On May 5, 1864, Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant—general-in-chief of all Union Armies, and holder of a rank previously only granted to George Washington—faced off against the Virginian prodigy of West Point, Robert E. Lee, for the first time in the American Civil War.
This conflict marked the beginning of Grant’s Overland Campaign. He sought to engage Lee’s Confederate forces in open combat to hinder their progress through Virginia gaining a strategic advantage over his army.
As the Overland campaign’s inaugural conflict came to be called, the Battle of the Wilderness spanned from May 5 to 7. There were just under 30,000 casualties and consisted of fierce fighting with poor combat conditions that led to sheer confusion in the heat of battle among Union and Confederate soldiers alike.
In the dense forests of the Virginian wilderness, trees and undergrowth made it virtually impossible to engage in modern combat methods. Men who were once each others’ neighbors began to club, strangle, and gouge their enemies in desperate attempts to ensure their survival at their former countrymen’s cost.
The forest floor—littered with the unholy trinity of dry plant matter, gunpowder, and human bodies (some still alive)— caught fire during the first day of battle. Confederate and Union soldiers, alike, fought with ferocious determination as the flames grew around them and ate many of their still-living brothers-in-arms.
Chaos resumed as fighting continued that night—General Lee narrowly escaped capture by Union soldiers on patrol—and into the following day—poor visibility led to constant blind firing from both sides leading to accidental friendly fire.
On the conflict’s third day, the chaos concluded. There was no clear winner and no territory gained by either army. Thousands of countrymen had died under separate banners for what would ultimately yield more bloodshed.
In late-2020, chaos is once again all-around us. Our cultural zeitgeist is in a state of perpetual contention through the politicization of public utilities and cultural institutions. Our national identity is being assaulted on multiple fronts.
Our academies annually churn out thousands of graduates taught to loathe our country. Their education is predicated upon by a primary school system that emphasizes our Founding Fathers’ personal follies rather than the Enlightenment ideals and Natural Law enshrined within our nation’s founding documents. Children are increasingly “educated” through Critical Race Theory. Rather than on critical American institutions and their procedures.
Cultural institutions that dominate our airwaves and screens constantly belittle those that fall out of step with the progressivism of “popular culture.” Celebrities and media personalities reduce anything not adhering to their worldview’s orthodoxy as backward, ignorant, and bigoted.
Even if something is not progressive enough it is deemed authoritarian, but Leninism is treated with jovial complacency.
These patrons of Marx have built for themselves an ivory tower through emphasizing anti-American doctrines. Indeed, their resolve is strengthened by anti-Western indoctrination. Creating a feedback loop, they will fill our country’s youth with disdain for shared heritage in national identity and work their hardest to crush all distention from the orthodoxy of postmodern progressivism.
All of this is amplified by perpetuating their ideals in both the academy and popular culture. Those who stylize themselves as the common man’s superior ensure that challenges to the ivory tower are isolated and atomized. If dissension is organized and routine, the ivory tower will cease to make a profit and therefore be forced to change its ways.
But in 2020—in what serves as a logical-conclusion of secular-Liberalism—mob mentality rules the day. The ivory tower’s legionnaires now do their bidding in Jacobin fashion.
Family businesses, religious gatherings, and communities are all squashed under the preference of our self-appointed betters’ approved list of activities. Violent riots are allowed. Public gatherings emphasizing ideologies in line with the ivory tower’s beliefs are acceptable. Looting is, as well. Guillotines are frequently being erected as a sign of protest.
Does this sound familiar?
Anyone attending religious services, sitting with a loved one during their chemotherapy, defending their home from violent mobs, or even just not advancing the approved narratives, however, must be silenced immediately. They are deemed dangerous.
Americans turn to vigilantism amid public-safety crises, and men commit ideologically motivated acts of violence against their neighbors. We have little-to-nothing in common with many of our countrymen. We are divided into two main camps: those who decry the American Experiment and those who revere it.
The second Battle of the Wilderness is occurring before our very eyes. Indeed, we are living in history. Chaos rules the day as our leaders offer few tangible solutions beyond leaning into the anarchy unfolding around us.
Fires are burning around us, and it does not look like they will be extinguished anytime soon.
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