One Nation Under…Carlyle?

I spent this past weekend in Syracuse with family I haven’t seen in forty years, sat in the same church in the same pews I once sat next to my Grandparents in and visited their graves with my cousins and “Uncle Bill from the Hill”. Sunday was a perfectly sunny day, sandwiched in between two rainy days. I drove up in the rain and returned in the rain. Everyone seemed to have the same question followed by the same conclusion. Why did it take so long for us to get together, and what a blessing it was to finally do so.

Four hours in a car alone gives a person a lot of thinking room. Some people might use the time to think about career goals, their next vacation or paying bills…I thought mostly about relationship and family. I tried to remember the drive on Route 17 I had taken countless times from the back seat of the family car listening to Andy Williams croon Moon River followed by an endless stream of Mantovani hour after “are we there yet?” hour…literally a lifetime ago!

There were two observations I was struck by that stood in stark contrast to the memories of my youth. The first was the number of empty seats at a church service on a beautiful sunny day, when I remember it being packed so long ago. The second was the staggering level of urban decay in the areas of downtown Syracuse we drove through that evening. This was never Madison Avenue, but we’re talking apocalyptic! Apocalyptic…

…“Disharmony has entered our hearts. Evil has seeped in…do you understand? Evil has come to the streets but the citizens are not evil.”~ Man on the street in Istanbul

So what has Syracuse to do with Istanbul? I tell you the answer lies in a similar question posed by Tertullian nearly 1,800 years ago when he asked, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Syracuse may be a long way from Istanbul, but it is less than a day’s ride from the New World orchestra pit at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and Capitol Hill in Washington, DC where Tyranny has written and produced and is now conducting the darkest symphony the world has ever known. Hearken to the grand orchestral climactic finale of man’s reason!

The man on the street in Istanbul has become just as powerless and insignificant to his own destiny as the men and women we saw on Salina Street in Syracuse. And this is exactly how we have evolved from One Nation Under God to One Nation Under the Carlyle Group! Please don’t take this sitting down. You may never get up again!

To stand up for truth is nothing. For truth, you must sit in jail. You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.

If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible what was the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.’

A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage . . . . Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward. ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn by way of Ann Barnhardt!


Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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3 Responses to One Nation Under…Carlyle?

  1. shutupnsing says:

    …and based on their “keystone cops” performance in Boston, I’d say they’re far more concerned about the Tea Party than they are about the Terrorists!

  2. L. says:

    Funny, I also spent the past week at some family reunions. I was particularly struck by Times Square, which I hadn’t seen in many years. It’s gone the other way, and is once again a civic center — no longer the nest of peep shows and decrepit buildings I remember from the late 80’s, when it appeared immune to the rest of the city’s prosperity.

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