Thursday, November 26, 2009

America - The Land of The Free and The Brave Will Rise Up Again

For all the trouble this beloved country finds herself currently in, I can only marvel at her wondrous existence over the past 233 years - an existence of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - just as our Founders promised us. Of course the promise was based on the premise that Americans would continue to honor the blood, sweat and tears that the early Patriots shed fighting for this America; an America to be built on the pedestal of the curious idea of liberty for all. What a notion at the time!

I can say-not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, political and aesthetic roots-that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the ONLY moral country in the history of the world. (Philosophy: Who Needs It by Ayn Rand)

There's only one person who could have ever said the above with that full conviction, for she escaped from the killing fields of Soviet Russia - Ayn Rand. She understood the miracle that was her adopted country. Throughout her life she defended America from attacks both from the left and right-attacks bent on destroying this island of sanity in the midst of a sea of irrational, murderous regimes of the 20th century. She clearly understood how special The United States of America was and still is.
But today we run a great risk. One can ask are our children, poorly educated and ignorant of our humble and at the same time heroic beginnings, capable of confronting the myriad attacks against us? I hope so.

Since the golden age of Greece, there has been only one era of reason in Twenty-three centuries of Western philosophy. During the final decades of that era, the United States of America was created as an independent nation. This is the key to the country-to its nature, the development, and its uniqueness: the United States is THE NATION OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT. (The Ominous Parallels by L. Peikoff)

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