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It's fashionable among left-wingers to degrade America and Americans. They call us imperialist warmongers, capitalist pigs, exploiters of the poor, racists, religious nuts, uneducated hicks, etc, etc. It seems there is no end to their criticism and hatred of this country. They probably started cringing when I titled this post 'American Exceptionalism,' because they simply don't believe it, in spite of all the facts to the contrary. It's really quite disgusting when you consider America's place in the world, and the contribution America has made to the world. The following video explains a few of those contributions, and explains some of the American values that brought those contributions into being:
Why aren't they teaching THESE things in our schools ? Why does it seem to me that left-wingers almost cringe when we use the word 'patriotism' ? Instead, they only seem interested in tearing down everything that made this country great. They want to tear down religious values, tear down capitalism, tear down individual responsibility, tear down patriotism, tear down the family, tear down liberty. They want to tear these things down and replace them with a centralized authoritarian government that controls everything we do. I don't understand it. I will never understand it. I was reminded today by Larry D. of the great speeches of Ronald Reagan. I'm going to reprint part of one from 1974, from Reagan's Shining City On A Hill speech. I reprint it here because it references the values that made this great country what it is, and hopefully represents how together we can keep this country great in the future:
... the signing of the document that day in Independence Hall was miracle enough. Fifty-six men, a little band so unique -- we have never seen their like since -- pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Sixteen gave their lives, most gave their fortunes and all of them preserved their sacred honor. What manner of men were they? Certainly they were not an unwashed, revolutionary rebel, nor were then adventurers in a heroic mood. Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, nine were farmers. They were men who would achieve security but valued freedom more.
Now we are a nation of 211 million people with a pedigree that includes blood lines from every corner of the world. We have shed that American-melting-pot blood in every corner of the world, usually in defense of someone's freedom. Those who remained of that remarkable band we call our Founding Fathers tied up some of the loose ends about a dozen years after the Revolution. It had been the first revolution in all man’s history that did not just exchange one set of rulers for another. This had been a philosophical revolution. The culmination of men's dreams for 6,000 years were formalized with the Constitution, probably the most unique document ever drawn in the long history of man's relation to man. I know there have been other constitutions, new ones are being drawn today by newly emerging nations. Most of them, even the one of the Soviet Union, contains many of the same guarantees as our own Constitution, and still there is a difference. The difference is so subtle that we often overlook it, but is is so great that it tells the whole story. Those other constitutions say, “Government grants you these rights” and ours says, “You are born with these rights, they are yours by the grace of God, and no government on earth can take them from you.”
Lord Acton of England, who once said, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” would say of that document, “They had solved with astonishing ease and unduplicated success two problems which had heretofore baffled the capacity of the most enlightened nations. They had contrived a system of federal government which prodigiously increased national power and yet respected local liberties and authorities, and they had founded it on a principle of equality without surrendering the securities of property or freedom.” Never in any society has the preeminence of the individual been so firmly established and given such a priority.
One-third of all the students in the world who are pursuing higher education are doing so in the United States. The percentage of our young Negro community that is going to college is greater than the percentage of whites in any other country in the world.
One-half of all the economic activity in the entire history of man has taken place in this republic. We have distributed our wealth more widely among our people than any society known to man. Americans work less hours for a higher standard of living than any other people. Ninety-five percent of all our families have an adequate daily intake of nutrients -- and a part of the five percent that don't are trying to lose weight! Ninety-nine percent have gas or electric refrigeration, 92 percent have televisions, and an equal number have telephones. There are 120 million cars on our streets and highways -- and all of them are on the street at once when you are trying to get home at night. But isn't this just proof of our materialism -- the very thing that we are charged with? Well, we also have more churches, more libraries, we support voluntarily more symphony orchestras, and opera companies, non-profit theaters, and publish more books than all the other nations of the world put together.
Somehow America has bred a kindliness into our people unmatched anywhere, as has been pointed out in that best-selling record by a Canadian journalist. We are not a sick society. A sick society could not produce the men that set foot on the moon, or who are now circling the earth above us in the Skylab. A sick society bereft of morality and courage did not produce the men who went through those year of torture and captivity in Vietnam. Where did we find such men? They are typical of this land as the Founding Fathers were typical. We found them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms.
We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, “The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.”
We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.
I believed those words then, and I believe them now. The world has changed much since 1974, but America is still the last best hope of man on earth. If not us, then who ? China ? Russia ? Africa ? The Middle East ? France ? Norway ? England ? South America ? No, it's still America that must stand up and be the beacon of freedom in this world. If we lose that, then we've lost everything, and the world will become a much darker place. And if we do lose it, it may be lost forever.
The path of the leftists is the path back toward the government tyranny under which nearly all the peoples of the earth had to suffer for millenia. It's a path away from the values that made this country great, that made this country the shining city on a hill. Do NOT fall for their rhetoric, no matter how seductive they make it sound. Do NOT be fooled for a minute. Your rights will be lost, and once they are lost, there is no easy way to get them back.