Democrats have intentionally undermined America’s position for 100 years and have begun to see results to that effect lately, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said in an interview that aired Sunday on “Life, Liberty & Wine”.
The Arkansas Republican, author of ‘Only the Strong’, told Fox News as he wrote his book that President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan made him analyze how America has fallen nationally and globally in such a short time.
“There were so many Americans asking me, how did we let this happen? How did we lose to a bunch of medieval savages? But then, as I started to think about it more and more, I ‘ve had this question in other forms too”, he said.
“Like, how did we let left-wing radicals run wild on our streets in the summer of 2020, tearing down statues of our heroes like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant?”
“How we got to the point where we allow schools to indoctrinate our children with critical race theory or transgender ideology; where we subject our troops and military to a similar type of Maoist struggle sessions.”
All of these problems are rooted in the rise of leftism, he said, and while Americans may think America’s decline is the result of Democratic mismanagement, Cotton argued that none of these systemic problems are accidental.
“It’s intentional. The decline that [civilians] the meaning in America is decline by design,” he said.
“The Democratic Party has long been, at best, ambivalent about America and openly hostile to American power, whether it’s our military, our sovereignty, the safety of our streets, or a strong and prosperous economy.”
cotton said President Woodrow Wilson was the first American president to “openly repudiate” our founding principles and to criticize the Constitution – the basis of United States law and governance.
“After repudiating the founding principles of our country, it is only a short step to repudiating America itself, as the New Left did in the 1960s and 1970s during Vietnam.”
Wilson, himself a Democrat, notoriously touted the Sedition Act of 1918, which sought to limit free speech as Americans grew increasingly disapproving of World War I.
Wilson characteristically hated most criticism and responded by seeking to stifle expressions of it. He was also notably the president who screened the infamous 1915 pro-Ku Klux Klan film “Birth of a Nation” at the White House.
A century after Wilson’s Sedition Act, Cotton said the “culmination of trends” critical of American principles was rooted in President Barack Obamawhich he called “the most ideological since Wilson”.
Referred Cotton to President Biden as Obama’s “understudy” and suggested that what Americans are feeling now in this regard is a product of this general trend.
“The story I tell in ‘Only the Strong’ is how we started this journey and how the left in America today continues to try to sabotage American power,” he said.
Many leftists are either ambivalent or openly despise America and its foundation, Cotton later added.
“You see that better with the presidency of Barack Obama. Now Barack Obama was a wise politician. He didn’t say these things openly like Woodrow Wilson did, but he sometimes dropped the mask like when he said he didn’t believe in American exceptionalism any more than, say, the Greeks believed in Greek exceptionalism – which really means that American exceptionalism is just kind of old-fashioned, obsolete chauvinism for his own when he said he wanted to fundamentally transform America.”
“Well, Mark, you and I know and most Americans know that if you love something, you don’t want to fundamentally alter it,” he said.