AMERICA – EXCEPTIONAL

GOD BLESS AMERICA
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
“NO NO NO , NOT GOD BLESS AMERICA. GOD DAMN AMERICA!”
Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor for 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ, who married Obama and Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, The Audacity of Hope.
We have suffered the eight years of President Barack Obama, one of the least qualified persons ever to hold the office and the perfect mouthpiece for the Left for its takeover and radicalization of  what used to be the Democrat party. Make no mistake, JFK would not recognize this “Democrat” party.
Obama is just what the Left needed to elect – a consummate actor able to declaim the most preposterous lies with the appearance of utmost sincerity.
Unfortunately,  he did not lie when he proclaimed before his election in 2008:
We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.
He lost no time in setting about his task to reduce America.
I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism
http://nypost.com/2015/02/21/sure-obama-loves-america-just-not-the-america-we-live-in/
In Europe, saved three times by America in the last century, Obama apologized because ‘there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.’ And in this hemisphere, Obama said, ‘We have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms,’ culminating in his recent fawning visits with the Castros in Cuba. Then there’s his penchant for bowing to foreign leaders. He has bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia. He bowed to the emperor of Japan on a previous visit. He has bowed to China’s leader, Xi Jinping. And these are not casual nods of the head, but unmistakable gestures of obeisance. For those who may wonder, the diplomatic protocol on bowing is clear: Heads of state don’t bow to other heads of state, monarchs or otherwise. Period. And Americans don’t bow to anyone. We fought a revolution to establish that point. [Emphasis added.]
In Cuba, Raul Castro, whose government has imprisoned its citizens for political views, criticized us for our  violation of human rights. Obama said I personally would not disagree with him.
When Obama spoke at Georgetown University, he required the mural of Christ’s IHS symbol to be covered up so it would not be seen behind him; in  Cuba, he was photographed in front of a  mural of Che Guevara. http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-che-guevara-mural-cuba-2016-3]
AMERICA IS TRULY EXCEPTIONAL
America is truly exceptional. That is not, as Obama would have it, simply a parochial opinion.
Pope Pius XII: The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish action… Into the hands of America, God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind. [Emphasis added.]
A Pope and A President, copyright 2017,  Paul Kangor, ISI Books p.162
Prominent Democrat, Arthur_M._Schlesinger_Jr., Harvard historian, authored an article in 2003 listing what he described as  “at least ten” unique contributions America made to the world, including form of government, universal suffrage and  religious freedom; Dinesh D’Souza published his ten.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_M._Schlesinger_Jr.
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1959/03/our-ten-contributions-to-civilization/305144/
Here is a breezy but eloquent expression by columnist John Hawkins:
1)    We saved the word from tyranny three times: Granted, we didn’t win WWI, WWII and the Cold War all by ourselves, but we were the biggest factor in all three wars
2)    We’re first at spreading freedom and democracy and there is no second: People who hate America do all sorts of wacky backflips to deny the truth, but America is the world’s oldest continuous republic and we’ve been spreading the word about what a great system of government it is ever since. We haven’t just been talking either. Germany, Japan and South Korea are all free people today because of the United States. Breaking the Soviet Union freed tens of millions from tyranny. What did we do when we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan? We set up free republics. The number of people who’ve moved from tyranny to freedom because of the United States is in the hundreds of millions.
3)    We do more to prevent war and create world stability than anyone else: It’s often noted that America is willing and able to use its military power, but that’s because there are only about three ‘good-guy’ nations that can fight and two of them, Britain and Israel, don’t have the strength to project force abroad without help. So, if the bad guys are on the move, who you gonna call?… the United Nations? Please….all it does is ask if Britain and America are willing to do all the real fighting while other nations send token forces
4)    We aren’t using our vast power for conquest: We have a nuclear arsenal, the best military in the world and we’re capable of projecting force anywhere on the planet in a very short period of time…. Yet, we didn’t even take the money needed to cover our expenses from those nations. We didn’t invade Europe after WWII; we used the Marshall Plan to help it rebuild.
5)   Our economy, technological advantage and soft power are unsurpassed in human history: Wanting the same prosperity that the American people have helped turn the citizens of the Soviet Union against their government masters. That prosperity and a tradition of Christian giving has helped make the United States the world’s most generous nation. Technologically, not only is our military head and shoulders better than anyone else, we invented the Internet. If you need lifesaving surgery, we’re still the place you want to be (and we will continue to be long term if we get rid of Obamacare). If you want to say your nation is technologically superior to America, then go bring back the flag we left on the moon in 1969 first.
Colin Powell:
Far from being the Great Satan, I would say that we are the Great Protector. We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the past century to put down oppression. We defeated Fascism. We defeated Communism. We saved Europe in World War I and World War II. We were willing to do it, glad to do it….Korea… Vietnam…,preserving the rights of people. And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do? Did we stay and conquer? …Did we say, ….Germany… Japan, …[belong] to us”? No. What did we do? We built them up. We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul. …did we ask for any land? …the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. And that is the kind of nation we are.
Columnist Dennis Prager:
No country has fought for the liberty of others as much as America. …Without America, the world would suffer from far more evils — such as genocide and totalitarian enslavement — than it does now. The countries where American troops have remained long after combat ceased — Germany, Japan, and South Korea — have prospered economically and morally. …. If one knew nothing about the Left and the Right other than their moral assessments of America, that is all one would need to know in choosing which ideology to adopt.
Jeanne Kirkpatrick,our Ambassador to the UN, made this classic comment which is an amusing and apt cap to this discussion:
Americans need to face the truth about themselves no matter how pleasant it is.
https://www.inspiringquotes.us/author/2429-jeane-kirkpatrick/page:4ruth-about-themselves-no-matter-how [Emphasis added.]
AMERICA, RELIGION, MORALITY
The Founders of our Republic believed religion and morality were indispensable to the success of their Constitution. Consider our first three Presidents.
George Washington:  Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.
John Adams: We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Thomas Jefferson: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. http://www.free2pray.info/5founderquotes.html; Declaration of Independence
Abraham Lincoln:
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal… that we here highly resolve … that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. [Emphasis added.]
Ronald Reagan revitalized those principles.
For the West, for America, the time has come to dare to show to the world that our civilized ideas, our traditions, our values, are not– like the ideology and war machine of totalitarian societies– just a facade of strength. It is time for the world to know our intellectual and spiritual values are rooted in the source of all strength, a belief in a Supreme Being, and a law higher than our own.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/267290/reagan-notre-dame-paul-kengor [Emphasis added.]
:… this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities – the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God….many … have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based…  they’ve taken upon themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation. Sometimes their voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority. [Emphasis added.]
President Trump:
This past week, we have celebrated, saluted, and honored American heroes who have devoted their lives to God, Family, and Country… The source of America’s strength is found in the spirit of our people. The heroes among us represent that American spirit: courage, love, and sacrifice…. for over two centuries, have secured our nation and protected our citizens. [Emphasis added.]
http://constitution.com/president-trump-celebrates-god-country-family/
Obama spent eight years discarding… time tested values.  He mis-quoted our historic documents, omitting the words Creator and God.
Simply carelessness or Freudian slip? Or part of an overall contempt for American values?
 
