We hear so much negativity about America from the mainstream media these days, it is always heartening to hear from more balanced sources. Do you know, for example, that “only” 1/4 of Americans are either (in total) committed progressives or committed conservatives, while 2/3 of us are “realists” who are spread out on the left, right, and center. These are the people you can have a sensible conversation with about politics and public policy.
I have recently started meeting weekly, here in Omaha, with a like-minded group of people to study online public policy courses made available by Hillsdale College, a small liberal arts institution in Michigan. I highly recommend checking out this curriculum and, in particular, subscribing to their free newsletter, Imprimis.
Being connected in this way to Hillsdale College gives me much hope for America’s future. Here are just a few of the ways:
- We are incredibly fortunate to live in a free country with a strong democratic tradition founded by the ratification of our Constitution in 1788, 234 years ago.
- We are the third-largest country in the world, behind only China and India, with huge natural resources, highly developed by our skilled and hardworking countrymen.
- Our economy is second to none.
- Minorities are making great progress in both economic and social standing.
- The autocratic states, China and Russia, are strong enough to challenge us militarily, but we have lots of democratic allies to help us defend freedom in this struggle.
- Problems such as global warming, as well as inflation and debt are very serious, but solvable although it may take a major crisis to occur first so that enough people are paying attention.
Conclusion. Americans are incredibly fortunate to live in such a strong, prosperous and free country. I believe that most of us understand our privileged position in the world and support policies to both protect our way of life and share our good fortune with other countries who are willing to work with us for the common good.