What’s Right With America

 

To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, I am re-posting an essay from 2006 (edited slightly to reflect current events).

I received the following email today:

“YOU’RE what’s wrong with America today. You, and people like you, who sew doubt about our government, who blame America first. . . .”

Actually, it is people who accept whatever the government tells them that are what’s wrong with America.

It is people that will blindly follow whatever their “great leader” tells them, people that spout the party line without understanding or questioning, people who act like children and assume that the Founding Fathers made a system which will feed us and take care of us and make it all work without our input who are the problem with America.

It is people who will unquestioningly support torture, or spying on Americans, or “indefinite detention” because the government says they are necessary who are what’s wrong with America.

This is what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”. We need to be vigilant in policing our government, not in clamping down on those who question it.

The founding fathers taught us that if we really love our country, we will participate in debate and criticism. In Jefferson’s words, “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”.

The gentleman who wrote the email, and those like him, are actually anti-American. They do what good communists, or “Islamo-fascists” do: blindly follow the party line.

I love my country enough to work to save her from those who would destroy the Constitution, turn the U.S. into a fascist empire, and trample on the memory of all of those who fought and died so that we could be free. I — and the millions of others who actively work to hold our government accountable to the Constitution and the rule of law – are what’s right with America.

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