The Death of American Exceptionalism


Why on earth would anyone be ashamed to be an American? Perhaps the world wide apology tour that President Obama had a little something to do with that. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that We The People’s memory of our Founders fades with every text book and documentary that tears them down into obscurity. Or could it be part of the socialization of America? Perhaps, it is all of the above.

F. A. Hayek, a member of the London School of Economics, wrote about similar concerns during World War II.

“How far in the last twenty years England has traveled on the German path is brought home to one with extraordinary vividness if one now reads of the more serious discussions of the differences between British and German views on political and moral issues which appeared in England during the last war.” F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

How is it that something that once seemed impossible due to the national character of that nation now seemed inevitable? Looking back from the perspective of decades, Hayek’s concerns were valid.  Today, the British face socialized healthcare and student riots due to tuition increases. In his writings, Hayek was concerned about the loss of the national identity.

“…but while the people of England were then proud of their distinctive tradition, there are few of the political views then regarded as characteristically English of which the majority of her people do not now seem half-ashamed, if they do not positively repudiate them.”  F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

The American historical landscape has change significantly since Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson made their lasting mark on our nation.  America now is facing a crisis of identity for We The People and the world. Are we the America that won an impossible fight and freed ourselves from the British, invented the light bulb and created the best quality health care in the world? Or are We The People evil because America dared to prosper?

This shift in national pride happened in England when the British people began to embrace collectivist ideas. The same shift has occurred here in America as evidenced by the election of a President who doesn’t believe We The People individually have a right to succeed.  We The People can’t be trusted to care for our neighbors voluntarily, or determine for ourselves how exactly we’ll spread that wealth around.

“It’s not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Barak Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign

How far We The People have strayed from the Founder’s intent:

“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, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” The Declaration of Independence

What is charity, when one has the right to choose, becomes theft when the government gets involved. Each of us has a right to pursue the American Dream. No one has the right to take the fruit of another man’s labor.

God Bless America!

Read it for yourself: The Road To Serfdom.

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