The American Idea


A welcome antidote to the negativism of our political season. Thanks!mlk14

David J. Bader

America isn’t a country. She has no borders. She has no government. She has no President and no Congress. She has no Supreme Court, nor police force. There is no location on a map where you can place her. That is because America is, at her very heart, an idea. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher summed it up best by saying; “Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”  The premise that America is an idea is critical in understanding how we, as Americans, should approach everything in our lives. If we are to be the superpower of the world, as well as govern ourselves justly, we must have a firm basis as to why we are distinctly different from every other nation on Earth. Other nations were founded on centuries of history. America is unique because we were founded on an idea, a philosophy:

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1 Response to The American Idea

  1. Sputnik is still up there says:

    The sentiment is nice, but he is factually and historically inaccurate. It may have sprung forth from certain ideas, but it was always intended to have borders, etc. It was founded by men who viewed themselves as Englishmen who were not on board with willy nilly immigration. If you don’t believe me, check with Tom and Ben:

    “Although as to other foreigners it is thought better to discourage their settling together in large masses, wherein, as in our German settlements, they preserve for a long time their own languages, habits, and principles of government, and that they should distribute themselves sparsely among the natives for quicker amalgamation, yet English emigrants are without this inconvenience.”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    “Why should the Palatine Boors be suffered to swarm into our settlements, and by herding together establish their languages and manners to the exclusion of ours? Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our language or customs, any more than they can acquire our complexion?”
    – Ben Franklin

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