Princip triggered the unraveling of what in William Butler Yeats's day was referred to as “Christendom.” Yeats: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold ...” Now our own world-as-we-know-it could yield, and it has already begun to do so.

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As far as I can see from reports so far, Snowden’s was a clear, conscious act of libertarian civil disobedience, a focused and considered Jedi maneuver which hit dead center. And it was right out of the textbook that inspired Gandhi, Tolstoy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE’s local champion, Cassius Clay (the fire-breathing Kentucky anti-slavery journalist, not the boxer): Henry David Thoreau’s classic essay, "Resistance to Civil Government," commonly referred to as “Civil Disobedience.”

The question which looms today is how will Snowden’s action play out in the Republican Party? Paul is reserving judgment on Snowden but is planning a civil lawsuit against the federal government over the vast collection of personal data.

Libertarian Paul could now well rise to dominance. And that is the question: Whose party will it be come this time next year, Rand Paul’s or South Carolina Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico GOP looks for Plan B after failure of immigration measures MORE’s? Look to the speeches this weekend at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C. Paul will speak. So will Sarah Palin and Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE. And this, in the wake of Snowden's actions, could be a definitive moment.

That moment could decide America’s future because of two things: one, conservatives have entered into a new generation, a season of growth and positive change; and two, this movement is quickly rising into its creative arc, the moment of fire awakened, the place of no return. Whoever wins the conservative’s hearts and minds at the Faith and Freedom conference could well take the initiative into 2016.

And that person will challenge Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE for president in 2016. There can be none other than Hillary. There is no one left. If it is Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin or Texas Gov. Rick Perry, conservatives will win in 2016 and remain in power for more than a decade. If it is an Eastern establishment regular — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes first to mind (or Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE, the Cuban Jeb Bush) — then it doesn’t matter who wins.