SHIELDS: A National Divorce Is in No One’s Interest Pt. V


Sunday, January 23, 2022

All previous arguments against a national divorce focused solely on America and her interests. While it is a valid consideration whether a national divorce is in the interests of Americans, the responsibility our nation has to the world compels us to place what is in the world’s interests above the interests of ourselves. 

There is a certain selfishness to which the weak nations are entitled, the common nations are permitted, and the great nations cannot access. That we are a great nation, indeed the greatest, is a truth many Americans acknowledge. Truly, we have been blessed as no other nation has. Yet we have neglected the truth that every blessing comes with responsibility, and as one grows, so too does the other.

It was by choice our forefathers separated our Revolution from other rebellions, proclaiming the laws and rights of nature, and imposing upon our nation the responsibility of an experiment of liberty the likes of which had never been seen. It was by fate the attack on Pearl Harbor thrusted our republic into a war whose circumstances facilitated Great Britain’s fall as Earth’s dominant empire. 

The sun set on the British Empire, an empire for whom liberty was merely a byproduct of a scramble for power and glory, and our empire began. Ours is an empire of liberty, and for over seventy years in the aftermath of ascension to the predominant world power, it has been protecting the freedom of millions, and giving hope to billions more. 

Our responsibility as the leader of the free world is the defense and expansion of liberty. A national divorce will by its very nature destroy our Creed and our power, leaving us unable to carry out this responsibility. Yet unlike Britain, no recipient of the baton of Liberty currently exists. 

It is not a mystery what shall happen to this world if its city on the hill goes dark. The forces of tyranny will replace it. In the east, communist China will grow unabated. Taiwan will fall. The persecution and genocide of the Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong dissidents, and Christians will persist. Chinese domination of Asia will be a certainty. Perhaps Japan, South Korea, or Australia will fall. 

In the west, Russia will look towards its former Soviet dominion. Russia and China will expand their influence in Africa, South America, the Arctic, and space. In the Middle East, Iran will be free to develop its weapons of terror, allowing those who seek to topple the West a playground for experimentation. 

Death, slavery, and tyranny will be the cost of our disunion for those around the world. Even the weakest of tyrants will be emboldened, and even the strongest of our allies will have every reason to cower and fear. And when those things come to our shores, as they are destined to do, a broken America, turned into a feuding Red America and Blue America, will prove incapable of standing against them. 

It isn’t a nation’s choice whether to be the leader of the free world or not. We can merely choose whether we will dutifully execute our responsibilities, or selfishly neglect them. We will give this world liberty or surrender it to tyranny. There is no other option.

Jack Shields is a student at Texas A&M University. He is a history major and huge Dallas Cowboys fan, with interests in politics, religion, and philosophy.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Jack Shields is a student at Texas A&M University. He is a history major and huge Dallas Cowboys fan, with interests in politics, religion, and philosophy.

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