quote: Here's my culture :
Your culture may be failing, and there's probably a reason for that.
My Dad took us around the world working for the US Airforce. He later started a small service business and employed a dozen people for forty years.I was born in the NE,and settled in Louisiana as a kid. I Went to The State University and got a degree, busted my arse Summers working on tug boats, graduated, moved to Japan with my job, later moved to Colorado, got married, settled down and started a family. Nobody gave me shite other than encouragement, which is the most important thing anyway, it turns out.
My wife escaped the horrors of Communism in a boat, survived pirates in The Sea Of Malaysia, lived in a tent in a camp for a year, and finally received permission to come to America. My paternal grandfather barely escaped the Nazis in the 30's and made his way to America.
In my lifetime I have been fair and kind to whoever I come in contact with. When my business failed in the recession I took the hit, deferring all pay in lieu of attending to the needs of my employees and their families. All my creditors were compensated, to their great surprise, over the next year, with my personal money.I did that out of a sense of personal honor.It ruined me financially and there were many sleepless nights spent holding my crying wife. But we made it through and came out stronger.
I wake up every day and bring my kids to school. Then I work
. I run 4/5 appointments each day,and it is TYPICAL that I arrive home after 10 pm.My dinner has celophane over it. I often drive 1000 miles per week. I have more work than I can handle, but I don't complain, I thank God that I have work in my self-created job, when so many others don't. I take vacations to great places and enjoy the accoutrements of prosperity,-dinner at nice restaurants, taking my kids to ball games and concerts- because I know it can be fleeting, and the love and health of my family is the important thing anyway.
In the last three months alone, one of my closest friends has lost his young son, my Mother has struggled with health issues, and a friend's wife is now struggling with cancer. As they have endured their pain and struggles I have endeavored ONLY TO BE OF SERVICE. Last night as you wrote the above, a little girl was spending the night at my home because her family member was having surgery in Nola and her parents deemed us to be the family they would entrust their daughter for the weekend.
It is an absolute miracle that my family exists in the first place. That my grandfather would survive mass State murder and my wife would survive mass State murder and that we would be blessed to live in freedom is an historical anomoly. I love The United States of America, The Constitution, Liberty and the Institutions, principles and ideals that make it the world's single INDISPENSABLE nation.
I would prefer to pass on a FUNCTIONING Nation of vitality and promise to my kids instead of one where it's citizens are on The Grift, where people are lined up ten deep with their hands out. I've spent my entire life hearing stories from my loved ones concerning how they lost their countries to "The State As God". It happened to them, it can and will happen here, if we turn our backs on our core organizing principles. If we disregard our founding principles of limited government, free markets and individual Liberty in exchange for "free goodies" from Government we WILL lose our country. If we sell our Liberty for a handful of gold, we will impoverish ourselves . We are in the process of selling our Liberty to the highest bidder.
So you look at that list in the OP and tell em how we are getting better. Let me know in what ways we are getting more virtuous
as a culture, or safe-guarding our culture more vigorously
. Because a Democracy requires virtue AND vigilance to maintain. Our country has lost it's way, a little at a time, for 50 years and is about to morph into something unrecognizable. Like it did in the 1850's and 1860's when we almost
If "my culture" is failing, then the America of Our Founding is failing.