Wednesday, August 17, 2005

It's Good to be an American

Michael Barone has written an excellent article that speaks to the patriotic American within me. Barone explains how the 7/7 London bombings were brought to us by the wonderful philosophy of multiculturalism.

Barone notes that multiculturalism has taken a beating worldwide since 7/7. Previously dyed-in-the-wool multiculturalists, especially in the UK, are uttering phrases and supporting measures that are heretical to the multiculturalism gospel.

Multiculturalism is based on the lie that all cultures are morally equal. In practice, that soon degenerates to: All cultures all morally equal, except ours, which is worse. But all cultures are not equal in respecting representative government, guaranteed liberties, and the rule of law.

In America, as in Britain, multiculturalism has become the fashion in large swaths of our society. So the Founding Fathers are presented only as slaveholders, World War II is limited to the internment of Japanese-Americans and the bombing of Hiroshima. Slavery is identified with America though it has existed in many societies, and the antislavery movement arose first among English-speaking evangelical Christians.

But most Americans know there is something special about our cultural heritage. Multiculturalist intellectuals do not think our kind of society is worth defending. But millions here and increasing numbers in Britain and other countries know better.
This dovetails well with Nathan Tabor’s less-than-eloquent rant about the difference between freedom haters that hide behind the mask of being against the war and freedom lovers that love freedom enough to fight for it.

One group feels that our country and culture are not worth fighting for. The other side feels that these ideals are worth fighting for “– so much so that when necessary, they are willing to fight to preserve and protect it, as well as to export it around the world and extend it to other peoples less fortunate than we are.”

Like many of the Americans Michael Barone refers to, I know that there is something special about this country and its culture. Of course we are not free from problems, even serious ones. We should work to correct them. But we should not focus so closely on these blemishes as to miss the grand picture that is the USA.

I am proud to be a patriotic American.

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