Let us not take the United States for granted and reflect upon what it means to be a citizen of this country.
For my post today, as a fan of Thomas Sowell’s articles, I thought this would be a good one to share (and hope I don’t get into trouble for posting the whole thing in its entirety):
July 04, 2007
Taking America for Granted
By Thomas Sowell
When my research assistant and her husband took my wife and me to dinner at a Chinese restaurant, I was impressed when I heard her for the first time speak Chinese as she ordered food.
My assistant was born and raised in China, so I should have been impressed that she spoke English. But I took that for granted because she always spoke English to me.
We all have a tendency to take for granted what we are used to, and to regard it as somehow natural or automatic — and to be unduly impressed by what is unusual.
Too many Americans take the United States for granted and are too easily impressed by what people in other countries say and do.
That is especially true of the intelligentsia, and dangerously true of those Supreme Court justices who cite foreign laws when making decisions about American law.
There is nothing automatic about the way of life achieved in this country. It is very unusual among the nations of the world today and rarer than four-leaf clovers in the long view of history.
It didn’t just happen. People made it happen — and they and those who came after them paid a price in blood and treasure to create and preserve this nation that we now take for granted.
More important, this country’s survival is not automatic. What we do will determine that.
Too many Americans today are not only unconcerned about what it will take to preserve this country but are busy dismantling the things that make it America.
Our national motto, “E Pluribus Unum” — from many, one — has been turned upside down as educators, activists and politicians strive to fragment the American population into separate racial, social, linguistic and ideological blocs.
Some are gung ho for generic “change” — without the slightest concern that the change might be for the worse, even in a world where most nations that are different are also worse off.
Most are worse economically and many are much worse off in terms of despotism, corruption, and bloodshed.
History is full of nations and even whole civilizations that have fallen from the heights to destitution and disintegration.
The Roman Empire is a classic example, but the great ancient Chinese dynasties, the Ottoman Empire and many others have met the same fate.
These were not just political “changes.” They were historic catastrophes from which whole peoples did not recover for centuries.
It has been estimated that it was a thousand years before Europeans again achieved as high a standard of living as they had in Roman times. The Dark Ages were called dark for a reason.
Today, whole classes of people get their jollies and puff themselves up by denigrating and denouncing American society.
Such people are a major influence in our media, in our educational system and among all sorts of vocal activists.
Nothing illustrates their power to distort reality like the way they seize upon slavery to denounce American society.
Slavery was cancerous but does anybody regard cancer in the United States as an evil peculiar to American society? It is a worldwide affliction and so was slavery.
Both the enslavers and the enslaved have included people on every inhabited continent — people of every race, color, and creed.
More Europeans were enslaved and taken to North Africa by Barbary Coast pirates alone than there were African slaves taken to the United States and to the colonies from which it was formed.
Yet throughout our educational system, our media, and in politics, slavery is incessantly presented as if it were something peculiar to black and white Americans.
What was peculiar about the United States was that it was the first country in which slavery was under attack from the moment the country was created.
What was peculiar about Western civilization was that it was the first civilization to destroy slavery, not only within its own countries but in other countries around the world as well.
Reality has been stood on its head so that a relative handful of people can feel puffed up or gain notoriety and power. Whatever they gain, the rest of us have everything to lose.
I have to admit I did take America for granted. I thought nothing could change the American Spirit but it did change; and the changes aren’t always good. I had a wake up call and God willing I’ll keep the fighting the sublimation of one of the greatest nations that ever existed.
I look to history to help me decide what is right and wrong with policies being advocated… such as the failed immigration bill, dealing with radical Muslims, and social policies. I remember and have dedicated an entire page of this blog to the Declaration of Independence. Often I will look for links to historical facts refuting arguments that tend toward a socialist/communist ideology but…
I’m not the best historian in the world. In fact, many times I spoke up in sharp contrast to what my professors told me in college because I knew from experience and earlier learning that what they were saying was… inaccurate. I barely netted B grades because of it but oh, well. It wasn’t what I had majored in.
In stark contrast to article author’s sentiments highlighted in my previous post, I will revel in my nationalism and patriotism and any other -ism that applies to the great independent nation our founding fathers forged with their declaration against the tyranny of absolute power of an uncaring government. I will resolve to refresh anew my will to fight against such tyranny ever gaining another foothold over this country and I will endeavor to remember each and every day, the blood spilled so that some might live in freedom.
I would also like to link to a Mark Levin audio clip. A very special Dad was on his program last night and he deserves to be heard, not only for what he says but what he is doing for one whose dead body has been used as a whip against this nation, the war we are fighting, and everything else that made America what it is: http://jebstersr.freepgs.com/MLFAudio/GreggGarveyWithTGO.wma
If you’re having a lazy day and looking for some good reading material please visit some of the links in my blogroll. Many of them have some great posts going about what it means to be an American, especially the ones on American Thinker, Bear Creek Ledger, and Maggie’s Farm. There were others but you’ll just have to look and mark the ones that have the most meaning to you.
Have a great 4th of July everyone!