The Banality of Sedition

The banality of sedition is now so well established that it is, well, banal and goes forward without a great deal of remark or trouble. In the last fortnight, the phrase that has arisen to mark this phenomenon is “The Culture of Treason.” I’m not sure who originated the phrase, but its use is proliferating across the Internet for the reason that all such phrases proliferate when the time is ripe; it somehow rings true.

Of late, it seems that large sections of the better educated and the most privileged among us (Democrats and Republicans alike) have decided that the Constitution is, after all, a suicide pact and have determined to say to us all:

“This way to the gas, ladies and gentlemen. Step right up into the van carrying you all away into the perfect freedom of the perfect world. Don’t worry about those canisters of gas dropping in through the top. It’s just to delouse you of your old, traditional ideas of what being an American is all about. In just a few minutes you’ll all be, as we are now, citizens of the world. And in that world to which we are all going you’ll forget the old dream of America. You’ll forget, at the last, everything that was good about America. You’ll also forget the true and the beautiful. In the end, you’ll forget about God himself. All those old dreams and visions will fade into a gray sameness. And then you’ll all be, at the last, perfect citizens of our brave new world. We’ve breathed deeply of this gas before you and find it is the perfect blend of platitudes, freshly roasted, for the killing of the soul. After all, you weren’t using it much. So step right up. First ride’s free.”

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