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What's Good and Right About America?

Gratitude Above the Political Rancor

By Mark Alexander · Oct. 24, 2013
“The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” –George Washington (1778)

We have just endured six weeks of contentious debate between Republicans and Democrats and, worse yet, four weeks of fratricidal infighting between conservatives and moderates within the Republican Party.

Given the chronically rancorous tone in Washington since Barack Hussein Obama took office – a tone often punctuated by periods of acute acrimony as in recent weeks – inevitably the din can temporarily obscure all the good that is America, both historically and today. Consequently, some of our grassroots brethren have either resorted to reckless box-canyon politics or retreated in surrender.

Fortunately the vast majority of American Patriots who will read these words are not among them. But if you know others who have become so frustrated that they have lost sight of the prize, please share these words of encouragement with them.

Greet every sunrise as “morning again in America,” every dawn as affirmation that, in the words of Ronald Reagan, “America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.” (Indeed, the Reagan model for restoration was based on the sum total of our nation’s history, and it is as applicable today as ever.)

Approach every sunset in the spirit of a Patriot from Reagan’s generation, John Wayne: “There’s a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

Each day, my team of editors provides countless legions of grassroots Americans with the right information to combat the politicos and policies that threaten the future of our Heritage of Liberty. But it is entirely unacceptable to assume that the nation is irrevocably lost to those threats – and we never do.

By way of encouragement, join me for a moment, above the policy battles, for some enduring insights on what was and remains good and right about our great nation. There are volumes of fitting insights on that goodness, but I offer just these few quotes from past presidents on the character of our nation.

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“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” –George Washington

“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” –John Adams

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” –John Quincy Adams

“National honor is national property of the highest value.” –James Monroe

“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America. … We can have no 50-50 allegiances in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.” –Teddy Roosevelt

“We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.” –Calvin Coolidge

“He serves his party best who serves the country best.” –Rutherford Hayes

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” –Harry Truman

“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.” –Dwight Eisenhower

“And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” –John F. Kennedy

“In the words of Thomas Paine: ‘These are times that try men’s souls.’ We need more than summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. … We must draw anew on the individual strength, ingenuity, and vision that built America. But our gaze is not set on the past; it’s firmly fixed on tomorrow. … You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children (America), the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.” –Ronald Reagan

Let me bookend these quotes with another from George Washington: “No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.”

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To that end, I am reminded of these words from John Wayne: “Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”

Fellow Patriots, let us thank God for our great nation every day. And if this day was our last, may our final words be as those of Continental Army volunteer Nathan Hale prior to being hanged by the Red Coats in 1776: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Pro Deo et Constitutione – Libertas aut Mors
Semper Fortis Vigilate Paratus et Fidelis

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grenadier in greensboro nc said:

All the above is nice, but bears no resemblance to the America of today. That stuff was written and said when there were actually "Americans", not a horde of hyphenated, unconnected, semi-savages from various Third World garbage can countries who have no historical, ancestral, or emotional ties with America. With the election of Barack Obama the final nail has been driven into the coffin of what was once a great and good nation. The "experiment" is ended and has failed, by our own actions. We as a people have committed national suicide and now the question is how do we dispose of the corpse.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Richard Tonge in Taylorsville, Utah said:

Sir! Thank you for today's comments. It is most appreciated.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I generally take a counter point, not this time. I share the above comments and the P/P comments.

A serious question, we have the Tea party, the GOP, and DNC and factions there of. How can we ever get anything done?

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Here's your answer. Since the Tea Party is the closest thing to Constitutional Constructionism, the GOP and the DNC should not exist in their current incarnations. They are both deleterious aberrations of American political orthodoxy.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Gary B in MN said:

We must never think it is too late to turn this country around. If we all become involved in local elections, state elections, and national elections, challenge the candidates, and vote our consciences as opposed to the free loaders who get bought by the arch liberals we can begin the change. I hate what has happened as much as you do, but to sit back and do nothing is the worst thing we can do. I refuse to be run over, and as such am helping candidates I believe in by door knocking, signs in our yard, becoming an election judge to stave off as much fraud as I can, and never taking no for an answer.

