Now, the Left is easy and pretty open to work with in this regard. One of its most important tasks is to upend the Western tradition. Call it evil, wrong, dumb. Say we have been wrong about our history, our heritage, our heroes. Anything. Today labeling it with the unforgivable sin of colonialism, or imperialism, or racism, does the job since in our post-Christian age, forgiveness is passe. Call something those things and it's as good as saying eradicate them now.
But if you can't go that far, at least demand change, or say we ware wrong, the heroes were not, we've been lied to - anything that says the civilization we inherited is not real, is based on lies, was bad, whatever.
Enter Catholics. I've said the death of America began when we convinced ourselves that America had no right to be a WASP nation in terms of a common culture. Even a WASP nation trying to assure everyone was free and had equal opportunities wasn't enough. Apparently though China can have Chinese culture, and Japan Japanese culture, and Iran Islamic culture, and so on, America can't have a particular culture of its own.
That was the context of learning what WASP meant when I was in elementary school. There was a dark time in American history when America was a WASP nation - but then God said 'Let there be light', and our first non-Protestant was elected president! Hurray! One of the most significant events in American history, or so I learned in the day. Catholics I knew back in the day, and even now, repeat that celebrated observation with gusto. Often sprinkling it with allusions to old American Protestant bigotry against Catholics.
Of course sane thinkers realized it would take no time to move from WASP to WASC, then WASR, and finally WASS real fast. That's Protestant to Christian to Religious to Secular. The Anglo-Saxon being a big thing then too, as Italians and Poles and Greeks were considered every bit the ethnic minorities in our country as Indians or blacks. Of course today, as we chisel away at the remaining 'W' (white) part, anything from west of the Urals is part of White, and that has to go.
But this wouldn't be possible without the help of anyone not in the latest demographic designation that has to go. And among those are Catholics - conservative Catholics, traditional Catholics, Catholics opposed to modern secular progressivism. Because though they may despise and loathe and reject the Left's moves to overturn the West and America, they just can't resist at certain times of the year lending a helping hand.
I first encountered that when I began visiting St. Blogs back in the mid-2000s. It was heading into Thanksgiving that first year of my visits. Most of the Catholic bloggers I followed were what you would call right of center. But all of a sudden, I thought I was reading a secular progressive history book published by Pravda House. I had no idea how wrong we were about the Thanksgiving story, even though it had been trounced for decades by that time. I was stunned to see how worthless the Puritans were, or mean, or how those Protestants were really all about the slavery part, but a Catholic led the way. Or how it was really Catholics who deserve credit for he real first Thanksgiving.
And all those years ago, even then, I recognized the folly with this. Is it wrong to go for accuracy? To tell different sides of a story? Well, no. Depending on how you do it. And depending circumstances. But there is a time and place. I've said before there is nothing wrong with preaching against gluttony. But I wouldn't advise it if you're in an anorexia ward in a hospital.
In another age, if Catholics wanted to point out overlooked details, while not pulling the rug out from under the traditional story, celebration and events, no problem. But I wouldn't do it now. Because as I said, the Left is a patient and willing partner. The only thing important is that you have someone - anyone - saying what America inherited, what we valued, what we celebrated, was wrong. That's all. We can add the genocide and Nazi and racist filth later.
That's why it's enough that even people not inclined to agree with the Left admit that some part of America we learned about was a lie all along. Any part. There will be plenty of others saying the same thing about other parts of the Western Christian Tradition. And in the end, there will be quite a ledger of protests to justify the need to burn the whole thing to the ground - all signed by those who in most other cases are fighting like mad dogs to keep that from happening.