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April 4, 2017

Section: Culture - Philosophy

American cultural elements, especially popular culture, has been exported across the globe through modern mass media

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” James Madison.

 

Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

The United States of America is an ethnically and racially diverse country as a result of large-scale immigration from many different countries throughout its history.

American culture includes both conservative and liberal elements, scientific and religious competitiveness, political structures, risk taking and free expression, materialist and moral elements.

American exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution, becoming “the first new nation,” and developing a uniquely American ideology, based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire.

o   Americans value free will, while many nationalities dismiss it as a delusion.

o   Americans want “freedom to pursue life’s goals without state interference,” while Europeans want “state guarantees that (nobody) is in need.”

o    “All men are created equal” is based on human dignity, not equality of outcomes.

Although the United States has not officially defined English as the national language at the federal level, it is the de facto standard.

America has defined a unique role in today’s society.

The Culture War has rolled on in waves:

The left’s deconstruction of social institutions is not a quest for equality, but for destruction.

o   You deconstruct freedom until it means slavery.

o   You deconstruct peace until it means war

o   You deconstruct property until it means theft.

o   You deconstruct marriage until it means a physical relationship between any group for any duration.

Congress was given the 45 Declared Goals for the Communist Takeover of America in 1963 which included subverting the American culture.

In the 1960s and 1970s, leftist began to infiltrate the institutions as a means of cultural change.

A little-known consortium of radical groups, public-funded universities and the federal government is quietly seeking to transform the arts and other academic disciplines into vehicles of left-wing extremism and indoctrination.

 

Principles:

The American Trinity:

The Protestant work ethic (or the Puritan work ethic) is a concept in theology, sociology, economics and history which emphasizes:

The Idea of America:

Americanism is freedom founded on the power of the individual, and his ability to achieve without undue government interference.

American Pursuit of the American Dream stands atop three pillars:

American Culture is different from any other culture in the world. 

We are all dependent on others in our culture:

Belief in American exceptionalism still exists today for a great many citizens.

All wars are Culture Wars.

 

Recommendations:

Return the American Culture to the American people.

 

References:

The Long March” by Roger Kimball published by Encounter Books, 2000.

Taking America Back” by Joseph Farah published by Cumberland House Publishing, 2003.

The 5000 Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen published by National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2006.

Common Sense” by Glenn Beck published by Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2009.

Liberty and Tyranny” by Mark R. Levin published by Threshold Editions, 2009.

A Return to Values” by Bob Beauprez published by Fulcrum Publishing, 2009.

Saving Freedom” by Jim DeMint published by Fidelis Books, 2009.

America 3.0” by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus published by Encounter Books, 2013.

The Revolt Against the Masses” by Fred Siegel published by Encounter Books, 2013.

“The New Class Conflict” by Joel Kotkin published by Telos Press Publishing, 2014.

“Plunder and Deceit” by Mark R. Levin by Threshold Editions, 2015.

Principles Count” by Tom Feeney dated July 13, 2004 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/upload/71255_1.pdf .

The Welfare State and How It’s Destroying the West” by Tom Potoms dated September 29, 2007 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2007/09/29/the-welfare-state-and-how-it%e2%80%99s-destroying-the-west/ .

The Nature of Rights in American Politics: A Comparison of Three Revolutions” by Charles R. Kesler dated September 30, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Thought/fp18.cfm .

The Secret of America” by Carol Negro dated June 11, 2010 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/06/the_secret_of_america.html .

Shhhh: Judeo-Christian Culture is Actually… Superior” by Stuart Schwartz dated April 6, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/04/shhhh_judeochristian_culture_i.html .

Cultural deconstruction: turning a safety net into a hammock by David Coughlin dated September 7, 2011 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/40130

Exceptional” by Douglas V. Gibbs dated January 3, 2012 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/43636 .

Let’s rebuild aspiration nation” by Ryan Streeter dated February 15, 2012 published by Indystar at http://www.indystar.com/article/20120216/OPINION13/202160331/Ryan-Streeter-Let-s-rebuild-aspiration-nation .

On Restoring American Individualism” by Daren Jonescu dated March 31, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/on_restoring_american_individualism.html .

5 Signs of Societal Degeneration in America” by John Hawkins dated November 17, 2012 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2012/11/17/5_signs_of_societal_degeneration_in_america .

The Crisis of the Middle Class and American Power” by George Friedman dated January 9, 2013 published by Town Hall at http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/georgefriedman/2013/01/09/the-crisis-of-the-middle-class-and-american-power-n1485148 .

Shock Jock Conservatives” by Matt Purple dated April 10, 2013 published by The American Spectator at http://spectator.org/archives/2013/04/10/shock-jock-conservatives .

Why the United States is a Dying Country” by Steve McCann dated April 10, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/why_the_united_states_is_a_dying_country.html .

5 Types of Liberals Who Need Sensitivity Training” by John Hawkins dated April 13, 2013 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2013/04/13/5-types-of-liberals-who-need-sensitivity-training-n1566587 .

Truth in Fables: Why Progressives Hate Aesop” by Jim Yardley dated April 14, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/truth_in_fables_why_progressives_hate_aesop.html .

Culture and the Barbarians at the Gate” by Jon N. Hall dated April 19, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/culture_and_the_barbarians_at_the_gate.html .

More Than Dependency” by Yuval Levin dated April 24, 2013 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/node/346517 .

Our Cultural Heritage” by Matt Shipley dated May 23, 2013 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55410 .

We Are Gathered Here Today To Witness the Burial of the Protestant Work Ethic” by Bill Frezza dated July 16, 2013 published by Forbes at http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrezza/2013/07/16/we-are-gathered-here-today-to-witness-the-burial-of-the-protestant-work-ethic/ .

Liberalism Radicalized: The Sexual Revolution, Multiculturalism, and the Rise of Identity Politics” by Kevin Slack dated August 27, 2013 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/08/liberalism-radicalized-the-sexual-revolution-multiculturalism-and-the-rise-of-identity-politics .

Is America really so exceptional?” by Robert J. Samuelson dated September 22, 2013 published by The Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-j-samuelson-is-america-so-exceptional/2013/09/22/447fccde-220c-11e3-a358-1144dee636dd_story.html .

In Defense of Normal” by Malcolm Unwell dated November 10, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/11/in_defense_of_normal.html .

Why America is Exceptional” by Jeff Lukens dated December 5, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/why_america_is_exceptional.html .

De-Imagining America” by Matthew Vadum dated March 19, 2014 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/de-imagining-america/ .

The Real Sickness at the Heart of American Culture” by John Hawkins dated September 16, 2014 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/09/16/the-real-sickness-at-the-heart-of-american-culture-n1892235 .

This Culture War We’re In” by Daniel Greenfield dated April 2, 2015 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/70882 .

“The Deconstruction of Marriage” by Daniel Greenfield dated April 16, 2015 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/71227 .

Welcome to Culture War 4.0: The Coming Overreach” by Benjamin Domenech dated July 7, 2015 published by The Federalist at http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/06/welcome-to-culture-war-4-0-the-coming-overreach/ .

How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture” by Patrick Deneen dated February 2, 2016 published by Minding the Campus at http://www.mindingthecampus.org/2016/02/how-a-generation-lost-its-common-culture/ .

2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity” edited by Jennifer A. Marshall and Rachel Sheffield dated July 2016 published by The Heritage Foundation at https://medium.com/2016-index-of-culture-and-opportunity .

 

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