Can we dispense with the notion that all of us must reiterate Colin Kaepernick’s right to say what he wants? For the time being, the United States of America is a free country. The First Amendment remains our most precious right. Twitter is still flooded with disparaging comments against the football star, but the people writing them too often feel the need to add the predicate disclaimer “of course, he can say what he wants.”
We know. Let’s not waste our fellow Americans’ time on this fact.
I reserve name calling for the truly deserving, and Colin Kaepernick is a stupid and privileged douchebag.
He, sadly, is one of many who picked the winning lottery ticket by being born in America, and snivels at the flag that represents how we achieved this greatness. Kaepernick has no clue what it means to be an American.
In one of the more popular videos Dennis Prager has ever appeared in, garnering 3,1000,000+ views, the question was asked “What is the greatest threat to America?” When an audience member shouted “Obama!” Prager replied, “No, it’s not Obama.”
It’s not. If, God forbid, President Obama came down with an illness, nothing would change. Nothing.
I believe the greatest threat facing America–and I’ve believed this my entire adult life–is that we have not passed on what it means to be American to this generation.
A society does not survive if it does not have a reason to survive. That’s true for individuals…where there is a why, there is a how. I hate to tell you who said it, Nietzsche, but nevertheless it remains true. We have lost the “why.” The greatest generation did not teach my generation what Americanism is. It’s not its fault; it wasn’t taught. This goes back 100 years to John Dewey, to the importation of European professors to our universities, to a whole host of issues.
The average American who deeply loves this country and even has conservative values cannot articulate what those values are. It’s no one’s fault but that is the greatest threat. When we understand this “American Trinity“–in God we trust, liberty, E Pluribus Unum–that is uniquely American, that is not European…When it is understood what America stands for, when it is understood that there is a moral dimension to a smaller government. It is not an economic question, it is a moral question. We give far more charity per capita than Europeans do. Why? Are we born better? No. The bigger the government, the worse the citizen. They are preoccupied in Europe with how much time off, where will they vacation, when will they retire. These are selfish questions; these are not altruistic questions.
So the goodness that America created is jeopardized by our not knowing what we stand for. That’s our greatest threat.
Please watch this video, learn what it means to be an American, and pass it onto our youth. Most of our schools are lost; for the immediate future, we can’t help that. But we can do it ourselves. On top of everything we have to do in our lives, it’s a hard task that’s easy to give up on. Every time I feel like stopping, however, I think of what our service men and women did and still do on the battlefield to ensure our liberty. The rest of us have no right to stop now. We owe it to everyone.
Let’s learn our great history, and with passion and resolve deliver that message of American Exceptionalism to our posterity.
Honor demands it.