Your column is on target and it really puts the responsibility for keeping the "City shining up on the Hill" on us citizens. When a person like Obama can be elected our "Shining city is dire danger. He has done nothing but sell snake oil that poisons the greatest country the world has ever known. Redistributing the wealth and pitting groups against one another is not what Winthrop or Reagan professed. Thank you for reminding us about our history. Your book, The Essential American, should be required reading in every high school classroom in America.