Freedom was won in 1781 and then freedom was ordered in 1787.
It is not enough for freedom to be won; freedom must be sustained by every generation by balancing positive and negative freedom.
What kind of society do you want America to be? The greatest threat to freedom is freedom.
The threat to sustainable freedom will come from internal forces, not from external forces.
President Reagan said of freedom, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Our constitutional form of republican self-government demands our elected representatives to follow the founding first principles from the Declaration to be a statesman first and not as a means to reelection. We need leaders to be able understand what American Exceptionalism is and how to legislate within those virtues of good government.
The story of the decline of those principles, both of reason and of revelation have formed the core of Western Civilization. This decline has been contributed from the “revisionism” from academia which is well documented in their text books. Liberalism is the political philosophy based in the replacement of natural right with historical right which results in nihilism.
The American Spirit is the individual character which includes rugged individualism, responsibility, continual self-improvement, and self-governess with the virtues that are required to make a country great and prosperous.
American Exceptionalism is the principles, ends, and purposes of government from which the natural law doctrine is based – knowledge, experience, wisdom of the past – and derives its just powers from the opinion and the intelligent-enlightened consent of the governed. The rejection of individual natural right is relativism and historicism which leads to nihilism.