Tag: American Exceptionalism

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Simon Kuper, writing in the UK publication Financial Times, had an article the other day with the title “Why the US is becoming more European”…a rather smug article, in my view.  He asserts that for decades, influential Americans looking at other countries used to ask “When will they become more like us?”…and argues that this […]

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Why Speak Up? Why Bother?

 

In the most recent Federalist Hour podcast, Tales from the Frontlines of the Woke Revolution, hostess Evita Duffy interviews Jason Hill, a DePaul University professor of Philosophy. Professor Hill has come under fire for stating the obvious truth in an unambiguous way, when he said that it was wrong and unfair to women to have male athletes competing against female athletes.

He’s right, and he’s unapologetic about it. That’s enough both to earn him the scorn of the Woke left and to make him a target for their speech suppression and cancelation efforts. I applaud the Professor for standing firm and exhibiting the spine almost wholly lacking in the invertebrate halls of academia. I know little of what he thinks on any other topic or issue, but am completely with him on his criticism of transgenderism (which I think to be absurd nonsense), and more importantly on his defense of both western civilization and free speech.

Don’t let the rancor of the election mislead you: America is awesome. But sometimes it takes an outsider to be truly persuasive, so Jack brings on his National Review colleague Cameron Hilditch, currently living in Northern Ireland, to explain why he loves America and why its critics are mistaken. Along the way, they also converse about Lord of the Rings, the merits of Tennessee, and other topics.

What’s at Stake

 

There’s a vast difference between the visions of America offered by the two parties in the upcoming election.

On the right is a vision of optimism, of competition in a free market, of growth and prosperity, and a reined-in government that has a relatively light touch on our lives and our earnings. The right sees America as a generally decent place, as the product of a long painful journey from its founding in a less enlightened time to a nation of freedom and equality today. If asked, people on the right will readily say that America is fundamentally a good and exceptional country.

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“Let us each Labor day, hold a congress and formulate propositions for the amelioration of the people. Send them to your Representatives with your earnest, intelligent indorsement [sic], and the laws will be changed.” Rep. Lawrence McGann, D-IL, Labor Day 1894 Most of the world celebrates labor on May 1st, designated International Worker’s Day to […]

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I have friends — good, decent, thoughtful people — who think a border wall or fence is a bad idea. It’s certainly something about which reasonable people can differ, and I’m glad we’re free to have the discussion. I’d just like to say to them that I would be happy to drop my calls for […]

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Quote of the Day: America

 

“America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. It enunciates that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that governments exist to give them that justice, and that their authority is for that reason just. It certainly does condemn anarchism, and it does also by inference condemn atheism, since it clearly names the Creator as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived. Nobody expects a modern political system to proceed logically in the application of such dogmas, and in the matter of God and Government it is naturally God whose claim is taken more lightly. The point is that there is a creed, if not about divine, at least about human things.” ― G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

The United States is one of the few countries in the world that you can come to and become a full part of that country. You can move to America from anywhere in the world and become an American. You become an American. You don’t have to wait for your children to become Americans, while you remain an outsider, or your grandchildren to become accepted as Americans while you and your children are considered outsiders. All you have to do is adopt the American creed in your heart.

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He doesn’t like the term and never has. Trump, in an appearance before a Houston tea party group in April 2015, was asked by the moderator, Jim McIngvale the following question – “Define American Exceptionalism. Does American Exceptionalism still exist? And what can we do to grow American Exceptionalism?” Trump’s answer should be stunning and […]

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Bernie Sanders is Jewish. Trump and Rubio are Jew-ish. Trump is the New York Jew caricature you’d draw for a neo-Nazi paper. Loud, offensive, full of Chutzpah, flaunting the rules others live by, socially liberal, and rich. Obsessed with money and his own superiority. He’s the Kosher-style candidate, the deli that serves ham & cheese on rye. The content may […]

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Of all the cultural myths that have sundered the world since the fall of man, none has been more ubiquitous and pernicious as utopianism. From the Tower of Babel to Soviet Russia; from the French Revolution to the 72 virgins of Islam, mankind is forever on the hunt for peace on the cheap; the day […]

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And Speaking in Praise of America: Netanyahu

 

369px-Benjamin_Netanyahu_2012When you shoot at the king, you better kill him. And when you try to silence a book, movie, or speech, you better succeed. Otherwise you’re just helping their PR.

It would be political suicide for Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress. And President Obama’s words and actions have set the Prime Minister up to give exactly the speech the western world needs to hear.

The United States has done more than any other nation in history to increase life, liberty, happiness, and prosperity around the world. She has done more than any other nation to defeat totalitarian regimes. And she has done more than any other nation to help people of different religions work together.

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Conservatives are always being dismissed as pessimistic curmudgeons. This reminds me of an old joke I just made up: Three people are drinking in a bar. The liberal says, “I drink champagne because everything is getting better.” The conservative says, “I drink rye because everything is getting worse.” Barack Obama says, “I drink both because […]

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Does the Immigrant Make America, Or …

 

I’m genuinely sorry, fellow Ricochet readers. I lost control of myself today and read a Dana Milbank column.  What’s worse, he sparked a discussible idea (not deliberately on his part, of course).

His argument is that immigrants improve America, by bringing their culture to ours.  Each immigrant wave brings new wisdom from their culture to teach our culture.  The world is improving us:

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Quoting from the Wall Street Journal: President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to stem the surge in children and families from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border, with most of the money to be spent on detention facilities to hold the migrants. Preview Open

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