Only a couple years before 9/11, I took my son to Mt. Vernon on a cool December day. It was only days from the bicentennial of George Washington’s death. I remember standing behind the house, looking at the Potomac, near the spot where Washington was marking trees to be cleared only days before his death. I meditated on what he must have thought America’s future would look like.
“Bright” is the word that came to mind. As a man who knew history, however, he surely realized that great civilizations aren’t permanent.
There is a chilling, underlying theme in the scintillating new book by Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski, “Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America”: This might be our last chance.
Could it be? After 235 years, are we on the brink of rising again, or falling?
Well, there’s good news in “Resurgent”: The key to continuing George Washington’s path is to, ideologically speaking, retrace our steps.
Blackwell, a long-time political commentator and a forceful writer, and Klukowski, an attorney and constitutional scholar, team up for a powerful book that outlines an elegant (yet simple) roadmap for emerging from our recent economic and social nightmares.
Early on, the authors hit the mark and delineate just where the country has run off the rails: “People are trying to make sense of what’s happening in America. There’s tremendous disunity among the American people. Although we’ve always been a people with diverse backgrounds, priorities and views, there’s been some consensus on certain fundamentals.
“Not so anymore. America’s political life and overall direction are in a state of remarkable change that carries both tremendous opportunities and profound dangers.”
In fact, they quote Daniel Webster, whose views were so prescient: “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”
See, this is where you, “average” reader, can defend the country against the leftists determined to destroy it. When they tell us, and our kids, how expansionist and greedy the U.S. is, remind them of what happens when America isn’t around to be relied upon. That scenario has played out in the real world (during our isolationist period of the 1930’s).
Blackwell and Klukouwski use “Resurgent” to great effect, holding up the American system against anarchy, to show the stark contrast. Happily for us, they have an action plan.
And don’t be put off by the phrase “constitutional conservatism!” The authors actually define it for us in Chapter 4. Tellingly, they point out that George W. Bush was not a conservative.
Hear the authors: “True conservatism is constitutional conservatism. That’s the system of conservative government derived from the principles of freedom enshrined in our Constitution, erected within the philosophical framework arising from the Declaration of Independence.”
In other words, limited government by the people and for the people. That is not what we have experienced in … virtually forever.
Just one area of alarm that Blackwell and Klukowski illuminate is in the arena of the courts. In short, the courts are increasingly becoming involved in matters of national security, bypassing the powers held by the president to wage war.
For example, in 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that terrorists held at Gitmo … are entitled to “the writ of habeas corpus to challenge their detention in federal civilian court.” (And we all know what the outcome of that can be, given the liberal bias of many U.S. judges.)
In stark contrast to this – and here is where “Resurgent” is quite fascinating, as it presents details many of us were not aware of – Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissenting view and flat out said: “It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed.”
Another feature of “Resurgent” that will ensure it is part of my permanent library is the diversity of thought the authors bring to this critical discussion. They offer a comprehensive look at the problem areas, and that includes their superb examination (in Chapter 9) of the attacks on Christianity. Pastor, leader, youth pastor: Get a copy of this book and internalize what the authors are saying.
Noting that “in recent years more leftists have tried to claim a Christian mandate for liberalism,” the authors shed light on extreme liberal Christians and their ideologies, including the heinous “liberation theology,” which has affected everything from race relations to the Palestinian issue.
After Obama accused leaders of the Christian Right of “hijacking” the faith, he has “had the audacity to claim a biblical mandate for his agenda.”
Further, “Resurgent” exposes the anti-American agendas of folks like Jim Wallis (Sojourners) and Black liberation theologian James Cone, who influenced Jeremiah Wright (and, by extension, Barack Obama).
They also don’t let the White House get away with claiming that the President’s faith is “mainstream Christianity.” If it is, by the way, we’re all in deep trouble.
With “Resurgent,” Ken Backwell and Ken Klukowski have a tour de force that should be read widely. Major thumbs up!