As we approach the Thanksgiving of American patriotism, and we prepare our grills and gather enough ammunition and explosives to reenact the American revolution, there is much to contemplate regarding America’s past and future. During Independence Day parties, one word which is thrown around between explosions like a star-spangled bottle rocket is freedom. It’s used by the Left and the Right, with various definitions between them, but Independence Day is seen as a day where Americans can come together, out of their differences, and celebrate what we have in common: freedom.
There is no danger more malicious or more egregious to the stability of a nation than the undermining of its historical foundations to satisfy political ends. Indeed, as universities and government institutions venture to wipe out any remnant of American history giving credence to the work of the Framers from the minds of the next generation, one can question (as I did) what our history will be replaced with. Do we leave our foundations now suspended in a perpetual state of made-up progressive euphoria? Continue reading “GW: The Name of Washington and The Dangers of Revisionist History”
When I was a kid, there were many stores I liked to visit on special occasions. If I had a little extra money, I enjoyed going to Walmart or Target. But even better were the times my parents took me to Toys ‘R’ Us. Star Wars toys were my favorite, and just after them were Marvel and DC action figures. Toys ‘R’ Us was the high point of my action figure interest. It was the one store that had more than a mere section dedicated to things I liked. I felt like the entire store was made for me.
This emotion is shared by many people who I have spoken with. Toys ‘R’ Us was the favorite place for many children in the past. When I went there as a kid, the store was always busy, filled with children smiling ear to ear.
One of the most perplexing allegations against the concept of American exceptionalism is that at its base within the tenants of its philosophy (properly modeled by the text of the Constitution), lies a stain of reason that espoused and justified the atrocities of slavery. This allegation would then make the Constitution passed by the Constitutional Convention in 1789 a contradiction in and of itself. How could a document, which is primarily geared towards the protection of individual liberties, advocate on behalf of one of the foremost examples of tyranny and oppression? If such allegations are true, then the American idea of liberty is “dead in the water” in the sphere of logic. But for all the banter that has now pervaded modern debate in academia and politics, these allegations do not find any solid footing in the historical record.