Remember:  You didn’t build that.
Yeah, Mr. Obama, we, America, did.
AMERICA ENDANGERED
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The Left has pursued its agenda for decades, undeterred by truth, logic or decency. The past eight years, it has been in overdrive. Their goal is Socialism. Dennis Prager’s Top 10 Ways Liberalism Makes America Worse – a video, recommended to me by a friend, spells it out – 40 minutes but  worth the time.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj9qvBwOeMA 
Many do not understand that Socialism means government control of all businesses.

Millennials didn’t grow up during the Cold War in which the national enemy was a socialist totalitarian regime like the Soviet Unionhttp://reason.com/poll/2014/07/16/millennials-dont-know-what-socialism-mea

It does not matter to the Left that Socialism does not work. They double down: We need more money; we need higher taxes; we need more government control. When that fails, the next step is to silence the opposition from pointing out the truth.
https://townhall.com/columnists/laurahollis/2017/08/10/socialisms-failures-and-the-war-against-trump-
Since the 2016 campaign with its “unacceptable” result, the violence has been unprecedented: riots, assaults, destruction of property, hate speech, assassination scenarios, attacks on conservative speakers to prevent them from being heard. The “justification?” Conservatives deserve it!
https://www.ireallymissreagan.com/single-post/2016/11/29/THE-FOUR-HORSEMEN-OF-THE-LEFT-RELATIVISM-SECULARISM-ARROGANCE-AND-HATE
Projection is a psychological tactic in which people defend themselves against their own qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection
The Left claims conservatives are fascists and cast themselves as anti-fascists.
The definition of fascism: Imposing strict measure to empower government and remove citizens rights.
http://thelawdictionary.org/fascism/
                                                                                                                    