I am recently retired, spent 45 years in the healthcare industry, learned a lot, and now I have the time to see what I can do with that knowledge. I do know one thing - the liberals, tax spending morons will get a fight out of me. Please don't give up and continue the fight for what our forefathers gave to us. Don't let it all be in vain.Thanks for listening.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

James Gyorko in Morgantown, West Virginia replied:

I agree with everything you said in this comment, Gary B

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

I second that notion.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Ken Windeler in Hastings, Florida replied:

Yes, sir you are correct. That is why it pains me to read comments and posts online stating how I'm not going to vote for so and so for president. OK I can understand that consensus. But by not voting for so and so for president, you also do not vote for any of the rest of the candidates all the way down to your county commission or city council.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Bruce in Cleveland, OH replied:

I'm sorry Gary, but I can't agree, as much as I would like to. Politics aren't going to do it, anymore. Getting involved in a corrupt system will not turn things around. A quote of George Washington's that wasn't used in Mark's article that is especially pertinent today is this, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” This nation has turned its back on God. People no longer see any shame in having the government steal money from others to serve their own needs. I had hope when most Amercans still believed in America, but now most people are selfish, self aborbed, self centered and are quite willing to use the force of government to gain them any benefits. Those of us left who are willing to put freedom above government benefits are now in the minority. Unless we can educate those in the majority in the error of their thinking, America will continue to swirl down the drain. The GOP leadership has no courage, the media are slavish propagandists for the Dems and our education system indoctrinates children into believing progressive/socialist/communist principles. I've lost hope.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:


You say you've lost hope, and I can understand that. But hope is an intangible, an indefinite position akin to gambling.

And this, by the way, and as a side point, is demonstrably symptomatic of what's wrong with Obama's "hope and change" rhetoric, particularly the "hope" part. As things have turned out at this point in his tenure, we have diminished freedoms and diminished prosperity in a continually ailing economy, full of many people with diminished moral fiber. G.W. Bush is a dim memory. All of what we have now is Obama's doing. And that's what is wrong with "hope". Instead of definitive actions steps for our redemption, under Obama, we now have nothing but hope. Like I said, its akin to gambling, except in this case, with Liberals dealing the cards, we know the deck is stacked against freedom.

Anyway, I digress. The beauty of Gary B's thoughts is that if you fight for conservative candidates, you will be helping to put a spotlight on Obama and his Democrats' immoral socialism, thereby damaging their support. You also ingratiate yourself via the concrete steps you take. And in the end, if all conservatives unify in this, and we still lose, then at least we will all know where we stand. We will be morally vindicated, and any subsequent suffering of society at the hands of government will be off our shoulders.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Tennessee Tom in Morristown, Tennessee replied:

Gary....I too am a retired healthcare professional (Pharmacist)...of 52 years that has allowed me to listen to "We The People". I hold to, and appreciate your positive input, Your statement...."To sit back and do nothing is the worst thing we can do.".. is so true. I fear that the "do nothing" Americans have brought us to where we are today. I was born free....and I will die free (God willing). As a former elected official, I took an oath "to honor, defend, and protect the Constitution of the US of America". I still (and will) continue to honor that oath!! As your comments positively involved in restoring America....stop thinking negatively....stand and fight.....we owe it to the generations to follow. Thanks Gary, and God Bless.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:04 PM

cbzesq in West Palm Beach, FL said:

Truer words were never spoken. It breaks my heart to see Tea Party folks argue with conservatives who disagree with the Cruz strategy, and Republican establishment types calling us more conservatives all kinds of names. All of us who call ourselves Republicans want smaller government, lower taxes and most importantly, a restoration of a constitutionally limited government with adherrence to the rule of law. It may sound corny, but a house divided indeed cannot stand.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

James Gyorko in Morgantown, West Virginia replied:

Nor can the Eagle fly when the wings think they are in charge of the body(We the People) being the body

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

All true, which is exactly why we should follow the wise advice of Gary B, above. If we are unified in our desire to go back to limited government and our constitutional roots, we should be able to seriously, effectively, and conclusively re-compile the GOP, toss out the Liberal Democrats and Rinos, and win elections.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Bruce in Cleveland, OH replied:

Conservatives believe as you stated, but not all Republicans do. If Republicans believed as you say, why do we still have a Dept. of Education and a Dept. of Energy? Why do we have a Dept. of Homeland Security? Why do we have a Patriot Act? Why do we have a prescription drug benefit? Why aren't Social Security and Medicare solvent or privatized? Yes, they have fought for lower taxes, but not smaller government . . . and you can't have one without the other. A political party is not an end in itself. It should be representing the values and desires of those who belong to it. But the GOP establishment no longer believes in Conservative principles. The Tea Party should bite the bullet, pull away from the GOP and start a new party that truly believes in the principles you stated. Yes, since splitting the party would not result in a large enough majority to win national elections, there would be some time spent in the wilderness building from the bottom up. (I would change the name from Tea Party to something else, also) But all appearances are that the GOP will be spending a substantial time in the wilderness anyway.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Larry in Topeka, Kansas said:

