What is the essence of America? There is the land, of course, the essential territory wherein people can exist and exercise their God given right to pursue happiness in this life; but every country, good or bad, has land. What makes America unique is its founding as a nation rooted in the quest for freedom and the opportunity for prosperity; its inhabitants’ fight for resistance against tyranny; and, of course, the Constitution that arose from this struggle which makes government subservient to the people and signifies mutual agreement to recognize and respect each other’s basic rights. Lastly, the essence of America is our sovereignty – our proclaimed right to self-determination and refusal to be subject to the will or demands of any other persons or nations.
All of this is old news to the conservatives who frequent this blog but this post is going to be about the love of country and I feel that, in recognition of the sad state of true patriotism that exists today, it’s necessary to explain what America is before I can talk about what it means to love it. Leftists like Hillary Clinton don’t share my view on the essence of America. They may pay lip service to certain patriotic themes, but if you listen carefully to their speeches, if you read between the lines and if you heed their actions, you’ll see that they are not talking about America as we know it (read the WSJ’s “Hillary’s New Constitution”). Their serial abuses of The Constitution, veneration for big government and cavalier attitude with respect to our sovereignty (read: “Hillary Clinton embraces George Soros’ ‘radical’ vision of open-border world” – Washington Times) reveal their disregard for the essence of America. To the Left, America is merely a tool that enables them to herd and mine its inhabitants for their own wealth and power. Everything they say and do is intended to keep the herd compliant and moving in the direction that it wants them to go. They may love what it can do for them, but they have no love for America as it was intended to be.
For all of his faults I believe, and always have believed, that Donald Trump sincerely loves America. It’s unfortunate that, like too many Americans, he’s never given serious thought to the relationship between America’s founding and what this country provides us that makes it worthy of his love and effort to preserve it. These are things that he takes for granted, that’s obvious to me from his speeches and from many of his policy proposals. I’ve found that to be problematic because someone cannot truly fix what’s broken in this country if they don’t understand its essence at the deepest level any more than a mechanic can make a car run as it should if he doesn’t understand how the engine works. Still, Trump understands enough to know that America is slipping away, and while he may not have the understanding or expertise to repair its engine himself, he understands that it needs to be protected from those (like Hillary Clinton & Co.) who would run it into the ground. If you don’t believe that Hillary intends to run the country into the ground, just take an honest look at the presidency of Barack Obama. Yes, by outward appearances we’re humming along with life as usual, mostly: You go to your job (if you have one), pick up the kids from school, help with the homework, eat some dinner, watch your TV shows, go to sleep and start again the next day. But if you ever dare take the time to really look at what’s under the hood of our car you’ll see the reality: skyrocketing debt, half a nation on welfare, a weakened position in the world, and scariest of all – a growing sense of entitlement and disrespect for the rule of law. The Left has abused and neglected the car and there’s a fatal crack forming in the engine block.
You can talk all you want about experience, temperament, health or making history, but none of those things means anything if you have a POTUS who doesn’t first and above all, love this nation.
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