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It’s fashionable now to hate on America. It’s practically mandatory to hate America openly and savagely on the left and in the media. We’ve gathered our national village idiots on a TV show called The View, and all they do is hate on America. It’s their entire body of work, even the so-called token Republican they allow on the show hates America.
Flip on CNN or MSNBC and both are nothing but streams of hatred toward America. When Don Lemon isn’t going full woman-hater on Nikki Haley he’s openly slamming America. Watch almost any movie, read just about any modern magazine or book, even turn on a football game, and there’s hatred for America being shoved in your face.
Listen to anything Joe Biden says these days. When it’s coherent, it’s mostly hatred for America. Last week he went off on a riff about lynchings, as if those are still happening in 2023. Maybe in his mind they are and he dreams about them when he calls a lid at 11 AM for his nap. News flash to the octogenarian who can barely finish a sentence: They’re not. And it was his political party that divided America over slavery, imposed Jim Crow (or Jim Eagle as he nonsensically says) and is still dividing America over race today. It was Biden and the Democrats who moved the Major League All-Star game out of mostly black Atlanta to mostly white Denver. All of that is the Democrats’ doing. Biden’s Democrats are still mad at Abe Lincoln for freeing their slaves.
Speaking of Abe, the 16th president led the first political party in history that was organized around one issue: ending slavery. That was the Republican brand from the beginning, and around the country state and local parties were founded with integrated groups of black and white Americans who loved freedom, hated slavery, and wanted Europe’s horrible bondage heritage washed away.
And washed away it was, by the blood of more than half a million Americans who fought and died in the Civil War. “As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,” Union soldiers sang as they marched into hell at Antietam, Vicksburg, Shiloh, and Gettysburg. Those soldiers deserve our honor. They also deserve honor for reconciling the nation after the terrible war, after Lincoln’s brutal assassination at the hands of a Democrat activist actor, and after the rise of the Democrats’ terrorist arm called the Ku Klux Klan and its campaign of fear. The very idea of reconciliation seems foreign to us now, but North and South once rebuilt America after they had waged war on one another for four years. The Constitution united what was once divided.
America was not founded on slavery or racism. Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibrahim X. Kendi and their disciples have convinced millions of Americans that it was, and they are brainwashing our kids to believe this right now, but the facts are plain. European powers brought slavery to the New World before America as a country had ever been thought of. Those European kingdoms worked hand in glove with African leaders and nations to apprehend slaves, who were taken and sold throughout the world including the New World. In some parts of Africa the scourge of slavery is still practiced. Some of the first slave owners in America were black themselves. These are simply facts.
But America began to awaken to the evils of slavery long before achieving nationhood. So did much of Europe, thanks to brilliant humanitarians such as William Wilberforce.
When it became time for America to dissolve the political bonds between the 13 fledgling colonies and the British Empire, the young nation stood at a crossroads. It could have become just another kingdom, built around blood and tribal ties, with a hereditary dynasty in control and other families vying for their turn on the throne. The temptation was there; many wanted George Washington to become king. He could have. A crown was within his reach.
But the founders took a mighty chance. They established a written, binding, balanced body of law that set in motion a chain of events that still continues. While it wasn’t possible in 1776 or for many decades after to free all of the slaves, the spark of the engine of freedom was there in words: All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…among them are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
No exceptions. Washington freed his slaves on his deathbed, And Lincoln freed the rest. You’re welcome.
The radical nature of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution is lost to us today. We have inherited a free republic that too few understand or appreciate. George Washington, Thomas Henry, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton…they’re all denounced as dead white men by the America haters today, who have no idea that the freedoms these dead white men established are what allow them to be denounced and spat upon now. The freedom to scorn national leaders barely existed before America’s founders, anywhere. You could be beheaded for not showing sufficient enthusiasm for the king or queen who happened to be in charge. England had fought its own terrible civil war in part over the issue of challenging royal power more than a century before America’s revolution, and the issue was only partly resolved. It took Americans to write it down, fight and die for it, and make it stick.
It’s all in peril now and could fall apart if enough Americans decide to hate America. It doesn’t have to be that way and it shouldn’t be. We’re free to love or trash our country now because of how great its founders were. We should honor them. We must honor them, or America may not survive. Our house is badly divided, by devious design, and as Lincoln said, a house divided against itself cannot stand.
America’s founders were among the most brilliant visionaries and humanitarians who have ever lived. The system they set in motion did break chains. It has advanced freedom for all of us and, if we preserve it, for our posterity. It blesses us and the world every second of every day. It lifts billions out of poverty and disease. You breathe in freedom because of what they did.
America is an amazing thing, an incredible idea, and mankind’s greatest invention. It’s a perpetual motion machine built to make more and more people free. It’s past time we appreciate what we have, love it, fight for it, honor America’s great presidents and keep it alive so future Americans are free.
A.J. Rice, is President & CEO of Publius PR, Editor-in-Chief of The Publius National Post, and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, The Woking Dead: How Society’s Vogue Virus Destroys Our Culture.
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