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Redefining America

Those who would have us be something closer to tyranny are winning.

Larry Greenfield


April 5, 2013 - 12:00 am

Superman, the character created in 1938 whose deeds inspired generations of young Americans, renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2011, for the 900th issue of Action Comics. The fictional patriotic warrior for American values stated: “Truth, justice, and the American way — it’s not enough anymore.” Further: “I intend to speak before the United Nations and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship. I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy.”

Superman is not alone: today, UN mandates seek to regulate individual free speech and gun ownership rights — Agenda 21 pushes global regulation over private property rights.

Also, global governance advocates assert international legal authority over American national interests. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry ran for president in 2004 promising “a global test” for U.S. foreign policy; running for president in 2008, Barack Obama declared himself “a citizen of the world.” The post-WWII bipartisan security consensus endorsed by Truman, JFK, and “Scoop” Jackson has been replaced with a foreign policy that rejects American exceptionalism and seeks to engage enemies and to lead from behind.

Only two modern presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, never wore the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States. Sixteen million Americans served abroad in World War II, and millions more served on the home front.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 challenged British rule and taxation without representation, and established the American belief in individual rights, limited government, and local control over our lives. The Civil War tax was temporary and set at 3%, and the initial low federal income tax was not constitutionally authorized until 1913 and applied to only the top 1% of the citizenry.

Today, the Internal Revenue Code is 17,000 pages long, and mandates the highest corporate tax rate among Western economies. Many Americans bear an astonishing 50%- plus tax burden from federal and state income, estate, social security, Medicare, workman’s compensation, real property, excise, and fuel taxes, among many other assessments, duties fees, fines, and imposed costs. And now, the Obamacare health care insurance mandates are justified by the Supreme Court as a previously unconstitutional un-apportioned direct tax on every American.

Federalism has collapsed under an unlimited Commerce Clause and an expanding imperial judiciary. The U.S Constitution was ratified as the “supreme law of the land” to be changed only by amendment, until progressives like Woodrow Wilson asserted a living Constitution that evolves over time. Today, Justice Ginsburg denigrates the U.S. Constitution, which she was sworn to protect and defend. Judges now cite foreign law in their rulings, and Georgetown University Law Center Professor Louis Seidman suggests Americans should now disobey the “bondage” of a Constitution that President Obama has called “fatally flawed.”

The American founding was rooted in Judeo-Christian civilization. Americans knew the Hebrew Bible and were deeply rooted in Christian faith. Even as the framers protected religious liberty, they overwhelmingly agreed with President George Washington’s repeated assertions that “religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”

Today, polls reveal a growing minority of Americans are disaffiliated from organized religion, with many claiming to be agnostic or atheistic. Citizens take offense to religious voices in the public square, and litigate against graduation prayers, Christmas holiday displays, the Pledge of Allegiance’s “Under God,” and our currency’s “In God We Trust.”

Traditional legal norms of family, including limiting marriage to male-female unions and restricting adoption to married couples, are collapsing. Waves of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th century were implored by President Theodore Roosevelt to join together, as he deplored “hyphenated Americanism.” Today, multiculturalists reject the positive assimilation implied by e pluribus unum, and balkanize our society with racial preferences.

Among the past heroes of American life were corporate citizens. The mobilization of American industry, technology, and materiel production over the course of WWII benefited from the greatest generation of business leaders, engineers, production managers, and workers, who lifted the United States out of the Great Depression and powered the Allies to victory. Today, corporate America is denigrated, even while many U.S.- based corporations can no longer be said to be American patriots; their workforce and sales are international.

American innovation both promoted and benefited from the space race. Today, Mr. Obama has lowered his sights, cut NASA spending, and opposed lunar exploration and continued human spaceflight.

Policymakers previously sought to incentivize both work and charity through welfare reform and tax cuts. Today, Mr. Obama promotes dependency and demoralizes taxpayers by taunting: “You didn’t build that.”

The American people reelected a president mentored by anti-American radicals and who has no business background. He advocates economic redistributive change — stealing our children’s future by building a national debt even he once claimed was “unpatriotic.”

American arts once examined and critiqued society in a patriotic way: think Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Norman Rockwell and Irving Berlin celebrated our nation. 1940s Hollywood rallied to the troops. Today, filmmakers like Oliver Stone simply fantasize historical events in their movies and television documentaries to diminish an America long admired by dissidents and freedom fighters around the globe. Recent Iraq war films were deeply unsupportive of the war effort. Hollywood is not just culturally left wing; it now tells stories primarily for international audiences and profits.

