• Keyden Smith-Herold

We Must Defend the United States

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As we inch closer to the 2020 Presidential election, expect to see more and more ignorant attacks against America, our founding ideals, and western civilization itself.

First, one of the biggest lies that the anti-American left perpetrates must be addressed— the idea that America is founded on racism, white supremacy, and slavery.

We ought to realize that our constitutional principles of self-government, God-given rights, equality, justice, and a limited government are virtuous and eternal. This does not mean that we have always lived up to them— there are no perfect people. That being said, these values will forever remain true and good.

The left attacks our founding fathers by wrongly stating that they were unified in the advocacy for slavery. In reality, our founders themselves were deeply conflicted on this issue. In the original Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was right to viciously attack King George III and the institution of slavery. Unfortunately, pressure from pro-slavery forces resulted in the omittance of this following statement:

“[King George] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither”.

How can we as Americans understand this evident paradox from slave-owning Jefferson? The values, principles, and foundations which make this country like no other supersede any evils which existed at the time of our country's founding, or at any other time period in this nation. These rights are God-given and cannot be taken away by the government.

Those who oppose America and all she stands for will falsely claim that this country is inherently evil due to the institution of slavery. What they fail to realize was that slavery is an evil that touched virtually every civilization in the history of mankind. It can be dated back thousands of years, all the way to when humans first documented civilizations across this planet.

Slavery was not, under any circumstance, unique to the United States. Do not interpret this truth as a defense, in any way, of the reprehensible institution of slavery.

America is the only country in history which was founded on the idea of inalienable rights and that each citizen is important in the eyes of God. This is what makes us unique, and this is why our society must be defended at all costs. As George Washington stated: “...It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor...”

Second, anti-Americans in this country falsely state that our economic system oppresses minorities, the poor, and prevents our citizens from achieving a better life. This belief is a fallacy used to advocate for the termination of our economic system. This advocacy is rooted in a lack of historical understanding and a desire for a utopia that cannot be attained— hence why 70% of American millennials erroneously believe socialism is good. They ignore the fact that socialist policies have led to the deaths of millions across the world and naïvely argue that it has not been ‘tried properly’.

In reality, the free-market capitalist system has lifted an unprecedented number of people out of poverty around the world. It has made countries prosperous, and it has rooted out many of the economic problems across the west. In the United States, every and any American has the opportunity to pursue a better life.

If these radicals want an example of a society which oppresses their people, look no further than the current policies of Communist China. The Chinese government has implemented a free-market system among their people in order to strengthen the country’s economic power, while simultaneously oppressing their own citizens. China is a rogue state where their own people are constantly surveilled, millions of Muslims are unjustly suffering in concentration camps, and dissidents are murdered in cold blood.

It is simply naïve to claim America oppresses their own people—exactly the opposite is true.

Third, there are many civilizations across the globe which have been in existence for thousands of years. The United States is only 243 years old at the time of this writing, and our country has singlehandedly changed the world for the better in countless ways. We invented the airplane, computer, and lightbulb. Let’s not forget the helicopter, telephone, camera, GPS, traffic light, television, microwave, and countless other commodities.

We continue to set the standard for free-speech, religious liberty, self-government, and freedom itself. As Ronald Reagan stated, “We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around”. There is no perfect society, but we are that shining city on the hill, and in this upcoming election and every subsequent one, we must remind each future generation of the triumphs of our land. We must remind ourselves that our founding values are eternal and virtuous, whether or not we live up to them.

We are the United States of America. It is time to educate those of us who seem to have a growing hatred for this nation and the values which we hold dear. Freedom is truly only one generation away from extinction.


Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical