Published - Idaho State Journal, 07/04/10
No country in modern history has been founded on principles
of individual freedom, and the preservation of life, liberty, and property, as
was the United States of America. No nation has provided a beacon of hope and
freedom, as has this country, because of that unique and auspicious beginning.
No country has been a beacon of hope, even a Mecca to all in the world seeking
freedom and liberty, as has America. Recognition of these verities constitute
the foundation for American exceptionalism.
So for our own president to say in Europe last year that, “I
believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in
British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism,” is a
denial of the historicity that made this country what it was designed to be.
The “fundamental transformation” of our country that we have witnessed over the
past couple of years leaves many freedom-loving citizens wondering what will be
left of American exceptionalism after the radicals in Washington have completed
their transformation of the country.
Even the presidents’ own history, and his acknowledgement of
that history, attest to the uniqueness of America. As he has said many times
his story would only be possible in America. Why is that, if we’re no different
than any other country?
The president’s statement about American exceptionalism
might be “politically correct,” but it’s factually, historically, and
ideologically erroneous. His is the same mentality that maintains that every
kid should win at dodge ball. Or better yet, no one should play dodge ball
because someone’s feelings might get hurt. It’s the same mentality that grades
shouldn’t be posted, or scores shouldn’t be kept, or that everyone who
participates should get a trophy, rather than just the winners. And even more
seriously, that all nations deserve to have a nuclear bomb regardless of
disposition or intention of use. Sorry, Mr. President, just as there are
winners in sports, there are “winners” in freedom and liberty, and America was
founded to be that winner.
Many of us will celebrate this Independence Day revering
what the founders created, and what our nation has been and represented before
the current cadre of narcissists and statists began their transformation. We
will sorrowfully acknowledge that an era has passed, that the nation which
stood for freedom throughout the world has now temporarily joined with the
socialist states of the world in promoting governmental control over individual
lives rather than individual liberty. We will lament the transformation of this
bastion of liberty, as we fly our flags celebrating the ideals she was founded
We will still celebrate Independence Day with patriotic
fervor, for such patriotism acknowledges the uniqueness of our humble national
beginnings, based on eternal principles, inalienable rights granted by God, and
not on the whims of monarchs, tyrants, or a government “grant” of rights and
privileges. But our patriotic zeal is more subdued as we witness the current
departure from those precepts.
We recognize that for the first time in history, a nation
was created by “we the people,” for we the people, based on a series of
principles and tenets recognized to be God-given, not government bestowed. As
James Madison said regarding the patriots who fought for freedom, “Happily for
America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and
more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the
annals of human society.”
Our national uniqueness makes the celebration of our
nation’s birth a most consequential event. Attempts at imitation of American
governance have and will be made, but nothing approximates the uniqueness of
the establishment of these United States of America because of those founding principles.
The Pope acknowledged this American exceptionalism two years
ago when he visited Washington, DC. The Holy See stated, “From the dawn of the
Republic, America’s quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that
the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a
moral order based on the dominion of God the Creator. The framers of this
nation’s founding documents drew upon this conviction when they proclaimed the
self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable
rights grounded in the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”
May we be filled with a resolve, while celebrating this
Independence Day, to return to our ideological roots based on individual
freedom, and commit to support only statesmen who support those ideals, rather
than politicians seeking statist governmental control who do not embrace and
champion those inalienable rights. Such determination will make this
Independence Day a very personal and memorable one.