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Editorial: D’Souza: Is America on the road to committing suicide?
About politics and other thingsJuly 9, 2014 | 2,948 views | 6 comments
America is special. Immigrants come to America, and they become Americans. They can’t go to Canada and become Canadians or to Britain and become British.
America is more than a place; it is an idea, writes Dinesh D’Souza. America, at its founding, represented a new way for a nation to be established; not by accident or conquest as historically had been done.
If, however, we are losing our shared principles, as D’Souza writes, we may be watching America’s suicide. This is worrisome, because he, like Ted Cruz and Ted’s father, Rafael Cruz, laments that if America falls, there will be no one left to pick up the pieces and no place else left to go.
How is this happening? America has been indicted by the left and charged with theft. Progressives (they now prefer this term over “liberals”) now teach that capitalism is unethical, a charge that no one has bothered to answer, writes D’Souza.
D’Souza answers these charges in his new book and movie by the same name. In America: Imagine a World Without Her, he counters those who say that America’s wealth (read “greed”) is the reason for other countries’ poverty. They are the same ones who consider themselves victims -- and blame their victimhood on the success of others.
Success is not a zero sum game, D’Souza writes, but President Barack Obama thinks it is. He and others believe that as long as we have rich people in America, our system is unjust. Thus the minimum-wage worker (even if wages are raised to $15 an hour as some are demanding) and many in the middle class buy into that argument. They demand their “fair share,” something Obama encourages.
D’Souza writes: “He [Obama] intends to redistribute the money in America and around the world. In his view, he’s giving back to people what has been illicitly taken from them.” The culmination of this progressive thinking is what will lead to America’s suicide -- its undoing.
D’Souza demonstrates how America was founded as a new kind of country invented by “wealth creation” instead of by plunder and conquest. He counters the accusations of the progressives one by one, and effectively accomplishes what no other conservative has been willing or able to do.
To make his points, D’Souza relies on others, including Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote of America: “Natural inequality will soon make way for itself and wealth will pass into the hands of the most capable.” Yes, Americans have wealth, but it is earned or created, not stolen.
Back in the late 19th century, de Tocqueville predicted that America would become great and noble -- a theme that comes through in D’Souza’s story. Still, America is not perfect.
Slavery was a stain on its history, and D’Souza does not justify it. He explains that slavery has been around since ancient civilizations. What is unique to America, however, is that it fought a Civil War against slavery and worked to eradicate it.
Contrary to liberals who preach that America is evil, D’Souza argues that America is a moral country. Indeed, our form of government will work only for a good and moral (religious) people. The American Judeo-Christian society emphasizes good behavior, and the government is its protector. The people tell the government how to operate, not the other way around. That is how it has worked for 238 years.
If D’Souza is right, Americans can still rise up and demand freedom, but it is a fight that too few have been willing to make.
(More about America next week.)
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