Thursday, April 30, 2009

Resisting the "Post-American" Meme

Via GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD, check out Mark Davis, "We will regret 'post-American' outcome":

One generation never knows exactly what world it will pass to the next. But there is an alarming term making the rounds these days that seems a likely adjective for the era we are being guided toward:


This is to be distinguished, I suppose, from "un-American," indicative of actual loathing of the substance and behaviors of our nation. "Post-American" is pitched as the attitude that accepts and may even embrace the passing of America's era of global leadership.

I would hope it is impossible to be ambivalent about such a monumental global moment. Surely there are only those people who cheer this development as refreshing and timely and those who dread it for the certain dangers it poses.

Count me among the second group, and I would like a word with the first.

I have always believed that there are many ways to love America. Sharing my politics is not a precondition. But I have watched elected officials denigrate a war in progress (that we are now winning), soften borders that once protected us, erode cultural standards that once united us, and now attack an economic crisis not with an energizing call to boldness and courage but with astonishing spending designed to spawn dependency and thus political obedience.

Is it any wonder that the America my father handed to me seems nearly extinct?

President Barack Obama is not the cause of this disease, but he is a carrier. His words and actions reveal that he considers the United States to be an important nation but not the singular land every generation since America's birth has been taught about. That teaching, of course, changed a long time ago. For almost a half-century, schoolchildren have digested thick units that make sure to scold us for slavery, Jim Crow laws, Japanese internment camps and other sins.

Where is the curriculum that teaches that beyond our flaws, we have been the greatest society the world has known? We have built that legacy with a devotion to liberty and leadership unmatched in modern times. Yet we are led today by people who see the United States as merely the name between Ukraine and Uruguay on the United Nations lobby directory.

What we used to widely feel has been given a fitting name: American exceptionalism. It does not teach that we are without sin or that we cannot learn. It teaches that against the backdrop of history, no country has freed, fed or inspired more people than the United States. No nation has contributed more to science, culture or enlightened thought.

Today, that magnificent view is dismissed as tired jingoism.
More at the link.


Micha Elyi said...

The America your father handed to you became ruled by a bunch of gray-haired women who'd outlived their husbands and married the government for the Social Security checks promised to them by soft-core leftwing Democrats.

Just think of today's mess as a penance for ever having voted Democrat, ever thinking about voting Democrat, or ever letting anyone among your family, friends, or coworkers vote Democrat. Yeah, someone might chirp "what about the Republicans" but let's face it, without any Democrats in office there wouldn't be any pals for the RINOs. And without left-liberal backslappers to tell 'em how much they've "grown in office" for having stabbed the Republican grassroots voters in the back, RINOs wouldn't have any spine at all. So, spineless, the RINOs would be dragged along by the powerful pull of principled Republican voters and officeholders.

Gayle said...

Not only are there those who cheer the thought of "post American", Donald, there are those Americans - especially politicians - whose every waking moment is dedicated to seeing it happen, and I firmly believe the present administration is doing just that! We won't turn things around unless we somehow succeed in making people understand that there is nothing progressive about socialism. How people who believe they are progressive can also believe in socialism is something I can't wrap my mind around. Socialism is going backwards in time and it has never succeeded, so it makes no sense whatsoever to try it again. Reason is what is most lacking, along with an ability to think for oneself and to read actual history rather than spout the political dogma taught to people by socialist teachers, professors and the media.

smitty1e said...

In a sense, it could be less than bad. If "post-American" means "having brought the world *up*", then it could be seen as a measure of success.
If it means that we're acceding to a neo-feudal sheeplehood in the form of Socialism, then yes, it's a sharp stick in the eye.

shoprat said...

This is a nice name for an ugly thing.

Smitty Neo-feudalism is a term I have used to describe Socialism, fascism, Communism, and robber-baronism (and they're all the same thing), and I am glad to see others using it regardless of where it came from.