Wednesday, July 4, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
America and being an American carries with it unique and very definite meanings for me.
This is very important to me, and conveying the meaning of American values is an immensely vital act in my opinion.
To my way of thinking, there are three essential principle American values. Any actions or behaviors that reinforce and perpetuate the adherence to these values amounts to virtuous behavior. To the contrary, those actions and behaviors that tend to undermine these values are destructive to America and its integrity as a nation and is unvirtuous behavior.
These are the traditional values to which I refer:
• Liberty: the freedom to pursue one’s hopes and dreams without undue interference from one’s government and fellows.
• In God We Trust: The notion and belief that an almighty power is the foundation and guiding force for the nation.
• E pluribus unum: meaning “out of the many, one.”
There is a ferocious political and cultural struggle going on that centers on both undercutting these values on the one hand and protecting and perpetuating them on the other.
This is essentially a struggle between those who may be called leftists and those who are devoted to protecting these values. I call the latter traditionalists.
Any action to strip away wealth/property from one person and redistribute it to another tramples on the liberty of the individual from whom the wealth/property has been taken. The class warfare politics that are so prevalent today would be considered unvirtuous.
Next, those actions designed to remove God from the public square undermine traditional American values.
Finally, any action designed to split the cultural dynamics of America, such as multiculturalism, would be viewed as unvirtuous.
The left seems determined to challenge and undermine these traditional values across the spectrum of our society.