Dear America:

As a people and nation, did you forget who you are?  Did you forget how at birth you became the world’s only exceptional nation?  Did you forget that America is an idea more than it is a place?  Did you forget that on this single idea of individual liberty the world’s greatest nation was built?  Did you forget that in the history of the world the very existence of America is indeed a miracle?

You have bought the premise that you are a nation of immigrants and without immigration, there would be no America.  You became a great nation for a single reason.  People, immigrants, came to your shores seeking promised freedom and the opportunity that comes with it.  Immigrants they were but Americans they became when they fully embraced the American idea.  They were the ingredients of the great American melting pot where everyone embraced our birthright of freedom and individual liberty.  They became a nation of Americans.  No one demanded they cast off their heritage or their religious convictions only that they place the American idea first.  It is the only reason you became a great nation and it is the only way you will remain so.

America the idea is exceptional.  It is the only national idea whose cornerstone is individual liberty.  Your land is one of freedom and prosperity.  It is the last hold out for freedom on this planet.  Your demise has seen decades of failure of your education system.  There has been decades of poor political leadership where career politicians replace part time servants of the people who are answerable to the people.  There is selective ignorance of your history and decades of general apathy of the American public.  Whatever the cause, it has been decades in the making and without course corrections the United States of America will cease to exist in its present form.  What you will leave to your children and grandchildren will be a Balkanized third world mess.

Your path is set in a direction destined to eradicate the American idea.  You began by moving God out of your public life even though “In God We Trust” remains your national motto.  You continued self-destruction when people whose roots extend to generations of natural born Americans began to add hyphenated identities placing America second.  From where your ancestors hailed became more important than the American idea that brought most of them here.  Many of your immigrants, legal and illegal, insist on holding on to the identity and culture of the failed states they fled rather than embracing the American idea.  Multiculturalism is wonderful, right up to the point where it insists the distinctive American culture of individual liberty and self-reliance rather than reliance on government should be pushed aside.  Remain on your current path and your destiny is an unidentifiable place of multiple identities and multiple cultures each competing for superiority rather than embracing Americanism.  America will cease to exist.  You will become Balkanized with each little group or culture vying for superiority.  Do you want to know how that turns out?  Revisit ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian war.  Look hard across the Middle East where different groups are killing one another every single day.

“The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of it continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.” Theodore Roosevelt, January 1919

In America, you can be still what you want to be although it is not as easy as it once was.  If there is not an awakening with acceptance that all else is secondary to the miracle of the American idea then America the place will end.  Throughout history your role has been as a beacon of freedom to the unfree world.  That beacon is beginning to dim.  When it is finally snuffed, the world will become cold, dark and unwelcoming place.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry