America is exceptional
There should be no question that America is a truly exceptional country. From it's very foundations to its superior military, its flourishing economy, its innumerable contributions to society and the modern world, and it's culture, America is one of the greatest society's the world has ever known.
But not everybody thinks that. It seems to me that it is more popular to point out the flaws of our society despite the overwhelming evidence that no other country comes close to our record of accomplishment. The average liberal has it programmed in their brain that as soon as an individual were to profess any form of pride in one's country they will be immediately compelled to counter with evidence that depicts America as a country full of lazy, ignorant people, that was founded by dead, white, racist, men.
Some people find it to be a historic irony that the United States declaration of independence states "all men are created equal" and yet inequality was present in America from the Beginning.
Although it is true that all men and women were not treated equally I think it is important to look at this pivotal point in American history in it's context.
At the beginning of the American revolution the day that General George Washington appeared at the second continental congress dressed in a military uniform, signifying his intentions to fight against the British he knew that this war would not be won without the participation of the Southern States. At that crucial time and after many defeats against the British it became very clear that both the slave states as well as the free states were key factors in their eventual victory thus securing their independence.
Following the securing of American freedom from it's British oppressors a time of rebuilding and the promotion of unity was desperately needed in order to plant a lasting impression on the world that the United States of America was a sovereign nation capable of defending it's self against foreign threats. In order for that unity to be maintained, slavery, which was a tradition carried over from European tradition, was allowed in the southern states for a period of time.
During the war the British knew that the slave trade was an opportunistic factor in the old tradition of dividing the people, their enemies, in order to conquer all. So the British declared that all slaves who fought in the service of the King would be granted freedom.
When the time finally came for America's abolitionist movement to become law, the fulfillment of that precept which was laid out long ago by our founding fathers came to fruition. This mandate by the government would never have been possible if it weren't for the righteous desires of the American abolitionists and the pulpit preaching of their religious leaders who knew that this institution was a contradiction of the Bible and a sin against God, and their fellow man.
In this respect the constitution is based on natural law. It puts into law the things which every human being is born with. It is free will, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness made into law. America was founded by people of virtue who lived in a time when virtue was the defining point of an individual's character. And that was the most important thing to our forefathers.
Slavery in Africa
Contrast that with the sentiment of some the very people who kept the slave trade alive in America.
Some people such as King Gezo of Dahomney, and The King of Bonny (now Nigeria) were appalled at the thought of Slavery being outlawed.
"We think this trade must go on. That is the verdict of our oracle and the priests. They say that your country, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself." -King of Bonny
As slavery had ended nearly one hundred and fifty years ago in America, there remains to this day country's in Africa which still deal with the issue. Where The United States made freedom a law from it's very foundations, African countries wrote slavery into policy as a fundamental economic plan.
Columbus day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Perhaps one of the biggest ironies of the celebration of thanksgiving and Columbus day in the liberal mind is the yearly commemoration of the white man landing on Plymouth Rock and giving the natives of the land the gift of small pox, persecution, and death.
Now, no one in their right mind would ever refute the fact that the natives of this land were treated inhumanely, and unjustly displaced by their European oppressors. But it is indeed a historical fact that wars did occur between the various tribes of the North American continent. They fought each other over the same issues which every other nation has fought over since the beginning of time. In that respect America's colonists were no better that any other country. But one thing that has been exceptional in the settling of the dust is that America, rather than holding to the old traditions of separatism, multiculturalism, and segregation, America evolved in it's thinking, and people, and despite the abundance of this mentality, intermingled with each other, and as a result America became the great melting pot of the world.
Unfortunately in our day we celebrate Thanksgiving by eating as much food as humanly possible and then we fall asleep on the couch watching football. But the true intentions of this day of observance have always been to give thanks to God for the mercies which he has bestowed on his children, and for the banner of freedom which this country resides under. It is a reminder of the constant need for virtue and honor which is required in order that a society remains a truly free society, and where virtue exists, freedom will assuredly prevail.
Despite the focus which is applied to Columbus's character in only a few aspects of his life which surmise that he was nothing more than a power hungry tyrant there is one astoundingly ignored record which exists. The book which has come to be called Columbus's book of prophecies reveals a much deeper look into his faith and dedication to a vision of discovery and the progression of modern thought.
"our Lord opened to my understanding (I could sense his hand upon me), so that it became clear to me that it was feasible to navigate from here to the Indies; and he unlocked within me the determination to execute the idea.... Who doubts that this illumination was from the Holy Spirit? I attest that he [the Spirit], with marvelous rays of light, consoled me through the holy and sacred Scriptures.... encouraging me to proceed, and, continually, without ceasing for a moment, they inflame me with a sense of great urgency"
Christmas on the other hand is now under attack at the hands of the few militant atheists who feel the need to denigrate and outlaw this time honored American tradition. In several state capitals they have sued to put up signs next to the manger scene displays which detract from any kind of spiritual connotation. Commonly they have done this under a false interpretation of the "establishment clause" in the United States Constitution. The logic is that expressions of faith and holiday observances in public make outsiders feel uncomfortable or unwelcome in that particular area. It is treated by them as a form of persecution which invalidates the unbeliever as an American Citizen.
There seems to be a heavy contradiction in this method of thought though. Using the same logic to assert that people feel they are unwelcome when walking into the city of Corpus Christi, (Body of Christ), or San Diego, or any other U.S. City named after a Catholic Saint is ridiculous. Nobody walks down the streets of San Francisco and feels threatened by the display of dominance that Catholicism has over the area.
But the focus for them is on Christmas which is one of the bedrock traditions of America. It creates a spirit of unity, and is a time during the year when people are more charitable, it generates a spirit of commonality among the varying denominations of Christianity, and promotes virtue which is an enemy to those who wish to destroy our way of life.
technology, and the economy
America has been the leader in scientific and technological innovation since it's inception. it was Americans who invented the Airplane, the telephone, the oil well, the revolver, the internet, the motorcycle, the assembly line, the artificial heart, the laser, the air bag, the automatic transmission, the internet, the cotton gin, the microprocessor, GPS, the microwave, the nuclear submarine, radiocarbon dating, the list goes on and on and on.
On a yearly basis America, which makes up only 5% of the worlds population, puts out 14 trillion dollars worth of the worlds GDP, the runner up is China who only puts out nearly 5 trillion. We do this on a yearly basis and we do it with 24% of the population that China has.
As far as the worlds scientific research goes, the closest runner up is Great Britain which put out 18 million Scientific edicts between the years 1998 and 2008. The United States however, put out nearly 76 million scientific edicts. That's four times what Great Britain did.
As much as anybody wants the world to be at peace there will always be those who wish to oppress the tenants of liberty, individual freedom, and and free thought. Modern day elitists wish to remove our ability to think and act for ourselves under the guise that the average person is incapable of advancing society. It must be the intelligence of the few that allow the masses to make the best decisions. America's free trade market says otherwise. While Socialist countries remain stagnant, America moves forward at a rapid pace that is unmatched in the world.
We must be willing to protect that sacred right, and the only way we can is through military strength.
Throughout history there have been exceptional empires who have left their mark in the pages of history such as the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, the Roman Empire, They all have displayed military superiority over the rest of the world, but it is america which trumps them all. And none of our present day military efforts are acts of aggression. When it becomes necessary to defend the liberty of the weaker nations, and guarantee the rights of those who can not otherwise protect themselves, we rise to the call of duty.