A globally rising and belligerent China, Russia challenges in Europe and forces of internal chaos are conspiring to create a ‘Crisis of American Civilization, says former House Speaker and historian, Newt Gingrich. In an essay in Fox News, Gingrich noted that “We are now in a crisis of American civilization fully as dangerous and real as the crisis of the U.S. Civil War or World War II.”
He explains that “During both those crises, if America had lost, it would have ceased to be America – and the cause of freedom around the world would have been dramatically weakened. Today, we face combined internal and external threats that are as great or greater.”
Gingrich goes on to describe the threats I have written about regularly, such as:
…a surging China whose economic, scientific and technological power is now fully competitive with the United States. The recent aggressiveness in the South China Sea, against Taiwan, and in domestic repression (including concentration camps and genocide against the Uyghurs, crushing Tibetan Buddhist culture, and repressing the freedom movement in Hong Kong) are all signs of the Chinese Communist Party’s self-confidence.
The announcement of a joint China-Russia moon project is an example of the collective authoritarian challenge to the American-led freedom coalition. Russia’s movement of military forces around the border of Ukraine is another signal of the potential aggressiveness of the authoritarian states.
However, according to Gingrich, these foreign threats pale next to the domestic dangers threatening American civilization. And no, it is not coming from ‘right wing extremism,’ but it could be termed ‘domestic terrorism.’ It is both an explosion of violent crime and a ‘War on Cops,’ to quote the excellent book by Heather MacDonald.
And it is coming mostly from the far left:
There is a war on police underway with 264 killed in 2020, a jump of 96% over the previous year. In New York City, hostile forces use Molotov cocktails to set police cars on fire. Murder rates are skyrocketing around the country with 2020 the biggest one-year jump in homicides in American history – 36.7%.
Faced with aggressive criminal behavior and violence against innocent people – including young children being killed – Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib calls for “no more policing, incarceration and militarization.” Ironically, Rep. Tlaib represents Detroit. According to Detroit’s 2020 crime report, there were 327 homicides in 2020, up from 275 the previous year – a 19% increase. There were 1,173 non-fatal shootings in 2020. This is up from 767 the previous year, which is a 53% increase.
And as we see, or fail to see, because the major media refuses to cover it, Portland continues to be attacked nightly by anarchists. Despite platitudes by public officials, no effective action is underway to restore law and order.
In San Francisco, notes Gingrich, “the declaration by the communist district attorney that theft under $900 will not be prosecuted has led to so much shoplifting that Walgreens is closing all 10 of its drugstores in the city.”
And while the Left decries conservative talk of states seceding under Biden, even after Democrat-run states called for it under Trump, in Seattle, Portland and Milwaukee, no-go zones similar to those in France have been created that are effectively “localized secessions” from the United States.
There is much more to back Gingrich’s warning about the ‘Crisis of American Civilization.’ Read his entire piece and interview here. ADN