I’m an American. Like many of you, I was born here. Of those born here, I’m in the subset that is old / lucky enough to have gotten an education rather than lefty-indoctrination. All the basics were covered including a positive view of American History and Civics. I grew up proud to be an American, confident that we had the greatest nation on earth, and grateful for that blessing which was given to me through no effort or achievement on my part. Other Americans, some of you included, were not born here – you came here either on your own volition or on the coattails of someone who did. I’ve observed that those willing to do what it takes to come here legally and become part of the American melting pot are often more appreciative of what we have than many who were born here. Probably part of what what makes the “melting pot” such an inherent part of our strength – immigration is a way for us to remind ourselves in a visceral way of the alternatives. I start my writing here because I need to establish what America and Americans are for the purposes of this post.
America while unavoidably a geographical notion, is as or more importantly the social-political nation that our founders “under God” conceived, believed, and achieved. America is that “American Experiment” that Alexis de Tocqueville recognized even as an outsider. Americans are the legal and ideological members of this America.
“This” America? As our founders knew, this creation was not immutable, and we can see this in their writings and records:
- John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
- Asked of Ben Franklin: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” He replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Said another way – American as our wise founders foresaw, could go off the rails and cease to exist. The fledgling nation could by definition lose its way and become something else, something other than what was intended. Going back to my definition – Americans as the legal and ideological members of this Constitutional Republic – are morally and politically responsible for its maintenance, lest that experiment become irretrievably lost.
As one of those Americans, I got involved in politics solely to increase my ability to influence America’s direction, with my vision much more aligned to the founders’ picture than America’s then-current and now further-degraded form. When I get to influence America through my voting or through my other participation in the political process I am looking to build and strengthen it. I want it to be a Godly nation, a free nation, a place where man is only limited by God’s direction, and man’s imagination and talent. My voting decisions are to support that vision. I specifically do not value globalism, partisanship, bipartisanship, “progress”, or any other vision or strategy that distracts from maintaining / restoring our American dream and our freedoms.
Given this lens, anyone can see that only one of the candidates remaining in the primary even has an American vision, let alone a track record of actions and words (more or less) consistent with it. Only one. It is not even close:
- Hillary is not that person. She misses on (or is missing) virtually all moral and ideological cylinders of Americans
- Bernie is not that person. He misses on virtually all ideological points
- Trump is not that person*
- Kasich is not that person.
- Ted Cruz is the one** candidate that has the right vision overall, has a track record to show it, and has skills to move us in the right direction.
God bless you and God bless America
* One of my extended family members (whom I love) seems to be on the Trump wagon at this time. Really was the catalyst for this post overall. The argument was: [ we have sent a lot of people who talked well and had good pedigrees to Washington, and it has gotten us nowhere. Trump is different.] Yes. So is Madonna. So is my cat….
If the argument is still vaguely convincing to you, can I rebut with: [ I have eaten a lot of different foods in my life, but none of them has made me into ______ (Fabio?). So I am going to eat a hand grenade.]
** one, not ONE. He is not the ONE. He is not perfect, either in belief or in execution. We might put him in office and be disappointed in what he can actually achieve. As we were with Reagan. But also as with Reagan, Ted is a perfectly reasonable candidate who has a very American vision and might be able to move us in the right direction, God willing. None of the others even can paint the right target.