Happy Fourth of July, friends. Too many of our fellow Americans have no idea why they’re celebrating today.
Shallow glee is better than misinformation, though. I’d rather hang out with a bunch of jingoistic, drunk hillbillies shooting guns than listen to the fake grievances of highly mis-educated leftoids.
The robots have come to destroy Western Civilization, and they’re screaming “racism!” “sexism!” “homophobia!’ – and, in a sharp departure from their paternalistic concern for women and gays, “Islamophobia!”
A Martian, visiting America for the first time, might wander into a college humanities class and conclude that ours is the worst society that humans have ever invented.
I’ll begin to set the record straight today, without writing a book – i.e., there are ribs and other American delicacies that I need to eat, so please read between the lines.
Our country’s existence is a testament to the sanctity of the individual. The Founders translated this basic idea into a political system that broke with every ruling doctrine since the dawn of human history. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a continual struggle against a Leviathan ever inclined towards tyranny.
Our country’s architects had a profoundly positive impact on the course of history. This fact alone should be enough to dispel the myth that American patriotism is a vaguely rosy sentiment, lacking any basis in historical fact.
The distinctly American vision of free citizens, unencumbered by the whims of an all-powerful State, inspired countless other countries to emulate our Constitution and allow free exchange to put an end to centuries of poverty. I’ve met Europeans who seem to understand this point better than most Americans I know: America’s highest virtue is the essential goodness of its founding principles.
Case in point: the philosophy articulated by our Founders became the blueprint for the abolition of slavery. Lincoln made ample reference to the Declaration of Independence in affirming the proposition that all men are created equal – which, as he demonstrated with his knack for syllogism, left no logical room for the subjugation of any race by another.
There’s a difference between a country founded on an evil ideology – like Iran or North Korea – and one founded on solid principles and which fails, like every human institution, to live up to them from time to time.
Likewise for the Constitution itself. The telos of our Founding document is its enduring function as a rough bulwark against excessive government power. There’s no need to pore over blocks of text in a futile attempt to decipher the “original intent” of imperfect human beings. Once we grasp this point, the idea that the Constitution “evolves” becomes an absurdity. Guns have evolved since the 18th century, but the right to self-defense has not. Hand-written scrolls have been replaced with digital devices – but the right to free speech has not changed one iota.
As long as human nature remains intact, these principles that govern the relation between the individual and the State can neither evolve nor “fail to describe modern realities.” Anyone who claims that the Constitution is an outdated artifact, devoid of significance in the age of iPhones, either has nefarious intentions or misses the forest for the trees.
Common sense is all we need to sweep away ad hominem attacks on the Founders and understand the significance of their achievement. It’s all we need to justify that sense of pride we feel in being American – which can be difficult to defend against spurious, all-encompassing allegations of bigotry. Usually, it’s all we need to know the difference between laws designed to secure our rights and ones designed to control us.
Speaking of the Founders, why doesn’t the left heap the same scrutiny on the murderous Lenin or the serial-rapist/genocidal Mao? It’s simple: because it has no beef with Communism – its enemies are free markets, freedom of speech, and rugged individualism.
(This is all the more reason to unapologetically champion these ideas today. Progressives run the academic-media-government Establishment. Where’s the fun if you’re not pissing off conformists?)
The Constitution has now withstood 228 years of time-testing and quarrels over its contents. Thanks to the success of the American experiment, our flag has come to symbolize freedom from real oppression. Here’s the real irony: If the American experiment had failed, we wouldn’t have comfortably bourgeois SJWs ranting about the oppressive nature of white men’s continued existence.
Even with at least half of the population revering the Constitution, our government has managed to grow fast enough to regulate just about everything we do. If you don’t buy health insurance or pay a ridiculous fine, you’ll go to jail. If no one had ever cared about a document designed to preserve our liberty, it’s hard to see how we wouldn’t have eventually succumbed to the default model of toiling for the emperor – or even worse, the “common good” – all enslaved for the sake of all, with exactly no one benefiting from this arrangement.
The struggle to stay free will continue with no end in sight. Government isn’t getting smaller and ISIS “refugees” have their sights set on our shorelines. If we want to celebrate another century of American greatness, we need to grow out of our national habit of puritanical self-flagellation and foster a more primal sense of pride in our tribe’s achievements. America is exceptional because her founding principles are pure genius.