The National Socialist German Worker’s Party [NAZI] and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
[USSR] epitomized fascism. Note the operative word in their titles: Socialist.
Courtesy of A. F. Branco at Legal Insurrection
It is not only the Left that is attacking America. A majority of Senators have vowed to maintain the unconstitutional legislative filibuster.
The reason? Self interest. When circumstances arise, these political parasites, Democrat and Republican, want to be able to tell their constituents, by courageously filibustering, they stopped the bad guys on the other side. That same self- interest dictates that they not take away “entitlements”’ which are not entitlements at all but “free stuff”- the legalized bribery that gets them votes to be re-elected.  No politician wants to be responsible for taking away a “freebie.”  After all, it costs them nothing; the taxpayers pick up the bill.
Their oath to “support and defend” the Constitution? Fuhgeddaboudit! https://www.ireallymissreagan.com/single-post/2017/06/22/THE-SELFISH-77—DEFINITELY-NOT-MAGNIFICENT

The Democrats are the Left’s creatures so no surprise they want to the move to Socialism. But why Republicans?

Again, the answer is the self-interest of the Never Trumpers. President Trump overturned the status quo which guaranteed them places and perks in the party hierarchy. They actually would have preferred Hillary because that would have allowed  them to keep their prestige positions.
What is it about the Beltway atmosphere that is hostile to integrity? The Beltway Bandits will do everything in their power to block our President.
https://www.ireallymissreagan.com/single-post/2017/07/06/TO-TWEET-OR-NOT-TO-TWEET
Trump’s presidency:
…has torn the veil off of the left’s inexorable and — until recently — largely obscured march toward a socialist America. Trump has exposed and discredited many of the institutions and mechanisms the left uses to execute its fundamental transformation: the media, the entertainment industry and academia. …, he is an unabashed capitalist, a walking manifestation of American achievement through commerce. … for this, they despise him.
We have considerable repairing to do. And we can do it.
AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
Emphasizing the accomplishments
In the face of unprecedented and vicious obstruction, our President has made significant returns on his promise to Make America Great Again.
A brief summary by economist Larry Kudlow:
[T]he profit reports continue to exceed expectations and that’s been true for the last couple of quarters…. I would add global economic growth is picking up … Among other things, Trump has made good on his promise to roll back hundreds of regulations: energy, finance, labor laws, you name it. He’s put it into place. That is a huge cost savings for businesses, particularly the smaller businesses. .. has instilled a lot of confidence….It looks awfully good.
Specifics:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_executive_actions_by_Donald_Trump

