Listening to Mr. Huckabee bashing our country, on the basis of an impression he has that we have been pushing people around, sounded so much like the left-wing attackers who hate America first, and some (unfortunately for the GOP) "RINO's" who hate conservatives first, that I felt a strong desire to set the matter straight.
I am not a guy who goes around screaming, We're number ONE! … not in their face, or anybody else’s.
I make that clear on my First_Salute profile page at FreeRepublic.com:
- If you are from any country and you want to be an American, it is very likely that some parts of you are already an American, and that is why you came here, legally.
Welcome. Learn about the worthy foundations of our liberty, and why we are free. As you do, you will realize that all around the world there are varying degrees of Americans -- freedom fighters, who struggle in their homelands to make their governments responsive to the rule of law; and you will discover that it takes great courage to risk your personal security in order to hold onto your, and our, sovereignty of the people.
We are not the leaders nor the rulers of the world; nor do we have the power to decide who is, and who is not, relevant.
Yet you might say that we are leaders in the free world.
We are here to set a good example; we are generous; we are loving; we believe in a system of government over which the people rule lawfully, and upon which people can bank on a future for themselves and their families and communities.
We are noble because we are humble, yet there is much power in our self-determination to do the right thing.
We live in a harsh world, from which we have carved, and in which we maintain, a just life, so that we may live better than animals; and I mean much, much better, versus existing as slaves in a "politically correct" police state.
We do not live well because there is "law and order."
We live well because we believe in the rule of law and due process, versus rulers' laws and arbitrary process.
That sums up our worthy American Heritage. Every day we use our sovereignty, through our democratic-republican sense of governance -- our Constitution-based democratic-republican structures of government -- to work at maintaining these foundations. This has proven to be the best formula upon which the sovereignty of the people, our prosperity and peace, have all been able to endure and live. It is the formula upon which we have been able to engage in "the pursuit of happiness."
It's what's missing elsewhere around the world, where people are not happy; yet they must fight to obtain that formula, and to know its value well enough to continue their public's education in its lessons and promises.
It is the message that we ought to teach people, so that they can be free and get their systems of common law under their control and out from under the control of their miserable, dictatorial-party "leaders" who continue to make the "court" decisions for such people -- while all public mirages of justice in such dark corners of the world are sanctioned and championed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other [il]literati.
You cannot be free until justice is aware that it risks losing its head if it fails to abide by the laws established by the people thru the democratic-republican process.
Incredibly, because of enough Americans' upbringing and awareness of this fact, that fact has rubbed off overseas, as we have mucked about in various adventures, and so, over time, some people "over there" get it; they get what liberty means.
It is not easy for that to sink in with people who are unfamiliar with how much they are responsible for their freedom. Yet some do "get it."
They look back at us, thinking that we are practicing these fine principles ... but all too often A DEAL MAKER in the form of, for example, the current crop in the Personality Contest for President of the United States, visits upon such foreign peoples:
... that fattens the nest of the "private equity" dictators(s) "over there" who make all kinds of Jesse Jacksonian appearances about being "... with you, the people!" While unleashing their enforcers ... against the people who have envisioned an American dream of freedom.
Our well-heeled "experts" on "capitalism" have made THE DEALS regardless, in the interest of their own fat[uitious]-ness ... while at dinner parties and chic gatherings of limousine liberals, giving all indications of having great feelings for the people "over there" who have been left to wonder how they can be free.
The answer lies not in DEALS, but in the aforementioned “required maintenance” of freedom. That is the answer in a nutshell.
That is what we needed/need to reach out with and plant "over there," so that people can establish liberty and justice for all --
Or, if they come here, they may join the maintenance crew for our liberty.
Nothing in this is about asserting the superiority of an arrogant, smug, bombastic "ugly American" (created by the "liberal media") over anybody.
The "pretty," hair-primped, 30-second sound-bit, White House Beauty Contestants might get that, but the only reference you hear is one word:
... in the midst, maybe, of some sound bite.
Unexplained, it becomes, how "over there," it is defined by the wretched results of
... gone bad for the common man, all too often, and about which we do not hear much from the "liberal media" --- the dictatorship of the American media that shapes and carves out the tiny portions of the news that are designed to get Americans to react in favor of spending more time listening in angst to the same "liberal media" and hitting the PANIC BUTTON connected to the Democrat Party Headquarters (DNC) phones.
When some good information, not meaning good news, but actual information about what is happening, works wonders if only the people get it.
Here, and "over there."
In our gov't, and in some places of American business, there are incredibly good people who are doing all the water carrying on the matter of making good, the reaching out to people "over there," who need it.
I have no doubt that our military successes are so much the part of good people doing well, despite whatever politically-correct nonsense emanates from The White House, from The Pentagon Lawyers, from the [Fifth E]State Department, and so many well-fed pork troughs. Even our State Dept. is under the control of foreign powers, with the sole exception, in memory of that wonderful moment of time, when Secretary of State, George Schultz, managed to somewhat run things from the helm, God Bless him!
Helping people, I am happy to do. I reach out all the time, to help and to nudge people.
I have, to you friends, when you really did not need my help, but you have gotten some little improvement in your lives, because I have done what a typical, good person in America does, as an American, helping his neighbor.
I have done so, because your happiness helps to make me happy.
My interests with foreign peoples, are the same – to explain, as simply as possible, the tools necessary to make freedom work, and how to use them. Then leave those tools on the table, awaiting a hand to put them to use.
I am merely the extension of our worthy foundations, of the freedom maintenance crew. And I am grateful for all the training for that, which I received from my great parents and some friends, and my incredible fortune to have learned something on the difficult road to reading and writing about it. I want to say to the people of the world: “Before you, these are the tools that will set you free, and keep you free, if you practice using them, and you know how to forge them, and you know how to train others to continue to do the same.”
Our Constitution is a peace treaty, and we have been given a great trust to maintain it, from all who fought and struggled for our liberty. With our Constitution was included a maintenance contract -- our duty.
That is why I have also said at my profile page at FR:
- We only have the rights we defend, as long as we are able. We are only as free as we make the effort to know why.
This approach to liberty and its maintenance, upon which we have the freedom to engage in trade, is what I call, capitalism, 90 percent foundation and 10 percent enterprise operating upon that foundation.
Our foundation is what distinguishes our capital way of life from the faux-"captitalism" among the "emerging markets" that are actually politically-state-owned labor pools, and thus not capitalism, but rather, production that has been managed to get caught up in a market upswing ... just wait till that crashes "over there," and you will see how Red China views labor pools as Arabs view oil. State control is their cure.
Our foundation, something upon which our continued upkeep and protection of, provides for us a reserve in tough times, is what you and I point to --- that it is in need of repairs and upkeep, but that is ignored by the personality contestants now in our politics, in our gov't, and in "corporate America" ... who take our foundations for granted.
You and I are focused on 100 percent of the matter, and we write often about 90 percent of the problem, because our foundations are being ignored by the 10 Percenters who are entirely focused on the money, while practicing lip service to the freedom inherent in declaring its value and respect.
Including George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, who cannot stand to say, "our country," and would rather quote from a Washington Beltway thinktank "white paper," with these words, in reference to our country, that he vaguely refers to as "the homeland."
To quote Ronald Reagan, "Well ..." it is not some "the homeland" in some paragraph of some traveling studies show that toured around inside the Beltway.
This is our country.
Ronald Reagan was both great and won our hearts, because he knew that, and he spent time traveling around our country, reminding us about what was great and good about our country and our worthy American heritage.
Ronald Reagan understood, in-reach, that is something the Personality Contestants in this years White House run, do not get.