by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny
I am a PROUD AMERICAN. I am proud that this nation's founders, even given all the faults and history of injustices, created a nation of laws based on the concept that the rightful powers of governance rested with the people governed. The American Revolution, and indeed it was a violent revolution in every sense of the word, was the culmination of the rational thought developed during The Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment. The English colonies of North America, ruled by a tyrannical monarch and his tax policies rebelled in the name of LIBERTY from oppressive government in which they had no resresentation. History will bear out the reality free people, given control amd liberty over their own destiny can, and do accomplish great things. Look to the United States of America up to approximately 1964 AD for validtion of these facts.
Manny great speakers and orators have expounded on the greatness of the American experience. On how this nation of ours created the greatest wealth and amassed the greatest power this small planet has ever known, with perhaps the possible exception of Ancient Rome. After all all things are relative. However, I find myself refecting on something my secnd son Patrick D. Carpenter, who by the way is pursuing his doctoral degree at Northeastern University once said to me. He said, and I paraphrase, 'Dad, every great and powerful nation in history reached it's zenith and receeded into relative obscurity.' Something for our nation and it's leaders to think about.
By the way son you are right and I am very proud of you.