As of this writing, it is November 3, 2016. The United States Presidential election is approaching and there is both intense support as well as disgruntled disgust for both leading candidates. The cultural divide is wide and polarized. There are rumors of civil wars should either candidate win. Each side is fighting for what it wants America to be.
However, lost in all of this is the larger arc of history and the connection the United States once had to that arc. Severing that connection has been a major tactic of American Marxists, fully exploding in iconoclastic fervor in the 1960’s.
The people and culture that seeded and gave birth to what became America were overwhelmingly European, or Occidental. The word “Occident” is defined by Oxford as The countries of the West, especially Europe and America. If a man thinks about these countries, especially those of Europe, the concept of the “Old World” may come to mind. This stands is contrast to the New World, which Europeans first colonized then immigrated to. When the European Protestants first established their small colonies on the shores of what is today known as America they sought to build a new world independent of the old. However, they still needed to stand on the shoulders of the old.
In many ways, Protestant Christianity is a new world religion while the Roman Catholic Church is an old world religion. But both old and new world Western religion is steeped in the old world, the West. The rebellous war waged by modern children is against the old fathers of the old world and the younger fathers of the new world.
That war has been mostly successful. The young fathers of the new world have been sent, posthumously, to judge, jury, and executioner for being Euroepan, male, and Christian under the terms “racist,” “sexist,” and “hate.” The prescribed punishment for past crimes has been ongoing erosion of the guilty for promotion of the “other,” including minorities, women, and especially anyone who hates the Church. Thus has been introduced through the conjured sacrament of atheism.
With the cultural battle lines drawn as they are, it was inevitable that from the European descendants of the young fathers of the new world, the posterity written into the US Constitution, there would arise the whispers of ethnic and national pride. How much more social ostracizing does the US. expect white males to endure, just because they are white males? The insult is that much more painful because of the young fathers of the new world, their forefathers, happened to build something that bettered the lives of millions upon millions of people. Those who despise the founding of the United States are utterly dependent on that founding for the freedom to share and propagate their protest.
So, in 2016, approaching a Presidential election, the dividing line between citizens voting is between the ongoing progressive pursuit of a globalist vision and the small, but quickly emerging voice of American nationalism, what many call the Alt-Right. For many Americans, the idea of transforming the entire world into “America,” especially with its financial luxuries, is considered an absolute, all-encompassing good. It is considered noble to export democracy to non-democratic places and import people from non-democratic places into the democracy within.
The only difference between the established right and left of the political spectrum is that the right seeks global America through unfettered economics and the left seeks global America through government regulation of those economics, Marxism. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are globalist parties.
Into this fray comes Donald Trump, self-made billionaire and a man independent of the money that the globalists have come to depend on. The primary appeal of his man is not his morals, because he is not a moral man. It is not his religion as the man does seem to have one. It is not his eloquent statesmanship as he is brash and unapologetic. What makes Donald Trump so loved and hated is that he is first and foremost an advocate of America with a succinct lack of concern for the rest of the world. He does not want to feed the world’s poor. He does want to keep the United States from becoming the world’s poor.
Under Trump is rising an American patriotism that wants America and her specific national identity to be given first place among competing histories and traditions. This nationalism is considered by the globally minded to be an evil and anachronistic evil at that. Whereas America was once the new world, it has now been relegated to old world status, like the European nations from which the United States emerged.
As important as this contest between globalism and nationalism is, there is something missing. Neither the Washington establishment nor Donald Trump seem very interested in preserving, or resuscitating, the religious culture of America’s founding or remembering the religious culture from which America based much of its identity.
America is separated from both Christian influence and Christendom history. This may not have been the intention of the original European colonizers, but it is the reality of the twenty-first century. The culture of America has been fully revealed by the candidates it has produced. There is belief in happiness through financial freedom and utopia through social justice, but there seems little belief in an occidental identity or the associated religious history. Whereas churches once represented both divine revelation and grounded history through tradition and were a cultural shelter for European and American Christendom, they have become places for pursuing happiness and believing in a better world today through lofty dreams divorced from reality.
While pursuing nationalism over globalism is an important step in saving the West, saving the Occident Man, it is not enough. There needs to be both a rejection of the fleeting modern ideas of happiness and a rediscovery of the deeper and more substantive identity of the European Christian, or more profoundly, the Occidental Catholic.
Saving America was once a noble idea, but it no longer enough. All of Christendom in the West is under siege from within and without and the two most important factors are demographics and culture. Christendom itself is of far more importance the corrupt decadent mess that has produced the current crop of American political leadership. The man of European descent needs to find his ethnic roots, taste the richness of rediscovered tradition, and live for something greater than the crumbling American Empire.