchly Catholic peoples. I firmly believe they will be again.
What of the other regions of America? I suspect each will endure their own kind of upheaval after the fall. The American Southwest is fairly predictable. It was Spanish territory once before, and it likely shall be once again. As for the rest of the nation, well, lets just say I think they will soon find a lot more in common with Canada. These are just my speculations of course, and who knows what the future really holds? but I think its long since past due that we start thinking outside of the box on this. The signs of our eminent collapse are all around us. Even if a future president manages to pull a "rabbit out of the hat" and produce an economic turnaround, that does not change the social-religious implosion that has silently been going on for the last several decades. Our time is running short.