IS AMERICA IN DECLINE? IF OBAMA SUCEEDS IN CUTTING THE EXCEPTIONALIST ROOTS THE ANSWER IS YES.

Washington Times on January 25, 2012, published an article on efforts to cut the roots of American exceptionalism. Excerpts below:

The debate is restricted so far to the small but influential magazines read by the chattering class. When New Criterion magazine called for a symposium on the subject last spring, the editors were surprised to find they had tapped into the “pulse of the Zeitgeist.” A headline in Foreign Affairs magazine asks bluntly, “Is America Over?” Both liberals and conservatives argue over how to stop what they perceive as the national slide.

But the recognition of decline can enable a comeback. Ronald Reagan entered stage right, proclaiming that it was “morning in America.” The sobered Iranians returned the hostages the minute the new president took the oath of office, and soon Americans saw themselves as residents once more of the shining city on the hill.

It’s a cliche that President Obama is happiest when he’s apologizing for America being what it is, but he does more than apologize for the nation’s flaws. He continues on a course to fundamentally transform the United States from a nation of limited government to a welfare society dependent on government whim. It’s a recipe for decline.

Entrepreneurial enterprise and ingenuity remain as the source of American vitality. A president who understands America and how it works could silence the talk of decline. Mitt Romney, who says he is that man, is specific about identifying the economic regulations and taxes that make businesses reluctant to expand. He quotes Margaret Thatcher: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, in the Republican rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address, struck a rebuttal as well to the faint-hearted disciples of decline. “There is nothing wrong with the state of our Union that the American people, addressed as free-born, mature citizens, cannot set right.”

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