In the classic Western movie High Noon, a lone lawman took on four bloodthirsty outlaws. His townspeople had already scurried back to their homes. His new bride urged him to leave for a better place with her. He stayed put, however, bracing for death rather than cowardice. Honor had him fight the gang head-on, but love had his woman come to his rescue in an unladylike manner. When the gun smoke cleared, love won.
The moral of the story? We need to hold our ground. We need to fight dirty in order to get a clean shot at the oncoming evil. This is our High Noon moment.
This will also be America's High Noon moment, if and when the world's sole superpower suddenly finds itself standing alone, with a world order to keep and a national honor to defend. That will define the ultimate measure of Americans.*
Yes, America may never find itself in a High Noon moment going forward. But then, never say never.
*"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." --- Martin Luther King, Jr.