To those familiar with today’s political landscape, it is clear that America – the nation and the idea – is at a crossroads.
A man awarded the Nobel Peace Prize has perpetuated the longest war in our nation’s history and contributed to the ascent of radical Islam directly and indirectly: due process is seen as an impediment by one major presidential candidate, while the other no longer denies – rather, flaunts – her white, elite, political privilege: congressional approval ratings are at an all-time low: terror-related death counts are at all-time highs: and Americans can’t agree on a goddamn thing. We can’t agree on what Islam is or isn’t. We can’t agree on what plants should be legalized. We can’t agree on when a man is a man, and when a woman is a woman. We can’t even agree on when life begins and ends.
Let me contrast these uncertainties with a principle of governance: if a nation cannot reach consensus and cannot reconcile itself with liberty, it will find itself at war. Such was true in ancient Greece, in 17th century Britain, in 1860’s America, and in our current State. In some areas of the country, it seems as if we are already precipitously close to the state of war.
But the fight ahead for conservatives, libertarians, and liberals alike is not one that can be decided by violence, nor by the 2016 presidential race. It is not one that can be won in 10, 25, or even 50 years. Elitist, racist, and sexist Progressive policies have been redefining America for 100 years already. Don’t believe me? Hit your history books. It is crucial to understand that in order to undo 100 years of damage, we must look 100 years to the future: principles, not politics.
I feel comfortable making these claims without exaggeration: the next century will determine whether the Western experience – which has rung from the Greek Agora to the present day – will survive. As Ronald Reagan stated so eloquently in 1964:
“You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin–just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain.
Where, then, is the road to peace? Well, it’s a simple answer after all.
You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” There is a point beyond which they must not advance…You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness”
To secure our destiny, we must be apologists for liberty. Let’s begin at the state level, and start dismantling oppression — ending corporate welfare and enacting criminal justice reform are good places to start. We must be tenacious examiners of our heritage. To do this, we must reintegrate civics education into our local, state, and federal curricula. But above all, we must rightfully, dutifully, and diligently reclaim our title as Americans.
Will you take the first step towards destiny?
Join me next week for a discussion of the American identity, reclaiming our title as Americans, and why American exceptionalism is not a thing of the past but the goal of the future.