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Seven Reasons To Hope For America ^ | 05/25/2015 | Don Feder

Posted on 05/25/2015 5:22:38 PM PDT by massmike

Sometimes conservatives seem to be misery junkies. It's like we get a psychic thrill from telling each other that the end of the world is at hand.

Admittedly, everything isn't coming up roses. That scent in the air isn't from flowers.

But there's still more cause for comfort than despair. "Let not your heart be troubled." Here are seven reasons to hope for America.

1. There's an explosion of conservative activism – According to the latest Gallup poll, 38% of Americans are self-identified conservatives, against only 24% who call themselves liberals, and 34% moderates.

Even after six and a half years of the most dogmatically leftist administration in our history, with a mainstream media shamelessly pimping for its policies and Hollywood casting conservatives as a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Elmer Gantry – well over a third of Americans say they're conservatives, against slightly less than one-quarter who call themselves liberals (doubtless, most with post-graduate liberal arts degrees or Obama phones).

At the grassroots, the movement has never been stronger. Those with a passionate commitment to life, marriage, border security, Second Amendment rights, the free market and fighting jihad are energized and mobilized. The National Rifle Association has 4.5 million members – compared to 300,000 for People for the American Way. The National Right to Life Committee has more than 3,000 chapters.

Rush Limbaugh has a weekly audience of 13.25 million. Sean Hannity has 12.5 million. There is 7 million each for The Glenn Beck Program and The Mark Levin Show, and 5.25 million for The Savage Nation. The only liberal talk-show in Talkers magazine's list of most-listened-to radio programs is Thom Hartman, with a weekly audience of 2 million.

MSNBC is moving its studios to a packing crate.

2. America is awash in firearms. God bless America! – Thomas Jefferson wrote: "What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."

America has the highest per capita gun ownership in the world – 88.8 per 100 residents in 2014, against 30.8 for Canada and 31.2 in France. What can handguns and hunting rifles do against a military equipped for urban warfare? Ask the Warsaw Ghetto fighters who – armed with pistols, homemade grenades and a few automatic weapons – held off 2,000 crack German troops for a month.

If the Communist Party hadn't disarmed the Chinese people decades earlier, Tiananmen Square might have turned out differently.

I sleep sounder knowing there are as many as 330 million guns in private hands in the United States.

3. Despite the relentless secularist assault, America is still connected to its Judeo-Christian roots – The United States has weekly church attendance of 39% according to one poll. In Canada, it's 20%, in the United Kingdom and France, only 12%.

Our religious convictions run deep, all the way back to our founding. From the Declaration of Independence ("endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights") to the Gettysburg Address ("that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom") to FDR's D-Day Prayer ("Almighty God; Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty crusade to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."), a firm reliance on Providence is woven into our national character.

America is still the instrument to set free a suffering humanity. If we stay true to that great mission and again turn our faces toward Him, God will not forget us.

4. Americans have preserved their fighting spirit – Since 9/11, over one million young Americans have answered their nation's call to duty. More than 4,000 have died fighting for that cause.

Army Col. Michael J. Forsyth (stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf in Alaska) notes: "All of those who have volunteered to serve since 9/11 have done so with the knowledge that they will most likely deploy into combat to Iraq, Afghanistan or both. With this level of volunteerism in a volatile world, is it justifiable to say that this generation of Americans is any less deserving of esteem than previous generations?"

While our interventions haven't always been wise, or our forces used wisely, that there are still millions of young men and women willing to walk the ramparts in defense of their country and to build a better world is reason for hope.

5. Resilience is an American virtue – Pound us, pummel us, pulverize us, and we always bounce back. We've survived a foreign invasion (and beat the best army in the world to win our independence), a bloody Civil War, the Great Depression, any number of recessions, two World Wars (the last in which the fate of humanity hung in the balance), Korea, Viet Nam (when the communists opened a second front on our college campuses) and an ideological assault from a once-great party gone rogue.

Our economy has taken body blows from the New Deal to you-didn't-build-that, and we've come through it all. That's part of the American exceptionalism the left will never understand.

6. Reality can't be evaded indefinitely – It wasn't its command economy, or military overreach, or the lack of will to maintain rule by an ideology no one really believed in any more. It was reality that doomed the Soviet Union. Whatever dogma it's dressed in, attempts to remake human nature will fail.

The left's chickens aren't just coming home to roost – they're coming in with feathers flying, squawking madly.

The Baltimore/Ferguson riots were courtesy of liberalism's destruction of the black family. If Islam is the religion of peace, ISIS must be having a peace march across the Middle East. The fact that in the United States 72% of new HIV infections are confined to 2% of the population demonstrates that "sexuality" is not without consequences. The suppression of speech on campus and the persecution of Christians everywhere reflect the innate Stalinism of the American left. The unfolding nightmare of Obamacare shows the hazards of bureaucratized medicine.

Despite media manipulation, academic indoctrination, and politicians addicted to lying, reality will always have the last word. More often than not, it's no you can't.

7. The nation that blesses Israel in turn will be blessed – No country has been better to the Jews and is more supportive of the Jewish state than that nation founded on the Jewish Bible.

In a 2013 BBC poll, 51% of Americans said they had a mainly positive view of Israel (32% mainly negative). Beyond these shores, Zion has few friends – 25% of Canadians are positive about Israel, as are 21% of the French, 15% of Greeks, 14% of Brits and 4% of Spanish.

