When I think about what forgiveness means to America I can’t help but remember the long list of Obama pardons and commutations, including the 231 inmates who got lucky1 near the end of his presidency. The Justice Department put the numbers out for all to see. Even Lyndon Johnson didn’t come close to what Obama accomplished.
American Ideals and Values
Do American ideals and values still matter? Are there ideals we believe in strongly enough to die for, or is that part of our past? From equality to fairness to freedom of religion, does our government foster America’s values and democratic ideals, or does it undermine what makes this country great?
The Founding Fathers could never have imagined the bureaucratic monstrosity we created in Washington. Their ideas on freedom and liberty, limited government, and individual rights were not meant to be excuses to make government bigger or to extend its control over the people.
Where do American ideals and values end?
America’s ideals and values don’t end at our borders. We extend them to people who have no frame of reference with which to understand them and to governments that only survive because they oppose individualism, liberty, and equality. Nowhere is this more apparent than our insistence that nation-building can bring democracy to the Middle East. It can’t and it won’t. That’s why Obama’s “Arab Spring” failed.
Obama to Trump: ideals and values under fire
What America values has much to do with Washington politics. Flagrant disrespect for the nation, our laws, institution, and even our president undermines our values and poisons our fundamental belief in the goodness of this country.
The transition from Obama to Trump stirred up unprecedented anger and even violence after a surprise Democratic election loss. Why? Because everything the nation was told to believe about American ideals and values during eight years of Obama suddenly changed.
The ideals and values category includes posts on America’s place in the world, religious freedom, equality and rights, the war between political ideologies, and what it means to be American. Do we elect our president and representatives in Congress so they can dictate what we believe, or is their job to do as little as possible, keep things running, and let the people decide what American ideals and values we cherish?
A nationwide epidemic of sexual harassment is a scandal too good to be true. From all appearances the problem is rampant at the highest levels of our society and that means the hype is what counts even though it mocks this vulgar abuse of power. We love having the dirt dished up about prominent people behaving badly.
Halloween is over. This year that’s a good thing. As Townhall observes, even the quintessential kids’ candy fest was trampled by politically sensitive people too afraid of offense to risk being offended for one day.
Are we going to be allowed to eat our Thanksgiving dinners in peace or are we too hung up on our history with Native Americans to understand that the past is over and things are different now?
Mexico’s pledge of allegiance hit the House floor courtesy of the Victims’ Rights Caucus long before we started trashing the national anthem:
Velasco Elementary in Texas celebrated Mexican Independence Day by handing out small Mexican flags and making children as young as pre-kindergarten stand as parents recited the Mexican pledge in Spanish. That pledge honors the heroes of Mexico, promising always to be faithful and dedicate loyalty to that nation.
“Not presidential” is a compliment compared to the hate-filled jabs directed at President Trump. His style makes him a sitting duck for people who want a genuine, talking out of both sides of their mouth politician in the Oval Office. I don’t know why anyone would want that, but it seems that many do.
We are conditioned to what we expect a president to say without considering how little empty assurances accomplish.