Phorid flies, also known as “ant-decapitating flies,” are nasty little creatures. They lay their eggs inside the thorax of an ant. Then larvae crawl up into the host’s brain and eat it. The ant, unaware of the assassins within, ends life with its head literally falling off.
Tuesday’s election results in New Hampshire demonstrate what this blog has been trying to say for over five years: Cultural phorid flies are eating away at America’s brain, and it may be too late to excise the parasite.
Reuters reported Wednesday, Nov. 10:
[Bernie] Sanders coasted to victory in Tuesday’s primary on a wave of voter anger at traditional U.S. politicians. New York billionaire Donald Trump swept the Republican contest in the same state.
The results testified to the sizable share of American voters upset at U.S. economic conditions and willing to send a shockwave to Washington in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
A self-described socialist pummeled Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and Donald Trump did the same to his Republican rivals.
The results in New Hampshire are exactly what happens when moral relativism, political corruption, and crony capitalism eat away at society’s innards for a long enough time. America, once a proud worker ant, now has something weird and different growing inside it. Unless the parasite is removed — now — it will burst forth from the nation’s corpse and usher in a wholly new reality, likely something from our Founding Fathers’ worst nightmares.
To give us a better idea of what is going on, I will now turn to Saint Augustine’s classic, City of God.
He writes on the fall of Rome:
“If the prince is unjust, or a tyrant (to use the Greek word), or if the aristocrats are unjust (in which case their group is merely a faction), or if the people themselves are unjust (and must be called, for lack of a better word, a tyrant also), then the commonwealth is not merely bad … but is no commonwealth at all. The reason for that is that there is no longer the welfare of the people, once a tyrant or a faction seizes it; nor would the people, if unjust, be any longer a people, because they would not then be regarded as a multitude bound together by a common recognition of rights, and a mutual cooperation for the common good, as the standard definition of a people demands.
When, therefore, the Roman republic was such as Sallust describes it, it was not only ‘very wicked and corrupt’ — ‘a sink of iniquity,’ as he puts it — it was no republic at all, if measured by the criterion established by its ablest representatives when they met to debate the nature of the republic.” — Saint Augustine, City of God.
Augustine goes on to say, “By our own vices, not by chance, we have lost the republic, though we retain the name.”
If America truly is a decapitated ant that does not know it yet, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. We invited the parasites of moral relativism, political corruption, and crony capitalism into our body and now must pay the price, whatever that may be.