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America, we have a problem.

On a Tuesday in November, 2012 America failed its intelligence test. Actually, it failed its knowledge test. In the wake of America’s most important SAT ever, after which we were sent back for four more years of public schooling, one thing became clear.

America has traded in its own culture for the promised kindnesses of the politically connected

America’s problems will not be solved in the ballot box alone. Political organizing and speechifying are not enough. America needs to recover a connection to its own past, to its own rude, scientifically sound, bracingly honest, common-sensical, aggressive, combative, loud, corn-pone ways. Most of all it needs to reject polite lies and the pseudo-scientific civic-religion of big government and rediscover the surprising truth that human will aligned with the grace of God can achieve things undreamt of by government and its legislators, apologists, bureaucrats, and officers.

Speaking on behalf of the editors of Unified Patriots, it’s time for conservatives and American traditionalists, including libertarians and classical liberals, to focus on the long struggle to restore our culture as well as the politics of things. So we are asking for your thoughts on culture, science, religion, entertainment. Bring on your poems, paeans to nature, short stories, photo essays, cartoons, and humor. Bring on your analysis of the news of the day. We will adjust the format of the site to accommodate.

Your suggestions are welcome. And as usual, the best way to suggest something is to create what it is you are suggesting and publish it here.

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eburke
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November 20, 2012 10:39 am

Whole-heartedly concur beagle. This last election was a stunner. For the first time I’m starting to believe that we are a center-left country. The GOP has done a pathetic job of educating folks while they run for office.
Our kids don’t learn about American exceptionalism in the schools, the media or the popular culture, so if it’s going to be taught, we’re going to have to do that while winning elections. In fact, if we don’t *start* doing it, we won’t *win* elections anymore.

Queen Hotchibobo
Queen Hotchibobo
November 20, 2012 11:53 am

Very well said. I don’t have the answer, but I know we’d better come up with it or our ancestors’ sacrifices of blood and treasure will be wasted on our watch. Untenable.

bobmontgomery
November 20, 2012 9:31 pm

We are sitting here instantaneously communicating with one another over great distances, sharing words, thoughts, deeds, plans, visual and audio recordings, charts and maps. And we are doing so under a constitution created 225 years ago. That ancient document, like texts even much older than that, has not limited us, not in our quest for knowledge, for a fuller expression of ourselves, for a better existence or for a fuller pursuit of love and understanding of our fellow man. We have never been more free. We are no less capable than we have ever been. We just have to take… Read more »

mriggio
November 21, 2012 11:26 am

First, I stubbornly persist in the old idea of a University-style reading list, perhaps containing some short (not chapter by chapter) book reviews and recommendations. The idea was first proposed in the Ban-Central era, but never came to fruition as I remember. One fellow over there used to do book reviews, but they were chapter-by-chapter, much too long and detailed. I’m thinking along the lines of a brief synopsis, enough to give the casual reader enough to decide whether or not a given book/author would be worth follow-up. I don’t want to start a literary society, but giving folks pointers… Read more »

Pamela
November 25, 2012 7:14 pm

I wrote this a while back as an answer to a question posed by Vassar on why certain unsettling things were happening in our population. Why is this Happening… Because we forgot where we came from. We forgot to speak aloud our legends by the fires on cold nights or under the summer stars. We forgot to teach our children the hardships of generations long past. We forgot to teach our children nothing comes easy or for free and there is always a price to pay. We forgot the radiance of freedom’s light, which has shown the way all over… Read more »