With the economy still struggling, bad news on jobs, no progress on fixing the federal budget, calls to import foreign help to regain American prosperity, and failure to deal with an old adversary that looks to be more capable than we thought, it’s hard to have much confidence in the future. Partisan rhetoric isn’t helping as political messages spread from Washington threaten to destroy our faith in America.
How to destroy faith in America?
Destroying faith in America is easy. We just need to keep doing what we are doing. These political messages will get the job done and are being received loud and clear by the American people, our allies, and adversaries:
America will not protect her people or interests.
Promises and pronouncements after Benghazi are long forgotten (see: Religious Tolerance Makes Us Suckers for Islamic Extremism). Our response to Pyongyang’s nuclear threat is talk of defusing, of waiting to see what happens, of finding out our intelligence might be wrong, and worst of all, accepting part of the blame for escalating the nuclear crisis. Washington’s resolve over Iran has predictably shifted to ignoring another threat we hold ourselves powerless to stop.
In 1962 Americans had faith that their government would protect them. So did the Soviet Union. Fifty years later Americans are killed, a nuclear strike is threatened, and we are just as confident that our government will do absolutely nothing.
We should feel guilt for American prosperity.
Even Obama supporters should be getting fed up with his untiring demands to use American prosperity as a bottomless bank account instead of something that makes us stronger. He keeps talking about the wealthy not paying enough while Americans strive for a middle class lifestyle. Is the political message that once we accomplish that middle of the road existence, our incomes will be enough so that the government can take more (see: Middle America Earns Pity and Contempt From Capitol Hill), or at least enough to finance the spending in the president’s budget proposal?
Only foreign expertise can make America strong again.
American prosperity not being what it used to be, partisan political messages about growing the economy have shifted to talk of visas, guest workers, foreign students, and all manner of imported help to save our country. Considering the president’s views on globalization and his eagerness to bare our faults, we should ask whether sharing America with the world is meant to make us strong, or to atone for our sins.
Self-reliance is not an American value.
Screw your bootstraps. Americans don’t need them any longer. We have a government so Americans don’t have to worry about failure and irresponsibility. As long as we pay our taxes, lots of taxes, Washington will see to our needs and if it doesn’t, it’s because those who create and benefit from American prosperity haven’t paid enough.
Obama and Reid are right: you can’t trust Republicans.
How angry and ashamed should conservatives be that some big names in their party are colluding with Democrats to realize the president’s immigration agenda? Haven’t Republicans figured out that you can’t compromise with someone who thinks spending cuts are a justification for tax increases, or who believes America should be given away to anyone who asks?
Republicans think they need Hispanics. Hispanics do not need the Republican Party. Will the change of heart be worth it? The GOP should have thought a little harder on this one before they allowed members to sell out the party faithful and further undermine what little faith in America conservatives have left.