America’s history is one of having absorbed some of the best of culture from around the globe, while having eschewed some of the more disagreeable aspects of societies from which she adapted these cultural components. The result has been a synergy that resulted in a powerful and unique product, if you will, which in some ways surpassed the sum of its parts.
If you think this notion a conceit, I would point to the two centuries of America’s profound and rapid success in nearly every area of endeavor compared to other nations.
Still, for many years, I have puzzled over Americans who become inordinately and superficially enamored of foreign things. We’ve all seen the plight of starry-eyed young American girls who fall in love with a mass media-proffered stereotype of some romantic foreign male, then run off and marry one, only to discover that the man’s culture is frighteningly cloying and patriarchal, sometimes dangerously so. They wind up losing their children to a parental kidnap, or having to escape a sadistic family situation in a misogynistic regime somewhere, coming to the heartbreaking realization that their studly beau was only looking for a quality breeding cow.
We’ve also witnessed the fads that have come and gone from overseas – sometimes not going fast enough – having been brought to light by the media or some celebrity du jour. In the 1960s, the Beatles brought East Indian culture to the West, and the ripples of that introduction are still passing through the lives of Americans in the form of yoga and other such pursuits.
Some of these have certainly been beneficial, but what I find tedious is when people (and to be fair, marketers) with a limited viewpoint of other cultures determine that we “ought to be more like them” in a comprehensive sense. It doesn’t necessarily matter what the outside influence is; it could be European railroads or Asian spirituality, but there’s still no reason to perfunctorily adopt all manner of a given culture or society. It’s shallow.
I also have no problem with Americans admiring the culture of their ethnic group or groups of origin, but over-identification in this area has proven to be a weakness for us as a nation. Even boxing great Muhammad Ali identified very heavily as an American before the Nation of Islam got a hold of him. He was once reported to have said he’d rather be boxing and traveling the world in front of white people than living in a mud hut and fighting off alligators in Africa.
So let’s take Africa, for example. The tendency for some black Americans having gone whole hog on integrating African culture into their lives since the Civil Rights Movement is quite illustrative of this conflict of identification. While I viscerally understand the identity issues many blacks faced during that era, most black adults of the time had little trouble identifying as Americans. Afrocentrism as chic is harmless, but Afrocentrism as a worldview has been divisive and has been employed by America’s domestic enemies for the very purpose of division.
Every now and then, we hear someone laud how efficient the railroads in a certain nation are, or how little ethnic tension there is in another. As criticism of America (fostered by her enemies) came into practice, it became increasingly easy for those of narrow discernment to determine that Americans “should be more like them.”
Why in the world ought America be more like India? It was their culture that gave the British the impression they were only a few steps out of the trees, so India was colonized. The same goes for Africa. Contrary to the claim of liberals, these things have far less to do with race than they do with culture. Here, it bears mentioning that the British did not have nearly as easy a time with China. One will also note that in recent years, both India and China have prospered by becoming more like America, rather than the reverse.
To be entirely truthful, I would have no qualms with a one-world government, had the world’s leaders determined that the American paradigm represented the most prudent course to take. But global power players have opted for a collectivist thugocracy in which cheap hustlers, decadent old-money deviants and narcissistic elites will rule like princes over us all.
Americans have the right to take a measure of pride and satisfaction in their accomplishments. It’s taken 50 years for America’s enemies to insidiously break down our sense of national pride and pervert those accomplishments into atrocities with their lies, and the collectivist (some would say communist) movement behind it has been under way for nearly a century. Thus, it will take time and monumental effort to reverse this.
But more than that, it will take the will to do so. The enemy is determined, well-entrenched and possesses the will to do things many Americans cannot yet conceptualize. They have shown that they will go to any lengths to fulfill the leftist agenda, so we must be unapologetic in our resolve and practically militant in the delivery of our message.
America’s founders were willing to risk death to break free from slavery to elites. How many are willing to take the same risk now to prevent us from slipping back into it?