American Exceptionalism, Own it and, More Important, Be Grateful!
Microaggression Alert: Yes, I’m going to say it loud and say it proud, so if there are any snowflakes out there who might be “triggered” (isn’t the word “triggered” an actual trigger itself because it reminds liberals of guns, which they find horrifying and scary?)
America is the greatest country on Earth, full stop, end of story. If are lucky enough to be an American you should thank mighty God every single day because you are very very blessed. We are the lucky beneficiaries of the extraordinary sacrifices of many generations who strived and suffered for what we have today. It is the height of ingratitude and petulance for any American to crap all over that sacrifice by saying that he is not proud to be a citizen of this wonderful country as these silly, backward children at New York University did.
Perhaps we should not judge them too harshly. No doubt they have been “educated” (as in misdirected and brainwashed) about American history by reading garbage like leftist the late Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, and don’t know about our magnificent founding. It is the very negative influence of Mr. Zinn’s book, as well as the indoctrination of young people by the 60’s radicals who now run colleges and universities, like this self-described “social justice advocate,” that has made many of them so receptive to very toxic and destructive ideology, socialism. They don’t realize the fact that Dr. Walter E. Williams and I discussed when he appeared again recently on The Teri O’Brien Show (more Dr. Williams in his interview for the Dangerous Thinkers podcast); that is, that a communist is a socialist who really means it, and that there is no such thing as “democratic socialism.” Socialism eventually leads to poverty, misery, the gulag, and the killing fields. We have an obligation to educate and inform these young people, and some of their parents and grandparents who have also been deceived by the other two parts of the axis of evil (academia being the first), the popular culture and the corrupt last-century media.
Here are some writings that we use in that mission.
Let us read and recollect and impress upon our souls the views and ends of our own more immediate forefathers, in exchanging their native country for a dreary, inhospitable wilderness. Let us examine into the nature of that power, and the cruelty of that oppression, which drove them from their homes. Recollect their amazing fortitude, their bitter sufferings, — the hunger, the nakedness, the cold, which they patiently endured, — the severe labors of clearing their grounds, building their houses, raising their provisions, amidst dangers from wild beasts and savage men, before they had time or money or materials for commerce. Recollect the civil and religious principles and hopes and expectations which constantly supported and carried them through all hardships with patience and resignation. Let us recollect it was liberty, the hope of liberty for themselves and us and ours, which conquered all discouragements, dangers, and trials.-A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, John Adams, 1765
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers. Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Calvin Coolidge, July 5, 1926 ( a good one to share with any backward children you know being seduced by socialism and “progressivism”)
Where The “Death” of God Leads
The men who founded our country did so with an understanding that God, not a king or a government, granted us our “inalienable rights.” The horrors of the 20th century demonstrate that Nietzche was right: that the “death” of God would lead to the disintegration and end of Western values, and the rise of dictatorship and nihilism. Socialism cannot tolerate the existence of God because God is superior to government, and under the socialist worldview, NOTHING can be superior to government.
I hope that you had an amazing Independence Day, and that you spent some of it reflecting on how fortunate we are, thanks to almost unimaginable sacrifices of so man. Liberty is never more than one generation away from being lost. We have an obligation to protect it for future generations. Thanks for being part of our citizen army.