Chivalry and the Death of a Nation


“From all that I had read of History of Government, of human life and manners, I had drawn the conclusion, that the manners of Women were the most infallible barometer, to ascertain the degree of morality and virtue in a nation. All that I have since read and all the observations I have made in different nations, have confirmed me in this opinion. The manners of women, are in the surest criterion by which to determine whether a Republican government is practicable, in a nation or not. The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Swiss, the Dutch, all lost their public spirit, their Republican Principles and habits, and their Republican forms of Government, when they lost the modesty and domestic virtues of their women…

The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families. In vain are schools, academies, and universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children, in their earliest years. The mothers are the earliest and most instructors of youth….The vices and examples of the parents cannot be concealed from the children. How is it possible that children can have any sense of the sacred obligation of morality or religion if, from their earliest infancy, they learn that their mothers live in habitual infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant infidelity to their mothers?” – John Adams.  Autobiography IV: 123. (Thanks to Iron Ink for bringing this quote to my attention!)

In the above quote John Adams shares with us the importance of observing the attitude and treatment of women when determining the moral status of a culture.   I was first introduced to this concept by Otto Scott and R.J. Rushdoony in many of their “From the Easy Chair” discussions.  I specifically remember hearing it in their discussion on “Masculinity” as well as in the “Cultural Decay” episode.  

After hearing these great men discuss it, I wasn’t at all surprised to find the Adams quote.

I think the truth of this concept can be clearly seen in the Columbine school shootings.  In light of the recent memorial of the event, the Council of Conservative Citizens posted this article:

You see, after the Columbine shootings, we were all told that the two depraved individuals were some sort of right wing extremists neo-Nazis.  Vigilantes amped up on too much violent music and Matrix videos who were intent on striking out against the “popular kids” in school who may have picked on them in the past. 

This portrayal in the media couldn’t have been further from the truth (as the Concil of Conservative Citizens article linked to above demonstrates.)  

The two boys displayed homosexual activity.  The so called “Trench Coat Mafia” was considered a homosexual group by other students.  The two shooters seeped themselves in radical left-wing rock music.  The “mastermind” of the duo, Klebold was from a Jewish family.  These boys were intent on gunning down white Christians, especially white Christian women.  The article describes statements the boys made in a recording, (clips of which can be found on the net.)

And how does our nation react?  The media scurries to spin it for their own political gain. 

Meenwhile…the death throes of chivalry can be heard even here in D.C.

(Thanks to Incog Man for initially posting the article. )

(Additionally, while googling a good picture for Chivalry, I ran across a great discussion of the issue from a woman’s perspective: )

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5 Responses to Chivalry and the Death of a Nation

  1. Slamdunk says:

    Thanks for the John Adams quote and the message–alot to think about there in terms of current events here in the States.

  2. Excellent post, sir! The John Adams quote is a classic, and to top it off, you featured one of my favorite paintings – The Acolade.

  3. Donna says:

    Jesus loves us despite our gender and how well/not well we fit into those roles.

    God is above gender….His love is above our gender differences….I do agree that the roles when done well complete each other making family life and nurturing children much easier…but even when the roles are not played out well….Jesus loves us.The cross plus nothing.

    Amen brother

  4. Maximus says:

    Dear Sir. I’m a Swedish Roman Catholic who found this fantastic page by coincidence on the internet. I wish to say thank you for your intelligent and good article. I’m proud to know that there are true Christian manly men out there who dare to speak the truth in these political correct times were marxism and liberalism are the new gods to worship. I wish you all the best my Dear Sir and I will keep following this site. And the Confederatecolonel homepage was incredible for its wisdom and inspiration to be a stoic and righteous Christian who stands up for manners, curtsey and loving your God, Country and people.

  5. shotgunwildatheart says:

    Hey hey…none of that “sir” stuff!

    I appreciate your kind words. I don’t feel adequate for half of them. I hope you enjoy what my blog has to offer.

    You’ll find some criticism here of the Roman Catholic church, however…of late, it seems that despite my disagreements with her over theological matters, we are tied together in matters of the heart.

    I have a very romantic notion of old Europe. Let Bloody Mary rule today instead of the facist state-worshipers who command the reigns of contemporary society, and I’d gladly attend whatever form of state-sanctioned worship she decided to impose. Just let us stop slaughtering infants and allowing faggots to parade openly in the streets!

    God bless and keep you in the weeks to come!


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