Words are just words. If not acted upon, they are less than nothing.
Our education system has removed the nuances and meanings from the minds of the young so that nothing will stem the tide that has been loosed. A good review of where we need to be fundamentally is Paul Bulter's book, What the Bible Says About Civil Government, provided you can find a copy.
Here is one item that really grabbed me: Speaking the five most important bible texts concerning the purpose of civil government, this was the first: 'Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are Gods.'
Lord Acton's reply is refreshing and perhaps the solution: "When Christ said 'Render...", He gave to the State a legitimacy it had never before enjoyed, and set bounds to it that had never yet been acknowledged. And He not only delivered the precept but He also forged the instrument to execute it. To limit the power of the State ceased to be the hope of patient, ineffectual philosophers and became the perpetual charge of a universal church..."
There you have it: two kingdoms necessary for human life, each with responsibilities and each not effective unless exercised at a fundamental level.
Will we recognize and practice that wisdom. I hope so and it begins with YOU and ME. Now where is the church composed of you and me? I fear hiding by itself afraid to engage. Gone is the Black Robed Pulpit of the Founding and we may go out with it.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

The Bible poses no threat to anyone, only to those who harbor hate of this nation and the principles on which it was founded. Banning or isolating Christianity and the Bible from American life by those who feel threatened shows they hate America and work for its downfall. Pure and simple!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Evermyrtle in Smoaks,SC said:

I believe our "king of America' will be 'the King of The One World Government, when it forces it's way on us. We should get the forming One World Government, The United Nations off of our soil.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

No, he will not. Should such a one-world government come to pass, Mr. Obama will suffer the fate of many others who sold out their nations to communist revolutionaries: they will execute him. For such conspirators know that traitors cannot be trusted, and are best eliminated.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

All the more reason why we should pull out of the U.N., and cultivate alliances with other like-minded nations that don't want to give up their respective sovereignty to a group of hypocritical wannabe chieftains.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

daevans34 in Ocean Springs, MS said:

I have written repeatedly that our political system and parties are broken. Nothing should make this fact more evident than the way we allow people to run for office. If we start out on a broken premise, we will continue to see mostly lawyers running for office who are indebted (or will soon be) to special interests. We get what we pay for.

Campaigns today rely on inordinate financial support which, in most instances, comes with actual or inferred obligations to their source. These sources include wealthy donors, companies, special interest groups and party support. 'Quid Pro Quo' is blatantly in play at some point. Since there are no real guidelines to campaigns, candidates are at will to lie, misrepresent, evade issues and obscure their personal intent.

Local, State and Federal aspirants to office should be given a specific questionnaire regarding their beliefs, policies and objectives as a political office holder. Further, their responses should be made public in all media that effectively reaches their constituents . . . newspaper, broadcast, direct . . repeatedly and especially shortly before election. The media should be urged to provide this as a public service. Or they could receive a specified tax credit. The public needs to know both the questions and their answers. Most candidates would hopefully be aware of severe political ramifications if they deviate from their positions stated in the questionnaire. Also they would be less likely to succumb to party leadership and end up voting as a 'bloc' rather than based on reason and logic (Note all recent Congressional decisions).

Would corruption and deviousness still exist? Absolutely but it would be far less than it is today. Further corrections in our system should be the enactment of 'term limits'. Office holders are all, sooner or later, corrupted by the environment is which they work and currently 'inside the beltway' of DC is the proverbial 'den of iniquity'.

The method we are using today is truly 'broken'.

Just a thought. All in search of a better America and future.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

We the tax-payers fund the like of NPR & PBS, whose main agenda is to berate conservative programs and persons, while applying 'teflon' to the likes of O'bama and other Demogogues. Perhaps their agenda and current staff should be subsumed and supplanted with 'LEGITIMATE' and "PROFESSIONAL' broadcasters.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

There are a lot of good ideas on how to fix our broken system because it became broken via a couple centuries of development and the too numerous, relatively unrestrained corrupt actions of generations of politicians. In short, there's a lot to fix.

Certainly term limits would be a step in the right direction. I say also that all the money must be removed from politics. We've had our experiment with paying our politicians generously so they won't feel compelled to corrupt themselves. All we got were highly paid crooks.

What if serving in politics was more like jury duty? You serve until the case is over. In this case, you would serve until your term expires. Your service is compulsory once you're chosen at random. And you get no money for your service. If these conditions are met, it seems to me that people will try to avoid political service, like they try to avoid jury duty, but once you're chosen, and you have no way to profit from the experience, there's every reason to do a good job while you're there and cherish the day when it ends.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

XCpt in the ether said:

It is extremely unfortunate that the maxims of freedom that are quoted here are currently looked upon by our educational system as part of the problem. Individual responsibility and freedom? Why, those concepts are not compatible with the socialist agenda and must be demonized at all cost.

