Build Then, Always, by Anthony Esolen

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*Image: Nero’s Torches by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1876 [National Museum, Kraków, Poland]. Also known as Candlesticks of Christianity, Siemiradzki’s painting depicts Christians about to be burned alive, slandered by the emperor as the alleged perpetrators of the Great Fire of Rome.

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 12, 2022

Anthony Esolen is a lecturer, translator, and writer. Among his books are Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and Nostalgia: Going Home in a Homeless World, and most recently The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. He is a professor and writer in residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, in Warner, New Hampshire. Be sure to visit his new website, Word and Song.

I’m writing on November 9, one day after the “most significant election in American history,” as some people were saying, and I don’t dispute it, except I note that every big election since 1992 has been the “most significant in American history,” and we have meanwhile slid and slumped farther into moral confusion and madness.

In the days of Bill Clinton, that fatherless non-entity with a taste for young women and, somewhere in his muddled soul, for America, it was a scandal that he took advantage of a young female aide as he did, though one journalist said, with almost eager physical description, that she’d have performed oral sex on him just to keep abortion “legal and safe.”

In our days, fourth-graders are given instructions on the same subject, and the only scandal is that some people think that’s still a little young for that. …