Early on Monday, July 4, an eye-catching, yet dumbfounding, hashtag began trending on Twitter. Before one could wake up and shout “Independence Day!” the SJWs and revisionists of American history had stormed the Internet, proclaiming on the 240th birthday of our magnificent nation that #AmericaWasNeverGreat. Don’t believe it? Consider this historical revisionist or this guardian of social justice.
Of course! How could I forget that America was/is only great if you are a white, straight male of the upper privileged class? Well actually, I remembered that America is a great nation for everyone, American citizen or not, and other like-minded individuals remembered as well, taking to social media immediately to rebuke the unenlightened…
One could derive many lessons from this episode of liberal lunacy. However, I believe that only one message needs expressing at this time: That, in her 240 year history, America without exception was and is THE GREATEST nation to ever exist in the history of civilization.
Anyone left of center, with a penchant for hating the country that not only allows them to live here, but also grants them the unquestionable freedom to act with such malice, will disagree with me. Why? Because they prefer to cherry pick the moral failings of America’s past and neglect her great achievements. With such a mindset, one only need look at the annals of American history and point to President Jackson’s Indian removal policy and the Trail of Tears, to the fact that Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence and the phrase “all men are created equal”, was a slave owner, or to the beating of Rodney King by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Rather than measuring America’s greatness via some utilitarian calculus that incorporates the good and bad performances of historical actors, we must remember what makes our nation truly great: the principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, including equality, religious liberty, due process, personal freedom, etc. The list goes on and on. Never before in the history of civilization had a nation been born out of the desire to create a government that would uphold and defend these specific principles, principles that are naturally inherent to all men. That is what makes this nation great. That is why this nation will always be great.
Oddly, I think it rather appropriate that a trend such as #AmericaWasNeverGreat would appear on the day of our nation’s birth. Ironically, such words serve as an important reminder to all Americans of the privileges we all enjoy and the freedoms we all share as Americans. Certainly, our nation has faulted. Any human institution is liable to make mistakes, to fail, and to fall. But, the freedoms we share raise our great nation up, above all others, not the people of her history or their actions. In a letter in March 1779, echoing Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, George Washington wrote of the infant nation, “Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind.” Without those principles, of equality, of liberty, there would be no cause at all.