Skip to comments.What Makes America Great?
Posted on 01/06/2012 7:21:11 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
The answer to the question of what makes America great is one upon which reasonable minds can differ. That notwithstanding, Noman imagines that many would answer it with a single word: freedom.
What freedom means also varies depending on context, for instance political, moral, or of movement. In the political context, many have found Louis Brandeis's definition of privacy apt: the right to be let alone.
Within bounds, we are free to pursue our own lights, make our own ways, and reap what we sow. While others may admonish, they may neither interfere nor impose.
Sexual revolutionaries made use of Brandeis's formulation to great affect in the 1990's by demanding that the right to be let alone meant the right to kill one's baby in the womb. Had alternative media existed then, they might not have prevailed as their triumph depended on controlling the flow of information.
Since then, it has become the right to be married to a person of one's own sex. By New Years 2016, the same people will likely insist that it includes a right for anyone (but priests) to have sex with anyone (or -thing) of any age.
Sadly, there is no right to be let alone by sexual revolutionaries. Like all devotees of Rousseau, they feel justified in forcing others to be free according to their lights.
A friend's Christmas letter included an off-hand paragraph that said far more about authentic American freedom than any Leftist figment foisted onto the culture. While describing the various goings on of family members, she wrote:
[quote] [My sister] is making do with having lost her job... Her car gave up, too! She does have an internet business where she designs invitations and announcements. She's really good, and has a fair number of clients. I think she ought to start her own company. [end quote]
Of course, she already has started her own company. Agency law will fill in the necessary particulars with respect to the deals she makes, the people she works through, her duties to others and others duties to her, etc.
That mentality--"this door shut on her, so she's opening a window elsewhere"; "this branch in the road was a dead end, so she's chopping a new one through the jungle"--is so characteristically American as to be simultaneously galling and appealing to foreigners. They may hate us for it. But, they admire us, too, and want if for themselves.
In this sense, Americans are still free despite politicians best efforts to yoke the people to a general will. (Curiously, this general will inevitably coincides with collectivist ideology.)
In America, we are free to take practical steps to bring our ideas and dreams to life, which explains why people risk their lives to come here and to attain citizenship.
Our legal infrastructure is designed to accommodate personal initiative. Regardless of who one is, or is born to, he has a chance to better his and his loved one's lot in life with luck and God's blessings through enterprise, risk taking and sacrifice.
That's why the Horatio Alger story resonates here, and explains why the Statist Left decries it as a myth. Liberals are desperate to root it out of the American soul as it's hard to sell a free people on the nanny state, and get them to trade their much-conditioned right to self-determination for cradle-to-grave security.
Both are only an earthly hope. The most effective way to advance Statism is to cast doubt on opportunity. Beyond that, there is certainly no track record to recommend big government.
For much of the past decade, Noman taught foreign lawyers from developing countries a course in the rudiments of American business law. They were invariably astonished at the scant impediments to starting a business.
All hailed from countries where to engage in commerce one had to comply with a myriad of regulations and administrative requirements, kiss rings, grease palms, pay fees and the like. Especially those students from ex-Soviet nations had no concept of the freedom to do business.
Americans are not the only free people on the planet, but admittedly the proudest. In many ways--notably in our materialistic excesses and addictions to vice--we are conspicuously enslaved. Nevertheless, we are still free to begin shaping a life that promises a respite from material deprivation, and an opportunity to grow through one's effort.
Despite the cultural Left's misappropriation and -application of the right to be let alone to sexual degeneracy, the governing Left shows no regard for anyone's privacy. The past three years have been a nightmare of Statist imposition in the name of fairness, social responsibility and even, risibly, the American spirit.
Noman hopes for few things more in 2012 than for the country to be free of the dark powers that work so insistently to induce servitude and reduce liberty.
God bless America, and the world, in 2012. Let freedom ring, from Walla-Walla, Washington to Wagga-Wagga, Australia; from Washington, D.C. to Warsaw, Poland.
The Declaration and Constitution of the USA is what made us great. It is based on Natural Rights from God-—inalienable Rights based on God’s Standards of Right and Wrong.
It created a Justice System built on the idea of Just Law (Cicero)-—which the lawyers and judges have dumped because of Fabian Socialists like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who are trying to destroy the US by destroying the Rule of Law.
We need our Judicial System based on “Right Reason according to Nature”. ALL positive laws have to be based on REASON and LOGIC and SCIENCE-—not on urges or political pressure from lobbyists.
We really need to get back to the basic principles of our Constitution and limit our central government. We need education out of the hand of government. They are brainwashing and conditioning the future citizens to be good little “useful idiots”. John Stuart Mill stated—if you allow government run schools—the state will teach the kids to be slaves.
It is government of We The People—WE are the masters. We need to take back our government and reestablish a Justice System and clean out the Congress and lobbyists and get government and their communist textbook writers OUT of education.
Virtue is key for all Republics. We need to teach morality and it has to be the Judeo/Christian Ethics——Not Stalin’s/atheist/muslim Ethics. Natural Law Theory is only compatible with Judeo/Christian Ethics and it is the basis of our Constitution.
Is Noman related to Bob Dole?
Alexis de Tocqueville
Detractors say that he did not make this remark. They cannot prove that and it has been attributed to him for a long time. He did not state that in his book, but I am convinced he did in fact make the statement.
America was a great country
But it got soft, became complacent, apathetic.
How many times have you had another American tell you “well, you can’t do anything about it and I gotta go”.
No matter how simple the problem.
Right now we are in a tizzy trying to decide who can defeat someone that has ursurped the higest office in the land, Provably committed a felony by using someone else SS number.
And the responsible officials are shaking in their Gucci shoes at the thought of talking about it’
Home of the Brave? Not anymore. Its a Sheeple Kennel.
He has brought persons with anti-American views into high govt positions and made them CZARS and Cabinet Secretaries, head of Federal Agencies even Secretary of Defense.
We really don’t even know who he is!
And there is a legitimate fear that whoever he is, he will be re-elected.
This is not America anymore.
“Is Noman related to Bob Dole?”
Did Dole say that, too?
I presume you mean “big fat lies.”
Care to explain?
When we consider the motivation of the first people to come to America and land near Plymouth Rock ... they were poor, oppressed, often thrown out of debtors prison onto the streets. They came across the ocean for a new beginning, a chance for a new life and for freedom. Freedom of movement, freedom of choice, freedom of religion, freedom of speech. FREEDOM!
It was do or die. About a third died the first winter. A hard scrabble for life, surviving starvation, the winters, illnesses.
The Holy Bible was used as foundation for the rules to follow in the settlements. Christian values from the first. Not all followed them, but they were put out of the settlements if they did not meet the basic standards. MOO
Thank the LORD they did come .... God blesses those that seek him in truth.
“Thank the LORD they did come .... God blesses those that seek him in truth.”
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