by John Hawkins | June 23, 2004 12:01 am
“And many writers have imagined for themselves republics and principalities that have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for there is such a gap between how one lives and how one ought to live that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done learns his ruin rather than his preservation: for a man who wishes to profess goodness at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good.” — Niccolo Machiavelli
Americans are subjected daily to a barrage of criticism, an endless litany of America’s offenses that are usually blown out of all proportion to reality. In fact, America is treated by many people, more than a few of them citizens of this country, like the primary cause of everything that’s wrong with the world.
Well, I utterly reject that view. Before you rip America…
— Name a country that has freed more people from tyranny?
— Name another country that powers the world economy the way we do?
— Name another country that has had our level of military superiority over the rest of the world that hasn’t used it for conquest?
— Remember which nation is standing between the Chinese and Taiwan?
— Remember which nation is standing between South & North Korea?
— Remember who’s sticking with Israel against its genocidal neighbors?
— Ask yourself which nation is the heart and soul of NATO?
— Ask yourself which nation has done more to fight Communism or terrorism?
— Name a country that has done more for the world than the United States?
The truth is that the United States has done more make this planet a better place to live than any other 10 nations combined.
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But, that doesn’t faze the sort of people who seem to believe that freedom & democracy is something civilized people talk about over caviar with Kofi Annan, not something you’re supposed to risk blood and treasure for. America doesn’t look at it like that and that’s why they call us “cowboys”.
Well let me tell ya something pard, not only are we cowboys, we’re every character Clint Eastwood & John Wayne ever played all rolled into one. While “shopkeeper nations” talk the talk, but hide like rabbits when there’s trouble, our country, and our “posse”, nations like Britain, Australia, Italy, & Poland, are out walking the walk.
So, let people whine about this country if they want to. Despite all their protests to the contrary, they know we’re the living embodiment of that Jack Nicholson quote from “A Few Good Men”…
“[M]y existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because, deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand at post. Either way, I don’t give a [email protected] what you think you are entitled to.”
You can call that flag waving or bragging about this country if you want, but where I’m from, down here in North Carolina, they say it isn’t bragging if you’re telling the truth. And the truth is, and I say this in all seriousness, the United States is not just the crown jewel of Western civilization, we are the best thing that has ever happened to this planet.
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