The Decline of American Exceptionalism

Two worldviews are fighting to claim the identity of America in the 21st century.  One is centered upon Judeo-Christian morality and encompasses discipline, virtue, courage, and the dignity of being an American.  The other promotes lawlessness, endless grievances, class-racial-gender conflicts, and plain name-calling.  The former encompasses American exceptionalism, individual freedom with responsibility, and classic ideas and ideals of the rights of man as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.  At the same time, the left focuses on the negatives of U.S. history as well as upon vindictiveness and conflict to reach its goals.  We see these hostile themes reflected in the public utterances of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom sucked the milk of radicalism from the famous community organizer Saul Alinsky.  Additionally, since President Donald Trump’s nomination, we have heard the nonstop screeds and vindictive words from the leadership of the Democratic Party.

Nowhere are these sentiments expressed more clearly than on America’s college campuses.  Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, remarked, “One of the greatest threats to America is the fact that our school system is not teaching the next generation morals, American exceptionalism, free enterprise, the Constitution, the dangers of socialism, or the value of hard work.”  There can be no substitute for being a responsible consumer of one’s education by doing one’s own work honestly, forthrightly, and independently.  Progressives have run education off the rails and well nigh ruined it.  Colleges were once proving grounds for success in the professions.  Doctrinally, students pay dreadful confiscatory tribute to progressivism where issues of race and political correctness form the foci of their consciousness.  T

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