Educating the electorate
They rely on the mass media for information and consequently are ignorant. Worse, they don’t seem to care.
Thomas Jefferson: If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.
Thomas Paine: When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
We need to think.
Our kids are no longer taught about patriotism, morality, honor or self-reliance. They’re not taught economics. They’re not taught about the Constitution. The boys aren’t taught to be men and the girls aren’t taught to be women. … [quoting Evan Sayet] … everything liberals teach to kids is backward…Justice demands that the good and hard-working be rewarded and the evil and the lazy be punished (if only by the withholding of the rewards of doing the right things). Modern Liberalism demands that the good and hardworking be punished as the recipients of an unfair advantage and the evil and the lazy be rewarded, their acts of evil and their failure all the proof the Modern Liberal needs that somehow they have been victimized by forces out of their control.”
https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2017/04/23/how-liberals-are-poisoning-the-minds-of-young-americans-n2316700?
We all must help: write and call  Republican Senators and even Democrat Senators; write letters to the editor; speak at local meetings, talk one-on-one to friends; reply to political solicitations, making contributions contingent on responses; contribute to Senators who will stand up for us, we the people.
Vote reform
The Left incessantly repeat their mantra there is no voter fraud. Yeah, right!
Fraud is rampant and benefits the Left.  The frauds are many and ingenious: illegal immigrants voting [facilitated by issuance of drivers licenses], voting multiple times, voting in more than one state, dead people voting, felons voting, absentee voting without an affidavit of cause [makes ballots available for anyone to use], early voting  [allows organizations to pressure people to cast their vote before all the facts are known], electronic voting machines [controlled by the SEIU, which contributes millions to democrats]  have been manipulated to turn votes pressed for a republican ticket into votes for democrats.
One of Bill Clinton’s more odious lies: voter ID is racist. No matter that voter ID  is required in most areas of American life including applying for food stamps, issued on record levels. More  proof of his lie: the photo of Nelson Mandela wearing a shirt with the legend: GET AN ID. REGISTER. VOTE.
There is only one reason to oppose voter ID – to make fraud easier.
https://www.ireallymissreagan.com/single-post/2016/09/21/VOTER-FRAUD—THE-LEFTS-FAIL-SAFEThe abuses can be corrected. Key: Adoption of Mexico’s tamper-proof photo-ID card with a thumbprint and an embossed hologram. The registration process requires all citizens personally to enroll. Proof of birth or citizenship is necessary. Applicants are photographed and fingerprinted and then required to return to collect their voting credential. Other steps: https://www.ireallymissreagan.com/single-post/2017/01/01/MUST-DO—A-LONG-OVERDUE-TO-DO-LIST–Part-Three
Changing the cast
The GOP promised us that if we gave them the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, they would act immediately on their promises, especially the  repeal of Obamacare.  They lied.
We didn’t always have representatives and senators as career politicians. At the end of the 19th century,  a member of the House of Representatives served an average of 3.5 years, and a senator served an average of 6.5 years. One ex-governor noted
…This process of becoming career politicians is one reason Congress is so unpopular. It’s unhealthy to be constantly seeking re-election. Governing with term limits, I saw politicians do the right things for the right reasons — instead of whatever it took to get re-elected. [Emphasis added.]
Orrin Hatch won his Senate seat against a 3 term incumbent by asserting Senators in office so long lose touch with their constituents. Hatch was correct. Overall, 30% of Senators are in office more than 2 terms. Term limits are necessary. But hogs do not lead themselves to slaughter.
http://www.gopusa.com/mitch-mcconnell-no-interest-in-term-limits-for-congress/
Former Governor Mike Huckabee has suggested a simpler and better solution: repeal the 17th Amendment.
In 1913, a “progressive movement “ favored increased central government power. Sound familiar? But the Founders created a Constitution to protect us against just such a power grab. The Constitution provided for Senators chosen by their state legislatures and motivated to resist federal efforts to take power.
The “progressives” succeeded in passing the 17th Amendment, removing the States’ authority and providing for popular election of Senators, who have become a more entrenched version of House members. To pass the measure, States were told they had plenary power and the federal government was limited to specific powers.  That assurance has gone the way of other “progressive” promises.
Huckabee  highlighted the self-interest factor; rather than putting the interests of their states ahead of those of their own, Senators focus on their immediate personal political prospect
There are some Senators who do fulfill their oath to support and defend the Constitution. But, for every Rand Paul and Tom Cotton, there are dozens of Schumer’s and McConnells,  Bookers and Harris’, Murkowskis and McCaskills, etc. Our job is to replace the Selfish Seventy-Seven with more Pauls and Cottons.
https://www.ireallymissreagan.com/single-post/2017/07/14/POLLS—THE-TRIUMPH-OF-IGNORANCE
Going forward
We cannot let political parasites repudiate our Constitution, which gave us, and the world, the best system of government ever devised.  Ronald Reagan’s rule: When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
President Trump and Vice President Pence need to remind recalcitrant Senators of White House ability to make things unpleasant, including removing them from choice committee assignments, and campaigning against them
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Summary

Stephen B. Presser, author of “Recapturing the Constitution: Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered” and “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law”:

Those framers believed in popular sovereignty, but popular sovereignty governed by the rule of law, and in a cautious and careful Constitutional scheme…. today’s Democratic Party … the springing up ‘The Resistance’ …to undermine the Trump administration

….another restraint that risks…being weakened … religion that serves in a democratic society ‘to counteract that materialism which leads to democratic despotism.’  .. de Tocqueville put it, ‘while the law permits the Americans to do what they please, religion prevents them from … what is rash or unjust.”

Since the late 1960’s the restraining hold of religion has weakened to the point of inconsequence in our universities, in our media, and to a frightening extent in our culture itself. The idea that there is some higher power that might dictate morals and which might suggest there is something more to life than ‘self-actualization, …
 
the current president, who, despite his personal idiosyncrasies, has, in his speeches, emphasized America’s and Western Civilization’s dependence on a religious understanding that duty might be more important than individual desire. …very few scholars …[understand] in our tradition, responsibilities are ultimately as, if not more important than, rights, and that without deference to established practices we risk calamity and chaos.
In one of the great paradoxes of our time, …[the mass] media portray the Trump White House as a place of chaos, but, in fact, the ethos that may actually motivate this administration is the restoration of the traditional understanding of our Constitution, of our liberties, and of our way of life. [Emphasis added.]
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

lyrics Katherinie Lee Bates; music Samuel Ward

America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side…God should never have been expelled from America’s classrooms …Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged…
I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.
Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under….We are never defeated unless we give up on God.

 

Dick Coleman

Richard M. Coleman served as National Co-Chair, Lawyers for Reagan-Bush ’84 and really does miss RR. A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Dick is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and of the National Caucus of Metropolitan Bar Leaders. A professor on the faculty of Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution for 17 years, he received Pepperdine’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has hosted TV forums on legal and financial topics and written and spoken extensively on political issues.

© Richard M. Coleman 2018