Freedom is special and rare

Stephen Moore at National Review reminds us of what Americans have to be thankful for, invoking President Ronald Reagan’s farewell speech:

“We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs protection. So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important — why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, four years ago on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, “We will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did.” Well, let’s help her keep her word.

If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.

And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen, I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.”

Let’s all start by doing that this Thanksgiving.

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Filed under American History, Culture Wars, Food for Thought, General Interest

6 responses to “Freedom is special and rare

  1. Kinnison

    …This during the tenure of the only President since the end of WWII who has not made time in his busy schedule of fund-raisers, golf outings and vacations to go to Normandy on the anniversary of the landings to honor those thousands of young men who fought and died there.

    Most of us do remember. My wife and I have stood in the U.S. military cemetery atop the bluffs at Omaha Beach and paid our respects to the thousands of American boys who lie there, their battles done.

    The last scene in that riveting movie “Saving Private Ryan” is etched in my head and my heart: Ryan as an old man, on his knees before Capt. Miller’s grave, crying and pleading with his wife, “Please tell me I have been a good man; please tell me that my life has made a difference…”

    “Earn this”…

    Happy Thanksgiving

  2. Kinnison, Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Robert

    You know, if this Reagan farewell were to be read on many college campuses today, it would have to be preceded by multiple “trigger warnings”, directions to the nearest “safe space” harbor much like those yellow civil defense markers we saw in the 1950s and 1960s. Also the time needed to deliver the text of the speech would have to be lengthened to allow for the protests from the assembled Maoists….sorry, students.

    After the trauma finishes, the professors, administration and staff would need a moment–ok, very very long moments–to compose themselves in order to “discuss their mutually triggered feelings”.

    • Robert, This wussification of young people sure appears to be a concerted indoctrination within our educational system. The whole spectacle of mindless self-absorption appalls me. However, it’s quite disturbing to listen to young men wallowing in self-pity and warbling on about “micro-aggressions”, when they should be learning to be strong men. Yes, I can hear the shouts now, “You sexist!” Yep, but I sure will fight for America if the need arises and I’m decades older than these wimpy crybabies and a grandmother.

      • Robert

        We are acquainted with a couple of twenty something single women. Each asks when the subject comes up, usually with my wife….where in the world are all the men? There are plenty of males and guys they say, but they know something is seriously lacking. Pajama Boys make ok friends for a while only it seems.

  4. “where in the world are all the men? “

    Feminism castrated them.

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