Who and What is the Happy Warrior
This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.
(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
America the Exceptional
1. an ingenius political heritage that is largely founded on these words, "we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
2. principles of capitalism including private ownership or property, limited government involvement in the commercial sphere, and the promise that bad ideas, inferior products and malicious companies will die because the public will not support them.
3. the Judeo-Christian value system (which includes specific cultural concepts like the Protestant work ethic, etc.).
The US became the leading world power -defending this planet multiple times from tyrants and oppressive systems- BECAUSE of these principles. This is why America is exceptional, better than any other country on the face of the planet. Is America perfect? No. Have there been blemishes in her past? Yes. But practices and beliefs like slavery, racism, poverty and isolated travesties (like the WWII Japanese camps, like the Trail of Tears, like Jim Crow, like the Extermination Order... yes, I recognize that these took place while our great country went through some growing pains) do not negate that exceptionalism. The fact that these wrongs have largely been righted (and yes, we are still a work in progress) is a testament that this country is exceptional.
There is, however, a concerted effort to say we are no different than anyone else. There is also a concurrent effort to transform us into a country following a European or global citizen model. In this effort we are to abandon things American and adopt other foundations including financial, legal and cultural systems from other countries. Global legal theory are challenging Constitutional principles. A large government welfare state is being posited as an attractive alternative to personal responsibility and local decision making. Many of these changes are promoted in the name of "good intentions" or "inclusivity and tolerance". Entire books exist that illustrate this transformation much better than I can. Here, however, is a link to a speech that is well worth the time and consideration of anyone who thinks the United States should be, is or was exceptional: