The Dangers of Pond Scum

For many years, Americans have wished to believe themselves separated from and therefore unaffected by events in Europe. However, this has never been and will never be the case. Events in Europe have a way of hopping across the pond. We are, to some degree, isolated here on our own continent, but we are by no means as isolated as we believe; what applies to geography seldom applies to politics and culture.

When World War I broke out, men from the Federal Government visited a newly-constructed, Gothic cathedral in Orange, California. These men were not seeking God. I do not know if these men were respectful or if they interrupted an ongoing service, but I do know what they sought: They wanted to know if the German parishioners at a German Lutheran church, where services were conducted in German in a sanctuary framed by towering stained-glass windows that had arrived from Germany just prior to the outbreak of war and with a cornerstone that reads ‘Evangelische Lutherische Kirche’, were going to be loyal to the *Kaiser* or to the *president*.

Why did America enter World War I on the side of the Allies? Simple: In an age before computers, machine translation, and international news, Americans simply joined the side with a combatant who spoke a common language. The short-sighted and, ultimately, foolish decision of the Founding Fathers to make America a monolingual Nation doomed tens of millions to death and set the stage for creating from one of the most disastrous conflicts in human history (World War I) nearly a century of misery and suffering. Those men from the Government should have come sooner, and asked for translation and interpretation, and, had the Founding Fathers only known what they were sowing when they made the US a monolingual nation, those men from the Government would have never come at all.

Today, we are not separated from any European Nation by the ages-old barrier of language; the blessing-curse of Babel is no more. I can read news about Ukraine or Belarus with nearly the same ease as news about Germany or the United States, even though I know essentially no Russian, Ukrainian, or Belarusian. Our ancestors did not have this option, and, consequently, they were somewhat isolated from the rest of the world in a way that we are not: Geography isolated them from many armed conflicts and cultural barriers (including language) preserved them from much foreign influence. Even for them, the isolation was not complete; for us, it is virtually non-existent.

What happens in Europe does not stay in Europe. The harmful, and, perhaps, even fatal, secularization of the Academy began in Europe, but has since metastasized to the US. When you think of a professor at a major university, do you think of a moral, upstanding, and devout Christian? We have been slowly adopting all of the worst European policies and pathologies for over a century now, and, if anything, that trend seems only to be accelerating. Atheism and Marxism are accomplishing through attrition, regulation, and incrementalism what they could never have accomplished through open conflict.

So: What does Europe mean for the United States?

Everything.

If Europe falls, our odds of success are not merely long, but infinitesimal. If we fall, Europe will soon thereafter join us in the dust. The roots of our People extend back to Europe and our blood yet remains tethered to that soil. We cannot and must not abandon our brothers and sisters. We must support them in any way that we can, especially while we still enjoy significantly greater (legal) freedoms than they.

We are in this conflict together, and we shall rise or fall together. Come what may: All of us in the West share a common goal and will share a common end; our fates are intertwined.