Academic scholars were once proudly diverse and intellectually unpredictable. Today, academic bias is notorious, and social science leftism is monolithic on university campuses. The most widely used U.S. high school history textbook, by Howard Zinn, deconstructs American goodness.

American leadership, liberty, prosperity, security, and virtue are all challenged by those who wish to denounce, deconstruct, and redefine America. The first lady famously stated she had never been proud of her country until her husband’s election. The Obama administration’s campaign to “fundamentally  transform” the United States has many allies, and is winning.

Larry Greenfield is a fellow in American studies at the Claremont Institute, and senior fellow of the American Freedom Alliance.

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Superman snorted Kryptonite. Modern liberals snort everything they can get from the government.
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"The Obama administration’s campaign to “fundamentally transform” the United States has many allies, and is winning."

Yes,sadly they are winning. This last election showed a huge population shift to the left. Social change resulted in political change. I have no idea on how to fight this, maybe it's like throwing a buck of water at the ocean. I have only one hope that the Republican party will split; neocon vs conservative. Years from now, if we survive as a nation the huge economic and social changes due to come our way, the people will turn to conservatives for solutions. Who knows, maybe Obama wants a 3rd, 4th or 5the term? As judge Gaffney in the movie Harvey said, "we shall see what we shall see."

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"Today, academic bias is notorious, and social science leftism is monolithic on university campuses."

Indeed, anyone studying modern social science in the West will be exposed to a host of falsehoods and harmful doctrines.
That's why independent scholars are forced to labour as amateurs outside of the academy. The oppressive arrogance of leftists make true dialogue and learning impossible.
Hopefully more Biblically oriented citizens will express their views and have their voices heard in formal academic settings, such as this website here:

When a great nation ceases to learn and appreciate the fundamental truths that made it great, showing disdain for them instead, we see how rapidly decline occurs.
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A “pundit” ought to have studied our Founding documents and history enough to know that the republic of Messrs.’ Madison, Washington & Jefferson came to a screeching halt on July 4th, 1861. Any “pundit” who has actually read the President’s “Message to Congress in Special Session” should be able to discern that the author had never read the Federalists or Anti-Federalists Papers any of accumulation of (general government or state) Compacts which came before the Constitution. That message marked the end of this republic just as clearly as Julius Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon marked the beginning of the end of the Republic of Rome (with the same outcome).
It was the “modern” Republican Party that destroyed Federalism.
Hardly anybody takes seriously the States’ Right of secession, nullification or interposition anymore because of them. Those tools of the sovereign States might have come in handy during the Roe v. Wade abortion fight or the Immigration Issue, for examples, instead we are stuck with incomprehensible gibberish…. Thanks to a long list of Low Info Pundits, Professors and Politicians who constantly confuse Republican Party hackery with true republicanism.
This was Fourierian socialists Alvan E. Bovay’s intent when he suggested the new party’s name in the Little White School House in Ripon, WI in 1854…. Nothing has changed but the party labels.

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"the republic of Messrs.’ Madison, Washington & Jefferson came to a screeching halt on July 4th, 1861."

YES! Someone who gets it!

The national government we have today bears almost no resemblance to the government created by the Founding Fathers - and that divergence from the original intent has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with a political class that has slipped it's bounds and seeks to control everything in the country from their seat of power in Washington, DC.

And those bounds were indeed destroyed by Lincoln.
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Er, I think you have to start with Madison and the rest of the Federalists. They began a process from which one could expect that an ever-growing and more powerful country (which was their intent) would eventually become somewhat like we are. I would argue that no matter what they claimed publicly, that their intent was to form a Republic from which secession would not be possible. They knew that because North Carolina and Rhode Island had not ratified the Constitution, that we did not quite have a real country yet and did whatever it took in the Bill of Rights to get them into the fold. The rest is history.
As for the poor corporate folks which the article claims are no longer respected as much, maybe it has something to do with the fact that much of their stuff is made by cheaper labor overseas and they bring it back here to sell at decent profits for them and the stock-holders, but it remains to be seen whether the retail and service sectors can carry the weight of the lost manufacturing. Granted, someone could argue that this dynamic has evolved just as the Federal Guvmwnt has. But what the hell, intead blame those who are not religious, praise the Lord, and pass gas.
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I'll see your Madison and raise you a Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson, of course, was quite convinced that states could secede and had the authority to do so.

Then of course you have the fact that the Federalists, whom you referred to and of whom Madison himself was a one time leader, themselves sought to secede a goodly chunk of New England at one point from the union.

Oh, and no argument was made at that time that the states couldn't secede - only that it was a bad idea.

As for your reference to religion, I'll leave you to debate that with yourself as I do not believe I even brought that up.
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