WHAT IS AMERICA by Allen Getz host of Behind the Headlines
What is America?
When this question is posed, the standard answer is rooted in geography — America is
bordered on the east by the Atlantic, the west by the Pacific, on the north by Canada, and the
south by Mexico.
However, I would propose that America is not so much a location as it is an idea:
An idea that spans the gulf of time — the idea that the individual unshackled from autocracy
is the cornerstone of a society and the impetus of its progress. When groups of people unite
under a banner of mutual self-interest — to harness it for their development, not repress,
squelch, or diffuse it for the benefit of strangers — that unity we call government of, by, and
for the people, creates almost unbounded opportunity.
This banner was codified in early history. It re-surfaced in ancient Greece and was
re-acquired in the Roman Republic. It was stirred by the Magna Carta, and returned to
per-eminence per the Constitution of the United States of America. This idea that men,
bound to the rule of law (versus the rule of emotion), and despite their faults and failings,
could bond over one over-arching principle — and thereby succeed and prosper.
That paramount principle rests in the value of the individual — and how government
should design and purpose itself to protect the individual from all who would stifle, chain,
and impede his liberty, and protect him from the unhealthy license of others.
That is America.
About: Behind The Headlines and allen getz
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This investigation examines the headlines that create and influence our current world. Exploring the headlines and the stories surrounding them will educate us into the forces at work in the world at the local and national level.
During this investigation, we should uncover the sources of the ideas and processes directing the events of the day — these discoveries could be helpful to ourselves and those around us.
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