. . this hilariously dubious offering of patriotism comes from, I assume, some sort of mini-skirted spirit-leader for America! over at The Heritage Foundation.
Like any other reader of that blog, simply remind yourself that you, the captain of our football team, aren’t about to edit some wobbly facts when you’re only getting a love letter:
Morning Bell: Reclaiming Our Founding Principles
Posted July 5th, 2010 at 8:45am
by Julia Shaw
Happy Birthday America! America is 234 years old. She was born on July 4, 1776, with the passage of the Declaration of Independence. Since then, America has grown from thirteen colonies on the east coast to fill a vast continent.
Actually, Canada is bigger than we are. So, they’re better at ‘filling’ the continent. We’re certainly less than half-filling the vastness.
Her economic and military power is envied around the world.
Perhaps some of her things are envied around the world? Her school system certainly isn’t. Sadly, Julia Shaw, the writer, are mocked for her incompetence.
And the American people are hardworking, churchgoing, affluent, and generous.
Shall we go any further? Many, but nowhere near all, of her people are churchgoing. Ditto for hardworking (conservative bloggers being a durable exception). And something like 14 million children live in poverty in the U.S. What is that — 20%?
The Declaration of Independence serves as a philosophical statement of America’s first principles. As Matthew Spalding describes, the Declaration affirms that all men are created equal. By nature, men have a right to liberty that is unalienable, meaning it cannot be given up or taken away.
Philosophically speaking, yes, but certainly not in reality. The Indians and the Blacks and the Mexicans and the Women and the Gays . .
And because individuals equally possess such inalienable rights, governments derive their just powers from the consent of those governed. The purpose of government is to secure these fundamental rights, and the people retain the right to alter or abolish a government that fails to do so.
HAHAHA . . hoo! You’d think so, wouldn’t you? The Negroes waited a couple centuries before invoking that casual right, by getting a few hundred thousand white folks to die for them in a breezy war.
These principles have made America the great nation it is today.
More elementally: it is the willingness of a brave few people to hold the nation to these routinely unpopular principles that has made America the great nation it is today. Huuuuge difference.
But, since the early 20th century, these principles have been under attack in the academy, the media, and popular culture. So-called progressives have rejected the existence of self-evident truths—in the Declaration of Independence and elsewhere. Instead, they embrace the notion of “Progress” that is constant change towards an unspecified end. From these faulty principles, it follows that, all men are not created equal; some people are further along in the historical process than others. There are not permanent rights with which man is endowed. Government creates rights, and these rights evolve according to the demands of the time. There is no need for consent of the governed, just experts who will tell us how to live and how to progress.
This is a serious attack on our principles, but not an insurmountable one.
No, it was the progressives — they better understood American principles and fought for poor individuals during the Great Republican Depression of the thirties, employing them with the New Deal and giving their grandparents food money with Social Security. It was the actual America-savvy people who fought for civil rights in the sixties and who opposed the slaughter of the Vietnamese. It was those same leftists that backed feminism and saw that gays would rightly demand their civil rights as well. It was those people that saw Cesar Chavez for the hero he was.
What are we up to, now — the second half of the twentieth century? It’s the liberals who square the behavior of the United States with your precious Constitution. It’s the Heritage Foundation that opposes this, repeatedly, by calling themselves more patriotic than the few people who can qualify as patriots. It takes a lot more than some pom-poms and a blog page to force America to deliver on the Founding Fathers’ promises.