Our Roots, Our Republic, Our Responsibilities
AMERICA THE EXCEPTIONAL
An Aussie’s Love Letter, by Nick Adams/ Centennial Review March 2015
STRIVING FOR GREATNESS
In 5,000 years of recorded human history, there has been no nation even resembling the United States. The American model has offered and continues to offer, a greater chance for dignity, hope, and happiness for more people than any other system.
As Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister, put it: “Europe was created by history, America was created by philosophy”. Lady Thatcher was right. This philosophy is one of individual liberty, free market opportunity, and belief that it’s all a gift from God.
America is the best idea the world has ever had, the greatest value system ever devised. What are these values that make America exceptional? Individualism, not collectivism, Patriotism, not relativism, Optimism, not pessimism, Limited government, not the nanny state, God, not Caesar, Faith, not secularism,
E Pluribus Unum, not multiculturalism, Life, not death, Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome, Goodness, not moral equivalence. America is about being Bold, not bland, Brave, not meek, Striving for Greatness, not mediocrity. Tellingly, all of these values are aligned with what’s called today a conservative outlook.
America rewards success without government approvals and bureaucratic interference. It embraces religious faith, aspiration, and risk. As a result, the people of America have been the most enterprising, market-oriented, individualistic, and averse to taxation and regulation that have ever walked the earth.
But daily we are dealing with The Onslaught from the Left: They have created an economically unsustainable and character-destroying welfare state, they have undermined Western military strength, politicized universities and the arts, authored the culture of complaint and its close cousin, the self-esteem movement until today we are less free, poorer, weaker, less innovative, less confident, and less family oriented more divided and more faithless.
It’s past time we Relearn the American Trinity!
VIRTUE, FAITH AND LIBERTY!
America is therefore in the fight of its life. Individualism, patriotism, and liberty – the unique properties of American life and culture- are at diminished levels, beleaguered by the anti-American virus prevalent in schools, and universities, entertainment media, and the arts.
Saving America requires bringing intellectual ammunition to the battle of ideas. Too many people have forgotten or never learned what makes America exceptional – and you cannot advocate what you cannot articulate. Reason and faith are the two wings by which the American eagle took flight. The arithmetic of the American trinity is simple: Virtue cannot be sustained in the absence of Faith, and if virtue is absent, then Liberty must be as well. Yet new generations of Americans are unable to write out the formula, let alone balance the equation.
Nothing is more anti-American, anti-freedom, anti-truth, and anti-reality than political correctness. It is a noose around America’s neck, growing tighter each day. From identity politics and secularism to the all-powerful welfare state and the war against national identity, every problem in America today is compounded by this suffocating regime of thought control. Unless plain speaking is allowed, clear thinking is denied. Recognize that the unfettered American dream and the regimented politically correct mindset cannot coexist.
The words of Thomas Paine in 1776 resonate with Americans today:
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
What does America have to do to come back in these trying times of our own? How do we win this fight? How do we vanquish the forces besetting us and restore American glory? We do it, I believe, as Americans always have: through liberty, good constitutionally-limited government, free enterprise, and traditional Judeo-Christian values. Who can vindicate American Exceptionalism?... Patriotic citizens with traditional values. People just like us!
“To whom much is given, much is required,” said Jesus. Ponder that, my friends. You have been bequeathed the high responsibility of continuing to support and export the greatest value system ever devised. STAY THE COURSE, AMERICA!
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