There are those who claim that by observing history one might get a clue as to what's in store in the future. Jonah Goldberg's article may give us a good view of what's around the corner.
the now largely forgotten speech by the British scholar and — briefly —
politician Enoch Powell, who, in 1968, recited the verse to suggest that Britain
was heading down a path that could only lead to social division and
multicultural chaos. Powell lamented the usual rogue's gallery of villains:
runaway immigration, secularism, feminism, et al. His worry was that the new
barbarians were tearing apart the institutions, values and norms that tend to
hold a nation together.
Sound familiar? We hear many of the same warnings here in the U.S. We are presently confronted with many of the same issues that faced the British thirty-five or forty years ago.
Now the future is here. Islamism is filling the yawning vacuum created by
multiculturalism. England is producing homegrown suicide bombers who are
supremely confident in a very non-British future for Britain. For years, the
police here have looked the other way as citizens have slaughtered their wives
and daughters in "honor killings." To clamp down would be "insensitive" to
cultural differences. They've looked the other way, as jihadi ideologues have
turned London into the Comintern of Muslim extremism. In other words, they
opened their minds so wide, their brains fell out. And now the Thames, like the
Tiber, is foaming with much blood.
Will we learn anything from the Brits? Is it already too late and the cow out of the barn? Or is there still time to restore the fabric of the United States?
Just a thought.