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As I take in the ever-expanding mosh pit of our politics and culture, I cannot help but come away frustrated, angry, and depressed about … well, everything. It is so easy to latch on to the things I don’t like, to fear the trends that seem so perilous to our future, to lament the rise of self-indulgent dependency, and to despise those so eager and willing to tread upon the rights and freedoms of others. You read the headlines, you consider the “values” we export, and you simply have to wonder whether we’ve squandered away our blessing, our greatness as a nation.
Our leaders, when they talk about America, just don’t seem to have much conviction in their words. Maybe that’s just my jaded ears. How sad is it that you have to go all the way back to Reagan’s speeches (thank heavens for YouTube) to reawaken that sense of belief, that sense of pride in our country and what it represented? I use the past tense intentionally, because I’m laboring to answer the question that follows.
The query I put to you: Despite all our wailing and gnashing of teeth at the state of our politics and culture today, what’s out there that you see that is still good, still true, still worthy of our faith, still worth fighting and dying for? What are we taking for granted that we should be celebrating, promoting, and using to awaken the hope and trust of the people?
What’s still great about America?