Anyone who’s been watching Glenn Beck lately has seen him ask the same question over and over again… How are we changing? On July 29th, 2009, Beck wrote the following:
And the fourth thing I’d like to get across today is, remember your traditions and heritage. One of the most shocking things said during the course of the presidential campaign last year came from Michelle Obama. During a campaign stop, she said, “…And Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices, we’re going to have to change our conversation, we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history, we’re going to have to move into a different place.” First of all, one can’t change one’s history. Oh, you can re-write it, certainly, to make it a lie, but that doesn’t change it. Secondly, I don’t want to change our traditions and history! It is our traditions and history that make us who we are…we are AMERICANS! And we will fight to stay AMERICANS!
Well Glenn, I think I can pin it down for you. We were the people who would fight an extraordinary bloody civil war to end slavery back in the 1860s. We were the people who would fight not one but two world wars to save Europe. Under the guidance and inspiration of JFK, we fought to stop the spread of Communism, a “system of government” that is easily responsible for the slaughter of at least 100,000,000 people. Who we were Mr. Beck, was epitomized at Gettysburg, Omaha Beach, and the following from JFK in 1960…
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
But just yesterday, President Obama eloquently described this change:
“Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people and in its past traditions. And I admit that America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy. But that does not weaken our commitment; it only reinforces it. There are basic principles that are universal; there are certain truths which are self-evident — and the United States of America will never waver in our efforts to stand up for the right of people everywhere to determine their own destiny.”
Simply put, we are not Americans anymore, Glenn. Just walk through any food court in any mall in America and listen to the young people. Turn on the TV on any Saturday afternoon and surf the channels. (Are lawyers the only ones who advertise anymore?) Look at the magazines, the video games, the sports heroes.
We have traded the noble and wise American sentiment of JFK and those who came before him for the foolish, slick, and shallow Barack Obama and his co-horts. In short, today we are a culture that will simply ignore the success of Post-WWII Italy, Japan, and Germany, and will instead posture dangerous, selfish, agenda-blind, utter nonsense about the limits of democracy in the very U.N. shadows of beasts like Ahmadinejad, Gaddafi, and Chavez.
Who hired these clowns Mr. Beck? Who hired Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and Dodd? Oh yeah… We did–and in a decisive manner.
Perhaps we can change back for the good, Glenn. Perhaps we can go back, and keep the added good that we fought so hard for along the way. But I have my doubts. Not so long as we stare agog at car chases on national news, take mischievous delight in beating jury duty, and are so hollow as a culture as to tolerate the fact that one in four teens get STDs without even so much as a collective whimper. I’m not holding my breath.
There’s your answer, Mr. Beck… The fault and “change” lie not in our political stars, but in ourselves.