Thursday, October 28, 2004

Recent commentary: Proudest achievement

What is America's proudest achievement?

(published 25-Oct-2004, Appleton Post-Crescent)

Simply this: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Libery and the pursuit of Happiness; that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Certainly we have made terrible mistakes through hubris; but the notion that America is to blame for the trouble in the world is arrant nonsense. What country virtually rebuilt the world after World War II? What country is living proof that Marxism was a complete and utter failure? What country is, as P. J. O'Rourke put it, "pig Satan devil," but still the place where people want to go to dental school as soon as they get their green cards? If you didn't answer "The United States of America" to the last three questions then I suggest that you up your medication level.

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