When Winston Churchill said: “You can always count on Americans to do
the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else” he didn’t
anticipate the partisan battle over a troubled health care system. There
might not be an amicable solution as long as a polarized America isn’t
interested in reaching a consensus.
We seem to be at a point in
history where we can’t be happy. We can no longer do anything without
some one being offended or having their feelings hurt. Nearly every
like-minded demographic, large or small, feels it is entitled, and is
being treated unfairly. Can we all be victims of discrimination and
Several weeks ago, after the Academy Awards, one of the
top award winners said she wasn’t happy because she thought some
nominees got too much credit and recognition while others got too little
How can we be happy when so many participants reject the
concept that life produces winners and losers? Life will never be fair
or equal no matter how hard we try.
Maybe this situation is the
result of believing everyone should get participation trophies and the
emphasis shouldn’t be on winning and losing.
It is this selfish
philosophy that is destroying the soul of America. It conceals a
fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it
ends up not benefiting the people who support it.
Those who choose
wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while
those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater
likelihood of failure.
Robert George recently said
this about America’s debate on the immigration and refugee problem. “We
shouldn’t be trying to fight terrorism by closing our doors to the
victims of ethnic violence.” It sends the wrong message to the part of
the world that sees America as a safe haven.
At the same time,
George says the U.S. should use its military, diplomatic and economic
clout to help create safe places for refugees in the Middle East, closer
to their homes and families. There would be less culture shock for
George is a conservative legal scholar and political
theorist. He is director of Princeton’s James Madison Program in
American Ideals and Institutions. He has served recent presidents of
both parties on issues such as bioethics and civil rights.
trick to solving the refugee issue is thorough vetting, which is very
difficult. If just 10% of the incoming refugees harbor evil intentions
towards America, it wouldn’t be fair to penalize the other 90% who…given
the chance…could become great Americans and substantial contributors to
the culture of the American ideal.
The key is awarding
citizenship to worthy immigrants and then holding them accountable after
they arrive. America should retain the option to deport any immigrant
that fails, or refuses to assimilate after a reasonable length of time.
his essay, George warned that there is a hugely disproportionate number
of university professors on the left. He worries that too many college
graduates are being brainwashed and over-exposed to liberal and
Those who teach equality of outcome as a
right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort is devoid of
common sense. It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes
about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.
Swindoll once said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you
respond to it.” Most often in life, our destination is determined by the
course we take.
You do not reduce social injustice and income
inequality by debasing the successful when it seeks to deny the
successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful
the consequences of their choices.
When young minds are only
exposed to liberal and progressive bias we have social problems because
they believe their disruptive behavior is more important than anyone
George worries that this slanted education will
come back to haunt the country in the future. Students are not getting
balanced views while attending college classes, he said.
anyone ever wonder why Americans today are still paying for our
country’s perceived sins and mistakes that happened 200, or even 100
years ago? Why should 10th-generation ancestors still be entitled to
special benefits from people who have no connection to the ancient
Shouldn’t there be a time limit or an expiration date on
these obligations? Can’t we acknowledge these historical events without
being held hostage forever?
We might bear guilt, shame or sadness
about past wrondoings and transgressions that happened 180 years ago but
is it fair to still be held accountable today when there is no longer a
direct connection? Even worse, the people demanding special benefits
today may not have any connection to the aggrieved parties from 180
Think of it this way. When families take out a
25-30-year mortgage to buy their home they pay their monthly payments
faithfully. At the end of the mortgage term they have fulfilled their
obligation to the bank or lending company. They own the home outright,
free and clear.
When the loan is paid off, they stop sending the
checks. The debt is paid. Future generations have no liability. They are
thankful for the mortgage company’s participation, but they are free to
move on without any further onus. The original lender may have even
sold the mortgage, or the lender may have changed ownership.