Americans were Zionists before Israel existed. John Adams declared. "I will insist that Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation." Both our second president and his son, John Quincy (our 6th president) expressed the hope that one day the Jews would again live in their homeland as a sovereign people.

America was instrumental in the rebirth of Israel. The United States was the first country to offer de facto recognition to the new state on the day it declared its independence in 1948. For over 60 years, America's diplomatic and military support has created a firewall for a nation besieged from its inception. Obama is a deviation soon to be forgotten.

Every anti-Semitic state or regime has been cursed – from the Roman Empire to Czarist Russia, from the Third Reich to the Soviet Union. America has a rich account of blessings to draw on.

Problems we have aplenty. But while acknowledging the multiple crises which confront us, let's not forget that the roots of American greatness are still strong.

America is more than a land and a people. It's a heritage, a cause and an ideal.

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1 posted on 05/25/2015 5:22:39 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike
34% moderates

Good column; the flaw is that the 34 percent "moderates" are really liberals too.

2 posted on 05/25/2015 5:28:35 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: massmike

If 24 percent identify as liberal then that means 28 out of the 34% that identifies moderate voted for Obama? that doesn’t make me feel better. Sorry for looking at the cup half empty. but I have always tended to be a little bit of a negative Nelly. Hard to change after 47 years. This post has turned into a therapy session lol

3 posted on 05/25/2015 5:30:52 PM PDT by dp0622
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To: massmike
Sometimes conservatives seem to be misery junkies.

Always putting on a good show for the liberals
4 posted on 05/25/2015 5:41:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek ("For by wise guidance you can wage your war")
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To: massmike

I’m mostly depending on #6, but we could have a hard fall... and a few dead cat bounces... before we start on our way back up.

5 posted on 05/25/2015 5:46:14 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: massmike

Ok, so more identify as conservatives than liberal. Great, but our immigration system is busily importing more liberals, so that may change soon.

6 posted on 05/25/2015 6:06:29 PM PDT by River Hawk
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To: massmike

We all need to be on our knees and Thanking God and praying for this country! O will be a distant memory and God is the only hope we have. I believe.
3. Despite the relentless secularist assault, America is still connected to its Judeo-Christian roots – The United States has weekly church attendance of 39% according to one poll. In Canada, it’s 20%, in the United Kingdom and France, only 12%

7 posted on 05/25/2015 6:08:49 PM PDT by freeonefrom (God bless America and our troops.)
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“America has the highest per capita gun ownership in the world – 88.8 per 100 residents in 2014”

I am afraid that people like my wife and I who own dozens of firearms probably skew the statistics somewhat.

8 posted on 05/25/2015 6:29:07 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: River Hawk
our immigration system is busily importing more liberals

Exactly, and our "conservative" "leaders" are mostly letting it happen...even encouraging it.

9 posted on 05/25/2015 6:39:15 PM PDT by Nea Wood
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To: Nea Wood

Hmmm, wonder what that secret trade agreement says???

10 posted on 05/25/2015 8:57:43 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Theodore R.

Yes, moderates are liberals, too. I noticed that immediately.

11 posted on 05/25/2015 10:18:49 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: massmike; All
The best indicator of how the pro-freedom forces of conservatism are winning can be seen in the actions of our enemy – the nation’s leftist socialist cabal.

[I don’t use the word ‘Liberal’ or ‘progressive’ and neither should you – they don’t care about Liberty or Progress… but that discussion is for another time]

1. The national socialist left is going insane.

As time marches on the national socialist left display more and more the vestiges of insanity.
This is easily exemplified by their insistence that the phenomena of global warming long dormant is more of a threat than Islamic terrorism.

I realize that they have gradually displayed this psychotic manifestation over time making it easy to overlook, but come on! It’s time to highlight this madness on their part.

2. The national socialist left needs to incessantly LIE to undergird their plans.

HiLIARy Clinton is a prime example – she has to LIE in her actions, LIE in the cover-ups of her actions and LIE about her previous cover-up LIES in never ending process.

It’s become so bad for her that she can’t even answer questions from her comrades in the media.

3. The national socialist left is letting the mask slip every so slightly.

David Horowitz has a saying on his site

“Inside Every Liberal Is A Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.”

These days the socialists are having a hard time keeping a lid on their true intentions:

Clinton: ‘Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs...Have to Be Changed’
Charge: Election commission Dems want to regulate conservative Internet, super PACs
President Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have to Change How the Media Reports’

This is why I refuse to apply the extremely positive and deceptive term ‘Liberal’ or ‘Progressive’ to those people – one only has to look beneath surface to realize they only care about ‘progress’ and ‘Liberty’ to the extent that they attain power over the people.

4. The national socialist left is spending even more time trying to obfuscate who they are.

Time was socialist accused their opposition of being ‘fascists’ – which is a load of BS since those folks are merely the other side of the collectivist coin. Not to mention that the left loves to change terminology and even coloration to confuse the issue.

12 posted on 05/26/2015 7:19:04 AM PDT by Voice of Reason88 ( Freedom is never lost all at once - Edmund Burke)
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To: massmike

Thanks for posting a very good article! I found nothing I disagreed with in the item.

13 posted on 05/26/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT by octex
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