In Defense of Our Nation

Secretary of State James Madison, who won Marb...

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A great nation is dependent upon its people.  A great nation is a nation of laws, prowess and great leaders.

In times of crisis America has been that nation.  We have along history of greatness, devotion, strength, and most importantly a sense of who we are.

We move from the 20th Century into this new century and much has changed. But yet much has remained the same.  The challenge is to look at what we have accomplished in our short history, the creation of a Democracy, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, a Civil War, the American Industrial Revolution to becoming a World Leader and  a beacon for liberty.  The past came with sacrifice and pain which in all likelihood must count as something toward our greatness.

Today, we appear to suffer from a lack of knowledge on what made us who we are. We, as a people suffer from false interpretations of history, or a thorough incompetence of history. We require relearning American History and the importance of knowing and understanding it so that we can maintain our nation of laws and a sense of who we are.
Relearning history does not require recreating history to meet our expectations or biases, it requires a clear understanding of our past without political correctness, bias, or even factional interpretation. So much of our present is tied up in factionalism, (ex.Tea Party) political correctness, and just plain old poor education that our current and future leaders lack;  the overall preparedness for leadership

Today, we have business people who are more concerned about money then the good of the economy or government.  Business leaders and government leaders have no concept of “Noblesse Oblige”  and it shows in our current state of affairs.  The Congress     and the office of the Presidency lack the will to conduct themselves as the standard bearers of democracy.  The political infighting in this country has drained us of strength necessary to solve the many problems we face.  Our leaders are weak, our public is caught up in factionalism which is destructive to the very purpose of our founding.  And while all this is going on, corporations and large financial powerhouses are eroding the voting of the average American. Individual voters cannot compete against super political  action committees (PAC’s) or groups, and of course the 2 party system uses its power to sway and confuse the public.  Another aspect of our history and political system is that the parties control the political process even as they rotate power between each other.

The media of the 21st Century is no different then it was in the 19th. Their biases and choices are forever present, they select vocabulary, confuse issues, rewrite or slant positions for or against a candidate or the issue.  Of course politics is about election or re-election and thus the media must comply or be without news. The media is so complicit in the machinery of politics that when new ideas, new election processes (ex: Americans Elect) or political candidates from 3rd parties compete the process is stacked against the newcomer.

But then, our democracy is ugly and full of the public with their individual concepts and precepts of how each of us should live.  That is why the public was a concern for James Madison, he knew that the public had many biases and operated from factions. According to Madison the public was dangerous and needed to be controlled or led by those in Congress. What we got was the public in Congress with its biases and factions.

In Defense of our Nation we must not shrink from our role as the world’s leader, but we must have the strength and conviction to know what must be done at home. As the world’s leader we must regain the political, economic, and social strengths of our greatness. Wars of intrusion, national interests, oil, or the perception that we must intervene in the internal affairs of others whatever the reason must be weighed carefully.
A nations leadership on the world stage is both internal and external.

The sovereignty of this nation also dictates that the suspension of any rights under the Constitution due to war, terrorism, fear, politics or religious view is a slippery slope that this nation cannot allow or endure.  The rights of the people are paramount. We must not return to the parts of American History that are disgraceful, violated law, or were just plain bad. We cannot on the other hand forget the impact of the past for it is what made us.

In Defense of Our Nation the voters must screen out factions, biases, political ideologies, and demand accountability, integrity, and less ugliness from the public. We need a government that we can respect and one the world respects.

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One comment on “In Defense of Our Nation

  1. mhasegawa says:

    You are exactly right about the failure to know or understand history. Funny that your post should pop up in my mailbox after my husband and I just finished a conversationa about that very thing. He and I are avid readers of history and we had to cringe when Mchelle Bachmann (or was it Sarah Palin) famously confused Concord, New Hampshire with Concord, Massachusetts as the place where the first shot of the American Revolution were fired.

    Our discussion was about how the President is being called a “failure” because the emerging democracies in the Arab world (and I consider Iraq one) are still so chaotic and trying to sort out what kind of society they want. People seem to have forgotten that it was not until after the Civil War that things began to settle into what we now call the United States of American – but even now we have our struggles. Maybe that is what democracy is – a struggle.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to go on so long!

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