“Most importantly, conservatives see America as exceptional because of our shared belief in the dignity and creativity of the individual. We know that it is innately human to work, to risk, and to dream.”
“. . . progressivism rejects American Exceptionalism. Progressives view the Constitution as a roadblock, as they seek an unlimited federal government with more authority than the states and more power than the people. Because they strive for a limitless federal government, they are willing to sacrifice the rugged individualism that has made this nation exceptional in exchange for the collective salvation they believe a vast government provides.”
The whole article is excellent.Â Read it here.
I was born in 1960, did my “growing up” in the 70s.Â We (my peers and I) rebelled, of course.Â All teenagers do.Â But, at least as I remember it, the key concepts in our rebellion were individualism and the idea that we didn’t want “Big Brother” (yes, this included our parents – we were teenagers) dictating our every move.Â We all read 1984 more than once.Â The world depicted there scared us and we wanted nothing to do with it.
It continues to astonish me that so many of my peers have grown up to be of the left.Â Don’t they understand that the left would create (in fact, is trying to create) the same homogeneous collective that frightened us so much, that we were so dead-set against?
I do take some degree of comfort in the fact that so many of the old rockers – the ones who wrote the anthems – are now outspoken conservatives.