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Letters to the Editor: Is America exceptional?

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American Exceptionalism is a phrase coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in his book, “Democracy in America.” 

Published in 1831, the author used the phrase to explain to readers that Americans had a special place in the world based on the Founders’ vision and the documents used to create our great republic.

Tocqueville spent several years traveling around America, talking to, observing and studying the people to come up with his book. 

Based on the religiosity, entrepreneurial and commercial successes, the education of all children, and the political involvement at all levels of the economic ladder, he wrote that we had a special place on the planet that others could only aspire to.

One has to wonder if the politically progressive movement of the last hundred years has blunted that place for Americans. 

Even president Obama in 2009, when asked by a reporter in great Britain whether he believed that America was exceptional stated, “believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

In other words, he does not think America is any better than Botswana or Kenya.

We need to get back to the place we held in the world that the farmers and our founding documents envisioned. 

Individual freedom and responsibility, limited government and a system of free enterprise, national sovereignty and defense are all important in order to carry on the heritage of our national legacy. 

Now there is a man referred to as the modern day Alexis de Tocqueville repeating what was done in the 19th century. 

Nick Adams is a young Australian traveling around America with a message for all of us. 

While growing up in Australia, he and all Australians were influenced by America and Americans. 

When he had the opportunity to travel to our Republic, he learned first hand that we really were exceptional, but we were losing sight of it. 

Now he spends much of his time speaking to groups, reminding us that we should be proud and stand tall. 

He authored his own book titled “America: The Greatest Good,” which explains very well his opinion about us.

Nick will be speaking to the Ellis County Tea Party on June 18 at the La Quinta Inn in Waxahachie. 

The meeting will begin at 6  p.m. and everyone is invited to see and hear this inspirational speaker and buy his book.

Bill Carson


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