Optimistic or Pessimistic About America?

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And seventh, most American Jews are on the wrong side of this American divide. They don’t understand that an America that abandons its unique values and becomes like other countries will join these other countries in abandoning Israel. And many, incredibly, do not even care.

With regard to the world, there are even more reasons for pessimism.

The Arab Spring is a product of Western liberals’ naivete. Russia is gradually resurrecting the Soviet Union. Iran would like to start a Middle East-wide war to annihilate Israel. Europe has lost its identity and its will to survive as a distinct civilization. The welfare state is finally collapsing, and Europeans do not do well with economic hardship. With America’s premature withdrawal, Iraq may well lapse into civil war and become a satellite of Iran. China is run by amoral men who hold vast reserves of the West’s currencies and who are intent on supplanting America as the world’s preeminent economic, political and military power.

So what are the reasons to be optimistic about America?

Many Americans are gaining clarity about the threat posed by leftism to core American values. They understand that the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen; that the death of God leads to the death of objective moral standards; and that the Marine Corps, not the Peace Corps, is the greatest force for world peace.

Many Americans are therefore fighting to reassert the primary American value of small government, the Judeo-Christian values upon which this country was founded and the idea that American exceptionalism is a moral category rather than a chauvinistic one. They’re also fighting to reassert the fact that a strong American military is the only guarantor of peace on earth, and they’re fighting against the racial and ethnic Balkanization of America.

If these Americans win the next presidential election, I will be optimistic about America.

Unfortunately, however (and I’m sorry for the “however”), at the very moment that the case against leftism would have the most receptive audience in modern American history, the only Republican candidate for president who seems to have a chance of defeating the Democratic president either doesn’t perceive the dangers of the left or doesn’t care to make the case against them.

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  • Susan S

    I wonder if the fact that "America as the world’s preeminent economic, political and military power" has anything to do with our founding documents? The Constitution being one of those documents is in jeopardy of becoming irrelevant. If we are going to ignore the part about being a Natural Born Citizen, meaning both parents must be Americans, which part are we going to ignore next? Perhaps the 2nd Amendment, or that pesky one about free speech. When Americans see the corrupt Goldman Sachs crowd being bailed out to the tune of billions and we are loosing our homes, when we can go to jail for a small infraction (just look up how many Americans are in prison for drug "crimes" of a personal use nature – the prison industrial complex is a powerful force) and the President can present to the American people a fraudulent birth certificate and everyone turns a blind eye. We must ask is there a rule of law based on the Constitution or is the whole game rigged? I agree the left will turn this country into a socialist hell hole if allowed. But on this issue of ignoring the Constitution when it comes to the man in the White House most conservatives are equally guilty. I would actually say more guilty. Whenever I have brought up this subject with those who are not so political they often comment that is there really was an issue surely the Republicans / Conservatives would make an big deal out of it. But they don't they are silent and I must say Mr. Prager it is something you are sweeping under the rug as well. God forbid someone should be called a birther. Before someone runs against this man should he not have to answer at least to the apparent fact that he has presented the nation a fraudulent document? Is this asking too much?

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    In the pessimistic list Mr. Prager missed the global advance of islam, unprecedentedly empowered by trillions of oil money (the empowering being in progress every second).

    As to seeking reasons for an optimism in a depth of such an overwhelming decline like America is now: How can it be curable just by election of one high position executive from the same rotten deck of cards and ersatz-parties?! (The very "parties" responsible for this decline). How can it cure 100 years of neglect to the leftists infection consuming America? How can it wish away the entire system of school and universities rotten beyond repair?

    Unfortunately, not only "the case AGAINST leftism" and FOR America is not voiced out by anybody. Every item of the case for America became a taboo:


    And until at least this taboo is broken, we have no reasons for optimism.

  • Ghostwriter

    Optimistic or pessimistic about America? I don't know. I'm not sure.