We often hear that America is a singular nation, unique, not like other nations. That’s generally offered in a positive sense, although in recent times it’s become increasingly an insult, that we are somehow wrong in being different from other Nations. Ahhhh, go figure.
That is not something you can truthfully say about all nations, or even many nations, on Earth. Most nations follow a pattern of some sort, England and Japan share many characteristics. As do most of the countries of the New World, except for Canada. Which shares a pattern with the other English speaking nations of the Commonwealth. Etc, etc, etc.
The U.S.A. is different in profound ways form every other nation on Earth in basic ways that shape our character to this day. And these differences create an environment for cultures and cultural undertakings, the citizens’ relationship to government, and what will work and what won’t work that makes looking to other nations for answers a futile exercise.
What works for “the rest of the industrialized nations” simply most often will not work in this country.
Our citizens’ distrust of government, and resistance to any increase in governmental control, is also perfectly natural, desirable, and expected. This nation was born in violent revolution against the most powerful empire on Earth. The supperating wound of slavery was ended by the most violent internal struggle imaginablable. We are a people who value liberty above security, individual opportunity above group membership, independence above entangling gifts.
A govenment program works in France. Should we have that program here, in the US? Let’s set the cultural stage on which that program is played out. The President of France can say, “The birkha is not welcome in France, it is a symbol of Islamic oppression of women.” Is that the culture in the US? Well, folks, if not then how can we expect the same program to work in two such fundamentally different cultures?
Don’t look to China for solutions to problems in America.
I am not critizing how other people live, because believe me I don’t think for a second that the materially spoiled lifestyle of Americans contributes to happiness or other desirable cultural traits. I simply remakr on what is. And what is, is, you can have Cuban health care if you’re willing to live like a Cuban. Or French transportation policy if you’re willing to live livee a Frenchman. Or a Chinese manufacturing economy, if you’re willing to live like the Chinese.
Well, are you, Punk?
Americans WILL trust a government that makes it clear that it is trying to stay out of the personal lives of the citizens, appropriately regulate the public commerce, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. Reminder: America was born in violent revolution against a distant, overbearing, unresponsive government. It may be more than two centuries, but we are descended from that DNA.
That is what made America the wealthiest and most powerful nation on Earth, a nation that could contemplate The Great Society. That part of our Nation is supressed, it does not lead us and it is not what we are aspiring to. Yet we continue to plan as though we were still that Nation, and wistfully anticipate that we will once again be, while we do everything possible to continue to suppress the will to be “FREE AND INDEPENDENT”.
We cannot be free if we are not independent. And we cannot be independent if we accept from others that which we should earn for ourselves. We will be neither free nor independent if we continue to seek our answers in other nations and other cultures that we share little in common with.
So long as we look to others for answers, we will go wrong. If we look to the best of our own past, we will steer a true course. May God Bless America, my fellow citizens. Strive to be Free and Independent, no matter how unfashionable. In doing that, you will tend the torch of liberty.