[December 14, 2020] A Gallup poll in October 1940 found American youth as “a flabby, pacifist, yellow, cynical, discouraged, and leftist lot.” On the precipice of war, the United States was wholly unprepared militarily or socially. We were, indeed, a cowardly, leftist lot. Today, we are no different.
We honor and respect the Greatest Generation; those who served our nation and the world in the most deadly, destructive war ever imposed upon us. Pre-WWII men and women were wretchedly pathetic. At the time, a social scientist said that “to make a soldier out of the average free American citizen is not unlike domesticating a very while species of animal.”1
Are Americans a flabby, cowardly, cynical, leftist lot?
And worse, Americans today are also more self-centered, distrustful, and consciously (purposefully?) ignorant than any recorded time in the past. Despite the most incredible advancements in technology and higher education availability, we are dumber than ever before. The ‘man-on-the-street’ knows less about other folks and our past than at any point in our history.
Americans, like our British counterparts, are also prone to Leftist ideologies based on Marxism. We give this simple-minded approach to governance names like socialism, communism, anti-fascism, and progressivism. The twentieth century tested this ideology in various forms, much to the chagrin of 100 million-plus people murdered, died of starvation and illnesses, or froze to death. Tried that, didn’t work out so well.2
We are separating guilt from responsibility.
Since the 1960s sexual revolution, the push to separate guilt from responsibility has been unstoppable. We are no longer perceived as individuals but as part of a group, judged based on our sexual orientation, race, gender, ethnic group, and religion.
This approach separated guilt from responsibility. An official of Lenin’s secret police, in a 1918 instruction to interrogators, wrote:
“We are not waging war against individuals. We are exterminating the bourgeoisie as a class. . . . Do not look for evidence that the accused acted in word or deed against Soviet power. The first question should be to what class does he belong. . . . It is this that should determine his fate.”3
Is this sustainable?
The United States and the rest of the civilized world paid a hefty price for the same ideology that led them astray from the ideas of individual responsibility based on the Judeo-Christian tradition. We are paying another price today as much of the Western world slides back into the past’s Leftist ideologies. These ideologies have repeatedly proven unworkable despite the high cost of human lives they produced.