We won't be able to restore the country as long as the children are taught to believe that those concepts don't belong in the collective society that is replacing our republic.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

EJerryM in VT said:

Ah, the supposed silver lining. Let’s get one thing straight Mark, we are no longer a nation; we are a nation-state increasingly under the thumb of the United Nations global machine. I see no organized resistance to globalism, world government, or a single world currency. American values are being compromised in order to make us mergeable into this brave new world. Freedom will exist only in respect to our acknowledgement that government is the benefactor of all rights and freedoms. Our Creator is increasingly diminished and will cease to exist in the view of those managing the New World Order.

We are at war, and optimistically quoting those politicians pandering for votes, regardless of how nice the rhetoric sounds, will do nothing to wake the sleeping giant. I like flowery talk as much as the next guy, but let’s save it for the victory speech. In the meantime let us concentrate on the task at hand: Preserving our one nation under God as the bastion of freedom and liberty as envisioned by our Founders.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Constitution Party in Buffalo, NY said:

It's never too late to take back our Country. It is a great Nation and can be even greater. If we hold government's feet to the fire it will succumb. If we let it alone to do as it pleases we get Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner etc. etc.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Aubrey Short in Nolensville, TN said:

Dear Mark, Do you realize that our youth do not know about our founders? Our educational system is not teaching about them. Many do not even know that we have three branches of federal government and do not even listen to current news. It is sad that most live in the world of texting, phoneing, and watching music videos. Most think little of WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, etc. Most don't know who is the Chief Justice. The socialists have taken over the educational system. It is going to be very difficult to change since the press and Hollywood are influencing them.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Annie in Oklahoma City replied:

This is why we must lay the foundation again, beginning in our homes. We must teach our children (and brothers, and nephews, and uncles, if need so require) about our founding fathers and personal accountability and putting others first, etc. All teaching/learning begins at home. (We knew our parents well before any school teachers.) Just a point to ponder. There is hope; it begins at home.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Dick Boas in Long Pond, PA replied:

Annie: Well Said. If you are a moron; your kids will be morons. My parents taught me to read before I went to school. Later in life I asked my mother why. She wanted me to be able to read and understand the street signs so I didn't get lost or run over. Dick

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Aubrey and Annie,

Regarding our public schools' dismal track record in teaching our history, revisionist history is made up of lies, and lies of omission are still lies.

I don't know too many of the details of it, but by the end of October, Rush Limbaugh is going to release a childrens book he wrote to address this very same problem. I think the book is actually intended for all ages. I'm sure you could find information about it online.

Regarding our public schools' dismal track record in teaching our history, lies of omission are still lies.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Bruce in Cleveland, OH replied:

Annie, I agree that we need to teach our children. However, who is going to teach the children of the half of the nation who just want to know what government is going to provide them with. When my kids left high school they had conservative values and opinions. After four years of college and many years of media propaganda, I find their beliefs increasingly at odds with mine. When I talk about conservative principles, rule of law, freedom, responsibility and God, they just roll their eyes as if to day, "Dad, that is all so old fashioned. It doesn't work in today's world." And, I fear, they may be right.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Lisa in MD replied:

Very true. That is why my son goes to a PRIVATE school whre they still teach about the founding fathers and US History. He even watches Fox and Friends with me and Fox News.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Tab in Norris, SC replied:

Aubrey, in upstate SC, we are teaching about the Founding Fathers. I teach 8th grade SC History; part of the course includes a study of the causes of the American Revolution, with a focus on those men we call "Fathers". I am not alone in my commitment to teach kids about our nation's beginnings.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Joe in Weston FL said:

Amen. America's best days are yet to come. Let us pray, fight and work diligently until the victory is won for our families and our nation. For God's glory the victory is won.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Mark Hansen in Long Beach, CA said:

Thank you, Mark, for those much-needed words of encouragement! I will continue to fight the good fight to wrest control of this great country from the totalitarian left.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Annie in Oklahoma City said:

Thank you for the encouragement! Much needed in these times.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

CMC_Rizor in Huntsville, AL said:

Thank you for the words of encouragement. The current political morass will eventually pass. It is just reaffirmation that the great spiritual battle between God the creator & the devil (god of this world) continues unabated. Whenever I get discouraged I read Psalm 37 & 73 for comfort & assurance that God is still there. My prayer is that we continue to abide where God's abundant mercy & grace abound. Hang in there, God's plan will eventually eliminate the devil.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM