What do you think?

I am the United States of America, not to be confused with the Continent of the Americas.

Some believe me as merely a vast expansion of land stolen from its rightful owners by invading hoards of disease ridden white Europeans. Others view me as an idea rather than a place. Some believe the prosperity of my people came from wealth stolen from lesser nations. Others believe their prosperity is a result of the exercise of and protection of God-given freedom. Some believe that I, whether place or idea, am the root of all the world’s problems. Others believe I am the last best hope for humankind, a beacon shining out into the darkness of an imprisoned world.

What do you think?

The system of government designed by the founders, the idea behind the place, is unlike any other ever devised by men in the recorded history of earth. Some want to repeatedly call it a democracy. It is not. True democracy fails. Democracy is mob rule best described in this paraphrased quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin. “Democracy is two wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for lunch.” The end is usually in sight when the takers from the treasury outnumber the contributors to it. Also, Mr. Franklin supposedly declared, “Liberty is when the sheep has a gun.” The foundation of this government is individual liberty. The United States of America is the only nation in recorded history to guarantee individual liberty in its founding documents and constitution. It is a government that promises an equal chance for all, but not an equal outcome. This is a Representative Republic.

Others believe that the government should be all controlling. The liberty of the individual must be subjugated to what is good for all – the greater good. And a non-representative government gets to decide what is best for all – not for some unseen “all”, but for you and me. They want to achieve social justice by redistributing wealth and achieving equal outcomes rather than equal chances, or in the modern vernacular “level the playing field.”

What do you think?

Some believe I am Christian nation. God inspired and blessed accordingly. Others do not believe that. Rather they accept that there is no God, or that there are many Gods and the Christian God is just one of the many. Some believe I became a great nation because I was a good nation – a God-fearing and benevolent nation guided by Judeo-Christian values. Others believe I am a despicable nation trying to force values on to individuals and even on to other nations – rather than allowing each individual to choose his own path.

What do you think?

There are atrocities in my past. Slavery and treatment of Native American Indians were likely the most egregious. My detractors do not like to accept that slavery was abolished and what was ended in this land is still practiced in nations across the world. For Native American Indians, rather than integrating them into society, we told them that government will see to all of their needs. According to many of them, the most egregious act ever committed against Native American Indians is naming a football team the “Redskins.” While some will dwell on past atrocities committed on this land, they will never discuss the unspeakable atrocities. The killing of more than 50 million unborn children, the welfare state that has decimated families and generations, moral degradation of society, the collapse of the education system….

What do you think?

My people? A true menagerie. They come from all races, all beliefs, and from all points of the globe. Some will tell you that we should open our doors to all who want to come here because immigrants built this land. It was immigrants, but it was immigrants that embraced the idea of the United States of America rather than the place. It was immigrants escaping from tyranny and abject poverty that came here to embrace the idea and not for promises of welfare and healthcare. When they pledged allegiance, it was to the idea not the place.

God owns freedom. He planted in the hearts of every man and woman. If the idea of God-given freedom leaves this land, God will plant the idea somewhere else. And, another place will shine that beacon to the rest of the world and people will come there seeking it.

I think freedom’s place is right here where God planted it and it is the charge of the citizens of this great nation to be the guardians of it.

What do you think?

© 2014 J. D. Pendry American Journal.