A look at the different cultures of the world will tell you that not all people are capable of such a thing, and that we should not take our own success for granted. Poverty is the rule of human life; our prosperity and freedom is the exception. We can't simply count on having these things forever.
Why is the West so great? Is it because of natural resources? Lots of countries are rich in natural resources. Is it because of colonialism and its ravages? The West was dominant even before colonization and imperialism. Surely culture is a major factor in what makes for success.
It's not just some macro-economic or international idea; even within our country, communities with a strong work ethic, an emphasis on family, God, and service, thrive. Even at the individual level, we have all seen examples of how hard-working, virtuous people eventually create their own luck.
One of the great legacies of Andrew Breitbart is his keen understanding that culture is the real battleground in this country. He knew that, so long as the Left controlled the cultural mainstream, politics wouldn't matter.
But, of course, the orthodoxy of academia and the media of our time-precisely because the Left took over both industries for their importance-is culturally relativistic: no one is allowed to judge anyone's culture, and all culture's are equal.
No one believes this until they are taught it. Of course some cultures are better than others. Not only is it acceptable for us to proclaim that, but it is our duty: the culture of life is superior to the culture of death, the culture of family is superior to the culture of selfishness, the culture of entrepreneurship is superior to the culture of dependency.
What Mitt Romney said was right, and closer to an understatement than an overstatement. The fact that the media is trying to spin this into another "gaffe" discredits them even further than they had already discredited themselves.
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