Over the past two weeks there have been protests and violence in St. Louis, demonstrations reported by the Chicago Sun Times after the death of a black woman at a local hotel,1 Republicans getting the word out on tax reform, and Nancy Pelosi being shouted down by pro-DACA agitators in San Francisco. What do these things have in common?
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?
The destruction of two Trump Business Advisory Councils* because members took offense after Charlottesville isn’t much of a tragedy. Corporate America is more than a little guilty of hypocrisy when it beats us over the head with its dedication to diversity, fairness, and tolerance. You usually don’t have to go out of your way to convince people what you really are.
Do you still have a right to celebrate July 4th? The nation is up in arms because many of us are going along for the left’s angry ride instead of questioning what we are told we have to believe to be good Americans. When we do that we give up our freedom.
Democratic propaganda vendors are hard at work.
For more than two centuries we have called ourselves the Land of the Free. America the free is something new. It’s not about freedom. Instead, this is about being free of the things others sacrifice and even die for. America the free is a slur on the memory of those we honor on Memorial Day.
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