There are many different opinions on why America is a better place to live and work than anywhere else. Some of us are disillusioned and don’t believe there is anything better about it. Opinions can be sliced up and down the income, gender, and color scales. The kinder life has been, the more likely you probably are to think that this is the best place on earth.
American Ideals and Values
Contemporary American ideals and values are decided by politics. What happens in Washington and in state legislatures can support, undermine, or destroy our fundamental beliefs about what is good and worth protecting.
Obama to Trump: ideals and values under fire
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 value suddenly swung to the right.
What is this category about?
The American ideals and values category includes posts on our nation’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 ideals and values we should cherish?
Get out your dictionary and look up the meaning of bigotry. Intolerance, not race or religion, is what bigotry is all about. There is nothing in the definition to imply that liberal politics makes intolerance acceptable.
How many signs have been displayed by anti-Trump protesters demonstrating against bigotry? Democratic dissidents are so fixated on despising everything about the president that they are blind to their own bigoted hypocrisy.
Too often something you want takes a big piece out of you when you get it, like a cute stray dog that sinks its teeth into your hand the moment you offer it a snack. Trump’s plans to repeal the “no stumping from the pulpit” Johnson Amendment runs a big risk of doing exactly that.
Johnson Amendment repeal: did Trump think this one through?
If the crowd of demonstrators at O’Hare Airport last Saturday really wanted to demonstrate against something serious they should have gone into the city. The handful of travelers1 who fell under the net of President Trump’s heightened security restrictions couldn’t compete with the 17 shootings that had already taken place in Chicago since Friday.2 That’s what happens when politics chooses our moral high ground.
Here we go again, arguing over torture. President Trump has been in office less than a week and he has already revived the debate over whether torture is wrong. The real question is why right or wrong matters. Why announce limits on how far the U.S. is willing to go? That’s what Obama did.
Ask yourself: what responsible leader would tell the world we are placing restrictions on what it takes to shut down those looking to kill, maim, and yes, torture our people?