Robert Graves is probably best known today for his historical novel “I, Claudius.” He was a British officer in World War I and after enduring the horrors of trench warfare he became completely disillusioned with patriotism and in fact British civilization in general. As a declaration of this rejection, he wrote an autobiography called “Goodbye to All That.”
By this he implied that he rejected the social structure that had defined British society before the war. To him that whole way of life, that way of looking at the world, and what it stood for had been invalidated and rendered absurd.
In a way, the Left is saying a similar thing. They’ve rejected the basis of traditional American life. But they’ve done more than that. They’ve rejected the basis of all traditional human life. They no longer recognize things as fundamental as the difference between a man and a woman. They deny the objectivity of science and even mathematics. They reject meritocratic principles. Essentially, they desire to reject reality and order the world according to some fantasy that they have concocted in their heads but that doesn’t seem to have any permanent rules. So, the Left has said goodbye to all that.
But by the same token it is necessary for us to say something similar. The concept of the United States of America as a cohesive, unified nation has now been invalidated and rendered absurd. America is a geographical and political entity that contains multiple, and in some cases, hostile segments of the population that no longer see each other as countrymen.
Worse than that, the Left uses the patriotism they no longer believe in to bamboozle traditional Americans into sacrificing their self-interest when it benefits the Left. So, we’re “fellow Americans” when the Left wants us to fight a war or share the wealth with underprivileged minorities. But when it’s time to celebrate anything of ours, well, that’s just white supremacy.
It’s time for us to say goodbye to the idea that everyone living in the United States of America is an American. It’s simply not true. Worse than that, acting as if it were true is counterproductive and sometimes even dangerous. We’re going to have to start separating from the Left in important ways. We’ll need to send our children to different schools. The public schools will be too dangerous. And because of the discrimination that’s already apparent in woke corporations we’ll need our own businesses. So, we’ll need to be able to identify each other in order to hire our people for these companies. How we’ll do that is something I’m not sure of. Probably recommendations will be the best way to know someone is one of us.
But the first step and the most important step is to start distinguishing in your own head between the different kinds of people living in the United States and do everything in your power to maximize your dealings with real Americans and minimize your dealings with Leftists. I’ll admit this was a hard realization for me. I’ve always been a flag waving patriot. But I know now that the Left has destroyed many organizations and institutions like the public schools. We don’t have the luxury of thinking that these are our institutions. They’re not. We just can’t assume that everyone believes what we believe and is our friend. We have to stick together and boycott the rest of them.
Maybe someday things will go back to normal and we’ll all be one country again. It’s possible though doubtful. But for the foreseeable future it’ll have to be, goodbye to all that.