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The Monument Society Versus the Free Society

John6729 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 3:06 PM
One more thing: take the time to educate oneself and read the Federalist Papers. The most cogent argument for our exceptionalism, and the direct, unfiltered explanation on what the Founder's had in mind when the met in Philadelphia. Those principles are not relics of a bygone era. Truth is not limited to the past and those of us who believe such things must never hesitate to have a response to the left and thier empty chair arguments (as we saw with the trouncing of President Obama by Mitt Romney).
Andy544 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 3:42 PM
Good observations, John; but, take it further: WHAT is the SOURCE of "truth"? Yes, as you said, truth 'is not limited to the past', but, ask yourself, WHAT is Truth? And what is its source? Is 'truth' 'objective' or 'subjective'? Is truth un-changing and eternal? Or is truth 'evolving' and changing? The Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution are NOT truth itself, but they certainly reflect truth. FREEDOM can only exist in the sunshine of TRUTH; for a nation or society to experience FREEDOM, it must 1st possess at least a 'tipping point' of those who KNOW what TRUTH is. American 'exceptionalism' occurred because we FORMERLY had that 'tipping point'. (contin.)
Andy544 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 3:49 PM
Now, tragically, the 'tipping point' is 'tipping' the other way. What we now have, pretty much for 'truth' in our national dialogue are 'historical relics', 'musty historical documents', and quaint statues and enscriptions in public places (which the 'monument builders' are working 24/7/365 to tear down and erase).

Last week, after the first presidential debate, I spoke at an architecture school in downtown Los Angeles. One of the questions the moderator asked was about American exceptionalism. The foam flecked to his lips at the very phrase. What, pray tell, was American exceptionalism, he asked?

I answered by referencing the Founding Fathers and the freedoms they guaranteed us via the American Constitutional System of checks and balances. What makes us unique guardians of liberty, I said, is that our system is designed to counterbalance interest against interest -- we only act together with the full power of unity when...