WHAT HAS CHANGED IN AMERICARead Now
The United States is a unique nation. There is no other like it. We were founded on the basis that we are individuals. We believed in self-dependence and not government dependence. We took pride in not being on welfare, which we all knew was the same as taking from those who went to work every day. We would help our fellow citizens, not because we had to, but because we wanted to help them. We all knew that the more dependent people were on government, the weaker our nation would be, and being an American meant we were concerned about the strength and prosperity of the nation.
This was recognized by Alexis de Tocqueville. He was a young man from France who came to the United States for nine months in 1831 and 1832. He observed Americans, interviewed Americans, and then wrote “Democracy in America”. One of his observations reveals what has changed in America.
“It is not the administrative but the political effects of the local system that I most admire in America. In the United States the interests of the country are everywhere kept in view; they are an object of solicitude to the people of the whole Union, and every citizen is as warmly attached to them as if they were his own. He takes pride in the glory of his nation; he boasts of its success, to which he conceives himself to have contributed, and he rejoices in the general prosperity by which he profits. The feeling he entertains toward the State is analogous to that which unites him with his family, and it is by a kind of egotism that he interests himself in the welfare of his country.
The European generally submits to a public officer because he represents a superior force: but to an American he represents a right. In America it may be said that no one renders obedience to man, but to justice and to law. If the opinion which the citizen entertains of himself is exaggerated, it is at least salutary; he unhesitantly confides in his own powers, which appear to him to be all-sufficient. When a private individual mandates an undertaking, however directly connected it may be with the welfare of society, he never thinks of soliciting the co-operation of the Government, but he publishes his plan, offers to execute it himself, courts the assistance of other individuals, and struggles manfully against all obstacles. Undoubtedly hi is often less successful than the State might have been in his position; but in the end the sum of these private undertakings far exceeds all that the Government could have done.”
No longer do Americans take pride in the glory of the nation. Our schools today teach our children that our nation is evil. The left emphasizes this belief through a steady stream of propaganda. No longer do many Americans believe it is admirable to be self-sufficient, but they are taught that they are owed government benefits, and it is the duty of the government, through government programs, to provide their needs. Many Americans take pride in being government reliant.
This change in the America de Tocqueville described, and the America of today, has been a carefully crafted plan of the left. The collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat, - all virtually the same) has purposefully sought to bring about this transformation. A people who are taught to take pride in self-reliance, to take pride in accomplishment, and to take pride in a nation that does the same, is an enemy of the state the left or the Democrats believe the United States should become.
To regain the greatness of a nation described in “Democracy in America”, all Freedom Loving Americans must understand the differences between the American de Tocqueville saw and the America the Democrats desire. These Freedom Loving Americans must than decide which America they want, and if it is not the same the Democrats want, the Freedom Loving American must become dedicated to “Setting Brushfires of Freedom” with the same commitment Samuel Adams had. It is our choice which America will survive.
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