Skip to comments.The Power of American Exceptionalism
Posted on 03/18/2012 4:34:00 PM PDT by Kaslin
This election years theme has evolved around one common theme: the identity of America. Weve heard the rallying voices calling for restoring, believing, saving and reviving America. There is this undeniable feeling that America is wayward, distraught and dysfunctional.
The choice is quite simple and fundamental: we can continue to march towards an European socialist society or we can be a nation of economic prosperity, constitutional liberty and freedom. Americas soul has been entrenched by big government welfare and mandates that infringe on individual rights. The enhancement of government, by means of a weak and anemic private sector, has changed America from being an economic promised land to a nation that is being defined by unemployment, joblessness, a divided political front and a lack of efficient leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
It is embarrassing and shameful that we currently have a President who does not understand the power of American Exceptionalism. It is quite common for President Obama to travel worldwide apologizing for what he perceives to be the flaws and imperfections of America. I wish he would express gratitude for this country.
American Exceptionalism is about being what you dream to be. Its about taking advantage of the fact that America is one of the greatest nations known to mankind and that it flourishes with plenty of opportunities for many individuals to succeed. American Exceptionalism is not about government dependency. While the absence of government in its entirety would lead to a society in total chaos and disorder, it is the notion that government will meet all your needs that has caused many to be apathetic and indolent.
American Exceptionalism is about YOU. It is about having a good work ethic. It is the blissful reminder that if you dream and believe in God and yourself, that you can indeed be what you want to be. It is not about piggybacking off of others successes and blessings. It is not about being entitled to something without working hard and diligently for it. American Exceptionalism promotes the idea that America is great and that the power of free is what makes individuals successful in life. The idea of big government necessity is pure selfishness. The fact that many just want to depend on the government to provide them services without putting in the work and effort as others, is not only selfishness, but its robbery from those who have worked diligently in their life.
I refuse to adhere to the thought that government serves as a lifeguard and rescue mission. My success in life is dependent on Almighty God, the encouragement of family & friends, and the effort I personally put in to achieving my goals. Many may perceive this to be an egotistical analysis. On the contrary, its the beauty of American Exceptionalism. Dont ride the coattails of government. Empower YOURSELF.
On this subject, where has the pulpit been during the past 3 years, when individuals are advised to look to government to supply all their needs and wants?
Do church leaders not understand their duty to direct the gratitude and honor of parishioners to their Creator, not to some political entity?
Do church leaders not realize that when individuals are made dependent on government that their gratitude goes to politicians who will oppress them, not to God who will free them?
During America's Revolutionary Period, the pulpits were active in directing the attention of citizens to their Maker as the source of all liberty, rights, and laws to protect them.
For more information, locate Professor Ellis Sandoz's volume containing Sermons of the Revolutionary Period, or visit Wallbuilders.com for writings, speeches, sermons, and bibliographies for such materials documenting the ideas considered by America's Founders to be essential to freedom for individuals.
Politicians point us to government as a source of all our needs in order to make us dependent. As we become dependent, we become slaves, and those who have misled us become our human masters.
James Madison stated: "Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorantthey have been cheated; asleepthey have been surprised; dividedthe yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson? ... the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government, they should watch over it ... It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free."
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