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Mazzei Minute: 07/07/23

Don’t you just love all the red, white and blue that comes out to celebrate Independence Day in America? I sure do! Yet, for all our freedom loving citizens who appreciate and value American exceptionalism, I worry about the next generation.

Ronald Reagan once warned, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

A recent study by the University of Chicago, as reported by the Wall Street Journal on March 27, rang the danger alarm, like a shrieking warning of a mother hen fending off an attack by a wolf. In 1998, 70% of Americans believed that patriotism was important, but now only 38% of Americans deem patriotism to be important.

The deceptive and sinister influences of secular humanism, socialist Marxism and woke indoctrination have convinced millions of the next generation that America is bedeviled by systemic racism and the false notion that everyone should have equal outcomes even if they don’t work hard.

Yet any objective examination of world and American history easily illustrates that America has become and still is the greatest force for good the world has ever seen. Thousands and thousands of American young men and women gave their lives in the Civil War to destroy slavery and in two world wars to preserve democracy in Western Civilization.

Free enterprise and capitalism that only comes from the rights established in the U.S. Constitution have lifted millions upon millions all over the world out of poverty and rescued them from tyranny. Americans give over $10 trillion dollars a year to federal, state and local governments to protect our freedoms, educate our kids, and provide the less fortunate with a social safety net.

Everyone has unlimited opportunities to improve their lives in these United States if they make good decisions to study, work hard and provide value for others. In America, each person gets to choose “what to be, where to live, when to marry, what to believe, what religion to practice.” (Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About America).

I’m so grateful to be an American. Please let your kids, grandkids and everyone know that you are too!


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