The End-of-the Worlders are going from handwringing over a possibly stolen election--please don't tell me you know it is stolen in fact because you don't know anything of the kind--to declaring the death of the American republic. It's the worst sort of ditto-head approach to politics. It begins by saying, "Say, this is about the best damn country that has ever existed" and go on in the vein of Babbit's speech to the Zenith Booster Club.
When someone tries to talk sense on this subject, they are blasted as quietists who advocate doing nothing in the face of evil, foolish optimists who think all political activity is futile, including political activity on behalf of a just cause.
That is not the case at all. Citizens even in a phony republic like ours have a duty to do what they can, each in his own sphere, to preserve what is best in our system and to advocate the right.
Unfortunately, people with little understanding of politics or history are forever imagining they have access to a fund of knowledge or wisdom or power that they shall never attain. I've never run for office. I've never run for office since I repudiated the people who nominated me to run for Junior Class Treasurer in high school, but I have advised candidates at all levels of government and done what I could as a writer to clarify the issues that have been at stake.
If one election, stolen or not, can destroy a republic, then that republic must have been destroyed--as it certainly was--generations earlier.
It seems to me that one of the gravest struggles of the Church has been to avoid identifying the Kingdom of Heaven or righteousness itself, with a particular form of government or ideology, whether the nation-states that began to emerge in the Renaissance, feudal monarchy, or the Church's rule over the Estates of the Church aka the Patrimony of Saint Peter. Leftists, even anti-Christian leftists, appropriate Christian language and ideas in order to give a kind of divine status to their Jacobin and globalist agenda, but the Liberal Capitalists do exactly the same thing.
There is nothing sacred about the American style of liberal democracy or republicanism, a system that puts basic moral principles up to a vote among the swine we were told not to cast pearls before. If conservatives want to take politics seriously, it is time they took a good luck at their own political principles which are in most cases far closer to those of Robespierre and his disciple Lincoln than they are to the fathers of the Church or the fathers of the American republic.