Why Do We Americans Submit to This


Title:                      Why Do We Americans Submit to This

Author:                   Susan Huck

Huck, Susan (1997). Why Do We Americans Submit to This? McLean, VA: Newcomb Publishers

LOC:       97066393

JK421 .H77 1997

Date Posted:      January 24, 2013

Conservative Review was published bimonthly from 1990 through 1997. Dr. Huck was the Associate Editor and a fairly prolific contributor. The current, second edition of the book is a complete collection of all her articles during the eight-year period. The title of the book reflects the author’s usual frame of mind when settling down to write. Although the more than sixty articles were created in random order, the book groups them under thirteen general headings such as education, environmentalism, other “hardy perennials of the liberal agenda,” as well the propaganda wars, foreign affairs, and “spook stuff.” The author states that satire is her “edged weapon of choice.” Many a tempting target feels the knife. Guaranteed fun.

The author of this book is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the above review is published on the Association’s website. In this section of the list of reviews the authors, titles, and reviews tend to be jumbled, so beware.

Reviewed by Dwight D. Murphey

The title of this book raises a question that is central to the “culture war.” There is nothing that enemies, foreign and domestic, can do to American society that is nearly so damaging as our own docility. Were it not for the comfortable acceptance by Americans of the ongoing attack on American culture, that assault would be stopped in its tracks.

To What Are We Submitting?

Just in case anyone, perhaps awakening from a forty-year slumber, wonders what it is that Americans are submitting to, Sue Huck (as she is affectionately known around the office of the Conservative Review, where she is, along with this reviewer, an associate editor) sets out her “D list” on the back cover. It refers to “what liberals like to see in the rest of us.” Here is a sample from it, although it deserves a close reading in its entirety—one of several reasons for buying the book:

Liberals, she says, like to see Americans as:

  • “Dumb, as in both ‘dumbed-down’ and mute.
  • “Docile, ready to be guided and trained, ready to accept any outrage.
  • “Deprived of as much of our income as we will allow to be taken from us…
  • “Deceived by the current propaganda line, whatever it may be…
  • “Denounced for destroying the earth, oppressing ‘others,’ harboring bad thoughts…
  • “Deracinated, if white—forbidden a sense of racial identity or pride…
  • “Displaced from schools and jobs by federal pressure favoring federally-privileged groups…”

This list captures the essential points in American submissiveness. It is by default that we are losing our civilization and our culture.

[I, on the other hand – the maker of this blog – believe that Huck’s list is more applicable to Tea Party people than to liberals.]

Why Are Americans So Submissive?

Sue starts with a review of Jared Taylor’s excellent recent book, Paved With Good Intentions, and relates a conversation with Taylor in which he broadened the question: “‘I think future historians will ask why whites committed suicide.” The trend, he notes, is now global. Yes, it is—everywhere in Europe, visibly so in South Africa, and even in Australia.” So it isn’t just Americans. Western civilization itself is under attack, and is allowing itself both to be eaten away by the acids of an alienated intellectual subculture and ultimately to be caused, through the medium of a massive influx of non-Western peoples, no longer recognizably to exist.

All of us who write on these issues are short on explanations of why so few people care. And, despite her title, Sue Huck doesn’t give much explanation. Her book is a compilation—much better organized than other compilations I’ve seen, and with a short introductory essay to each cluster—of the many articles and book reviews she has written for Conservative Review between 1990 and 1997. It is a splendid, angry, and yet delightfully told account of the assault upon us. She has positioned herself to “see the face of evil” by being in personal contact with the countless crazies of the Left. There is probably no better book than hers for someone who wants the down-in-the-trenches detail of the culture war. But her question—vitally important as it is—remains mostly unanswered.

Readers who got this far are welcome to read the rest of Murphey’s review by going to the link. I would ask, “Why do Americans put up with this kind of knee-jerk radical right bilge?”

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